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A Tree Fell In a Forest

It’s neither “iconic” nor “ironic.” “Storm fells one of California’s iconic drive-through tunnel trees, carved 137 years ago,” Travis M. Anderson’s title informs us. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at-the-trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia you have seen in hundreds of photos. It fell, almost certainly,






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The Pattern Here

Thomas Sowell, who retired from his syndicated column last week, may be the greatest public intellectual of our time. Though he is “an original,” an iconoclast, his work is best seen as the carrying on of a tradition. Or two. Consider his most famous research area: race. An African-American, Sowell






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Whack the Bob

It’s a truism in politics: the pendulum swings. Now, around the world, we see a deep swing rightward: Brexit, and the collapse of Britain’s Labour Party; Donald Trump, and the routing of the Democrats; German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turnaround on Muslim refugee acceptance; and, in France, the rise of the






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Conscience Clear?

Today the Electoral College meets to elect the 45th President of these United States. But if they fail to cast the required majority for a candidate, the contest goes into the House of Representatives, where each state gets one vote — Wyoming and California equally weighted — and a state’s






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Seventeen, Again

The first I heard of an actual enumeration of federal “intelligence agencies” was from Hillary Clinton. In the final presidential debate, she claimed that the truths spilling out of the Podesta emails had been revealed courtesy of Russian hackers, and she knew this because all 17 U.S. “intelligence agencies” had






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The Ignorance of Experts

Richard Phillips Feynman May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which






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Climate Change Assertions

I know Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA; he replaced the egregious Drew Edmondson as Oklahoma Attorney General. Pruitt seems like a good man. But Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) says different. “Mr. Pruitt’s record is not only that of being a climate change denier, but also .






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For Genderless Freedom

When President Obama announced last week that he wants my daughter to register for the draft — as a symbol of the nation’s commitment to gender equality and a “ritual of adulthood” — believe me, I noticed. Sure, the symbolism rings hollow, I wrote at Townhall. The president is on






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A Hailstorm of Orthodoxy

Don’t worry, scientist Roger Pielke, Jr., informs us. He is doing fine — he has tenure. It is too bad, though, that he no longer works in climate science. He was drummed out of that endeavor by journalists, big-monied foundations, and the White House. Are you skeptical? Well, drill down






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Diversity, Identity, and the Liberal Implosion

“To paraphrase Bernie Sanders, America is sick and tired of hearing about liberals’ damn bathrooms.” Finally. Some sense from the New York Times. Mark Lilla, in “The End of Identity Liberalism,” delivers a valuable lesson about political correctness — without once mentioning the term “political correctness.” Now this is a






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Tyranny’s Days Are Numbered

Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator for half a century, died Friday night. “Although Castro was beloved by a legion of followers,” The Washington Post acknowledged, “detractors saw him as a repressive leader who turned Cuba into a de facto gulag.” Many on the American left — especially in Hollywood —






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Don’t Dress for Excess

Undoubtedly, men have it easy in several ways that women do not. Take something only seemingly trivial: clothing. When men need to dress to impress, the answer is simple: a suit. There is not really a lot of variety here, and little is required of a man in his choice






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