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There wasn't a single day in January that police didn't kill anyone

Police killed a total of 113 people in January. There wasn’t a single day in the month without a fatal police shooting, and there were 10 deadly incidents on January 27 alone. The situations ranged from high-speed police shootouts to self-inflicted injuries that were ruled suicides.<p>some data<p>1 or …

Law Enforcement

The horrible chemicals that make your winter gear waterproof


The crippling thing about growing up poor that stays with you forever

Poverty has a way of rearing its ugly head, slipping into the cracks in people's lives when they're young and then re-emerging later in life. Sometimes it happens in ways that are easily observable—what poor babies are fed, for instance, has been shown to alter what they crave as adults, creating …


America’s favorite coffee trend may be coming to an end

Several years ago, coffee pods seemed invincible. Sales of the single-serve cups were skyrocketing, more than tripling in the United States between 2011 and 2013. Sales of coffee pod machines were soaring, too, growing from 1.8 million units to 11.6 million between 2008 and 2013, according to data …


Why a top food poisoning expert won’t ever eat these foods

In the aftermath of an E. coli outbreak at Chipotle that sickened dozens of people across the United States last fall and led to an overhaul of the company's food safety practices, Americans reacted by avoiding the beloved fast-food chain. Restaurants that once sported long lines were suddenly …


Most Germans don’t buy their homes, they rent. Here’s why

It’s just a fact. Many Germans can’t be bothered to buy a house.<p>The country’s homeownership rate ranks among the lowest in the developed world, and nearly dead last in Europe, though the Swiss rent even more. Here are comparative data from 2004, the last time the OECD updated its numbers. (Fresh …


Economics on Buying vs Renting a House

So why do so many people buy houses? Houses are lovely if you enjoy interior decorating, backyard barbecues and talking to your neighbors. Houses …

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An Unprecedented Threat to Privacy

A private company has captured 2.2 billion photos of license plates in cities throughout America. It stores them in a database, tagged with the location where they were taken. And it is selling that data.<p>Throughout the United States—outside private houses, apartment complexes, shopping centers, and …


Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea for the U.S.

Economists ignore how much harm was done to workers.

Free Trade

The Golden Age of Growth Is Over

Can future innovations match the great inventions of the past? Will artificial intelligence, robots, 3D printing and other offspring of the digital …

Keynesian Economics

*The Age of Em*, by Robin Hanson

That is the title of the new and forthcoming Robin Hanson book, due out in May. I was asked to supply a blurb, and offered two possibilities. One was:<p>…


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<b>How a (Bayesian) Hawk Can Quickly Turn Into a Dove</b><p><b>(Somewhat Technical)</b><p>I’m often asked about why I changed my mind about the appropriate stance of …

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The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy

Years ago, my mother complained about a terrible earache. The pain was unbearable. And it wouldn't go away — for a week, she walked around with a debilitating ringing in her head.<p>Eventually, she recalled to me the other day, <b></b>the discomfort led her to a doctor, who carefully pushed an otoscope into …


Donald Trump Is Really Unpopular With General Election Voters

Several recent stories, like this one from the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, report that influential Republicans have become …



Making Python great again<p>Mission<p>TrumpScript is language based upon the illustrious Donald Trump. As the undeniably best presidential candidate in the …