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Settling the Science

A paper in the august science journal Nature,* on the oceans’ “thermal inertia” and the ominous temperature rise therein, has been corrected. But not before the BBC (and other media outlets) ballyhooed the results in the usual “climate change”/“global warming” narrative: “Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’”

Snopes, fake news, Trump, Elizabeth Warren, truth

Fakes & Facts

“There was truth and there was untruth,” George Orwell wrote in his classic novel, 1984, “and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” In the Age of Trump and Fake News, way past 1984, I’m hanging on for dear sanity. Earlier this

A Fraction of a Reaction

“A little dab’ll do ya.” That was from Brylcream, not 23andme. President Donald Trump has been mocking Senator Warren, relentlessly, for her claims to native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas.”* Some have dubbed him “racist” for doing this, but his point was plausibly anti-racist. In 1995, Harvard Law School ballyhooed

TSA, Transportation Security Administration, civil liberty, privacy, airport security

TSA Abuse

Among the rights-trampling bureaucracies, many and various, the Transportation Security Administration is far from the most beloved. Millions of Americans, in the course of trying to catch flights, experience TSA agents up close and personal.  Some of these official gropers are way too “handsy.” One report comes to our attention

The Self-Neutered Congress

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee again demonstrated why Congress’s approval ratings bob about in our toilet bowls. Amid the spectacle of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, one senator spoke not about judicial philosophy, but political reality. “What’s the hysteria coming from?” asked Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), noting the circus-like

Cornel West, socialism, socialist, Venezuela, starvation

Pulling It Off

Give democratic socialism a chance?  So says Dr. Cornel West, the “provocative democratic intellectual” who serves as one of eight honorary co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America.  This accomplished Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, explained to Fox News host

Arlington, Texas, term limits, democracy, initiative,City Council,

Strange It Is

Strange for the Arlington, Texas, City Council to hold a meeting on a Sunday evening, much less one to “consider suspending the city charter.” That is how the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported “the latest twist in the term limit controversy that has engulfed the city with a lawsuit and competing

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Sneaky Lobbyists Prefer Sneakiness

The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce’s CEO and chief lobbyist, Randy Zook and Kenneth Wall, have formed Arkansans for Common-Sense Term Limits.  The Chamber has a burning hatred for term limits — Common-Sense or otherwise — just like every other lobbyist and special interest. But Zook and Hall are fibbing in

civil, asset, forfeiture, civil asset forfeiture, cash, grocery bag, Whole Foods, theft, police, corruption

Forfeiting Common Sense

Is it okay to steal if you can get away with it? A full answer would require a treatise. But most of us common-sensibly understand that evil does not magically become good when perpetrators are not stopped or punished. Thrasymachus was wrong to contend, in Plato’s Republic, that justice is

Washington D.C., metro, repairs, closed, government, waste, efficiency, accountability

No Other Options?

Long I have criticized the Washington, DC, Metro — the transit authority in our nation’s imperial capital — most recently in March. But I am foursquare in support of the government body’s recent hazard warning: “Only take Metro if you have no other option.” Good general principle. But what’s the

Washington Post, economics, economy, control, government, limited

Driven to Sanity

Having the federal government centrally plan the economy is “a huge waste of everyone’s time and resources” states an amazingly common-sensical Washington Post editorial. “In a well-functioning modern economy, businesses are generally free to buy and sell the things they need, absent a compelling public need for government intervention,” the

New York Times, The Terror, doxing, firing, racism, double standard

Transcendent Gray Lady

How far are we away from a completely vindictive, murderous madness like The Terror of revolutionary France? I know, almost no one is talking of guillotines.  But a lot of people seem determined to destroy others’ lives publicly. We are all too familiar with Twitterstorms where worked-up outrage forces someone

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