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NatGeo’s Missing Info on China’s Mysterious Mountains

National Geographic magazine has some good articles, but it has some bad articles too - either containing misleading information, or containing a lack thereof. Regarding the latter, the latest issue of NatGeo has an article on the famous and mysterious tower-like mountains of southern China and the associated caves, near the city of Guilin. The article mainly discusses the authors' and rock climbers' experiences there. As always, there are good photographs. And there's a cool diagram of the caves. But if you want to know how the tower-like mountains were formed, you're in for a letdown. … [Read More...]

Short Takes

John Kerry’s Intention-Paved Road

A frequent criticism of persons who lean left is that they tend to judge themselves based on their intentions rather than on the outcome of whatever policy it is they support. Secretary of State John … [Read More...]

Political Correctness at WaPo Run Amok

A recent article in the Washington Post detailing several assaults on local bike paths never mentions the racial characteristics of any of the attackers. It describes them somewhat - mentioning their … [Read More...]

Conscientious Motorist Severely Beaten

  In his book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, Jared Diamond tells us that when you accidentally hit a pedestrian while driving in Papua New Guinea, … [Read More...]

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Washington Post: Shielding You from Embarrassing Obama Aministration News

The reality of media bias particularly stands out … [Read More...]

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Science and Circumstantial Evidence of the Existence of God

Whittaker Chambers was an American who spied on … [Read More...]

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Karl Marx Was An Intellectual Godfather of Adolph Hitler

It's often argued that National Socialism's roots … [Read More...]

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The Cosmos is Neither All That Is, Nor Ever Was, Nor Ever Will Be

Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the new Cosmos … [Read More...]

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Why the Bible Doesn’t Explain Evolution or the Big Bang

I only got to see snippets of the Bill Nye-Ken Ham … [Read More...]

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How a Movie Almost Wrecked a Life

The passing of Harold Ramis was big news today. The actor/writer/director wrote or co-wrote such classic comedies as National Lampoon's Animal House, Stripes, and Ghostbusters. His talents certainly brought a lot of laughs and good cheer to America. But there were downsides too. Just today I read … [Read More...]

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Obamacare is Creating a Part-Time America

We're living through a period of profound change in America, for the worse. Today it hit home for this observer, while talking to a woman who is a waitress at Bob Evans restaurant. She said that a few months ago, most of the full-time employees at her restaurant, and presumably at all Bob Evans … [Read More...]

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One Intern’s Bizarre Notion of “Subsidy”

There's a recent Guardian article headlined, "Tax breaks for CEOs pay for million-dollar salaries: CEOs' salaries are ballooning thanks to tax breaks that turn bonuses into government subsidies for corporate America". It makes two laughable assertions: that stock options are a government subsidy … [Read More...]

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Give Thanks for Albion

This Thanksgiving, appreciate the efforts of the British – namely the ancestors of today’s British. It’s largely because of them that freedom started to flourish. We’re living in unique times. For most of world history, despotism and slavery were the norm the world over. It only has been within … [Read More...]

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Health Warning on the Healthy Marriage Initiative

We all know that those who lean right are skeptical that government programs can solve socioeconomic problems. Such programs are usually well intentioned, but flops. But what if righties themselves design and implement such programs? Will their roads that are paved with good intentions now lead … [Read More...]

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A Columnist’s Calumny

The left is outraged at Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen for writing that “People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, … [Read More...]

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Hurricane Obamacare is Arriving

Hey Repubs and other opponents of Obamacare. You're too late in taking the President to task for his "if-you-like-your-insurance-you-can-keep-it" ruse. Back in late 2009 and early 2010, before Obamacare was passed, the President was repeating that mantra again and again, but the silence on the … [Read More...]

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New Sheriff’s Brother Caught Stealing Campaign Signs

Don't like the Constitutional right of freedom of speech? We'll you're out of luck if you live in the United States. But there still are a few things you can do to help deny freedom of speech to your political opponents: steal their campaign signs. Carrying out such acts denotes questionable … [Read More...]

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The Cove, Four Years On

In 2009 The Cove was filmed, an Oscar-winning documentary that depicts a heart-wrenching phenomenon: the dolphin slaughter off the coast of Taiji, Japan, where the ocean waters literally turn bright red with mammalian blood. They're apparently killed for their meat. Few people had ever witnessed … [Read More...]

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National Geographic’s Pseudo-Scientific Centerfold

While plausible arguments can be made that anthropogenic global warming is happening, many proponents thereof often resort to demagoguery and pseudoscience. Hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and floods, for example, are demagogued to death as signs of global warming, even though the same has been … [Read More...]

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WaPo Journalist a 150 WPM Typist?

Former vice president Al Gore recently allegedly told Washington Post columnist/blogger Ezra Klein that, “The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6. The fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over these storms and extreme weather events.” Turns out that no such … [Read More...]

Yali Mabel, the chief of Dani tribe, Papua, Indonesia. (istockphoto)

Be Thankful You Live in the Here and Now

Lest you think that life in tribal societies was idyllic, think again. It truly was nasty, brutish, and short. Especially for women. That's made clear in a recent book by Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? By “the world until yesterday” he … [Read More...]

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Greatest Generation Redux

If they aren’t included already as members of the Greatest Generation, Korean War veterans should be. Were it not for them, tens of millions of more people today would be living poverty-stricken lives in a totalitarian nightmare. Korean War vets stopped the communists from conquering the whole of … [Read More...]