Skeptical Environmentalist Vindicated

Last month, The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation severely repudiated a board which, a year ago, had judged The Skeptical Environmentalist, the best-selling book by Bjorn Lomborg, “objectively dishonest” and “clearly contrary to the standards of good scientific practice.” Lomborg’s book — with 2,930 footnotes, 1,800 bibliographical references, 173 figures and nine tables […]

Making Resolutions Outlast January

I love the concept of New Year’s resolutions. They’re always positive and typically involve self-improvement. I mean, whoever heard of anyone resolving, “This will be the year when I finally get fat” or “I hereby decree to spend less time with my children”? Of course, New Year’s resolutions are fodder for late night comedians because […]

Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi: Learning the Lessons of Stalin

The Bush Administration is declaring victory now that the dictator (or for the BBC, “Leader”) of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, has agreed to let in United Nations Weapons Inspectors and to dismantle all Weapons of Mass Destruction programs. To “reward” Gadhafi for his “compliance” there is already talk of taking Libya off of the State Department’s […]

Mutual-Fund Industry’s Campaign Against Independent Analysts

Think the Mutual-Fund industry’s “late trading” and “market timing” abuses are scandalous? Well, I never quite saw what all the fuss was about. But now the mutual-fund industry is doing something that’s really scandalous. It’s engaged in a campaign to put America’s best securities analysts out of business. While I know it sounds incredible, I’ll […]

Communist Memorial Museum: A Monument to Murder

One of the most powerful museums in Washington, D.C., is the Holocaust Memorial Museum. It’s the one site I always recommend to people visiting the city, even though it takes a couple of days to shake off the malaise that settles in after you’ve seen it. It’s a fitting memorial that accurately documents and catalogues […]

Resolutions for a New Year

Victicrat (vik’ti krat) n. (victim + -crat) 1) a supporter of the mentality believing in perpetual victimhood, who blames his or her plight on other person(s), event(s), or circumstance(s); one who refuses to accept personal responsibility for one’s own actions. Victicrats blame “outside forces” for their “plight” while rejecting the proposition that nothing succeeds like […]