The Cercei Lannisters of the Free World

Oh jeez: NRO – Mark Steyn (from 2 weeks ago): Pipe Dreams (File under: Principles, China, and Bullet-Ridden Feet)

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

On Matters South American

What’s funny is he looks like such a great little film-quality British villain colonial twerp. But I digress. Three items: HuffPo – Sean Penn Talks Falklands Dispute, Takes Argentina’s Side Penn met with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Monday and then urged Britain to join U.N.-sponsored talks over what he called “the Malvinas Islands of […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Accidental Sea

I have never heard of the Salton Sea, and I grew up in California: A wee bit hysterical in places, perhaps, but ever-so-interesting.

Categories: Science and Nature

Camel Case

Holy hell: The camels can chug more than 50 gallons of water in three minutes From: Discovery News – FERAL CAMELS PLAGUE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK Feral camels in the Australian desert are attacking air conditioning units, toilet systems and more in a desperate search for water.

Categories: Science and Nature

In Which She Reads George Monbiot

Huh: Guardian – Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power Japan’s disaster would weigh more heavily if there were less harmful alternatives. Atomic power is part of the mix, by George Monbiot You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Forest Sale (And Celebrities Are Suckers For Immigrants?)

This is from last week, so it’s a little out of date as events on the ground have changed, somewhat (Imma catching up on my iPad app): The Sunday Times – Charles Clover: Tim-ber! Down go the forest sale disaster myths The disturbing thing is that the celebrities and politicians seem to know so little […]

Categories: Science and Nature

This Too Isn’t a Cricket Story Either

Brett McS sent this to me. He thought it might have rather a broad audience, round these parts (ahem, Red)… Tim Blair – SIDE THAT DECLINES An era of unusual dominance is at an end. Supporters now despair of ever seeing their team win again. Truly, this has been a summer of shattering disappointment for […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Dear John, From Hal

Something James Delingpole found for his Telegraph blog, and reprinted in its entirety (as am I (can’t stop the signal!)): Dear Curt: [as Dear John letters go, "Dear Curt" is a really good one] When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Sussing Out Possible Omens

A Chinese boy is born with 6 normally-growing digits on each hand and foot, giving him 24 total. Strangely, three months before the birth of Guangchun, his family’s sow also labored a weird shaped piglet, which had eight legs, two mouths and four ears. His mother says: “The pig died two days later. It possibly […]

Categories: Science and Nature

EFFITY EFFING EFF

I was at Ikea the other day and couldn’t find where they’d put their damned 100 watt bulbs. Ikea – IKEA TO PHASE OUT INCANDESCENT LIGHTING IN ALL US IKEA STORES BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2010 EFF. *howls* Now I’ve just discovered a WHOLE LINE of products that they don’t carry at the Seattle store and […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The Jones Act and Creative Problem Solving in the Gulf Oil Spill

Weekly Standard – Oil Messed Up Anger grows along the Gulf Coast at the Obama administration’s pathetic response to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. By Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump, among others) It has been apparent from the outset that the Obama administration had no wish to be responsible for fixing this […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The Gulf Oil Spill and the Perplexing US Government

This has made the rounds (honestly I don’t even know if I might have already linked to it in another publication/blog) but here it is again for the old external memory drive, because it’s JUST. SO. AMAZINGLY. BAAAAD. FP – Avertible catastrophe Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXXXVII

Lost’s Damon Lindelof pitches his treatment of the BP oil spill: Armageddoner! FADE IN: We OPEN on Billy Bob. He doesn’t need the cane anymore — maybe he has some kind of Iron Man cyberleg or something. This will be important later. Just don’t ask me why. The phone rings. He answers it. It’s the […]

Categories: Entertainment

Beware Government Employees Named Elizabeth

Remember Elizabeth Becton? Of “Call me Liz” fame? Now we have Elizabeth Peuler: Under intense media scrutiny, at least a dozen federal agencies have taken part in the spill response, making decision-making slow, conflicted and confused, as they sought to apply numerous federal statutes. In one stark example of government disputes, internal e-mail messages from […]

Categories: Science and Nature

An Especially Oleaginous Puget Sound

Visualizing the BP Oil Spill in Seattle. Pretty incredible. Update: We can visualize an especially radioactive Puget Sound too: NRO – Daniel Foster: Nuke It?

Categories: Science and Nature