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How Concerned Should You Be About Species Extinction?

Not very, says biologist R. Alexander Pyron

CalPERS Is Shocked—Just Shocked—To Find Cities Reeling Under Growing Pension Debt: New at Reason

California's pension fund looks to shift blame and avoid responsibility. Steven Greenhut writes: The California Public Employees' Retirement System's union defenders feign shock whenever pension reformers accuse it of "kicking the can down the road" in dealing with the state's mounting pension debt. ...

CalPERS Is Shocked—Just Shocked—To Find Cities Reeling Under Growing Pension Debt

California's pension fund looks to shift blame and avoid responsibility.

Artificial Limbs as Weapons: New at Reason

In his study of prosthetics across time, writer Joseph Hayes recognizes a theme: "that by transforming an artificial limb from a tool of medicine to a tool of violence, the attackers have shown themselves to be evil." Journalism also continues to link villainous actions and body prosthetics. ...

Prosthetic Limbs Make Great Weapons: A History

When artificial arms become armaments in the eyes of the law.

Godless Is a Classic Western for the New Millennium: New at Reason

The new Netflix miniseries feels both traditional and new, with the big-screen qualities of a film and the story and character nuance of the best television.

Sex and Communism: New at Reason

The times and trajectory of Max Eastman, progressive turned "libertarian conservative"

The Martian's Andy Weir Talks Economics on the Moon in Artemis: Podcast

Weir's new book Artemis imagines life in a lunar settlement.

Nothing Good to Eat? Blame Immigration Restrictions: New at Reason

The Afro Deli feels like a cross between a Chipotle and a slightly upscale burger joint. It's brightly lit, with colorful menus displayed on large HD televisions. Uniformed workers tap your order into iPads and deliver your food on reusable plastic trays. On the strip of Washington Avenue that ...

Godless Is a Classic Western for the New Millennium

The new Netflix miniseries feels both traditional and new, with the big-screen qualities of a film and the story and character nuance of the best television.

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Give a boost to your favorite magazine by getting stuff on Amazon that you would have bought anyway

Nothing Good to Eat? Blame Immigration Restrictions.

The Afro Deli feels like a cross between a Chipotle and a slightly upscale burger joint. It's brightly lit, with colorful menus displayed on large HD televisions. Uniformed workers tap your order into iPads and deliver your food on reusable plastic trays. On the strip of Washington Avenue that ...

Sex and Communism

The times and trajectory of Max Eastman, progressive turned "libertarian conservative"

Brickbat: It's for the Children

A couple in Canada say Alberta Children's Services rejected their application to adopt a child because they have traditional Christian views on sexuality. The couple say the process went fine until they had a follow up visit from a caseworker who asked them their views on homosexuality and they said ...

The Secret Meaning of Thanksgiving Dinner

Food historian Rachel Laudan explains why we eat what we eat on "turkey day" - and it has nothing to do with the Pilgrims.

How Grocery Stores Got Good: New at Reason

The Amazon/Whole Foods deal is just the latest chapter in a long story of progress.

Turkey, Stuffing, and a Side of Subsidies: New at Reason

You paid for your Thanksgiving meal before you even went to the store.

How Grocery Stores Got Good

The Amazon/Whole Foods deal is just the latest chapter in a long story of progress.

Brickbat: Nice

Six Czech tourists were arrested and fined $67 in Kazakhstan after posing for photos in public wearing nothing but the mankini swimsuit made famous by the movie "Borat." They were charged with indecent appearance.

Turkey, Stuffing, and a Side of Subsidies

You paid for your Thanksgiving meal before you even went to the store.

Turkey, Stuffing, and a Side of Subsidies

You paid for your thanksgiving meal before you even went to the store.

Trump's Deregulation Drive Stops at the Border

The International Trade Commission recommends the president impose hefty tariffs on washing machines.

GOP Rep. Barton Says Sorry for Nude Selfie, Virginia House Leader Wants Gender-Neutral Titles, LAPD Overwhelmed by Sex Cases: P.M. Links

Rep. Joe Barton apologizes to his constituents for nude selfie. Facebook will let users find out if they interacted with sketchy Russian content. The Los Angeles Police Department says it's overwhelmed by celebrity sex cases. Republican Rep. Kirk Cox, leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, said ...

Pro–Net Neutrality Graphic Makes Argument Against Net Neutrality

Do net neutrality advocates fear consumer choice?

GMO Virus Could Save Florida's Orange Groves

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reportedly approve a GMO virus to fight citrus greening disease.

Graduate Instructor Who Showed Gendered-Pronoun Debate to Class Is Basically Hitler, Says School

"It's dangerous to say that a topic is off the table just because it might be a little bit controversial," says the Wilfrid Laurier University student.

Is The TSA More Chill About Weed Than San Francisco?

While the rest of California embraces recreational marijuana, San Francisco is strangling the nascent industry.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Is Out, But the Policies That Destroyed Zimbabwe Are Still In

Bad policies make bad men more dangerous.

Collegial or Fired: New at Reason

General counsel is asking the University of Arkansas System to consider adding collegiality to the list of things for which to fire a tenured professor, a very, very bad idea, Lindsay Marchello writes. The vagueness in U of A's and ONU's policies is the crux of the danger to academic freedom, ...

Arkansas Universities Want to Be Able to Fire Professors Who Aren't Collegial

General counsel for the university system tries to slip in long-condemned policy.

The First Thanksgiving: New at Reason

Where was the first Thanksgiving in the United States actually held? A. Barton Hinkle writes: Thanksgiving is a great American tradition. As is disputing the holiday's origins. National mythos portrays the first Thanksgiving as taking place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in celebration of a bountiful ...

Who Really Held the First Thanksgiving in the United States?

The important thing about the holiday is not who started the tradition but the humble and grateful spirit the tradition instills.

Thankful for Property Rights on Thanksgiving: New at Reason

Private property became the foundation for building the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. John Stossel writes: Ready for Thanksgiving? Before you eat that turkey, I hope you think about why America has turkeys for you to eat. Most people don't know. Everyone's heard about that ...

Trump Tacitly Endorses Roy Moore, Noting His Denials 12 Times

The president says he may campaign for the Republican Senate candidate, notwithstanding credible allegations of sexual assault.

Pelosi Wants Ethics Probe of John Conyers, Uber Paid Hackers to Hide Data Breach, Mugabe Resigns: A.M. Links

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for a House Ethics investigation into Rep. John Conyers , whose previously sealed settlements with ex-staffers who accused him of sexual misconduct have recently become public. The Robert Mueller Trump-Russia investigation is reportedly looking into Jared ...

When Good-Faith Medicine Raises 'Red Flags': New at Reason

The DEA's investigation of Forest Tennant tries to criminalize differences of opinion about pain treatment.

Brickbats: The Wheels of Justice

Kevin Smith spent almost eight years in a New Orleans jail awaiting trial for possession of crack cocaine. He never did get a hearing on that charge. But the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal earlier this year ruled that the multiple delays had violated his right to a speedy trial.

Thankful for Property Rights on Thanksgiving Day

Private property became the foundation for building the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

When Good-Faith Medicine Raises 'Red Flags'

The DEA's investigation of Forest Tennant tries to criminalize differences of opinion about pain treatment.

FCC Head Ajit Pai: Killing Net Neutrality Will Set the Internet Free

Promises that "we're going to see an explosion in the kinds of connectivity and the depth of that connectivity" like never before.

Why Trump Deserves to Lose in Federal Court on Sanctuary Cities

The president's executive order is unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment and the separation of powers.

Trump Defends Roy Moore, Erik Prince Will Testify Before Congress, and Harvard Faces DOJ Probe: P.M. Links

Trump commented on allegations against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, saying "he denies it. He totally denies it," and "we don't need a liberal Democrat in that seat." Former Blackwater head, Erik Prince, will testify before House panel looking into any collusion between the Russian government ...

Pennsylvania Town Used Confidential Informant and Undercover Cops to Arrest a Man For Selling Bongs

The assistant district attorney is now seeking jail time for the head shop owner.

U.S. Ramps Up Drug War in Afghanistan

Using F-22 fighters for the first time

Tax Reform Would Make Getting Trashed Cheaper

The Senate's tax proposal would cut federal excise taxes on beer, wine, and spirits.

Ajit Pai: 'We Are Returning to the Original Classification of the Internet'

In a Fifth Column interview, FCC chair announces the beginning of the end of Title II regulatory classification of Internet companies, frets about the culture of free speech, and calls social-media regulation "a dangerous road to cross."

Destroy Capitalism to Save the Climate, Argues New York Times Op-Ed

Centrally planning the climate will work about as well as centrally planning economies did.

Why Does Hawaii Hate American Workers?: New at Reason

With occupational licensing rules that benefit their favored friends, state governments raise barriers to prosperity for millions of Americans, and raise costs for the rest of us. J.D. Tuccille writes: In Hawaii, it takes an average of 988 days and $438 in fees to become licensed to perform one ...

How Congress Keeps Its Sexual Harassment Hush Money Secret

Documents from a $27,000 harassment settlement from Rep. John Conyers' office show how Congress keeps its tax-funded settlements secret.

You Don't Have Listen to the Government. Eat the Foods You Like.

Bad Food Bible author Aaron Carroll on flawed government nutrition guidelines, diet-science nihilism, and why you shouldn't give in to restrictive food moralism.