Archives for November, 2006

Duh

Energy Use Can Be Cut by Efficiency, Survey Says: To take advantage of the energy-saving opportunities, some product standards would have to be tightened and some policy incentives changed. Current regulations and fuel subsidies, for example, often favor consumption over efficiency. But many steps are not taken, the report said, because energy users lack information…

Sing it

Publius descends into the madness of the right wing blogosphere, it’s commentariat and Presidential hopefuls and concludes: It?s more than a little ridiculous that I feel compelled to defend the First Amendment (tomorrow ? “Why Water is Good: A Reply to Ledeen“), but there are a couple of points that need to be made. There…

Chris Mooney finds Justice Scalia being proudly clueless as he prepares to decide whether the Clean Air Act requires the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, if it permits such regulation, or whether the state of Massachusetts has a right to even get into that argument. JUSTICE SCALIA: your assertion is that after the pollutant…

Undoubtedly this rent in the GOP’s former unity will get as much airtime as squabbles over Democratic leadership positions. Tiahrt’s run for head of the conservative caucus in the House may tear the GOP asunder before the new session begins: A major fight is brewing among conservatives in the House to elect the next chairman…

Drug prices

A big part of the 6 for ’06 agenda that Nancy Pelosi proposed as the agenda for the incoming Congress was allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Forbidding that simple expedient was by far the most foolish thing (among many foolish things) in the Bush prescription drug plan. The VA negotiates drug prices as does…

Mycoplasma bovis killing Kansas bison

Disease decimates Kansas buffalo: Nearly one-fourth of the buffalo have died at the state-owned Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, home to one of the oldest surviving wild buffalo herds. A new disease is decimating buffalo herds across the state and has prompted the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to cancel its annual buffalo auction, typically held…

Every week, the KGB gathers to promote the finest of the Kansas blogosphere. The original KGB is back in the news this week with the recent assassination of a former spy in Britain. Non-Kansan Effect Measure reviews the effects of polonium-210, while Kansan j.d. discusses the story some more. It isn’t quite polonium-210, but Emaw’s…

Discuss

An oldie, but a goodie. Way back in February of 2003, D-squared Digest said: give me one single example of something with the following three characteristics: 1. It is a policy initiative of the current Bush administration 2. It was significant enough in scale that I’d have heard of it (at a pinch, that I…

Good riddance

Right before the long Thanksgiving weekend, incompetent, unqualified hack: Education Commissioner Bob Corkins resigned Wednesday, ending a short and stormy tenure as Kansas? education chief before a new Board of Education could do it for him. In a 7-3 vote, the board accepted the resignation ?with regret? and agreed to provide Corkins with a severance…

The whole “who is dividing the pro-science camp” debate has jumped the shark. Dr. Myers made the following comment at Pat Hayes’ blog: The only ones who are advocating openly sticking the knife in any subset of the evolution side are these resentful middle-of-the-roaders who want to get rid of the people who openly disbelieve…