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Just finished doing my taxes. Yay, that’s both enjoyable and an incredibly valuable use of my time. I spent only about three hours so far this year getting my paperwork together, shopping for low-priced software, asking for advice, filling out my taxes, making a couple of phone calls and adjusting my withholdings for next year […]

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Allow me to ask a sort of stupid (series of?) question: (1) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of vaccines? (2) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the efficacy of vaccines in preventing disease? OK. (3) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of GMO foods? (4) What does the […]

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Arnold Kling finishes a preamble to a review of a popular book in Political Science: Instead, I think this reflects the ease with which someone on the left can obtain high status in academia, and the corresponding difficulty for those on the right. If you’re on the right, you have to demonstrate awareness of important […]

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The inevitable has become reality: New York State has banned fracking. Makes this sort of thing rather laughable, now doesn’t it? What can I really say? The epidemiology is not there to support “fracking” as being particularly dangerous. The environmental research is not there to support the idea that it is particularly harmful. Remember, good […]

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An article has been making the rounds recently about scientists at Harvard being fairly certain that aerosolic geoengineering approaches would be able to reduce the GHG effect by 50% or more, and in fact do so in a way that not only cools the planet, but does so in a way to ensure that we […]

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This is a theme that we will come back to from time to time. Let’s think for a minute about what Daniel Kahneman says about making good investment decisions: “You should talk to people who disagree with you and you should talk to people who are not in the same emotional situation you are,” (via Marginal […]

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“It” being a really expensive price for a pill that is quite literally a life-saving pill. And once again, we get the usual standard fare from the Voxers: In Europe, things are like, so, way, cooler and more just. They pay, like, so much less for their life-saving pills. Big pharma profits are like, waaaaaayyyyy, […]

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Two completely underappreciated developments. As optimistic as I am about the world, EVEN I was taken aback by the rapidity and breadth of these developments: malaria and species extinction. Species Extinction You may by now know that a horrible blight wiped out up to 3 billion American chestnut trees last century. It was one of the most common trees in […]

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Not in the mood to be charitable again. Screw the FDA and the crop of enfeebled nannies who demand crap like this: The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly […]

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