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February 5th, 2015

Fudging the Future

    I recently mentioned in a column on renewable energy that solar power could generate half of the world’s electricity by 2050. I cited the International Energy Agency as my source.

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EU must accept that Greek debt relief is inevitable

    A prediction for you: Greece and the European Union will split the difference in their quarrel over debt relief. What's uncertain is how their respective governments will justify the new deal, and how much damage they'll inflict on each other before accepting the inevitable.

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A sorry Republican preview for 2016

    As the likely coronation of Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee quietly progresses without serious opposition, the Republicans seem to be working overtime publicizing an abundance of long shots hoping to be her challenger.

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We Dodged Icy Doom. Let's Gripe.

    "You can't be a Monday morning quarterback on something like the weather," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said right after the snow.

    Oh really? On Tuesday morning we hurled second guesses and grievances the way Tom Brady tosses an inadequately inflated football.

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Hillary stands alone

    And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016 -- hey, hold on, where'd everybody go?

     All right, at the moment there's little suspense. Make that no suspense. If Hillary Clinton wants the nomination -- and there's no indication to the contrary -- she can have it. Winning the general election is another story, but the Republican Party seems willing to be more of an aid than an impediment.

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Free Tuition at Community College Should Just Be the Start

    It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax cuts. As we've seen, rising stock prices do not necessarily lead to jobs -- for Americans, that is.

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Czar Putin's Next Moves

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You can't vaccinate against this

    Master curmudgeon H.L. Mencken wrote, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”

    Mencken wrote this knowing that, as societies go, ours is a beacon of higher thought and inquiry. At the same time, he bemoaned “the virulence of the national appetite for bogus revelation.”

    Which brings us to measles and Disneyland.

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The Greek growth drought is a real threat to EU

    So Greece has elected a new anti- austerity government and, as of this writing at least, the nation remains in the euro, financial markets are calm, and the world continues to revolve around the sun. Now comes the hard part.

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Parents who won't vaccinate kids put others at risk, too

    The parents who are against vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and other childhood diseases have proved a point - and it's a scary one. They are no longer just putting their own kids at risk. By taking their unvaccinated children to the happiest place on Earth and touching off a measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaxxers put hundreds of other children in jeopardy, too.

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