Entries from December 2009

Ahhh, 2010

Not that it’s actually the end of the decade (that’s next year but why be pedantic hey?), but oh what a decade it’s been. I started it out in college, moved to the East Coast, moved in with Peter, graduated college, moved to Seattle, had the bottom fall out of my life’s goals, started a […]

Categories: Wildcard

Children of the Cold War

I enjoyed reading this. Bits of it reminded me of some of Vanderleun‘s stories, but of course in a later, less-charmed decade. But I don’t have time to quote any of that so I’m going to skip to the funny bit. The Awl – The End of the 00s: The Stupid Kids of 1999, By […]

Categories: Business & Media

Climate Change Plan B: Act Now and Save!

I’ve had this open for weeks and it’s starting to affect my conscience. And Safari performance. WSJ – Time for a Climate Change Plan B The U.S. president is in deep denial. By Nigel Lawson

Categories: Science and Nature

And Here I Was Just Thinking “What In the World Are We To Call the Next Decade?!”

Telegraph – ‘Twenty Tens’ to become nickname for next decade, survey says

Categories: Uncategorized

Liberal Death Wish

I think Lord Black is in an even worse mood than I am at the end of this decade. But then he’s rotting in prison on trumped up charges of making his company too much money. National Post – Conrad Black: What a dismal decade I can’t be the only person who wondered if sincere […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Why Am I Reading This Article

Telegraph – First Christmas for the premature babies at Queen Charlotte’s<br/> Christmas as Queen Charlotte’s neonatal unit is a mix of joy, anxiety and grief, as Laura Donnelly discovered. Premature babies are twice as common as cases of breast cancer, yet they remain one of the most poorly resourced treatment areas of the NHS. One […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Trains! XXI

Let’s cheer ourselves up with this delightful story from Brett McS: BBC – Steam train’s snow rescue ‘glory’ Passengers were rescued by a steam locomotive after modern rail services were brought to a halt by the snowy conditions in south-east England. Trains between Ashford and Dover were suspended on Monday when cold weather disabled the […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The Decade in Review: Kinda Sh.tty

The Sunday Times – 9/11: When all that was solid melted into the air The twin towers were there, then they were gone. Money was there, then it disappeared. Welcome to the age of insecurity In March 2000 the dotcom bubble — based on delirious stock-market valuations of companies that could never possibly make a […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Neda Soltan, 2009

A much more interesting Person of the Year: The Times – Person of the Year<br/> Neda Soltan, killed by a government thug, became a symbol of Iranians’ yearning for democracy and the ruthlessness of a bankrupt regime Every few years a man, or a woman, whose name is often familiar to few beyond the circle […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Delta Flight: Holy Crap

Excuse me while I just quote this whole thing (again: holy crap): The Corner – Mark Steyn: Let’s Roll 2 On September 11th 2001, the government’s (1970s) security procedures all failed, and the only good news of the day came from self-reliant citizens (on Flight 93) using their own wits and a willingness to act. […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Your Christmas Compendium

The Telegraph – The Christmas donkey starts on the way home<br/> Truth, light, love – these are things that anyone, Christian or not, rejoices to find at home. [F]or everyone finds sooner or later that we are none of us quite at home. Christmas is homely with the children, but the children grow up and […]

Categories: History

The Pope’s Sidekick

Times Online – Pope Benedict XVI knocked to floor during Christmas Eve Mass Reverend Benedettini said the woman who pushed the Pope appeared to be mentally unstable and had been arrested by Vatican police. The pope’s spokesman is called Benedettini? Pope Benedict and Reverend Benedettini? That’s adorable!

Categories: People and Current Events

My Mini Copenhagen

First, curtsies to RC2: New Geography (reprinted from Forbes) – THE GREEN MOVEMENT’S PEOPLE PROBLEM, by Joel Kotkin The movement needs to break with the deep-seated misanthropy that dominates green politics and has brought it to this woeful state. Its leaders have defined our species as everything from a “cancer” to the “AIDs of the […]

Categories: Uncategorized

I Suppose There’s An Implied Exception For Cricket

You know how people get about cricket… The Corner – Mark Steyn: Come Fry with Me In order to save the planet from global roasting, it seems entirely reasonable to ask Mr. and Mrs. Joe Peasant to subordinate their freedom of movement to an annual “carbon allowance” preventing them flying hither and yon and devastating […]

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The Universe in Six and a Half Minutes

So cool. Try it full screen. The music is lovely but not essential.

Categories: Science and Nature