"What is risk? Think about it before you leap to answer. Do we really know and understand risk?"
"One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths."
"Life is not fair, I know, but this is getting ridiculous."
" “Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.” "
"General David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops during the 2007-2008 surge, was back in Iraq last week for the first time in more than three years."
"In 1946, a new advertising campaign appeared in magazines with a picture of a doctor in a lab coat holding a cigarette and the slogan, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” No, this wasn’t a spoof. Back then, doctors were not aware that smoking could cause cancer, heart disease and lung disease."
"Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Seattle suburbs, announced Tuesday it was the victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed the personal data of 11 million customers — including medical information."
"Like you, I am deeply outraged at the increasingly horrific actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), which in late June of 2014 rebranded itself to this designation, announced the formation of the Caliphate and named its caliph..."
"With 1.39 billion active users worldwide, Facebook’s social network is the closest thing we have to a universal communication platform. And people post — or try to post — just about everything you can imagine."
"ISIS is scaring the daylights out of us."
"When the Export-Import Bank sought to respond to critics with tighter rules for aircraft sales, it reached out to a company with a vested interest in the outcome: Boeing Co., the biggest beneficiary of the bank’s assistance."
"Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara turned her second husband’s general store into a lumber and sawmill empire. As Mildred Pierce, Joan Crawford set up a restaurant chain. Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, runs her own DC-based crisis management firm in Scandal, while The Newsroom’s Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda) owns Atlantic Cable Network."
"“Washington Strips New York Fed’s Power” heralded an eye-opening Wall Street Journal article last week that detailed changes underway at the Federal Reserve. Typically, the Fed’s Board of Governors in Washington delegates authority to the New York Fed to supervise financial institutions on Wall Street."
"My reading and research includes white papers from the Big Four accounting firms."
"The Islamic State appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those living under its despotic rule."
"U.S. counterterrorism officials and experts, never known for their sunny dispositions, have entered a period of particular gloom."
"The Islamic State, the violent extremist group that espouses a return to a seventh-century caliphate, has been astonishingly successful at spreading its message using 21st-century social media, according to a study released Thursday."
"When Ben S. Bernanke walked into the Federal Reserve’s ornate boardroom in December 2009, the officials who were gathered around the long table gave the Fed’s chairman a standing ovation."
"HISTORY will be the judge: That’s the line leaders often use when making difficult decisions."
"The fight against the Islamic State must be a multipronged effort, designed to counter the terrorists, their ideology and their murderous strategy on every level."
"It would seem that everything is coming up roses, at least in the U.S. Is this a goldilocks world? In this month's letter Bill Longbrake discusses global mega trends, secular stagnation and global monetary policies, the long-run implications of which appear to be at odds with the short-term goldilocks scenario. Bill concludes that it's hard to say where all this leads but it probably won't be what the consensus expects."
"On a recent wintry afternoon, Mark T. Bertolini, the 58-year-old chief executive of Aetna, the health insurer, was sitting in his Hartford office wearing a dark suit and a crisp, white, French-cuffed shirt. But instead of a necktie, he wore a shiny metal amulet engraved with the Sanskrit characters “sohum.” "