A much-needed site: Music from TV Commercials.
High prices of academic journals now the focus of newspaper articles. (The University of Guelph can't keep up!)
Would-be-funny-if-it-weren't-so-sad article about the results of North Carolina's fourth-grade writing test.
Lovely, lovely attack on the Global Warming scam. Includes this: "When the global warmers tell us that the stakes are very high, they are quite right. Global warming has become an immense international gravy train worth billions of dollars. It is now one of the largest recipients of government research money in the world. It finances jobs, grants, conferences, international travel and journals. It not only keeps a huge army of people in comfortable employment but also fills them with self-righteousness and moral superiority, and satisfies those deep instincts in the Green movement for meddling, hectoring, controlling and censuring. It enables them to say, ‘The end is nigh unless you give us more funding, repent, and do what we say.’ Behind these exhortations is the vision of Rousseau, of a retreat from the evil industrialised world of motor cars and electricity back to the simpler, nobler world of nature (except for the Green priesthood who will still be allowed to fly in jet planes to attend conferences)."
A Slate writer argues that Amtrak should die. It includes this (to me, at least) startling assertion: every day, American airlines carry 1.8 million passengers and almost 1 million people ride intercity buses, but Amtrak carries only about 64,000 people.