Monthly Archives: February 2010

Girl Scouts now teaching their girls ways to waffle about bad news, not exactly character-building.

The Girl Scouts in several states are recalling batches of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies because they taste a little funny.  The manufacturer, also sometimes known as a baker, says the cookies are safe but “may contain oils that are breaking

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One thing civil society doesn’t need is a lot of kids running around college campuses with concealed guns.

The local Pittsburgh media has reported about a young lady at one of the branches of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) recently registered a new campus organization, the CCAC branch of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Yes,

Posted in Social & Political Issues

Some midwinter cleaning in the house of blog.

Every once in a while, I feel the need to do some blog house-cleaning.  Let’s start with the windows. The blog has been getting a lot of comments lately, so I thought I should tell readers how we handle them: 

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Write to Obama and tell him to make sure the federal government pays back Social Security what it owes.

The Associated Press reported yesterday afternoon that “President Barack Obama signed an order Thursday unilaterally creating a bipartisan commission to rein in unruly deficits after Congress rejected a similar body with considerably more enforcement power. As I have said a

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Is reducing the world population without war, disease or famine just a pipedream?

Earlier this week I proposed that by limiting everyone to one child each, in less than a century we could bring the world population down to 500 million, thereby ending both environmental and economic problems. One reader asked quite aptly

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The real challenge of the 21st century is to reduce world population without massive famine, disease or war.

Today let’s go big picture and look at some pressing global problems and my conceptually simple solution to them: As Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz points out, in the U.S. and worldwide, we face an excess of productive capacity that

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Another example of wishful “it’s so because we say it’s so” news reporting.

A lot of wishful thinking goes on in articles that purport to be news.  I’m talking about the kind of article that speculates that a trend is forming that will be positive to the interests of the U.S.  But when

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USDA food pyramid elongates as much as Pinocchio’s nose and for pretty much the same reason.

The people who make advertising decisions for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) must either have a sick sense of humor or an unconscious desire to admit that they’ve twisted the purpose of the food pyramid from helping people

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If the mainstream media is so leftwing, why does it love the Tea Party and exaggerate its influence?

Which publications would be considered more representative of the so-called liberal and leftwing leanings of the mainstream news media than New Yorker and the New York Times?  Yet both persist in giving enormous coverage to the Tea Party, much more

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NPR the latest media to get on the walkaway bandwagon.

National Public Radio has hopped on the media bandwagon of advocates of just walking away from a house that’s underwater, i.e., worth less than the mortgage. NPR aired a story this morning that justified and gave credence to the view

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