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And in Other “Settled Science”

Featured image A recent book on Alcohol and Aging offers this very important chapter abstract: Epidemiological studies have observed that older adults who consume light to moderate amounts of alcohol have higher cognitive functioning and are less likely to develop different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, compared to older adults who do not consume alcohol. Similar findings have been reported by studies that have examined midlife alcohol consumption and cognitive functioning »

A New Theme from Glenn Reynolds

Featured image Glenn Reynolds, the ubermensch of the blogosphere, has a number of running heds on Instapundit that he either created or extends in the most creative ways. You’ll recognize them: • Higher education bubble update. • Choose the form of your destructor. • Teach women not to rape. • Why are Democrat run cities such cesspools of violence and racism? • They told me if Trump were elected we’d see [fill in the »

And Now for Something Completely Different: Stop Whining, Drink Wine!

Featured image We’ve long known that red wine reduces the risk of heart attacks and several other ailments, which is why daily consumption of red wine is part of my health regimen. But did you know wine also makes you smarter? It’s settled science! At least according to a new book, Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine, by Gordon Shepherd. Mike Meisner of Napa Valley’s Last Bottle Bar summarizes »

Attn: Central Valley Readers! Party Thursday

Featured image For all Power Line readers in the greater Fresno area of California’s central valley—the part of the wacky state that voted for Trump—I’ll be speaking Thursday night at the College of the Sequoias at 7 pm in Ponderosa Hall, on the topic, “The Crisis in Higher Education: It’s Even Worse Than You Think.” The poster for the event appears below, but the press release from the College begins, “Visalia, CA, »

A Preview of Past Attractions, or, How to Drive Liberals Mad

Featured image As many of you know (because I saw some of you), I spent last week as an inmate at the annual Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The CWA is a big thing there every year, and it features roughly 100 speakers from all around the world and a big audience. Being Boulder, it is an overwhelmingly liberal affair. I counted exactly seven (7) conservatives »

Return to Boulder

Featured image Paging all Boulder, Colorado, area Power Line readers: I’m coming back! Not for a whole year like last time—just next week, to participate in the University’s annual, and very gonzo, Conference on World Affairs. I’ll be on nine panels, plus doing a debate at the law school about why we should dump the Paris climate treaty. The ideological balance of the CWA tends to run about 25 to 1 liberals »

From the Archives: A Power Line Flashback

Featured image Courtesy of one of those time machine widgets on social media, it turns out that today, January 30, is the sixth anniversary of my very first Power Line article, on the subject of monster trucks. I had a look back, and thought it worth reposting, with the caveat that if I’d been more perceptive, I might have recognized a clear sign of Trump’s America taking shape. We all know about »

Remy: The Ballad of Ikea

Featured image New, from the great Remy Munasifi, the perfect ballad for that most horrible of consumer excursions, the trip to Ikea, where the misery really starts after you pay and leave the store. For I am convinced that “Ikea” means “self-torture” in Swedfinorgian, or whatever Nordic language it comes from. »

News for DC Readers

Featured image For our DC area readers, I’ll be back in Washington Tuesday afternoon participating in a conference about the election and its aftermath at the National Press Club, sponsored by my host organization at Berkeley, the Institute of Governmental Studies. Here’s the link with the complete rundown of people on the panels, and the EventBrite link to RSVP if you want to attend this free event. I’m pretty sure there will »

Updates, Previews, and Reminders

Featured image • I had almost forgotten one of the late M. Stanton Evans’s greatest quips, suddenly more salient. Stan, my first professional mentor out of college in 1981, liked to say: “It was really hard for us young conservatives to recover from the Goldwater defeat; it was all the worse because in those days we had no grief counselors.” Behold today’s college campuses. Stan would not have been surprised. And I’m »

Upcoming Events

Featured image Now here’s some news you can use depending on where you live: I’ve got three public events over the next two weeks that I’d be delighted to see local Power Line readers attend if you have the time and inclination. • First, for Bay Area residents, on Monday afternoon I’ll be part of an “Election Eve” panel discussion from 4 to 5 pm on campus at Berkeley, sponsored by my »

National Review Infiltrates San Francisco

Featured image Splendid evening last night in San Francisco, at the annual William F. Buckley Prize dinner hosted by National Review Institute, this year honoring the great George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronaldus Magnus, and Michael Grebe, the long time head of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Shultz is 95, but still has it going on, telling some of the great old stories about bringing down the Soviet Union back »

Some Power Line Victory Laps

Featured image It’s always nice to see folks catch up with the stories that we were on to early. • My old AEI colleague Desmond Lachman worried in The Hill a couple days ago that “An Italian financial crisis poses huge threat to global economy.” Do tell. In fact, we did, back in late July, in “Keep Your Eye on Italy.” • The Washington Post yesterday took note of how conservatives are »

Today’s Dose of Crazy. . .

Featured image First up, this tweet from the New York Times over the weekend, which was apparently not a self-parody: Yeah, because we’d all be so much better off if we were still hunter-gatherers. It would have saved us from Joe Camel and Philip Morris. Incidentally, there is evidence in evolutionary biology that the enlargement of the human brain may be linked to our species’ use of fire. One biologist I know »

Bottom Stories of the Week

Featured image I hate to keep picking on vegans—and I wouldn’t if so many didn’t make a righteous ideology out of it*—but this story (which wouldn’t be a news story if there weren’t an agenda behind it in the first place) is just too irresistible: Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among four dead on Mount Everest For Maria Strydom and her husband, Robert Gropel, climbing Everest while adhering to »

Radio Daze: The Bill & Bill Show

Featured image This week was very likely my last time guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s radio show, because he’s giving up his morning slot at the end of this month, though he’ll still be doing radio in a different format later in the day. (Stay tuned for details.) In any case, I decided on Monday to tell the story of the first time I ever met Bill Bennett, more than 25 years ago. The »

Media Alert: Radio Days Ahead

Early risers should tune in tomorrow and Tuesday morning as I’ll be guest-hosting the Bill Bennett show both days (6 – 9 am eastern time). We’re still working on the guest list, but tomorrow we’ll have for sure Henry Olsen at 6:35 am, and Prof. Joshua Dunn, co-author of an important new book just out, Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University, needless to say a subject »