- Actually a URL du Yesterday: Bryan Caplan considers
the leftwing take on Christopher Columbus, and deems it pretty much on
target. You know what they say about stopped clocks.
Thomas Sowell's column today is titled "Frivolous
You may deserve whatever you get if you vote frivolously in this year's election. But surely the next generation, which has no vote, deserves better.Gulp! Good point. Professor Sowell is probably the least frivolous person in California.
- Both Donald
Luskin and Virginia
Postrel are pretty darn happy with this year's choice for the Econ
Nobel, Edmund Phelps.
Donald is overjoyed that it didn't go
to Paul Krugman; Virginia is pleased with the occurrence of the word
"dynamism" in Phelps' work. And rightly so. The lads at the WSJ's
opinion site have an op-ed from Edmund Phelps today.
The perky news team at Madison's WKOW-TV
have laid hands on a proof of a required textbook
for 9-11 conspiracy loon Kevin Barrett's class at the University
of Wisconsin. If you're wondering if it's got overheated fact-free
deranged rhetoric: why, yes it does, in spades. (Via Prof
George Lakoff (a linguistics prof at UC Berkeley)
has recently written a book entitled Whose
Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea.
Peter Berkowitz (via Powerline), writing in Policy Review deemed it
"embarrassing", a "dismal performance" that "dishonors scholarship".
In an outtake
from a forthcoming Reason article, Will Wilkinson
calls Lakoff's major conjecture "astoundingly empirically
ill-supported"; aside from that, there's only a "tired philosophical
core." Stephen Pinker, in a New Republic review (quoted here),
calls the book a "train wreck"; Lakoff's depictions of both allies
and adversaries are "cartoonish"; his "advice doesn't pass the giggle
Other than that, though, I understand it's pretty good.
It's a funny old world, as Patterico discovers
a recursive relationship between the New York Times
Steven den Beste, taking a break from not-blogging, points
out that the FTC maybe should be investigating
the "reality-based community" for false advertising.
Virginia Postrel reports that
spam with the subject line
SELDON is great hogs of dull witted donkey when it was… got through her spam filter. Here's one that the spam filter here (Bogofilter, specifically) caught:
of. Could live Mallow stopped himself in the tech man's blaster canYes, they're using character names from Asimov SF novels to evade spam filtering. Bastards!