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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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Thomas Sowell gets it right on John Boehner and Republican non-communication in this article. Boehner isn’t the only one. The refusal to communicate is party and movement wide. Here are two excerpts from Sowell’s article (emphasis mine): More

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The man’s a genius. We all know it. And so, I allow the Da Vinci of Ohio to provide the visual for my final post as editor-in-chief. Be good, everyone. I’ll see you real soon. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Chicago’s Crime Spree Won’t Be Solved with Gun Control

 
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For the second weekend in a row, more than 50 people were shot in Chicago. Gun violence continues to rage in the Windy City, despite regular pleas for peace by community leaders, aldermen, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After receiving news about six more killed and eight wounded Monday evening, a somber Emanuel spoke with reporters.

“Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home,” the mayor said. “You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using them reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”

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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. More

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Dear Republican Members of Congress,

Consider this an intervention. You guys do not understand how to hold a decent hearing. Hillary Clinton danced away from your Benghazi questions like Mohammed Ali. Your threats to hold more hearings on Planned Parenthood and Benghazi are about as frightening as President Obama’s warnings to Vladimir Putin that “doubling down on Assad would be a mistake.” Within hours of Obama’s feeble bleat, Russian planes were dropping bombs on the Syrian resistance (not, it should be noted, on ISIS). Vladimir Putin’s Russia, once described by John McCain as a “gas station pretending to be a country,” is now running circles around Mr. Obama – rushing to fill the power void left by American abdication in the Middle East.

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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.

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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 : More

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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.

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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. More

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