New Ideas In Science

A new poll of 2,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center had some incredibly disturbing results: Nearly two-thirds of those in a Pew Research Center poll, 64 percent, say they believe “creationism” should be taught alongside “evolution”… “…alongside evolution”, meaning in Science class, as opposed to in Religion class. In the poll by the Pew […]

Who’s Paying for Our Patriotism?

Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt wrote a fantastic article for The Washington Post the other day. Here are some excerpts, but you’d much better read the original full column; it’s well worth it. President Bush assures us that the ongoing twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are worth the sacrifices they entail. Editorialists around the nation […]

Rachel Maddow All This Week on The Al Franken Show

The wonderful, wonderful Rachel Maddow will be guest-hosting The Al Franken Show all this week. I absolutely adore her, and listen to her regular Rachel Maddow Show via MP3 or by podcast on iTunes every weekday — but not this week! This week, she (and the incomparable Kent Jones) are subbing for Al Franken and […]

You May See A Muster

We live in Sunland, in California, and for years I would walk around the streets near the foothills at night, and hear these eerie tropical animal calls. And what would make crazy jungle calls in Los Angeles, you ask? Hint: they sometimes say to the family, “Hey, kids, everybody onto the car!” Click on the […]

Sell! Sell! Sell!

It strains credulity, seeing how badly people were burned in the dot bomb fiasco, as they rode everything from Enron to eToys merrily down to zero, but rather than being gun-shy, people are just being the same damn idiots that they were before, but this time with real estate. It’s almost unbelievable the number of […]

The Toyota Mark II of Freedom

Basra, an oil port in southern Iraq, has long been held up as a big success story of British occupation. Its police are well funded, and their morale is high. Independent journalist Steven Vincent wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times from there four days ago, which added to the ever-increasing number of stories […]