Author Archive | David Kopel

The Disaster Movie Without Facts:

Patrick Michaels explains why “The Day After Tomorrow” should be called “The Climate Disaster Movie Without Factual Basis” in today’s Washington Post. Apparently the implausibility of the climatic disaster pictured in the movie has not stopped Al Gore and from promoting the film, nor has it prevented The Guardian from claiming movie-inspired fears of global warming could swing the election to John Kerry.

Update:Some readers have noted that the NYT story linked above does not explicitly say that Al Gore was promoting “The Day After Tomorrow.” It does, however, note that his comments were delivered during a press conference call sponsored by, and the MoveOn site is clearly promoting the film. But, in case there is any doubt, this AP story makes it clear the former Vice President is promoting the film. [...]

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Benedict Arnold’s Electric Legacy:

Since Howard Bashman is away from his computer today, I though I would note Judge John Roberts opinion in Consumers Energy Company v. FERC, which begins:

It was a close thing, but Benedict Arnold’s bold plan to capture Canada for the Revolution fell short at the Battle of Quebec in early 1776. As a result, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must now decide when affiliates of Canadian utilities — utilities not subject to FERC jurisdiction — may sell power at market-based rates in the United States.

It almost makes a FERC case sound interesting! John Roberts has not been a federal judge for long, but he certainly seems to be well into the swing of things.
P.S. I am sure I speak for all of the Conspirators when I say we all hope Mrs. Bashman is okay. [...]

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Tag-Teaming Jeremy Rifkin:

Joel Schwartz and Iain Murray team up to deliver arch-luddite Jeremy Rifkin and the “precautionary principle” a one-two punch over at The Commons, a new group blog “promoting environmental quality and human dignity and prosperity through markets and property rights.” Murray challenges Rifkin’s claims that the precautionary principle is required to protect the Earth from dangerous technological developments, and notes that the E.U. has hardly been consistent in its application of the principle. Then Scwhartz takes Rifkin to task for his own hypocritical approach to the precautionary principle. He says the principle is necessary to prevent the use of technologies he doesn’t like, but then turns a blind eye to precautionary concerns about technologies he likes, such as hydrogen energy. [...]

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Sunday Song Lyric

There are lots of songs written for or inspired by artists mothers. Some are celebrations of Moms and motherhood (as many should be), others are not. For today’s song lyric I’ve selected Pink Floyd’s “Mother.” It’s not the happiest song — Pink is getting ready to erect his personal wall — so don’t take this as a commentary on Mother’s Day. It is simply a fantastic song from a fantastic album (“The Wall“).

Mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb

Mother do you think they’ll like the song

Mother do you think they’ll try to break my balls

Ooooh aah, Mother should I build a wall

Mother should I run for president

Mother should I trust the government

Mother will they put me in the firing line

Ooooh aah, is it it just a waste of time

Hush now baby don’t you cry

Mama’s gonna make all of your

Nightmares come true

Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you

Mama’s gonna keep you right here

Under her wing

she won’t let you fly but she might let you sing

Mama will keep baby cosy and warm

Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe

Of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall

Mother do think she’s good enough for me

Mother do think she’s dangerous to me

Mother will she tear your little boy apart

Oooh aah, mother will she break my heart

Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry

Mama’s gonna check out all your girl friends for you

Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through

Mama’s gonna wait up till you come in

Mama will always find out where

You’ve been

Mamma’s gonna keep baby healthy and clean

Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe

You’ll always be a baby to me

Mother, did it need

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