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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. 

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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
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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 Role Of Commercial Nuclear Energy In A National Energy Policy With James Ellis Jr.

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via PolicyEd
Thursday, August 1, 2019

The United States has achieved energy independence for the first time in decades, which allows us to ability to step back and shape our future national energy policy. Nuclear energy is one form of energy that has significant advantages, including zero-emissions and grid stability. Renewable energy is also low-carbon, but has drawbacks that nuclear power can compensate for. Because every energy source brings its advantage and challenges, it is essential to move forward with a mix of energy sources.

BusinessAnalysis and Commentary

The State Government In Sacramento: Where California Sports Teams Have A Home-Field Advantage

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 1, 2019

I’ve always respected Steve Ballmer.

Not only does he have a head for business (he went from making $50,000 a year as an assistant at Microsoft to becoming one of the richest people in America), but his heart goes out to the less fortunate (his Ballmer Group philanthropy aims to help impoverished children and families escape poverty).

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Agencies Prep For Climate Change Despite Hostility From Trump

quoting Alice Hillvia U.S. News & World Report
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Career officials in federal agencies prepare for the dangers of climate change despite a boss who doesn’t believe it.

Analysis and Commentary

Shoshana Zuboff On Surveillance Capitalism

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 29, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff of Harvard University talks about her book Surveillance Capitalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Zuboff argues that the monetization of search engines and social networks by Google, Facebook, and other large tech firms threatens privacy and democracy.

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George Gilder On The Real-Life Prospects — And Limits — Of AI

with Peter M. Robinsonvia Mind Matters News
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Recently, tech philosopher George Gilder, who is organizing COSM 2019 (Bellevue, Washington, October 23–25) on the future of artificial intelligence, sat down with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution to talk about how AI can help us to a better future, not a worse one.

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