Planet Earth is facing two global catastrophes. One of them, global warming, is happening before our eyes. The other, global winter caused by impact with a big rock falling from the sky, doesn’t get much attention – yet – but is nonetheless a statistical certainty if only because there are countless objects floating around our solar neighborhood. One of these days one of them is going to hit with the force of mega-multiple nuclear bombs.One Man’s Opinion
It has happened before; one of them the size of two or three football fields struck Earth sixty-five million years ago. The global winter caused by the ash and debris thrown into the atmosphere and cutting off sunlight exterminated all but the most primitive life forms. Relatively smaller impacts have “only” wiped out tens of thousands, or perhaps millions, of acres of the planet’s surface. We’ve already spotted a good number measuring hundreds of miles in diameter. If we know one of those things is headed our way the only ones to benefit – briefly – will be enterprising sorts selling clean BVDs Read More
Some time ago ago Bill Gates gave a televised interview in which, understandably enough, he extolled the advantages of math and science, and of course computers, to the future education of young people. Soon after, the Kentucky legislature passed a bill that lets school districts raise the dropout age from 16 to 18, with Gov. Bashear sweetening the pie with a proposal to give $10,000 to each school district that successfully met the higher educational bar. One Man’s Opinion
I respect Bill Gates; more often than not I approve of the General Assembly; and I hold Steve Beshear in high regard. In this instance, however, Gates, the Assembly, and the Governor were all wrong, though for different and equally wrong reasons They mistook the popularly identified symptoms of substandard academic performance for the root cause. Read More
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The principle explaining why a stopped clock is right twice daily explains why I sometimes agree with Kentucky’s new, wet behind the ears, Senator Rand Paul. His inner mechanism isn’t processing information but since he keeps talking it shouldn’t be a surprise that an occasional thought issues forth. Almost every time he opens his mouth, however, Rand Paul demeans himself, denigrates the Senate, and insults thinking people everywhere no matter their social or political stripe.One Man’s Opinion
I plead guilty to being a liberal progressive. I haven’t changed much since the 60’s and 70’s when my hair was below my shoulders, I marched against the war in southeast Asia, and smoked pot. Even then I still listened to what reputable conservatives had to say. Sometimes I learned something. (I still read National Review, but try to do so when nobody is looking.) Rand Paul could take a hint..
Back then, one of my heroes was the conservatives’ conservative, William F. Buckley, (who once unraveled a guest with the truly Churchillian put-down “I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting you actually believe what you just said.”) Buckley did his homework, knew what he was talking about, and put it in terms people understood. Limbaugh and his fellow travelers don’t come near the Buckley gold standard; George Will, whom I also enjoy regularly, has flashes of Buckley in him but can also be overly strident. Besides, he’d rather be Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Unlike our very junior senator and his adoring Fox News dweebs, Buckley was comfortable with guests to his political left on “Firing Line“, nor were they reluctant to come on the show; they knew they would be treated with respect. You might not agree with Buckley, but you could follow his reasoning. Rand Paul fails the follow-the-reasoning test in glorious fashion; one would suspect he’s proud of it.