Hat tip to Instapundit, who entitles his post “Cats and Dogs Living Together”: Moderates have been spotted at the meetings of the Modern Language Association, which rejected resolutions against Israel and for Ward Churchill in favor of ones expressing support for academic freedom. I especially admire these remarks, from someone who opposed even the more moderate resolutions as showing too much sympathy with the indefensible: … Continue reading Reason at the MLA
Britain declares that the war on terror is over. That’s a relief, I guess—but doesn’t it depend who won? Seriously, this seems to confirm the hypotheses of Dr. Sanity and ShrinkWrapped that many people’s reactions to terror are based on displacement and denial. Continue reading War on terror?
Andrew McCarthy argues that Benazir Bhutto was murdered by the real Pakistan—something that should give us pause in pushing for democracy in the Islamic world. If he’s right, however, why did al-Qaeda have to assassinate her? Couldn’t they have just won an election? Then again, perhaps murder is easier than politics. Continue reading McCarthy on the Bhutto Assassination
NPR lists the top ten unknown artists of 2007. I especially like Lucinda Blackbear and Georgie James. Continue reading Top Ten Unknown Musical Artists of 2007
I’ve returned from my conference equipped with a few new ideas, and three interesting mathematical puzzles: Show that, in any community of finitely many people, at least two people have the same number of friends. (Assume that no one is friend of himself.) In a certain park, there are some trees, and in those trees are some birds. Each tree has the same number of … Continue reading Math Puzzles
Wired lists its ten top science stories of 2007. It’s too early, perhaps, to say whether “An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything” belongs on the list. Of more practical use might be this explanation for why wires, threads, and just about everything else ends up in knots. Continue reading Top Science Stories of 2007
It was December 2005 when the stray, tailless cat my daughters whimsically named Bobo McFluffins started coming around to our house. We tried to trap him, but he was far too skittish; we caught a raccoon instead. (Have you ever tried getting a raccoon out of a trap at 5am?) It took us a year to calm him down enough to get him into the … Continue reading Feline Friday: Bobo McFluffins
Dan Surber discusses the sled police, using radar guns on sled-riders. Good grief. Continue reading The Frontiers of Paternalism
If we think of Islam as a meme propagating itself in quasi-evolutionary terms, we get an interesting interpretation of various aspects of Islamic ideology, as Amil Amani adumbrates. Continue reading The Muslim Meme
Austin Bay predicts that terrorists in Iraq will attempt a Tet offensive within the next six months, to sway public opinion in the United States just as the North Vietnamese were able to do in 1968 when their devastation in battle was spun in the media as a Communist victory. (HT: Instapundit.) That seems plausible, though I would expect it to fall within the height … Continue reading Coming Soon: Terror Tet?