Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian oil tycoon, was sentenced this week to nine years in a Russian prison camp on charges of tax evasion and fraud. A tacky to Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Bret Stephens. "Putin picked his ideal villain, a very successful Russian entrepreneur who built one of the most successful oil companies in the world," says Stephens. "Putin simply decided he wanted to steal that company, and put it in the hands of his cronies. It really calls into question the future of Russia as a democratic state, as a state where people can invest."
The Japanese government is pushing its workers to fight global warming by leaving their ties at home and turning down the AC during the sweaty summer months. That's a tacky, says Rob Pollock. "Look, global warming is a speculative threat at best based on shaky computer models and unsupported by a temperature record that shows no clear warming trend," says Pollock. "Recently a group of economists, including three Nobel laureates, got together to talk about the most serious problems, and which ones were most worth addressing and could be addressed in a cost-effective way. The project was called the Copenhagen Consensus, and they put global warming right at the bottom and they put issues like HIV and malnutrition in the developing world at the top."