"It is hard to imagine any people, collectively, being better prepared for earthquakes than the Japanese."
"It’s been an extraordinary month, with scenarios that include a missing plane (see Divya Yadav’s research note); another round of deaths at Fort Hood just as the report on lessons learned in the Washington Shipyard was released; a Supreme Court decision that makes us wonder if the justices believe that free speech is the same as money; and, right in our backyard, a devastating mudslide from which not all the bodies have been removed."
"Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday."
"Year after year, as executive pay continues its inexorable climb, it’s amusing to watch corporate directors try to justify the piles of shareholder money they throw at the hired help."
"Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents."
"Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act."
"Federal regulators on Tuesday approved a simple rule that could do more to rein in Wall Street than most other parts of a sweeping overhaul that has descended on the biggest banks since the financial crisis."
"A flaw has been discovered in an encryption method used on about two-thirds of all websites, including Google, Amazon, Yahoo and Facebook, potentially exposing web traffic, user data and stored content to cyber criminals."
"As the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Army, retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli was briefed on all soldiers who killed themselves during the military's burgeoning suicide crisis between 2008 and 2012."
"They came in through the Chinese takeout menu."
"There is a lot we don’t yet know about the disastrous decisions made by General Motors after it became aware of faulty ignition switches in its Chevrolet Cobalts more than 10 years ago."
"There is a truism in Washington that was confirmed last week in Congress: Even less popular than government regulation is a regulator suspected of not doing its job."
"The shooting rampage at Fort Hood has once again focused attention on the military’s mental-health system, which, despite improvement efforts, has struggled to address a tide of psychological problems brought on by more than a decade of war."
"Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged."
"The old-fashioned newspaper, long maligned for its stodginess and sagging profits, has one advantage over high-tech alternatives: You read it. It never reads you."
"At the end of the second bruising day of testimony on General Motors’ ignition switch recall, Mary T. Barra was in no mood for more questions."
"Just as Citigroup was putting a troubled past of taxpayer bailouts and risky investments behind it, the bank now finds itself in the government’s cross hairs again."
"Wednesday’s mass shooting by an Army specialist in Fort Hood, Tex., put the Pentagon on a dreaded, if increasingly familiar, footing as officials grappled to understand how yet another insider threat went undeterred."
"The top data protection official for the European Union called Tuesday for member governments to restore public trust in the Internet by pressing ahead with an overhaul of the bloc’s electronic privacy laws by the end of this year."
"Imagine it’s 2040.
You go to the grocery store, and when you look for the checkout counter there is none. There’s no place to pay for your groceries because you already did."
"As firefighters arrived on the scene, they knew they’d encountered something truly different that would test their accumulated skills."
"Sustainability is like dieting. It’s not something you do once and then forget about — it’s a lifestyle change."