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In the News

Return Of Nuclear Doomsday

quoting George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Sam Nunnvia The Hill
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Elder statesmen are again warning of nuclear dangers. But have they risen? Maybe, but they remain only faint echoes of Cold War era risks.

In the News

Time's Person Of The Year: Greta Thunberg

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Independent Women's Forum
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Admittedly, being Time’s Person of the Year isn’t what it used to be in the magazine’s heyday, but the choice is always interesting. It is inevitably a window into the thinking of the chattering classes (and their chattering offspring). Greta Thunberg, 16, is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

Analysis and Commentary

Like, Actually: Labour’s Social Media Lead Should Terrify The Tories

by Niall Ferguson, Nick Kumleben, Manny Rincon-Cruzvia The Spectator
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

[Subscription required] As Brits head to the polls for the fourth general election this decade—a frequency of voting matched only in the 1920s and 1970s—there is a tendency amongst some commentators to underestimate how radically the democratic process has changed in the space of a century. Between Bonar Law and Boris Johnson, however, the public sphere has been revolutionised. In the 1920s, newspapers still dominated. In the 1970s, it was television. 

FeaturedNational Security

The Self-Appointed Spies Who Use Google Earth To Sniff Out Nukes

by Amy Zegartvia The Atlantic
Friday, December 6, 2019

Nuclear intelligence isn’t just for government agencies anymore. A motley crew of outside watchdogs has found creative ways to deter proliferation.


Mapping The Digital Economy In 2020

by Chen Long, Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Friday, December 6, 2019

In today’s globalized world, falling behind technologically carries major costs. That is why the world need a comprehensive understanding of the digital revolution’s effects on individual and social welfare as soon as possible.

Analysis and Commentary

Xi Jinping Thought Fails The Test Of Fighting Man-Made, Global Warming, Climate Change

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Xi Jinping Thought consists of fourteen basic policies. Number 4: “Adopting new science-based ideas for ‘innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.’” Number 9:  “Coexist well with nature with ‘energy conservation and environmental protection’ policies and ‘contribute to global ecological safety.’”

In the News

California Proposal Rejects Wildfire Premium In PG&E, Other Utilities' ROE

quoting James L. Sweeneyvia Utility Dive
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The CPUC's proposed decision maintains the utilities' test-year 2020 ROE at 2018 values: 10.3% for Southern California Edison, down from the requested 11.45%; 10.25% for PG&E, down from the 12% it applied for; and 10.2% for SDG&E, compared to the 12.38% it requested.

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Pelosi And Company Hightail It To Warming Conference As Impeachment Flounders

cited Bjorn Lomborgvia The Epoch Times
Monday, December 2, 2019

The more things change, the French say, the more they remain the same. And in the case of the modern libo-progressive, that means when times are hard, when things aren’t turning out exactly the way you expected, when Adam Schiff really isn’t the reincarnation of Thomas Jefferson, and Jerry Nadler doesn’t look much better, it’s time to return to that most familiar of security blankets, Mother Earth… in the form, of course, of climate change, né global warming, né bad weather. 

In the News

Monday Short Cuts

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Patriot Post
Monday, December 2, 2019

Notable quotables from Colin Kaepernick, Julian Castro, John Kerry, and more.


The AI Frontier Of Economic Theory

by Thomas J. Sargentvia Project Syndicate
Monday, December 2, 2019

Until recently, data sets were small and costly, and computers were slow and expensive. So it is natural that as gains in computing power have dramatically reduced these impediments, economists have rushed to use big data and artificial intelligence to help them spot patterns in all sorts of activities and outcomes.


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