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MY DANGEROUS IDEA: EACH CHILD DESERVES AN IQ TEST

MY DANGEROUS IDEA: EACH CHILD DESERVES AN IQ TEST Date: Saturday, January 21, 2006 The “third culture” Web site edge.org has a provocative New Year’s ritual: the Annual Question. This year’s question, suggested by Harvard psychologist Stephen Pinker, is, “What … Continue reading

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Sanitizing rhetoric

Seebs put up a post on “eliminationist” rhetoric: So, seriously. Drop the eliminationist rhetoric. Stop demonizing the people you disagree with. Start asking them what they believe instead of telling them what they believe. Stop mistaking your beliefs about the … Continue reading

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Satisfactory Election Day.

Big Republican majority in the U.S. House; both houses of the Minnesota legislature (among some 20 legislative chambers nationwide, crucial in a redistricting year); enough Republican senators that any filibuster will hold (crucial for Supreme Court nominees, if any);lots more … Continue reading

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An editor again

Mensagenda, the monthly newsletter of Minnesota Mensa, will have a new editor starting with the May issue, and I’m it. The chaper’s board approved the appointment at its meeting Monday (Feb. 1) I’m very pleased to have this opportunity. There’s … Continue reading

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Berkeley science labs

I did a piece on a proposal to reduce funding for additional lab periods for science students¬† at Berkeley High School, and was no end pleased when the Breitbart site bigjournalism.com posted it Wednesday (Jan 27). Take a look and … Continue reading

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Mary Travers

When I was working at the Los Angeles Daily News, I went to a Peter Paul & Mary concert at Universal Amphitheatre. It must have been 1993 or 1994. Their politics were as loopy as ever (sorry, I know lots … Continue reading

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Model letter to the editor

This message received and quoted (absolutely sic) by a member of the editorial writers’ listserve (many of whom double as letters editors) To the Editor, , ****************************** It is important that you write the letter in your own words. Nothing … Continue reading

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