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  • An Anniversary Toast for I, Whiskey

    October 12, 2017 10:37 AM

    It’s been a tremendous year since we released I, Whiskey on YouTube and Facebook and co-hosted our red carpet premiere with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) at Jack Rose Dining Saloon—and the tour continues.

    The film has been accepted into 10 film festivals to date, with the Portland Film Festival, Cucalorus, and Silicon Valley International Film Festival on the books later this year.

    We’ve just returned from our screening debut at WhiskyFest San Francisco, where I introduced the I, Whiskey brain trust and all-star panel: Executive Producer Richard Morrison (who urged attendees to...

  • Freethink Media on the Folly of the Overpopulation Panic

    April 7, 2017 8:55 AM

    The creative techno-optimists over at Freethink Media have just released an excellent video looking back at one of the biggest controversies of the 20th Century. The fact that we don’t usually still talk about it is a testament to human achievement and a caution about believing doomsday predictions.

    The issue was overpopulation, and the inevitable (or so we were told) cycle of starvation and misery that would result from their being too many people in the world. The...

  • March 27 Is International Whisk(e)y Day!

    March 27, 2017 11:16 AM

    Cheers! It’s International Whisk(e)y Day! Not to be confused with World Whisky Day (May 20). What should you do to celebrate? Anything you like!

    International Whisk(e)y Day doesn’t discriminate. It embraces those who prefer whiskey and those who prefer whisky! Meet up with friends and try something new, open that mysterious bottle you’ve been saving, introduce someone new to your favorite spirit. Raise a glass! But International Whisk(e)y Day is bigger than just a glass of whiskey, because we know, “there’s more to whiskey than what’s in the glass.”

    International Whisk(e)y Day celebrates the life and birthday of Michael Jackson. No, not that Michael Jackson, the other Michael Jackson. Who? The renowned British beer and spirits writer who published The World Guide to Beer in 1977. Imagine how...

  • Let's Make a Commitment to Human Ingenuity

    March 24, 2017 4:56 PM

    Tomorrow, between 8:30 and 9:30 PM, environmental activists will show their commitment to Mother Nature by sitting in the dark for so-called “Earth Hour.” But paying homage to the Earth for an hour a year, isn’t going to change anything. It only showcases the fact that green activists choose to ignore what really makes the world a safer and better place to live: human ingenuity. 

    That is why, as the greens bump around in the dark, CEI urges individuals to turn on the lights and celebrate Human Achievement Hour. We turn on the lights and acknowledge that human creativity, fostered by free markets and free minds, is the source of improving people’s quality of life.

    And these achievements are not exclusive to those who live in wealthy nations. Expanding economic activity and technological development is...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: The Written Word

    March 22, 2017 2:09 PM

    What makes human beings unique? It isn’t tool use. Finches, otters, baboons, and many other of our fellow animals use sticks, rocks, and more to build nests and find food.

    Nor is it agriculture, though that particular revolution remains one of the most important events in human history. Ants farm aphids, and other...

  • Harm-Reducing Tobacco Alternatives Are a Human Achievement

    March 21, 2017 1:29 PM

    Current medical evidence suggests that nicotine, if ingested on its own rather than smoked, is no more harmful to health than caffeine. Burning is what produces the majority of the carcinogens in traditional cigarettes, increasing the risk...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Don't Buy the Hyperloop, Bet on Self-Driving Cars

    March 18, 2016 8:21 AM

    Futuristic transportation technology often captures the imaginations of the press and public. Sometimes, it’s hype-driven nonsense: think the mysterious “IT” that became the mockery-inducing Segway or Elon Musk’s more recent vomit-inducing death-tube proposal appropriately named the Hyperloop, which has managed to hoodwink the dumber segments of the tech press as well as the government of Slovakia.

    Beyond the problems...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Fighting Mosquito-Borne Diseases with Technology

    March 17, 2016 7:47 AM

    For millennia, mosquitos have wreaked havoc on mankind, passing along myriad deadly or debilitating diseases. Mankind’s clever interventions—from screened windows to pesticides—have helped greatly control mosquito-transmitted diseases in developed nations. Until recently, the hope of getting such diseases under control in poor developing nations any time soon appeared dim. But thanks to some new technologies in this field, there’s cause for some optimism.

    Ultimately, economic growth offers the best solution in these nations because it would allow them to transition to sealed homes with modern heating and air conditioning and windows with screens—separating man from mosquito for much of the time. In addition, modern agricultural practices would mean, fewer people would be needed to produce food,...

  • Human Achievement Hour: An Enlightened Choice for Saturday Night

    March 16, 2016 4:34 PM

    It’s a fun time of year . . . at CEI HQ anyway. Once again we prepare to celebrate Human Achievement Hour—the holiday we started as a tongue-and-cheek response to Earth Hour.

    On March 19th at 8:30-9:30pm, Earth Hour protestors will turn off their lights to express solidarity with the planet and “do something” about climate change. At the same time, HAH partiers will turn on the lights, drive to a pub, or engage in some other enjoyable activity to cheer the products of human ingenuity that allow us all to live better, longer, healthier lives and to applaud the institutions of liberty on which innovation, prosperity, and human flourishing depend.

    If people want to save money by using less electricity and gas, more “power” to them. But the dogma that conservation always pays for itself, hence consumers...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Fashion

    March 16, 2016 9:37 AM

    On March 19, I will celebrate Human Achievement Hour instead of Earth Hour. The choice is easy: take an hour out of the evening to feel thankful for the many inventions and innovations that make life better versus an hour

    plunged into darkness, feeling undeservedly guilty about access to affordable energy and climate change. Some technologies save lives, and for that I am most grateful. Other technologies simply make life more fulfilling, and for that I am...

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