(126) Bret Weinstein on the Dawkins Debate - YouTube
Are old religions adaptations or are they mind viruses? Bret Weinstein makes the case that they are adaptations but that atheism, not having withstood the test of time, is in fact viruses. At the 7:30 mark, makes the argument that religions are compendiums of a kind of non-literal wisdom. At 22 min mark, links with Jordon Peterson concepts of shadow as well.
Religion  atheism  evolution  Weinstein  youtube  JordonPeterson 
23 hours ago
(126) Richard Dawkins & Bret Weinstein - Evolution - YouTube
Richard Dawkins and Bret Weinstein discuss the shortcomings of evolutionary psychology. AN interesting one is the gay question: 'you are more likely to be gay the more older brothers you have as long as you are right handed' at the 30 min mark. Weistein gives his evolutionary psychology mixed with lineage answers. Priesthood at 50 min mark.
evolution  Weinstein  youtube  debates  Podcast 
Can Republicans Afford to be Pro-Immigrant? - Econlib
Republicans’ current strategy in the Trump era is to run on immigration, with mixed results. Even though the public has shifted here too towards the left wing position, Republicans are much better off talking about immigration (which will gain them votes in some places, lose them votes in others), then talking about cutting funding for education or gutting Obamacare (which will lose them votes everywhere, see Matt Bevin). If Republicans surrender the immigration issue, they forfeit their only real strength, which is support from those who object to Democrats on cultural issues and are worried about a changing country. Politics then just becomes about economics, in which case Republicans will have to make their peace with socialized medicine, etc. or be wiped out.
Immigration  Republicans  coulter  Caplan 
Evo Morales Finally Went Too Far for Bolivia - The Atlantic
From east to west, and south to north, the dream of Latin America’s so-called pink wave has turned into a nightmare. And the many scholars, writers, and politicians who have for years sung the praises of aspiring dictators like Maduro and Morales should not be easily forgiven for sacrificing the rights of distant people on the altar of their rigid ideology.
latinamerica  Bolivia  venezuela  Socialism  AtlanticMonthly 
2 days ago
Politically Incorrect Paper of the Day: The United Fruit Company was Good! - Marginal REVOLUTION
The UFC ended in Costa Rica in 1984 but the authors find that it had a long-term positive impact. Using historical records, the authors discover a plausibly randomly-determined boundary line between UFC and non-UFC areas and comparing living standards just inside and just outside the boundary they find that households within the boundary today have better housing, sanitary conditions, education and consumption than households just outside the boundary. Overall:

We find that the firm had a positive and persistent effect on living standards. Regions within the UFC were 26% less likely to be poor in 1973 than nearby counterfactual locations, with only 63% of the gap closing over the following 3 decades.
latinamerica  History  tabarrok  NBER  chicanoism 
2 days ago
Making Sense Podcast #174 - Life & Mind | Sam Harris
A Q&A with Richard Dawkins on atheism, evolutionary psychology and even psychedelics.
atheism  evolution  Podcast  SamHarris 
2 days ago
The Ezra Klein Show - Neoliberalism and its discontents | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
Noah Smith and Wendy Brown from UC Berkeley discuss neoliberalism and its discontents. @21mins talks about the difference between commodification and neoliberalism, with neoliberalism fundamentally being the elimination of the social, of the public, society. No public good, only private individuals. The state exists to create markets and backs off of all social justice intervention.
neoliberalism  Podcast  klein  Smith  Books 
2 days ago
(126) FCC Chair: Net Neutrality Fears Debunked, Yoda & A 5G Future | Ajit Pai | POLITICS | Rubin Report - YouTube
Dave Rubin sits down with FCC chair Ajit Pai to discuss the FCC, net neutrality, and regulating the big social media companies. Net Neutrality at 36 min mark.
FCC  NetNeutrality  rubin  Podcast  youtube 
2 days ago
Hemingway and Severino: On Kavanaugh Confirmation, Identity Politics, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes  |  Ricochet
On the overwhelmingly unfair treatment Kavanaugh faced during the confirmation process and how this started with the Bork case. Authors of the book, "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court" Listened to 22 mins only.
SupremeCourt  kavanaugh  Books  media  bias  AmericanMind  Podcast  TrumpAdministration 
2 days ago
(126) Joe Rogan Experience #1379 - Ben Westhoff - YouTube
On the roots and power of fentanyl. Stopped at 28 min mark.
drugs  China  podcasts  JoeRogan  opioids 
3 days ago
Here’s the weird thing about a post-Christian Christendom - The Washington Post
How did we get so WEIRD? Christianity, says Henrich (now at Harvard University), in a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, with co-authors Jonathan F. Schulz, Duman Bahrami-Rad and Jonathan P. Beauchamp. More specifically, Western Christianity; the number of years that one’s ancestors were exposed to the medieval Catholic Church correlates pretty nicely with things like social trust, creativity and willingness to do things like donate blood — and correlates negatively with traits such as nepotism.

The world abounds in spurious correlations, of course. But the authors of “The Church, intensive kinship, and global psychological variation” propose a very plausible mechanism: the Catholic Church’s extreme obsession with incest, which isn’t found in the Eastern Orthodox branch. The church kept banning marriages between more and more distant relations, up to sixth cousins, which smashed the tight kin-based networks common to agricultural cultures.
Catholic  WesternCiv  McArdle  culture  Marriage 
3 days ago
The Republicanologist  |  Ricochet
How the Trump movement transformed the GOP. Deep discussions on Mike Pence's role, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guiliani and others.
Campaign2016  TrumpAdministration  Trump  Books  podcasts  Republicans  gingrich  campaign2020 
3 days ago
In California, Paid Leave Didn’t Increase Mothers’ Labor Force Participation | Institute for Family Studies
a new paper from University of Michigan economist Martha J. Bailey and three coauthors says that California’s 2004 paid-leave law—which provided an extra six weeks of paid leave at 55% of one's pay, above and beyond the six weeks of post-birth leave that were already available through the state’s temporary-disability program—simply backfired on the getting-moms-back-to-work front. It increased the duration of the average leave period by five weeks, but it reduced new mothers’ employment and wages over the long run. And, for good measure, it reduced fertility, too.
maternity-leave  NBER 
4 days ago
Bryan Caplan explains why finance professors and citizenists are monsters, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
To adapt and extend super-commenter Jason Malloy’s analogy: My adolescent child does not have a fundamental right to make a job offer to a wino to move into our house to do my child’s chores for him in return for half of his allowance. Nor does the wino then have the right to invite his brother to move in to our house, nor the wino’s brother to invite his daughter and her kids in, nor the wino’s brother’s daughter’s daughter’s husband and his kids from a previous marriage, etc etc.
Immigration  Caplan  Sailer 
4 days ago
Countries are not anecdotes - Econlib
Perhaps if people did not think in terms of anecdotes, then they would have recognized the obvious superiority of the Swiss system much sooner.  Switzerland is by far the most democratic country in the world.  They had more national referendums during the 20th century than the entire rest of the world combined.  Their government is extremely decentralized, very close to the local voters.  They are unable to raise taxes without the consent of voters.  But intellectuals don’t want to recognize the Swiss success because they think average people are stupid.  They believe we already have too much democracy and that we need to be ruled by experts.  So they look for anecdotes to dismiss the Swiss success. 
switzerland  Sweden  Sumner 
5 days ago
The Causal Effect of Cannabis on Cognition - Marginal REVOLUTION
Lyons et al. (2004) examined MZ twins discordant for use 20 years after regular use, and found a significant difference between twins on only one of 50+ measures of cognition. Second, Jackson et al. (2014) found no evidence for a dose-dependent relationship or significant differences in cognition among MZ twins discordant for cannabis use. Similarly, Meier et al. (2017) found no evidence for differences in cognition among a combined sample of MZ and DZ twins discordant for cannabis dependence or use frequency. Thus, quasi-experimental, co-twin control designs have yielded little evidence that cannabis causes poorer cognition.
marijuana  tabarrok  NBER 
6 days ago
Learning is Caring: An Agrarian Origin of American Individualism - Marginal REVOLUTION
This study examines the historical origins of American individualism. I test the hypothesis that local heterogeneity of the physical environment limited the ability of farmers on the American frontier to learn from their successful neighbors, turning them into self-reliant and individualistic people. Consistent with this hypothesis, I find that current residents of counties with higher agrarian heterogeneity are more culturally individualistic, less religious, and have weaker family ties. They are also more likely to support economically progressive policies, to have positive attitudes toward immigrants, and to identify with the Democratic Party. Similarly, counties with higher environmental heterogeneity had higher taxes and a higher provision of public institutions during the 19th century. This pattern is consistent with the substitutability of formal and informal institutions as means to solve collective action problems, and with the association between “communal” values and conservative policies. These findings also suggest that, while understudied, social learning is an important determinant of individualism.
USA  culture  Republicans  Democrats  NBER  Cowen 
6 days ago
Effort: The Unrecognized Contributor to US Income Inequality - Marginal REVOLUTION
We argue that the sharp decline in manufacturing jobs forces down wages of those with high school degrees who have precious few high-effort opportunities outside of manufacturing. Another finding is that incomes rose only for those with advanced degrees and with weekly hours in excess of 40. We attribute this to the natural talent needed to make a computer deliver exceptional value and to the relative ease with which long hours can be chosen when working over the Internet.
Inequality  jobs  wages  Cowen  NBER 
6 days ago
The Ezra Klein Show - The core contradiction of American politics | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
Discussions about the differences between Republicans and Democrats and at 18 min mark makes the claim that the GOP is the only rightwing party that hasn't come to terms with welfare state in the world.
Republicans  welfare  Democrats  podcasts  klein 
6 days ago
Quillette Podcast 2 - Ted Hill on how his Paper was Sent Down the Memory Hole - Quillette
How making the claim that men have greater variability: including in IQ, vs women, is super controversial even to the point of forcing retracting in major publications.
censorship  evolution  IQ  genderissues  podcasts 
6 days ago
‎This is California: The Battle of 187: Ep. 2: Save Our State on Apple Podcasts
More on the history of Prop 187. On how a fiscally conservative governor can see mass immigration as a drain on the public dole. On how mass immigration can change areas into bad, and how this can be true but the point is missed by the podcast.
Prop187  LATimes  podcasts 
7 days ago
Quillette Podcast 9 - Professor Jeff McMahan talks about co-founding the Journal of Controversial Ideas - Quillette
On the creation of a new academic periodical that allows people to publish anonymous. Stopped at 33 mins.
censorship  singer  IdentityPolitics  podcasts 
7 days ago
Why Desalinating Water is Hard — and Why We Might Need To Anyway - The Crux
While RO has dominated for decades — and is likely to continue doing so for decades to come, according to Mayor — researchers are constantly looking to make the technique cheaper, more efficient and less wasteful. Desalinated water is, on average, two to three times more expensive than more traditional water sources. One of the biggest expenses for a desalination plant is the energy used to keep it going.

But when it comes to energy, there’s a physical limit to how efficient these technologies can be, says John Lienhard, a mechanical engineer who has studied water purification and desalination at MIT for 30 years. It will always take a certain amount of energy to separate salt and water, he explains. And, thanks to improved membranes and energy recovery devices, many RO plants are already approaching this limit.
energy  Water  discovermagazine 
7 days ago
The Rent Is Too Damn Highlights - Econlib
The lowest-hanging fruit for any country seeking to make itself more prosperous is to ask what useful technologies already exist but are going unused. In America, denser construction to ameliorate high land prices is on the list. With housing and transportation accounting for such a large share of the modern family’s budget, and face-to-face services acting as the main driver of employment, dense construction is essential. Add in the ecological benefits of relaxing curbs on density, and the imperative to lean against bad rules becomes overwhelming.
zoning  yglesias  Caplan  Books 
7 days ago
A Great Awakening to the Fight Is Upon Us – American Greatness
The old liberal promises of compromise and conciliation were and are false (remember the pledge that when we get same-sex marriage we’ll be done with sex and gender issues?). Barack Obama’s reasonableness was a disguise, Joe Biden’s Scranton liberalism a pose. Obergefell was but a step in the never-ending reduction of traditional sex roles. The inclusion of minority literature and history in the curriculum during the 1970s and ’80s wasn’t to serve the ideals of diversity. It was to redefine America as a racist creation from 1619 to the present.
Democrats  progressive  Politics 
7 days ago
Quillette Podcast 7 - Jonathan Church on 'White Privilege,' 'White Fragility' and 'Unconscious Bias' - Quillette
On the empirical defects of the bias paradigm in the unconscious prejudice test, white privilege and rights vs privileges.
Racism  psychology  bias  podcasts  censorship 
7 days ago
Quillette Podcast 1 - Jordan Peterson on the Dreadful Attraction of Utopian Ideas - Quillette
Jordon Peterson talks about what motivates the left: the hatred of hierarchy, meritocracy, and the inherent nature of inequality and thus comparative suffering. Headstart at 17 minutes.
Inequality  progressive  JordonPeterson  podcasts  IQ  headstart 
8 days ago
Judge Blocks Trump Administration HHS Conscience Protections on Abortion | National Review
A federal judge in New York has struck down a Trump-administration rule that would have protected the First Amendment rights of health-care workers with moral or religious objections to abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and elective sterilization. The rule, put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services, was scheduled to take effect later this month.
religiousFreedom  NRO 
8 days ago
Misreading the Minimum Wage—and Race: A New York Times op-ed illustrates the misconceptions that dominate such discussions. | City Journal
For instance, in 1948, when the minimum wage was virtually nonexistent due to inflation, the unemployment rate for blacks aged 16 to 17 was 9.4 percent––lower than for whites in the same age category, as economist Walter E. Williams demonstrates in Race & Economics. By contrast, there has not been a single year since 1954 in which the white unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 17 exceeded the black rate, though there were many such years before 1954, when minimum-wage laws were weaker or non-existent. Moreover, between 1971 and 1994, in an era with strong minimum-wage laws, the black unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 17 never fell below 30 percent, at times exceeding 50 percent. Nor can the usual explanatory factors––racial discrimination, underfunded schools, and so on––explain why it was often easier for young blacks to find a job than for young whites, in an era when racism was  worse, and school funding was paltry. In short, there is no reason to believe that raising the minimum wage in Birmingham––where the overall unemployment rate is already higher than in other cities like Montgomery––would help black youth.
minimum-wage  Blacks  williams  hughes  city-journal 
8 days ago
Paid Leave Might Reduce Wages: But Does that Matter? | The American Conservative
This might sound like “having it all.” In some ways, such arrangements do allow women like me to enjoy the best of both worlds, continuing to do fulfilling professional work and to spend a substantial amount of time with our children while they’re young. But, as this study indicates, no decision is without tradeoffs. For mothers, working more has a higher opportunity cost, since it involves sacrificing time with their children. On the other hand, working less generally means earning less. There are concrete changes employers can make to reduce that economic sacrifice and to do a better job capitalizing on the unique strengths mothers bring to the table, and I’ll be writing more about those changes in the coming months. Still, even when more intensive mothering means a smaller paycheck, for many families that’s a net benefit.
maternity-leave  americanconservative 
9 days ago
TERF Wars: How Radical Lesbians Are Braver Than You Are - The American Mind
The so-called TERFs refer to themselves as “gender critical.” Whatever the term, the definition is simple: these are women who believe (know!) that someone born female is different (wut!) from those born male who identify later as female (or who try to retcon themselves as female “all along”). They are women who claim a specific lived experience that maleborns do not and cannot have, no matter what they call the bits they want you to wax.
feminists  trans  genderissues  americanMind 
9 days ago
(123) Joe Rogan Experience #1250 - Johann Hari - YouTube
Continuing the discussion the causes of depression: Feel you belong, feel you have meaning and purpose, etc. Good discussion on how illegality of drugs makes the crime rate go up at 1:12min mark.
depression  JoeRogan  podcasts  drugs 
9 days ago
(123) Joe Rogan Experience #1077 - Johann Hari - YouTube
On the roots of depression: Meaning, purpose, social connections. The more you are driven by external pleasing desires, the more likely you will be depressed. How childhood trauma creates obesity/depression. With absent social connections, drugs become addicting. With social connections, the power significantly less.At 1:53 mark, talks about depression pills working for children, ADHD etc.
depression  podcasts  JoeRogan  drugs 
10 days ago
What the New Integrationists Fail to See | Black-Only Schools
Another neo-integrationist argument, heard recently in the debate about New York City’s entrance exam for its elite high schools, is that poor blacks and Hispanics do not, and cannot be expected to, spend time and money preparing for entrance exams. Admitting students based on test scores alone thus puts blacks and Hispanics at an unfair disadvantage. But as with many progressive arguments about education, this one fails to explain the success of Asian-Americans, who are over-represented in elite schools, regardless of socioeconomic status. The New York Times editorial board admits that many of the Asian-American students that populate the city’s elite high schools “come from families that have scrimped on essentials like food to pay for test prep.” Scrimping on necessities may have conferred advantages onto Asian-American kids, but only in the upside-down minds of New York Times editorialists could such gains be called unfair.
integration  Blacks  structuralRacism  hughes  city-journal 
10 days ago
Making Sense with Sam Harris: #172 — Among the Deplorables
Sam Harris on the Trump supporters and the psychological underpinnings therein. Discussion gets good at the 47min mark on trying to define what counts as a racist remark.
SamHarris  podcasts  TrumpCampaign  politicallyincorrect 
10 days ago
Jason L. Riley: Still Right on the Black Family After All These Years - WSJ
For his troubles, Moynihan was denounced as a victim-blaming racist bent on undermining the civil-rights movement. Even worse, writes Harvard’s Paul Peterson in the current issue of the journal Education Next, Moynihan’s “findings were totally ignored by those who designed public policies at the time.” The Great Society architects would go on to expand old programs or formulate new ones that exacerbated the problems Moynihan identified. Marriage was penalized and single parenting was subsidized. In effect, the government paid mothers to keep fathers out of the home—and paid them well.
Blacks  Marriage  culture  welfare  Riley  WSJ 
10 days ago
The Weekend Interview with Walter Williams: The State Against Blacks - WSJ
Even in the antebellum era, when slaves often weren't permitted to wed, most black children lived with a biological mother and father. During Reconstruction and up until the 1940s, 75% to 85% of black children lived in two-parent families. Today, more than 70% of black children are born to single women. "The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do, what Jim Crow couldn't do, what the harshest racism couldn't do," Mr. Williams says. "And that is to destroy the black family."
Blacks  Marriage  culture  welfare  williams  WSJ  riley 
10 days ago
Bloggingheads.tv - Glenn Loury and John McWhorter
Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the Trump IQ, the legend of Clarence Thomas, and how to evaluate correctly whether he is 'smart' enough to be on supreme court.
affirmative-action  Trump  bloggingheads  Thomas  loury  mcWhorter 
10 days ago
The FAA Is Not to Blame for Letting Boeing Self-Certify the 737 MAX - View from the Wing
The mistakes that got us here were Boeing’s alone. Criticisms of the FAA for allowing the planemaker to do much of the work to self-certify the plane miss the mark.

Self-certification dates to 1956. It is not part of a deregulatory push. It’s a system that has worked remarkably well.
regulations  Airlines  ViewFromTheWing 
11 days ago
War for Poverty - Econlib
Peace lacks the romance of war, just as appeasement lacks the romance of rebellion.  Yet if you really want desperate countries to escape poverty, you should hew to the path of peace.  If appeasement is the price of peace, you should probably pay it.  Civil war is a viable – though high-risk – strategy for power-hungry leaders.  For countries, however, it is a path to wretched ruin.
wars  Caplan  pacifism 
11 days ago
"Socialism": The Provocative Equivocation - Econlib
On reflection, then, the return of the self-styled socialist is indeed a travesty.  The reason, though, is not that the word is offensive, but that it is deliberately confusing.  If you really thought Sweden was a model society, you would just praise Sweden.  The “socialist” label, in contrast, is a provocative equivocation.  Latter-day socialists adopt it because they would rather insinuate their possible support for totalitarian horrors than earnestly promote an intellectually defensible position.
Socialism  Caplan 
11 days ago
E-Verify's Perverse Effects - Econlib
One other point that my Hoover colleague John Cochrane stresses and that I have also stated my concerns about is that once E-Verify becomes mandatory, its use will spread beyond the issue of whether the potential employee is legally in this country.
Immigration  e-verify  Henderson  cochrane 
11 days ago
An Essay for Women
Yes, a man must live up to his Burden of Performance in order for you to evaluate his merits. I’m in no way suggesting that you drop anything with regard to your Hypergamous filtering. I’m saying you need to unlearn the hubris you’ve been conditioned for. Unlearn the ego-inflation that social media has deliberately instilled in you. And most importantly, unlearn the notion, the pride, of independence from men.
hypergamy  feminists  relationships  Tomassi  manosphere 
11 days ago
Economists and non-economists on elasticity - Marginal REVOLUTION
We see no significant effect of increased congestion at remaining clinics on abortion rates. We find significant racial disparities in who is most affected by abortion clinic closures, with increases in distance increasing birth rates significantly more for Black, Asian, and Hispanic women. Our results suggest that even small numbers of clinic closures can result in significant restrictions to abortion access of similar magnitude to those seen in Texas when a greater number of clinics closed their doors.
Abortion  NBER  Cowen 
12 days ago
Declining marriage incentives and male withdrawal from the labor force - Marginal REVOLUTION
Why have so many young men withdrawn from the U.S. labor force since 1965? This paper presents a model in which men invest time in employment to enhance their value as marriage partners. When the marriage market return on this investment declines, young men’s employment declines as well, in preparation for a less favorable marriage market. Taking this prediction to data, I show that fewer young men sought employment after 2 interventions that reduced the value of gender-role-specialization within marriage: i) the adoption of unilateral divorce legislation, and ii) demand-driven improvements in women’s employment opportunities. I then show, using a structural estimation, that half of the employment effect of a labor market shock to men’s wages is determined by endogenous adjustment of the marriage market to the shock. These findings establish the changing marriage market as an important driver of decline in young men’s labor market involvement.
Marriage  evolution  genderissues  wages  NBER  Cowen 
12 days ago
Cousin marriage: It's bad, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
There are lots of other bad effects as well, such as that inbred people tend to walk slower, have weaker grips, and so forth.

A 55% decrease in fertility is a big toll. Why didn’t West Asians and South Asians notice how bad cousin marriage was earlier?

One reason is because children used to die so often from infectious diseases that genetic defects were not as obvious. For example, Charles Darwin, the grandson of perhaps the most famous doctor in England, married his first cousin, a Wedgewood. His ten children tended to be intelligent but sickly. He tasked one of his sons to study the question of whether cousin marriage was bad, but his son reported: Don’t worry about it, dad.

I am under the impression that the ill effects of cousin marriage were proven by American eugenicists late in the 19th Century. But the Catholic church had long before come down against marriage with up to your fifth cousin. See HBD Chick for the profound social implications of this.
incest  evolution  Catholic  Sailer 
12 days ago
More diversity = more inequality, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
Over the course of this graph of 1996 to 2017, Asians went from being an exotic 3% of public school fourth graders to a more common 6%. Add to it that Asians appear to have cracked the code for how to score high on tests, and we’re seeing a lot of hysteria building up among upper middle class whites to abolish testing in order to … in order to … in order to … punish Evil whites like Felicity Huffman for keeping the black child down! Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Asians  IQ  Blacks  Sailer 
12 days ago
Chile Needs More “Neoliberalism”—Not Less.
Chile’s poverty endures because of the country’s mediocre public education system. Neither the socialist administrations since Augusto Pinochet’s departure nor two free-market governments improved public schools, principally because of powerful, leftist public unions. A neoliberal approach, one that privatized primary schools, could have improved results, but the unions prevailed in their resistance. Their success guaranteed that the poor remained uneducated and impoverished. Today, the poor preoccupy themselves with survival—not demonstrations on Santiago’s streets. 
Chile  capitalism  unions  city-journal 
12 days ago
Giuliani’s Well-Deserved Disgrace - Econlib
As for insider trading laws, they are legally and morally shaky and highly controversial from an economic viewpoint. The main economic and legal arguments against criminalizing insider trading had been explained in a 1966 book by Henry Manne of George Mason University, Insider Trading in the Stock Market. Insider trading that is not stolen and does not violate any contractual agreement disseminates information that contributes to the correct pricing of stocks. Moreover, laws against insider trading give investors a misleading sense of security. And when revealing inside information does violate contractual agreements, it is better dealt with through civil litigation. In 1980, most Western European states had no law against insider trading, virtually none criminalized it.
12 days ago
Measles Leaves Us Vulnerable to Infections Both Old and New, Study Finds - D-brief
Measles leads to the death of over 100,000 people a year. In addition to wracking bodies with fevers and rashes, the disease can destroy a component of our immune system, called B cells. These white blood cells meet new pathogens, learn how to fight them off, and then remember how to do it in case our bodies encounter the disease again. As the number of experienced, “memory” cells grows, our immune system continues making a range of B cells that have never been exposed to disease and can tackle new threats.
vaccines  discovermagazine 
12 days ago
Termites Cannibalize Their Co-Workers for the Good of the Colony - D-brief
Asian subterranean termites are invasive pests in many parts of the tropical world. They eat through wooden structures from the inside out. Their complex social webs are made up of three castes:  workers, soldiers and reproducers.

They live underground, which makes disposing of their dead a problem — cadavers can be a source of fungal or bacterial diseases that can wipe out an entire colony.
evolution  discovermagazine 
12 days ago
Journalists keep saying ‘no evidence of wrongdoing by Bidens,’ but they are wrong
But regardless of whether the activity meets the letter of the FCPA, the lavish compensation of an individual without any evident qualification beyond being the son of the US Vice President responsible for Ukrainian affairs, is certainly analogous to the type of wrongdoing -- labeled corruption -- that is prohibited under US law.  While there may not be evidence of criminality (and I am not familiar with all the laws that may come into play), any media story that claims there is no evidence of wrongdoing in the Biden’s relationship with Burisma and Ukraine is averting its eyes from what is in plain site.
TrumpAdministration  Biden 
12 days ago
Reparations and Ta-Nehisi Coates's Pyrrhic Victory - Quillette
For starters, an ancestral connection to slavery is a far less reliable predictor of privation than a low income. There are tens of millions of descendants of American slaves and many millions of them are doing just fine. As Kevin Williamson put it: “Some blacks are born into college-educated, well-off households, and some whites are born to heroin-addicted single mothers, and even the totality of racial crimes throughout American history does not mean that one of these things matters and one does not.”
Slavery  Reparations  coates  hughes  Blacks 
12 days ago
(122) The US Is Becoming more Conservative Because Democrats DONT Have Kids - YouTube
On how liberals having significantly less kids will likely make the future conservative.
Democrats  Republicans  child  youtube 
13 days ago
‘Dominion’ Review: The Christian Revolution - WSJ
The core argument of “Dominion” is that the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth—whatever we may choose to believe about his metaphysical status—mark a watershed in human sensibilities. All of our contemporary “Western” moral and social norms are the product of this Christian revolution of the mind; the Greeks and Romans are, in ethical terms, as remote from us as giant lizards. “So profound has been the impact of Christianity on the development of Western civilisation,” says Mr. Holland, “that it has come to be hidden from view.” “Dominion” traces this hidden history across the past 2,000 years, showing how many points on our moral compass turn out to have been plotted by Christian modes of thought, whether we recognize it or not.
Christianity  moralissues  culture  WesternCiv  Books  WSJ 
13 days ago
America’s Founding Was Not Defined By Slavery and White Supremacy as NY Times’ 1619 Project Claims
On the contrary, the Founders unambiguously saw slavery as evil. George Washington said, “there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it,” and Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence calls the slave trade an “execrable commerce” and an affront “against human nature itself.” Gouverneur Morris called slavery a “nefarious institution” and “the curse of heaven,” and John Jay said, “It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. . . . To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.”
constitution  Slavery  History  1619  city-journal 
13 days ago
(122) Joe Rogan Experience #1340 - John Nores - YouTube
The narco marijuana movement around the USA and its impact to the environment. At 1:48mark discusses how hunters basically responsible for animal preservation.
narcos  marijuana  podcasts  JoeRogan  vegetarianism 
13 days ago
California’s Wonky Insurance and Land Use Regulations Make the State’s Wildfires Deadlier and More Destructive – Reason.com
Lost in the mix, however, is the way that existing development restrictions in fire-safe regions have encouraged home-building in high-risk areas, while perverse insurance regulations have shielded property owners from the true costs of living there.
California  fires  Politics  Reason  regulations  insurance 
13 days ago
The Ezra Klein Show - The Constitution is a progressive document | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
Ezra Klein interviews Erwin Chemerisnky, UC Berkeley professor, on the liberal case of the 'living' constitution. Natural Law at the 10 min mark. Gerrymandering at 25 mins. At 57 mark what would be different had Hillary won and Supreme Court different.
constitution  SupremeCourt  podcasts  klein  natural-law  gerrymandering 
14 days ago
Dechristianity by the numbers | Damian Thompson | Standpoint
Bullivant nails it when he says that Catholic devotionalism was pitted against “authentic liturgical participation” in a kind of zero-sum game that favoured the literate middle class: “More physical and material ways of practising one’s faith, such as lighting candles or (the bête noire of liturgical progressives) praying the rosary during Mass, were increasingly replaced by the verbal and cerebral.” Soon afterwards, Catholics stopped going to Mass—for many reasons, but the sudden loss of strange but satisfying traditional devotions must have been a factor. Meanwhile, another plank of the plausibility structure disappeared. The Council did not dismantle the authority of the Church, but it permitted its fragmentation. By the time Humanae Vitae banned contraception in 1968, vast numbers of bishops and priests had been emboldened by the “spirit of Vatican II” to advise Catholics to ignore the encyclical. Which they did.
Catholic  History  Religion  USA  Books 
14 days ago
Is Polyamory Next? - The American Interest
f gender doesn’t matter for marriage, they ask, why should number matter? “If love makes a family”, as the slogan went when the cause being advanced was gay marriage, then why should their family be treated as second class? Why should their marriage be denied legal recognition and the dignity and social standing that come with it?
polygamy  gay-marriage  george  AmericanInterest 
15 days ago
Parents want choices, but Warren says ‘no’ — Joanne Jacobs
Warren’s plan is “pretty awful,” writes Checker Finn on Education Next. “It would reverse most of the major education reforms of recent decades, drive a stake through the heart of what’s left of bipartisan federal and state policy, and re-enshrine adult interests, especially those of the teachers unions, in place of children’s, while wasting immense sums of taxpayer dollars.”
Warren  campaign2020  charter  Blacks  jacobs 
15 days ago
Polyamory Is Growing—And We Need To Get Serious About It - Quillette
Open marriages can be more resilient and exciting. Interactions with “secondary partners” can put the spark back into the marriage bed. Polyamorous people have incentives to sustain their mate value—to stay more energetic, vivid, and attractive. Since polyamorists communicate more openly about their sexual fantasies, porn use, flirtations, and other partners, they learn through experience that their partner can feel desire for others, and it doesn’t necessarily threaten their family. 
Marriage  polygamy  evolution 
15 days ago
(122) Ex-Police Officer Exposes The Reality of Race & Policing | Brandon Tatum | POLITICS | Rubin Report - YouTube
Ruben interview Brandon Tatum on his upbringing, his child almost being aborted, and his coming to the right.
Abortion  Blacks  culture  crime  RubinReport  podcasts  BLM 
15 days ago
A Conversation with Justice Neil Gorsuch | National Review
Justice Gorsuch’s animating conviction is that judges are there to understand and to enforce the Constitution as it was understood at the time of ratification, rather than to read their own views — or the views that they imagine are held by a majority of the citizenry — into the text. Or, put another way, Justice Gorsuch believes that the Constitution is a legal contract, rather than a vague and protean guidebook that should be interpreted and altered by a revising committee responsive to the democratic passions of the day. “When we depart from the original meaning of the Constitution and hand it over to judges,” he proposes, “we weaken our habit of self-government and we atrophy a muscle that Madison wanted us to exercise. It used to be that we had an amendment every ten or so years. We haven’t had an amendment since 1992. The amendments have dropped off in number since about the same time as the rise of ‘living constitutionalism.’ I don’t know if one can say that’s purely an accident or coincidence.” 
Gorsuch  judges  constitution  NRO 
16 days ago
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