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Beware The Silent Killer: Influenza

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Now that the media have finished with the luridly reported and absurdly exaggerated concerns about Ebola in the U.S., they might wish to consider a genuine imminent threat to our health: influenza.

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The Libertarian Podcast – “The Sony Scandal”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Is the media wrong to publish the contents of hacked Hollywood e-mails?

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Deadweight Loss From The New California Gas Tax

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, December 15, 2014

Starting in January, Californians will pay an added 10 cents or so per gallon of gasoline due to a new law that goes into effect next month.

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Gary Marcus on the Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 15, 2014

Gary Marcus of New York University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the future of artificial intelligence (AI). While Marcus is concerned about how advances in AI might hurt human flourishing, he argues that truly transformative smart machines are still a long way away and that to date, the exponential improvements in technology have been in hardware, not software. Marcus proposes ways to raise standards in programming to reduce mistakes that would have catastrophic effects if advanced AI does come to fruition. The two also discuss "big data's" emphasis on correlations, and how that leaves much to be desired.

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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #103: Mieke Eoyang on FAA Exclusivity

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, December 13, 2014

A few weeks ago, Mieke Eoyang wrote and post on Lawfare entitled “A Modest Proposal: FAA Exclusivity for Collection Involving U.S. Technology Companies.” Mieke is a long-time congressional staffer on national security matters, who served a stint on the House Intelligence Committee during the drafting of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and now runs national security programming at Third Way—a centrist Democratic think thank.

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Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

quoting John Villasenorvia NPR
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drones, drones, drones.

Everybody wants one. Amazon, to deliver packages, Hollywood to shoot movie scenes, agriculture interests to monitor crops.

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Caracas And Cars, Energy And Democracy

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Driving up to the gas pump these days is not as frightening as it was just a year ago.  Prices are not down to my childhood 49 cents a gallon, but today's petrol has dropped significantly from the heart-stopping hundred dollar SUV fill-ups.

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Ashton Carter, Presumed Defense Secretary Nominee, Has A Long History With Military Technology

featuring Ash Cartervia Washington Post
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The man President Obama is expected to choose to be the next secretary of defense has a long history at the Pentagon, having served in senior positions there for nearly five years. But one of his specialties is particularly timely: Ashton B. Carter is considered one of the country’s top administrators and students of military technology.

A More Balanced Approach to Climate Change Policy

by Thomas F. Stephensonvia Analysis
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Our country urgently needs a more balanced approach to the global warming and climate change issue. On its own, it is a major policy problem, and it has also come to dominate discussions over our country’s broader energy strategy.
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Charles Davis Is Half Right

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Over at Salon, Charles Davis has an article titled "Amazon's frightening CIA partnership: Capitalism, corporations and our massive new surveillance state." In it, he quotes from, and criticizes, a post I wrote titled "The Amazon Boycott: Blaming a Victim." Davis writes:

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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

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