Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Read my new book Big Science and my blog at http://latimes.com/hiltzik mhiltzik@latimes.com

A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics

latimes.com — In one of the more craven and inexplicable government rulings of recent years, the Internal Revenue Service has decided that Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS political fundraising organization is a "social welfare" group mostly operating outside of politics. The ruling allows Crossroads GPS, like the other 501(c)4 nonprofit organizations whose ranks it has now joined, to keep its donors secret.

In other business news, Carly Fiorina is 'now available for speaking engagements'

latimes.com — Well, that didn't take long. Within a few hours of Carly Fiorina's announcement that she was ending her Presidential bid , she started her transition back into the world of commerce, as a speakers bureau representing the former Hewlett-Packard CEO sent out an email announcing that she is "now available...
Feb 11, 2016

Couldn't even wait until the campaign was cold before running off to that hussy, speaking engagements latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Another executive gets his wrist slapped for poisoning a community's water

latimes.com — The Flint, Mich., water crisis has been garnering all the headlines lately, but we shouldn't forget its precursor in the news cycles devoted to man-made environmental disasters. That would be the 2014 chemical spill into the Elk and Kanawha rivers flowing through Charleston, W. Va. The spill of...
Feb 10, 2016

RT @latimes: Column: Another executive gets his wrist slapped for poisoning a community's water lat.ms/1Tdrxet

Feb 10, 2016

RT @latimes: Column: Another executive gets his wrist slapped for poisoning a community's water lat.ms/1Tdrxet

The conservative case against expanding Social Security was based on an arithmetic error

latimes.com — The conservative argument that the retirement crisis is a myth has been based on the notion that Americans actually will have far more in retirement resources than they recognize--particularly that Social Security benefits will amount to a much larger percentage of workers' lifetime income than has been assumed.
Feb 10, 2016

RT @latimes: The conservative case against expanding Social Security? It was based on a math error, says columnist @hiltzikm lat.ms/20W3u53

Feb 11, 2016

A great column by @hiltzikm on the sadly ridiculous claim that Americans do have enough saved up for #retirement. latimes.com/business/hiltz…

How scientists failed the public in the Flint water crisis

latimes.com — The Flint, Mich., water crisis , in which thousands of children were exposed to elevated lead levels after a supposedly money-saving decision to start using the corrosive Flint River as the city's water supply, is more than a massive failure of politics and regulation . It's also a failure of science and scientists.

Apple takes its eye off the ball: Why Apple fans are really coming to hate Apple software

latimes.com — There always have been two great virtues in Apple's policy of keeping the development of hardware and core software in-house: their seamless integration with each other, and their quality. Lately, however, these virtues have started to disappear. The last few weeks have seen an explosion of discontent...

Congress to blame for high drug prices

pressdemocrat.com — Members of the House Oversight Committee were probably giving each other high-fives Thursday for making Martin Shkreli look like a smug jerk under their questioning about the high drug prices at his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals. You know what? He was a smug jerk, smirking through his appearance before the committee as he repeatedly pleaded the Fifth Amendment.

A case of big money shaping science

latimes.com — The 21st century is still young, but it may already have its era-defining patent fight. The contestants are the University of California and the Broad Institute, a Harvard- and MIT-affiliated research foundation endowed by Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad. At stake are the rights to a breakthrough...

Football and kids: Are pediatricians too tolerant about youth tackling?

latimes.com — This is the week that our national fascination with pro football reaches its annual climax. The run-up tp the Super Bowl is also a good time to ponder the effects of the game on its youngest participants, some of whom start tackling each other as early as age 5. 
Feb 05, 2016

RT @latimesfirehose: Football and kids: Are pediatricians too tolerant about youth tackling? lat.ms/1nMT4Gl

Sheldon Adelson, the NFL and Las Vegas: A perfect match?

lasvegassun.com — Pat Sullivan / AP Every so often, nature brings together two prospective partners who truly deserve each other. Such a match made in heaven is the alliance of Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson and the National Football League.
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Feb 12, 2016

A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics fw.to/IWPqq1g

Feb 12, 2016

RT @meredithshiner: Just spent an 80-minute drive trying to come up with one good reason for why spin rooms should exist and I came up with nothing.

Feb 11, 2016

Talk about a seamless transition: Carly Fiorina is 'now available for speaking engagements' fw.to/yXVzjYI

Feb 11, 2016

In other business news, Carly Fiorina is 'now available for speaking engagements' fw.to/w2Hhita

Feb 10, 2016

Apple takes its eye off the ball, and drives Apple fans to really hate Apple software fw.to/6NeFWnG

Feb 10, 2016

White collar skating: Another executive gets his wrist slapped for poisoning an entire city's drinking water: fw.to/UEdNbnh

Feb 10, 2016

That conservative case against expanding Social Security? It was based on a math error: fw.to/6VkomuK


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