No effect

This is what a waste of money looks like: That graph is Figure 1 in the final report, "Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs (.pdf)." Mathematica Policy Research summarizes their findings: Findings indicate that youth in the program group were no more likely than control group youth to have abstained from [Read More...]

Friday the 13th

A classic from The Onion: "Cheney Returns to Camp Crystal Lake" [Read more...]

Blogger ethics panel

So the news comes on after House,* and the local Fox affiliate leads with a story about Rep. Chaka Fattah's first TV ad in his run for mayor of Philadelphia. This post isn't about local politics, but you'll need a quick sketch of the background here. The Philly mayor's race is decided in the Democratic [Read More...]

OK, then, “intent”

One nice thing about blogging is it gives us ordinary citizens the same prerogative that members of Congress enjoy to "revise and extend" our remarks. Several commenters argued that the previous post blurs the distinction between "motive" and "intent" — and that rather than use these terms interchangeably, I ought to have used only "intent" [Read More...]

Mahmoud & Dinesh, BFF

Well this is good news: "Iran Says 15 British Captives Free": TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a surprise move that defused escalating tension in the Middle East, announced the release of 15 captive British sailors and marines Wednesday in what he called an Easter gift to the British people. Ahmadinejad also took the [Read More...]

Coffee

Some things I take very personally. Salon's Samuel Fromartz asks "Is this the end of organic coffee?" (via Avedon Carol): Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly released a ruling that alarmed organic certifiers and groups who work with third-world farmers. The decision tightens organic certification requirements to such a degree that it could [Read More...]

Newt Gingrich: Independentista

I knew that Newt Gingrich was contemplating a run for president, I just didn't realize he was aiming for the ticket of the Partida Independentista Portorriqueño. But I can't see what else we can make of the news (thanks, Steve, for the link), that Gingrich advocates official monolingualism: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual [Read More...]

Unfreely speaking

I've established a new policy for all slacktivist personnel. In the extremely unlikely event that I or any member of my staff (in the unlikelier event that I hire a staff) should be taken prisoner by a foreign/enemy power and that said foreign/enemy power attempts to film a video of the captive slacktivist personnel coerced [Read More...]


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