Category Archives: Things That Make Ya Go Boom

Technobrats, Beware Campbell’s Law

David Leonhardt is all excited about the growing movement to measure the effectiveness of gummint programs! And yet there is some good news in this area, too. The explosion of available data has made evaluating success – in the government … Continue reading

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Security Theater: The Waiting In Line Edition

After the Sept. 11 attacks, I remember that my family’s synagogue in DC tightened security for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). It always had some security: elected officials and Israeli embassy staff often attended, so there was … Continue reading

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In 1953, the Gangs of New York Were Hardcore

We have a tendency, perhaps in part due to the massive social changes that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, to view the 1950s as a halcyon era. A picture from a cool photo essay at The Gothamist about Red … Continue reading

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Florida Voters: Don’t Know What Evolution Is, but It Triggers Something

How in the Intelligent Designer’s green earth do the same number of people define evolution as creationism as do correctly define evolution? And what does that mean?
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A Nation of Nine-Eleven Ninnies

Tens of millions of U.S. residents believe that they could be the victims of a terrorist attack.
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‘Defending’ Freedom Isn’t Free, Particularly When Wiretappers Don’t Pay Their Bills

The sound you’re hearing is the heads of everyone who cares about civil liberties going BOOM!
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Sunday Sermon: Johnathan Schell on Nuclear Disarmament

“If, in the sixty years of the nuclear age, no great nuclear power has won a war by making nuclear threats against even tiny, weak adversaries, then how could a nuclear monopoly by a small country enable it to coerce and bully the whole world?”
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