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Ashton Kutcher’s Impassioned Plea to Help Victims of Sex Slavery

 

Today, Ashton Kutcher testified in front of a Congressional committee urging the Senators he talked to to help fund software that can track sex traffickers on the Dark Web. It’s a must-watch. The Texas Tribune featured an exposé today about one young sex slave and her experience. It is absolutely heartbreaking. A snippet: No one […]

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Trump Cabinet Science-Denial or Scientific Skepticism?

 

One shocking claim has dominated the nomination battles for Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, from Science magazine, Mother Jones, and mainstream media to constant invective from Democratic senators — the candidates are science deniers! The idea that people will not accept the findings of science drives a certain class of self-described intellectuals crazy. Even those who […]

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The Nebraska Internet Sales Tax…Comes for You!

 

P.J. O’Rourke once snarkily noted that the American tax code was clearly designed by “A” students, as “every April 15, we have to pay somebody who got an A in accounting to keep ourselves from being sent to jail.” Unbeknownst to most Americans, the bevy of complicated regulations promises to get worse this week, if […]

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Google is Making Nice with the Trump Administration

 

As President-elect Trump prepares to take office, tech behemoth Google has changed course, now trying to align itself with the incoming Republican administration after backing Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Watchdog.org reported extensively last year on Google’s cozy relationship with the Obama administration, from a lobbyist’s frequent visits to the White House to […]

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Is Economics a Hard Science?

 

The disciplines we call the “hard sciences” such as chemistry and physics inhabit the cold, sterile world of laboratories, uncontaminated by a boundless assortment of potential impurities. Today, economics pretends to be one of the hard sciences, yet the laboratories provided by the real world are disorderly, even chaotic, insusceptible to sanitization and control. The […]

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Cybercrime and the War on Digital Free Speech

 

The internet is increasingly a target for those who want to silence speech. An Oct. 21 cyberattack rendered social media sites like Twitter and Reddit and news sites like Fox News and CNN inaccessible to millions of users. Another attack took down the website of independent cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs. This is a problem for civil […]

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Tom Wolfe Takes on the Scientific Establishment

 

At the center of the vast difference between humans and every other species to call Earth home, and the fatal complication for every theory that purports to explain all, is speech. Language. It’s the main thing that separates humans from every other species, and makes possible the things that make humans human — abstract thought, the ability to remember the past and contemplate the future, to have aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual lives.

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Melania Trump: Make Social Media Great Again

 

Melania has been quiet this election season. I just assumed she was taking care of Trump the Youngest and the Trump household which seems like a full-time job. Today, she gave a speech in Pennsylvania and made clear one of her priorities should she become First Lady: ‘Our culture has gotten too mean and too […]

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Artificial Intelligence Is Here: Now What?

 

The topic of “artificial intelligence” has recently brought a confluence of nationally significant announcements. In September, Stanford University released its One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, which was quickly followed by the announcement in early October that five firms — Amazon, DeepMind of Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft — have formed a nonprofit named the […]

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Freedom to Sleep Where You Want

 

Sara Bowers is among the 100 million people around the world who use Airbnb to find lodging when she travels. But she says using the home-sharing app makes her feel like one of a kind. “You can choose exactly where you want to stay, whose home you want to stay in and what sort of […]

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