Rael's Clones a Hoax?

Raelians have made fun of the media that gave such extensive coverage to their cloning story. –Brigitte McCann –Rael’s Clones a Hoax? (Calgary Sun) This article refers to the burst of media attention this odd sect got over claims that a human had been successfully cloned.

Bear enthusiast, companion fatally mauled in Katmai National Park

A self-taught bear expert who once called Alaska’s brown bears harmless party animals was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in Katmai National Park and Preserve – the first known bear killings in the 4.7-million-acre park. –Rachel D’Oro –Bear enthusiast, companion fatally mauled in Katmai National Park (Ancorage Daily News) Just in case you were wondering, this bear expert isn’t the same bear expert I blogged about…

Are the News Media Too Liberal?

Forty-five percent of Americans believe the news media in this country are too liberal, while only 14% say the news media are too conservative. These perceptions of liberal inclination have not changed over the last three years. A majority of Americans who describe their political views as conservative perceive liberal leanings in the media, while only about a third of self-described liberals perceive conservative leanings. –Are the News Media Too…

Keeping a Lid on Your Blog

A very outgoing young man in my class (“Troy”) keeps a blog (Internet diary) about his schoolwork, partying, and politics. As I read his entries, including his grousing about my class, I tell myself that I am not eavesdropping, and that he is entitled to write whatever he likes in a public forum. Yet his field is public-school teaching, for which I think his openness about his life might hamper…

Grading Congress

[T]he recipients of higher education (along with the parents whose experience is 30 years out-of-date if they had one) do not know in advance what they need. If they did, they wouldn’t need it, and what they often want, at least at the outset, is an education that will tax their energies as little as possible. | Should we give it to them? Absolutely not. Should we settle curricular matters…

Wanted: A Legible Voting Ballot

A study carried out by USA Today and seven other newspapers in 2001 concluded that faulty design, not punch-card machines, was responsible for voters’ confusion in Palm Beach County in 2000. Despite this finding, states have focused their election-reform energies on upgrading old punch-card machines to optical-scan systems or on implementing electronic voting. They have dismissed or ignored the butterfly layout’s problematic design as an aberration—a stupid mistake on the…

Mental Ability Linked To Survival Age

A person’s mental ability as a child could well be an indicator of their chances of surviving to a ripe old age, according to a landmark study which has followed up on surveys carried out in the first half of the last century. –David Salt –Mental Ability Linked To Survival Age (Discovery)