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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CLIMATE: November 20, 2019</p>\n<p>&ldquo;How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!&rdquo; insisted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations. &ldquo;We are in the beginning of a mass extinction!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> MANY people say that we&rsquo;re destroying the Earth.<br />\n It all sounds so scary.<br />\n But I&rsquo;ve been a consumer reporter for years, and I&rsquo;ve covered so many scares: plague, famine, overpopulation, SARS, West Nile virus, bird flu, radiation from cellphones, flesh-eating bacteria, killer bees, etc. The list of terrible things that were going to get us is very long.<br />\n Yet we live longer than ever.<br />\n Now I&rsquo;m told global warming is different.<br />\n The Earth&rsquo;s average temperature is rising. It&rsquo;s risen 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. The U.N. predicts it will rise another 2 to 5 degrees this century. If that happens, that will create problems.<br />\n But does that justify what&rsquo;s being said?<br />\n &ldquo;We have 12 years to act!&rdquo; says Joe Biden.<br />\n &ldquo;The world is going to end in 12 years if we don&rsquo;t address climate change!&rdquo; adds Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.<br />\n Twelve years? That&rsquo;s the new slogan.<br />\n The Heartland Institute invited some climate alarmists to explain the &ldquo;12 years&rdquo; and other frightening statements they keep making.<br />\n The alarmists didn&rsquo;t even show up. They never do. They make speeches and preach to gullible reporters, but they won&rsquo;t debate anyone who is skeptical.<br />\n Over the years, I repeatedly invited Al Gore to come on my TV shows. His staff always said he was &ldquo;too busy.&rdquo;<br />\n At a Heartland Institute event I moderated, climatologist Pat Michaels put the 12-year claim in perspective by saying, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s warmed up around 1 degree Celsius since 1900, and life expectancy doubled in the industrialized democracies! Yet that temperature ticks up another half a degree and the entire system crashes? That&rsquo;s the most absurd belief!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> ASTROPHYSICIST Willie Soon added, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all about hand-waving, emotion, sending out kids in protest. It has nothing to do with the science.&rdquo;<br />\n Is that true? I wish the alarmists would show up and debate.<br />\n Alarmists say, &ldquo;Miami will soon be underwater!&rdquo;<br />\n Few serious people deny that the Earth has warmed and that sea levels are rising. But Michaels points out that even if the warming increases, humans can adjust.<br />\n For example, much of Holland is below sea level. &ldquo;They said,&rdquo; Michaels recounts, &ldquo;we&rsquo;re going to adapt to the fact that we&rsquo;re a low-lying country; we&rsquo;re going to build these dikes. Are you telling me that people in Miami are so dumb that they&rsquo;re just going to sit there and drown?&rdquo;<br />\n Climatology professor David Legates added a point the climate alarmists never make: &ldquo;The water has been rising for approximately 20,000 years and probably will continue.&rdquo;<br />\n But aren&rsquo;t sudden climate changes happening now? Aren&rsquo;t hurricanes suddenly far more violent?<br />\n &ldquo;No they aren&rsquo;t!&rdquo; responded Michaels. &ldquo;You can take a look at all the hurricanes around the planet. We can see them since 1970, because we&rsquo;ve got global satellite coverage. We can measure their power... There is no significant increase whatsoever -- no relationship between hurricane activity and the surface temperature of the planet!&rdquo;<br />\n He&rsquo;s right. That&rsquo;s what government data shows.<br />\n Nevertheless, activists and politicians demand the United States move toward zero carbon emissions. That would &ldquo;put you back in the Stone Age,&rdquo; says Michaels.<br />\n Another myth is that carbon dioxide, the prime creator of greenhouse gases, threatens the food supply.<br />\n But carbon dioxide helps plants grow. &ldquo;There are places on Earth where it is greening up like crazy,&rdquo; says Michaels.<br />\n But if the crisis isn&rsquo;t real, why do governments race to respond to it with regulations and big spending projects? Why is the U.N.&rsquo;s Panel on Climate (IPCC) so alarmed?<br />\n Well, IPCC does stand for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.</p>\n<p> LEGATES says, &ldquo;Governments want to keep control... Carbon dioxide becomes that molecule by which (they) can take control of your lives.&rdquo;<br />\n Government is the real crisis.</p>\n', created = 1575646944, expire = 1575733344, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:13f0bcd3f9fca3d4e85b4c27b8ee9f37' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>GENDER: October 16, 2019</p>\n<p>The media keep telling us: There&rsquo;s no difference between male and female brains.</p>\n<p> I DON&rsquo;T believe it. Many of you must be skeptical, too. Seventeen million people watched my old ABC show on sex differences, almost as many as watched &ldquo;Game of Thrones.&rdquo;<br />\n Nonetheless, people now fill auditoriums to hear neuroscientist Gina Rippon talk about her new book that claims &ldquo;New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds.&rdquo;<br />\n Rippon says it&rsquo;s important to tell people that sex isn&rsquo;t an important indicator in how brains work so we don&rsquo;t fall prey to stereotypes. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t want an idea that this (difference) is something that&rsquo;s natural,&rdquo; she says in my new video.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not natural,&rdquo; I ask, &ldquo;that in school, more boys want to play football and more girls want to do ballet? I want to run and bang into people.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Actually, girls might want to run and bang into people, but because there&rsquo;s an image that girls don&rsquo;t do that, they&rsquo;re stopped from doing that,&rdquo; she replies.<br />\n But in my reporting, I&rsquo;ve covered research that shows innate differences.<br />\n In one experiment, students were blindfolded and then walked through tunnels running underneath a college campus. When the women were asked the direction of a college building, they weren&rsquo;t so sure. One said: &ldquo;How would I know? I&rsquo;m blindfolded!&rdquo;<br />\n Men, however, tend to have better spatial awareness and retained a sense of which direction they&rsquo;d moved.<br />\n On the other hand, women have a better memory for detail.<br />\n In one test, students were told to wait in a cluttered room and later asked what was in that room.<br />\n Women often gave long answers like, &ldquo;There were envelopes, university envelopes, a thing of Clearasil, a Bazooka Joe comic...&rdquo;<br />\n Men were more likely to say, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know ... some stuff.&rdquo;<br />\n Of course, maybe they&rsquo;d been molded by our sexist society &mdash; conditioned to do what&rsquo;s expected of men and women.<br />\n But I reminded Rippon that even tests on infants find differences. Baby boys look longer at objects, such as tractor parts. Infant girls stare at faces.<br />\n &ldquo;A third of the girls actually seem to respond more to the tractor parts,&rdquo; said Rippon.</p>\n<p> WHEN I pointed out that meant two-thirds of the girls did not, Rippon said that the experiment should be redone &ldquo;with a bigger set of newborns.&rdquo;<br />\n Maybe. But scientists shouldn&rsquo;t keep redoing experiments until they get results they like.<br />\n Some female scientists acknowledge that men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s brains are different.<br />\n &ldquo;You can tell, looking at brains, whether they belong to a male or a female 80% of the time,&rdquo; says evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman.<br />\n Also: &ldquo;Cultures around the world show very similar differences between men and women. Men are more likely to seek status; women are more likely to take care of children. Women are more likely to stay in the home; men are more likely to do dangerous, aggressive things like go to war.&rdquo;<br />\n I suggest that perhaps the sexes are alike and all cultures have imposed similar biases.<br />\n &ldquo;Look at nonhuman animals, monkeys: They don&rsquo;t have culture, yet there&rsquo;s still very large differences between males and females,&rdquo; she responds.<br />\n Among scientists, that&rsquo;s common opinion. The Journal of Neuroscience Research says 70 studies found differences. Boys, for example, are more likely to be autistic, to be colorblind and to have speech problems.<br />\n Even Gina Rippon says, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m definitely not a brain difference denier.&rdquo;<br />\n But her media coverage suggests she&rsquo;s discovered that male and female brains are the same.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an incredibly alluring message,&rdquo; says Fleishman with a laugh. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really sad that it&rsquo;s not right!&rdquo;<br />\n Of course, science shouldn&rsquo;t seek an alluring message. It should just be about the truth.</p>\n<p> BUT THE truth doesn&rsquo;t stop politicians from demanding absolute equality in all things &mdash; even if men and women have different interests.<br />\n &ldquo;Saying that men and women have different aptitudes isn&rsquo;t sexism. It&rsquo;s a statement about the true nature of the world,&rdquo; says Fleischman. &ldquo;If we keep saying that those differences ... are because of sexism, nobody&rsquo;s going to end up happy with what they&rsquo;re doing, and we&rsquo;re going to keep making laws to remedy what&rsquo;s actually the result of freedom.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1575646944, expire = 1575733344, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b84b77ecff559d507867754035219a5e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>TULSI GABBARD: October 9, 2019</p>\n<p>Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party.<br />\n She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.</p>\n<p> BUT DEMOCRATS were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video.<br />\n &ldquo;They&rsquo;re heavily influenced by a foreign policy establishment ... whose whole power base is built around continuing this status quo,&rdquo; Gabbard tells me. &ldquo;So much so, to the point where when I&rsquo;m calling for an end to these wasteful wars, they&rsquo;re saying, &lsquo;Well, gosh, Tulsi, why are you such an isolationist?&rsquo; As though the only way that we can relate with other countries in the world is by bombing them.&rdquo;<br />\n Gabbard is a veteran, and now says, &ldquo;Honor our servicemen and women by only sending them on missions that are worthy of their sacrifice.&rdquo;<br />\n She enlisted because of the 9/11 attacks. However, there, too, she thought a limited response was necessary but now says that our government has &ldquo;used that attack on 9/11 to begin to wage a whole series of counterproductive regime-change wars, overthrowing authoritarian dictators in other countries, wars that have proven to be very costly to our servicemembers.&rdquo;<br />\n She blames both parties. &ldquo;I call out leaders in my own party and leaders in the Republican Party (and all) who are heavily influenced by the military-industrial complex that profits heavily off of us continuing to wage these counterproductive wars.&rdquo;<br />\n She also wants to end our big domestic war, the war on drugs. She&rsquo;d start by legalizing marijuana.<br />\n &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never smoked marijuana,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I never will. I&rsquo;ve never drunk alcohol. I&rsquo;ve chosen not to in my life, but this is about free choice. And if somebody wants to do that, our country should not be making a criminal out of them.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> EVEN IF they use stronger drugs? Heroin? Meth?<br />\n &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the direction that we need to take,&rdquo; she says.<br />\n Although Gabbard just barely polls well enough to make the Democratic debates, she made a big impact at one debate by basically knocking Sen. Kamala Harris out of the race.<br />\n Gabbard simply pointed out Harris&rsquo; hypocrisy in suddenly becoming a criminal justice reformer.<br />\n Gabbard said, &ldquo;She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.&rdquo;<br />\n That debate clash crushed Harris in betting predictions about who the Democratic nominee would be. Harris&rsquo; numbers started dropping from that moment, and she quickly fell from first place to, as I write this, seventh.<br />\n Good for Gabbard for bringing up the drug war &mdash; and for running an ad that at least mentions America&rsquo;s huge federal debt.<br />\n But like most Democrats, Gabbard would spend billions on expensive new programs, funding it with military cuts.<br />\n But Bernie Sanders admits that &ldquo;Medicare for All&rdquo; alone would cost $3 trillion. The budget for the entire military, by comparison, is $700 billion per year.<br />\n &ldquo;The money that we are going to save by ending these wasteful wars &mdash; you&rsquo;re right, it won&rsquo;t cover every other thing that we need to accomplish,&rdquo; Gabbard admits.</p>\n<p> AT LEAST she&rsquo;s willing to debate with me. No one else polling over 1% has been willing so far.<br />\n &ldquo;Our leaders are increasingly unwilling to sit down with those who may be &lsquo;on the other team,&rsquo;&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;Look, I love my country. You love our country. Let&rsquo;s come together as Americans with appreciation for our constitution, our freedoms, civil liberties and rights, and have this civil discourse and dialogue about how we can move forward together.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1575646944, expire = 1575733344, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:198c836eefdf7d04f41d48a9e80722cc' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CENSORSHIP: October 2, 2019</p>\n<p>I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.<br />\n I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook &ldquo;friends&rdquo; would receive that video every Tuesday.<br />\n Wrong! Turns out social media companies send our posts to only some of our friends. (That&rsquo;s why I ask for your email address. Then they can&rsquo;t cut us off.)<br />\n Why might they cut us off?</p>\n<p> ONE REASON is that we&rsquo;d drown in a fire hose of information if they showed us everything. The companies&rsquo; algorithms cleverly just send us what the computer determines we&rsquo;ll like.<br />\n Another reason may be that the companies are biased against conservative ideas.<br />\n They deny that. But look at their actions. Social media companies say they forbid posts that &ldquo;promote violence,&rdquo; including ones that encourage violence offline.<br />\n But antifa groups that promote violence still have accounts. The Twitter account of the group in Portland, Oregon, that recently beat up journalist Andy Ngo. leaving him with brain damage, is still up.<br />\n &ldquo;In Austin, they were calling for a paramilitary operation!&rdquo; says Glenn Beck. That antifa group&rsquo;s Facebook account is also still up, even though it links to a manifesto calling for opponents to be &ldquo;beaten bloody.&rdquo;<br />\n &nbsp;In my newest video, Beck, who runs a big media operation called the Blaze, says social media companies push a leftist agenda.<br />\n &ldquo;They manipulate algorithms to reshape our world.&rdquo;<br />\n Beck himself hasn&rsquo;t been banned, but he says Facebook limits his reach, putting him in a &ldquo;digital ghetto.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;They&rsquo;re shaping you,&rdquo; he warns.<br />\n Is it true?<br />\n Although I&rsquo;m not a conservative, sometimes I do notice odd things happening with my posts.<br />\n On average, my videos get more than a million views. But when I did a one that criticized Facebook, that video got half as many views.<br />\n Because Facebook didn&rsquo;t show it to many people?<br />\n I can&rsquo;t know. Facebook won&rsquo;t say.<br />\n Today, social media companies are pressured to cut off anyone spreading hate. In response, YouTube and Facebook say they now even demote content that almost violates policies.<br />\n But those antifa accounts are still up.<br />\n By contrast, Beck says, conservative accounts are censored merely for making fun of Democrats.<br />\n &nbsp;&ldquo;Remember the person who slowed down (a video of House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi?&rdquo; he asked.<br />\n The video made Pelosi sound drunk. It went viral, but once Facebook got complaints, the company announced it &ldquo;dramatically reduced its distribution.&rdquo;<br />\n When Facebook did that, notes Beck, &ldquo;The person in charge happened to be one of the leaders in Nancy Pelosi&rsquo;s office who had just left to go to work for Facebook.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I TOLD Beck that Facebook hires some Republicans. &ldquo;They do,&rdquo; he replied, &ldquo;but only about 20%, and not in top level positions.&rdquo;<br />\n The site Spinquark did the research Beck cites, finding dozens of Democratic campaign workers who now work for social media companies.<br />\n Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once invited Beck and some others to come to his offices to talk about bias.<br />\n &ldquo;I sat with him and he said, &lsquo;Why would we do that?&rsquo; And I said, &lsquo;I want to believe you, but your actions don&rsquo;t match.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />\n Beck was also unhappy with conservatives at that meeting. &ldquo;Some said, &lsquo;Mark, solve this by having affirmative action. ... For every liberal you hire, hire a conservative.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want that!&rdquo; Beck said. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t need more regulation!&rdquo;<br />\n We don&rsquo;t.<br />\n But it&rsquo;s human nature, when people see a problem, to demand government do something.<br />\n Beck himself fell prey to that when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed she saw border guards telling migrants to drink water from toilets. On his radio show, Beck said government should &ldquo;prosecute anyone making outrageous charges like this!&rdquo;<br />\n I gave him a hard time about that. &ldquo;You want prosecution of members of Congress who say nonsense?!&rdquo;<br />\n Beck laughed and quickly walked his statement back. &ldquo;John, I speak five hours off script every day. ... There&rsquo;s a lot that I vomit out.&rdquo;<br />\n The solution?<br />\n &ldquo;No censorship,&rdquo; says Beck.<br />\n &ldquo;Publish everything?&rdquo; I asked.<br />\n &ldquo;Yes!&rdquo; answered Beck. &ldquo;We can handle it. Stop treating us like children.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I AGREE. On at least some platforms, all speech should be free. The more that is blocked, the less we learn.</p>\n', created = 1575646944, expire = 1575733344, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c4156f92f53345715dd8c220e2af149c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SEASTEADING: September 25, 2019</p>\n<p>When political arguments aren&rsquo;t getting you anywhere, what can you do?<br />\n Start your own country!<br />\n Unfortunately, most of the world&rsquo;s land is controlled by rapacious governments unwilling to let others experiment.<br />\n But fortunately, that still leaves oceans.</p>\n<p> IF PEOPLE move 12 miles offshore (or 24 miles in the case of the U.S.), they can, in theory, live free from existing governments&rsquo; suffocating rules. People then could try new things &mdash; find better forms of government.<br />\n The idea is called seasteading. My latest video shows what offshore countries might look like.<br />\n The idea already makes some governments nervous.<br />\n This year, Chad Elwartowski and Nadia Summergirl set up a small seastead 13 miles off the coast of Thailand.<br />\n &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to freedom-loving people to come join us out in the open ocean,&rdquo; says Chad.<br />\n Unfortunately, the Thai government wasn&rsquo;t happy about it. More on what happened to Chad and Nadia&rsquo;s seastead, below.<br />\n &ldquo;We need a new place to experiment with new rules appropriate for modern technologies,&rdquo; says Joe Quirk, who runs the Seasteading Institute. &ldquo;As long as people create seasteads voluntarily and people can quit them voluntarily, you&rsquo;ll have a market of competing governance providers.&rdquo;<br />\n The seasteading approach avoids people trying to agree on a single set of laws.<br />\n &ldquo;Seasteaders don&rsquo;t have a problem with regulations per se,&rdquo; says Quirk. &ldquo;Humans need rules to interact. We have a problem with the monopoly over the provision and enforcement of regulations. We don&rsquo;t need politicians. They&rsquo;re not smart enough to make decisions for us.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I PUSHED back when I interviewed him, saying some people might use lawless seasteads to do things like abuse heroin &mdash; or kids.<br />\n &ldquo;We have that in our country right now,&rdquo; said Quirk. &ldquo;But if I move 12 miles offshore, I&rsquo;m going to be so incentivized to set a better example because the world&rsquo;s eyes are on me. I&rsquo;ve got to convince investors to invest ... convince people to move there ... (I)n such an environment, it&rsquo;s going to be much more difficult to create evil islands of heroin-shooting than to create positive innovations that improve people&rsquo;s lives.&rdquo;<br />\n Quirk argues that the world already likes a form of seastead: cruise ships.<br />\n &ldquo;Most cruise ships fly the flag of, say, Panama or Liberia, and they&rsquo;re de facto self-governing. Liberia has no capacity to enforce rules on the 3,000 ships that fly its flag. So a captain is a de facto dictator. Why doesn&rsquo;t he become a tyrant? Because people can choose another cruise line.&rdquo;<br />\n The Seasteading Institute tries to create competing governance experiments by approaching politicians from land-based governments.<br />\n Quirk tells them: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll bring our own land; we&rsquo;ll float just offshore. If it succeeds, we share the prosperity. If it fails, we absorb the cost.&rdquo;<br />\n There are historical parallels. Minds were opened in mainland China when the tiny island of Hong Kong showed that having fewer regulations could bring prosperity.<br />\n &ldquo;China very rapidly, because of the example set by Hong Kong, started creating these special economic zones,&rdquo; says Quirk.<br />\n Special economic zones are similar to seasteads because they have fewer rules.<br />\n &ldquo;At least a half-billion Chinese people have exited extreme poverty by moving to these new jurisdictions,&rdquo; recounts Quirk.<br />\n Unfortunately, the Chinese government did not expand such experiments to the whole country. People in power rarely want to give it up.<br />\n Seasteads could give the world experimental evidence that can&rsquo;t easily be censored by land-based politicians. Chad and Nadia hoped their seastead would be the first of many.<br />\n &ldquo;They thought nobody would care,&rdquo; says Quirk.<br />\n They were wrong. Although they were more than 12 miles off the coast, Thailand&rsquo;s politicians sent their navy to tow away the couple&rsquo;s small floating island. Chad and Nadia got nervous when they saw a reconnaissance plane overhead and left their seastead just before the navy raided it. Now they are in hiding. If caught and tried in Thailand, they were told they might face the death penalty for violating Thai sovereignty.</p>\n<p> BUT GOOD for Chad and Nadia for trying.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s irresponsible not to improve society by setting better examples,&rdquo; says Quirk. &ldquo;People with the best ideas should be given an opportunity to do that voluntarily and pay the consequences of their failures ... and get the profits if they succeed.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1575646944, expire = 1575733344, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:da80cfea94bba67225206cf801b39c4a' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>MEDIA: September 18, 2019</p>\n<p>I rarely watch cable news anymore. It&rsquo;s all hysteria, all the time.<br />\n CNN: &ldquo;We are destroying the planet.&rdquo;<br />\n MSNBC: &ldquo;The middle class is disappearing!&rdquo;<br />\n President Donald Trump says drug trafficking &ldquo;is worse than ever!&rdquo;<br />\n I&rsquo;m glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through the gloom and tells us the truth:<br />\n There is less war and more food. We live healthier and longer lives. HIV will soon be history. We are increasingly free to be whoever we are and love whom we want. Even work has become more pleasant.<br />\n It&rsquo;s a surprising message, since most journalists tell us everything&rsquo;s terrible.<br />\n &ldquo;They&rsquo;re wrong,&rdquo; says Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason&rsquo;s editor-in-chief, in my new video.<br />\n Why is the media so negative?<br />\n Mangu-Ward says evolution wired us to see a world in which things are bad. &ldquo;If you are a caveman who hears a little rustling in the weeds and you say, &lsquo;Oh, it&rsquo;s probably fine&rsquo; and the other guy says, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s probably a tiger!&rsquo; that&rsquo;s the guy who lives. That guy was our ancestor.&rdquo;<br />\n So today, as life gets better, my profession wins clicks and ratings points by hyping whatever makes us afraid. Reporters ignore gradual improvement and, sometimes, miracles.<br />\n &ldquo;We live in a world of reliable miracles,&rdquo; says Mangu-Ward. &ldquo;When I&rsquo;m having a bad day, I trawl the internet for videos of happy cyborgs ... hearing-impaired people getting cochlear implants turned on for the first time ... paraplegics walking with the help of adaptive prosthetics, infants getting their first pair of coke-bottle glasses ... things that, in another era, would have caused the founding of an entire religion!&rdquo;<br />\n Even food is better. Meatless meat tastes as good as meat from an animal because &ldquo;people want to make money by selling you a burger that didn&rsquo;t hurt a cow,&rdquo; says Mangu-Ward.<br />\n OK, so science moves forward, but how will we pay for it? News anchors tell us &ldquo;the middle class is shrinking.&rdquo;<br />\n That&rsquo;s true, says Mangu-Ward, &ldquo;because people are getting richer!&rdquo; A chart in Reason shows that Americans moving out of the middle class mostly moved up. There are more high-income people than ever before and fewer low-income households.</p>\n<p> ANOTHER REASON article points out that &ldquo;pestilence, war, famine and death are all on the decline.&rdquo; You wouldn&rsquo;t know it from other news sources, but it&rsquo;s true. Deaths from war have declined dramatically.<br />\n I pushed back, pointing out that American life expectancy dropped recently. Suicide among white men is up about 40%.<br />\n &ldquo;Still, overall, that is the tiniest blip,&rdquo; said Mangu-Ward. &ldquo;People are living longer, healthier lives.&rdquo;<br />\n Even work got better.<br />\n &ldquo;If you watch the news, you would think absolutely everyone is America is laboring in an Amazon factory, crying while they fill boxes. That&rsquo;s just not, on average, what work looks like,&rdquo; says Mangu-Ward.<br />\n &ldquo;A couple hundred years ago, work was dangerous. It was very easy to die at work,&rdquo; she reminds us. &ldquo;Work was extremely boring, even for people that had good jobs. Jobs are pretty interesting now, and they mostly don&rsquo;t kill you, and we should be grateful for that.&rdquo;<br />\n Reason&rsquo;s writers aren&rsquo;t dumb. They don&rsquo;t pretend everything is rosy.<br />\n The magazine includes reporting on &ldquo;the terrifying rise of authoritarian populism,&rdquo; threats to a free internet and worries that &ldquo;Americans aren&rsquo;t saving nearly enough.&rdquo; But Reason is the rare publication that also points out good news.<br />\n When looking at that, Mangu-Ward sees a pattern.<br />\n &ldquo;Everything that&rsquo;s bad is politics; everything that&rsquo;s good is the market.&rdquo;<br />\n Markets allow every individual a choice. Products and services must improve, or you won&rsquo;t buy them. That&rsquo;s why market competition brings us gradual improvements.<br />\n Politics, by contrast, gives us just two choices. Then it forces everyone to obey whatever the majority chose.<br />\n &ldquo;At Reason (we) describe why everyone should have less power over each other ... because people are going to make mistakes and hurt each other. Better that they shouldn&rsquo;t do it with the force of the state behind them,&rdquo; concludes Mangu-Ward.<br />\n She suspects life will continue to get better &ldquo;if we can just manage to keep politicians from screwing it up.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1575646944, expire = 1575733344, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:8d6554dc0dff88fef6c4d539105e01a7' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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John Stossel

12/03/2019 - 12:44am
CLIMATE: November 20, 2019 “How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!” insisted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction!” MANY people say that we’re destroying the Earth. It all sounds so scary. But I’ve been a consumer reporter for years, and I’ve covered so many...
10/20/2019 - 10:32pm
GENDER: October 16, 2019 The media keep telling us: There’s no difference between male and female brains. I DON’T believe it. Many of you must be skeptical, too. Seventeen million people watched my old ABC show on sex differences, almost as many as watched “Game of Thrones.” Nonetheless, people now fill auditoriums to...
10/11/2019 - 5:04pm
TULSI GABBARD: October 9, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party. She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. BUT DEMOCRATS were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video. “They’re heavily...
10/05/2019 - 11:09pm
CENSORSHIP: October 2, 2019 I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook “friends” would receive that video every Tuesday. Wrong! Turns out social media companies send our posts to only some of our friends. (That’s why I...
09/28/2019 - 6:50pm
SEASTEADING: September 25, 2019 When political arguments aren’t getting you anywhere, what can you do? Start your own country! Unfortunately, most of the world’s land is controlled by rapacious governments unwilling to let others experiment. But fortunately, that still leaves oceans. IF PEOPLE move 12 miles offshore (or 24 miles in...
09/22/2019 - 10:41pm
MEDIA: September 18, 2019 I rarely watch cable news anymore. It’s all hysteria, all the time. CNN: “We are destroying the planet.” MSNBC: “The middle class is disappearing!” President Donald Trump says drug trafficking “is worse than ever!” I’m glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through the...
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