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Assume a can opener

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On July 30, 2009
Of all the absurd aspects of present panic over fat, the most absurd is the idea that it makes sense to spend scarce public health resources on trying to make people thinner. We have no idea how to make fat people thin. This overwhelmingly obvious empirical observation is routinely rejected by people who ought to […]

Since you asked

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On July 29, 2009

I admire the work Andrew Sullivan has done keeping the torture scandal in the public eye, and I like some of his other work too. So I don’t particularly enjoy pointing out that this is a ridicul

Epitaphs of the Great War

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On July 25, 2009

It’s been a bad year for World War I veterans. A few months ago I stumbled across one of those articles that make Wikipedia such an amazing resource, listing the survivors of the Great War. Ther

Men at hack work

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On July 23, 2009

For egregious data dredging in the service of intellectual dishonesty it would be hard to top this: : “If you’re 29, there has been no global warming for your entire adult life. If youR

Lou Dobbs: Birther

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On July 21, 2009
Hey, all he wants are some answers. This is essentially the same thing as if in 2002 a top CNN anchor had demanded that the Bush administration prove it didn’t demolish the WTC. I don’t think that guy would have kept his job though. Also, I was glancing yesterday at a couple of websites dedicated […]

Moon landing

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On July 21, 2009

One of my sisters in law has spent her whole career as a scientist working with NASA/JPL types, so I’m acutely aware of the barriers women face in those sorts of fields, and of how much worse th

The war at home

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On July 16, 2009
This story summarizes an investigation into why 14 soldiers from one army base in Colorado have been convicted of or charged with 11 murders and two attempted murders over a three-year period. Almost all were Iraq veterans, and several claim to have witnessed war crimes. A number had pre-existing psychological problems that normally would have […]

Law and ideology

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On July 15, 2009

Con law professor Louis Seidman: Speaking only for myself (I guess that’s obvious), I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor’s testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she i

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