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Deepfake Videos May Have Unwitting Ally In US Media

quoting Amy Zegartvia The Hill
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Deepfake videos are likely to pose a grave threat to the 2020 election, unless the media adopts stringent policies to distinguish real videos from sophisticated forgeries, experts say.

Analysis and Commentary

Geoengineering Fun

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Eli Dourado writes of four intriguing geoengineering schemes: (HT Marginal Revolution's incomparable links.) 

Featured

In A World Where Hillary’s In Charge, Does Hate Still Trump Governance?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

With the news cycle on fire – protests in Hong Kong, mass shootings in America, a dead Manhattan billionaire whose suicide is the stuff of conspiratorial fantasies – the temptation is to wonder how our political daily discourse might differ had the 2016 election turned out otherwise.

Featured

Vegetarianism As Climate Virtue Signaling

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 8, 2019

‘Eat Less Meat” is the typical headline used to present a new United Nations report on climate change released Thursday. The report correctly points to the need to improve global food systems, but pundits are fixating on the supposed need for people in rich countries to change their dining habits radically. This is an ineffective and unachievable policy response.

Interviews

EconTalk Host Russ Roberts On Key Economic Concepts For Founders

interview with Russell Robertsvia Y Combinator
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Russ Roberts discusses key concepts and ideas for startups.

In the News

With Upcoming Second Spanish Conference, Intelligent Design’s European Footprint Grows

mentioning Hoover Institution, Peter M. Robinsonvia Evolution News & Science Today
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

You may remember the story of how the first European Conference on Intelligent Design (TDI Europe) was chased out of two universities in Portugal only to find refuge in León, Spain. Paul Nelson, who was there and traveled with the refugees (what else to call them?), told about his experiences in an article at Evolution News. 

In the News

8chan Is All The Way Down—“It’s DNS. It’s Always DNS.”

quoting Alex Stamosvia Ars Technica
Monday, August 5, 2019

To find the what, why, and where of a dead site, you start with its DNS.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
In the News

Baltimore Is Just A City; California Is A State Transforming Into ‘Third World’ Ugly

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia California Globe
Monday, August 5, 2019

California was once a thriving two party state. We replaced it with the current one party state, one party rule. Scholar and Central Valley resident Victor Davis Hanson calls California “America’s First Third-World State.”

Analysis and Commentary

Andy Matuschak On Books And Learning

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 5, 2019

Software Engineer Andy Matuschak talks about his essay "Why Books Don't Work" with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle to remember any of the ideas in the book. Matuschak argues for a different approach to transmitting ideas via the web including different ways that authors or teachers can test for understanding that will increase the chances of retention and mastery of complex ideas.

Analysis and Commentary

Casey Mulligan On Trump Versus Reagan

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, August 2, 2019

University of Chicago economics professor Casey Mulligan, fresh off his one-year stint as chief economist with President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, has an interesting comparison of Trump vs. Reagan on economic deregulation.

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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.