Why the Republican Party cannot, as Michael Gerson suggests, ‘raise questions’ about climate change

Rather than the absurd claim that climate science is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Gerson would prefer that his fellow Republicans simple “raise questions about global warming.” OK, great. Please proceed. Raise whatever questions you’d like to raise. Ask away. But the problem here is that asking questions entails the possibility that those questions might have answers. [Read more…]

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Answer no one, let them guess

If you’re 17 or older, then you’ve lived through the 10 Hottest Years Ever Recorded. Meanwhile, Exxon is pleading with us not to think about where energy comes from. Plus: Farewell to Mario Cuomo and Stuart Scott; a look behind the curtain at security theater; and the need to be aggressively suspicious when faced with things that sound aggressively inoffensive. [Read more…]

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Accept it that soon we’ll be drenched to the bone

If it’s almost 2015, then that means within just four years — during the current term of U.S. senators elected last month — replicants will roam the streets of a rain-soaked dystopian Los Angeles (“Blade Runner”), the most popular TV show in the world will be “The Running Man,” and an electromagnetic pulse will turn the Pacific Northwest into a militarized police state patrolled by flying drones (“Dark Angel”). [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.17)

Kathryn Schulz on the Mann Gulph wildfire and so very much more; Ezra Klein on the torture report; W. Caleb McDaniel on the history of Eric Garner’s “enough;” Stephen Prothero on the culture wars as conservative performance pieces; and Andrea Powell on the American habit of locking up victims. [Read more…]

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The mark of God on a stranger’s face

A national loyalty oath is creepy … using “civility” to reinforce inequity is rude … the future of Roll Tide … “biblical counseling” is neither biblical nor counseling … Ronald Reagan did not care for Kunta Kinte. [Read more…]

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A bad year for the roses: Big boxes could be source of environmental data

Monitoring mosquito populations is a difficult, messy and expensive task for state environmental and health agencies. It might be helpful to supplement those efforts with information gleaned from the sales records of the big box chains. [Read more…]

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In starry fields you wander there

A few things, including: What it means if “you don’t see any gap between God and your understanding of God;” magical crimes; arrogant academic blogger gets schooled; on the ethics of “punching down;” refuting a perennial anti-environmental lie; and an honest politician in Louisiana. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (5.29)

“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more…]

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