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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on September 23, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

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“Newfoundland Judge Dismisses Moose Vehicle Collision Class Action Lawsuit”–headline,, Sept. 20

It’s Ferret Season!
“It’s Magpie Season–You’ve Been Warned”–headline, Sydney Morning Herald, Sept. 20

Look Out Below!

  • “Oops: First Person to Buy New iPhone 6 Drops It on Live TV”–headline, WJLA-TV website (Washington), Sept. 19
  • “Leaders Weigh Dropping the ‘Stan’ From Kyrgyzstan”–headline,, Sept. 21

News of the Tautological
“Happier Wives Lead to Happier Couples”–headline, The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 20

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • “New Yorkers Mostly Unaware the Largest Climate March in History Is Coming for Them”–headline, TheWire, Sept. 20
  • “Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth”–headline, New York Times, Sept. 21
  • “Prince Charles: Climate Change Is the Greatest Challenge Facing Humanity”–headline, Daily Telegraph (London), Sept. 22

Forever Man
London’s Daily Telegraph interviews Silicon Valley innovator Peter Thiel:

Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was the first outside investor in Facebook, is probably the most successful–and certainly the most interesting–venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He lists among his passions chess, the works of Tolkien and “intellectual conversations with friends.” And what he calls “the problem of death” is a topic that he returns to often. “I think there are probably three main modes of approaching it,” he says. “You can accept it, you can deny it or you can fight it. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it.”

This puts him squarely opposite ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, author of the much-discussed Atlantic article “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” Someone should organize a debate between Thiel and Emanuel. For that matter, why not a duel to the death?

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