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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On December 10, 2019
Just in case you were wondering how much the extinctions of the past few hundred years are caused by humans, the answer is nearly all of them. Not so long ago, the northern seas were full of great auks. Every summer, millions of the two-toned, goose-sized birds would gather at different breeding grounds across the […]
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Volcker

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On December 9, 2019
Paul Volcker is dead. It’s worth remembering briefly just how responsible he is for many of the problems we face today. The first thing I remembered when I heard he died was a conversation I had a couple of years ago with the wife of a college president (not mine). Basically, we started talking and […]

Music Notes

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On December 8, 2019

I don’t have any particularly compelling personal musical experiences since the last Music Notes post. My concert schedule has a lull in it right now and until the beginning of February actually

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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On December 8, 2019
The planet is dying and we pay absolutely no attention. The world’s oceans are struggling to breathe, rapidly running out of oxygen at an unprecedented rate. Climate change is dangerously exacerbating the issue, scientists warned in a new study.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the largest report of its kind — […]

Today in Policing

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On December 8, 2019

It’s a real wonder why more and more people believe the entire structure of policing to be so corrupted that the reject law enforcement’s moral authority entirely: Two Los Angeles police o

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Uber and Sexual Assault

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On December 7, 2019
No wonder Uber execs were so friendly to Trump. Uber has disclosed that 3,000 sexual assaults were reported on its U.S. rides last year, the first time it has revealed the scale of the safety problem that exists at ride-hailing companies. The reported assaults were part of Uber’s long-awaited safety study, published Thursday amid widespread […]

She’s Running

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On December 7, 2019

Nikki Haley is an utterly detestable human being. And she’s obviously running for the Republican nomination in 2024. As such, there’s going to be a lot more of this. Nikki Haley says the C

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