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Frank Moraes
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I think Nancy LeTourneau does a good job on weekends over at Political Animal. But this weekend, she was just trying to annoy me. And she succeeded! At being annoying, not being right.
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This morning we listen to Yusef Lateef and Kenny Barron doing 'Yesterdays.'
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Recent archaeology at Teotihuacan indicates that we may be on the verge of finding a royal tomb. But many think it wasn't a dynasty. I doubt that. Humans are just built to create dynasties.
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Republicans continuously claim that America is seen as weak in the world. Well, that isn't what our friends and enemies think. As for Americans themselves, they just don't care.
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From the 1955 West German film Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne, we have the sweet children's song 'La-Le-Lu Nur Eer Mann im Mond Schaut Zu.'
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Steve King has introduced a clearly unconstitutional bill. So how is he 'constitutional conservative'? Because they are really just neo-Confederates who want to return to the Articles of Confederation
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There are now a number of notable Republican governors who have shown that conservative economic policy doesn't work as advertised. The question is where the media will get the message out.
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On this day in 1894, the great pin-up artist George Petty was born.
On this day in 1894, the great pin-up artist George Petty was born. You certainly know his art, because it copies of it were used to decorate planes used in Wor
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A quote from Susan Engel about how money infects our educational system.
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Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen think the internet has brought the end of information asymmetries and thus the need for regulation. But then, they already thought that.
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On this day back in 1956, the first successful container ship, the SS Ideal X, was launched.
On this day in 1956, the SS Ideal X was launched. It was the world's first successful container ship. Actually, before that, it had been an oil tanker from
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A quote from Brian Beutler about how much worse things would be had Mitt Romney won in 2012.
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    Primary writer, editor, and publisher of one of the best and most vibrant general blogs around. Unlike most blogs, Frankly Curious works very hard to constantly keep content flowing. And not just any content: original and creative and interesting content. There isn't a lot of "someone wrote something interesting so we are quoting it here" postings. Frankly Curious works hard to be the place you go to read an original take on what's going on. If you're looking for a blog that quotes what other people think, we can recommend a number of other good sites. It just isn't what we do. (Except when we do in our "Quotes" categories.) Frankly Curious is a blog filled with interesting content aimed at interesting, smart, and informed people.
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Check out my blog Frankly Curious, which has new stuff up at least a few times per day. It's about everything with a heavy focus on politics and economics. Attitude heavy. Also lots of stuff about music, film, art, even God or whatever it may or may not be. I'm also into food, so there are recipes and stuff like that.

We also have daily Birthday Posts, which are quite popular. I try to get them up in the morning, but it's hard. They are a lot of work. But they're fun. Again: attitude heavy.

Above all, Frankly Curious is not boring. And it is growing fast. Currently, we get about 500 people visiting per day. Roughly half of our visitors are returning. It isn't just a place to find out what's going on. It's a place to go learn and be involved with the world. And we don't put up with name calling and talking points. It's a place where humans can be humans, even when they disagree.

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Author of 3 "dangerous" books; saver of many lives; radical pedestrian; and don't forget, "I'm an excellent metabolizer!"
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    Applied Physics, 1987 - 1990
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  • Oregon Graduate Institute
    Atmospheric Physics, 1990 - 1995
    Master of Science PhD
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Cato does some fine work--notably on the drug war and the patent system. Cato also does some terrible hack work. But the main thing is that they have been very candid that they will bury any research they do that does not point to a libertarian solution. This is simply intellectually unethical. Cato is committed to an ideology. They aren't in the business of creating better policy. At its best, it is in the business of coming up with the best ideologically acceptable policy. But that seems to be less and less of what they do. Over the last two decades, I think they've become much more like the Heritage Foundation: interested more in selling libertarian (and increasingly general conservative) ideas than coming up with libertarian solutions to problems. I suspect the slide will continue. Worst of all, Cato has mostly chosen to simply deny global warming. This was not necessary. The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), has spent decades researching free market approaches to dealing with climate change and living with it. There are groups like PERC who really think that free market solutions are the best way to deal with the problems we all face today. But increasingly, Cato is only interested in creating justifications for the existing power elite. I suspect with a yearly budget of over $30 million, Cato needs to tell a lot of rich people what they want to hear. The best thing you can say about Cato is that of all the major conservative think tanks, it is clearly the best. It continues to do some excellent work. However, I think a serious libertarian would be a fool to give Cato any money. As a practical matter, the Cato Institute may complain about Republican politicians, but it acts as an apologist for the Republican Party. As a group, I would give it a single star, because it does more harm than good. Its website, however, has a lot of interesting information. It is worth checking out. But it contains a lot of garbage too. Its writing on Social Security and Medicare are absolutely horrendous repetitions of the same old conservative talking points we've been hearing for decades. So you need to be aware of what Cato is up to, but it has some good information and it is well organized.
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