Advice & Dissent: 2010

In an *American Spectator *piece, "Global Warmists Feel a Chilly Wind," Tom Bethell states, "Two weeks ago I wrote an article here about global warming and the advocates - call them warmists - who tamper with Wikipedia to reflect their own biases. One warmist named William…Read More
What man-made pollutants were causing the mysterious cluster of scleroderma in South Boston? Scleroderma is a rare, incurable, sometimes fatal illness that hardens muscles and internal organs. It's victims are overwhelming women. It's an autoimmune disease, meaning the body's…Read More
The World Health Organization has suddenly gone from crying "The sky is falling!" like a cackling Chicken Little to squealing like a stuck pig. The reason: charges that the agency deliberately fomented swine flu hysteria. "The world is going through a real pandemic. The…Read More
Yesterday I wrote that a scare over a scleroderma cluster in South Boston had been resolved when the state department of health found no links to anything manmade, but rather than the sufferers were simply genetically more inclined to developing the disease. But now Florida…Read More
Despite massive subsidies, wind power still only provides about two percent of U.S. energy. Part of the problem is inherent. It takes a lot of turbines to produce the power that a single coal-fired or nuke plant can produce. So wind farms are going to comprise a lot of turbines…Read More
Regarding yesterday's blog post, "Indians objecting to paleface wind farms," I received constructive criticism contained wholly in the subject line, which I repeat verbatim: "The Objections to Wind Farms - you -- a--r-e an idot." I stand duly chastened.Read More, the premier online resource for automotive information, has obtained and reviewed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) complaint database. A key finding: Toyota was the subject of 9.1 percent of the complaints from 2001 through 2010 (through…Read More
Noteworthy is a tsk, tsk on page A1 of today's Washington Post, "'Toyota Way' was lost on road to phenomenal worldwide growth." More noteworthy is a Financial Times column, "How Toyota Engineered its own Downfall." Writer David Pilling sniggers, "Rather than admitting the problem…Read More
I found the new movie "The Wolfman" quite enjoyable. It certainly doesn't do justice to the adage, "Once bitten, twice shy!""I hate this five o'clock shadow!" Ah, but then there was what appears to be a little dig at what's euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation." I…Read More
The Washington Post Sunday edition devotes a page to the discussion of what impact the current cold snap and immense amount of snow (a record in the nation's capital) has and should have on the global warming debate generally and legislation specifically. Most of the space goes…Read More