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    It basically comes down to risk assessment and...

    It basically comes down to risk assessment and who gets to do the assessing, doesn’t it? Medical risks, political risks and economic risks all in a giant global tangle. Had Operation Warp Speed...
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    Well, it’s early days yet and I’ve been wrong...

    Well, it’s early days yet and I’ve been wrong before, but it seems to me that Trump becomes less inevitable every day. At this point DeSantis seems to be gathering strength among major donors and in...
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    Is there nothing too ridiculous to become...

    Is there nothing too ridiculous to become somebody’s hobby? I know those things were packaged to have a long shelf life, but they have to go bad eventually.
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    We used to refer to them as “meals rejected by...

    We used to refer to them as “meals rejected by Ethiopians” or “meals reputedly edible”. Myself, I kind of liked the spaghetti.
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    Everybody talks about “What’s the Matter with...

    Everybody talks about “What’s the Matter with Kansas”, where Thomas Frank tried to explain how the evil Republicans bamboozled the heartland into viewing the Democrats as out of touch elitists. He...
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    We just had a threat at my kid’s high school from...

    We just had a threat at my kid’s high school from Canada. Apparently, a kid at our school had a gaming buddy in Winnipeg that he got to send the message. Interpol, the RCMP and FBI tracked them down...
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    It’s hard to imagine two egos that size fitting...

    It’s hard to imagine two egos that size fitting in the same room.
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    I see Ye is no longer allowed to tweet to the...

    I see Ye is no longer allowed to tweet to the Twitter twits. Elon Musk, no fan of censorious wokery, apparently draws the line at incitement to violence.
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    My rhetoric instructor in college collected...

    My rhetoric instructor in college collected headlines and taped them to her office door. My favorite was “Teen Pregnancies Drop Off Sharply after Age 20, Experts Say”.
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    I wonder what percentage of Chinese GDP goes...

    I wonder what percentage of Chinese GDP goes toward repression.
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    I sometimes miss the Cold War days. It was in...

    I sometimes miss the Cold War days. It was in many ways a more civilized era.

    I’ve never read Maureen’s work, but her sister Priscilla wrote a really nice book about her years at National Review.
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    How else can we explain Modern Monetary Theory,...

    How else can we explain Modern Monetary Theory, dogecoin or the NCIS franchise?
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    I can remember when anti-vax thinking was mainly...

    I can remember when anti-vax thinking was mainly the province of affluent white moms. Now with Covid it seems to have gone down-market.

    But why all the concern over one particular set of...
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    You may be thinking of John McLaughlin, who used...

    You may be thinking of John McLaughlin, who used to shout that all the time during his weekly pundit cage fight, the McLaughlin Group.

    Buckley would be more likely to say something like “I won’t...
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    WFB was truly a remarkable man. He largely made...

    WFB was truly a remarkable man. He largely made me the paleo conservative Reaganite monster that I am today. Anyone interested in this thoughts and character might profit from reading his...
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    Chinese Protests

    Looking at how swiftly and effectively the CCP is crushing the recent wave of protests over some of their more brutish COVID policies, I’m struck by how far the technology of oppression has...
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    For myself, I have enough trouble discerning the...

    For myself, I have enough trouble discerning the motivations of (superficially) sane minds, much less confidently explaining how insane minds are programmed by the angertainment industry.

    For...
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    He does seem to have a fairly standard crazy guy...

    He does seem to have a fairly standard crazy guy biography. But I don’t suppose that’s a barrier to attributing his actions to vile emanations from deplorable rhetoric. It’s one of those...
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    It would also be helpful if Democrats stopped...

    It would also be helpful if Democrats stopped writing checks to help the “rabid” sort of Republicans win their primaries against the other sort.
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    I think the guy thrives on hate speech, both his...

    I think the guy thrives on hate speech, both his and others’ directed at him.
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    I think if you were to ask him the poor man would...

    I think if you were to ask him the poor man would say I was deadlier with a pool noodle than anything involving pulling a trigger.
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    You could establish a Disinformation Governance...

    You could establish a Disinformation Governance Board and staff it with Oberlin graduates and NPR senior correspondents. You could adopt Canadian style Human Rights Tribunals. You could send Dave...
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    Plus, it sounds more science-y than “bad vibes”,...

    Plus, it sounds more science-y than “bad vibes”, “dark energy” or “evil spirits”.
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    My understanding was that “stochastic terrorism”...

    My understanding was that “stochastic terrorism” has become fashionable as a way to lay the blame for an individual act of terror on somebody’s rhetoric. The reasoning is that such speech makes...
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    I understand that one of the good guys was an...

    I understand that one of the good guys was an Army veteran who used the attacker’s gun to bludgeon him.

    I was pleased to learn this, as a USAF firearms instructor once advised me that my most...
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