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The Grapes of Wrath: California Raisins are Back at the Supreme Court

Trevor Burrus When Marvin Horne told the United States Raisin Administrative Committee (yes, there’s a raisin administrative committee) that he wasn’t going to turn over nearly 30 percent of his crop to the government in exchange for nothing, he probably didn’t expect his case would go to the Supreme Court—twice. Show More Summary

What Does "Fully Funded" Mean?

Jason Bedrick Maryland is on the verge of enacting a trailblazing expansion of educational freedom. The Maryland Education Tax Credit would grant tax credits worth 60 percent of donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that help low-income families cover certain educational expenses. Show More Summary

So Begins the Contest to Blame China the Most

K. William Watson Some things are an inevitable part of every election season.  Without a doubt, every candidate running for President in 2016 will, for example, make unrealistic promises and pander to special interests.  They will also...Show More Summary

A Weekend Walking and Talking Man Camps

I had an enormously rewarding and productive weekend walking around temporary workforce housing sites in the Bakken oil patch this weekend and talking to residents of Dunn County in Killdeer in the first our “Man Camp Dialogues”. As readers of the this blog know, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get out to the… Read More ?

Smartisan T1

Video for a new Chinese electronic watch, submitted by Stephen Hart: From "Apple Watch takes top design industry honors ahead of launch" (3/3/15). I had to watch the video several times before I could figure out whether the English was translated from the Chinese or the Chinese from the English, because what is said in […]

3-7-15 T137A and A Harbor Porpoise Fetus

I'll start with March 5th......what a wild day......whales spotted in Spieden Channel going west...but then not seen...a while later, over the hydrophones I hear transient calls...so figuring they are coming down island, because that's...Show More Summary

Electro Violet - Still in Love (UK Eurovision Entry 2015)

It's here. What do you think? Well... it's alright. It's certainly different fare to the usual UK Eurovision entry. Electroswing is definitely not my thing (this is), but it has just enough cheesy quirkiness to go down well with the Eurovision audience. Show More Summary

Link feast

Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:The Strange World of Felt PresencesA fascinating overview from the Guardian of the oft-reported experience of feeling someone is there, when they aren't.No...Show More Summary

HOI the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal meets Manta Rays from Manta Ray Advocates Hawaii. “Waimanu – a Hawaiian Monk seal – was seen at the Manta Ray Night Dive a few times over the past few weeks, but always on the dark outskirts. Last … Continue readi...

Thankful for UnThanks

On the strength of Becky Unthank's guest appearance on a wonderful and heart-rending song ("So to Speak") on Sting's fantastic 2013 album "The Last Ship", I decided to hear more. Wonderful... It is impossible to properly describe Becky's...Show More Summary

Essential Lessons from 2 Weeks of Fast, Intense Russian Learning

Two weeks into Lauren’s Russian in 3 Months mission, it’s time for her first update. She is on a mission to reach a conversational level of Russian by teaching herself, without any formal classes. In this article she’ll share the exact...Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It feels like a month since I offered some Friday Varia and Quick Hits! I’m heading out to the Bakken in a couple hours, but before I hit the road with a few CDs, my notebook, camera, and my truck, I felt the inexorable draw of my laptop and the blog. If you happen to… Read More ?

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXIX

February brought a ridiculously huge number of announcements about new bioarchaeological finds. For all the stories, you should follow Powered by Osteons on Facebook. Here I have collected last month's Roman and Roman-adjacent finds:Roman...Show More Summary

No Ben Carson, Homosexuality Is Not a Choice

A presidential hopeful (and a doctor) gets the science all wrong—and makes things worse when he tries to explain himself

Arizona Mining Review episode covers Mining Day at the Capitol

The latest episode of our online video magazine, Arizona Mining Review, is now available on our YouTube channel. This episode was hosted by AZGS Economic Geology Section Chief, Nyal Niemuth, who interviewed some of the legislative land industry leaders who attended Mining Day at the Capitol.

A Little Propylene Glycol Never Hurt Anybody

A neighbor recently introduced me to 66 proof Fireball cinnamon whisky. Turns out the stuff contains propylene glycol, an ingredient used in anti-freeze and other industrial products. Well, as I told the twenty-something counterman at the liquor store, "Whatever doesn't...

What Does "Fully Funded" Mean?

Jason Bedrick Maryland is on the verge of enacting a trailblazing expansion of educational freedom. The Maryland Education Tax Credit would grant tax credits worth 60 percent of donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that help low-income families cover certain educational expenses. Show More Summary

Translation as language preservation: Why a Kazakh journalist is translating TED Talks

By Krystian Aparta When Kazakh journalist Asqat Yerkimbay learned about TED’s Open Translation Project, he realized it could be instrumental in reviving his native tongue. Under Soviet rule, communicating in Kazakh became viewed as a sign of ignorance, and although it regained its standing as the national language after Kazakhstan declared independence in 1991, Russian [ … ]

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