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October 26, 2012

"Used to Rule the World"

Watch Bonnie Raitt "Used to Rule the World" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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October 25, 2012

Thinking about Math Class

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October 24, 2012

The Burden of Overcriminalization

One of the most important political issues to most Americans that you will never hear mentioned by either of the major party Presidential candidates.

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October 23, 2012

The Big Endeavor

Mission 26 The Big Endeavour from Givot on Vimeo.

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October 22, 2012

The Trip Casscells Documentary

Last week, Houston lost one of its remarkable citizens -- S. Ward "Trip" Casscells -- to prostrate cancer at the age of 60. Dr. Casscells was a renowned cardiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Texas Medical Center who spent the final ten years of his life battling prostrate cancer while serving his country in a variety of important roles. The video below provides a glimpse of his incredible story. We in Houston are blessed to have known Trip. He will be missed.

S. Ward "Trip" Casscells Documentary from PCF on Vimeo.

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October 21, 2012

The Perils of Leadership Arrogance

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October 20, 2012

"Used to Rule the World"

Watch Bonnie Raitt "Used to Rule the World" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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October 19, 2012

A Plan for World Peace

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October 18, 2012

Designing the Universe

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October 17, 2012

Russ Roberts on Why Experts Get it Wrong

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October 16, 2012

How DNA was discovered

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October 15, 2012

Buying Happiness

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October 14, 2012

Mary

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October 13, 2012

Secret Lives of Paintings

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October 12, 2012

The Future of Education?

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October 11, 2012

What's 3-D Printing all about?

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October 10, 2012

"They'll believe me, citizen"

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October 9, 2012

Doctors and Drugs

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October 8, 2012

Fake Food vs. Real Food

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October 7, 2012

Intense Beethoven

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October 6, 2012

Making sense of maps

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October 5, 2012

Preparing for a new climate

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October 4, 2012

Friedman on Myths and Economic Reality

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October 3, 2012

42

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October 2, 2012

Dusk over the Mediterranean

So long, Italia.
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October 1, 2012

Porta San Niccolò

The view of the Arno and central Florence from the top of Porta San Niccolò, built in the early 14th century and the best preserved of the city's medieval gates.
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September 30, 2012

Riomaggiore

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September 29, 2012

San Niccolo

This is the view of the San Niccolo area of Florence from the Giardino Bardini.
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September 28, 2012

The view from Giardino Bardini

The view of the Duomo and central Florence from the magnificent Bardini Garden.
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September 27, 2012

Sunrise over the Arno

From the Ponte alle Grazie in Florence.
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September 26, 2012

A Tuscan Vineyard

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September 25, 2012

Vernazza by the sea

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September 24, 2012

Manarola in the morning

On the rugged northeast Italian coastline in the Liguria region.
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September 23, 2012

On the Cinque Terre Trail

Looking down on Riomaggiore from the Cinque Terre Trail on the northeastern IMediterranean coast of Italy.
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September 22, 2012

Palazzo del Campo

The Torre del Mangia tower over the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) in Siena, Italy.
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September 21, 2012

Tuscan Countryside

As viewed from the tower of Torre Grossa, San Gimignano, Italy.
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September 20, 2012

Strolling along a Tuscan Street

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September 19, 2012

View from a Florence balcony

Two views from the balcony of my son Andy's apartment in Florence.
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September 17, 2012

20 Minutes with George Gilder

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September 16, 2012

The War on Drugs -- A Holocaust in Slow Motion

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September 15, 2012

Lincoln

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September 14, 2012

The Politics of Travel Guides

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September 13, 2012

Lessig on Money Corrupting Congress

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September 12, 2012

Powerpoint for State Bar of Texas Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course

Download Powerpoint here

Link to online edition.

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3D Printed Guitar Orchestra

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September 11, 2012

Shit Apple Fanboys Say

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September 10, 2012

The Tyranny of the Majority

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September 9, 2012

Government Spying on Americans

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September 8, 2012

Magnificent Eruption

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September 7, 2012

Speeding Drugs to Market

Lynda Chin of M.D. Anderson's Department of Genomic Medicine.

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September 6, 2012

Risk Analysis in Airline Security

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September 5, 2012

I Never Cared for You

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September 4, 2012

The Charter School Paradox

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September 3, 2012

Creating proteins that solve human problems

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September 2, 2012

Wild Horses

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September 1, 2012

Beer Chase

Yet another example of a highly creative commercial.

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August 31, 2012

"The Cockcrow"

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August 30, 2012

Lessig on the obligation of scholars

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August 29, 2012

The Occupy Movement, Simplified

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August 28, 2012

Why the GOP Should Embrace Gay Rights

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August 27, 2012

The morality of animals

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August 26, 2012

Samsara

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August 25, 2012

Men at Lunch

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August 24, 2012

Throw It All Away

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August 23, 2012

The bias against negative outcomes

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August 22, 2012

The thin line between sanity and insanity

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August 21, 2012

Clues to a Great Story

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August 20, 2012

Thinking That We Know

H/T Farnam Street

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August 19, 2012

Sleepers Wake

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Building the Chrysler Building

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August 17, 2012

Law and the Food Movement

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August 16, 2012

Making a Better Olympic Logo

Making of Rio 2016 from Tátil Design de Ideias on Vimeo.

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August 15, 2012

The Morality of Capitalism

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August 14, 2012

Searching for Sugar Man

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August 13, 2012

A Custom Home in 20 Minutes

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August 12, 2012

The Myth of Common Sense

H/T Farnam Street.

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August 11, 2012

Das Wirtshaus

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August 10, 2012

Understanding Tolstoy

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August 9, 2012

Unaccountable

"Unaccountable" Book Trailer from Bloomsbury Press New Releases on Vimeo.

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August 8, 2012

Nanny State run amok

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August 7, 2012

Geek Olympics

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August 6, 2012

A Growth Business

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August 5, 2012

The Israeli-Iranian Covert War

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August 4, 2012

Rice's Master Plan


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August 3, 2012

The Future of the Film Industry

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August 2, 2012

The Free to Choose Project

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August 1, 2012

Einstein's Big Idea

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July 31, 2012

Volokh - "Err on the side of liberty"

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July 30, 2012

Simplifying Complexity

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July 29, 2012

Woody and Bill

Very good television from the late 1960's.

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July 28, 2012

Life of PI


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July 27, 2012

Imagining the future of computers

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July 26, 2012

The Crisis of Distraction

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July 25, 2012

Big Brother Phone Company

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July 24, 2012

Open Source Security

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July 23, 2012

Earth at Night

From the International Space Station.

View from the ISS at Night from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

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July 22, 2012

"Me and Bobby McGee"

Watch Kris Kristofferson "Me and Bobby McGee" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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July 21, 2012

The Avett Brothers - "I And Love And You"

Watch The Avett Brothers "I And Love And You" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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July 20, 2012

Governmental promotion of obesity

Following on Peter Attia's lecture from earlier this week, Gary Taubes lucidly explains in ten minutes how bad science led to poor governmental policy on nutrition.

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July 19, 2012

Innovations in treating psychosis

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July 18, 2012

Sixty Years of Nutritional Ambiguity

When you have a spare hour, this Peter Attia, M.D. lecture on how dubious governmental dietary policies arose from research that was not based on well-controlled science is well worth a listen.

Dr. Peter Attia: The limits of scientific evidence and the ethics of dietary guidelines -- 60 years of ambiguity from Peter Attia on Vimeo.

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July 17, 2012

Larry Lessig on The Problem

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July 16, 2012

The Locavore's Dilemma

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July 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Roger

Roger McGuinn celebrated his 70th birthday this past week. He is an American treasure. Enjoy.

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July 14, 2012

Seinfeld's new show

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July 13, 2012

Talking Funny

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July 12, 2012

Driverless Race Cars

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July 11, 2012

The Special Interest State

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July 10, 2012

How should we live?

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July 9, 2012

How should we die?

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July 8, 2012

Beethoven and disruptive technologies

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July 7, 2012

This is Our Planet

Croatia-based photographer Tomislav Safundžic provides a remarkable trip around Earth through use of photos taken on the International Space Station. Enjoy.

This is Our Planet from Tomislav Safundžić on Vimeo.

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July 6, 2012

David Dow on lessons from death row inmates

University of Houston Law Professor David Dow talks about the death penalty.

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July 5, 2012

E.O. Wilson's advice to young scientists

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July 4, 2012

Schizophrenia, from the inside

The remarkable story of Elyn Saks.

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July 3, 2012

Last Train Home

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July 2, 2012

Crony Capitalism

Russ Roberts' interesting interview of Luigi Zingales is here.

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July 1, 2012

Merle Hazard goes surfin' style

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June 30, 2012

The Power of Art

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June 29, 2012

How best to handle the diabesity epidemic?

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June 28, 2012

Secrets of the Sleeping Brain

Matt Walker: Secrets of the Sleeping Brain from Ask a Scientist and Ask a Scientist on FORA.tv

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June 27, 2012

Tyler Cowen on Black Swans

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June 26, 2012

What's not to like?

Frank Langella as a retired (maybe) jewel thief, a robot butler and Susan Sarandon as the love interest -- this could be pretty good.

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June 25, 2012

Friedman on Greed

It doesn't get any better than this. H/T David Henderson.

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June 24, 2012

The Science of Creativity

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June 23, 2012

Morning Paper

The fascinating story of how the Times of London was published during the German bombing of London during World War II. H/T Terry Teachout.

Morning Paper (1942) from British Council Film on Vimeo.

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June 22, 2012

Drug prohibition is a failed policy

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June 21, 2012

The Master

The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie set for release this fall based supposedly on L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology.

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June 20, 2012

Gary Taubes on Why We Get Fat

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June 19, 2012

Hiring a doctor

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June 18, 2012

The Men Who Made Us Fat

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June 17, 2012

Euro debt crisis explained in 2.5 minutes

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June 16, 2012

Long Black Veil

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June 15, 2012

Peter Attia on the insulin response

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June 14, 2012

What Money Can't Buy

Watch 'What Money Can't Buy' and What it Shouldn't Buy on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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June 13, 2012

In observance of the NBA Finals

Remembering the incomparable Larry Bird.

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June 12, 2012

Who should determine interest rates?

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June 11, 2012

Maggie and Scott's Excellent Wedding

I'm not usually a fan of wedding videos, but the one below is one of the best that I've seen. H/T Geoff Shackelford.

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June 10, 2012

Venice in 3D

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June 9, 2012

Art DeVany on Evolutionary Fitness

Clear Thinkers favorite Art DeVany's Zurich Minds lecture on the basis of his Evolutionary Fitness lifestyle. Watch the videos below in order because Part 1 is incorrectly titled as Part 2 and Part 2 is incorrectly titled as Part 1.

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June 8, 2012

An Organic Chemist Talks About Nutrition

The slides for this lecture are here.

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June 7, 2012

Attitudes behind the Arab Spring










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June 6, 2012

The Stand-up Economist Strikes Again

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June 5, 2012

The Shut-up Gun

H/T NY Times Economix.

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June 4, 2012

Loren Cordain on the state of nutrition research

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June 3, 2012

Hyde Park on Hudson

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June 2, 2012

Let's Rock

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June 1, 2012

Improving Cancer Care

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May 31, 2012

Why We Get Fat

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May 30, 2012

Religions and Babies










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May 29, 2012

How to use a paper towel

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May 28, 2012

Why are so many things broken?

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May 27, 2012

Miles Davis, 1959

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May 26, 2012

Breaking the four minute mile

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May 25, 2012

Fighting an epidemic of bad laws










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May 24, 2012

Charlie Hustle

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May 23, 2012

The benefit of making money off of illness

David Henderson explains. H/T John Goodman.

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May 22, 2012

London

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May 21, 2012

Those dang unintended consequences

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May 20, 2012

Reassessing risk for the terminally ill

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May 19, 2012

Nassim Taleb on J.P. Morgan

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May 18, 2012

The Leverage Cycle

John Geanakoplos, the James Tobin Professor of Economics at Yale University, discusses the perils of leverage in regard to the current global economic situation.

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May 17, 2012

The fascinating world of box-packing

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May 16, 2012

The mathematics of history










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May 15, 2012

Moms against the most senseless war

As the late Milton Friedman pointed out: "The case for prohibiting drugs is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating."

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May 14, 2012

A Terrible Law

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May 13, 2012

I Was Watching You

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May 12, 2012

Vidal Sassoon, R.I.P.

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May 11, 2012

Monsieur Lazhar

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May 10, 2012

Amazing nature










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May 9, 2012

The Magic Mushroom

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May 8, 2012

Dan Jenkins enters the World Golf Hall of Fame

Clear Thinkers favorite Dan Jenkins was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last night in St. Augustine, Florida. Here is the video of the pre-induction interview with Jenkins and a Geoff Shackelford video of the exhibit case of Jenkins memorabilia in the Hall of Fame. Finally, here is the transcript of Jenkins' typically hilarious acceptance speech. Enjoy.

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May 7, 2012

How to fix U.S. airports

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May 6, 2012

A Sweet Addiction

Part IV of Dr. Robert Lustig's and UC-San Francisco'svery good series on the alternative hypothesis that obesity is a growth disorder in which fat accumulation is determined not simply by the balance of calories consumed and expended, but by the effect of specific nutrients on the hormonal regulation of fat metabolism.

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May 5, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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May 4, 2012

Willie 1965

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May 3, 2012

The Visionary Watchmaker

Watch live streaming video from techonomy at livestream.com

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May 2, 2012

A 50-year energy plan










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May 1, 2012

A chat with Hans Rosling

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April 30, 2012

Jack Kruse on Cold Thermogenesis

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April 29, 2012

Headhunters

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April 28, 2012

Poetry Technology










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April 27, 2012

Beating a patent troll










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April 26, 2012

Charles Murray on Coming Apart

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April 25, 2012

The Skinny on Obesity

Clear Thinkers favorite Dr. Robert Lustig eloquently explains in these videos the increasing scientific evidence supporting the alternative hypothesis that obesity is a growth disorder in which fat accumulation is determined not simply by the balance of calories consumed and expended, but by the effect of specific nutrients on the hormonal regulation of fat metabolism.

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Fine-tuned for Life










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April 23, 2012

"The Man Behind the Drums"

Robert Earl Keen's heartfelt tribute to the late Levon Helm. H/T Dan Cogdell.

Watch Robert Earl Keen "The Man Behind the Drums" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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April 22, 2012

Louis CK on George Carlin

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April 21, 2012

Should LDL be scrapped as a treatment target?

Yale cardiologist Harlan Krumholz thinks so.

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April 20, 2012

Bag Testing and Expecting Michael Jordan

Two more segments in the continuing series on creative commercials, this time featuring Bones Mackay (Phil Mickelson's caddie) and Michael Jordan.


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April 19, 2012

An engineer helps his doctors repair his heart










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April 18, 2012

Private schools serving the poor

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April 17, 2012

How to heal medicine?










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April 16, 2012

Bruce Schneier on the real security threats

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April 15, 2012

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

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April 14, 2012

Gaffigan - Buy It Now!

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April 13, 2012

Sh*t Golfers Say

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April 12, 2012

Why does a patient get cancer?










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April 11, 2012

Classical Music with Shining Eyes

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April 10, 2012

Half a Million Secrets










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April 9, 2012

Quads

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April 8, 2012

Easter Juggling

H/T Craig Newmark.

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April 7, 2012

Sophie's Choice, Part II

I really admire LPGA member, Sophie Gustafson.

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April 6, 2012

The Masters, BBC-style

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April 5, 2012

Google Glasses

H/T Jason Kottke

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April 4, 2012

The Paradox of Choice

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April 3, 2012

Is Sugar Toxic?

In case you missed it on Sunday evening, the 60 Minutes segment that addresses a health issue that has been a frequent topic here -- is sugar toxic?

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April 2, 2012

How we read each other's minds

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April 1, 2012

Chances Are

Hayes Carll and Bonnie Whitmore.

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March 31, 2012

Can't Find My Way Home

Happy Birthday Eric Clapton, who turned 67 yesterday.

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March 30, 2012

Death Ray Boogie

The amazing Stephanie Trick.

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March 29, 2012

The best local swing not in the Shell Houston Open

The best golf swing in Houston not playing in this week's Shell Houston Open belongs to longtime Houstonian Steve Elkington, one of the owners of the interesting golf website, Secret in the Dirt. I haven't heard why Elk isn't playing this week, which would have been his 25th Houston Open (I do know he was injured earlier in the season). But it's Houston golf fans' loss that we won't be able to watch this syrupy smooth swing in action this week. Enjoy.

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March 28, 2012

Perpetual Ocean

A NASA visualization reflecting ocean surface currents around the world from June 2005 through December 2007.

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March 27, 2012

The missing link of renewable energy

M.I.T. professor Donald Sadoway explains the challenges of bringing renewable energy to market.









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March 26, 2012

Extraordinary discoveries from simple ideas

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March 25, 2012

Late Morning Lullaby

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March 24, 2012

Listening to Shame

University of Houston professor Brené Brown follows up her popular first TED lecture with a second one -- Listening to Shame.









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March 23, 2012

Some Enchanted Evening

A rare video of the two stars from the original Broadway presentation of the great musical South Pacific, Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza. H/T Terry Teachout.

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March 22, 2012

T. Boone on the potential of natural gas










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March 21, 2012

Why you will fail to have a great career

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March 20, 2012

The power of introverts










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March 19, 2012

Sex offender lepers

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March 18, 2012

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, British-style

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March 17, 2012

The Kid with a Bike

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March 16, 2012

Copyright Math










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March 15, 2012

Deep Ocean Wonders

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March 14, 2012

Virtual Medical Exams

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March 13, 2012

Lessons Worth Sharing

the launch of Ted-Ed.

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March 12, 2012

The technology of storytelling










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March 11, 2012

Living Beyond Limits

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March 10, 2012

ACL 35 Years

Watch Celebrating 35 Years of Austin City Limits on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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March 9, 2012

Rainy Day Beethoven

The masterful Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis play Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4. A perfect way to begin a rainy day in Houston.

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March 8, 2012

What drives the will to succeed?

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March 7, 2012

How to tell a great story










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March 6, 2012

The progress of robotic surgery

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March 4, 2012

Tell Me True

Watch Sarah Jarosz "Tell Me True" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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March 3, 2012

Google's Driverless Car

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March 1, 2012

Sebastian Seung's Connectome

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February 29, 2012

The Sibling Bond

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February 28, 2012

Detained for Babysitting While White

scott-henson.jpgScott Henson authors the popular Austin-based blog Grits for Breakfast, which has been cited numerous times on this blog over the years on a variety of criminal justice issues.

Two Fridays ago, Henson and his wife were babysitting their five year-old granddaughter, Ty. After an evening at a neighborhood recreation center, Henson -- who is white -- and his granddaughter -- who is black -- started to walk to his home, which is just a few blocks from the rec center.

Some busybody saw Henson and his granddaughter walking home, called police and alleged that a kidnapping was in progress.

From that point on, all hell broke loose.

Henson and his granddaughter were stopped twice by different law enforcement agencies while walking home (remarkably, this wasn't the first time this sort of thing has happened to Scott and his granddaughter). The second stop -- which was recorded by the Austin Police Department below -- resulted in Henson being handcuffed and detained for over 10 minutes by a half-dozen or so APD officers while his terrorized granddaughter was hauled off to sit in the back of a squad car. An APD officer then contacted Henson's wife, Henson's wife contacted his daughter, who called and verified his relationship with Ty. APD then let Henson and Ty go home.

Subsequently, Henson blogged about the ordeal and got a couple of facts wrong. APD Chief Art Acevedo went on the offensive and claimed that Henson had lied about what he had been put through. As is usually the case in such matters, people then take sides and nothing productive is resolved.

I mean really -- how many kidnappers would be leisurely walking along a neighborhood sidewalk? When Henson informed officers that he lived two blocks away, was it really necessary for APD officers to handcuff Henson in front of his granddaughter, even while she was crying out "That's my grandpa!"? Despite the obvious close relationship between Henson and his granddaughter, there isn't much doubt that Henson would have been detained for much longer if his daughter had been in a movie or other activity in which she would have been unavailable to take a phone call.

It's unfortunate that Henson got a couple of facts wrong in his blog post, but I certainly understand how his recollection of events could be affected by the stress of the situation.

But it's far more unfortunate that Chief Acevedo views what happened to Henson as appropriate police work. Yeah, it certainly could have been handled worse. But APD's conduct still looks over-the-top and excessive to me, particularly in regard to a 22-year resident of a neighborhood.

And to add a final issue that no one involved seems to be addressing -- Just who the hell called in the report of the alleged kidnapping?

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