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Trying To Decide Whether Social Media Has Biases

quoting Adam J. Whitevia Gulf News
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Conservatives remain convinced that the tech industry is biased against them. They point to evidence that Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube are staffed disproportionately by liberals, a fact that nobody seriously denies.

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A Lawyer Explains How The Persecution Of Julian Assange Could Spectacularly Backfire

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Canary
Saturday, June 1, 2019

A lawyer who specialises in hacking and information security may have provided an argument as to why the US extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not proceed. A legal expert has forensically destroyed the latest charges against Assange. Meanwhile, award-winning journalist Robert Fisk and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger argue why the US prosecution of Assange should set off alarm bells everywhere.

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Bio Of William Nordhaus Is On Line

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, May 31, 2019

Starting in the 1970s, Nordhaus constructed increasingly comprehensive models of the interaction between the economy and additions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, along with its effects on global warming. Economists use these models, along with assumptions about various magnitudes, to compute the “social cost of carbon” (SCC). The idea is that past a certain point, additions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere heat the earth and thus create a global negative externality. The SCC is the net cost that using that additional carbon imposes on society.

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No Catastrophe

quoting Bruce Thorntonvia Carolina Coast Online
Friday, May 31, 2019

While climate change is a political loser, as we noted in the May 18 Australian election when the Liberal-National Coalition, stressing economic growth, tax cuts and support for Australia’s energy producers, united conservatives and tossed out the opposition center-left Labor Party, climate change activists are now resorting to a change in semantics to try and curry favor.

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Fix Climate Policy With Economics, Not Lawyers

by Jeremy Carl mentioning George P. Shultz, Martin Feldsteinvia National Review
Friday, May 31, 2019

Last week BP and Shell both pledged support for the Climate Leadership Council’s (CLC) proposal for a revenue-neutral “carbon fee and dividend” plan, under which extractors of carbon-based fuels would be charged a fee, and all of the money collected would be distributed to the public as a dividend. While conservatives have a wide variety of views on how, or even whether, to address climate policy, this initiative is perhaps the most genuinely bipartisan attempt so far to move forward on a famously contentious issue.

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The Europeans Have A Different, Darker Green New Deal | Opinion

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Continental elections last weekend gave anti-nuclear Green Parties a huge boost, installing the Greens into a European Parliament kingmaker role. As a result, the rest of Europe is likely to follow the lead of Germany’s environmental party and movement, turning further against civilian nuclear energy and, especially, against coal-fired plants.
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‘We’re Not Being Paranoid’: U.S. Warns Of Spy Dangers Of Chinese-Made Drones

quoting John Villasenorvia WAMU 88.5
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Drones have become an increasingly popular tool for industry and government. Electric utilities use them to inspect transmission lines. Oil companies fly them over pipelines. The Interior Department even deployed them to track lava flows at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

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‘Mona Lisa’ Comes To Life In Computer-Generated ‘Living Portrait’

quoting John Villasenorvia Smithsonian Magazine
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Harry Potter series got the world used to the idea of living portraits with its talking paintings and moving photographs. But last week, when an A.I.-generated “living portrait” of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa began making the rounds on the web, many people were startled when the famous portrait moved her lips and looked around.

Climate Change Is A Political Loser

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

First came Donald Trump’s stunning victory in 2016, after a campaign in which he rejected the “scientific consensus” on catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW), and proved true to his rhetoric by withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords. Then a few years later, France was rocked by the “yellow vests” movement that started with protests against a tax on fuel that President Emmanuel Macron, in true globalist technocratic fashion, proposed as a way to “nudge” the masses into using less of the carbon-based energy allegedly heating the planet.

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