Two recent blog posts that made a big splash . . .

. . . decisively refuted: "Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical Education" and "Pandora Paid Over $1,300 for 1 Million Plays, Not $16.89".

(The post at the first link attacks an article whose' premise is that we shouldn't be eating foods banned in Europe. Two additional points: 1) science shouldn't be conducted just by majority vote and 2) why should we believe the Europeans are right? Their regulators permitted pregnant women to take thalidomide. And France gets about 75% of its electricity from nuclear power--are they right about that, too? Why don't "consumer advocates" want to follow them on that?)

From Harvard University's Department of English Frequently Asked Questions

Question: "Can I speak to a faculty member about a grammatical question?"

Answer: Hell no, you poor peon.

Link via The .Plan: A Quasi-Blog (by James Choi, Associate Prof. of Finance, Yale School of Management) See a paper co-authored by him, "What Does Stock Ownership Breadth Measure?" for one difference between Smart Money and Dumb Money.

"One less guard on the wall"

William Jacobson notes that independent conservative bloggers are going away. (Link via Instapundit.)

Independent conservative bloggers are a dying breed, I’m sorry to say.  They either burnout, or they join an established website.

Yet the walls still have to be guarded by independent bloggers who bear a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom, and while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, you want us on that wall, you need us on that wall.


But hey, I'm still here.