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Scullies Everywhere!
Remember how on the X-Files Scully never seemed to learn from the huge string of "impossible" events that had come before the current episode that perhaps she should stop calling these things "impossible"? I find it amusing how many of the people who today ...
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Yogurt Distributism
At Chobani .
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Reacting to Reaction
Ross Douthat has an interesting essay out on the reactionary mind . Worth reading, but I have an objection: the term "reactionary" is mostly made up Marxist nonsense, dependent upon the artificial scheme Marx imposed upon history. Communism was the inevitab...
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Russell Kirk on Government
"Governments are the offspring of religion and morals and philosophy and social experience; governments are not the source of civilization, nor the manufacturers of happiness. As Christianity embraces no especial scheme of politics, so various forms of gove...
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Misreading Oakeshott
Here John Gray does it : "or a sceptical view of the power of human reason (as in David Hume and Michael Oakeshott), conservatives distrusted any attempt to remake the world according to the dictates of high-minded ideals and abstract models." This is a com...
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What TV Takes for "Smart"
The character Spencer Reid in criminal Minds is supposed to be a super genius. When the writers want to illustrate this, they have him say things off the top of his head (in the context of the search for the identity of a Las Vegas waitress) like, "There ar...
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Trump's Running Mate Will Be...
Oprah Winfrey. Or the closest he can get to Oprah. Think about it: every personal fear voters have of Trump will be assuaged by having her (or someone like her) on the ticket: Too volatile? He'll have Oprah there to calm and counsel him. Racist? How could h...
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Why Christians Should Not Be Heterosexuals
Explained here . (By the way, I think the main factual contention of the essay, that "heterosexuality" and "homosexuality" are not natural categories, but inventions of the 19th-century, is pretty well established, and often by "queer theorists," and not ju...
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When You Trying to Sound Smart
but you ain't, you get yourself in some trouble. When I saw that one Rob Sheffield wrote an article called "'Blurred Lines': The Worst Song of This or Any Other Year" I clicked on the link, thinking I would like the piece, since I don't like the song . (Yes...
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You can't profit from something everybody knows about!
It is really something how often I see articles proffering "financial advice" that "reveal" some well known fact as a source of "profit." For instance, I recently saw an article (I'm not going to go hunt for it: you can easily find one like it yourself) say...
It is really something how often I see articles proffering "financial advice" that "reveal" some well known fact as a source of "profit." For instance, I recently saw an article (I'm not going to go hunt for it: you can easil...
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Sumner channels Collingwood
"While working on this project I have gradually come to the conclusion that modern macroeconomics, macro history, and the history of thought are a seamless whole; it is impossible to really understand any one filed without also having deep knowledge of the ...
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All trends can be extrapolated forever!
"We are on track to rid the planet of trees within 600 years." -- Melissa Holbrook Pierson, reviewing Lab Girl in the April 10 Book Review section I suppose if Ms. Holbrook Pierson heard that her friend's child had increased in weight from 8 pounds to 16 po...
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