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shutterstock_320521304President Obama and other world leaders are in Paris for talks to limit climate-altering emissions. Now the problem here is that a) the world needs to get richer, b) that requires more energy, and c) more energy has meant rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.

So we have to get better, a lot better, at de-carbonizing our energy. As the Ecomodernist Manifesto correctly notes, ” … rising energy consumption is tightly correlated with rising incomes and improving living standards. … For that reason, any conflict between climate mitigation and the continuing development process through which billions of people around the world are achieving modern living standards will continue to be resolved resoundingly in favor of the latter.”

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What binds society together? The libertarians reply that the cement of society (so far as they will endure any binding at all) is self-interest, closely joined to the nexus of cash payment. But the conservatives declare that society is a community of souls, joining the dead, the living, and those yet unborn; and that it coheres […]

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I am just stating it now, for the record. Mind you, this is not a reflection on the character of the man, on his abilities, or on how great a president he would be if he would win the White House. No, I’m simply stating that he will not win the White House in the first place.

But first let me begin with some observations, caveats, and warnings. Back in the waning days of 2011 — and in the early days of 2012 — I expressed similar doubts about Romney. I (and others here) said that he would not be able to beat Obama in the general election, only to met with a variety of statements* that assumed we had it out for Romney. Recent tentative remarks by me about Cruz have been met with similar counter-arguments, generally to the effect of swapping out “Mormons” for “Texans.” So, to get this out of the way I will state that: This isn’t about Texas or Texans; This is not about faith; If Cruz gets the nomination, I will certainly vote for him; I neither like nor dislike him.

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shutterstock_313426106The Left’s most recent bout with insanity is, at least in part, due to increasing turmoil and carnage in the Islamic world. Progressives oppose most of the Islamist agenda — the subjugation of women, execution of gays, slaughter of innocents — but their belief that Western Culture, Western Imperialism, and (worst of all!) Western Cultural Imperialism are responsible for all of the world’s ills make it impossible for them to speak out against any culture but their own. Instead, they attack such proxies as they can find in the West with an intensity that is all out of proportion to the offences they claim to perceive.

Any resistance to allowing men dressed as women to use women’s restrooms is denounced with a fervor that would be far more appropriate were it reserved for the routine execution of homosexuals in some Muslim countries. Micro-aggressions against women perceptible only to themselves are the focus of a rage that would be understandable were it directed against the execution of Muslim women for the “crime” of being raped. Their conflation of distasteful speech on college campuses with violence and rape lies in sharp contrast with their disregard for ISIS’s violent rape of thousands. Their promiscuous use of the word “genocide” in connection with cultural evolution would make sense were it in response to the wholesale slaughters of Christians, Jews, and Yazidis in the name of Allah.

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Even before I do the crossword puzzles, I read the “Ask Amy” column. This morning she spoke up for free speech. I look for these messages in the culture and celebrate them whenever I can! Here’s the column: Dear Amy: In your response to “Upset Parents,” at the end of your suggestion on how to […]

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I wasn’t sure I was qualified to write about this, seeing as I’m neither a Catholic nor do I know much about the Central African Republic, but I found myself so moved by the story that I thought I’d share it anyway.

In March 2013, President François Bozizé was ousted in a coup in March 2013 by a group of mostly Muslim rebels from the north, the Seleka. They targeted churches and Christian communities.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Cyber Monday Advice: Don’t Buy the Extended Warranty

 

For a change in pace from all the politics, I thought I’d offer a little consumer advice as we head into the Christmas shopping season. To wit, buying an extended warranty is almost always a bad idea.

To explain why, let me show you a graph of the typical life-cycle of a manufactured product. In engineering we call this a ‘bathtub curve’ because of its resemblance to the shape of a bathtub:Bathtub Curve

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Well, that’s not completely true. Because here I am. I received so many thoughtful, funny, challenging and perceptive responses on my half desperate/half in-jest appeal–was there a Ricochet recovery group?–that I felt I had to respond. I don’t know if that’s kosher, but I thought I owed it to everyone who offered suggestions, laughter and […]

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Some of us at Ricochet (including me) have criticized Will in the past. But in “The Constitution Is Clear: Congress Should Legislate, Not the Administrative State,” George Will gets it right. He’s writing on the delegation of legislative power from Congress to the executive branch, endorsing important critiques of that delegation from Clarence Thomas and […]

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Turkey and Russia tell different stories about the downed Russian aircraft. You might have already chosen your favorite, but the storytelling continues in Belgium! What international thriller could not be improved by the avant garde cliché premise that everybody is lying? It’s rare to see physics being used as an effective tool to comment on […]

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Or so says Bill Kristol. It’s been maybe what, a couple days since the most recent hair on fire rant about Trump on the Main Feed by folks who would be the first to tell Trump supporters (of which I am not one) to get in line and vote for Jeb! (or whoever). The same folks […]

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Over at Watts Up With That (a great climate realism site) there is a post Climate and Human Civilization over the Last 18,00 Years. It includes an interesting and intricate time chart. In that chart I noticed the following entry for an event 11,600 years ago: Jericho, Israeli occupied Palestine. Not remembering exactly where Jericho […]

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Theological warrant aside, Brague asks how Islam’s greatest philosophers view jihad. He puts the question to three Aristotelians – al Farabi, Avicenna, and Averroes. All three permit the waging of holy war against those who refuse Islam – al Farabi and Averroes against Christians, Avicenna against the pagans of his native Persia. Al Farabi, who […]

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I remember being unable to sleep on Christmas Eve (and Christmas Eve’s Eve for that matter), for the excitement of what joys and toys awaited me downstairs under the tree, or at my grandparents’ house under their tree. Christmas was a major celebration for my family when I was growing up, and it seemed the […]

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I am a Trump observer not a Trump supporter. Whatever Trump is or is not, his candidacy and assertions need to be measured against the political status quo (see below). My opinion is that Trump is a rank amateur compared to the criminality and malfeasance of the professionals sustaining our national fraud.) Preview Open

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On November 29, 1995, President Clinton grudgingly signed a highway bill repealing the much-hated National Maximum Speed Limit. In 1973, President Nixon signed the NMSL into law in an effort to force people to save gas. This law allowed the federal government to withhold federal highway money from states that didn’t drop their speed limit to 55 mph. Real-world fuel savings were negligible. Safety activists proclaimed that it saved a lot of lives, and would bring out charts showing that the highway fatality rate had dropped since the law was enacted. The starting point for said charts was when the law was enacted, and sure enough, the fatality rate decreased in the years after. Had they shown a chart going back decades, you would have seen that the fatality rate had been declining since the late 1940s.

There was a lot of opposition to the law’s repeal. Auto insurance companies certainly had an interest in seeing as many speeding tickets issued as possible. To listen to professional headache Ralph Nader, one would think the ditches would be running red with blood if the daredevils who populate the various state legislatures were allowed to set the speed limits for their own states’ roads. Since 1995, a whole lot of states have enacted highway speed limits as high as 75 and 80 mph. God Bless Texas, they have a toll road that’s 85 mph. What about those highway fatality rates? Still dropping. As a matter of fact, when states first started raising their speed limits, the highway fatality rates dropped in virtually all states; the states that raised their speed limits saw the HFR drop more quickly than the states that didn’t.