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Archive for October, 2005

The 9/11 Commission Report: Cui Bono?

Monday, October 31st, 2005

The 9/11 Commission Report has been perhaps the most praised official government document in history. In a throwaway line he likely regrets, John Updike wrote in the New Yorker last November that it was a "masterpiece produced by a committee," comparable only to the King James Bible. But in a remarkable piece published in the […]

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Contra Daylight Saving Time

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

I detest Daylight Saving Time, and will be glad to get rid of it for another few months. But lawmakers north and south of the border are determined to inflict it on me for a few more weeks every year. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that this will save fuel or make our […]

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Will the Real David Frum Please Sit Down?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

On Monday, October 17th, Howard Kurtz wrote about David Frum’s efforts to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers in the Washington Post. Frum was “reluctant to be interviewed and uncomfortable with being portrayed as Harriet Miers’s most vocal critic.” Two days later, his reluctance evaporated in Canada’s National Post, where Frum writes a […]

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I introduce this little screenshot of Google news in order to make a humble request to reporters and headline writers: open your thesaurus. In the coming days, Saddam Hussein will hurl abuse at the court, show disrespect to the judge, and generally act like a pain-in-the-ass. But resist the urge to call him “defiant.” Please. […]

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Saddam vs Slobodan, Bush vs Clinton

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

James Lileks asks a simple question this morning: [D]o you think that if President Clinton had invaded Iraq and knocked Saddam for power in 1998, we’d be seeing a movie about the dictator’s trial right now, with George Clooney as the prosecutor? Look, I appreciate the sentiment here. I’m sick and tired of all the […]

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The Latest (Non-)Science on Lower Back Pain

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

I’m beginning to appreciate Seth Roberts’ point in my comments section about the “flaws in conventional scientific tests.” Not that I withdraw my objections to Roberts’ diet theories. But Roberts is right to say that the limitations of his “research” are shared by an awful lot of “conventional” science. Consider the latest findings on lower […]

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Carlin Romano on William Bennett

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

This is such a sleepy blog that I doubt folks like Carlin Romano read it. Still, it’s a wonderful coincidence that, two weeks after my post comparing Romano with William Bennett, Romano himself has weighed in with a defense of the radio host — or as Romano refers to him, an “academic philosopher by training.” […]

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Deckle Edges are Ruining Everything

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Caleb Crain, channeling Nicholson Baker, laments the rough untrimmed pages of certain hardcover books: It’s wretched nostalgia, and it should be stopped. All binding is centralized today, and so no customer chooses deckle edges anymore, and no one can opt out of it, either, except by waiting for the paperback. Deckle edges absorb and retain […]

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Christopher Hitchens, Soviet Apologist?

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

The American Conservative, paleoconservatism’s house organ, has continued its war against neoconservatism by launching a broadside against, wait for it, Christopher Hitchens. Well, no surprise there, I suppose. Hitchens has been called a neocon by the Left for years. And the paleos and the far Left have become chummier and chummier since the war in […]

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CBC Hyperbole Watch

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Antonia Zerbisias notes that CBC workers are being asked to sign on to some bizarre clauses in their Return To Work Protocol: 10. Upon ratification, CMG [Canadian Media Guild] and CBC will remove, as much as is possible, negative references and material [related] to the work stoppage on all their websites. 11. Upon ratification, CMG […]

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