Yes, Mass Shootings Are Caused by Guns

  An article by Max Fisher and Josh Keller appeared in the November 7 New York Times that explains convincingly why the US has so many mass shootings: A graphic at the top of the article points out that "The United States has 270 million guns and had 90 mass shooters from 1966 to 2012;… Continue reading Yes, Mass Shootings Are Caused by Guns

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Buying Loyalty

I read in the Times that Trump is planning to give over $400,000 to his subordinates to help pay their legal fees in connection with the investigation of collusion with the Russians. How is this not prima facie evidence of obstruction of justice? If a subordinate accepts the money, is that not making an implicit promise not to… Continue reading Buying Loyalty

Viet Nam Remembered

We have been watching Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary on the Viet Nam war. It is painful to revisit this horrible story. However, the very first installment taught us a lot about the long history behind western involvement in that country. Fear of communism contaminated the viewpoint of the USA and caused our government to support the French, and… Continue reading Viet Nam Remembered

Recent Science on Race

In an earlier post, I described the European practice of exhibiting people of other races in museums and zoos in the 19th century up to the present. In this post I want to discuss how science can help us approach racism. The science on race has changed since the 19th century. Obviously people thought that race… Continue reading Recent Science on Race