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Airbnb May Finally Win Its Long Battle Against Nashville

 

Places like Nashville, Tennessee, should love short-term rental platforms like Airbnb or HomeAway. For one, the city has a booming tourism industry but remains short of enough hotels to meet surging demand. This is why Nashville’s downtown has the highest average nightly hotel rate in the United States — ahead of cities like San Francisco […]

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Confessions of a Climate Change ‘Denier’

 

A few days ago I had a conversation with a very smart university professor of history and somehow the climate change subject came up. Almost instantly he responded to my thoughts by saying: “You must be one of those deniers who rejects the science consensus.” This is the new form of intellectual bullying and it’s […]

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The Nothing They Contribute

 

When weather slows the northeastern seaboard to a halt and writers and editors and politicians and activists and lobbyists cannot find time for their computers because their hands are too busy with a snow shovel, it’s pleasant to contemplate life without the endless rabble rabbling. It is blessed peace. How wonderful it is to venture into […]

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Change in Our Time

 

From Heraclitus to the present, historians and philosophers addressed the issue of change. Is change built into the nature of society or is it a mirage that reflects a different side of sameness? It would appear that there are years in the so-called modern age that suggest a departure from the past: 1789 and The […]

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About the Transgendered Wrestler Competing Against Girls

 

A Texas girl enhanced with the hormones that build muscle mass, strength, and quickness won her state’s wrestling title, and people cheered. Some booed. Some girls forfeited, rather than wrestle in an unfair match, because testosterone and other steroids give an unfair advantage to athletes — which is why they’re banned in all sports. They’re […]

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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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