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If you want some reasons for optimism, there are plenty listed in this article. Spoiler: politics is not one of them.
Progress occurs despite politics and politicians, not because of them.
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I learned long ago to brush my teeth to milder music...
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"Often, authoritative parents produce children who are more independent and self-reliant. An authoritative parenting style mainly results when there is high parental responsiveness and high parental demands."

#InvitationAndChallenge
We shouldn't want parenting to be libertarian; we should want to parent in ways that produce children who value and sustain liberty.
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I keep saying this, but it keeps being true: children understand much more than adults - or at least I - give them credit for.
Here's how my kids' thinking skills have been transformed in just a couple of weeks.
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It's this a proposition you would support in your locality?

A local government that assesses property taxes must buy that property from the owner at the assessed value at any time of the owner's choosing.

This would incentivize the taxing government to not assess too highly. Of course, they might assess low and raise millages, but owners can usually get independent assessments of they're concerned about potential difficulties selling in the future. And raising tax rates is politically more work than assessing higher property values.

It would also give the authorities an incentive to aid in keeping property valuable and attractive to sellers so they don't get saddled with unsellable properties. One such way to keep values high is to offer low tax rates and good service. In other words, it gives the local government more skin in the game and more reason to attract new residents.
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Another C. S. Lewis smackdown:

We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith,” with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer. We have probably all done this as children. But the state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense, it is a feat of psychological gymnastics.

Lewis, C. S. (2002-11-04). Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (p. 60). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 
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Facebook: We have new stories for you!

Me: Ok let's see them.

Facebook: Well, by new we mean things you've already seen that have more likes. But that's cool, right? 
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I like what Adams says up until the last paragraph, where he pulls out the precautionary principle (we should treat climate change as potentially catastrophic until we can prove it's not). There is a strong case for precaution in climate change, but I think ultimately precaution will do more harm than good.
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The cause of justice is not furthered by treating prosecutors as infallible:

"Under [Supreme Court decision in Imbler v Pachtman], prosecutors cannot be held liable, no matter how badly they misbehave, for actions such as withholding exculpatory evidence, introducing fabricated evidence, knowingly presenting perjured testimony and bringing charges for which there is no credible evidence. All are immune from liability. A defense lawyer who did any such things (or their equivalents) would soon find himself disbarred and playing house with Bubba. The Imbler majority seemed reassured by the possibility that rogue prosecutors will be subject to other constraints.

"…This argument was dubious in 1976 and is absurd today. Who exactly is going to prosecute prosecutors? Despite numerous cases where prosecutors have committed willful misconduct, costing innocent defendants decades of their lives, I am aware of only two who have been criminally prosecuted for it; they spent a total of six days behind bars.

"…What kind of signal does this send to young prosecutors who are out to make a name for themselves? I think it signals that they can be as reckless and self-serving as they want, and if they get caught, nothing bad will happen to them. Imbler and Van de Kamp should be overruled. It makes no sense to give police, who often have to act in high pressure situations where their lives may be in danger, only qualified immunity while giving prosecutors absolute immunity. It is a disparity that can only be explained by the fact that prosecutors and judges are all part of the legal profession and it’s natural enough to empathize with people who are just like you. If the Supreme Court won’t overrule Imbler and Van de Kamp, Congress is free to do it by amending 42 U.S.C. § 1983."
Federal Judge Alex Kozinski (9th circuit) has written a scathing indictment of the US justice system. Kozinski starts out discussing a number of myths such as that eyewitness testimony or forensic evidence is highly reliable. Business Insider gives a quick rundown of this […]
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But here’s something you probably haven’t heard: There are more honeybee colonies in the United States today than there were when colony collapse disorder began in 2006. In fact, according to data released in March by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. honeybee-colony numbers are now at a 20-year high. And those colonies are producing plenty of honey. U.S. honey production is also at a 10-year high.

Almost no one has reported this, but it’s true. You can browse the USDA reports yourself. Since colony collapse disorder began in 2006, there has been virtually no detectable effect on the total number of honeybee colonies in the United States. Nor has there been any significant impact on food prices or production.

How can this be? In short, commercial beekeepers have adapted to higher winter honeybee losses by actively rebuilding their colonies. This is often done by splitting healthy colonies into multiple hives and purchasing new queen bees to rebuild the lost hives. Beekeepers purchase queen bees through the mail from commercial breeders for as little as $15 to $25 and can produce new broods rather quickly. Other approaches include buying packaged bees (about $55 for 12,000 worker bees and a fertilized queen) or replacing the queen to improve the health of the hive. By doing so, beekeepers are maintaining healthy and productive colonies — all part of a robust and extensive market for pollination services.
Sorry to be a buzzkill, but U.S. honeybee colonies are at a 20-year high.
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Fantastic news seriously. Thanks for the post
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It kills me that we have so many clergy that, just being honest, whine about the average church member not sharing the Gospel and yet they hang a "license to preach" on their wall in plain sight that says to the average church member "No license? No preaching for you!"
 
Why Would Any Christian Need A License To Preach?
This morning Dr. Russell Moore posted a picture on Instagram of his "license to preach". You have to click the link apparently on Instagram, I couldn't figure out how to embed it. He also posted the following statement: 20 years ago today, I was licensed to...
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You can do very well by pointing out the flaws in other people’s work. But attacking their motives adds nothing to the discussion. To say otherwise is to suggest that all economic discourse should consist of asymmetric insight (claiming to understand your opponents better than they understand themselves). Is that really what Paul Romer wants–to turn economics journals into Paul Krugman columns?

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Slow service and poor food presentation.
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We had the Korma and Teeka, with a spinach dish (don't remember the name now). All were very good, though a little more mild than I expected. The seasoned rice with raisins and almonds was also great. We went on a Friday night and they said they recommend making reservations, though we didn't have much of a wait.
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I bought a certified Camry from AutoNation, and it was a very smooth process. The final price was reasonable, and I was treated well through the process.
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We had the best service here I've ever had at a Wendy's - and perhaps the best at any fast food restaurant - the Sunday after July 4th. The young lady at the counter was friendly and engaging, recommended good menu items, and even described the dressing that comes on the chicken wrap for me. She must be attending culinary school, or something. The service was also very quick and the food was done well.
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Got Pad Thai here yesterday. It was done right, with the noodles obviously cooked in the sauce for a while. Good portions, too, and moderately priced.
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