Sunday, May 11, 2008

Help, I'm a Blog

This is the way incentives wrought from scarcity ought to work: Gas Prices Send Surge of Riders to Mass Transit.

Climate change gambling. Asking the skeptics to put their money where their mouths are. Curiously, they don't seem to be willing to take the bets.

A nice summary on the reality of anthropogenic climate change.

A new series in the Washington Post on treatment of immigrants in US prisons. Another sign of near-criminal policies driven ultimately by irrational fear. Barba has written about this prison network in Texas (see here and here, for example).

Speaking of fear, Dan Froomkin discusses the coming "torture showdown." But, as we've seen repeatedly over the past seven years, "Just because they're willing to show up for questioning, doesn't mean they'll be willing to give straight answers -- or any answers at all, for that matter."

Plus, Marty Lederman on the Hamdan case.

The Bush administration, steeped in the craft of Wonderland story-telling, and perhaps in final tribute to the epistemology of the fantasy-based community, shows off its idea of Iraq progress (and your tax money at work): a golf course and an amusement park. See also this optimistic piece from 2005: "Iraq plans hotel and theme parks for a tourism boom."

Image: Li Wei

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