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My Normblog Profile

My Normblog Profile
By November 23, 2007

Norm Geras, one of my favorite British bloggers, asked me to fill out one of his famed profiles. Only too happy to oblige: What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > Orwell's famous line about the Spanish Civil War … Read More

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The Best Religion

The Best Religion
By November 22, 2007

Over the past ten years an unstoppable religion has swept across the world, acquiring adherents, taking over governments, subverting society, infiltrating our homes, destroying families, and placing its clerics at the very top of human society. Judaism and Christianity submitted … Read More

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J. Philippe Rushton and Peer-Review

J. Philippe Rushton and Peer-Review
By November 21, 2007

The last thing I wanted to see happen with my piece on race, genes, and IQ has happened, namely that the comment thread was hijacked by an acolyte of J. Philippe Rushton. Someone who isn't familiar with the relevant literature, … Read More

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W-2s Are a Force That Gives Us Meaning

W-2s Are a Force That Gives Us Meaning
By November 21, 2007

The Nation carries a sort-of cute envisioning of what the conversation would sound like between Norman Podhoretz and Daniel Pipes — both advisers to Rudy — the day after their man took the White House. (The soundbites are real, cobbled … Read More

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No, Blacks are Not Dumber than Whites

No, Blacks are Not Dumber than Whites
By November 21, 2007

Are differences in performance on standardized tests indicative of differences in intelligence? Are differences in intelligence, in turn, rooted in genetic difference? Are the genetic determinants of intelligence distributed in predictable patterns along racial lines? Finally, are race-based discrepancies in … Read More

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The Good Tutu

The Good Tutu
By November 21, 2007

Just a few weeks ago, I criticized Desmond Tutu for one of his chronically outrageous statements about the Middle East. Of more interest to me, however, was that many use the "he's Desmond Tutu" line as if it that were … Read More

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Creaming Your Jeans for Putin

Creaming Your Jeans for Putin
By November 21, 2007

This is almost a parody of cold war posturing (and I love the distaff stooge from the fascist, Kremlin-financed Nashi party getting the vapors for Volodya): With Soviet-era songs blaring, the mostly young crowd of around 5,000 waved flags and … Read More

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Le Monde Writes Yet Another Strong Anti-Chavez Editorial

Le Monde Writes Yet Another Strong Anti-Chavez Editorial
By November 21, 2007

One thing is rather surprising in the French press: the left and center left are the most vocal critics of Chavez. Liberation, a rational left newspaper, akin to the Guardian of London, was the first newspaper consistently criticizing Chavez. Le … Read More

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