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Joe Nocera Columns

April 21, 2015 E-cigarette Disposal Imperils the Environment

DESCRIPTION:By: Carol Pierson-Holding What do you do with?CDC research?on teen smoking that says that more than a quarter-million youth who have never smoked used e-cigarettes in 2013? For?some, the answer seems to be that it...

October 17, 2013 A World Without Privacy

Source: Jode Nocera, NY Times

In his great and prophetic novel “1984,” George Orwell laid out his vision of what totalitarianism would look like if taken to its logical extreme. The government — in the form of Big Brother — sees all and knows all. The Party...

October 8, 2013 Why the Debt Ceiling Matters

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

The word we keep hearing is “catastrophe.” “A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe, Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall,” screams the headline in Bloomberg Businessweek. “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic,”...

October 7, 2013 A Fracking Rorschach Test

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

A few weeks ago, a group of scientists led by David T. Allen of the University of Texas published an important, peer-reviewed paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The subject was our old friend hydraulic...

October 1, 2013 Those Banana Republicans

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim?

September 23, 2013 Jamie Dimon’s Long Day

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

In the morning, the bank agreed to pay $920 million to four regulatory bodies to settle charges that arose out of the infamous “London whale” trade of 2012, which had already cost the country’s biggest bank some $6 billion in...

September 3, 2013 Fighting Poverty, and Critics

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

Nina Munk’s new book, “The Idealist,” is about the well-known economist Jeffrey Sachs and his “quest to end poverty,” as the subtitle puts it. I know: That subtitle sounds like classic book-industry hyperbole, but, in this case,...

August 21, 2013 How Not to Stay on Top

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the dominant computing device used in corporate America was a word processor made by Wang Laboratories. The company’s founder and chief executive was An Wang, a brilliant Chinese immigrant who...

August 19, 2013 Merge Is What Airlines Do

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

So how is it that 35 years after the law was passed that deregulated the airline industry, we stand today with two megacarriers, United and Delta, while a third proposed megamerger — of American and US Airways — was all but done...

August 15, 2013 Don’t Kill Fannie Mae

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

Could it get any worse for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Last week, even President Obama joined the growing chorus of those who want to put them out of business.

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