In March, data guru Nate Silver wrote about the different ways blue states and red states were experiencing the COVID-19 epidemic, noting that “states Clinton won do have considerably more total reported cases.” COVID-19 was not just a blue state problem though. Silver pointed out that cases in red states were increasing far more rapidly. … Continue reading Blue States Have Been Hit Much Harder by COVID-19. Why?
The Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, interpreting employment discrimination on the basis of “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity, has sparked a fair bit of talk about how religious liberty is supposedly circling the legal drain (related Twitter discussion here). The best single response I’ve seen to these concerns is this new article in The … Continue reading Religious Liberty Is Alive and Well at the U.S. Supreme Court
As The Independent reports: Happiness among Americans has fallen to the lowest level in nearly five decades during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The Covid Response Tracking Study, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), found that morale was at the lowest point it has ever been since tracking emotional health … Continue reading University of Chicago Study: American Hope and Happiness at Abysmal Lows
The Houston Astros’ use of cameras to steal signs and conceivably cheat to win the World Series has driven many recent conversations about the place and meaning of technology in sports. The Major League Baseball season is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this has only delayed the league addressing the controversy of … Continue reading Robo-umps are coming to Major League Baseball, and the game will never be the same
As coronavirus lockdowns have weakened the US economy this spring, causing business closures and layoffs, teenagers are particularly hard hit. According to The Wall Street Journal, the teen unemployment rate is the highest it’s been since at least 1948. Widespread shut-downs in the restaurant and hospitality industries have affected entry-level and low-wage workers, including teenagers … Continue reading If Summer Teen Jobs Are Hard to Find, Try Entrepreneurship
High school-educated, working-class parents aren’t capable of overseeing their own child’s education, a state lawmaker said last week. New Hampshire state Sen. Jeanne Dietsch, D-Peterborough, made the comment at a committee hearing last Tuesday while promoting a bill that would stop the state Board of Education from creating a new way of allocating high school graduation credits. … Continue reading Yes, Senator, Parents Can Educate Their Own Kids
“Jesus Christ regarded money as ‘filthy lucre’ and the root of all evil!” pronounced a student at one of my campus lectures a few months ago. That’s not an uncommon view but it’s also manifestly erroneous—completely and utterly false. The student was responding to my lecture titled “Was Jesus a Socialist?”, based on a short … Continue reading Did Jesus Despise Money?
More than 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions have already given up on their goals by February. While there’s a lot of resolution advice on the internet, much of it fails to highlight the crux of behavioral change. To make individual decisions—whether it’s what to wear or which gift to buy for someone—you draw … Continue reading How to Break Bad Habits: A Behavioral Psychologist Explains
A friend of mine recently allowed me to leaf through his aged copy of the 1662 edition of the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer. “The Prayer Book” provides prayers, Scripture readings, and liturgies for every Sunday and feast day in the Church year, as well as for special occasions like weddings, funerals, and baptisms. … Continue reading Most People Couldn’t Handle This Church Service
To hear it from the political commentariat and the increasingly hyperbolic denizens of the World Wide Web, one would be forgiven for thinking that America in the 21st century is home to a population consumed with chthonic feelings of deepest hatred. Everywhere one goes, the accusation is leveled. Virtually no opinion is immune from the … Continue reading Why We Should Resist Branding Others “Hateful” Just Because We Disagree