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    God or government as the best heart healer

    David French of National Review Online pushes back against fellow conservatives who emphasize government’s role in addressing society’s ills. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    Occultism Is on the Rise

    At least according to data cited by David Brooks in a recent New York Times column: We’re living in the middle of a religious revival; it’s just that the movements that are rising are not what we normally call “religion.” The first rising movement is…
    Jon Guze, June 26, 2019
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    Steven Pinker on the Need for “Factfulness”

    The Harvard Gazette recently asked Pinker, “What is one thing wrong with the world that you would change, and why?” His response: Too many leaders and influencers, including politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and academics, surrender to the cognitive bias of assessing the world through anecdotes and images rather…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The lineup is set for September’s special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Rick Henderson analyzes Dan Bishop’s win in the Republican primary. He also looks ahead to Bishop’s contest with Dan McCready for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders discusses interest within…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    Problem Solved!

    WCNC reports that, “The Unknown Brewery may have just accidentally broken an unofficial world record for locating a stolen vehicle.”  How did the Charlotte brewery accomplish that feat? It sent out a tweet offering a free keg party as a reward:   And it posted a similar message…
    Jon Guze, May 17, 2019
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    Put down your phone … after you read this, of course

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new survey results about a technological concern. A third of Americans have worried that they spend too much time on their phones, a new poll from the Deseret News finds, which is more than three times as many as…
    Mitch Kokai, May 3, 2019
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    Looks Like Maybe the “Peer Effect” Is Real After All

    The National Bureau of Economic Research has just released a study called “Schools, Neighborhoods, and the Long-Run Effect of Crime-Prone Peers.” Here’s the abstract: This paper examines how elementary-aged peers affect cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes from adolescence to adulthood. We identify effects by exploiting within-school and within-neighborhood…
    Jon Guze, April 8, 2019
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    Hate crime hoaxes are more common than you think.

    In a recent USA Today article about Jussie Smollett’s hate crime hoax, Wilfred Reilly, an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, says: That [the Smollett] case turned out to be a hoax shouldn’t come as too big of a shock. A great many hate crime stories…
    Jon Guze, February 28, 2019