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The New York Times Thinks You’re Too Dumb to Understand Numbers

I recently wrote about the wretched reporting on the claim that 2016 was the “hottest year on record,” using as my main example a New York Times article by Justin Gillis that gave his readers none of the relevant numbers they could use to evaluate that claim. None of them. And if you search for […]

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Is Personnel Policy?

In politics, there is an old saying: personnel is policy. What a president does is determined to a large extent by the people he hires. Consider the rumors that Donald Trump is considering appointing Mitt Romney as his Secretary of State. Trump’s stated foreign policy involves a much friendlier approach toward Russia. But he’s not […]

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Elon Musk’s Ticket to Nowhere

There’s a fine line between “visionary billionaire” and “huckster,” and Elon Musk just soared right over it. On Tuesday, Musk gave an overview of SpaceX’s plans, such as they are, for a rocket transportation system that would colonize Mars. All of this is pure Elon Musk, his by-now familiar pattern of distracting from an immediate, […]

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The Most Dishonest Year on Record

Last week, according to our crackerjack mainstream media, NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year, like, ever. No, really. The New York Times began its report with: “Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history.” Well, not really. As we’re about to see, this is a claim that dissolves on contact with actual […]

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The Contest Between Homer and Hesiod, in Space

There is not much about Andy Weir’s The Martian that ought to work. And yet it works. The novel is like a twisted literary experiment: can you write a story that is about 5% dialogue, 10% action, and 85% exposition? And can the exposition be about scientific problem solving and the technical details of NASA […]

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Obama’s Laissez-Faire Utopia

As an advocate of limited government—very limited—I am used to being peppered with questions about what we would do if the government stopped funding one of the various human activities that people regard as traditional objects of federal largesse. The implication is that nothing can survive without government support, so if you don’t want the […]

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