Archive for July, 2012

July 30, 2012

PROF. JACOBSON: Hey, at least Romney didn’t talk about the Palestinians the way Obama talked about the Pennsylvanians.

July 30, 2012

ANNALS OF THE ONE PERCENT: Obama Arrives in New York for $40K/plate Fundraiser; Rush Hour Expected To Be A Mess.

July 30, 2012

PERSONALLY, I BLOG: What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.

July 30, 2012

POLIWOOD: Hollywood Legend, Frank Price, on How to Make and Market Great Films.

July 30, 2012

GUTSY CALL? Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at aide Valerie Jarrett’s urging.

UPDATE: A couple of readers email that now they know why Obama thought it was “gutsy” — it involved standing up to Valerie Jarrett. . . .

July 30, 2012

ACTUALLY, I’M NOT SURE WE EVER REALLY HAD A RECOVERY: A Double-Dip By Election Day?

July 30, 2012

PUSSY RIOT: Female punk band goes on trial in Russia for Putin protest.

July 30, 2012

ROMNEY EXPECTED TO GET a very friendly reception in Poland. “The Republican presidential nominee has a strong ally in Lech Walesa, who personally asked Mr. Romney to visit Poland on July Fourth. Mr. Walesa — a stalwart of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, icon of the Solidarity movement and Nobel Prize winner — turned down a meeting with President Obama when he came to Poland more than a year ago, however. Mr. Obama also created a controversial stir last month after referring to ‘Polish death camps’ rather than “Nazi death camps,” a gaffe that prompted him to write a letter of apology to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. In the meantime, Mr. Walesa is not mincing words.”

July 30, 2012

EXPERTS: Cloud Computing Brings Vulnerabilities. Ya think?

July 30, 2012

HOW TO SURVIVE BEING THE NEW GUY AT WORK. First, remind yourself that in this economy, you’re lucky to have a new job. Or an old job. Or any kind of job . . . .

July 30, 2012

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is Algebra Necessary? Call me crazy, but I don’t think the problem with America’s public schools is that they’re teaching too much math. But I think there’s a desperate shortage of even competent math teachers. I never liked math until I started using it in science classes, not just studying it in (usually) badly taught math classes. To be fair, that’s not entirely inconsistent with the thrust of this piece.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “Amen to this. This was me, too. (And I was good at math.) It’s the difference between learning a dead language and learning French through immersion in Paris. We NEED math to do science well and the data we scientists churn out now is so voluminous and complex that we need really good mathematicians to correctly interpret its significance.”

If only there were a way to learn math that was the equivalent of having a French girlfriend.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Brian Erst writes: “Just make the coming generation of fembots user-programmable in a way that requires good math and logic skills. You will very quickly have a generation of mathematical and programming geniuses.”

MORE: A reader sends this suggestion, but I think the fembots would be far more effective.

Plus, thoughts from Clayton Cramer.

July 30, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Long-Term Survival In The Coming Dark Age: Preparing to Live after Society Crumbles.

July 30, 2012

HOLY CRAP: India’s Power Grid Fails, Leaves 370 Million Without Electricity. “While the midsummer outage was unique in its reach – it hit 370 million people, more than the population of the United States and Canada combined – its impact was softened by Indians’ familiarity with almost daily blackouts of varying duration. Hospitals and major businesses have backup generators that seamlessly kick in during power cuts, and upscale homes are hooked to backup systems powered by truck batteries.” We’re not so well prepared in the United States.

Related thoughts here and here.

July 30, 2012

YOU’RE NOT AS LAZY AS YOU THINK: Hunter-gatherers, Westerners use same amount of energy, contrary to theory.

The research team behind the study, led by Herman Pontzer of Hunter College in New York City, along with David Raichlen of the University of Arizona and Brian M. Wood of Stanford measured daily energy expenditure (calories per day) among the Hadza, a population of traditional hunter-gatherers living in the open savannah of northern Tanzania. Despite spending their days trekking long distances to forage for wild plants and game, the Hadza burned no more calories each day than adults in the U.S. and Europe. The team ran several analyses accounting for the effects of body weight, body fat percentage, age, and gender. In all analyses, daily energy expenditure among the Hadza hunter-gatherers was indistinguishable from that of Westerners. The study was the first to measure energy expenditure in hunter-gatherers directly; previous studies had relied entirely on estimates.

These findings upend the long-held assumption that our hunter-gatherer ancestors expended more energy than modern populations, and challenge the view that obesity in Western populations results from decreased energy expenditure. Instead, the similarity in daily energy expenditure across a broad range of lifestyles suggests that habitual metabolic rates are relatively constant among human populations. This in turn supports the view that the current rise in obesity is due to increased food consumption, not decreased energy expenditure.

Hmm. I wonder what Gary Taubes would say.

July 30, 2012

SHOCKER: Casual sex more likely after consuming Red Bull and alcohol.

July 30, 2012

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Hey, Dan Pfeiffer, How About Admitting That I Was Right And You Were Wrong About That Churchill Bust? “The Oval Office Churchill — the one in question, the one Pfeiffer says never left the White House — did leave the White House, was returned to the British government, and sits proudly at this very moment in the British ambassador’s residence. Was that little photographic switcheroo an honest mistake on ­Pfeiffer’s part? Or was it deliberate deception? I have no idea.”

The White House communications shop hasn’t been looking especially sharp lately.

July 30, 2012

SUSAN KUO AND BENJAMIN MEANS ON Corporate Social Responsibility And Disaster Response.

July 30, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From David Weber, War Maid’s Choice.

July 30, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: London Didn’t Matter Much For Romney. Jerusalem Does. But It Isn’t About The Jews. “For many voters, the perception that President Obama is cool toward Israel strengthens their suspicion that he is somehow cool toward traditional American values and that he is skeptical of the US assuming some kind of transformational world role. Anti-Israel equals pro-Jeremiah Wright.”

July 30, 2012

JOEL KOTKIN: Let L.A. Be L.A. “They want to turn this into something like East Germany.”

July 30, 2012

ALL YOUR BREASTS ARE BELONG TO MIKEY: Mayor Bloomberg pushing NYC hospitals to hide baby formula so more new moms will breast-feed.

July 30, 2012

THE ENTIRE OBAMA PRESIDENCY in one anecdote.

July 30, 2012

WELL, ANYONE COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING: “Veggie” diet blamed for poor performance of China’s women volleyball team. Bacon is the breakfast of champions.

July 30, 2012

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July 30, 2012

ARE BOURGEOIS VALUES THE NEW SEXY? My column in today’s New York Post.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse has thoughts. And, from the comments: “If you don’t think there is shame implied these days in having traditional values, well you aren’t fit to be mayor of Boston, Chicago or even NYC that is for sure.”

Plus: “You didn’t build that welfare state. Somebody else did that.” But they expect you to pay.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Apparently, I was just reprising G.K. Chesterton. Reader Alan Bart sends this:

Related to your op ed:

“The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.”

by G. K. Chesterton A Defense of Humilities, The Defendant, 1901

Well, you can do a lot worse than reprising Chesterton.

July 30, 2012

ROMNEY IMMIGRATION POLICY: Fewer Illegal Immigrants, More Legal Immigrants.

July 30, 2012

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: California: The Road Warrior Is Here. “Our culprit out here was not the Bomb (and remember, Hiroshima looks a lot better today than does Detroit, despite the inverse in 1945). The condition is instead brought on by a perfect storm of events that have shred the veneer of sophisticated civilization. Add up the causes. One was the destruction of the California rural middle class. Manufacturing jobs, small family farms, and new businesses disappeared due to globalization, high taxes, and new regulations. A pyramidal society followed of a few absentee land barons and corporate grandees, and a mass of those on entitlements or working for government or employed at low-skilled service jobs. The guy with a viable 60 acres of almonds ceased to exist.”

Bear in mind that most of these changes were made in the name of some sort of equality . . .

July 30, 2012

ROGER SIMON: Romney Goes To Israel, And Dershowitz Flacks For Obama. Well, somebody had to fill in for Dennis Ross, who’s jumped ship.

July 30, 2012

NICK GILLESPIE RESPONDS TO MODERN CRIES OF RACISM IN POLITICS with a history lesson about what segregationists really believed.

July 30, 2012

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Why Is Fauquier County, Virginia, Waging War Against Small Farmers? “Zoning is the closest thing to fascism most Americans will ever know, and it’s remarkable how local governments use zoning laws to limit the rights of the little guy while rewarding the wealthy and well-connected.”

July 30, 2012

DAVID HENDERSON: The Economics And History Of Cronyism.

July 30, 2012

PRESIDENT DEADBEAT: Secret Service won’t pay Newport Beach for police at Obama event. “Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff billed the campaigns of President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for police security at their separate fundraisers this year in the city. Now that the Romney campaign paid its bill, the city is left in the awkward position of trying to collect from Obama.”

July 30, 2012

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT PRESIDENTS, ETC. AT NONPROFIT UNIVERSITIES ARE PAID RATHER A LOT, TOO: Congress Probes CEO Pay At For-Profit Schools.

July 30, 2012

TERRORISM: Animal activists’ terror tactics drive staff out of laboratories. Punch back twice as hard. And it’s a disgrace that these people are getting suspended sentences. Perhaps we need some pro-science groups to turn the tables.

July 30, 2012

RON RADOSH REVIEWS Stanley Kurtz’s new book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.

July 30, 2012

JOHN HINDERAKER: Why CNN Is A Failure.

If only they read InstaPundit.

July 30, 2012

ANDREW KLAVAN: Batman Battles The Politics Of Resentment.

There are, after all, no socialist filmmakers in Hollywood. There are only capitalist filmmakers (Michael Moore, for one) who make socialist films. Likewise, none of the coiffed corporate multimillionaires who anchor the network newscasts can honestly support the Occupy movement which, taken to its logical conclusion, would result in their being hanged from lampposts.

Yet while repeatedly tainting the free-market tea party movement with a racism it doesn’t espouse and linking it to violence it doesn’t commit, many creatives and journalists lend moral support to the socialist “occupiers”—underplaying the widespread vandalism, lawlessness and grotesque anti-Semitism characteristic of their demonstrations.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a stinging, relentless critique of that upside-down and ultimately indefensible worldview. And why not? Our chattering classes frequently tell us that art should speak truth to power and shock the bourgeoisie. It just never seems to occur to them that “the power”—and the modern Babbitts of the bourgeoisie—are themselves.

Read the whole thing. Not that you needed to be told that, since it’s by Andrew Klavan.

July 30, 2012

STEREOTYPES: Nancy Pelosi: Republican Jews Just Want To Save On Taxes.

July 30, 2012

THERE ARE MORE GOLDEN EGGS INSIDE THAT GOOSE — SHE’S HOLDIN’ OUT ON US, I TELL YA! Cayman Islands Considers Income Tax. Excuse me, a community enhancement fee. “According to Reuters, a government-appointed commission found that many firms could easily relocate and were being courted by places like Bermuda, Ireland, and Canada to do so.”

July 30, 2012

HOMOPHOBIA IS OKAY, AS LONG AS IT’S DIVERSE HOMOPHOBIA: “In Mayor Menino’s Boston, if you take the same view of marriage as President Obama did from 2009 to 2012, he’ll run your homophobic ass out of town. But, if you want to toss those godless sodomites off the John Hancock Tower, he’ll officiate at your ribbon-cutting ceremony.”

July 29, 2012

SO IS THIS PATRONIZING CONDESCENSION, OR IS IT BETA SUCKUPITUDE? 2 male philosophers propose that scholars stay away from conferences that don’t have female keynoters.

July 29, 2012

WAIT, I THOUGHT YOU COULD ALWAYS DISCREDIT A STUDY BY POINTING OUT RIGHT-LEANING FUNDERS: Koch-funded study finds global warming is real.

Yeah, but doing a study with right-wing funding is practically scientific misconduct all by itself, right?

More serious commentary from Ron Bailey. Clearly this means we need to build more fracking-supported natural gas infrastructure right away, since that’s been lowering our carbon footprint over the last several years. Then, over the longer term, nice, greenhouse-friendly nuclear plants!

More reactions here. And Charlie Martin explains the charges of “systematic error.” Well, what do you expect in a study funded by evil right-wingers?

UPDATE: Charlie Martin emails:

It’s really more than just a reaction to Mueller’s Op Ed — Anthony is announcing new and significant scientific findings that conflict with Mueller. Also, see my update: there are a lot of people calling Mueller’s findings wrong, or overstrong, or even “rubbish”. Even Andy Revkin at Dot Earth says he doesn’t find Mueller’s stuff cnvincing.

I’ll have quotes from Anthony and Judy Curry (at least) tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

July 29, 2012

ROSS DOUTHAT:

It may seem strange that anyone could look around the pornography-saturated, fertility-challenged, family-breakdown-plagued West and see a society menaced by a repressive puritanism. But it’s clear that this perspective is widely and sincerely held.

It would be refreshing, though, if it were expressed honestly, without the “of course we respect religious freedom” facade.

If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that’s good and decent, and that you’re going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.

There, didn’t that feel better? Now we can get on with the fight.

Interesting to see this in the New York Times.

July 29, 2012

SANDWICHED IN: “Among pretty much everyone with a civil libertarian, or just plain libertarian, background, the verdict on the Chick-Fil-A furor is the same: while private persons and groups are within their rights to boycott a business, it’s outrageous and dangerous for government officials to threaten to use regulation to keep the fast-food chain out of their cities because they disapprove of its president’s anti-gay-marriage views.” Yep. Putting me on the same page with Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Greenwald, among others.

July 29, 2012

WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: North Dakota Democrats Mock Female Republican’s Breasts.

July 29, 2012

WE’LL KNOW SOON ENOUGH: Upset brewing in Texas runoff? PPP says Cruz up big.

July 29, 2012

DAVID GELERNTER: What Keeps This Failed President Above Water? “Obama perfectly fits the personal profile of the Culture Machine that runs so much of the American elite nowadays. . . . If conservatives were serious, they would think much harder about the Culture Machine (aka the Establishment) and the ways in which Obama is typical instead of exceptional—typical of a new type of Establishment leader, the new Machine Man. We’re used to old-fashioned political (usually Democratic) machines. But those political machines compare to the modern Culture Machine like a stick of dynamite to an H-bomb. While conservatives worry about debt and taxes and huge problems abroad, the left is busy pulling the whole country out from under them. While conservatives fiddle around on the roof, robbers are rifling the house and stealing the children. Conservatives might consider climbing down and having a look. Obama is only the first of a new breed.”

The Machine, however, is quickly running out of the other-people’s-money that sustains it, both inside and outside of government. Conservatives, and libertarians, would be well advised to do what they can to speed the process.

July 29, 2012

KEYSTONE FALLOUT: Democrats Backpedal as China Readies $15.1 Billion Canadian Oil Deal. “When President Barack Obama blocked the Keystone Pipeline, Republicans said the move would encourage Canada to pursue oil deals with China instead of the United States and cede a massive chunk of North American oil assets to the communist nation.” And they were right!

July 29, 2012

AMERICA IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Mall says U.S. flags on kiddie train must go.

July 29, 2012

ANNALS OF THE ONE PERCENT: Michelle Obama’s $6800 jacket. “The White House declined to comment.”

This could have fed 40,000 hungry children. “Using Forgo.it, compassionate people can give up luxuries like lattes, dessert, and even a new boat to feed poor children instead. Users can turn any mundane purchase into a philanthropic venture. . . . Through the middle of August, forgoers are raising funds to help Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) ship a sea-container filled with aid to Zimbabwe. At over 6 meals per dollar donated, users can change the world for a starving child. For example, when someone forgoes a $10 movie, 62 meals will be shipped.”

Sorry kids. But the jacket did look nice. And hey, Glenn Beck has the feeding-the-poor thing covered.

July 29, 2012

IT’S TRUE. THE GOP WOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER CHANCE IF SHE HAD BEEN ON TOP OF THE TICKET. Cheney: Picking Palin for VP was a ‘mistake.’

She probably wouldn’t have panicked like McCain did: “Before TARP failed as policy, it first failed as politics, with John McCain’s panicky announcement — Sept. 24, 2008 — that he would fly back to Washington to push for passage of the bailout. As I explained two weeks later, this was the decision that ensured Obama’s election.” McCain was in the lead from Palin’s selection until then. Then he tanked, and never recovered.

July 29, 2012

OKAY, I’M NOT FOLLOWING THE OLYMPICS, BUT: Kim Rhode on Sunday became the first American athlete to win five medals in an individual event in five consecutive Olympic Games. “She earned a gold medal in women’s skeet, setting an Olympic record and tying the world record by hitting 99 of 100 targets. She also became the first woman to win three gold medals in Olympic shooting.”

UPDATE: Reader Ian Jeffries writes: “If you’re not going to follow the Olympics, then don’t follow the Olympics!” I’m not. But I do follow Dan Riehl. . . .

July 29, 2012

MERCURY AND SOLACE: GLENN BECK CAN STILL DRAW A CROWD. And donate a million meals to the poor, reportedly.

UPDATE: Compare and contrast.

July 29, 2012

DAMAGING HIS BRAND: O’Reilly Is O’Really in Left Field on the Guns and Ammo Issue. Then again, as someone pointed out earlier, you can only expect so much from a guy who has “public school teacher” and “professional journalist” on his resume.

July 29, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Degree of debt: Students mortgage future for higher education.

July 29, 2012

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July 29, 2012

WELL, THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CANDIDATES: Romney: “I tend to tell people what I actually believe.”

July 29, 2012

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July 29, 2012

MITT ROMNEY CAPTURES JERUSALEM. “Speaking to an often-cheering group of about 400 people in Jerusalem, Governor Mitt Romney gave a speech less notable for what he said that for the fact that the audience believed he was sincere in saying it.”

July 29, 2012

NEWSWEEK? THAT’S SOME WEBSITE THAT SOLD FOR A DOLLAR, RIGHT? Anyway, apparently they’re trying to call Romney a wimp. Given our skinny big-eared President’s resemblance to Steve Urkel, not to mention his throwing skills, is that really a discussion the Democrats want to start?

Related: Newsweek Pretty Much Just Phoning It In Now.

July 29, 2012

HEY, IN THIS ECONOMY THREE-HOTS-AND-A-COT IS NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT: North Carolina man thrown back in jail after refusing to leave.

July 29, 2012

WHAT’S AMAZING IS THAT ANY HAVE STAYED: Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits. “As Republican donors are financing multimillion-dollar campaigns to bring Jewish voters over to Mitt Romney, one of President Obama’s most important liaisons to the pro-Israel community has opted to sit out the 2012 election cycle. Dennis Ross, a longtime diplomat and a key architect of the Oslo peace process under President Clinton—a man who worked for the Obama campaign during the 2008 Democratic primaries despite his previous loyalty to the Clintons—won’t be campaigning for Obama this time, Ross confirmed to The Daily Beast.”

July 29, 2012

SORE LOSERS AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: US Gov’t Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed. My advice: The hole’s deep enough. Stop digging.

July 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, it’s the Automotive Summer Clearance.

July 29, 2012

CHARLES HILL: The Empire Strikes Back. “One of American’s foremost strategists says the era of liberal democracy is in jeopardy, and the historical norm of dominance by great powers will return if the U.S. fails to lead.” Don’t worry. We’re employing “smart power” via “smart diplomacy!”

July 29, 2012

PROF. STEPHEN CLARK WRITES:

After following up on comments from your site on “Why We Get Fat…” and “Anni Ultimi”, I bought and am now reading both, and finding both to be excellent.

Taubes’ book should be viewed as particularly subversive. If you find his argument convincing, and in particular if in practice you find his recommendations effective, then your eyes should be opened to the ways in which science is a very human enterprise subject to all the failings that humans possess. It should not be a surprise, though it seems always to be, that scientists are not immune to self-deception and the worldly temptations that plague us all. The appropriate response to all scientific claims of truth, in particular as reported, is a healthy skepticism. And my, oh my. How subversive it would be if that attitude were to spread widely and more generally to bare assertions of truth of all kinds. The tale Taubes tells, the history he recounts, is as important as the advice he gives.

Indeed.

July 29, 2012

HOW SPEEDO CREATED a record-breaking swimsuit.

July 29, 2012

OF RAPE, AND REDDIT. Just following in Eldridge Cleaver’s footsteps. Just be sure to call it an “insurrectionary act.”

July 29, 2012

3D PRINTING and the end of gun control.

So, can you print a gun? Yep, you can and that’s exactly what somebody with the alias “HaveBlue” did.

To be accurate, HaveBlue didn’t print an entire gun, he printed a “receiver” for an AR-15 (better known as the military’s M16) at a cost of about $30 worth of materials.

The receiver is, in effect, the framework of a gun and holds the barrel and all of the other parts in place. It’s also the part of the gun that is technically, according to US law, the actual gun and carries the serial number.

When the weapon was assembled with the printed receiver HaveBlue reported he fired 200 rounds and it operated perfectly.

Read the whole thing.

July 29, 2012

MITT ROMNEY: You bet Jerusalem is the capital!

July 29, 2012

A PONTIAC GTO STATION WAGON.

July 29, 2012

JOURNALISM: CNN plays ‘Stupid Girls’ as intro to Sarah Palin at Chick-fil-A story.

July 29, 2012

PLUG-IN HYBRIDS trouncing electric cars in the marketplace.

July 29, 2012

IN THE MAIL: The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking.

July 29, 2012

ANOTHER WRONG-HOUSE NO-KNOCK RAID: Beauty Queen Dragged Out of Bed Naked by Deputies. “A former beauty queen is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after she says deputies kicked down the wrong apartment door, pointed guns at her and her fiancee and watched as she got out of bed, naked. . . . Manos and her fiancee, Eric Otto Ryder, say deputies had a search warrant for apartment ‘C’ but entered their unit — clearly marked as apartment ‘A.’”

There should be strict liability for no-knock raids.

July 29, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD ON THE NEW OIL REVOLUTION: Has Gaia Betrayed The Greens?

Gaia, that treacherous slut, has made so much oil and gas that her faithful acolytes today cannot protect her from the consequences of her own folly. . . .

Again, for people who base their claim to world leadership on their superior understanding of the dynamics of complex systems, greens prove over and over again that they are surprisingly naive and crude in their ability to model and to shape the behavior of the political and economic systems they seek to control. If their understanding of the future of the earth’s climate is anything like as wish-driven, fact-averse and intellectually crude as their approach to international affairs, democratic politics and the energy market, the greens are in trouble indeed. And as I’ve written in the past, the contrast between green claims to understand climate and to be able to manage the largest and most complex set of policy changes ever undertaken, and the evident incompetence of greens at managing small (Solyndra) and large (Kyoto, EU cap and trade, global climate treaty) political projects today has more to do with climate skepticism than greens have yet understood. Many people aren’t rejecting science; they are rejecting green claims of policy competence. In doing so, they are entirely justified by the record.

Nevertheless, the future of the environment is not nearly as dim as greens think. Despairing environmentalists like McKibben and Monbiot are as wrong about what the new era of abundance means as green energy analysts were about how much oil the planet had. . . . The newly bright oil and gas future means that we aren’t entering a new Age of Coal. For this, every green on the planet should give thanks.

Read the whole thing.

July 29, 2012

THIS SOUNDS LIKE FUN: Salt blasting shotgun eradicates insects with extreme prejudice.

July 29, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Going Away to College This Fall? You’re Now the Exception. “For American students, heading off to college has traditionally also meant physically going away to college. But now, at a time when college costs are soaring, and when news of young people being saddled with burdensome student loan debt is unavoidable, today’s students are trying to trim college expenses in every way possible. More than half of students, in fact, will be living at home when the fall semester begins—up significantly from the 43% of students who commuted a couple of years ago. . . . The argument that a so-called ‘higher education bubble’ really does exist —- and may be in the process of popping —- gets a boost especially because it looks like students in wealthier American families, who should be able to pay for pricey colleges, are choosing to stay home in increasingly higher numbers.”

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

July 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Business & Investing.

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July 29, 2012

EMPTY SEATS: Olympic Ticketing A “Shambles.”

July 29, 2012

ECONOMICS AND THE NEW LEGAL PROFESSION: An Infographic.

July 29, 2012

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Record number of coal-fired generators to be shut down in 2012. Maybe nothing, if we build new gas-fired plants to take advantage of all the new supplies fracking is producing. Gas plants are much cleaner.

July 29, 2012

REPORTING FROM THE CAPITOL HILL ANTI-FRACKING PROTEST. “What do you get when you bring hundreds of fervent environmentalists and NIMBYs together on the west lawn of the Capitol to denounce fracking, every single fuel that originates from the ground, and, for old time’s sake, Dick Cheney? You get enviro banjo tunes, the ‘Ecological Our Father’ at the interfaith prayer service (‘Our Father, who art in the forest…’), and more punny protest signs built off the F-bomb than even Joe Biden could dream up.”

July 29, 2012

THE GOLDEN AGE OF JERRY BROWN: Will Fresno Be California’s Next Bankrupt City? “As Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach told Bloomberg News, the bankruptcy dominoes are starting to fall. One California city after another—following a decade-long spree of ramping up public-employee pay and pension benefits, as well as redevelopment debt—are becoming insolvent.”

July 29, 2012

CLAIRE MCCASKILL not doing so well.

July 29, 2012

JOHN KASS: City Hall turns chicken sandwich into thought crime. “So if a business owner makes public his personal views, it won’t be the public that decides whether to patronize the establishment. Instead, politicians will decide for us and swing the government hammer to knock the business down. The message from Chicago’s City Hall is simple: Speak out of turn and we’ll crush you.”

See, I support gay marriage — though I think it should be arrived at legislatively, not through judicial fiat — but the thuggish behavior of gay-marriage supporters is a real turnoff. There’s a good chance it will inspire a backlash.

UPDATE: Reader Nick Osborn writes: “New Chicago civic motto: Clinging bitterly to gun control and religious bigotry.”

July 29, 2012

ADVICE ON SAVING CNN: “Here’s an idea: hire Mark Steyn and/or Hugh Hewitt to do a daily one-hour show, and watch your ratings soar. A network that had the wit to do some serious conservative news would peel off a lot of viewers from the unserious O’Reilly Factor.”

UPDATE: A reader emails:

Bill O’Reilly is, in his own self and program, proof of the very point.

He is very much a progressive who turned to the right, as it were, championed (somewhat) traditional values, and became a star. Unfortunately, his internal base was still progressive in the very style so evident in the Bammster, and thus, O’Reilly is running out of gas. He is neither conservative nor libertarian. His limitations are obvious.

Were CNN to put Steyn opposite O’Reilly, I would not only watch CNN, I would turn on the lobotomy box for something besides the Red Sox, sad as their fortunes are this year. I suspect CNN, were they to wean themselves off the Bammster’s nipple, knows that.

Were that to happen, I can only imagine how far “out there” Chris Matthews would feel. Tingle, anyone?

I doubt it will happen, which suggests that they support ideology over shareholder value.

July 29, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Top 5 Dog Breeds that Can Land You a Date.

July 28, 2012

KINDA LIKE THE GUANTANAMO-CLOSING FANS, THE REPEAL-DOMA FANS, THE . . . Dem gun control fans giving Obama a pass, of course.

July 28, 2012

WHAT THE CHICK-FIL-A BROUHAHA says about the future of religious freedom.

July 28, 2012

“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Arms-trade treaty talks collapse, supporters rip Obama. “Obama will end up taking the blame for this “failure,” which might seem unfair — but Obama chose to participate in this folly in 2009 after the US had previously refused, so he only has himself to blame for the impossible position in which he now finds himself.” Well, I’m quite happy with the result. Thanks, Barack!

July 28, 2012

PROTESTERS INVADE Y-12 NUCLEAR PLANT. “Steven Wyatt, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration at Y-12, declined to discuss details of the early-morning events at the Oak Ridge, but he acknowledged that the unapproved entry into the plant’s inner sanctum — a high-security zone known simply as the Protected Area — was unprecedented. . . . If unarmed protesters dressed in dark clothing could reach the plant’s core during the cover of dark, it raised questions about the plant’s security against more menacing intruders.”

July 28, 2012

VIDEO: “It worked.”

July 28, 2012

NEVER MIND THE HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE: “I suppose all those unemployed journalists from the legacy media can go to work teaching journalism at universities. Oh, wait. . .”

July 28, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Obama’s New Federal Office for Black Students.

July 28, 2012

ELIZABETH WARREN begs for video views.

July 28, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “It’s Been Nine Months, and I Still Haven’t Met His Kids.”

July 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, bestselling coffee.

Also, up to 50% off on school and office supplies.

July 28, 2012

CHICAGO VALUES: Chicago Is Deadliest Global City. “Chicago likes to compare itself to other world cities, so Ward Room thought it would find out how we rank in violence. It turns out no one can top us. Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate — higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo.”

How’s that super-strict gun-control workin’ out for ya, Rahm?

July 28, 2012

AN EGYPTIAN ISLAMIST’S indecent exposure.