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October 23rd, 2015

Football and Gaming, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. In the offseason, the devotees were stomping the floor over Tom Brady and a football's air pressure. They demanded to know my opinion on the matter. That I had none amazed them.

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Try not to be blinded by big, scary numbers

    Today I am going to indulge in a pet peeve of mine, one that I hope you will find helpful. It's about a bias called denominator blindness and it is the scourge of anyone who has even the most rudimentary understanding of mathematics in the real world.

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The Road From Benghazi, Lined With Bad Intentions

    When Americans are killed in a terror attack, there’s a natural, righteous need to find out what went wrong. And the trick is to do it in a way that doesn’t debase the human loss with a nasty political scrum.

    For the right way, you can look at the 9/11 commission.

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Can Ted Cruz defy his party and win anyway?

    George W. Bush reportedly took a shot at Ted Cruz in a closed-door fundraiser Sunday, telling donors, "I just don't like that guy." He didn't express strong feelings against his brother's other primary opponents, including Donald Trump. Perhaps it was just campaign-strategy talk, but don't you think he meant it?

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Clean fleece, dirty planet

    It's getting cold. Time to break out the fleece. Warm and light, it even comes in a nice shade of green: a lot of the material used to make fleece comes from recycled plastic bottles -- better in your sweater than in a landfill.

    Green that is, until you run it through the washing machine. That's when thousands of plastic microfibers get flushed into the sewer system and on to some stream, lake, river and ocean.

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How drug laws spur violence

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October 20th

A Rapist’s Nightmare

    For as long as anyone can remember, upper-caste men in a village here in northern India preyed on young girls. The rapes continued because there was no risk: The girls were destroyed, but the men faced no repercussions.

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Something Not Rotten in Denmark

    No doubt surprising many of the people watching the Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders cited Denmark as a role model for how to help working people. Hillary Clinton demurred slightly, declaring that “we are not Denmark,” but agreed that Denmark is an inspiring example.

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Iran Boycotts World’s Largest Book Fair

    Iran is boycotting the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade convention for publishers and vendors.

    The six-day convention, which ends Sunday, brought more than 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries. Attendance is more than 300,000.

    The reason for the boycott?

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Will Hillary Clinton Be Pilloried by Benghazi Committee?

    Hillary Clinton is wrong about the Benghazi committee.

    It’s not the longest-running special congressional investigation ever, as the Hillary campaign tweeted. According to PolitiFact, other congressional probes have lasted a lot longer than 17 months, including hearings on the conduct of the Civil War (40 months) and the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. (30 months).

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