Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Headlines: December 27, 2008

155 killed as Israel launches air strikes in Gaza Strip

Dollar Shift: Chinese Pockets Filled as Americans’ Emptied

A child soldier or just a child? GUANTANAMO DETAINEES: The chief prosecutor of the tribunal dismisses critics’ contentions that juveniles are prohibited from being held accountable for war crimes. Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2002. His Guantanamo trial raises ethical questions.

Japan Should Scrap U.S. Debt; Dollar May Plummet, Mikuni Says

W.E.B. Du Bois and Religion - Books & Culture

W.E.B. Du Bois and Religion - Books & Culture

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Headlines: December 24, 2008

Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana

Williams: Global Warming Rope-A-Dope

Peace on Earth at Missile Silo 571-7: Giving thanks for the American strength that won the Cold War.

A Disturbing Book Worth Reading

eHarmony's Discord How a gay activist and the state of New Jersey dictated diversity to a popular online dating service.

A Russian Bailout? Not On Our Dime

Monday, December 15, 2008

Headlines: December 15, 2008

Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

China Sinks New Kyoto

Powerline: Throw Another Log On the Fire...

"The best chapter in either of these books, and the only one that meets the test of political history head on, is Ellis's on U.S.-Indian relations."

2003: Saddam’s son fed his love rivals to the lions

Friday, December 12, 2008

Headlines: December 12, 2008

Study: Illegal immigrants' care costs state $677 million

Going the Way of France (1790)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Headlines: December 11, 2008

Supreme Court to hear arguments in case tied to 9/11


UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

China Wants US & West to Give 1% of Annual Wealth to Fight Global Warming

Rock legends want to silence Guantanamo's torture tunes

“Torture” in the Dock: A tough interrogation in Germany

No China Life Line Coming

Bipartisan Report: Rumsfeld Responsible for Detainee Abuse
Senate Committee Finds Officials Made Decisions That Led to Offenses Against Prisoners

Out of food, Zimbabweans eating cow dung: Political leadership needed to overcome crisis

Whitewashing Fannie Mae: Congress begins its self-absolution campaign.

Greece: it’s not all about the economy, stupidMany see the riots as a simple response to the credit crunch. In truth they expose Greece’s deep and historic crisis of legitimacy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Headlines: December 10, 2008

Schlaes: The Perils of a Cement Tsunamai

"Astonishingly, every single year since 1992 is in the current list of the 20 warmest years on record."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Headlines: December 9, 2008

Mayors Say They Want 'Build-Out,' Not Bailout: Mayors push infrastructure projects and recovery plans.

Reparations, R.I.P.: Cause of death: 9/11, public opinion, and the courts

Mangan: Empire of Debt

Human Rights Commission: "Kill the Christian" Lyrics that's OK but Criticize Homosexuality NO WAY

The Disaster Called the New Deal

Lessons From the Great Books Generation: Our culture now resists the idea of a canon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Questions about Global Warming

GTT: Has the earth, in fact, warmed dramatically over the past 40 years? Has it warmed at all? By how much? If it has warmed, did most of that warming take place in a single year or did it increase gradually over time?

Also, if there is a temperature increase, are the temperatures being measured on the ground or somewhere up in the atmoshpere? How reliable are temperature readings in other parts of the world?

(I notice that when I turn on a desk light by a thermometer in my son's room, the temperature increases by a degree or so. Might something like that happening with the measure of ground temperatures?)

Also, if temperatures decrease this year and in the next few years, would that invalidate the global warming hypothesis? (By the way, why have some people stopped talking about global warming and started talking about "climate change"?)

Pattern of Strange Errors Plagues Solar Activity and Terrestrial Climate Data

Construction of a Composite Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) Time Series from 1978 to present

Climate myths: Global warming is down to the Sun, not humans

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Shannon's mother, a culture of greed and why we must abolish child benefit | Mail Online

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Shannon's mother, a culture of greed and why we must abolish child benefit Mail Online

Headlines: December 8, 2008

Obama: Workers staging sit-in 'absolutely right'

Iraq at the End of the Surge

UN Survey: Arabs Read Approximately 4 Pages Per Year

The Pill as Pollutant Cont.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Headlines: December 7, 2008

Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale

Montana Judge Endorses Right to Assisted Suicide


Situation in Somalia Seems About to Get Worse

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Headlines: December 6, 2008

Conservative myths about the financial crisis

Johnny Cash And Friends - Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy (video)

A 'Testament to Bach': Paul Tortelier broke Pablo Casals's lock on the Cello Suites

Friday, December 5, 2008

Headlines: December 5, 2008

Historic Progress in Iraq

Kissinger: ‘Great Progress Has Been Made in Iraq’

A Japanese General Rewrites the Past: The story of World War II varies by country.

Apocryphal Washington Quotation?

Josh Hamilton's testimony

Brian Welch's testimony

Climate history may explain empires' fall - study

The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique

2008 will be coolest year of the decade: Global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, but cooler temperature is not evidence that global warming is slowing, say climate scientists

Higgs: Banking Act of 1935 + Fed’s Exercise of This Authority = New Deal Policy

"Satellite readings of temperatures in the lower troposphere (an area scientists predict would immediately reflect any global warming) show no warming since readings began 23 years ago. These readings are accurate to within 0.01ºC, and are consistent with data from weather balloons. Only land-based temperature stations show a warming trend, and these stations do not cover the entire globe, are often contaminated by heat generated by nearby urban development, and are subject to human error."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Headlines: December 4, 2008

Split in Episcopal Church hits new level: Conservatives who fled liberal views of Scripture have formed a breakaway church in North America.

Keynesian borrowing won't solve our economic problems

Hanson: Back to the Old 9/11 Days

McCain Couldn't Compete With Obama's Money: America affirms Chicago's Golden Rule.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Higher Education May Soon Be Unaffordable for Most Americans, Report Says - NYTimes.com

Higher Education May Soon Be Unaffordable for Most Americans, Report Says - NYTimes.com

Headlines: December 3, 2008

U.K. Conjoined Twin Dies After Separation, London Hospital Says

Transitional Lincoln: The speech that put a frontier lawyer-politician on the road to the White House.

Lincoln: Speech at Peoria, October 16, 1854

FORGOTTEN TEXAS HISTORY.; The Lone Star State Part of the Louisiana Purchase.

Under the title Was Texas a Part of the Louisiana Purchase? Prof. Ficklen , of Tulane University, has made a valuable contribution to Texas history,—one that deserves to rank as standard authority upon this question.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Headlines: December 2, 2008

Mumbai attacks: US intelligence warned India a strike from Pakistani group was planned
US intelligence passed warnings to India that Pakistan-based terrorists would infiltrate its territory by sea to attack Mumbai (formerly Bombay) landmarks, including the Taj Mahal hotel, officials have told American television.

US states to ask Obama for funds to fight recession

Schwarzenegger declares fiscal emergency

U.S. Warned India in October of Potential Terror Attack: NSA Now Tracking Captured Phones, U.S. Connections

Mumbai attacks: Terrorists took cocaine to stay awake during assault
Terrorists who battled Indian commandos for 60-hours last week relied on cocaine and other stimulants to stay awake for the duration of the fight.

The Rabbi and the Terrorist

Stealth Jihad

Obama as Hoover: The Importance of Storytelling

Heroes At The Taj: After a terrifying day, one eyewitness thanks his saviors.

Does God Bind or Unleash the King?

Spengler: China’s six-to-one advantage over the US

Other People's Children: We know what's best

The Irony of American Politics: A reissued Reinhold Niebuhr classic sheds light on current follies.

2000: Paul Johnson on Rothbard

Monday, December 1, 2008

Headlines: December 1, 2008


The camps where militants learn to commit atrocities around the globe

Will: Same Old New Deal?

Why Are Wages Low in Developing Countries?

Pentagon to detail military to bolster security: Plan would dedicate 20,000 uniformed troops inside U.S. by 2011

Klein: Off the Table

Lost IllusionsWhat really happened in Mumbai.

Russell Roberts: What You Need to Know about the Bailout (video)

Practice, Practice: A bold quest to master Mozart and survive a public performance.

Mumbai: Doctors shocked at hostages's torture