Politics

Is he sure he didn’t mean it?

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

When I first heard John Kerry’s “stuck in Iraq” quip I took it as a condescending slam of enlisted men. I’ve heard liberalish friends and acquaintances of mine make similar statements too many times to out of hand dismiss it as a mangled joke. There are organized efforts to persuade young men not to join [...]

Nyamko Sabuni goes to work

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Sweden’s minister for integration and equality, Nyamko Sabuni of the Liberal Party, has put an end to government funding of Sweden’s Center Against Racism, a laughable institute that, among other ridiculous things, criticized an ice cream maker for selling an ice cream called Nogger. It’s not a lot of money, less than a million bucks, [...]

In case you didn’t know: Illegal aliens crowd out American workers

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Northeastern University has quite a treasure in Andrew Sum, director of the school’s Center for Labor Market Studies. Here’s an op-ed in the Boston Globe that he co-wrote with associate director Paul E. Harrington on the effect of illegal mass immigration on America’s labor markets: The overall effects of new immigrant inflows from 2000 to [...]

It’s looking up for Sweden: An “assimilationist” “Uncle Tom” “Islamophobe” Minister of Integration and Equality

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Sweden’s new center-right government was announced yesterday and it had some news that might be of interest to various segments in America. For example, The Minister of Culture is an Ayn Randist, and Ayn Randists are like train wrecks: Rare and awful, but you have to look. Most interesting, however, is the appointment of Nyamko [...]

For every fact put out by UMass, five fact checkers are kept busy

Friday, October 6th, 2006

UMass is banging its drum, loudly. Here’s the opening paragraph in a press release put out on Wednesday: The University of Massachusetts is one of the state’s largest economic engines, generating $4 billion in economic activity each year, with every $1 of state support helping the university generate more than $8 in positive economic activity, [...]

In lieu of our own nuclear power plant, buying electricity from Canada is a good idea

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

One can make polite small-talk about renewable energy sources as much as one wants, but real energy solutions come down to big ticket items, like nuclear power plants or hydroenergy. Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, Kerry Healey, thinks the state should secure some its energy supply by buying hydrogenerated electricity from Canada. That’s a [...]

The painstaking process of science

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The history of Easter Island is being re-written right before our very eyes. A recent, popular, theory held that the island suffered from a man-made ecological disaster that wiped out the native civilization, but now the argument is being made that the disaster was actually rodent-made and capped off by genocide by foreign invaders. American [...]

Not everybody can be a Ram Shriram

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Boston Globe staffer Swati Gauri Sharma writes on a Globe blog: A month ago, blogs and websites scolded Delaware’s Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Joe Biden for making racist remarks about Indians. “Racist remarks?” That’s interesting. Here’s what Senator Biden said: “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot [...]

I guess it’s just not flat enough for him

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Thomas Friedman, doing his over-compensated, over-rated thing: Petrolism is my term for the corrupting, antidemocratic governing practices – in oil states from Russia to Nigeria and Iran – that result from a long run of $60-a-barrel oil. Norway, Mr. Friedman, Norway. Norway is my term for “oil has nothing to do with the misery in [...]

“Yea, I will still blog”

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

An Indian blogger whose blog has been blocked by India tells her government to screw: Yea, I will still blog. I still continue to blog. Blog my random thoughts. They can’t stop me from talking. Read the rest here. There are lots of democracies in the world, but only one has the First Amendment.