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Saint Reagan vs the Wildcats and Oil Barons
Now would have ever guessed that Ronald Reagan would say this in an address to the nation: "Under our new tax proposal the oil and gas industry will be asked to pick up a larger share of the national tax burden. The old oil depletion allowance will be dropp...

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God Bless America, Ohio Secretary of State Edition
Summer 2009: I move to Ohio. Shortly after my move, I head off to the BMV to get my driver's license, set up my address, register to vote, etc October 2010: I head online to see where I am supposed to vote in the upcoming elections. Answer? Nowhere, because...

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Swimming Pools Good, Guns Bad (Duh!)
A number of gun advocates use bad statistics and logic to conclude that
swimming pools are more dangerous than guns. They make a number of
logical mistakes, such as only looking at accidental shootings or focusing on children and thereby deliberately igno...

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Long Live Peak Oil...
To anyone out there who says the peak oil theory is dead, please note the following: 1: The western hemisphere's largest infrastructure project is an off-shore oil project near Brazil with a projected cost of $237 billion. Yes, that is a "b". 2: That is mor...

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How to Climb Chokai-san (Yamagata Prefecture), Yuu-no-dai Course
Chokai-san (鳥海山), near the Japan Sea between Yamagata and Akita, is considered to be one of the more famous of the hyakumeizan, with numerous tours being led up the mountain during the peak season. It is also a pretty challenging hike. The shortest course, ...

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Snatching Defeat on Immigration
Congratulations, President Obama and my fellow Democrats. You have managed to turn a winning issue for our party - immigration - into a losing one. Poll after poll is showing strong opposition to the President's policies with respect to the immigration issu...

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Immigration and the Lump of Labor Fallacy
One very common (and bi-partisan!) argument I see against immigration is that it will lower wages of American workers. This meme is, fortunately, nonsense , as confirmed by numerous actual studies of real-world data. It is a classic example of what economis...

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Natural Gas Ain't Cheap...
One refrain I have been hearing a lot over the last few years is that natural gas is really cheap right now, and this will lead to some sort of economic bonanza. This would be nice, if the premise was true. Now, natural gas is certainly cheaper than it was ...

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How to Climb Adatara-san (Fukushima Prefecture)
Adatara-san is an active volcano that last had a major eruption in 1996. The crater from that explosion provides a beautiful palette of colors and spectacular views. Combined with the relative ease of this hike for a hyakumeizan, I would rate this as a high...

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The Trouble with Game of Thrones, Season 5 (In One Chart)
Very light spoilers ahead.... The directors of Game of Thrones have said many times they were looking forward to Season 4, and dreading Season 5. Here is why. By my count, there are currently nine plots running in the series, a "plot" being defined as a clu...
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