Archives for May, 2007

Global warming insurance

One of the best ways to illustrate the growing societal consensus on global warming is the reaction of businesses. An alliance of conservation groups, car makers, utilities and industrial manufacturers is backing a system of cap and trade which would reduce allowable carbon emissions over several years, and create a market in efficiency and carbon…

Brownback on evolution

Shorter Sam Brownback: Science and theology don’t conflict, but when they do, science is wrong. Even shorter Sam Brownback: Vote for me. I’m the real conservative. What fun we had when Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo and Mike Huckabee distinguished themselves from the pack of Republican candidates for the presidency by declaring that they didn’t believe…

The question of how to cut our production of carbon dioxide grows more urgent every day, and the focus tends to be on new sources of energy. Increased efficiency tends to get lost in the mix, even though it’s the easiest and most readily implemented approach. Improving the carbon efficiency of buildings by 25% would…

They can keep him

Mousie Cat writes: our Ken-doll of the Religious Right is headed for big things So many options on who that could be. Sam Brownback? Fred Phelps? Jerry Johnston? None of them seems likely to reach higher office, thankfully.

Memorial day

On this day when we remember our war dead, it’s worth looking back at the when and the how of the 3455 US military fatalities in Iraq, 100 of them soldiers from Fort Riley. Rates of woundings and fatalities in Iraq show the same pattern, a sharp rise in fatalities and woundings since roughly last…

The purchasing power of the minimum wage has dropped to the lowest level in 50 years, but a bill passed yesterday will bring some relief to working Americans at last. The hike $5.15 per hour to $7.25 over two years will provide an income of around $15,000 per year (depending on overtime and time off).…

Via Peg Britton, we learn that this Sunday you too could enjoy the Annual Testicle Festival at Al’s Bar and Grill in Wilson, KS (right off I-70): For $20.00 you can have all you want to eat from the buffet of Rocky Mountain oysters, fried fish, salads, French fries, beer and music. It starts at…

The New York Times and Paul Decelles point out that wingnut Kansas Board of Ed. member Kenneth Willard is running unopposed to be president of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Willard’s faults include voting for and strongly promoting the atrocious science standards last year. He beat Jack Wempe and Donna Viola in…

Fighting them there because…

The Star’s Buzz blog reports: According to the AP, President Bush plans to rally support for the war by citing intelligence reports that have Osama bin Laden ordering “a terrorist unit to hit targets outside Iraq, and that the United States should be first [hit].” At some point, we were “fighting them there so we…

American Heritage

One of the lines you hear a lot in the immigration debate goes something like “we need to strengthen the idea of assimilation to immigrants. Keep your heritage, but you are now Americans. If you want to live in America, you are Americans first.” I don’t know exactly what that is supposed to mean. I…