The Kensington Review

27 September 2004

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Bush Errs on Iraq Facts -- The late, great New York Senator, D. Patrick Moynihan, once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. He is not entitled to his own facts.” It would appear that someone in the White House has decided that there is a special category of facts that only the president uses. To the rest of the world, these are mere fantasies. However, the political consequences of the Iraqi statistical errors Mr. Bush made over the week-end could be to derail the presidential debate later this week.

Schroeder’s SDP Loses North Rhine-Westphalia by Less than Expected -- Politics is often a matter of managing the expectations of the electorate, much like business is often about managing expectations of shareholders. In the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the expectation was that the Social Democrats, the ruling party of Chancellor Schroeder, would get crushed because of labor reforms and welfares cuts. Instead, the party got crushed by only 2.2% more than in the 1999 vote in local council and mayoral elections. This is victory in politics.

Branson Plans to Launch Virgin Galactic -- Sir Richard Branson is a billionaire who never foisted bad software on the public, inherited it from daddy or found himself living on a lake of oil. He started Virgin records as a teen-ager, brought New York and London closer with Virgin Atlantic in the 1980s, and now he wants to start a space tourist business. Virgin Galactic will have 5 space-faring vessels and carry 3,000 into orbit between 2007 and 2012. At least, that is what Sir Richard has said.

MoMA Returning to Manhattan, Gouging Visitors -- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the cultural highlights of New York, at least for people who don’t think art requires that a tree looks like a tree. After two years in exile in the borough of Queens, MoMA is returning to a renovated, reconstructed Manhattan address. And to pay for the fix up, the privately-run museum is pricing admission at $20 a head. That makes it a problem for many.



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