Sunday, October 29, 2006

SEJ 2006 Panel

Video of a panel discussion on how global warming is covered by the media in the U.S., recorded in all its shaky, uneven glory at the 16th annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Burlington, Vermont.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Minimum Wage Video

I'd like a job:


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Stop African Foreign Aid Now

There was a brilliant presentation today at the Cato Institute by Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda on how foreign aid is hurting Africa. Yes, billions of dollars in international loans and grants does not help poor Africans. Sounds wildly counterintuitive to Bono-philes, but Mwenda makes an extraordinarily compelling case.

See also Paul Theroux's excellent op-ed that appeared in The New York Times and in the (London) Sunday Times on "How Bono aid is making Africa sick."


Newsmaker Interview #1: Jeremy Lott

Newsmaker Interview #1: Jeremy Lott

It's the first of the Newsmaker Interviews with author and journalist Jeremy Lott. Filmed at lunch in Bravo Bravo in Washington, DC and unfortunately interrupted by a change in seating arrangements. Filmed by Jason, with the crowd of Greg, Peter and Erin hovering about. In two parts.



Wiping Away Santorum

Like a lot of people, I don't particularly care for Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Thus, it's good news that one of the best political insider publications around is predicting that come election day, he's dead meat:

Republican strategists do not expect to save Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), whose numbers hover around 40 percent, or Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), who is in roughly the same position. Democrats are far enough ahead in Montana, and have a strong enough statewide organization, that they have pulled out their money.

Santorum trails not only in the polls but also in cash as the final days approach. Only a complete meltdown by his opponent, state Treasurer Bob Casey (D), could save him. People really dislike Santorum. Even though he always comes off as vastly more knowledgeable and intelligent than Casey in every debate, his responses are abrasive, sparing no nasty comment for his opponent. Santorum appears frustrated that a man like Casey is beating him.

The "if the election were held today" reckoning, by the way, has the Republicans losing 20 House seats and 4 Senate seats, thus losing control of both chambers.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Human Race Splits!

The Human Race Splits!

This story
is fascinating; apparently in the future humans will become "giants between 6ft and 7ft tall." Hmmm...I'm between 6ft and 7ft tall. Does that mean I'm from the future?

Also, all this talk of future humans with bigger penises, pert breasts and coffee-colored skin (though not, assumably, all at once) reads more like an unusually clinical letter to Penthouse than it does genetic research. One wonders what portion of his research time is spent studing DNA polymerase analysis and how much is dedicated to figuring just exactly how much bigger future penises will be. I'm guessing 50/50.

Thanks to Peter for the link.


Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bureaucrash Video Contest

The Prof. and the rest of the Bureaucrash players announce our first ever pro-liberty video contest:

Release the Spiders

Link to my Technorati Profile.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mace Deployed on Capitol Hill

Photo from today's edition of Roll Call, showing an assistant to the House's Sergeant-at-Arms getting his mace on. Representatives from the SCA were unavailable for comment.