A New Hope?

This year’s Pulitzer committee awards are . . . interesting. I don’t pretend to understand its politics any more, but clearly rationality now has a seat at the table, and ...

Gun Control Means Using Both Hands

From the National Enquirer: “Blue Bloods” star TOM SELLECK blew up when a lamebrain extra who’d been handed a real pistol for a scene suddenly got trigger-happy and started pointing it ...

Vacuum-Bagging Fights Inflation

The Times has an excellent article on hidden food inflation. Rather than raise prices, packagers, as they did back in the inflationary 1970s, are reducing the amount of food in ...
Politics & Policy

It Can’t Happen Here

Would U.S. nuclear reactors fare better in some ultimate crisis than those in Japan? For weeks now, we’ve been lectured by nuclear critics who say the design and failures of ...

Green Eggs and the Ham

Will someone explain to me why President Obama needs to ostentatiously deploy environmentally sensitive eggs for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll? Says CNS news: “The White House announced Monday ...

People’s Daily Touts Daley, High-Speed Rail

China’s scandal-plagued high-speed rail  promoters are hooking up with Chicago pols. What could possibly go wrong? Chicago is on track to become the first American city to introduce China’s high-speed railway ...

The Las Vegas Connection

One thing we have learned from Japan’s nuclear accident is the danger of storing spent fuel rods on the site of the reactors that created them, and the need for permanent storage ...

this is a test only

I’m messing with the online editor, please don’t even think of posting this.   Those darn cetaceans, they’re so charismatic that everyone wants a piece of the action when they get their ...

Anti-Nuke Groups Work the Press

It’s going to be a few weeks before we know whether the national media’s fears of nuclear catastrophe in Japan are justified, but at first glance some of the reporting ...