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January 20, 2015

"Botched environmental predictions for 2015"

This is a great project for somebody: keep track of the Left's record on predictions.

You’ve heard the warnings: Global warming could doom humanity. Overpopulation and deforestation will destroy the planet. We’re going to run out of energy.

It isn’t happening right now, experts say, but it could happen in a few decades.

Yet, decades ago, experts warned that many catastrophes would happen now – by the year 2015. Yet they have not. FoxNews.com found five predictions that went astray.

January 13, 2015

"The World Is Not Falling Apart"

Good to know.

To be sure, adding up corpses and comparing the tallies across different times and places can seem callous, as if it minimized the tragedy of the victims in less violent decades and regions. But a quantitative mindset is in fact the morally enlightened one. It treats every human life as having equal value, rather than privileging the people who are closest to us or most photogenic. And it holds out the hope that we might identify the causes of violence and thereby implement the measures that are most likely to reduce it. Let’s examine the major categories in turn.

January 02, 2015

"5 Ways Einstein Was a Regular Guy"

Just an everyday guy, Big Al.

December 30, 2014

"Who Suffers? Race Riots, Then and Now"

Sadly, this is very much worth remembering:

Looting and arson in the 1960s wiped out entire business districts in black neighborhoods. Many riots were precipitated by encounters with police, such as a police raid on an illegal after-hours bar in Detroit—an incident that resulted in the destruction of over 2,000 small businesses and buildings. This cycle played out in cities across the nation, resulting in 200 deaths and enormous property damage. The physical and emotional scars of those riots remained decades after the fires expired.

Detroit, Newark, South Central: the list is awful.

December 14, 2014

"It’s 1963 Again"

What do Liberals want? A huge part of it is in this short piece. They want--profoundly, desperately--for it to be 50 years ago. The Birmingham church bombing. The March on Washington. The 1964 Civil Rights Act. When they were young--so young--and so noble and fighting that really, really good fight. 

Go ahead and tell me again that conservatives are the ones who are living in the past.

December 10, 2014

"Wheat People vs. Rice People: Why Are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others?"

I find explanations of differences in culture and in economic systems due to geography potentially very appealing. (Geography, unlike many other factors, can be safely assumed exogenous.) So this hypothesis is quite interesting.

But the author doesn't mention, oddly, the similarity between this idea and Wittfogel's notion of "hydraulic civilizations".

November 24, 2014

"Lazy"

Michael Greenspan responds, excellently, to Randy Newman's anti-Romney-voter song. 

November 18, 2014

"Why Ronald Reagan’s ‘A Time for Choosing’ endures after all this time"

Summary: because he was right.

See also "Ronald Reagan’s ‘A Time For Choosing’ Is 50 Years Old Today: Does It Hold Up?"

October 15, 2014

"Why Europe Is Irrational About Israel"

An analysis that was new for me.

To propose immediate Palestinian statehood under these circumstances is psychotic, to call the matter by its right name. The Europeans, along with the United Nations and the Obama administration on most working days, refuse to take reality into account. When someone tells you that Martians are transmitting radio waves into his brain, or that Elvis Presley really is the pope rather than an Argentine Jesuit, one doesn’t enquire into the merits of the argument. Rather, one considers the cause of the insanity.

The Europeans hate Israel with the passion of derangement. Why? Well, one might argue that the Europeans always have hated Jews; they were sorry they hated Jews for a while after the Holocaust, but they have gotten over that and hate us again. Some analysts used to cite Arab commercial influence in European capitals, but today Egypt and implicitly Saudi Arabia are closer to Jerusalem’s point of view than Ramallah’s. Large Muslim populations in Europe constitute a pressure group for anti-Israel policies, but that does not explain the utter incapacity of the European elite to absorb the most elementary facts of the situation.

Europe’s derangement has deeper roots. Post-nationalist Europeans, to be sure, distrust and despise all forms of nationalism. But Israeli nationalism does not offend Europe merely because it is one more kind of nationalism. From its founding, Europe has been haunted by the idea of Israel. Its first states emerged as an attempt to appropriate the election of Israel. 

October 05, 2014

Presented as a public service

"What’s Racist, What’s Not (As of Friday, Oct. 3, 2014)".

Including the American Revolution and a cartoon cupcakes ad. 

 

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