Bees and black boxes disappear, while Bush avoids the gallows!

Bee season has arrived early in Las Vegas, and because of the fear of “killer bees,” exterminators are busier than last year: Our warm Spring has brought beautiful flowers to the valley. Unfortunately it’s also brought an early bee season, and the big concern is killer bees have now colonized in Las Vegas. Pest control […]

I Support Democracy In Iraq – Contest

Coyote Organics is offering a prize for the design of the logo for the I Support Democracy In Iraq campaign. A. Jacksonian of Dumb Looks Still Free thinks it should include a purple finger. So far the owner of Coyote Organics and I will judge the contest (I may add one or two other judges […]

affirmative action for criminals but not victims?

A recurrent meme finds life in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: The rate of imprisonment for Latinos is “about 50 percent higher than it should be,” said Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, a Washington think tank on criminal justice policy. “Nationally, 20 percent of the U.S. prison population is Latino. In society, however, Latinos […]

“hate the p-p-p-pork but love the p-p-p-pig”

I always thought that old saying that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich was intended as humor. But Jeff Goldstein’s recent post reminded me that there are people in positions of power in modern America who actually think a ham sandwich is a hate crime. Jeff links this story […]

Gun grabbers get unexpected help from the “other side”

I don’t know why they had to do it, but a small group of crackpots (whether they’re genuinely right wing or agent provocateurs I don’t know) unfurled a banner which called for the hanging of State Representative Angel Cruz: HARRISBURG – Members of the Legislative Black Caucus called yesterday for a state police investigation into […]

I Support Democracy In Iraq

If any artist can turn this into a better graphic, I would be very grateful. As would the Iraqi democrats. Contact me at Power and Control, my e-mail is on the sidebar. For those who wish to join the campaign leave me a comment at I Support Democracy In Iraq. I’ll add you to my […]

the artificial maintainence of “unnatural” pollination?

“No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” — Famous “Misattribu-letion” of Albert Einstein. The bogus cell phone issue aside, I’m wondering whether some of the scary stories about honeybee decline aren’t being sexed up (if not based upon hype). First of all, regardless of what the cause […]

A weapons neurosis beats the end of the world?

There’s a lot of what’s called “misattribution” going around. Did Albert Einstein make the following observation (or one like it)? …if bees were to disappear, man would only have a few years to live… Snopes.com had a thorough discussion of the matter and finally determined the status to be “UNDETERMINED.” Which means no one can […]

shameful contagion?

A reader emailed me about an outbreak of “disease” at a girl’s boarding school in Mexico: In November, a mysterious illness began to affect girls at a boarding school in Chalco, Mexico, near Mexico City. The school, which is run by Roman Catholic nuns, is one of 10 in Asia and Latin America operated by […]

Crow for conspicuous virgin virtue!

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when something I consider satire becomes someone else’s serious political goal. In a previous post about saving virgin trees I saw this one coming: …every time I blow my nose or wipe my ass, I destroy virgins and doom many more! I don’t know whether the arboreal evangelicals […]

“Liberty turns lethal” (“OK, let’s turn it around.”)

I have tried to avoid getting sucked into the maelstrom of debating and finger-pointing which one lunatic has managed to generate, but it’s just springing up everywhere. It’s as if Seung Cho has succeeded in indicting society (which was his goal), for now that the waiting period is over, everyone gets to play Jerry Falwell […]

False Report

Tom Ligon reports that the report I posted about the Bussard Fusion work being funded was incorrect. The contract has merely been continued for a year without funding. Time to contact your Government to see if we can’t get this ball rolling. House of Representatives The Senate The President Cross Posted at Power and Control […]

We Will Not Let It Fall To Violence

SFC SKI commented on my post The Objective – Iraq. The SFC makes some good points about the security situation in Iraq. To which I responded: Thanks so much for the comment!! You say: You really can’t split Iraq’s security problems along internal and external, they are intertwined to a tremendous extent. Agreed. However, what […]

Climate Apocalypse – With A Good Beat

Justin has a post up on the current climate apocalypse scare with references to green skies in our future. Here is a band that put those ideas to music. Threw in some interpersonal relations and came up with with a very nice tune with a good beat. The thing is, I remember driving to Chicago […]

We Are Doomed – Again

Justin has a new “we are doomed” article up on global warming. I thought a little data on the subject might be in order. There has historically been much more CO2 in our atmosphere than exists today. For example, during the Jurassic Period (200 mya), average CO2 concentrations were about 1800 ppm or about 4.7 […]

More dangerous than criminals?

Something has been bothering me about numbers. The whole country is being systematically worked into a lather to “do something” about mentally ill people with guns because a mentally ill man murdered 32 people, and there have been previous similar cases. According to this emerging conventional wisdom, this means that “the mentally ill” should be […]

Earth Day: The Remix

September 14, 2006 A leading U.S. climate researcher says the world has a 10-year window of opportunity to take decisive action on global warming and avert catastrophe. NASA scientist James Hansen, widely considered the doyen of American climate researchers, said governments must adopt an alternative scenario to keep carbon dioxide emission growth in check… “I […]

But we all know there’s no shame in shame!

A front page article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer comes within an inch of (gasp!) stereotyping Asians. (But it’s OK, because the principal author has an obviously Asian name.) Anyway, I was immediately reminded of Sean Kinsell’s earlier post about “whether and how Cho Seung-hui’s Korean-ness relates to his having shot at several classrooms full of […]

Bouncing back

Compared to some of the klutzes on the road, my dog Coco is incredibly graceful and coordinated. Look at what she can do with the shredded remnants of the perimeter of her frisbee. Although I throw it as far as I can, she usually catches it before it hits the ground — often in midair: […]

Cause and effect (in less than a thousand words)

I can’t stand Friday afternoon traffic messes created by bad drivers, nor the apparent ease with which people manage to get driver’s licenses. But I don’t feel like writing a thousand words about it. Fortunately, I don’t have to, as I happened to have my camera with me yesterday afternoon, and I took this: I […]