• The Truth About Beavis and Butthead

    Thanks to Karl Rove I was thinking about hippy-dippy self-esteem psycho-babble last night . He’s pretty clearly trying to link us to the Effeminate Hippy Stereotype. And when I think of Effeminate Hippy Stereotypes, I think of Mr. VanDrisen from Beavis and Butthead. And this is the truth about that show:
  • What a Long Strange Trip It's Going To Be

    Prof. Goose here. Dear Kleinians, you've been great. I hope you've seen from my posts that the issue of petroleum's imminent peak of supply matters and will matter more and more to your lives over time. I also hope you'll continue learning about this complex topic at the many news sources available (e.g., , , ) or even come by The Oil Drum (and add us to your blogrolls, if you are so inclined...) and pull up a comment box sometime. Truth be told, I had planned a couple more posts, but we're having blogger problems over at the home base that need my attention. And, I still have my headache to boot. So, what I will prepare for you below the fold is a discussion of alternate energy sources and how they will likely not be enough to solve the problems of our dependence on petroleum and its wonderful energy density or EROEI (energy returned on energy invested).
  • A Few Words About the Rove Statements

    As posed to Cheney: BLITZER: Let me read to you from comments that Karl Rove … A lot of Democrats are pretty irate about those comments. They want him to retract them. How the question would have been posed if Karl Rove were a Democrat: BLITZER: Let me read to you from comments that Karl Rove … If the top Democrat political strategist is making inflammatory comments like these, how can Democrats be effective leaders in the War on Terrorism? But that's really old news. Given the current climate, this is how we have to deal with this name calling:
  • The Democrat Elevator Pitch

    I was thinking of calling this post Talking Points Memo, but that name is already in use. Atrios points to AmericaBlog issuing a call for better Democrat message control. It requires an echo chamber. But, bloggers are probably too political. You know how too many Democrats and progressive groups in DC are -- they do policy, not politics. Wrong. Until you figure out how to win at politics -- and how NOT to play in to the hands of the right wingers -- you're not doing any good policy. So here is my contribution to the Left Wing Echo Chamber.
  • The Sound of My Voice

    (Hello, Kleinians. Shakes here. This post, crossposted from Shakespeare's Sister , is perhaps a bit unusual for Ezra's place, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.)
  • Takings and the Public Interest

    In a case that has split progressive bloggers--with such luminaries as Atrios and Belle Waring taking the side of the dissenters today--the Supreme Court has ruled in Kelo v. New London that New London's condemnation of property for private economic development was a constitutional taking. This was expected after the oral argument, although the 5-4 decision was closer than many court watchers had anticipated. For reasons I have discussed previously , I believe this was a good decision. The key passage from Stevens' opinion is this: "[t]he disposition of this case therefore turns on the question whether the City's development plan serves a 'public purpose.' Without exception, our cases have defined that concept broadly, reflecting our longstanding policy of deference to legislative judgments in this field." I am sympathetic to the defendants, who were forced to sell their property for what seems to me like a boondoggle, and I understand what O'Connor means when she suggests that "for...
  • In Praise of Dirt

    I’ve seen the recent Star Wars prequels. Besides the usual criticisms , I feel that there was something missing from the visual feel of the new movies. And that thing was dirt.
  • A Policy Linkfest

    Hi there folks, Prof Goose from TOD here . I woke up with a nasty allergy headache this morning. So, I'm just going to put together a linkfest for you instead of shrinking and integrating articles for you today. These links include discussions of China's proposed acquisition of Unocal, gas taxes/prices, the Democatic New Apollo energy policy legislation, and oh so much more! (Sorry to be so lazy, but I feel like I am peering through some broken glass, some of which is then going through my eyeballs.) I hope you'll check them out. Surely something down there below the fold will interest you.
  • The Small Changes in Consumption Can Make the Peak Flatter...For a Little While...

    Hey, Prof. Goose from The Oil Drum here. As I mentioned in my first couple of posts, there are many constituent parts of the peak oil/energy issue. These parts include production, consumption, policy, mass psychology, environmental/green concerns, corporate/business interests, geology and exploration, and finally alternative sources of energy. One of the things we've been doing at TOD is trying to talk about the little things that we can do to make the ride down Hubbert's Peak a little flatter, allowing society to come in for a soft landing. If we can reduce the consumption of petroleum-based products, thereby lowering demand of petroleum, we can make the plane at least level out instead of go crashing into the ground at high speed. The problem is what scholars in economics/political science/public choice call the free rider problem as related to the tragedy of the commons , the idea being that it is completely irrational for individuals to use as much of a public resource (the...
  • Attack of the Undead Network

    Speaking of lifeless corpses shambling around in various states of decomposition, what the hell is CNN becoming? This is just sad: In their drive to become the National Local News channel, they are dragging previously anonymous novelties in front of their cameras in order to suck out a few extra days of life. The damage this horror does to its victims is no more evident then in this photo of a bewildered and frightened child who is having his private embarrassment turned into a national curiosity and the sustenance of an undead network. Shame on them. - The Jew