Why liberals should own guns

Why liberals should own guns
By Noah Smith (noreply@blogger.com)

February 18, 2017 at 10:01PM
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Violent Crime Peaked In Britain in 2006 Because….

Violent Crime Peaked In Britain in 2006 Because….
By Kevin Drum

February 17, 2017 at 02:51PM
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«Note two things here. First, Britain’s violent crime rate peaked about 15 years after it did in the US. Second, it dropped a lot faster than it did in the US. Why?

«Because, first, Britain adopted unleaded gasoline about 13 years after the US (1988 vs. 1975). And second, because it phased out leaded gasoline a lot faster than the US. »

Whitehouse.gov to Build Paywall

Whitehouse.gov to Build Paywall
By ihatebillconway

February 16, 2017 at 03:24AM
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savedbythe-bellhooks:Source: Talking Back: Thinking Feminist,…

savedbythe-bellhooks:Source: Talking Back: Thinking Feminist,…
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February 15, 2017 at 08:58PM
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An Unfortunate Shift in U.S. Policy on Israel and Palestine

An Unfortunate Shift in U.S. Policy on Israel and Palestine
By Daniel Larison

February 15, 2017 at 09:29AM
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Bannon in Washington: A Report on the Incompetence of Evil

Bannon in Washington: A Report on the Incompetence of Evil
By Quinta Jurecic

February 14, 2017 at 10:32AM
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The Muslim Brotherhood and the Question of Terrorism

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Question of Terrorism
By Shadi Hamid

February 12, 2017 at 09:26AM
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«I worry, though, that in underscoring these facts, experts end up legitimizing the other side in the debate by assuming that they are simply misinformed and might benefit from knowing the “correct” facts about the Brotherhood, when the other side has not, in fact, even attempted to make fact-based arguments. The argument advanced by the Trump administration, and people like chief strategist Steve Bannon, is an ideological one, which fits quite nicely with the narrative of a clash of civilizations. This clash pits the West, and more specifically Judeo-Christian civilization, against “radical Islam,” an amorphous concept which seems to, at least potentially, include not just extremists, but Islamists more broadly, and not just Islamists, but Muslims more broadly.»

Method agnosticism and funding

Method agnosticism and funding
By David Anderson

February 9, 2017 at 01:45PM
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How to Spot Visualization Lies

How to Spot Visualization Lies
By Nathan Yau

February 9, 2017 at 12:27PM
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They, the People

They, the People
By Nathan Pippenger

February 9, 2017 at 09:46AM
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«What unites these statements is Trump’s apparent belief that his office is invested with a direct transfer of authority from “the people,” a group whose membership he imagines in selective terms. As Sitman notes, “it’s clear ‘the people’ means something specific to Trump; it does not literally refer to each and every American.»