I was watching Fox News for a moment, and Rebecca Gomez came on talking to Neil Cavuto about Bridges TV, an English-language Arabic cable network. Now I wouldn’t be so suspicious, but the last time I saw Fox anchors that happy was in the last big court decision against gay marriage. This worries me, I will be interested to know who’s funding them.
SB: Ten years later, and I still don’t know.
Steven Lubet of Northwestern University has the best rebuttal to charges of liberal bias in education I’ve ever seen. Do take a look at it.
This article over at The Nation does an excellent job of debunking Fox’s foaming at the mouth over the IOFFS. Amazing the places they ‘find’ systemic corruption. Funny what we don’t hear about on Fox News, though.
In this article on Slashdot decrying the insertion of intellectual property laws into Iraqi farming, the claim is made that farmers saving their seeds from year to year for replanting is going to become illegal. I’m curious about this, since from what I’ve read, the restrictions on replanting only apply to patented varieties of plants. What does concern me is that one, Iraq’s previous constitution made private ownership of biological resources illegal, and two, given how U.S. companies have been given free rein in Iraq thus far, it would not surprise me if this provision were retained and the government went sole-supplier with a U.S. company who had lots of well-paid lobbyists. In any case, the overwhelming subsidies provided to agribusiness are more dangerous and far-reaching (if less profitable) than the outrageous institutionalization of the profits of big pharma (see below). We’ll see what happens.
From Tom Regan at the Christian Science Monitor: Late on the Wednesday afternoon before the Thanksgiving holiday, the US Defense Department released a report by the Defense Science Board that is highly critical of the administration’s efforts in the war on terror and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I wonder how long it will be before the Administration vents its spleen at these “reality-based” heathen.
Again it’s nearing the holiday season, and a quick Google search reveals a wealth of Christan Persecution. No, really, have a press kit!
Puh-leeze, people. Why can’t you take off the hair shirts, stop flogging yourselves, and show a little common sense like many of your bretheren? Trust me, as one of the unwashed heathen, there is no lack of religious input into the public square that does not happen when people who AREN’T believers are paying for it, little Timmy is not going to be deprived because his public school teacher won’t lead the class in a rousing chorus of the greatest hits from the psalms. LIght an extra candle for the unsaved and leave it at that. You’ll feel better, we’ll feel relieved, and lots of lawyers will get smaller Christmas bonuses. Wouldn’t that be nice?
I originally found this review of The Truth About the Drug Companies in an essay by Arianna Huffington (she tends to have a lot of pithy things to say about big pharma). Even the review is interesting reading, and promises a great deal of good information for the book.
SB: Looking back almost ten years, I’m almost embarrassed at all of these one-line throwaway posts.