"I don't believe in journalists having 'responsibility.'"
-Seth Lipsky, October 16, 2003

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll demanded on August 20, 2003, that Washington "finish the war" against "the Arabs."

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll assembled their staff for a Champagne toast to mass death on the commencement of hostilities against Iraq. Stoll called it "my war." CNN maintains a running update here of Americans killed in Ira's war.

On February 6, 2003, Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll wrote, in all seriousness, of a pending anti-war demonstration that the "the New York City police could do worse, in the end, than to allow the protest and send two witnesses along for each participant, with an eye toward preserving at least the possibility of an eventual treason prosecution."

The June 9, 1995 Wall Street Journal quoted an SEC complaint against New York Sun backer Bruce Kovner as saying Kovner had "altered and destroyed" subpoenaed evidence. We wish you'd do the same to the daily print run of your God-awful newspaper, Bruce.

Also, Professor G. Harlan Reynolds alleged on August 27, 2002 - when the Sun was several months in publication - that Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll had not yet paid him for a piece authored for their inaugural issue.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Alicia Colon responded, again very promptly, to our reply to her response to our query. We disagree with her, of course, but it's very kind of her to respond anyway.

The sacred cow of choice refers to both birth control and abortion. In many cases, abortion is used as a form of birth control. The women who have written to protest my columns make a point of not wanting to bring children they can't afford into the world.

Every generation ages, Brad, but it is usually replaced by its progeny. This is not happening because too many of us do not want to pay the price of parenthood. We want that second paycheck not that second baby.
Don't ever expect to see that word abortion in a UN document. That's how advocates can say its policies are abortion neutral.

An interesting site that monitors these global conditions is www.pop.org. I also recall seeing a television documentary about the disastrous results of the zero population campaign which started decades ago. You can use your considerable surfing skills to hunt it down, I'm sure.

The network problem is a configuration problem on my home computer but thanks (?) for your concern for the Sun's financial status.

Mea culpa for the Olivier gaffe. These tired ole eyes aint what they used to be.



Wednesday, July 24, 2002
In response to the email we sent her yesterday, Alicia Colon swiftly and courteously sent us the following:

Dear Brad,

I was unable to read your entire email because my remote access to the Sun network is not working. A friend copied your web page and inquiry about today's column to my AOL address.

The information was taken from a United Nations study "Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Aging Populations?" I believe it was conducted in 2000. According to the U.N., not one major country now has sufficient internal population growth to maintain itself. Just to keep the population from falling, a nation needs a fertility rate of about 2.1 children per woman. Among major countries, only the U.S. is even close at 1.99. Italy's is the lowest at 1.2, followed by Germany at 1.3, Russia at 1.35 and Japan at 1.43.

I hope this answers your question. After reading the archival critiques of my columns by Grady Oliver, I must say your comment today was relatively mild by comparison. Please tell Mr. Oliver that I am very well aware that Stonewall was the site of the riots but what I send in to the publisher is edited and typos do occur.

I'll be in the office tomorrow and read your original email and if you have any other questions besides the population one, I'll answer it as soon as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Alicia Colon

We greatly appreciate her responsiveness. (The report cited is located here.) However, her answer raised another question in our minds, so we have sent her another query:

Ms. Colon—

Thank you for your quick reply. The study you cited does indeed suggest that the populations of a number of “First World” countries will drop precipitously in the future.

However, in your column you stated that “The sacred cow of choice has in fact dwindled the numbers of cradle inhabitants to such an extent that many developed countries need immigration to maintain population levels.” I did not notice anywhere in the UN report any mention of abortion (which I assume you are referring to through your use of the phrase “sacred cow of choice”) as the cause of this population decline. By my reading, the projected decline is due almost exclusively to aging populations, a natural result (it would seem to me) of the various population explosions following the end of World War II. Furthermore, I have seen several studies indicating that abortion rates have been dropping steadily in most countries since the 1970s. (Here is the link for one such study.)

Did I miss, in my admittedly quick read of the report, a reference to abortion as a factor in the population decline?

I am sorry you had troubles with your remote access. I hope the Sun is not having a problem paying its bills.

Thank you again for your generous and timely reply,


P.S. Just for future reference, my colleague’s last name is “Olivier,” with an extra I after the V. A lot of people make the mistake, and I know he gets a little touchy about it. Thanks.

Again, we eagerly await her reply.

A further note on the wretched state of the New York Sun’s advertising department: On the Sun’s debut, the paper was studded with advertisements. These were of two types. Embarrassing business card-sized placements bidding good luck from companies incorporating the surname Stoll in their tradestyles comprised the first. The second group consisted of ads presumably placed by friends of the paper’s backing plutocrats – private client banks and other services aimed at high net worth individuals. Both classes of ads are now nowhere in evidence, indicating the Stoll family’s embarrassment over Young Ira’s frenzied propaganda sheet and the paper’s irrelevance to anyone with assets enough to trust to the friends of Kovner et al.

Who is reading the Sun? Judging by today’s ads, it seems only people looking to save $5.00 on the purchase of a dozen bagels and poor unfortunates in need of tonics “scientifically formulated to stop hair loss and regrow new hair.” The revenue stream has narrowed to but a trickle, and that trickle - should the hair regrowth ad have been taken out in trade with Propecia Creature Seth Lipsky - may be even less voluminous than is apparent.

Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Alicia Colon is a columnist “of” (as they like to say) the New York Sun. I wrote her an email. It says,

I found your column of today quite thought provoking, particularly the passage in which you stated, “The sacred cow of choice has in fact dwindled the numbers of cradle inhabitants to such an extent that many developed countries need immigration to maintain population levels.”

I am very eager to discover the source of this information, as well as the countries in question, so that I may pass the information (and your quote) along to friends.
Thank you for your time,

Brad Olson

We await her reply.

Monday, July 22, 2002
Benjamin Smith, your Pulitzer awaits. The New York Sun staff reporter went above and beyond the call of duty for today’s article on Saturday’s lower Manhattan blackout. Smith spoke with an employee of Wireless Warehouse, one of the numerous businesses affected by the blackout. Smith describes the Warehouse as “a cellular telephone store on Chambers Street.” So Smith bravely ventured out from the Sun’s offices, on Chambers Street, to interview an employee of a store, on Chambers Street. Well done sir.

In an excellent article in the Globe and Mail last week, Miro Cernetig made the astute observation that the New York Sun’s July 16 edition contained only five advertisements. Today: precisely three, not counting the 2 ads for the Sun itself. Of course, there are the classifieds, but sadly, even most of those are of the “Why not advertise in the Sun classifieds?” variety.

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