Archives for May, 2009

Evolution bests cockroaches

It’s said that cockroaches would survive a nuclear war, but can they withstand scientists who understand evolution? A new study finds that evolution-based Integrative Pest Management was more effective than conventional treatments at killing cockroaches in North Carolina schools. This is good news for asthmatics and people with allergies, since cockroaches produce allergens and are…

I generally agree with Kevin Drum, but he periodically says things that make me think he lives in an alternative universe. For instance, here’s what he thinks would happen if we implemented recommendations of a commission to “save” Social Security: Even Republicans agree that privatization is off the table right now, which means that a…

I’ve been curious how close Disco. Inst. blogger and Focus on the Family stooge Martin Cothran would get to defending Holocaust denial in the abstract, rather than defending the Holocaust denial of Pat Buchanan specifically. In comments at his blog, Cothran inches closer. I observed that: You say Buchanan “does not deny the Holocaust.” I’ve…

North Jersey is evolving

I grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, and I’m thrilled to see that two kids from our county seat wrote winning essays in the Alliance for Science essay contest. Teacher Carol Zepatos of the Bergen County Academies is clearly doing something right. All of the winning essays are spectacular, of course, and all the…

I want Sebelius back

Kansas Jackass reports that newly installed Governor Parkinson will allow a coal plant in Holcomb: At a just concluded press conference, Governor Mark Parkinson announced he has reached an agreement with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation that will allow for the construction of a brand new massive coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kansas. Parkinson will allow…

If Martin Cothran is to be believed (and naturally he isn’t): The paleocons, almost as a matter of definition, opposed the war [in Iraq], and opposed it harshly. I opposed the war in Iraq, and opposed it harshly, so “almost as a matter of definition,” I’m a almost paleocon, just like Pat Buchanan, and unlike…