And you can too. Thoughts on the obituary of conservative economist Walter E. Williams.

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The obituary of Walter E. Williams was a jarring reminder of what tough-love social policy looks like. Mr. Williams, who passed on December 2, 2020 at the age of 84, was a public intellectual and professor at George Mason University in Virginia for forty years. He supported unimpeded free-market capitalism (a myth, if you read Robert Reich) and didn’t support any kind of government spending, affirmative actions or intervention to help disadvantaged groups or individuals, including minimum wage legislation, believing it is detrimental. While it is…


The Committee for the Revivification of Extinct Species (CaRES) has just one criterion: “There must be no overwhelming, compelling evidence that the species should not be revived.” Below is the transcript where they debate the revivification of an extinct species: humans.

Originally published in Cricket Muse, March 2020

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Next on the list. The discussion is open.

Humans are interesting for all the reasons we cited during our chimpanzee review. In addition, they had a fascinating art culture unique among species and an unparalleled ability to mimic objects into two dimensions using pigments. …


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No doubt you’re aware of two negative consequences of consumers expecting picture-perfect produce. 1) Growers are incentivized to use more pesticides and herbicides to prevent imperfections, which is bad for consumers’ health and for the environment. And 2) ugly, but perfectly edible, nutritious, food is wasted. As much as 30% isn’t worth the cost of harvesting and therefore stays in the field. Grocery retailers throw away another cut, restaurants throw out some more, and I’ll bet you even toss some into the compost bin in your own kitchen. …


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In 2011, I went along with a group of community college students on a week-long trip to Moscow. It was one patch of the globe I’d never seen. Plus, Russia was a current-events blind-spot for me, so I had only a few points of reference for what to expect there.

In the early 90’s, I’d had a college friend who studied in St. Petersburg for a year. Among the things he did to prepare for his trip was practice taking showers without using hot water. I was baffled. “Why wouldn’t they have hot water?” I said. He said, “Because maybe


There’s no time like the present to inch closer to vegetarianism and hone your plant-cooking skills — soon, the other stuff may be obsolete

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Shiitake mushroom by Kōno Bairei, digitally enhanced from ‘Barei Gakan’ (1913), via Rawpixel

One recent, sleepless night I came across an essay by a friend, Matt Willmott, on how to proceed after the Coronavirus pandemic. It provided what I needed to get back to sleep — that feeling that even now, within the confines of my own home, there are things I can do to improve the state of the world. Here’s my contribution, to help you sleep too.

We’re months into the pandemic, and what seems to me to be missing from the “Analysis” or “Opinion” sections of the news coverage is an obvious tack for society to take to be able…

J Krumrine, PhD

former scientist, stay-at-home mom

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