I'm really beginning to LOATHE the UN and its apologists
Tim Blair is too, apparently.
Strutting and fretting in an insane world.
Tim Blair is too, apparently.
It looks like the rumors of the demise of the demise of Old Media may be true. The NYTimes was an early adopter in putting its content on the internet, but its editorial policy and bias have hurt it. The WSJ, however, is able get people to pay for access to its website. If I were in charge, I'd try to make it more like an aggregation of blogs, with more attention given to ideological diversity.
The Science Channel is showing a roundup of 2004's top science stories. So far I've learned:
Newt Gingrich says he'd be open to running for the presidency. Not a chance. The Republican base have higher standards than Democrats regarding adultery. They might forgive it if it had happened when he was young and foolish, but not when he was Speaker of the House.
The Armstrong Williams story is bad for Williams. He shouldn't have taken money to plug the No Child Left Behind Program. The government shouldn't be buying publicity without it being approved by Congress and full disclosure.
That's this year's Question of the Year from Edge.org. 120 distinguished scientists answered it.
From The Seattle Times:
"I know by the law it wasn't right, but it felt right in my heart," he said. "I wasn't trying to defraud anybody. I was just going with my wife's last wishes."Is that the standard now--"It felt right in my heart"?
Every citizen of this country who is registered to vote should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth of their community, their vote has as much weight as the vote of any Senator, any Congressperson, any President, any cabinet member, or any CEO of any Fortune 500 Corporation.Technically, it does leave room for allowing their votes to count even when they're forged after the voter dies, but allowing citizens to vote for other people who are dead seems hardly likely to make sure that everyone's vote counts as much as every Senator's. In fact, I would argue that the kind of block voting that Democrats rely on, whereby black and union groups are expected to vote based only on what somebody like "Kingfish" Al Sharpton or a union boss tells them to think.
If this is the result of a thirty-foot tsunami, I don't want to be around when part of the Big Island of Hawaii slips off. Earthquake-generated tsunamis don't get more than about 30 feet, but waves caused by things like landslides, volcanoes and meteor or comet strikes can be far greater and would make this disaster look like a normal high tide.
The Democrats are trying to gin up opposition to Alberto Gonzales on the basis of his legal memo on the treatment of terrorist captives. This is idiocy. When you render a legal opinion, you're not representing your own personal beliefs about what is right and wrong; you're supposed to be telling someone what the law is, based on a review of common law and statutory interpretation. So if you would favor having an Attorney General who spins his research, by all means support the Dems on this.
There are news reports trying to link Prozac to suicide. This is something I know about. I participated in a double-blind study of prozac before it was approved by the FDA, and I know for a fact that it alleviates depression. It doesn't cause suicides; it helps prevent them. I also have a friend whose son committed suicide when he was taking Zoloft. The problem with blaming it on Zoloft was that the young man had not been taking the drug as directed. He had quit taking it for several weeks before he committed suicide. These drugs take time to work and it is dangerous to stop taking them or restart them suddenly. Anybody taking them needs to be closely monitored or understand the risks clearly, preferably both.
Hugh Hewitt is a jinx. You don't want him rooting for you, if tonight's Orange Bowl is any indication (USC-55, Oklahoma-12 at this time). He's been badmouthing USC all year on his radio show to the point of getting annoying.
David Brooks summarizes the Social Security issue, which boils down to "will socialism work?"
The question is: Will we leave our children a system as flexible, dynamic and productive as the one that was, fortunately, left to us? Or, by doing nothing, will we succumb to the same ineluctable pressures that now afflict Europe, and find that we are immobilized at the exact moment China and India are passing us by?My father-in-law is a retired actuary. When I asked him about this, he responded that the problem was easy to fix, just cut benefits by raising the retirement age or tax them more. The dangerous thing about Social Security is that such measures are so difficult for politicians to take, because they are so easy to demagogue.
There's a lot of comment about Harry Reid's bogus attack on Justice Thomas today. The criticism is well deserved, but I wouldn't like it to get Reid tossed out. How does it help conservatives to get rid of an incompetent leader of the opposition?
(Via The Kerry Spot): The BBC reports that no good deed goes unpunished:
An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been attacked by tribesmen using bows and arrows.Good guess.
There were fears that the endangered tribal groups had been wiped out when massive waves struck their islands.
But the authorities say the attack is a sign that they have survived.
I wasn't around last week for the big push on Hugh Hewitt's new book on blogging. I'm not sure that it'll tell me much that I don't already know. He got a nice review from Instapundit, although it's sort of like preaching to the choir to post a review on a blog.
Inattentive has some insightful comments about Scientific American's piece debunking the self-esteem myth. It has taken me a long time to figure out how many people who have supreme confidence are just laboring under misapprehension of reality. Self-esteem is one of those things like bipartisanship and tolerance, that are good things, but can't be forced. Telling someone to be more bipartisan is just a roundabout way of trying to make him abandon his principles. That's why you hear Democrats criticizing Republicans for not being bipartisan like they were during Watergate.
but they've got no sense of humor, either.