STTNG – Data’s Day (Review)

My hair does not require trimming, you lunkhead. That’s Data, trying to give Geordi one of the good-natured insults he’s heard friends give each other on the Enterprise. And that’s more or less the whole episode: Data observing human behavior and trying to imitate it with mixed, often humorous, results. There’s also a more serious…

Atheism is not the Cult of NGO

Here’s a stupid meme that’s unfortunately gaining social cachet: It’s time for atheists to move past theoretical questions about the existence of God and onto more practical pursuits – like how to fight for justice. Yes, this – PZ Myers’ favorite dead horse. At least Myers has he decency (usually) to call it Atheism Plus.…

STTNG – The Loss (Review)

Well, they’ve done it again: our heroes have successfully completed another impossible-seeming mission with surprising ease. This one? To find an actor worse than Wil Wheaton to fill Wesley’s shoes. Turns out there was one, and as The Loss opens, she’s playing a client of Counsellor Troi’s – a nondescript ensign who’s lost her husband…

STTNG – Future Imperfect (Review)

Who are you? What do you want? These are the questions that the Vorlons and the Shadows – Babylon 5‘s two mysterious puppetmaster races – respectively ask on meeting people. Initially, we’re encouraged to see the more direct Vorlons and their more direct question more favorably. But of course the questions are the same. They…

Krugman Sure Does Have a Way with Numbers

Krugman is really worked up about the GOP budget proposal: Look, I know that it’s hard to keep up the outrage after so many years of fiscal fraudulence. But please try. We’re looking at an enormous, destructive con job, and you should be very, very angry. His basic complaint is that the budget is proposing…

Dollar Rising

The Washington Post notes that the dollar is hardening faster than at any time snce 1976. Scott Sumner and Paul Krugman are in a sort of debate about what it means. They seem to agree it’s bad, but to different degrees (though Sumner is coming around to Krugman’s point of view in the most recent…

Israel’s Interesting Election

So, Israel voted, Netanyahu and Likud stunned with a showing that was not great, but decidedly better than expected, and arguably better than last time (last time Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu formed a single list and got 31 seats, this time they got 32 between them running separately – 27 for Likud alone). Of course,…