Month: July 2012

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Shorter Christian Smith: “If academic freedom means anything, it’s that published work should be completely beyond criticism, even when a researcher draws inferences from data that the data plainly cannot support and writes popular articles further defending these unsupportable inferences. Why won’t his hardcore leftist critics, like known Trotskyite Walter Olson, leave him allooooone?” Share

More Bits on Syria

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In Robert Farley
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On July 24, 2012
Two stories on unconventional weapons in Syria.  First, CJ Chivers explains why IEDs matter a lot in the Syrian context: This is where the I.E.D. fits in. Once the armed opposition mastered the I.E.D. and spiked with bombs much of the very ground that any military seeking to control Syria must cover, and Syria’s army […]
The opening paragraphs of Anna Breslaw’s…we’ll call it a “review” of Breaking Bad are so jaw-droppingly inhumane, historically erroneous and offensive it’s hard to imagine any criticism astute enough to redeem them.     But what further damns them is that her transparent misreading of Breaking Bad seems to have been generated by her bizarre […]

Sally Ride

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On July 24, 2012

Sally Ride indeed blasted through the space ceiling for women. Her death is a sad day. It’s made even sadder by the fact that despite her pioneering past, she couldn’t crack another ceilin

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