Thursday, July 28, 2005

Super Classy

Displaying the dispassionate, objective style that liberals have always sworn reporters have, Helen Thomas promises to kill herself if Dick Cheney runs for President.

Wonder if he is reconsidering...


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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

File it under "unintended consequences"

Tolles has started posting again (and chided me for not posting recently). In a recent post he (prepare to be shocked) doesn't deal with the substantive issue at hand and instead focuses on name-calling (but, see here for an example where he manages to actually discuss the issue at hand...while name calling).

The consequence of his "That Nails It" post was that I checked out National Review Online's feature "The Corner" for the first time in a while. Unsurprisingly, it turns out they are actually dealing with the known facts of the case at hand and attempting to piece together (or speculate) on the unknowns. Also, unsurprisingly, they come to a different conclusion than Tolles and the folks at The Nation (who are also piecing together and speculating).

The unintended part of the consequence is that The Corner led me to this piece in Reason Magazine. The piece discusses how a scientist was scolded at a scientific panel discussion. His crime? He pointed out that the ecological phenomenon of non-native species being introduced into an ecosystem has benefits as well as costs. Who cares? Well, Tolles does. He seems to think that scientists have no agendas (funding, political, or otherwise). Mike: how do you explain the reaction of these scientists without admitting an agenda?


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If I had a nickel...

Who wouldn't fall for such a clever trick?

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - An Italian couple stole 50,000 euros from a woman in
the Sicilian city of Palermo after convincing her they were vampires who would
impregnate her with the son of the Anti-Christ if she did not pay them.

The man, a cabaret singer, and his girlfriend took the money from their victim over four years by selling her pills at 3,000 euros each that they said would abort the Anti-Christ's son.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

For H-man

Saw this classic at The Onion and thought of you. Keep a close eye on your better half.

http://www.theonion.com/travel/travel_europeanmen.html


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Friday, July 15, 2005

Monkey Business

An interesting article on teaching monkeys economics (no really).

These scientists have taught monkeys the concept of money being exchanged for goods or services. Two giggleworthy quotes:

'The capuchin has a small brain, and it's pretty much focused on food and sex,'' says Keith Chen, a Yale economist who, along with Laurie Santos, a psychologist, is exploiting these natural desires...

and

To this end, Chen has taken steps to ensure that future monkey sex at Yale
occurs as nature intended it.


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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Headline of the Day

Jolie, Pitt Taking Home Ethiopian Orphan

My new staff member's take:

The worst part about this is that they are actually taking the Ethiopian orphan back to his original home. He is actually 17 years old now and, having moved to the States at a young age, was looking forward to pursuing a law degree in the fall on full scholarship to Harvard. Jolie and Pitt decided to make the young man, who had adopted the name Jerrold Phipps, the first person in their new charity program called, "Re-introducing Personal Heritage: Putting the 'child' back into 'Children starving in Third World Countries' to make ourselves feel better about having lots of money without having to actually do anything productive or labor-intensive." But of course you couldn't have been expected to get that from the Headline - it's between the lines.


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Monday, July 04, 2005

H-man's excellent adventure

H-man and his fiance are off on a whirlwind tour of the old country. Check in with them at http://matthewandellen.blogspot.com.


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