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Dodgy News Limited survey

A news.com.au story asserts “Australians would re-elect Prime Minister John Howard in a landslide if votes were cast purely on policy – not personality or party loyalty – according to the first results from a “blind voting” tool developed by NEWS.com.au.” Almost 35,200 of the 72,300 participants who have completed the Vote-a-matic were matched with…

Mark Steyn on the trouble he has with facts: Incidentally, I stopped writing for the [New York] Times a few years ago because their fanatical “fact-checking” copy-editors edited my copy into unreadable sludge. I think it’s some sort of chemical reaction — add facts to a Mark Steyn column and it curdles into sludge. Macleans…

David Roberts shows Your media at work: People magazine reports that Al Gore’s daughter Sarah just got married, revealing in the course of the article that Chilean sea bass was served at the rehearsal dinner. In the Daily Telegraph, Australian Humane Society Rebecca Keeble writes that “only one week after Live Earth, Al Gore’s green…

On another planet

Johann Hari reports on the National Review cruise: The idea that Europe is being “taken over” is the unifying theme of this cruise. Some people go on singles’ cruises, some on ballroom-dancing cruises. This is the Muslims Are Coming cruise. Everyone thinks it. Everyone knows it. And the man most responsible for this insight is…

Barton and Inhofe

PZ Myers is being a bit “the glass is half empty”, but Joe Barton will no longer chair the Committee on Energy and Commerce and James Inhofe will no longer chair the Environment and Public Works Committee. That’s good news for science. And I can’t resist sharing John Lott’s predictions:

Free the Tripoli Six

Five nurses and a doctor have been falsely accused of deliberately infecting their patients with HIV. They’ve been imprisoned and tortured in Libya since 1999 and may now be condemned to death. Declan Butler writes: what is needed is an immediate and sustained mobilization of international opinion, something which has been badly lacking so far.…

Distributing Mockery

John Holbo finds this piece of stupidity from Mark Steyn: Ann Coulter’s new book Godless: The Church of Liberalism is a rollicking read very tightly reasoned and hard to argue with. After all, the progressive mind regards it as backward and primitive to let religion determine every aspect of your life, but takes it as…

Mark Steyn, plagiarist

Quoting myself: One of the less pleasant parts of my job is talking to students that I have caught plagiarizing assignments. All too often, rather than admit to copying they will tell me clumsy lies and blame somebody else. Like Mark Steyn. When he was caught stealing from a blog post by Geoff Pullum, instead…

Instapundit fan strikes back

The fun never ends with Glenn Reynolds’ “steal the oil” post. Tim Blair exclaims: Warming alarmite Tim Lambert (current average daily visits: 3,577) is now demanding $520 per week for ad space at his rarely-viewed site; $3360 for three months! Guess that explains his recent graceless attempts to provoke an Instalanche. (By the way, ads…

Big Bang of Wrongness?

Folks are still having fun with Glenn Reynolds’ “Let’s invade Saudi Arabia and Iran and steal their oil” post. Sean Carroll reckons that the wrongness might be enough to form a singularity. But that can’t be right, because the wrongness has escaped to form this post by Lubos Motl: Prices would plummet Sean thinks that…