Here are the Blogs in the z - John Derbyshire category.
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Wednesday, 25 July 2007
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Jonah Goldberg's argument on Iraq—basically, that, as some Secretary of State or other said, we broke it, so we oughta fix it—is nontrivial.  It lacks general appeal, though, and is probably a big vote-loser.    I think it quite likely that an abrupt U.S. withdrawal ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/25/2007 8:47 AM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007
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Just started in on them.  The very first entry (Monday, Jan. 26, 1981) begins: "A meeting on terrorism with heads of FBI—SS—CIA, Sec's of St., Defense & others..."  This has been going on a while. Five pages later (Saturday, Feb. 28):  "...A call in evening ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2007 5:14 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007
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Presented with the word “slavery,” what comes to your mind?  If you are an American, it is surely the race slavery that was a feature of life here for 250 years, that continued through the early decades of the Republic in some states, and that caused divisions that led to the Civil ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2007 4:53 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007
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And the Left has some of the best writers.  My lunchtime reading was Ian Parker's terrific article on bonobo chimps in the current (7/30) issue of The New Yorker.  As well as being informative and PC-debunking (the bonobos are supposed to be the "nice" chimps—bisexual, communitarian, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2007 2:26 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007
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Apparently Wikipedia's numbers are verpfuscht.  Several readers have notified me as follows:   "Dear Derb—-The data you linked to gave an incorrect value.  Both IQ and the Wealth of Nations and the sequel, IQ and Global Inequality, give Turkey's mean IQ as 90."Steve ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2007 1:24 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007
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If you slice up the American adult population by religious conviction, or lack thereof, you find that two groups really stand out from the crowd for their "consistency between faith and practice."  The two groups are:   —Evangelicals, and   —Atheists.   So, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2007 1:12 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007
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My own readings and encounters with Turks suggest that the dominant factor in the national psychology is nationalism, with the particular manifestations:  (1) Resentment of the powers to Turkey's north and west for their attempt (as the Turks see it) to stifle the birth of modern Turkey out of ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2007 1:07 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 23 July 2007
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His curiosity piqued by my reference to Chronicles magazine, which I described as "Papo-Paleo-Con," a reader attempted to go to the magazine's website. He was prevented from doing so by his company's "hate" website filter.   Chronicles may not be everybody's cup of tea, but ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/23/2007 2:02 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 23 July 2007
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A reader:  "Mr. Derbyshire—-Regarding the pun you quoted, I understand Lord Montague when caught in a compromising situation after promising to turn over a new leaf, was quoted as saying: 'I have to get to the bottom of this page first.'"  New leaf... page... got it. Lord ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/23/2007 1:47 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 23 July 2007
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Black holes renamed. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/23/2007 1:45 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 23 July 2007
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Tucked away in the "Letters" column of the August 2007 issue of my favorite Papo-Paleo-Con magazine Chronicles is this simply terrific pun—so terrific it left me wondering if it is the writer's own, or some kind of classic I have somehow never spotted before. The letter-writer is Christie ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/23/2007 7:00 AM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 20 July 2007
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This week's Radio Derb is up here. Errata sheet: (1) Yes, the Dow went over 14,000, not 1,400.(2) A hijab is a headscarf, not a body covering.The researchers responsible for these gaffes have been dismissed, and will never work in this town again....Read More...
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Posted on 07/20/2007 3:26 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 19 July 2007
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Jonah Goldberg points out this Richard Rorty quote.  It is an exceptionally pure specimen of blank-slatism.  "This hard saying brings out what ties Dewey and Foucault, James and Nietzsche, together- the sense that there is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2007 3:43 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 19 July 2007
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Got it. In 'The Mannichon Solution,' a nebbish chemist working in the detergents department while dreaming of the Nobel Prize accidently discovers a solution that might make him rich and famous but that kills any organism with yellow pigment, and for which the only likely buyer is the C.I.A. (to ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2007 9:37 AM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 18 July 2007
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Reading this item about race-based medications brought to mind a short story I read ca. 1970. I can't remember the author or publication, so I'm hoping some NER reader can help out.  (My e-address is encrypted in the home page of my website.)   The story is about a biology research ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2007 1:22 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 18 July 2007
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This story made me a bit sad.    It's a very odd thing that a great loosening of sexual morals coincided with a fashion trend that dramatically decreased...  accessibility.   It would be inappropriate to say more on a family website.  It's just that those of us who came ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2007 12:53 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 17 July 2007
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When my dad was a young guy, right out of high school, he joined the United States Navy, became a Navy torpedo bomber pilot and fought the Japanese. They were the sworn enemy of the United States of America. ... Some 60 years later, I'm at the table, talking about the peace with the Japanese Prime Minister, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2007 2:11 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 16 July 2007
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[A reader on the other coast] Derb—-Catching up on 'The Corner' today, I noticed you have made huge strides in your American assimilation by despising soccer. Bravo!    I just want to note, though, soccer is huge in LA because of the illegal immigrant population. LA being the second ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2007 3:56 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 16 July 2007
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Charles Murray's article on abolishing the SAT was a fine piece of exposition, as is everything the Datanaut writes—a dazzling mix of the calmly commonsensical with the say-what? counterintuitive, the whole welded together with a deep, humane, and (in my opinion) quintessentially American ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2007 1:09 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 16 July 2007
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I did not read Alan Wolfe's piece on Russell Kirk, but I noticed in several of the responses a tendency to shrug at Kirk's admiration for John Randolph of Roanoke, radical member of the first (Jeffersonian) Republican party.John Randolph never deserves a shrug. He often deserves a laugh, for his grotesque ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2007 10:01 AM by John Derbyshire
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