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The Guardian has once again published a report on terror attacks with a headline that not only focuses on the fate of those who initiated the violence, but fails to even inform readers that the Palestinians were killed only after attempting to attack Israeli security forces.  The Guardian’s version of an Associated Press (AP) report,…

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Originally posted on The Sand Pit:
That students share in the burden of paying for their tertiary education is not all that uncommon. Times Higher Education puts up this graph, from the OECD’s 2015 Education at a Glance report, showing the proportion of private expenditure on tertiary education. The OECD average has around 30% covered…

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Despite all the passions about the TPPA, the correct starting post for an economist on regional trade agreements is lukewarm opposition. That is the position of Paul Krugman. Paul Krugman summarised the TPPA well recently from a standpoint of a professional economist: I’ve described myself as a lukewarm opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; although I don’t …

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Bicyclists get very upset when they are told about the dangers. They immediately resort to personal abuse about my post arguing that bicycles at night should be banned. This anger is another reason why bikes must go. Bicyclists are surly people who respond aggressively when they should do more reserved and careful.

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Originally posted on croaking cassandra:
In a post a couple of weeks ago,  I highlighted the comments several New Zealand economists had made about the TPP agreement.  Reasonably enough –  since to evaluate the full detail involves a great deal of in-depth work –  none seemed overly confident in their views, but none seemed to…

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The 1996 federal welfare reforms were supposed to condemn the poor to homelessness and no money to buy food. Deep poverty did not get worse as a result of those reforms. That alone refutes its critics. Source: Take 2: Another Look at Bernie Sanders, Welfare Reform, and Deep Poverty | Mother Jones. Source: New Study …

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JONATHAN TURLEY The Washington Post posted my column on Sunday discussing the passing of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering figure on the United States Supreme Court and an icon for conservative jurists. It is regrettable that people today often demonize those with whom they disagree. Scalia was personally a warm and engaging person. Indeed, …

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