Archive for February 18th, 2009
Do you remember Dubya’s “Clear Skies Initiative”? It was an plan to relax air pollution standards. His “Healthy Forests Initiative” was a timber industry clear-cutting plan.
I recently saw an ad for EnergyTomorrow.org. As near as I can tell, it follows Sarah Palin’s policy of “Drill, drill, drill!”. Apparently, long term energy security depends on using up our petroleum reserves as quickly as possible. And moreover to direct its use as fuel, rather than conserving it for producing plastics and fertilizer.
I suppose that they mean “tomorrow” in the sense of as soon as possible. But the ad and the site is framed to look “green”. As if.
North Dakota’s House of Representatives has passed a bill declaring that every fertilized egg has all the same rights of a baby. If passed, this bill would mean that any abortion is the equivalent of murder. Here’s the wording of the bill, from Yahoo News:
The bill declares that “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens” is a person protected by rights granted by theand state laws.
I usually like the online magazine Slate. I listen to many of Slate’s podcasts, read several of the site’s posts a week, and peruse their author-run blogs on occasion, too. The site isn’t perfect, but I usually carry some respect for the site’s authors and its generally thoughtful, funny content. Exceptions being boneheaded pursuits like their recent attempt to track down the evolutionary origins of Facebook’s 25 Things meme (Hint to Slate: that trend dates back to the years before Facebook, the golden days of Livejournal).
But for all of Slate’s occasionally out-of-touch, misguided posts, nothing beats The Happiness Project. Authored by ex-lawyer and non-Slate author Gretchen Rubin, it’s a recent addition to Slate’s blog roll, and not truly a “part” of Slate itself. I still hold Slate somewhat responsible for sharing the drivel that the blog spews. I’ll give you a pretty representative taste: Five Ways to Outsmart Your 3-Year Old.
Let’s take Way #1. Gretchen writes: