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After a twenty year run, Salt Lake City is losing the Outdoor Retailer show because the Utah congressional delegation wants “to end federal control over millions of acres of public lands in ...
Doctors’ free speech upheld, again
The 11th circuit in full panel overturned, again, a Florida law that banned doctors from asking patients about what guns they own. On obvious 1st amendment grounds. I doubt that is a common ...
Immigrants and Swedish crime
Like Kevin Drum, “Whenever I see writing that carefully avoids providing comparative statistics, my BS detector goes off.” Give me graphs. Meaningful graphs that don’t play tricks and explai...
Barcelona and refugees
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona Saturday, because of refugees in Spain. Because of their relative absence. Spain has promised to take in 17,000 refugees, but so far has ...
The rationality of irrationality
A post from the Cultural Cognition Project offers this explanation of why greater education is put to the purpose of rationalizing your tribe’s beliefs: It is in fact perfectly rational at t...
Batteries on the grid
Three battery storage plants are going online in the California electric grid, with the explicit goal of reducing reliance on gas peaker generation. The large problem that has faced sustaina...
Symplectic manifolds and big stones
Before I stepped away from mathematics, I was heading to the study of differential geometry. Which since has become quite popular, and even contentious. Mohamed Abouzad explains the lack of ...
Climate misdirection in the Daily Mail
The Guardian rebuts yet another innumerate article by David Rose. Hot Whopper also jumps into the fray. Wikipedia just banned citations to the Daily Mail due to “its reputation for poor fact...
John Bogle seems overly optimistic to me when he claims: The fiduciary rule may fade away, but the fiduciary principle is eternal. The next Bernie Madoff is just around the corner. Financial...
Weinberg and atomic clocks
I almost agree with Hossenfelder that what we need on foundational issues is “a little less talk, a little more action.” I wonder, though, if we’re not a bit like a chimpanzee in the cage, t...
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