And Now For Something Completely Different

Glenn Reynolds and a few other bloggers have linked to the Wall Street Journal story that ran on Monday about nudist camps trying to recruit . . . um . . .  younger members. I recall seeing the figure a few years ago that the median age of nudist colonies had reached 55 (fifty-five!), suggesting either (1) that baby-boomers really are generational outliers, or, (2) that people will try anything to make mosquito repellent unnecessary.

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Fire the FBI Chief

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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

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