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The Conservative Climate Change Modest Proposal Advances

Thu, 2017-02-09 13:40
There’s a Washington Post report that the WSJ op-ed proposal is much more than just an op-ed. There is an organized political move underway to make this happen. The WaPo report mostly focuses on the carbon tax and dividend, fails to mention Pillar 3 on border adjustments, and is unspecific about the proposed regulatory rollback.… Read More »
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A Modest Proposal, Conservative Climate Change Style

Thu, 2017-02-09 05:37
The Wall Street Journal (who else?) ran an op-ed titled, “A Conservative Answer to Climate Change”. The good news is that George Schultz and James Baker III are taking climate change seriously enough to propose doing something about it. The bad news is that the proposal is about as close to doing nothing as is… Read More »
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Nikon P900 First Impressions

Sat, 2017-01-28 04:14
I’ve managed to lay my hands on a Nikon P900 digital camera. This is prosumer bridge-style camera with an exceptionally long zoom range, a 4.3 to 357mm f/2.8-6.5 lens with a full-frame 35mm equivalent view of 24-2000mm. It serves up 16 megapixels. I haven’t done much with it yet, but I thought I would make… Read More »
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Thoughts on the Value of Public Education

Wed, 2017-01-18 14:28
Over on Facebook, there’s discussion of the federal Department of Education, and a commenter there said she would like to see the department go away and parents get school vouchers. This was my reaction… […] I’m looking at various issues looming and how education can play into that. Let’s start with our military, shall we?… Read More »
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The New Abnormal: Presidential Conflicts of Interest

Tue, 2016-11-29 01:31
The New York Times published an article detailing some of the many foreign business entanglements of the Trump Organization. Donald Trump has claimed, bizarrely echoing Richard Nixon, that a president cannot have a conflict of interest no matter what they do. That isn’t right. That is not normal. Presidents in modern times have divested business… Read More »
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The New Abnormal: A Category for Uncharted Territory

Tue, 2016-11-22 14:39
The Guardian in reporting Donald Trump’s election said the USA was heading into the political unknown. As Trump maneuvers the transitional ship-of-state, though, the exploration will turn the unknown into the known. Most of the time, transitions are dull as dishwater, producing little in the way of novelty. This one, though, is doing things never… Read More »
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