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In the halls of academia, where a mind closed to some of life’s unpleasantries (or, for that matter, unpopular opinions) is not necessarily a bad thing, liberal professors overall outnumber conservatives by nearly 12 to 1 at 40 leading universities, according to a new study published by the website Econ Journal Watch. The area of study with the most conservative thinkers (4.5 liberal professors for every conservative) is economics. In sharp contrast, liberals outnumber conservatives by a whopping 33.5-to-1 ratio in history departments, The Washington Times reports. So much for ideological diversity, past or present. … Leonardo DiCaprio joined President Barack Obama at the White House last week to warn that the clock is ticking on climate change. And nonbelievers should pay a penalty. But “Obama and Leo don’t realize the potential for a humanitarian disaster” posed by strict carbon restrictions for the poorest countries that need affordable power, notes Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Simply put, affordable energy saves lives. Platitudes from the well-pampered do not power an economy. … And a report from the cyber security firm Carbon Black states that Pennsylvania, with its outdated computer systems, tops the list of states most vulnerable for Election Day hacking. State officials insist they’re prepared. Forewarned, we remind, is forearmed.


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