The Perfect Vehicle for the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse? Main Battle Tank for Sale
While I’m scraping together financing, I thought I’d give everyone else a fair shot. A “fully operational” Chieftain MK 6 main battle tank is for sale, complete with 10 “projectiles” for its 120mm main gun. They don’t have a good picture at …
How Subsidizing Old Clean Tech Can Stymie New Clean Tech
In an interview with Brad Plumer of Vox, Varun Sivaram, an expert on renewable energy technologies and a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, offers a nuanced take on the future of solar power. The interview was prompted by …
Bureaucracies: Dinosaurs Run Amok in Technological Civilization
‘Finally, neural networks that actually work.” So reads the headline in Wired, and, really, haven’t we all been waiting? (Yes, we have, even if we do not know it.) The article concerns artificial-intelligence innovator Jeff Dean, who as an …
Graham: ‘You Can Have Every Email I’ve Ever Sent — I’ve Never Sent One’
Lindsey Graham says he has “never” communicated via email.
“You can have every email I’ve ever sent — I’ve never sent one,” he claimed on Meet the Press earlier this morning, when host Chuck Todd asked him whether he had …
Mark Shiffman & Leo Strauss:the Limits of Limited Government
Mark Shiffman, one of our friendliest rivals or least rivalrous friends at Front Porch Republic has posted some important reflections on Christian personhood and limited government. Here’s a major take-away:
Over the course of the history of “Christendom” the consensus …
Please Join Me In Loathing Gary Turk’s ‘#LookUp’
Gary Turk’s “Look Up” viral video makes me feel lonely, but not for the reasons described in the video. It makes me lonely because by now an estimated 100 percent of people I know have forwarded, posted, or retweeted Turk’s sprung-tetrameter …
Daniel Engber defends air conditioning from its critics:
[T]he case against AC has always been more a moral judgment than a scientific one. Summer cooling is no more damaging to the climate than the heating that we do in …
Technology Is the Answer to Stagnant Wages, Not the Reason for Them
Starting the year out at a snail’s pace has become something of an annual ritual for the American economy. True to form, GDP shrank by 0.7 percent in the first quarter of this year on an annualized basis, a revision …
This description of Mercedes’ car that needs no driver sounds quite amazing: no windows, no wheel to grip with rage, no car in front of you whose backside teems with poorly reasoned bumper stickers. Watch the news on the 3D …
Why We Can’t Be Too Far from a Silicon Valley Bust
Henry Blodget of Business Insider, who was on Wall Street for the last big tech bust, has an interesting semi-answer to a question a lot of people have been asking: When does the tech business’s insane tear end?
It’s a …
Beyond Politics, America Enjoys an Era of Amazing Innovation
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Is America Depressed?
Okay, so America’s seen some bad news lately. The economy stinks, and no one is confident. Mediocre economic numbers are greeted as a triumph. Obamacare’s a mess. …
Don’t Click on the Links In the Jolt!
Well, here’s an awful start to Monday morning: apparently the links in today’s Jolt are sending people to porn sites. The version I sent along to the editors seems fine (you can see a portion in the preview post here) …