Daily Archives: May 20, 2002

USS Clueless I could post on Den Beste everyday…

USS Clueless

I could post on Den Beste everyday. But today there are two entries I particularly want to point out. First, he writes of Europe and the US, and the ridiculous Wanker article on Europe as a “postmodern” state, and superior to merely “modern” America:

But that’s not the limit to the arrogance here. There’s also the underlying assumption that all nations actually follow, and should follow, the same path of advancement, and Europe quite naturally leads the world in this regard.

Missing is any recognition that there may be more than one answer, that the process of advancement might be a tree and not a ladder.

Also missing is any idea that maybe, just maybe, the US might have a better idea.

See, I wish I could do that. Then, he turns to Stephen Jay Gould. It’s very fitting, because the idea of (biological) evolution as a tree, not a ladder, was one of Gould’s favorite themes.

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Stephen Jay Gould, Biologist and Theorist on Evolu…

Stephen Jay Gould, Biologist and Theorist on Evolution, Dies at 60

No, no, no!

If Slate lets that damn Robert Wright write about this…

IOL : Scientists of Oz at war with killer jellyfis…

IOL : Scientists of Oz at war with killer jellyfish

Don’t go swimming in Australia. A tiny jellyfish (an inch or less across, if I remember how long a centimeter is) has shown up in Australian waters; one American and one British tourist have been killed by them in the last year. They’re translucent, which combined with their size makes them hard to see, and there’s no known antidote to their venom.

Colombian Frontrunner Looks to War (washingtonpost…

Colombian Frontrunner Looks to War (washingtonpost.com)

If you desire peace, prepare for war. And if you’re already at war, win it. The Colombian electorate seems to have figured this out, though the WP doesn’t quite get it yet.

Study: Removing Ovaries Reduces Cancer Risk (washi…

Study: Removing Ovaries Reduces Cancer Risk (washingtonpost.com)

Somehow, I doubt that prophylactic ovary removal is ever going to catch on as a treatment. Yes, they’re talking about women with certain genetic problems leading to an increased risk of cancer, not women generally, but jeez.

Threat to Orlando water supply probed An "unspe…

Threat to Orlando water supply probed

An “unspecified”, “vague and unsubstantiated” threat. But a threat. Orlando seems like a potential terror target, because of Disneyworld. But most likely this is just a crank. Again, I’m afraid the authorities are going to cry wolf until nobody is paying attention, then the strike.

Israeli Family Sues EU for Attack YEAH! Noth…

Israeli Family Sues EU for Attack

YEAH!

Nothing will come of this, of course. The EU will weasel its way out of it. But it’s great to see that they’re being held responsible for once.

“We have yet to receive any evidence that the Palestinian Authority has misused our funds to fund terrorist activities,” [EU spokesman David] Kriss said.

Davey, money is fungible. The Palestinians basically threw all the money into the pot, then took out a whole lot of it for terror. You can say that “your” money wasn’t used, but that’s facile. You sent — and still are sending — financial support to a terrorist group. Maybe you can say they spent it all on schoolbooks (oops!) but then that just means money they would have spent on schoolbooks was freed up for terror.

You can’t get out of this that easily.