URLs du Jour


  • We've discussed geoengineering approaches to global warming mitigation before; today, John Tierney brings us up to date, pointing out a new proposal from a surprising source.

  • You might also want to check out Stuart Taylor's tie-it-all-together column in National Journal, where he finds the common threads between academia's treatment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Erwin Chemerinsky, Lawrence Summers, and Jim Gilchrist. If you haven't been paying attention over the past few weeks, it's a good review. Concluding paragraph:
    In the words of George Mason's [Professor David] Bernstein, "The Chemerinsky episode, disturbing though it was, should not distract us from the primary challenge facing academic freedom in American universities: the rise of an academic far-left establishment that seeks to use universities as a base for political activism and is perfectly willing to violate accepted standards of academic freedom to achieve that goal."
    Well, yeah. The Bernstein quote is from this LATimes op-ed, also well worth reading.

  • Fred Thompson fans should find this article by J. Peter Mulhern cheering:
    Conventional wisdom is hardening around the proposition that Fred Dalton Thompson is too lazy, ill-prepared, tired, old, lackluster, inexperienced, inconsistent and bald to make a successful run for President.

    Of course, conventional wisdom rarely gets anything right. When it does, it's only by accident.

    In this case conventional wisdom is not just wrong but comically so. Thompson will win the Republican nomination for two reasons. First, he's a very impressive candidate. Second, there's no realistic alternative. He will win the general election for the same two reasons.

    (Via Instapundit.)

  • Do you find you're using too many old clichés? Well, then get on over to the Cliché Rotation Project, and find out the new clichés you can use instead. Or you can suggest your own. For example, instead of:
    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
    … replace with:
    A website is only as good as its …
    No, wait, that doesn't work at all. Darn, this is harder than it looks!

  • Speaking of which: are they Iraq War Clichés … or something else?