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  • Instead of praying, buy fluorescent

    May 7, 2007
    In my web browsing last evening, I came across a booklet published by the Church of England last month. It's called “How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Christian?” Alas, I couldn't read it online — the pamphlet can only be ordered from the Church at a price of £4.99. But the promotional copy gave me a sense of its Christian mission —
    In eight sections 'How Many Lightbulbs?' will inspire you, your church, and your community towards actions that will reduce your ecological footprint, from turning off the tap, to starting a church compost heap.
    It turns out...
  • The Department of Energy Liberates Us from Clean Clothes

    May 7, 2007
    CEI doesn't always see eye-to-eye with the editors of Consumer Reports (to put it mildly), but they do have a great feature in the current issue (subscription req'd.) on washing machines. In short, complying with recent energy efficiency regulations has produced washers that simply don't work as well. Efficiency cheerleaders predicted that, given a few years to comply, we'd end up with cheaper, better machines and no performance trade-offs. They were wrong. Normally we're not ones to gloat, but CEI (and CR) predicted exactly this outcome:
    The rule...
  • Even a Caveman…

    May 7, 2007
    A Canadian news site notes that activists have recently formed a new “lobby” group called “Prevent Cancer Now.” They want to alert the world to the alleged dangers of man-made chemicals. However, if they really want to make a dent in reducing cancer rates, they should focus on the most likely causes of cancer -- smoking, poor diets, too much sun exposure -- rather than the fact that a man-made chemical “might” pose risk. Evidence that current uses of such man-made chemicals present a serious cancer problem is scant. Apparently, activists are aware that the primary causes of cancer are NOT manmade chemicals. One of their spokespersons admits: “We totally accept that smoking causes lung cancer and that lousy diet encourages cancer, and all those things. That's all correct. But there's a whole other side to...
  • "Dr. Hockey Stick" Michael Mann sticks his neck out

    May 7, 2007
    A colleague directs my attention to a remarkable example of someone needlessly sticking their neck out, specifically "Dr. Hockey Stick" Michael Mann, whose fall I expose in detail in my book and again address on the Glenn Beck Special, "Exposed: The Climate of Fear" which ran on Wednesday night. Sayeth Mann in a thou-doth-titter-too-much blog post, "However, there was one amusing moment: Beck asked Christopher 'Incorrect' Horner what the key thing to google was that would show that Al Gore was wrong. Horner suggested the lag between CO2 annd [sic] temperature in the ice cores. Of course, if you do google that , the first hit is the Realclimate debunking of the issue....
  • Will Sarko deliver?

    May 7, 2007
    One hopeful sign of the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of France is the expectations among many of his supporters, some of whom the BBC interviewed at a victory celebration:
    Martine Vellard, 52, who runs a small carpentry company, stood atop a small vehicle bedecked with balloons and tricolour flags. " We are happy because Sarkozy will let people keep their hard-earned money," she said. "He will discourage people from living off benefits."
    The BBC notes that, "Mr Sarkozy's campaign motto, 'Work more to earn more,' resonated with many younger voters," and interviwed one such voter:
    "This election is going to mean the end of idleness and the beginning of growth," says Breece Suber, 20, who was wearing a 1789-style revolutionary hat. Mr Suber - who has dual US and French citizenship...
  • Re: Sam's the Man

    May 6, 2007
    While I agree with Richard's observation "that most people who are skeptical of Wal-Mart's business practices are entirely unaware of these hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits" it gives its employees, I contend that the small, shrill minority -- that is, organized labor -- that leads the anti-Wal-Mart campaign not only doesn't care about these benefits, but may actually find them counterproductive to its real goal, which is simply to unionize Wal-Mart.
  • Sam's the Man

    May 4, 2007
    Wal-Mart's PR people have a press release out today that may give the anti-Walton forces of the world some pause. According to EVP Linda Dillman, the company has dispersed "$1.1 billion in profit sharing, 401(K), stock purchase and merchandise discounts to hourly associates in the U.S." over the last fiscal year.
    Sam Walton
    I would bet that most people who are skeptical of Wal-Mart's business practices are entirely unaware of these hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits. The release also noted the results of a recent third-party study on employment benefits:
    Wal-Mart's philosophy of sharing its...
  • The Honor of Being 'Lamberted'

    May 4, 2007
    I have recently been informed that a couple weeks ago I had the distinct honor of being 'Lamberted.' That is, I was the object of a tirade by Australian blogger Tim Lambert, a computer science professor who fancies himself an expert on everything from DDT to climate change. Lambert is one of the "DDT deniers" I reference in my book Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism Is Hazaardous to Your Health. Following the lead of his idol, Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, Lambert continues to promote the untruth that third-world countries ceased using DDT because the insecticide became ineffective due to mosquito resistance. Eco-Freaks...
  • MSYahoo Would Be Good for the Market

    May 4, 2007
    The New York Post is speculating on the possibility of Microsoft aquiring Yahoo! This deal would deflate the notion that Google is a monopoly as the combined company would be a formidable force in the online world. I also found this aspect of the story very interesting:
    Aside from cost savings, a deal would also create opportunities to use Yahoo! content on Microsoft devices, such as making music exclusively provided to Yahoo! Music available on Microsoft's Xbox game console and Zune music player.
    The online music point is important because currently the iPod enjoys a 70 to 80 percent market share. MSYahoo! would put the Zune on better ground to be a serious...
  • Another Victim of the Nanny State

    May 4, 2007
    In the spirit of Friday afternoon, allow me to direct your attention to the sad demise of Sudan's only married goat. Her name was Rose, and while her marriage was an arranged one, she reportedly maintained a quiet dignity throughout.
    Sudanese GoatRose: She lived her life like a candle in the wind. Photo credit: BBC.

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