The Year of Krugman Thuggishness

  In 2008, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. At that time, it wasn’t hard to imagine the Swedes were rewarding Krugman for eight years of blasting George W. Bush. In other words, the Nobel Prize truly matched its namesake: Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Krugman regularly throws rhetorical … Read more

The Strange Journey from Mitt to Newt

  It’s not hard to understand why so many conservatives spurn Mitt Romney. He’s had to slink away from past liberal positions on one major issue after another: health care reform, abortion, gun control and climate change. Many on the right are not reassured. They want a true conservative who’s been with them all along. … Read more

Climate Change, Galileo, and the New Inquisition

Four centuries ago Galileo was condemned by the Papacy for promoting the theory of a heliocentric universe, because the science was in conflict with Biblical beliefs. Recently, Australian prelate Cardinal George Pell rang the changes on the belief versus science theme in a lecture delivered at the 2011 Global Warming Policy Annual Forum, Westminster Cathedral … Read more

Draw the Line at TSA Groping

  A “Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation,” and the “Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back.” Those are just two of the headlines that appeared last week as summer travel picks up—as do concerns over excessive airport security. How much indignity are you willing to endure if told it’s for safety’s sake? Would … Read more

Writer challenges anti-nuclear energy advocates to show evidence

The Guardian‘s George Monbiot is distressed at the lack of scientific evidence provided by the anti-nuclear movement — spearheaded by Dr. Helen Caldicott, the world’s leading anti-nuclear campaigner — to back their positions: The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims … Read more

Who Are You Calling “Anti-Science”?

In 1939, Albert Einstein penned a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt. The letter was instigated, and largely written, by Hungarian immigrant and physicist Leo Szilard, who was concerned with the technological aims of the Nazi regime. After hearing the eminent British physicist Sir Ernest Rutherford dismiss the idea of obtaining useful energy from nuclear reactions, … Read more

Will I need a bikini or a down-filled parka?

I’m so confused about which future climate scenario I’m supposed to be dreading: a mini ice age or an expansive drought?  Live Science reported yesterday that some scientists are predicting a severe drought for two thirds of the Western hemisphere by the year 2030: “We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming … Read more

Calling Their Bluff

Faith draws on far more resources of head and heart than the formal reasoning that flashes through our frontal cortex can account for. Religious sentiment and habits of piety formed in early life can lay down trails we will endlessly retrace in future decades. Conversely, pieties denied us when we were young will be harder … Read more

The Vatican’s “Own Goal”

The Telegraph’s (UK) Damian Thompson is once again lamenting the seemingly tone-deaf Vatican PR “machine:” If I’d been put in charge of the Vatican press office with a specific brief to provide ammunition for the Church’s enemies, I don’t think I could have come up with anything better than this. Increase the penalties against abusers … Read more

Humans in Britain much earlier than believed

According to The Guardian, archeologists working in Norfolk, England, have discovered “78 pieces of razor-sharp flint shaped into primitive cutting and piercing tools” in an area of sediment previously believed to have been formed 840,000 or 950,000 years ago. This means the earliest humans were living in modern-day Britain at least 80,000 years earlier than … Read more

The largest mammal in the Atlantic?

Scientists are stunned by the recent sighting of a grey whale off the shores of Israel. Grey whales haven’t been seen outside the Pacific ocean for several hundred years. This one has traveled thousands of miles from the north Pacific. “What has amazed the entire marine mammal research community is there haven’t been any grey … Read more

Attacking in a Different Direction

Over the last year or so, I’ve discovered that one of the biggest problems with not blogging on something “as soon as the idea strikes me/while the iron is hot” is that I can’t always remember where I found the story in the first place. (Of course, I have trouble remembering what happened 5 minutes ago, … Read more

Remember those ‘melting Himalayan glaciers’? Well…

Now this is embarrassing: Two years ago, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report claiming — among other things — that the glaciers of the Himalayas would melt by 2035. Unfortunately, it appears that the researchers didn’t do a lot of actual, you know, research. In the past few days the … Read more

A Bit of the Ol’ Winter Wonderland

Matt DRUDGE really likes to write about the cold. In particular, DRUDGE — Does anyone know if he has legally changed his last name to ALL-CAPS yet? That would seem fitting, somehow. — enjoys combining stories of extreme weather with those detailing the effects extreme weather have upon the activities and organization efforts of global … Read more

Natural Law and Abortion

  In the current opposition to abortion on moral grounds, the “right to life” principle has attained an indisputable hegemony. But numerous exceptions to this principle are admitted, even by those who stand firmly by the general rule. Self-defense in the face of unjust aggression or threats to life is almost universally approved; just war … Read more

John Mackey is at it again

It’s almost as if WholeFood’s CEO John Mackey enjoys ticking off a large percentage of his customers. He was recently profiled in The New Yorker and said plainly that there was no consensus that climate change is mostly man-made: …One of the books on the list was “Heaven and Earth: Global Warming–the Missing Science,” a … Read more

‘Reversing the Disastrous Global Birthrate’

Over at the Canadian financial paper, The Financial Post, Diane Francis has a piece on what she sees as “the real inconvenient truth” being ignored at the UN’s Copenhagen conference: The “inconvenient truth” overhanging the UN’s Copenhagen conference is not that the climate is warming or cooling, but that humans are overpopulating the world. A planetary … Read more

A Catholic Thought on the Bailout Power Grab

The Grayson-Himes Pay for Performance Act of 2009 is ostensibly designed to prevent corporations that receive bailout money from wasting it on undeserved bonuses and executive pay. Already passed (along party lines) by the House Financial Services Committee, this law would make it illegal to award executives with “unreasonable or excessive” compensation, and it specifies … Read more

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