I’ve been neglectful of the blog this past week — it’s been five days since the last post. I’ve been busy, but that’s not all of it; there are times when the well just runs dry, and this has been one of them. It certainly isn’t as if there isn’t a lot going on that’s worth commenting on.
So while I’m waiting for the sap to rise, here’s a roundup of miscellaneous items.
‣ According to this item in the Wall Street Journal, the Earth has “lost half its wildlife in the past four decades”. This seems absurd, but I have done no digging into this whatsoever. You’re on your own.
‣ Here’s a clever little video: old footage of a long-ago war with Mars.
‣ Imagine this: the public schools fostering patriotism. Yes, that actually happened, and here’s how they did it.
‣ On the climate front, the sky still refuses to fall.
‣ In the wake of the witch-burning last spring of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, Molly Hemingway wrote an outstanding essay at The Federalist on same-sex marriage and the suppression of dissent. Read it here.
‣ You’ve probably heard about the giant butt-plug that an American “artist” erected in the Place Vendôme. It has now been destroyed by parties unknown. The whole affair is so distasteful in so many ways that I pass it along without comment.
‣ You’d better sit down for this one: an article at Slate explains that innate ability has a consequential effect on success. That the authors were dragged to this repugnant fact with all the moral revulsion appropriate to goodthinkful Progressives is evident throughout, particularly in their apotropaic paragraph regarding human groups, but to see the thing published at all is a welcome surprise. I should probably give it a post of its own, but for now, you can read it here.
‣ Oh, and of course there’s Ebola. Here are Six Reasons To Panic.