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Why the Surveillance State Must End

Surveillance
9 months ago

This post originally appeared in The Daily Caller. You can read the original here. In this era of tone-deaf leadership, it seems the National Security Agency is the only government outfit that actually listens. Congress certainly pays no mind, either to its constituents or to the words of the ...

Experts' Corner

The Arrogance of a Well-Fed Society

In-slummibus
9 months ago

This post originally appeared in RealClearScience. You can read the original here. Every time I write an article about population growth or poverty, I receive at least one e-mail insisting that there are too many humans on the planet. That erroneous statement is usually followed up with a not ...

Experts' Corner

When is it Worth the Risk?

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9 months ago

Business involves taking risks, and many of these are financial risks but in many aspects of business there can be risks to people. Sometimes it's even severe physical injury and even death -- though not usually for the management or people making decisions about the business. For me this became ...

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The Common Belief Fallacy

World-on-tortoise
9 months ago

Back when Shakespeare said you were the paragon of animals, both noble in reason and infinite in faculties, he did so during a time when physicians believed the body was filled with black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood, and all sickness and health depended on the interaction of those ...

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Calling All Innovators!

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9 months ago

If you see a problem, fix it – it’s the American way, and also the simple yet potent impetus behind some of America’s most successful products and companies.   One of the biggest current and future problems facing America is its severe dependence on oil, which brings with it very negative ...

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Why You Should Never Hit Your Dog

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10 months ago

This post originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here "Bad dog! Bad dog!" Even if you're not a dog owner, I'd wager you've heard that aplenty. The firm admonishment is occasionally accompanied by the choking yank of a leash or the stinging whack ...