Monthly Archives: November 2013

NASA’s future unmanned missions to other worlds

Last week, NASA launched its MAVEN mission to study Mars’ atmosphere. This though is one of the last NASA missions to another planet for the foreseeable future. The space agency currently only has three other such missions in development. These are: • The InSight mission to Mars, which is set to launch in March 2016.Continue Reading

Philly Fed: N.C. a ‘boom’ state

Business Insider notes the most recent monthly “state of the states” report from the Philadelphia branch of the Federal Reserve. It shows that, over the past quarter, 45 states experienced economic growth, and 10 of them recorded growth of 1.0 percent or higher. The Philly Fed calls those 10 the “boom states,” and, wait forContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina legislative leaders were wise to ignore left-of-center partisans’ pleas to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Becki Gray explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato explains why the debate over energy subsidies also should include penalties assessed to different energy sources, while Terry Stoops respondsContinue Reading

On Thanksgiving and the dynamism of private property

John Stossel today discusses the origins of Thanksgiving and the hard-learned though now lost lesson of Thanksgiving: What private property does — as the Pilgrims discovered — is connect effort to reward, creating an incentive for people to produce far more. Then, if there’s a free market, people will trade their surpluses to others forContinue Reading

If you can’t avoid talking politics over Thanksgiving….

Timothy Carney has some helpful pointers for those of us who might find ourselves trapped in Thanksgiving conversations about politics with “progressive” relatives in this piece.

NC Turkey Trivia

Here is some NC Turkey trivia for your main dish conversation – North Carolina was the number one producing state from 1981 until it was passed in the mid-2000s by Minnesota. Sampson County produces more turkeys than any other county in the state, and it is also home to a small town named Turkey. TheContinue Reading

If Rob Christensen’s N&O column today piques your interest …

… in Grady Jefferys’s book I Never Promised Not To Tell, you might enjoy watching Jefferys’ May 2013 presentation on the book for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Jefferys also discussed some of his book’s key themes for Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv.

Leef’s latest Forbes column reports inappropriate response to bursting college bubble

George Leef probes for Forbes readers the higher education establishment’s latest response to the bursting of the college bubble. The College Board’s recent report Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society is a shameless effort at making students and policymakers think that earning a college degree is the closest thing toContinue Reading