Jesse Friedman, one of the subjects of the documentary "Capturing the Friedmans", is in fact a "psychopathic deviant"
who molested 17 children in his parents' Long Island home. This, according to a the three-year review that "has only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender,"
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in her 168-page report. The exhaustive report also took aim at the makers of "Capturing the Friedmans,"
director Andrew Jarecki and producer Marc Smerling. It accused them of using misleading, out-of-context snippets of interviews to further their campaign to exonerate Friedman, 44.
Of course, Friedman, his wife, and Jarecki
all maintain that Friedman is in fact innocent. [pdf] Previously.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates
on Jun 26, 2013 -
Philip Pilkington writes for naked capitalism
: The Origins of Neoliberalism
: Hayek's Delusion
Hayek’s entire ideology and career had begun to come apart in the 1930s. His theories were shown to be inconsistent in the academic journals of the time and the practical implications of those theories had shown themselves to be both discredited and dangerous. A man in such a position only has two choices: he can either completely re-evaluate his ideas which, if they were held with unshakeable conviction and constituted a core component of his emotional make-up, as seems to have been the case with Hayek, would have likely resulted in a mental collapse; or, alternatively, he can engage in a massive repression, shut out reality and construct around himself a fantasy world. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 18, 2013 -
"When I visited China in 1998, Mbantu, the cabbie who drove me from the airport, couldn't stop telling me about how he had to take a fourth job because of the high cost of transportation. I caught up with Mbantu in Shanghai last year. Thanks to China's reformed approach toward transportation, Mbantu has enough money in his pocket to finally be able to afford a playground for his kids."--Thomas Friedman column generator
posted by bardic
on Dec 29, 2012 -
How To Make Anything Signify Anything
"By the time he retired from the National Security Agency in 1955, Friedman had served for more than thirty years as his government’s chief cryptographer, and—as leader of the team that broke the Japanese PURPLE code in World War II, co-inventor of the US Army’s best cipher machine, author of the papers that gave the field its mathematical foundations, and coiner of the very term cryptanalysis—he had arguably become the most important code-breaker in modern history."
posted by puny human
on Feb 4, 2011 -
Milton Friedman has died.
One of the most famous economists to come out of the Chicago school
, his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom
was a straightforward challenge to the predominant Keynesian model
that government intervention was frequently necessary to prevent market failures, arguing instead that the way to true political freedom was through economic freedom. He was a devout monetarist
and although conventional wisdom conflates conservatism with laissez-faire economics, he described his own philosophy as liberal
in the Enlightenment sense of the word. His 1980 book Free to Choose
, written with his wife Rose in conjunction with the PBS series
of the same name, explained in layman's term his philosophy of how a truly free market works for the benefit of society.
posted by Doofus Magoo
on Nov 16, 2006 -
NY Times will be going pay-only for access to columns
by Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, and Maureen Dowd. On the 19th of Sept! And I assume the others like Herbert and Frank will drop behind the iron curtain as well. These are obviously some of the most blogged about and emailed content on the NYT site. Do you think it will be worth $49.95 year (it does come with 100 archive articles, which is admittedly pretty sweet)? Do you think that bloggers will stop linking to those columnists? Is this the end of free?
posted by zpousman
on Sep 13, 2005 -
"Kinky Friedman's candidacy is bound to be something;
what that something is is still up for debate." The New Yorker
checks in on Kinky's gubernatorial campaign (previously discussed here and here)
My platform is to remember that when they went out searching for Sam Houston to try to persuade him to be the governor--and he was the greatest governor this state has ever had--rumor has it that they found him drunk sleeping under a bridge with the Indians.[more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 21, 2005 -
A contrarian review of Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat" - "It is a tale of a man who walks 10 feet in front of his house armed with a late-model Blackberry and comes back home five minutes later to gush to his wife that hospitals now use the internet to outsource the reading of CAT scans."
Having watched Friedman flog this book on seemingly dozens of talk shows in the last month, I can't say I disagree...
posted by GriffX
on Apr 25, 2005 -
Thomas L. Friedman,
award winning NY Times columnist and author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree
, Longitudes and Attitudes
, and From Beirut to Jerusalem
, will publish his fourth book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
, this week. An article adopted from the book, "It’s a Flat World After All
", was printed in the NY Times Magazine today:
In 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail for India, going west. He had the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. He never did find India, but he called the people he met 'Indians' and came home and reported to his king and queen: 'The world is round.' I set off for India 512 years later. I knew just which direction I was going. I went east. I had Lufthansa business class, and I came home and reported only to my wife and only in a whisper: 'The world is flat.'
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Apr 3, 2005 -
Why this election is so disappointing...
Opposite today's New York Times' 30-column-inch endorsement of John Kerry, Thomas Friedman makes a good case that several of the most important issues are not being talked about by either candidate in any serious way.
posted by MattD
on Oct 17, 2004 -
Jesse Friedman's Web Site
from the incredibly powerful and amazing documentary Capturing the Friedmans
. A "documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes." When watching the film from start to finish I went back and forth on their guilt or innocence and when the film was over I'm still not sure. In the time of the mass media hysteria and questionable police tactics what would you have done?
posted by suprfli
on Mar 26, 2004 -
So long, Big Kinky.
"Uncle Tom" Friedman, the father of legendary Texas writer, singer, and cat lover, Mr. Richard "Big Dick" "Kinky" Friedman, has stepped on a rainbow and been called home to Jesus. A touching obituary to a fine man.
posted by shecky57
on Aug 10, 2002 -