Putin has his useful idiots on the Left and the Right
by Michael Mosbacher Standpoint (UK), July/August 2014. Putin has defenders, or at least apologists, across the political spectrum. They include the usual suspects — those who can be relied upon to stand up for the West's enemies whoever they may be — but also more unlikely converts.
A robot that’s smarter than us?
by Tom Chivers, The Telegraph (UK), August 6, 2014. The day I realised that machines were going to take over the world was March 29 2011, when I saw a YouTube video of two quadcopter drones playing ping-pong. It was creepy.
Ebola and the consequences of crying wolf
by Brian C. Joondeph, MD, American Thinker, August 6, 2014. If government officials tell us, “You can’t get Ebola through air” or that “Ebola poses no significant risk in the United States”, we should believe them, right? This must be “settled science”. The point is that the government, along with scientists who place politics above science, has been crying wolf about global warming for so long that all of these actors’ nonchalance about Ebola lacks credibility.
PC brigade turn us into ‘victims’
by Lori Anderson, The Scotsman, July 22, 2014. My feeling is that we’ve all become hyper-sensitised to every possible slight or insult, injury or denigration. Like Sherlock Holmes with his magnifying glass, they are on the lookout for any statement with which they disagree, or clumsy comment on which they can pounce and claim as their own personal wound, because this in turn empowers them and allows them to feel self-righteous.
Millennials priced out of procreation
by Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, July 22, 2014. Many people in their prime parenting years aren’t having babies, not because they’re happily “child-free”, but because they think they can’t afford it.
Making time for family helps you and your children
by Rebecca Hagelin, Washington Times, July 22, 2014. The time many families spend together is crammed with wall-to-wall activities. Mothers and fathers ferry their kids about feverishly — a play date here, a practice there — tethered by cellphones and sustained by meals on the run. You can’t really know your children if all of your time with them is spent running to and fro.
Female politicians won't help real women
by Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail (UK) Blog, July 20, 2014. Why do people think that women in politics will help ordinary women lead better lives? Political females are almost all ambitious careerists who have decided, of their own free will, to work outside the home and spurn the task of raising children.
Govt data show U.S. in decade-long cooling
by James Taylor, Forbes, June 25, 2014. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.
Canadian unilateral disarmament
by Michael Byers, National Post (Canada), July 8, 2014. Canada’s Conservative prime minister, despite his tough talk about supporting the troops, has reduced defence spending to just 1 per cent of GDP — the lowest level in Canadian history.
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