"The Deepwater Horizon leak has been capped and the president is taking a vacation. Let’s repeal the oil spill and start all over." Gail Collins delivers some biting satire in her Saturday column.
A bank tax on high-risk financial trading is an idea worth implementing, says Michael Scott Moore at Miller-McCune. The tax would create a fund for if and when a bank needed a bailout.
"Biography may have little to tell us about why a novelist writes well, but it can sometimes be helpful in understanding why a novelist writes badly." TNR discusses E.M. Forster's sexual naiveté.
"Human rights advocates fear that political reconciliation with the Taliban could erase the fragile progress made in improving the situation of Afghan women over the past nine years."
British gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and nine other co-authors are urging the United States and other nations to "set up a Project Apollo-scale initiative to avert the coming 'global aging crisis.'"
The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill gives regulators the power to break up too-big-to-fail banks. The first time this is done it will send a powerful message, says Simon Johnson.
"France has no interest in becoming a multicultural society—or, to put it traditionally, a mosaic society or a tapestry of loosely bound communities," writes Jane Kramer. "It is not the Ottoman empire."
While mobile technology was supposed to liberate us from our desks, Rebecca Traister writes that they now make us feel like we never have any free time.
The Israeli parliament may soon offer a legal definition of who is actually Jew, giving the country's Orthodox rabbis control of all conversions in Israel.
A single gene has been found to be shared in nearly all living animals—"including sea anemones, worms, insects, marine invertebrates, fish and humans."
"Comments on news stories are, in a sense, our new civic space, but minus all the social rules." The Atlantic says subscription services could clean up online comment sections.
After saying the Internet is a superorganism in which individuals are but single cells, Robert Wright says increasing interconnectedness brings forward wider spiritual concerns.
Emotions spread through a social group in ways that resemble the spread of disease. According to a study performed in Massachusetts, sadness is more contagious than happiness.
"Doing business in a way that takes environmental economics into account is a good idea; aping climate policy and its mechanisms is not." The Economist assesses the value of nature.
The FCC's infamous profanity ban has been struck down by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The L.A. Times welcomes the ruling as an important shift in priorities.