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April 23rd, 2017 - 8:28 am § in Donald Trump, Environment, Hypocrisy, Jefferson, Politics, Religion, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

Was The March for Science a Bad Idea? I

On Saturday, UW faculty took very different paths in the March for Science.  Some of us stood aside, concerned that the March might politicize science, others celebrated science by joining with the the crowd marching in the Seattle rain. Cliff Mass was among those who stayed away.  Cliff  is [...]

February 4th, 2017 - 1:13 am § in The Ave Scene

Does rent control work? Evidence from Berlin

“in practice, rent control may actually provide greater benefits for higher income renters.”  City Commentary By Joe Cortright As housing affordability becomes an increasingly challenging and widespread problem in many US cities, there are growing calls for the imposition of rent contr[...]

April 26th, 2016 - 10:40 pm § in Jefferson, Misc.

Tax The Middle Class

David Brewster Ross Douthat puts his finger on the critical issue in Bernie’s programs: high tax increases on the middle class. The media rarely mention this, but it is political dynamite for the delicate Democratic coalition of donor-class, social liberals, ethnics, and the middle class. Dout[...]

March 6th, 2016 - 3:36 am § in America, Jefferson, Jews, Religion, Religion

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Why Bertrand Russell was wrong about atheism

I wish folks like Bertrand Russell would stop blaming all religion for the bad things about Christianity and Islam. Religions are a lot more divers than Americans seem to understand and, I suspect, no better and no worse than any of the other aspects of organized human behavior. What is bad is evang[...]

February 17th, 2016 - 1:50 am § in Jefferson, Misc.

CENSORSHIP: Why the UW Needs a blog

  The only source of pubic discussion for UW faculty is a listserv run by the AAUP.  That listserv is terribly important because of the historic devotion of the AAUP to free speech. The AAUP listserv is an antique. Many faculty think the listserv is private.   That is not so.  Since the list[...]

January 31st, 2016 - 4:22 am § in Misc.

DeLorean … its back!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to the wonderful-but-flawed low-volume “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act” (H.R. 2675) , it’s now legal for the company that bought all of the old leftover DeLorean parts to start putting them together to make new DMC-12s. And this time it seems like it’ll actually happen, st[...]

September 17th, 2015 - 4:31 am § in Jews, Misc.

READING: A Great Biography!

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus by Frederick Raphael Mr. Raphael, I am in awe.  I just finished your book “Josephus ..” There is so much there that I was overwhelmed. I bought it (on a Kindle) to learn more about Josephus and found instead a fascinating and u[...]

May 6th, 2015 - 4:47 am § in America, Science

The Fears of An Astronaut: Going Blind

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