Chris Suellentrop: “A few things in the movie, of course, are just plain wrong—characters and scenes are compressed, events prettied up—but the fudges are mostly forgivable, given the difficulty of whittling a nearly 400-page book into a two-hour biopic.”
Robert Book: “Since wastepaper is a major input to the production of new paper, municipal sponsorship of recycling provides a significant implicit subsidy to the paper industry.”
It should come as no surprise that the author is an economist from the University of Chicago, which is notorious for it's neoconservative economists (Milton Friedman being the archetype).
Peter L. Bergen: “If the attackers [on Sept. 11] were not motivated by economic discontent, then, what drove them? Religion, of course -- although not everyone is ready to fully admit the role of Islam in September's attacks. In her essay in How Did This Happen?, for example, the religion scholar Karen Armstrong doth protest too much when she says that the Koran tells Muslims they "may never initiate hostilities ...
Yahoo! News: No Need to Guzzle All That Water, Expert Says
"[Dr. Heinz Valtin] hopes people will be relieved of the guilt of not getting enough water, and of the expense of buying bottled water to drink throughout the day."
Bryan Curtis: “This section of California state law requires that anyone who represents a threat to others because of a mental disorder or illness can't own a firearm. The state also denies gun ownership to those suffering from any kind of grave illness. For Heston to lose his Second Amendment rights, a court would have to find that he has a grave illness or represents such a threat.”
John O'Sullivan: “The United States is in a position to offer an attractive deal to Riyadh: We will protect you against any domestic insurrection provided that you break with the mullahs, end subsidizing terrorism and fundamentalism abroad, bring in liberal reforms of the polity and the economy today -- free speech, freedom of the press, rule of law -- and begin the gradual transformation of the country into a co
comment on Kottke.org about Dave Eggers by mathowie: “(It's funny how people either hate Dave Eggers or love him. there's no in-between. He's either satan or jesus)”
Waitaminute! I thought his book was just okay! Not great, not sucky-bad. Okay. I don't think Eggers is Satan nor Jesus. (Kottke evidently thinks he's the latter.)
As a (welcome?) departure from my tales of non-existant woe (ToNEW for short), I hereby give you a Dreamweaver-created (out of laziness) table of the way I pronounce computer-related acronyms. I haven't seen SCSI used very often lately (must be passï¿½ already) but the others are still used pretty often.
Leah McLaren: “Last week, The Spectator, a London weekly, published an article I wrote on the romantic ineptitude of the English male. Since then, I've found myself invited to slag off the chinless wonders on TV, radio and the pages of various newspapers. But while it's true that English suitors leave a lot to be desired, at heart I know the real problem lies with me.
"This isn't particularly surprising, but it's disheartening nonetheless."
Encapsulated in one sentence is both the tenor and content of the Left these days.That said, the leftward turn in my political leanings continues unabated.
Ben Williams: “The debut of Jennifer Lopez's J to Tha L-O! The Remixes at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart earlier this year was just another notch on the career bedpost for the multimedia Latina. But for the art of the remix, it was a milestone: the first time an album composed entirely of remixes hit No. 1 in the United States. Serendipitously enough, Lopez's collection followed directly on the heels of her onetime beau P.