Can We Go Back to Where No Man Has Gone Before?

So the Internet has been set afire with the news that CBS is planning to produce a new Star Trek television series that will air in 2017. That’s it. That’s the announcement. There is maddeningly little information about the premise of the new series or its creative direction, except that it will be produced by […]

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Everything Gives You Cancer

I am shocked, shocked to discover that the claim that eating “processed meats” will give you cancer is a load of bunk. The assertion was made last week in a new report from the WHO, the World Health Organization. From some press reports, you would get the idea that eating bacon is just like smoking […]

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The Varieties of Productive Experience

The latest Steve Jobs movie, imaginatively titled Steve Jobs, has flopped at the box office, and people are asking what went wrong. How could such an iconic subject—and in this case the word “iconic” is used correctly, which almost never happens—not draw the interest of audiences? I went and saw the film, and I don’t […]

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A Fiasco, But in a Good Way

The general consensus is that the Republican debate hosted last night by CNBC was a train wreck. And yeah, it was kind of a train wreck. The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway had warned that CNBC was choosing for their moderator a total pro-Hillary hack, John Harwood. Boy, did that turn out to be right. He and […]

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Killing Baby Hitler Is the Debate of Our Era

The New York Times Magazine caused a stir on Friday when it tweeted a question about the morality of killing baby Hitler. We asked @nytmag readers: If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it? (What's your response?) pic.twitter.com/daatm12NZC — NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) October 23, 2015 This kind of […]

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Hillary Is Finally Inevitable, and That’s Bad News for Democrats

Hillary Clinton has achieved her dream. She is finally inevitable. That’s the upshot of Joe Biden’s decision not to run for the Democratic nomination. He was the only candidate of stature who could still oppose her, especially given the prospect that he might have done so with the tacit support of President Obama. “Stature” is […]

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Why Student Loan Rates Should Be Higher

Bernie Sanders has been asking: What is the deal with student loan rates? It makes no sense that students and their parents pay higher interest rates for college than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 15, 2015 Sorry, I can’t resist. Ever since seeing Larry David portray Sanders […]

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Why They Can’t Ruin Star Wars

So we just got our first look at the movie poster for the new Star Wars film, and hoo boy, it’s a hot mess. We can only hope that the plot of the film does not match this poster. I count 14 separate characters, and Luke Skywalker isn’t even one of them (unless he’s the […]

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What We Learned About the Democrats Last Week

We’ve had a few days from last week’s Democratic debate to digest the results and the reactions and to proceed from initial impressions to some firmer conclusions. I don’t just mean evaluations of the individual candidates but conclusions about the direction of the Democratic Party as a whole. What do the candidates and their messages […]

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All the Good Syria Options Are Over

President Obama has been criticized for his performance in his latest interview on “60 minutes.” The president certainly seemed wrong-footed and was non-responsive to Steve Kroft’s questions. But it wasn’t just because the president seems tired, impatient, and disengaged. (At one point, Kroft observes, “I know you don’t want to talk about this.”) It’s the […]

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