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Democratically Designed

Defenders of evolution are hailing recent pro-evolution revisions in the Florida State Science standards. Even though the revisions include compromises that undercut the victory, the changes are a definite step forward—the previous standards did not even use the word “evolution”. The discouraging aspect of the Florida Board of Education’s decision is the extent to which […]

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The Blasphemy of Bob Lutz

The vice-chairman of General Motors, Bob Lutz, recently told a group of journalists that global warming is “a crock of shit.” Needless to say, the blogosphere is up in arms. Why so much outrage? Lutz followed his statement by discussing plans for hybrid cars, a regret that GM allowed Toyota to corner the market with […]

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The Rational Mullahs?

In today’s Cato Daily Dispatch, the Cato Institute notes the recent news on Iran: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Iran’s determination to continue its nuclear program had brought major powers ‘to their knees,’” reports The Washington Post. “In a speech broadcast live on state television, Ahmadinejad repeated his assertion that Iran would ignore […]

Yes, Religion Does Take Us Back into the Dark Ages

An Iraqi Muslim man on U.A.E. television recently proclaimed that the moon is half the size of the sun, that the earth and the sun are flat, and that things that aren’t mentioned in the Koran are not to be considered in the matter. The man was on a show in which the contestants were […]

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Saudi Government Outlaws Red for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day in America. Weeks in advance, the shops were filled with red and white cards, teddy bears, chocolates, flowers, and all manner of light-hearted, lacy ways to say I love you. The day was an opportunity and a reminder to pause and appreciate the special someone in your life. It was also […]

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The Super Bowl — “Giants” Among Men

Almost everyone loves the Super Bowl. Super Bowl Sunday has been an unofficial holiday in the United States for decades, and the Monday following the Super Bowl is the one day of the year employees are most likely to call in sick. On the list of the top 30 most watched television broadcasts of all […]

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Babies: The Newest Environmental Plague

Children may be the next addition to the list of environmental threats. An astonishing article in a British newspaper reveals a new trend among young environmentalist couples: sterilizing themselves in an effort to save the planet. In their own words: “Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, […]

Religion Rules in Georgia

In response to a drought of historic proportions in his state, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue gathered with 250 of his constituents on Nov. 13th to pray for rain. Yes, that’s right: a United States governor, in the most technologically advanced country in the world, where separation of church and state is a founding tenet, has […]

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In Defense of Corporate America

To say “Corporate America” today is almost to say a dirty word. Corporations are viewed as organizations that systematically abuse consumers, fleece taxpayers, exploit employees, deceive investors, disrupt communities and poison the environment. CEOs and board members are portrayed as faceless men huddled in dark boardrooms, smoking cigars while colluding about how to redirect money […]

How Not to Lie with Statistics: The Good, the Bad, and the Average

The formula is painfully familiar— “According to a recent survey by X from the University of Y,” followed by a statement about married couples’ tendency to get bored with their sex lives (ABC News), or thin women’s tendency to think themselves fat (Psychology Today), or older people’s tendency to become increasingly religious (Harris Poll, 2006)—or […]

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