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via Was Moynihan Right? What happens to the children of unmarried mothers : Education Next.

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George Mason University School of Law

Emails to various members of the Mason community have informed us that Matthew McLaughlin, a 1998 graduate of this law school, has filed a ballot initiative in California where he has apparently lived for the past seventeen years.  The effect of this initiative, if it were enacted by voters, would be to amend the state’s Constitution by enacting a bill of attainder (the “Sodomite Suppression Act”).  Among other things, this act would impose the condition of outlawry on gay and lesbian people in California, thus withdrawing from them the protection of law and allowing them to be killed out of hand, by anyone at any time, with legal impunity.

Some correspondents have called upon the law school to repudiate this initiative – and Mr. McLaughlin. With respect, we must decline, as it is not the function of schools or other institutions to denounce things with which they have nothing to do. Law schools are not guarantors of the views or acts of their former students. No one ever suggested that Harvard Law School should repudiate the treason of Alger Hiss, or that the University of Puget Sound law school should disclaim murders committed by Ted Bundy. Responsibility for those crimes belongs to the criminals, not to the schools they attended. The same principle applies here.  Mr. McLaughlin must answer for himself, and not we answer for him, concerning what he says or does. Of course individuals, speaking for themselves, remain free to express their own opinions if they so choose.

Another consideration contributes to the conclusion that we should stand to one side. Mr. McLaughlin’s filing suggests views that undeniably are out of keeping with the normal civilities of life.  But so far as appears, they are also lawful and constitutionally protected expressions. Mr. McLaughlin has a right to say what he wants and to petition the government for redress of his grievances – and it is up to him to determine what aggrieves him. Other people have the same rights and are free to use them in a different way – including to criticize Mr. McLaughlin. And still others are free, for a variety of possible reasons, to refuse to be conscripted into a contretemps that has nothing to do with them. There is real advantage, apart from the principles of constitutional law, in limiting how much one should discourage people from expressing even very revolting ideas if that is what is on their mind.  Tolerance of this kind facilitates self-disclosure by those whose hearts are septic with senseless rage. So disclosed, respectable people can see who they are and simply avoid them. But if suppressed, they may nurture their loathing in afflicted silence, even as they continue to mingle freely in the world with less-stricken and unsuspecting souls.

via George Mason Law School’s position on the “Sodomite Suppression Act” proposal – The Washington Post.

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How many conjectures must be refuted by the facts before climate alarmists learn to moderate their rhetoric.

Originally posted on Real Science:

In 2001, The Guardian announced the imminent evacuation of Tuvalu.

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Farewell Tuvalu    guardian.co.uk

Good thing they didn’t go to England, which disappeared in the year 2000.

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Climate Change and the Emergence of Civilization: Global Warming, Great … – Carl Grant Looney, calibre (0.7.50) [http://calibre-ebook.com] – Google Books

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​Source: U.S. EPA National Emissions Inventory Air Pollutant Emissions Trends Data

via via 9 Graphs That Prove Using Fossil Fuels Hasn’t Harmed The Planet | The Daily Caller.

Originally posted on International Liberty:

Regular readers know that I’m a big advocate of the Laffer Curve, which is the common-sense notion that higher tax rates will cause people to change their behavior in ways that reduce taxable income.

Laffer CurveBut that doesn’t mean “all tax cuts pay for themselves.” Yes, that happened when Reagan lowered tax rates on the “rich” in the 1980s, but there are also tax cuts that generate little or no revenue feedback.

The key thing to understand is that revenue feedback is driven by the degree to which a tax cut leads to more taxable income. And you tend to get bigger changes in taxable income when you lower rates on taxpayers who have considerable control over the timing, level, and composition of their income.

Who are those taxpayers?

Most of us don’t fall in that category. Cutting my tax rate, for instance, probably won’t have much impact…

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Why are vegetarians special?

Posted: March 27, 2015 by Jim Rose in health economics
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People bow down and genuflect in their presence. I am diabetic, but I still have to explain every time I turn down a cake or something that the sugar rush is a bit too much.

People still think I should eat the cake at the work morning tea despite the fact I tell them every time we have a morning tea that I can’t eat cakes because I’m diabetic. Few, if any, listen to my suggestions of putting on more fruit at work morning teas. An important part of controlling diabetes is maintaining dietary vigilance.

I am not diabetic by choice. Vegetarians are vegetarians by choice. They get far more respect than I do for having to turn away food offered in good cheer.

What annoys me is people apologise to vegetarians when they are offered the meat. People are far less deferential to diabetics were they offer them sweet foods we would love to eat but for a chronic debilitating illness.

Publishing this report during the Gaza war rather than many months later might have left Amnesty International with the semblance of impartiality.

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According to UN data, more than 4,800 rockets and 1,700 mortars were fired from Gaza towards Israel between 8 July and 26 August. Around 224 projectiles are believed to have struck Israeli residential areas.

It does not take months to work out that rockets and mortars fired at civilian areas with the deliberate intention of killing civilians and terrorising the Israeli population are in contravention of the international rules of war. The sound of air raid sirens and civilian casualties in Israel should have been sufficient evidence for an immediate report by Amnesty International last year.

The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings. The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings.

The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings. The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings.

There is no other charitable explanation as to why they are not on the streets today in solidarity, for example, with the above 2009 peace demonstration in London. The 2014 Gaza conflict left a total of at least 2,189 Palestinians dead, including more than 1,486 civilians, according to the UN. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with the six civilians.

via Amnesty International accuses militants in Gaza of war crimes in 2014 conflict | World news | The Guardian.

Age-Standardised One-, Five- and Ten-Year Survival for the 10 Most Common Cancers in Males, England and Wales, 2010-2011

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via Cancer survival for common cancers : Cancer Research UK.

Current areas of control in the Syrian Civil War

Posted: March 27, 2015 by Jim Rose in war and peace
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Current areas of control in the Syrian Civil War

via 40 Maps That Explain The Middle East.

Via Friends and enemies in the Middle East. Who is connected to whom? – interactive | News | The Guardian.

Via The War on Poverty: Was It Lost? by Christopher Jencks | The New York Review of Books.