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A suffragette cartoon

Well, I’m not sure the cartoon I found is in favor of women voting, but I saw it as part of an exhibit in our Regenstein Library across the street. One good thing about where I work is that the main library is directly across the street, so I can get any book available within […]

Steve Pinker clarifies issues about his interview

In my post yesterday about Steve Pinker’s new interview, I made a few critical remarks about his views on identity politics, though by and large I agreed with him. I was more critical about his views on free will. As usual, because he’s a friend, I alerted him in advance to the post, and asked […]

The Royals continue to circle the drain

You’ve surely heard by now (read the NYT article below if you haven’t) that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are folding up their royal tent, disassociating to a large degree from the Firm at Buckingham, and probably moving to America or Canada at least part-time. And I sympathize […]

Trivia Day!

It’s quiet here on campus, as school doesn’t start again until Monday, and few people are coming into work. I don’t feel like writing about the news or calling out the follies of the Regressive Left. Instead, because it’s National Trivia Day, why don’t we pose some trivia questions? I propose that each of us […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a series of hyenas from Ralph Burgess, whose notes are indented. The photos were taken in Kruger National Park in South Africa. In September you posted some of my pictures of spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) cubs that are being raised in a culvert that several females in a hyena clan have used for […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Robin Jasper sent in some lovely picture of jaguars (Panthera onca). Her notes are indented: My sister, Lori Way, has been bugging me for quite a while to send you some wildlife pics. So …. Here are some of 11 different jaguars that we were able to observe on a recent trip to the […]

After Harvard denies tenure to Latina scholar, students stage sit-in, demanding an ethnic studies department

I’ve been paying attention to this fracas for a while, and while I’m concerned that my Ph.D. alma mater, Harvard University, is going full woke (and the University of Chicago is showing worrying tendencies that way, too), I don’t have much of an opinion about the proposed ethnic studies department there. I do object to […]

Obama suggests that women should run all the countries in the world

This provocative statement of Barack Obama made many headlines today (this one from CNBC), and the article below gives some data showing that women excel in several measures of leadership. A quick summary: A recent Gallup Poll found that when it comes to bosses, Americans . As women continue striving for representation as leaders, former U.S. […]

Andrew Sullivan on Boris Johnson, Labour, and the lessons for America

For a while Andrew Sullivan has been a). strongly criticizing Trump, b). saying that while he opposed Brexit personally, the referendum results should still stand, and c). arguing that the excesses of the American Left endanger our getting a Democrat in the White House in 2020.  I agree with a), don’t know enough about Brexit […]

A few words from Dr. Cobb on the election

Matthew, who of course lives in Manchester, has gone very quiet today. Knowing his Leftist bent, I suspected it was because of the results of last night’s election in the UK. This morning I asked him how he felt about it, and got no reply. That was a bad sign. A short time ago I […]