The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.
It’s Always in the Last Place You Look
“Woman Arrested for Stealing from Cars, Claims She Was Looking for ISIS”–headline, Mediaite, Oct. 4
Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control
“Isis Plans to Seize Iran’s Nuclear Secrets, Attack Caviar Industry, Ruin Carpets”–headline, Independent (London), Oct. 5
Breaking News From 1876
“Forget Smartphones–Dumbphones Are Now Hip”–headline, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 5
News You Can Use
“How to (Allegedly) Hide Evidence, Lie to Opponents–and Get Away With It”–headline, Reuters, Oct. 3
Bottom Story of the Day
“Latvia Elections: No Change”–headline, National Review Online, Oct. 5
The ‘Egalitarian Revolution’
“The gap between the haves and the have-nots globally is now at the same level as in the 1820s, the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] said Thursday, warning it was one of the most “worrying” developments over the past 200 years,” Agence France-Presse reports from Paris:
Researchers studied income levels in 25 countries, charted them back in time to 1820 and then collated them as if the world were a single country.
The results showed that income inequality dropped sharply in the middle of the 20th century–which the OECD put down to what it called an “egalitarian revolution”, notably with the rise of Communism in Eastern Europe–but then spiked more recently.
Those communists really love poor people. That’s why they created so many of them.
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