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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Racial tension is rising all over the nation since last week's events in Minnesota, Baton Rouge and Dallas. But things in the Texas city are happening a little differently. Watch what happens when Black Lives Matter protesters encountered Blue Lives Matter protesters in the streets of downtown Dallas. "This is how you take down a wall," one protester said as members of the two groups embraced. "This is how you take down a wall." read more


Monday, June 20, 2016

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Readers with passing knowledge of net neutrality may have heard that it means that Internet service providers must treat all Internet traffic the same. This notion of equal treatment, repeated in the first line of the court opinion, has unknown origins, makes no appearance in the rules, and is widely derided by network engineers as a fantasy. Many services transmitted on broadband lines would break with "equal" treatment.


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is persecuting ExxonMobil XOM +0.44% and now me for having opinions on fossil FOSL +3.61% fuels she disagrees with. My company, the Center for Industrial Progress, is one of the 12 cited in the new subpoena of Exxon, meaning that Exxon is supposed to release any private or confidential correspondence any of its employees have ever had with anyone from my company. I have nothing to fear whatsoever about what such a witch-hunt would or wouldn't reveal on my end, but I do not tolerate anyone violating my rights.

So I wrote the Attorney General a three-word response that is not appropriate for a family publication. See it here.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Someone was shot in Chicago every 150 minutes during the first five months of 2016. Someone was murdered every 14 hours, and the city saw nearly 1,400 nonfatal shootings and 240 fatalities from gunfire. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one an hour, topping the previous year's tally of 53 shootings. The violence is spilling from the Chicago's gang-infested South and West Sides into the business district downtown. Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies.

The growing mayhem is the result of Chicago police officers' withdrawing from proactive enforcement, making the city a dramatic example of what I have called the Ferguson effect. [snip]...the conceit that American policing is lethally racist has dominated media and political discourse, from the White House on down. Cops in minority neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities have responded by backing away from pedestrian stops and public-order policing; criminals are flourishing in the vacuum.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Over the years people on the Retort have changed their screen names. I am listing as many as I can recall.


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