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Inclusivity Not Included

The 3rd annual Woman’s March strolled by over the weekend — a tiny fraction of its former self.  Two years ago, close to a million protesters converged on Washington, D.C., while this year’s event “appeared to attract only thousands,” The Washington Post reported, “mirroring lower turnout at marches . .

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A Former Economist

Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and former economist, tested our patience last week with “Trump’s Big Libertarian Experiment.” How many non sequiturs will squeak past the Gray Lady’s editorial department?  Loads — and all about how the federal government shutdown gives limited government folks what they want: less government.

Suppressed Data Trends

One thing you notice when engaging in public policy discussions is the misuse of statistics in a particular way: truncating a timeline of data, to focus almost exclusively on short-term trends rather than a more meaningful long-term (“secular”) accounting of trends. For example, you will often see proponents of state

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What’s Up With Hate?

Reported hate crimes are up. Last year, you may remember, major media outlets noted an alarming pattern, quoting the work of a “nonpartisan researcher” who seemed more intent on linking Donald Trump to the perceived trend than anything else. This year’s increase? Well, the most recent FBI report shows hate

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When Experts Are Wrong

Standard theory has it that “mid-term elections” serve as a “referendum on the President.” In a typical article this weekend, a political scientist trotted out that common wisdom and then went on to say that “control of the referendum has shifted. It is now a referendum on leadership, on character

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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

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Three Bad Propositions

Two propositions on this November’s California ballot, Propositions 8 and 11, have found an opponent. “Both would have voters decide very narrow union-management conflicts in two relatively small medical service sectors,” explains Dan Walters, long the dean of California columnists. Unions are sponsoring Prop 8, which “purports to limit profits

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Sexism and Isn’tism

Is physics sexist against women? Professor Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, argues to the contrary. At a presentation in Geneva, in front of mainly female physicists, Strumia offered evidence that showed, if anything, that it is men who are being discriminated against.  Specifically, he compared male and female hirings to

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Not an Accusation

Brett Kavanaugh’s weekend confirmation as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 50-48 Senate vote, didn’t settle the allegations of his past sexual conduct in a judicial manner. Wild disagreement remains. Many on the Left continue to believe our newest justice repeatedly lied under oath, having abused

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James Woods, Parody, and a Pillow

The beginning of the end of actor James Woods’s time on Twitter likely occurred on July 20, 2018. Only recently discovering a tweet that he posted then, Twitter has locked Woods out of a forum where his right-leaning messages have been followed by 1,730,000 people. His delinquent tweet forwarded an

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Google Goes Bad

Good Google’s evil twin, Bad Google, is at it again. In addition to doing bad things to advance its political agenda, Google is willing to work with bad governments do bad things.  For example, the authoritarian Chinese government. Google is working on a mobile version of its search engine, code-named

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Let’s String Up Tucker Carlson

“Ask Tucker Carlson whatever happened to Tucker Carlson,” writes Lyz Lenz for the Columbia Journalism Review, “and he gets upset.” Hmm. I guess some rich, white, male, conservative television hosts just don’t like being pigeonholed and belittled. Lenz’s profile, entitled, “The mystery of Tucker Carlson,” details Carlson’s descent from apparent

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