Archives for April, 2007

Good questions

Via ThinkProgress, some thoughts on the flag at half-staff by Sergeant Jim Wilt, a piece titled “Why don?t we honor our fallen servicemembers?”: Following the deaths of 32 Virginia Tech students, the President of the United States ordered that all American flags be flown at half-staff for one week. ? But I find it ironic…

Organizing PDFs

As we try to move towards paperless offices, one of the big challenges is finding the right way to file and organize PDFs of interesting papers, books, reports, proposals and what have you. ScienceSampler suggests using iTunes, and that’s certainly not a bad idea. iTunes acquired the ability to handle PDFs in order to handle…

Kansas Guild of Bloggers

Don’t forget to submit to the KGB.

One of the peripheral strands in the ropy debate about framing is the question of how and whether religion ought to be part of the debate. PZ Myers advances an analogy by Larry Moran between atheists now and feminists back at some point in history. He quotes Larry saying: Do you realize that women used…

Hardened and removed from reality

Laurie David ponders Karl Rove: How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? This after Sheryl Crow tried to touch his arm in a conversation about global warming during the White House Correspondents Dinner. Crow has been traveling the nation discussing the issue, so those…

Happy Earth Day

In 1969, after Michael Collins brought Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin back from the moon, all three were asked to address Congress. Collins said: During the flight of Apollo 11, in the constant sunlight between the earth and the moon, it was necessary for us to control the temperature of our spacecraft by a slow…

Responsible journalism

When Michael Moore tried to ask Roger Moore what responsibility he felt to Flint, Michigan, he got a simple answer. I’ll get the same answer if I suggest that media companies like NBC ought to invest more heavily in public service programming (for instance by dropping Imus and his imitators), that major corporations ought to…

Hackery

Brad Delong compels me, as if he had glued my eyes open, to consider Mickey Kaus. What mere words could have this effect on me? Simple: on Monday Mickey Kaus saddled up and rode to the defense of the Bushie practice of having flacks censor scientists–specifically, of George Deutsch’s instructions to NASA scientists never to…

Justice Kennedy conceded that “we find no reliable data” on whether plastic surgery in general, or facelifts and hairplugs in particular, causes men emotional harm. But he said it was nonetheless “self-evident” and “unexceptional to conclude” that “some men” who choose cosmetic surgery suffer “regret,” “severe depression,” “loss of esteem” and other ills. Consequently, he…

Millipedes of Iraq

It’s an axiom of military life that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. It appears that our latest plans in Iraq couldn’t survive contact with our allies: Military planners have abandoned the idea that standing up Iraqi troops will enable American soldiers to start coming home soon and now believe that U.S. troops…