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What’s the Ethical Responsibility of Academics to Society?

The journal Science has published a valuable summary of a scandal in the American Psychological Association that threatens to undo the organization’s reputation.  While  the presidential administration of George W. Bush pursued a policy of torturing people it had detained without conviction, a trial, or even charges, rank-and-file members of the APA began voicing concern at indications […]

Fact Check: Did Sean Hyman use the Bible to Predict Best Buy Stocks Sinking to $11 a Share?

Today I received a spam e-mail message linking to the conservative website “NewsMax,” on which the following claim was made:

What the Bible Says About Money (Shocking)

Most people know Sean Hyman from his regular appearances on Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg Television, but what they don’t know is that Sean is a former pastor, […]

Jeb Bush Fact Check: Is Declining Worker Productivity to Blame for America’s Economic Rut?

Jeb Bush said it July 8 in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader:

New Hampshire Union Leader: Anything specific?

Jeb Bush: “We’re working on a strategy to, that’s kind of under, let’s say, my aspiration for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is 4% growth as far as the […]

Sweatshops are Good, Says Head of Think Tank Funded With $1.7 Million Grant made possible by Sweatshops

Benjamin Powell uses his position as head of the “Free Market Institute” to argue that sweatshops are good for sweatshop workers. “I never understand, if you’re not making a living wage, how come you’re alive?,” jokes Powell in a standard stump speech line.

With his funding and position as head of the “Free Market Institute,” […]

5 Things USA Today Says You Need to Know (and 5 Things that Come a lot Closer to Meeting that Need)

USA Today is back, grinding out its daily “5 things you need to know” article. Here are today’s entries; according to USA Today, apparently I need to know that:

1. “N.Y. escapee is in the hospital”. I don’t need to know this. Even if I lived in New York State, I wouldn’t have needed to […]

What Brought the Green Party and the Libertarian Party Together? This Wall Street Tycoon’s Lawsuit…

Peter Ackerman has a flair for timing.

The former Michael Milken acolyte and Wall Street tycoon, who maintains a guarded set of offices one block away from the White House, has managed to make a political splash just as members of Congress head for the exit, just as cable news channels start covering shark attacks […]

Why Live Life With No Regrets?

At the motivational merchandising site for Kimberley Crossman, I came across the following thought by “Sophie B” today:

“Live life with no regrets

From time to time we all wish we could turn back time and fix our mistakes. It is important to remember that these experiences make us who we are, mistakes are […]

DesignTShirtsFree[Dot]Com and SunFrog Shirts: “Printed in the USA”… but MADE in a Sweatshop

Today, some cheesehead from a website called DesignTShirtsFree[Dot]Com posted a spam comment at Irregular Times, advertising for some fairly stupid t-shirts with “Keep Calm and [BLANK] On” and “It’s a [BLANK] Thing… You Wouldn’t Understand” printed on them, selling for $25 a pop. On most days, I’d just delete the stupid piece of spam and […]

Rodney Davis Wants To Make Sure School Kids Keep Eating Lots Of Salt And More Carbohydrates

The record shows that Rodney Davis has, over the course of just two elections, taken $464,183 from agribusiness and $127,012 from mining interests. So, it’s not just a few people in the 13th district who have profited from salt and grain. Rodney Davis himself has a financial connection. […]

Legislation By Bernie Sanders Shows GOP Congress Is Managerially Incompetent

Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to break up banks that are too big to fail. What the Republican managers of Congress have done with it is absurd. […]

Hillary Clinton Illegally Coordinates With Priorities USA Super PAC

When the Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case that political action committees could raise unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for federal office, it was promised that we needn’t worry about the money leading to corruption, because it would remain illegal for candidates and their campaigns to coordinate with the PACs, and […]