I thought everybody does serious reading in the bathtub, no?
- Scott Paeth, a serious theologian at DePaul University, talks about actually working to reduce the number of abortions, in comments after President Obama’s speech at the University of Notre Dame. Sometimes that would require doing things like sex education seriously, abandoning the failed “just say no” philosophy of misinforming kids about sex and babies. One of the great tragedies of Christianity: Paeth, a serious thinker on Christianity and ethics, gets far less readership than totalitarians like Neil Simpson. Sword over thought, war over peace, loud braying at the street corner over quiet work for God. Will it be so always?
- Jay Ambrose offered to come back to defend his odd, contrary-to-history-and-science views on DDT way back in 2007, but never did. Now Ambrose is repeating his errors of history and science on DDT, and expanding the errors to include climate change. Don’t these Scripps News outlets have fact checkers? Did the Society of Professional Journalists drop its ethics code?
- The Pima Air and Space Museum offers tours of the Boneyard!
The Pima Air & Space Museum offers exclusive bus tours of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARG), also known as the “Boneyard.” The facility is located adjacent to the Museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Seats are avaliable on a “first come first serve” basis.
See the photo at the bottom — when I lived and taught in Tucson, this was a constant source of fascination, and frankly, to us aviation fans, it still is.
- Explicit acknowledgment that the National Guard is a key component in our domestic response to emergencies.
- Honors to “Dr. Regina Rabinovich, director of infectious diseases development in the Global Health Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, [as] the recipient of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s distinguished alumni award for 2009.” Real malaria fighters get real recognition on occasion. Jay Ambrose, you could do a feature on her work, yes?
- Big earthquakes in the Saudi deserts, did you hear? Neat photo, at Eruptions.
- Jeremy Grantham makes a grand case in economics that markets are not rational after all.
- Tim Jones at remote central discusses the bone with the mammoth carved on it (the Vero Beach Ice Age Engraving), considering how to tell whether it’s a hoax or not.
Can’t soak all day.