How to give tactful criticism

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Who won Bush’s “war on terror”?

Why do we still have to remove our shoes at airports, and what are U.S. troops still doing in Afghanistan? We are linking to our 9/11 post from two years ago, which in turn re-blogged Robin Hanson’s eloquent post on this matter. In brief, aren’t public commemorations of 9/11 defeatist and counter-productive, sending the wrong signal to the enemies of the U.S.? Isn’t it time to move on? If not, when?

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Happy Birthday LCH!

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was powered up for the first time on this day 10 years ago! #Science

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Gypsy Woman with Baby

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Who wrote the anonymous Times op-ed?

Is the op-ed a hoax, or is there really a presidential nanny in the White House? According to one prediction market (see screenshot below), the top three suspects are VP Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. You can place your bets on this website ( But hurry, you have until 9 September to place a bet!

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Who owns the legal rights to the Zapruder film?

Read the full story here, via our friend and colleague Brian Frye, a law professor at the University of Kentucky. Below is one tantalizing excerpt:

The Zapruder film is not only the most important home movie ever made, but also the most thoroughly analyzed 26 seconds of film in existence. Shortly after noon on Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. At least 32 people filmed or photographed some aspect of the event, but Abraham Zapruder captured the assassination itself more clearly and completely than anyone else…. [But copyright law] made it largely unavailable to the public until 1998.

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Why aren’t law school faculties more egalitarian?

Socialism for me but not for thee? Following up on this post by our friend and colleague “LawProfBlawg” (@lawprofblawg), we wish to pose the following simple question: why aren’t any law school faculties willing to implement true egalitarian principles or willing to operate along socialist lines by treating all faculty equal? Given the pervasiveness of “liberal” (i.e. leftist) faculty at most U.S. law schools (see chart below), the feudal hierarchy dividing full professors, associate professors, assistant professors (not to mention the divide between legal writing instructors and doctrinal instructors) is a moral scandal. Are these arcane hierarchies the product of path dependence, or are they the end result of something more sinister, like hypocrisy?

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