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July 2008

Some of Will Rogers's fine observations

While looking for a particular Will Rogers quote, I found this nice collection.

This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. 

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.   

The good life?

If you're brave enough--or foolish enough, you decide--this country affords you a lot of lattitude to live exactly the way you want to.

The LA Times writes about a 52-year-old man, who was unemployed, twice-divorced, and had no savings, but who decided that he 1) wanted to live on the water in Newport Beach, 2) didn't want to work too much, and 3) wanted to play golf and tennis several times a week.

The Times reports that he's been doing that for eight years. (And no, he's not--at least, according to the Times--doing anything illegal.)

Al Gore, call your office

The editor of the American Physical Society's journal Physics & Society writes:

There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.

Now I may be missing something, but does that sound like "consensus" to you?

Liebowitz v. OGS makes the Chronicle of Higher Education

The fine report by David Glenn is here. Note the ad hominem attack on Liebowitz:

In an e-mail message to The Chronicle, Mr. Strumpf defends his work and suggests that Mr. Liebowitz's zeal stems from the fact that an academic center he directs, the Center for the Analysis of Property Rights and Innovation, receives grants from the Recording Industry Association of America and other commercial interests. "One might ask why Professor Liebowitz has remained so engrossed with our study," he writes.

Or, maybe he's just upset that a 40+-page lead article in one of the profression's top journals has serious errors.