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The Failure of Technocratic Government Economic and Energy Policy

The news came out the other day that Porsche will stop making diesel-engine cars.  This is the beginning of the end of significant diesel car production in Europe, and is the ultimate proof that the diesel engine is a dead-end technology choice for Europeans concerned with the environment. The story is a long one and [...]

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Thanks, Readers!

A couple of readers pointed out a major flaw in this article about solar and saved me a world of headaches.  Thanks!  I may still do the solar installation in our still near-zirp regime but if I do so I will be more informed.  If ever you think I am making a mistake or making [...]

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EASILY The Most Under-Reported Major Story of the Last 25 Years

The reduction in world poverty. The global population living in extreme poverty has fallen below 750 million for the first time since the World Bank began collecting global statistics in 1990, a decline of more than 1 billion people in the past 25 years. In a report released Wednesday, the World Bank said the extreme [...]

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Why I Go Back and Forth On Issues of Forced Psychiatric Institutionalization

A few months ago I wrote: I was among those who has opposed forced institutionalization.  The practice used to be rife with abuse, and when it was really being challenged in the 1970′s it was with recent knowledge of how institutionalization for supposed mental health issues had been used in the Soviet Union as a [...]

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Whether You Are "Allowed" To Discuss Genetic Variability Depends on Which Group You Are Studying

Quillette had an interesting article about a scientific paper, that was mostly a presentation of math and statistical tools, that was essentially suppressed, apparently because it does not fit with current social justice talking points. In the highly controversial area of human intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are more idiots [...]

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Extrapolating Trends from A Single Data Point: The Once In A Lifetime Event

Most of you know I agree there is man-made global warming but am skeptical the extent will be anywhere near most forecasts you see in the media.  For some reason, this earns me the title of “denier.”  However, I find that the climate discussion has become boring in the extreme, and I have mostly moved [...]

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Things Guaranteed to Make Me Do the Opposite

When the first words of an incoming phone call are “Do not hang up…”

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Great Moments in Crazy Stock Bubbles — Are These Investors On Drugs?

As of this moment, Canadian tulip bulb marijuana company Tilray is trading at $146 a share for a total market capitalization of $11.2 Billion.  This is a company that had $10 million in revenues last quarter.   It is trading at a 420x multiple of last year’s revenues.  It is up 20% today alone.  The race [...]

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Adding Solar to Our House — Here Is Why

Our house has always been a good candidate for solar.  It has a large flat roof, good sightlines to the south, and we live in just about the best solar location in the country (Phoenix).  The problem has been two-fold: Even with large tax rebates and other subsidies (e.g. ability to sell power into the [...]

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I Agree With the NY Post: It’s shameful what US Open did to Naomi Osaka

Via the New York Post”.  This is just disgusting: Naomi Osaka, 20 years old, just became the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam. Yet rather than cheer Osaka, the crowd, the commentators and US Open officials all expressed shock and grief that Serena Williams lost. Osaka spent what should have been her [...]

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