Ramesh Ponnuru has a book coming out later this month:
of Death. Subtitle: "The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and
the Disregard for Human Life". If that seems a little
overheated to you, check out this article
from the Seguin (TX) Gazette that covers the …
um … provocative beliefs of one Eric Pianka:
A University of Texas professor says the Earth would be better off with 90 percent of the human population dead.
Pianka's beliefs have recently been publicized by Forrest Mims, an effort apparently spurred by the Texas Academy of Science's recent grant of the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist award to Prof. Pianka. You can read Mims on Pianka here; Pianka's home page is here. You can read a Pianka sort-of defense and a Mims-trashing here by another guy with a big beard and a falcon.
Is this a case of a devotee of environmentalism being unusually outspoken and honest in taking his ideology to its logical conclusion? If so, maybe Ramesh has a point.
What I learned today from reading the Bleat:
I was an idiot for liking King Kong so much.
Mr. Lileks and I agree on this sort of thing so often that
it's unsettling. I assume a temporary bad mood turned him
into a grouchy quibbler while watching the movie. At least he didn't
go into the whole square-cube law thing.
What I learned from reading the Liberty & Power
blog: scriptwriters for the TV show Law & Order either
don't know the Constitution, or they desperately wish the Ninth
Amendment could just be interpreted away.
Jacqueline Passey discovers that the pre-release marketing for
has probably gone a
little overboard. (Pun Salad tries to keep it PG-13, but can't help
but notice that the Google reports an extraordinary number of hits for
If you didn't swoon at that last item, you might want to check out
FIRE's award of "Speech Code of the Month" to Barnard College.
This speech code deserves special recognition because it accomplishes the unique feat of violating itself.Yes, at Barnard College, they do adopt the time-honored strategy of destroying the village in order to save it. Or something.
The magic number for the Red Sox is 162.
And, oh yeah: Aieee!
We're all gonna die! (Via The Corner.)