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Kurt Mitman | Roads to Rhodes

After talking to Shipman, I have gleaned that the preparation offered by CURF is on par with what I received at Virginia — and Virginia has produced more than two and a half times the number of Rhodes Scholars than Penn has.

December 10, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Back to reality

Certain forms of reality TV actually have the potential to affect my reality — and to make it a better one.

November 21, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Obama-Doesn’t-Care

It’s great to know that the healthcare.gov site is working for the massive 1.6 percent of the population that is running Linux.

November 11, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Trolls R Us

The DP should be more active in curating the comments section. When the author is directly attacked, or if the commenter goes off on some tangent unrelated to the topic of the article, the comment should be removed.

September 26, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Researcher or hack?

When your research begins to step into the fray of politics, your motives immediately start to come into question.

September 23, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Unilaterally ending unilateralism

Amidst all of the noise about Syria coming from the talking heads in Washington, a bigger point has largely been ignored.

September 11, 2013

Kurt Mitman | In government we trust?

More than an eighth of the undergraduates at Penn are international students and a significant fraction of the faculty is also foreign, meaning that under FISA, the government can track all their communications.

September 5, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Summer of our discontent

While the boycott has succeeded in raising awareness, the philosophy of it is misguided.

August 29, 2013

Kurt Mitman | ‘Thank God’ for the NRA

If the legislation had passed the debate on gun control and gun violence would have been over. The momentum that had built up since Newtown would have diminished.

April 19, 2013

Kurt Mitman | The only thing to fear

The right way to honor the victims of this tragedy is by simply continuing to live our lives as normal.

April 16, 2013

Kurt Mitman | The cheating equilibrium

As a TA, I’ve seen many ways students cheat the system.

April 10, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Internalize this

Fundamentally, should the government be funding research at Penn or in general? The private sector is great at applied research — it is easily monetizable. Basic research? Not so much.

April 4, 2013

Kurt Mitman | ’Til Constitution do us part

This issue goes beyond the question of straight and gay marriage currently before the court.

March 29, 2013

Kurt Mitman | A wasted opportunity

Obama should have used his visit to Israel to put forth a comprehensive proposal for peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

March 22, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Spring forward, fall flat

Economist William Shughart II estimated that daylight savings costs the United States approximately $1.7 billion a year. He arrived at that figure by calculating the opportunity cost of our time and the total amount of time it takes to adjust all of our clocks twice a year.

March 14, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Spend away

There is little evidence that disparity in spending has a big impact on outcomes. Research into the effect has found a modest positive link between disparity in spending and vote outcome. However, one of the confounding problems is that popular and well-organized candidates are probably more likely to win.

February 21, 2013

Kurt Mitman | There won't be blood

The lifetime ban on males that have had any sexual contact with another male (MSM) since 1977 seemed a little extreme to me.

February 15, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Guess who should come to dinner

Since high school, college and graduate school graduation rates are lower for minorities than for whites in the United States, by the time you get to the top, there will be a much larger disparity in representation than in the population in general.

February 8, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Pro reforma

If the Supreme Court upholds the Appellate Court’s ruling, it will restrict executive power and create a legal mess at the NLRB and most likely at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose director, Richard Corday, was also appointed during a pro forma session. The Supreme Court should, however, uphold the lower court’s decision.

February 1, 2013

Kurt Mitman | Abort Roe v. Wade

Medical evidence seems to suggest that after about nine weeks, the probability of miscarriage drops significantly. This is the logical point to draw the line where human intervention is allowed.

January 25, 2013

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