Archive for November, 2009

November 30, 2009

H1N1 strikes during the hajj.

November 30, 2009

HANNA ROSIN: Why Tiger’s Not Talking. “If he admits she hit him, she could end up in jail, whether he likes it or not.”

Rosin is entirely wrong, however, to call female abusers “mythical.” For example, see this study: “The study, published in the journal Violence and Victims, also found no independent link between an individual’s use of alcohol or drugs and committing domestic violence. In addition it showed that nearly twice as many women as men said they perpetrated domestic violence in the past year, including kicking, biting or punching a partner, threatening to hit or throw something at a partner, and pushing, grabbing or shoving a partner, said Herrenkohl.”

And note this from the American Psychological Association: “Several studies of domestic violence have suggested that males and females in relationships have an equal likelihood of acting out physical aggression, although differing in tactics and potential for causing injury (e.g., women assailants will more likely throw something, slap, kick, bite, or punch their partner, or hit them with an object, while males will more likely beat up their partners, and choke or strangle them). In addition, data show that that intimate partner violence rates among heterosexual and gay and lesbian teens do not differ significantly.”

Then there’s the fact that Rosin herself mentions a number of well-known abusive celebrity women (Tawny Kitaen, et al.) in the process of writing a piece about, well . . . .

Rosin also writes: “It is impossible to imagine Tiger occupying the same cultural brain space as Rihanna, with Nordegren playing Chris Brown. If Tiger had been chasing down his wife with a golf club and she had shown up with bruises, even if she had cheated with, say, K-fed, we would be a lot less ambivalent and complacent.” That’s probably correct, for certain values of the word “we,” but why is that, exactly? Cheating men deserve to be beaten, even with weapons, while cheating women do not?

Or could it be, you know, sexism? But that’s not possible, because Hanna Rosin can’t be sexist, and neither can those who agree with her. If you’re Hanna Rosin, “sexist” is a name you call other people. You know, bad people who believe in stereotypes and stuff.

November 30, 2009

DITHERING: President’s Tax Reform Tax Force to Miss Dec. 4 Deadline to Issue Report.

November 30, 2009

BITES FROM THE APPLE: A roundup of news from the Apple empire. Including testing the new iPhone, and a weight-loss app that seems to work.

November 30, 2009

THE ANCHORESS on the White House gatecrashing story and who knew who.

November 30, 2009

HAIR OF THE DOG: Katie Couric gets down with Stephen Green.

November 30, 2009

A ROUNDUP: Cutoff dates for free shipping at various online merchants.

November 30, 2009

PJTV: Warmists Give ClimateGate The Cold Shoulder. “What do Geenpeace, the Sierra Club, the Center for American Progress have to say about the growing Climategate scandal?”

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Looking kind of nervous.

November 30, 2009

FROM POPULAR SCIENCE, a buyer’s guide to netbooks.

November 30, 2009

AT AMAZON, Cyber Monday markdowns on Jewelry.

November 30, 2009

MEGAN MCARDLE ON HEALTHCARE AND ABORTION: “As the Senate moves to debate the Senate health care bill, we’re seeing another stream of opinion pieces that fall into the broad category of ‘Oh my God! Who would have thought that a government run health care plan would make coverage decisions based on political considerations?’”

Where the government’s involved, it’s all political. Which is why feminists shouldn’t back government healthcare, when (1) public sentiment is becoming less pro-choice; and (2) on healthcare, women are already taking more than their share.

November 30, 2009

JAMES KIRCHICK: Barack abandons the young: The President’s policies hurt the generation that put him in office.

November 30, 2009

PETER WEHNER: “The overseas reviews for President Obama’s foreign policy are starting to pour in — and they’re not favorable.”

November 30, 2009

THE CONSENT of the governed.

November 30, 2009

FROM ROGER KIMBALL, praise for cartoonist Chris Muir.

November 30, 2009

POLITICO: Seven Stories Obama Doesn’t Want Told.

November 30, 2009

SARAH PALIN’S GOVERNING PHILOSOPHY, as expressed in her book, Going Rogue.

November 30, 2009

BIG GOVERNMENT: Why Kenneth Gladney Was Beaten, And By Whom. Andrew Breitbart emails: “Very important read. People need to understand what happened.”

Plus this promise: “Tomorrow we will show how the people who are now charged with assaulting him are connected to SEIU and HCAN, how they followed HCAN’s instructions perfectly which inevitably led to the violence, and we will show how St. Louis was not the only meeting that followed HCAN’s template and ended in much the same way.”

Related: St. Louis County Prosecutors Never Checked Gladney Hospital Records. Covering?

November 30, 2009

BRIAN FAUGHNAN: Why Is Barack Obama So Dead Set Against Gay Rights? “Barack Obama has disillusioned many of his liberal supporters by taking a stance in opposition to gay marriage, and by dragging his heels on repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. But now it appears he’s such a committed opponent of gay rights, that his administration is even willing to ignore a court order on interpreting the law with regard to federal health benefits.”

November 30, 2009

COPENHAGEN? More Like Carbonhagen! I’ll believe it’s a crisis when they do these shindigs via videoconference.

Related: Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, flew 443,243 miles in a 19 month period while speaking against global warming. A fraud, a hypocrite, and probably a liar. Somebody tell this guy about Skype and iChat.

Plus, Taking the private jet to Copenhagen.

November 30, 2009

CLIVE CROOK ON CLIMATEGATE, over at The Atlantic:

In my previous post on Climategate I blithely said that nothing in the climate science email dump surprised me much. Having waded more deeply over the weekend I take that back.

The closed-mindedness of these supposed men of science, their willingness to go to any lengths to defend a preconceived message, is surprising even to me. The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering. And, as Christopher Booker argues, this scandal is not at the margins of the politicised IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] process. It is not tangential to the policy prescriptions emanating from what David Henderson called the environmental policy milieu. It goes to the core of that process.

Read the whole thing.

November 30, 2009

REASON TV ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER’S NANNY OF THE MONTH:

November 30, 2009

SOME 21ST CENTURY Rules For Husbands.

November 30, 2009

RON BAILEY: ClimateGate and Scientific Journal Chicanery: “Eduardo Zorita, a researcher on past temperature trends at the Institute for Coastal Research in Germany, is calling for prominent Climategate reseachers, Phil Jones, Michael Mann, and Stefan Rahmstorf, to be banned from any future work on the Intergrovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s reports. But Zorita makes an even more interesting and very disturbing observation.”

November 30, 2009

THOUGHTS ON ClimateGate and Anonymity.

November 30, 2009

JOE HICKS: Congressional Black Caucus Cries Foul Over Ethics Probes. Who knew that Nancy Pelosi’s Congress was so racist?

November 30, 2009

TAXPROF: How The Tax Law Fuels The College Sports Arms Race.

November 30, 2009

FROM POPULAR MECHANICS, A full-on Chevy Volt test drive.

November 30, 2009

AMERICAN LEYLAND: Claire Berlinski: America should learn from Britain’s disastrous takeover of its biggest auto company. “British taxpayers invested 11 billion pounds—the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $22 billion today—in a company whose only sign of life was a willingness to spend that money. Though the British economy recovered, British Leyland did not. If this story sounds troublingly familiar to you, you appear to be nearly alone. Few of the policymakers currently nationalizing the American auto industry seem to remember the British experience, and fewer still seem to have learned anything from it.”

November 30, 2009

UNSURPRISINGLY, SARAH PALIN’S BOOK IS NOW #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

November 30, 2009

DAN MILLER: The Honduran Elections: Persistent Courage Trumps Attempted Tyranny.

November 30, 2009

YEARS AGO, the FDA shut down sales of a product called Jogging In A Jug. “By law, the product–a mixture of grape and apple juices and vinegar called Jogging in a Jug–was considered an unapproved new drug due to claims McWilliams, 64, made for it.”

But now we learn that vinegar can affect blood sugar levels, which makes me wonder about triglycerides, too. Maybe McWilliams was just too far ahead of the curve. . . .

UPDATE: Reader Jeffrey Jackson notes that my triglyceride intuition seems to be correct.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Christopher Brandt writes: “I’m curious to see how much vinegar was consumed by people 50-100 years ago, and our ancestors who used it as a primary food preservative. Pickles anyone?” I wonder if the switch to refrigeration led to lower levels of vinegar in the diet, and hence to the midcentury jump in heart disease? Purely speculative, of course, but interesting.

November 30, 2009

RASMUSSEN: 41% favor Congressional health care plan, 53% oppose… 22% Strongly Favor, 40% Strongly Oppose.

November 30, 2009

FROM PROF. JOHN KANG: Appeal to Heaven: On the Religious Origins of the Constitutional Right of Revolution.

November 30, 2009

HEH: “There’s A Czar For That.”

November 30, 2009

TALKING ABOUT OBAMA AND AFGHANISTAN, over at The Hill.

November 30, 2009

WHO KNEW? You can be arrested in New York for having too many condoms.

November 30, 2009

CLIMATEGATE CENTRAL: A complete ClimateGate document database and more, at PJ Media.

November 30, 2009

IN THE MAIL: From Stephen Moore, How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting The U.S. Economy.

November 30, 2009

JOIN THE COFFEE ACHIEVERS!

November 30, 2009

HOPE: Obama Rejects International Convention Banning Land Mines.

November 30, 2009

“HE TALKS TOO MUCH:” The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama.

November 30, 2009

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: HUD Must Cut Off ACORN.

November 30, 2009

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Killing cancer with “nanodiscs.” “Laboratory tests found the so-called “nanodiscs”, around 60 billionths of a metre thick, could be used to disrupt the membranes of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct. The discs are made from an iron-nickel alloy, which move when subjected to a magnetic field, damaging the cancer cells, the report published in Nature Materials said.”

November 30, 2009

CREATING SCULPTURE from duct tape.

November 30, 2009

PROF. JACOBSON: 10,000 Unnecessary Cancer Deaths (In Britain). “Since Britain’s population is less than one-fifth that of the U.S., the equivalent number of unnecessary deaths in the U.S. would exceed 50,000. The U.S. has cancer survival rates which exceed even the better European countries, so that number may be higher. Keep that in mind the next time you hear Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and others throw around fictitious numbers about how many people die in the U.S. from lack of insurance.”

November 30, 2009

FIRST IT WAS MAMMOGRAMS, then it was pap smears, now flu shots for old people? I don’t ever remember so much concern with health-care rationing before . . . .

November 30, 2009

SHANNON LOVE: No One Peer-Reviews Scientific Software.

November 30, 2009

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST: Harvard Ignored Warnings About Investments. But don’t worry, now Larry Summers is playing with your money.

November 30, 2009

SO NOW THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AT HOME, is “Cyber Monday” really such a big deal? In the old days, you might have waited to shop online using your high-speed work connection rather than futz with dialup at home over the weekend, but that seems kinda 2002 to me. However, Amazon’s not taking any chances.

November 30, 2009

PROF. KENNETH ANDERSON: How Are the Copenhagen Talks Supposed to Overcome Collective Action Problems?

November 30, 2009

GALLUP: Gallup: Opposition to ObamaCare almost at majority … of adults. “Without leaners, the picture looks just as grim for ObamaCare advocates. Only 35% of adults — not registered or likely voters — support the bill, while 42% oppose it. Not only is the latter the highest level of opposition so far this year, it’s higher than support ever reached this year, too.”

November 30, 2009

HMM: Lawmakers Probe Science Czar Holdren’s Links to Climategate.

November 30, 2009

AT COMPUTATIONAL LEGAL STUDIES, Visualizing the East Anglia Climate Research Unit Leaked Email Network. (Via Andrew Revkin). Related item here.

November 30, 2009

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

The return of coffeemaker blogging.

Dubai and Islamic Finance.

The continuing gender gap in unemployment.

Disillusionment in Britain.

A double standard on Tiger Woods?

A huge St. Louis Tea Party.

Box Office Poison.

ClimateGate discouraging young scientists.

A bad Black Friday at Williams-Sonoma for the InstaDaughter.

November 30, 2009

PROFESSOR BAINBRIDGE: Nicholas Kristof, Obamacare, and the Broken Window Fallacy.

Sure, it would be great if John had health care insurance. But at what cost to everybody else? Should women under 50 be denied mammograms so as to hold down health costs so that John can have government-subsidized insurance? How about men over 70 with slow acting prostate cancer? Should we deny them treatment on the assumption that something else will kill them first, so that the government can afford to insure John?

The point is that Kristof and his ilk are basically running a con. They want you to focus on the most sympathetic cases, while ignoring the large and amorphous mass of individuals who will be adversely affected.

Read the whole thing.

November 30, 2009

MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY: In Elections, Honduras Defeats Chavez.

November 30, 2009

NIALL FERGUSON ON FINANCIAL WEAKNESS:

The deficit for the fiscal year 2009 came in at more than $1.4 trillion—about 11.2 percent of GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). That’s a bigger deficit than any seen in the past 60 years—only slightly larger in relative terms than the deficit in 1942. We are, it seems, having the fiscal policy of a world war, without the war. Yes, I know, the United States is at war in Afghanistan and still has a significant contingent of troops in Iraq. But these are trivial conflicts compared with the world wars, and their contribution to the gathering fiscal storm has in fact been quite modest (little more than 1.8 percent of GDP, even if you accept the estimated cumulative cost of $3.2 trillion published by Columbia economist Joseph Stiglitz in February 2008).

Like World War II, only with ACORN instead of the Manhattan Project. What could go wrong? Plus, Paul Krugman re-spins the deficit. But where Ferguson worries about a decline in U.S. military power as a result, I think some people in the Administration regard that as a feature, not a bug.

November 30, 2009

NEW JERSEY BLOGGER was on FBI payroll. “He used his website to establish his credibility, often posting content to incite those same groups. The FBI is said to have had concerns over his content even as he was being paid.”

November 30, 2009

INTERACTIVE MAP: food stamp usage across the country.

November 30, 2009

ROGER KIMBALL on humor from Jacob Weisberg.

November 29, 2009

AT AMAZON, rolling out the Cyber Monday deals a day early.

November 29, 2009

CLIMATEGATE: FROM JIM TREACHER, A friendly chat with the global warming evangelist who lives in my head.

Related: The worst scientific scandal of our generation?

Plus, the dog ate my climate change data! “SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based. It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.”

How convenient. Kinda like the “flood” that “destroyed” Michael Bellesiles’ probate records . . .

UPDATE: “Botch after botch after botch.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Investigations Beginning in the UK.

November 29, 2009

PAUL MIRENGOFF: The Obama-Holder Justice Department turns a blind eye to ACORN. “DOJ has initiated grand jury probes of major businesses, and government contractors, with far less in the way of evidence than is available in the public domain on ACORN right now. It’s also ironic that the DOJ has had in place for several years a Procurement Fraud Task Force that goes after contractors who receive federal funds through fraud or collusion, or bribery, or the like.” But not connected contractors . . . .

November 29, 2009

MICHAEL BARONE: Global Warming Consensus: Garbage In, Garbage Out.

November 29, 2009

THIS IS INTERESTING: Women lead Swiss in vote to ban minarets. Why would women, in particular, be opposed to the visible spread of Islam in Europe?

UPDATE: Some thoughts from Roger Simon.

November 29, 2009

HOW TO HANG HDTVs using wall hangers.

November 29, 2009

UH OH: Black Friday weekend spending down 8 pct per person. “U.S. consumers spent significantly less per person at the start of the holiday season this weekend, dimming hopes for a retail comeback that would help propel the economy early in 2010.” I hear that ammo sales were strong, though.

November 29, 2009

UH OH: Man sought in Washington police ambush was freed by Mike Huckabee.

UPDATE: More from Michelle Malkin.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Huckabee’s statement.

November 29, 2009

HOW WIDESPREAD IS THE DAMAGE? Rand Simberg on ClimateGate.

And “hockey stick” graph creator Michael Mann is being investigated by Penn State.

November 29, 2009

THE WEEK IN WINDOWS: PC vs. Mac for the Holidays. Windows 7 has already outpaced Mac OS in adoptions.

November 29, 2009

ANOTHER GITMO OFFICIAL RESIGNS: Who Is Accountable Now?

November 29, 2009

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON XM/SIRIUS RADIO, the latest PJM Political is now online, with Alvin Toffler, Mark Hemingway, Michael Malone, and Jennifer Burns.

November 29, 2009

RON ROSENBAUM: When Global Warming Advocates Trivialize the Holocaust.

November 29, 2009

SURPRISE: Poll: Most respondents don’t believe stimulus has helped economy.

November 29, 2009

THE REVOLUTIONARY POTENTIAL of CCDs.

November 29, 2009

JENNIFER RUBIN: Will Obama Repair His Wimp Image? “Frankly, it might be a good time for the president to battle his left flank and demonstrate some moxie, if he has it. The world and a vast number of centrists in America, not to mention conservatives, think he’s a wimp. This is his time to prove them wrong.”

November 29, 2009

RADLEY BALKO interviewed by The Economist.

November 29, 2009

MICKEY KAUS: STOP STIGMATIZING STIGMA!

But a stigma placed on cash-like welfare (which food stamps are) remains a positive sign of a healthy work ethic. If you came across two societies–Society A, in which food stamps were stigmatized, with families reluctant to go on the dole even if they were eligible, and Society B, in which they weren’t, you would want to bet on (and live in) Society A. It’s one thing to relax the stigma on welfare in times of epic economic decline. It’s another if the stigma doesn’t return with the possibility of employment.

Indeed.

November 29, 2009

L.A. WEEKLY: L.A.’s Medical Weed Wars: How the Potheads Outwitted Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council. Okay, even for a bunch of potheads that’s not a huge challenge. But as Xeni Jardin has noted, it’s producing some real quality-of-life problems.

November 29, 2009

TIGERHAWK: Thoughts on the ClimateGate Video.

Related: ClimateGate: The Destroyer Of Worldviews.

November 29, 2009

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS created or saved.

Check out the list of Candidates. With this kind of PR, I’m starting to take my run for Tennessee’s 29th District more seriously! What do you think?

Should I run a fake campaign for Tennessee’s 29th District in 2010?
Why not? A Congress that’s spending fake money on fake projects in fake districts needs you!
Well, it would probably sell some t-shirts and bumper stickers anyway.
Dumb idea.
Why not run for a real office instead?
That’s above my pay grade.
  
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November 29, 2009

BUILDING A NATION OF CAMERAMEN. And women.

November 29, 2009

MODELING THE ECONOMY AS A PHYSICS PROBLEM. I’d prefer building lots of new nuclear plants to total economic collapse, please.

November 29, 2009

SO HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” THING WORKING OUT? Iran Plans Ten New Uranium Enrichment Plants.

November 29, 2009

POP SECRET: Microwaves at a nuclear warhead plant.

November 29, 2009

IN THE MAIL: From David Weber and Eric Flint, Torch Of Freedom. It’s an “Honorverse” book.

November 29, 2009

CLIMATEGATE AND AN ARMY OF DAVIDS: My Sunday Washington Examiner column is up.

November 29, 2009

SALENA ZITO: Bedford Falls, USA:

Main Street America has entered an era of populism that embraces neither party. People are tired of government bailouts, spending and unchecked corruption, as well as the media’s perceived lack of curiosity or investigation into all three.

They are really tired of being told their values and way of life are not politically correct.

Sounds kind of familiar. Read the whole thing.

November 29, 2009

DANIEL GROSS: China Is A Communist Country, But I Have Yet To Meet An Actual Communist.

Plus these words of wisdom: “If somebody just went out in the street and shouted, ‘I will divide the property of rich people into poor people,’ I think he would be elected. But it is useless, as parity will not solve the problem of economic development.”

November 29, 2009

RASMUSSEN: 81% Disagree With New Mammogram Recommendation.

November 29, 2009

WOMEN WHO WANT TO WANT: Desire follows arousal.

November 29, 2009

THE PAJAMA SHOPPING REVOLUTION? Black Friday store spending edges up; online soars.

Shoppers who endured long lines and sometimes-frigid temperatures spent only slightly more during their Black Friday shopping sprees than they did last year, according to data released Saturday by a research firm.

At the same time, their pajama-clad counterparts, a much smaller group that accounted for only a fraction of overall sales, shopped online from the warmth of their homes and dramatically boosted their spending.

And yet online advertising was down last quarter.

November 29, 2009

INSIDE THE TUBE: Incredible Wave Photography.

November 29, 2009

ROGER SIMON: ClimateGate: Time To Postpone Copenhagen.

November 29, 2009

MY EARLIER POST ON WILLIAMS-SONOMA led people to ask which coffeemaker I bought — a reasonable question in light of past coffeemaker blogging. It was this one from Cuisinart. A few years ago I rejected a similar model because it had a “ready” beep that couldn’t be shut off (such noisemaking by appliances is a pet peeve of mine). But this one has an easy-to-use silencing feature. So far it’s doing fine.

UPDATE: Reader Dan O’Brien writes: “I have this one. It’s my second. If this one dies, I’d buy another exactly like it.”

November 29, 2009

LISA FAIRFAX ON The Financial Literacy (or Lack Thereof) of Young Americans. Of course, the older Americans in Congress aren’t looking so hot either . . . .

November 29, 2009

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS — in Afghanistan.

Plus, helping the troops stay warm.

November 29, 2009

STILL FIGHTING OVER TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN OAK RIDGE: “More than four months after special cameras to photograph traffic offenses were installed in four high-traffic locations, they remain as controversial as Oak Ridge City Council’s narrow vote to approve them. More than 5,000 violation notices a month are now being mailed out, mostly for speeding on Oak Ridge Turnpike, records show. Through September, the cameras generated $337,427 in revenue from the $50 citations.” Which is the point, no matter what else they say.

Plus this: “By far, out-of-city drivers receive the majority of traffic violations, O’Connor said. In October, he said, 4,015 nonresidents and 1,002 residents were mailed speeding notices, he said.”

November 29, 2009

DEFENDING A PROFESSION that no longer exists.