Keep government out of preschool

<Originally posted at Sound Politics> Government funded preschool is one of the latest public policy fads and unfortunately Seattle might catch on to it this election with two initiatives on the ballot. Although the Seattle Times editorial board got it right in recommending a no vote on Proposition 1A, it recommended we “hop on the […]

It’s not Ebola that scares us, it’s our government – or Bruni vs. Bruni

Frank Bruni wrote an Op-ed in the New York Times on October 14 entitled “Scarier Than Ebola” in which he argued that we should be more worried about things such as the flu, car crashes and skin cancer than Ebola. His argument immediately began to fall apart when I applied the lessons in logic I […]

An inconvenient study part two

(This post was originally published on Sound Politics and is a follow up to “An Inconvenient Study?“) My September post on the recent climate study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which concluded the rise in West Coast temperatures since 1900 was due to natural forces, generated some good comments from readers, some […]

The future of Hong Kong


The following is from my pre-blog archives. When I lived in Hong Kong in 1997, I was asked to write a semi-regular column under the banner “Postcard from Hong Kong” for a university newspaper in New Zealand. This article appeared on July 4 1997, three days after the United Kingdom transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong back […]

An inconvenient study?

This was originally posted at Sound Politics today. It’s worth adding the following edited comment that I made in a discussion with a reader of that post. “I’ve long said that man probably has had some impact on global warming. But as the scientists in the study I discuss below discovered and many others have been saying, natural variability […]