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The Real Drug War

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On July 30, 2008
A top government research scientist I know has a theory about the “obesity epidemic.” Dr. X isn’t allowed to speak on the record to the media about X’s work without getting permission from X’s superiors (one thing that came as a shock to me when I started studying this stuff was the extent to which […]

Apocalypse Now

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On July 29, 2008

I’ve just read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which Robert Farley reviewed on LGM back when it was published a couple of years ago. I hadn’t read anything by McCarthy before, and was ve

Scandal fatigue

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On July 29, 2008

In more ordinary times this would be a very big scandal indeed, but the Bush administration has made flagrant lawbreaking at the highest levels of government very much a dog bites man story. One brill

Scumbaggery

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On July 28, 2008
Press release this morning from the McCain campaign: For Immediate ReleaseContact: Press OfficeMonday, July 28, 2008703-650-5550ARLINGTON, VA — Today, Chief Warrant Officer (4th class) Michael J. Durant (Ret.) issued the following statement on Barack Obama’s canceled visit to Ramstein and Landstuhl:“Over the last week, Barack Obama made time in his busy schedule to hold a […]

He would be Todd Jones, i.e., he would (1) Inexplicably be handed a series of very important high-paying jobs; where he would (2) Suck at them; yet (3) Continue to get promoted; thereby destroying (4)

Shunning war criminals

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On July 25, 2008
As Jack Balkin points out, for both “legal” and “political” reasons it’s unlikely that any U.S. court will prosecute war crimes committed by members of the Bush administration. This circumstance highlights both the moral and practical importance of the question asked recently by Maj. Gen. Anthony Taguba: will those who, among many other things, ordered […]

Patriotism

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On July 23, 2008

A surprising development (to me at least) has been the mass media’s recent rehabilitation of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The same cultural institutions that almost universally excoriated the t

Googleplex

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On July 22, 2008

Nicholas Carr asks Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (I started reading this but got bored so I don’t know the answer). I do know that Google is the single greatest invention of the human mind

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