Review: ‘The Bureau of Insights’ by Sam Knight

In the first week of 1967, Barker and the Standard team began categorizing forecasts as “Copyright”, “Race”, Fire and “Unspecified disasters”. (Science reporter Peter Fairley often used the race file for betting tips.) Once they were categorized, they waited to see what happened and tried to relate the tragedies on the news page to the …

‘The Bureau of Insights’ Tells Crowds to Be Supernatural

FORESIGHT OFFICECalculation of an Actual Forewarded Deathby Sam Knightillustrated. 249 pages. Penguin Press. 28 dollars. Gabriel García Márquez wouldn’t sleep in a house if someone died in it. Colette was passionate about prospecting. James Merrill had the Ouija board. Ted Hughes taught Sylvia Plath to read the zodiac. Robert Graves believed in ghosts. If Edmund …

The federal consumer bureau wants to eliminate what it calls ‘garbage’.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is poised to crack down on what it calls insignificant fees, late payment fees, hotel vacation fees, and other related expenses that collectively add billions of dollars to what Americans pay for goods and services. “Insignificant fees make it difficult for us to choose the best product or service, as …

Senate Confirms Biden’s Election as Head of Bureau of Land Management

But Republican leaders based their opposition on his behavior during a tree planting incident in 1989, not his opposition to expanding oil and gas drilling. As a graduate student in Montana, Ms. Stone-Manning, now 56, wrote and mailed a warning letter to the United States Forest Service about her plan to install metal spikes in …

Consumer Bureau Chief Approves Close Senate Vote

The Senate on Thursday approved Rohit Chopra to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a 50-to-48 party-line vote, overtaking objections from Republicans who said the bureau would use its far-reaching powers to pursue an anti-business agenda. Mr. Chopra, 39, most recently served as a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission and has often criticized …