• Bird Speciation from the Flood to the Present


    Introduction

    Birds are remarkable creatures that capture the amazement of just about anyone who takes time to observe them. From watching an eagle soar to staring at a hummingbird hovering in front of a flower, the colors and behaviors of birds display beauty and complexity that bring awe to the observer. Almost everyone notices birds, but some people specialize in looking for birds. Bird watchers (also called birders) make time to look for birds in their natural habitats. Birders are known for keeping lists of birds they have seen, and enjoy going on expeditions to look for bird species not on their “life list” (birders have daily lists, monthly lists, and yearly lists too). My life list is relatively short, only about 150 different species, but I have a goal to reach over 200 by the end of this year. READ MORE...

  • Bird Speciation from the Flood to the Present


    Introduction

    Birds are remarkable creatures that capture the amazement of just about anyone who takes time to observe them. From watching an eagle soar to staring at a hummingbird hovering in front of a flower, the colors and behaviors of birds display beauty and complexity that bring awe to the observer. Almost everyone notices birds, but some people specialize in looking for birds. Bird watchers (also called birders) make time to look for birds in their natural habitats. Birders are known for keeping lists of birds they have seen, and enjoy going on expeditions to look for bird species not on their “life list” (birders have daily lists, monthly lists, and yearly lists too). My life list is relatively short, only about 150 different species, but I have a goal to reach over 200 by the end of this year. READ MORE...

  • The 'Bombshells' That Could Be in Trump's Taxes


    Donald Trump is getting pressured to publicly divulge his tax returns. He’s resisting these demands, and there are five potential reasons why the presumptive Republican nominee has qualms about sharing this information.

    First, he may resent the idea of letting the world look at his tax returns for reasons of personal privacy, which is an understandable sentiment. I wouldn’t want my neighbors, much less total strangers, to know about the level of my income and the sources of my income. And I suspect many other Americans feel the same way. READ MORE...

  • Texas Fights!


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    Texas!:

    That’s the governor. More:

    Just hours after news outlets reported on the directive, which will be sent to all public schools across the country Friday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offered a doomsday outlook.

    “This will be the beginning of the end of the public school system as we know it,” he told NBC 5. READ MORE...

  • Even economists love to hate basic economics lately. They shouldn’t.


    “I don’t care who writes a nation’s laws — or crafts its advanced treatises — if I can write its economics textbooks.” — Paul A. Samuelson

    What is the socially optimal amount of pollution in the United States?

    Imagine that you can command all of society’s existing resources, directing them as you see fit. Your goal is to make everyone as well off as possible. How much pollution will exist in the best case? Are we better off with as much pollution in 2017 as in 2016? With half as much? With none at all? READ MORE...

  • Iraqi Christian: "We Have the Honor" of Being Martyred for Christ


    Experts warn that Christianity could be exterminated in Syria and Iraq within months if the Islamic State (ISIS) continues its genocide.

    Most news reports have focused on Muslim refugees (who are not refugees) while ignoring the near extinction and genocide committed against Christians by Islamists in Syria and Iraq.

    The entire region is biblically historically and spiritually significant. The Bible tells of the Apostle Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. Today, some Christians in the town of Maaloula, Syria, still speak Aramaic – the language of Jesus. Numerous biblical “heroes of the faith” lived throughout the Levant, including modern-day countries of the Middle East and Gulf states. READ MORE...

  • Political Ignorance Haunts 2016 Campaign


    A specter is haunting this year’s presidential election: political ignorance. Both Democrats and Republicans love to accuse the other party’s supporters of that sin. Sadly, both are often right.

    The presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has raised exploitation of ignorance to new heights. Many of the main themes of his campaign prey on it. Trump’s campaign first took off when he claimed we are being inundated with Mexican immigrants, who increase the crime rate because many are “criminals” and “rapists.” In reality, net migration from Mexico has been close to zero for the last 10 years. Yet few Americans seem to know that. And while studies consistently find that immigrants have lower crime rates than native-born Americans, a 2015 Pew Research Center study found that 50% of Americans (and 71% of Republicans) believe immigration is making crime “worse.” READ MORE...