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Here is a specific critical thinking skill that you can learn through practice, while participating in Ricochet Conversations. This one is especially valuable because it is so often needed, and so rare. Rare, even on Ricochet, where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all the children are…above average with respect to critical […]

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This is egg salad. It’s loaded with cholesterol, the wife won’t even let me touch it. It hardly seems to matter now, ’cause chances are, we’re already dead. [Captain] Amazing is gone, there’s no use waiting for the cavalry because, at this moment, the cavalry is us. This is our fight, whether we like it […]

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So…for news and political commentary, here is what I do: I get on Ricochet and see what folks are talking about. That might lead me somewhere…but mostly it leads me to a debate about DT. So.. More

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The bus ride from Campinas to São Paulo took an hour and a half, and throughout it the woman in the seat behind me talked into her phone. I regret that I am unable to tell you what she was saying all that time. Not that it was very interesting; indeed I suspect, from such […]

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For some reason, this question has always annoyed me. There has to be a reason and I’d like to explore why. I think it started as a chess player dating back to childhood. Someone would come upon an active game and ask this question of the players. There’s not a way it can be answered […]

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I started listening to the Book of Acts the other day. I think I was prompted by the most recent episode of Gary Stevens’ History in the Bible podcast where he talks about John the Baptist. I’ve wanted to dive into Acts for a while, so I took that as an excuse. I say “listening” because I […]

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Remember when Chris Christie was considered by pundits on the right to be a viable VP candidate in 2012 and then on the inside track for President in 2016? https://theweek.com/speedreads/820632/chris-christie-says-hed-better-president-than-trump-boozy-late-show-stephen-colbert More

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I saw my Oncologist yesterday. My polyp was Stage I.A., the most benign level. The cancer had not spread to the Large Intestine, which would have been Stage II, or the lymph nodes which would have been Stage III. With the surgery, I am literally cancer-free. My Oncologist had been ready to release me, but […]

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Let’s assume the worst about Harvey Weinstein and others of his ilk: they coerced vulnerable women into nonconsensual sex, often with promises of career advancement. Obviously, those women are victims, even those whose careers were actually advanced. But let’s assume that there were some for whom the sex was truly consensual and the career advancement […]

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Many of you know that I’ve been researching, writing, and speaking for the past thirteen years about the history of GPS. I recently wrote an article about a new GPS documentary which may be of interest. I submitted two exhibits and appendices which were excluded from the published article; I can add them in a […]

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If there is such a thing as white privilege then there is definitely beauty privilege. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is taking full advantage her beauty privilege. Why is that OK? Sure, Ms. AOC is pretty hot, very curvy and if Playboy still did spreads any more like “Bartenders of the Big Apple”, she would be […]

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There is no question that the rise of Donald Trump has created a schism on the right. I’ve certainly had my run-ins with folks here on Ricochet, most notably @garyrobbins and @georgetownsend. While I vehemently disagree with these gentlemen on a lot of things, arguing with them has had its benefits, namely that they have pushed me to constantly refine, redefine and clarify my beliefs.

In a recent lengthy back-and-forth they provided me with this question on the state of things in the post-Reagan era: Is Conservatism just an abstract utopian philosophy, the inverse of theoretical Communism, or is it an actual and practical mode of governing?

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In the future, Samsung’s phones will have a whopping one terabyte storage capacity… and that time might come sooner than you expect. The tech giant has started mass producing what it says is the industry’s first one terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) More

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The recent teachers strike in Los Angeles was resolved on terms that have generally been regarded as a victory for the teachers against the embattled Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The LAUSD is financially strapped because of ever heavier pension obligations for retired teachers and high operating expenses. Nonetheless, the LAUSD capitulated to the demands of the teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). It agreed to a 6% pay raise for the teachers to be phased in over two years, and class size was reduced by two students per class. The District also vowed to beef up its employee base by hiring 300 nurses, 82 librarians, and 17 counselors by 2020.

LA mayor Eric Garcetti, who has higher political ambitions, crowed: “When we see a problem, we fix it.” AFT President Randi Weingarten noted optimistically, “Everything teachers are demanding would strengthen public schools.” Going out on strike, she said, was about “ensuring that all public schools have the conditions they need for student success.” But those remarks, as Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal notes, must be taken with a large gain of salt, for self-interest offers a better explanation of the AFT’s strategy than its supposed altruism. The AFT thought that its gambit was worthwhile for its members, but a closer look at the settlement shows that in the long-run, the union teachers got less than they hoped for, while everyone else lost big time.

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It’s arguable that the Pro-Life Movement began well rooted in the premise of progressivism. “Right to Life” activism and legislation carried the language of what could be rather than was was and is. The future that was being extinguished rather than the violence being inflicted. Of course, the potentiality of the unborn reveals a key […]

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In the wake of the ghoulish New York abortion law, there’s fresh horrors out of Virginia in the last twenty-four hours. The first, an actual bill:

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“It would be hard to think of a more ridiculous way to make decisions than to transfer those decisions to third parties who pay no price for being wrong. Yet that is what at least half of the bright ideas of the political left amount to.” – Thomas Sowell

Although Thomas Sowell wrote this years (perhaps decades) ago, it is more relevant today than when he wrote it. We have had our noses rubbed in the consequences of transferring important decisions to third parties who pay no price for being wrong for nearly ten years — certainly since January 2009 when the American people inaugurated a government for experts, of experts, and by experts. Since then, they have made dozens of faulty decisions, for which others paid the price of the “experts” being wrong. The third-party deciders suffer no consequences except occasionally being promoted.

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