Monthly Archives: May 2010

Why Clean Coal Is Not, but Renewables Are

As we helplessly watch the spreading brown ooze soak into the porous sands of the Gulf coast courtesy of BP, the encroaching spill should at the same time be seeping into our collective consciousness, goading us into redirecting our national … Continue reading »

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When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

The State Board of Education (SBOE) in Texas has jumped into the abyss of the absurd, modifying school textbooks with an ideology so extreme as to be nearly beyond comprehension to any rational mind. Just as the twisted metal of … Continue reading »

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Managing Risks in Public Policy: Impact vs. Probability?

If you were never born, you would never die. Therefore birth is not simply the leading cause of death, but the only one. Everything else is a statistical detail of where and when, with each day bringing to us a … Continue reading »

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Myths of Wall Street, the Sequel: Fat Finger Fandango

By now everybody but one tribesman deep in Borneo’s heartland knows that the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled nearly 10 percent in just a few minutes on May 6, 2010. During the chaotic collapse of almost 1000 points some stocks … Continue reading »

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There You Go Again: the Death Rites of Miranda

The Republican Party once was the proud defender of the rule of law, regularly disparaging wimpy Democrats who lacked the backbone to protect society from the criminal element. Remember, Republican hero Ronald Reagan ran for president on the platform of … Continue reading »

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Private Faith in Public Life

I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Arianna Huffington at a recent event in Austin, Texas, sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), an organization dedicated to fighting right wing extremism in the Lone Star State. The discussion focused … Continue reading »

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