Archives for February, 2007

Chris Mooney is intrigued that the the Discovery Institute is “outing” him, and wonders: most importantly, doesn’t Discovery have anything better to do? No. This has been a simple answer to a simple question.

The Problem of Energy Production

Science has a great set of articles on the problem of renewable energy production, a topic of great importance as we ponder not just global warming, but energy policy in general. Fixing our energy generation, distribution and usage would be a critical problem even if the current system weren’t making radical and potentially irreversible changes…

The ultra-wingnuts at the Council for National Policy can’t decide who to endorse: Many conservatives have already declared their hostility to Senator John McCain of Arizona, ?[who] once denounced Christian conservative leaders as ?agents of intolerance,? and to former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, because of his liberal views on abortion and gay…

Set aside, for the moment, Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence Small’s conviction for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Set aside, too, that he petitioned the judge to allow him to perform his 100 hours of community service by reading about that law and the Endangered Species Act, and coming up with ways to change those laws.…

The times they are a-greening

Where environmental groups had been fighting against new coal plants only days ago, a record buyout will put TXU firmly behind their agenda: Under a proposed $45 billion buyout by a team of private equity firms, the TXU Corporation, a Texas utility that has long been the bane of environmental groups, will abandon plans to…

Is Peter a better school Principle?

Scibling Chad weighs in on the discussion between Mark Kleiman and Kevin Drum among others, over whether firing teachers would improve the schools. Kevin wonders whether principals would know enough about teacher performance to know which ones to fire. Kleiman observes that “that discussion leaves out what seems to me the most important fact: For…

Fightin’ words

Jim Zumbo is a famous hunter, and has been writing about guns, the outdoors, and hunting, for decades. He has a TV show and is an editor and writer for the second largest outdoor magazine in the nation. Or rather, he was all those things. He lost it all one evening, when, after a hard…

Dialectical linguisticism

Via Grrl. Your Linguistic Profile: 45% General American English 25% Yankee 20% Dixie 5% Upper Midwestern 0% Midwestern What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Of course, McCain was more subtle than my title, arguing “I believe that if we fail and leave you will see chaos and genocide.” As if that wasn’t already what we see. Those of us without rose colored glasses, of course. Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a post about the Panglossian paradigm in…

Choosing the next President

While John McCain serenades the creationists at the Discovery Institute, Rep. Duncan Hunter is putting them on his campaign team. Dr. Henry Jordan, newly named co-chairman to the Presidential committee, told the Associated Press “I mean you?ve got to be stupid to believe in evolution, I mean really.”