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Avengers and literary truth

Not to dredge up old fights, but a topic we discussed on the blog back in 2009 has cropped up in a couple of recent essays. The issue is whether there is a form of truth that literature can convey, perhaps even a level of literary truth which cannot be conveyed through other means. The…

Solidarity forever

Hand in hand together We shall not be moved “We Shall Not Be Moved,” Trad. civil rights song On Wednesday, November 2, the people of Oakland peacefully, politely, closed downtown Oakland and the Port of Oakland ? the nation’s fifth busiest port. It’s hard to say how many people spent at least part of their…

The plight of the pragmatic progressive

Dave Roberts writes a dialogue on the notion of growth in modern politics and economics. On one hand, he notes that economic growth has been the most powerful engine for genuinely improving human wellbeing, and on the other hand, that it’s doomed to run out, and that even as it can improve wellbeing, it typically…

Kevin Drum reports on an essay by James Heckman that would be depressing if it weren’t predictable. The basic idea is expressed in this graph: Drum summarizes: The chart shows achievement test scores for children of mothers with different levels of education. Children of college graduates score about one standard deviation above the mean by…

The V-word

Via Salon.com’s Broadsheet, we get this helpful reminder of basic facts about human anatomy. Be warned that some parents might not want to explain the picture to small children, or perhaps to their bosses. It’s safe for work, though.

A White House spokesman explained that the president will veto a proposal in Congress because it “would dramatically expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program, … encouraging many to drop private coverage, to go on the government-subsidized program.” One can see why the President would not want to help poorer children get health insurance at low…

Bush to bail out Ryun, Boyda surging

The Capital Journal reports: High-ranking Republican officials said Monday the president would most likely be in Kansas on Sunday. “We would welcome him with open arms,” said Jeffrey Black, campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan. “What an amazing opportunity to rally Kansans together.” Unfortunately for Ryun, they’ll be rallying behind Nancy Boyda. Because…

Moore on the air

Dennis Moore’s latest TV ad is online.

Kansas Guild of Bloggers

Every week the finest blogging of Kansas gathers at the Kansas Guild of Bloggers. This week TfK will be the guildhall. Emaw from Three O’Clock in the Morning offers a Friday signoff, so go “Leave a comment, and maybe a link.” Previous host John from the Blog Meridian writes On clarity, a look at where…

Species Recovery

Reposted from the old TfK. In the last weeks, there have been a bunch of stories about endangered species recovery and possible changes to the Endangered Species Act. I blogged on some of the issues raised before (and before that). The fundamental problem in many cases is that the ESA is not perfect. Western governors…