Archives for January, 2010

Nonresponsive

The Governator has some thoughts on how to fix our state’s broken fiscal situation: In a state of the state speech, the governor said creating jobs was the top priority for his last year in office and proposed spending $500 million in worker training funded by part of the budget which is in surplus.[…] Schwarzenegger…

A tale of two terrorists

So the failure of an underpants bomb on an airplane has led to a massive rethinking of our entire approach to airline security, as well as our intelligence analysis. Conservatives think it should also prompt us to rethink closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and keep terrorism trials out of federal courts. And yet, today…

Merry Kitzmas

To celebrate the 4th anniversary of ID creationism’s defeat in Dover, PA, the Disco. ‘Tute is making things up. Having, it seems, nothing new to say on the subject, they’ve reposted an ill-argued and factually inaccurate essay by philosopher of the mind Thomas Nagel, prefacing it by claiming: Editor’s Note: Dec. 20 was the 4th…

“Denialism” hits the NY Times

In an excellent article about the response to the swine flu pandemic, we have these penultimate paragraphs: Dr. Frieden said he thought a victory over the antivaccine movement had been scored. Nearly 60 million people have been vaccinated, including many pregnant women and children, with no surge in side effects. John P. Moore, an AIDS…

Security theater

The Times seeks to explain “What to Expect as the T.S.A. Tightens Airport Security“: preparing for any new security measures is not straightforward. The T.S.A. has purposely been vague about what travelers will encounter, other than more police at the airport and additional layers of security. “Passengers should be prepared for additional measures of security,…

Happy New Year

Happy 2010! I’m perfectly happy to put an end to the Naughties and to welcome in the ‘Teens, hoping against hope for progress in the coming decade. I got to watch fireworks from the roof of my lovely new apartment building with my lovely fiancée and our lovely friends, and so far I’m feeling good…