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Sea Level is Stable Around the World

By Jay Lehr We have been studying climate change and potentially associated sea level changes resulting from melting ice and warming oceans for a half century. In the 1970s our primary concern was global cooling and an advancing new ice age. Many believe that increasing quantities of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere could result in […]

America’s Systemic Racism Problem Is Mostly In Woke, Anti-Asian Education Bureaucracies

By Helen Raleigh Public school officials caused harm to Asian students’ college applications by not notifying them of important academic achievements. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin began 2023 by asking the state’s Attorney General Jason Miyares to investigate the allegation that officials at Thomas Jefferson High School (TJ) intentionally withheld notifications of National Merit awards from […]

First Small Modular Reactor Gets Certification From Nuclear Regulatory Commission

By Jeremy Beaman The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the first-ever certification Friday of a small modular reactor design, a big step in the process of developing a new generation of new and more flexible nuclear reactors. The NRC approved the reactor design from NuScale Power, making it the first SMR design to be certified by […]

The Twitter Files: Lenin Would Be Proud

By Brian Balfour “The vast majority of commercial and industrial establishments are now working not for the free market but for the government.” V.I. Lenin, State and Revolution; 1917 This Lenin quote leapt to mind amid the recent revelations coming from the “Twitter files” and exposed over the past several weeks. Among other disclosures, the […]

Weekend Read: Soul Dysphoria [A Trans and GenZ Disaster]

By Spencer Klavan Understanding the “trans” phenomenon means recognizing it’s about more than gender. In 2013 the DSM-V, an authoritative diagnostic manual for therapists and clinicians published by the American Psychiatric Association, defined gender dysphoria as “the distress that may accompany the incongruence between one’s experienced or expressed gender and one’s assigned gender,” where “gender” […]

Study Shows Government’s Family Leave Mandates Have Thwarted Women’s Wage Gains

By Rachel Greszler Men and women alike should be able to take time off from work for family and medical needs without the risk of losing their jobs. Unfortunately, when policymakers turn something that should be voluntarily offered by employers into a rigid legal mandate, unintended consequences ensue. In the case of family and medical […]

A Little More Poison

By David Lewis Schaefer Taking “the hair of the dog that bit you” means curing a hangover with another drink in the morning. Nobody follows that principle as public policy, but current government practice regarding gambling and drug use subscribes to the same logic. For instance, there haven’t been too many Puritans around in a […]

They Really Believe You’ll Be Happy

By Michael Watson As the World Economic Forum (WEF) hosts [hosted] its annual conference of political officials, corporate bigwigs, and leaders of the professional Left-dominated nongovernmental organization world, the organization has come into focus. We brought some of the scrutiny, examining recent writings of WEF leader Klaus Schwab and critics of his “Great Reset.” But […]

Our National Debt Crisis – Let’s Begin by Throwing Big Bird Off The Cliff

By Neland Nobel The initial sparring and positioning over the debt limit have begun and not surprisingly, the Democrats are pulling out their past winning arguments that have kept any of the huge entitlement programs off limit to any kind of reform. The past arguments can be summarized as “pushing Granny off the cliff”, a […]

Election Fraud Database Tops 1,400 Cases

By Hans von Spakovsky The Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database now includes 1,412 proven instances of election fraud, and our legal center is monitoring many other ongoing prosecutions. The database, which provides a sampling of recent election fraud cases, demonstrates the vulnerabilities within the electoral process and the need for reforms to secure free and […]

How Individuals Enable Tyranny

By Barry Brownstein It is easy to think the roots of tyranny lie outside of ourselves, but perhaps we are looking too far away. In Milan Kundera’s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, a Czech refugee living in Paris joins a protest march against the 1968 Soviet invasion of her homeland. To her surprise, the […]

Shadows on the Wall [A Start to Defeat Woke Tyranny]

By Auguste Meyrat With each new batch of the “Twitter Files,” it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Twitter censors were not only duplicitous scoundrels aiming to advance an agenda but also incompetents who failed to see the consequences of their actions. Whether it was suppressing the Hunter Biden story, shadow banning and de-amplifying popular conservative figures […]

Where Did All the Workers Go?

By Bret Swanson In a November 30, 2022, speech on “Inflation and the Labor Market,” Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell blamed most of the 3.5 million estimated shortfall in the US labor force on premature retirements. He also blamed a large portion – between 280,000 and 680,000 – on “long Covid.” In a footnote, however, […]

DeSantis Goes to War

By Thomas D. Klingenstein On election night, I was half-watching Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s victory remarks when something quite extraordinary and encouraging caught my attention. DeSantis evoked Churchill’s “fighting on the beaches” speech, in which Churchill stirred the resolve and patriotism of the British people in anticipation of the invasion of their homeland by the […]

Arizona Senate Panel Debates Parental Rights’ School ‘Pronouns’ Bill

By Tony Kinnett The Arizona state Senate Education Committee met Wednesday [1/18/23] to consider SB 1001, The Given Name Act, a one-page, 21-line bill that states that any individual involved in the Arizona public education system would be required to use the pronoun associated with a student’s biological sex unless the student’s public school or […]