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The Intercept’s Invitation To Criminality—And To Intelligence Agencies

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Intercept posted an interesting document yesterday designed to help a certain class of would-be-criminals—leakers of classified information—but which will, I would imagine, interest a different group of people too.

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Automation Has Already Saved Lives

by John Villasenorvia New York Times
Thursday, January 29, 2015

We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.

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Climate Change Realism

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If we can’t stop climate change, can we adapt to it? Let’s find out.

FEMA / Andrea Booher

The Fires Next Time

by Terry Anderson, Daniel Botkinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drought, heat, bigger fires: forest management has to keep up.


A Speech by General Hayden

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Events which took place at a Washington and Lee School of Law symposium on “Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age” include a speech by General Michael Hayden about NSA and surveillance matters.

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'The Science Of Things That Aren't So' Should Not Drive Public Policy

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The quality and reproducibility of published scientific articles are increasingly being called into question.  Some of their shortcomings are related to flawed experimental design or execution, while others are due to scientists forgoing rigor and objectivity in favor of advocacy-driven pseudo-research.

Climate Change

Gary Libecap on the John Batchelor Show (31:00)

interview with Gary D. Libecapvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Research Fellow Gary Libecap discusses his recent Defining Ideas piece "The Misguided Rush to Climate Change Action" on the John Batchelor Show.

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The Cobweb

quoting Anatol Shmelevvia The New Yorker
Monday, January 26, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 took off from Amsterdam at 10:31 A.M. G.M.T. on July 17, 2014, for a twelve-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur. Not much more than three hours later, the plane, a Boeing 777, crashed in a field outside Donetsk, Ukraine. All two hundred and ninety-eight people on board were killed.


Breaking Bad Drones

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just in time for Gabriella Blum and my forthcoming book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones: —Confronting A New Age of Threatcomes this story from the Associated Press:

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The Misguided Rush to Climate Change Action

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Proponents of green energy are pushing reforms that may have negative long-term consequences.


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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.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.