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Not riot, RIAT, and it’s not a law, it’s a much needed movement in medical science. It stands for “restoring invisible and abandoned trials.” It’s a call for sunlight in medical research.  An important RIAT paper, Restoring Study 329: efficacy and harms of paroxetine and imiprimine in treatment of major depression in adolescence was just published in […]

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Todays event in Syria seem to be the beginning of the rapid unravelling of any stabilizing influence America had in world affairs, brought to you by our feckless foreign policy team of Valerie Jarrett and whoever she listens to. I had been hoping this would hold off until we got closer to replacing her legally. […]

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After what has happened in Syria today Poland will not be able to count on the United States, Europe, or NATO. President Obama promised hope and change and it appears that Poland might experience change with no hope of help from the United States.   Russia warns Poland from Radio Free Europe September 30, 2015. Preview Open

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Girls Will Be Girls

 

shutterstock_297217001I had long looked on the feminist project with an indulgent eye, feeling, along with Bertie Wooster, that girls will be girls and must be allowed their little enthusiasms. But I had assumed that after accomplishing the legitimate goals of the movement — equality before the law, and equal opportunity in education and employment — they would depart the field and find something else useful to do with their time, perhaps leaving behind a few stout sentries to defend their gains.

That’s not what has happened. Modern feminists have set about to remake society to comport with two bedrock, inviolable feminist principles. The first of these is that there are no significant differences between the sexes, that any apparent differences are the result of social conditioning from the earliest ages. To suggest that women might (in general) possess innate differences in some characteristic — greater empathy, let us say — is to mark oneself as a misogynist of the first order. The second principle is that any male-dominated organization or occupation would greatly benefit by increasing its female membership, as women bring a number of innate characteristics — greater empathy, for example — which their male counterparts woefully lack. To question this is to mark oneself as a misogynist of the first order.

In their efforts to align the rest of the world with these principles, feminists have encountered an unexpected obstacle: the wrong sorts of things make people happy. They are in the position of the dog food company of legend that went to enormous trouble and expense to develop and market the world’s finest dog food, only to find themselves faced with one minor problem: the dogs wouldn’t eat it. Whereas the dog food maker recognized its failure and didn’t attempt to breed a new sort of dog with a taste for its product, modern feminists are diligently working to produce a new sort of human more amenable to what they have on offer.

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During the festival of Sukkot, we live in huts (“sukkot” means “booths”). Why? Because G-d commanded us to do so: You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths. –Lev. 23:42. This is to remember, the Torah tells us, that we lived in booths in the wilderness between […]

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After the Duke-Kentucky 1992 Eastern Regional Final, Christian Laettner deserved much credit for his remarkable poise but because I’m most impressed by Grant Hill’s 80-foot heave of a basketball across court, this post consists of three words to describe one of the greatest games in NCAA history. Hill to Laettner : Preview Open

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Rover, Come Over. And Over. And Over.

 

shutterstock_49355953Some years back, my father pulled me aside, Graduate-style and told me “Tom, I just want to plant an idea in your head: if you can ever invent something regarding dogs that’ll sell, we may never have to work again.”

Alas, for my family’s leisure and wealth, I have had no such insight. However, a biotech company in South Korea skipped past novel designs in chew toys, food, harnesses, and frisbees, and went straight for cloning. Their first cloned puppy was produced in 2005, but the process took hundreds of attempts and the founder was subsequently embroiled in a massive scandal involving his failed attempts to clone a human. In addition to publishing results that were outright fabrications (or close enough), he used secret government funding to purchase egg donations from his staff; he was stripped of his license, resigned his university post, and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

However, the dog cloning is apparently legit and the methodology has improved greatly since the early efforts 10 years ago. Now his lab can produce pregnancy rates for clones only slightly below what occurs in nature. And there are cloned dogs sniffing, barking, and bounding around wealthy Florida suburbs as we speak (there are also another 500+ throughout the world). The price? An even $100,000, which includes a guarantee, provided the genetic material is delivered to specifications. The real news here is that dog cloning appears to have crossed the threshold from proof-of-concept stunt into luxury commodity. And if the last few centuries have been any indication, yesterday’s luxuries for the rich often turn into everyday commodities for the rest of us.

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Any poet can tell you that language is so powerful in part because it does not simply translate. Words convey a whole spectrum of meanings, depending on context, prior use, and any of a range of associations.  Jews have always read the Torah in this way, and sought to live our lives accordingly. So, for […]

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Hey what is going on! This thing is a robust Cat 1 out there 1,000 miles East into the Atlantic. It’s traveling Southwest but it’s going to make a u eee and turn due North aimed at Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. Once again I remind all of my maxim. “Never Trust a Hurricane.” […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: “Foreign Policy, Global Warming, and the Pope”

 

In the first of a two-part series responding to Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States, Professor Epstein looks at the pontiff’s statements regarding the crisis in Syria, climate change, and — that old Epstein chestnut — creating markets for organ donations. Listen in below (or subscribe via iTunes) and come back next week for a full episode on Francis’ views on economics and the poor.

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A hat tip to Peter Robinson for the insight, but here’s some anecdotal confirmation from The Conservative Tribune: During a two-and-a-half hour meeting with 40 pastors in the Trump Tower on Monday, 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump managed to make some headway with a subset of the black community. Preview Open

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