Sunday, May 01, 2005

May Day...

Welcome to the month of May when I shall lie down amongst the sheaves of new grass and listen the bees humming the praises of the flowers in their gay raiment... What's that? Why should I have to give up the word gay? I believe I was using it in fantasy short stories and poetry long before it became a constitutional right or a type of marriage.

Anyway, here's a roundup of my reading this weekend.

In light of yet another report of sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in Liberia, Wizbang has a suggestion for which there is much public support, Let's Vote Them Off Manhattan Island!

It's that sort of belief that leads to such absurdities as Zimbabwe, currently under severe economic sanctions for its treatment of its own people, can be re-elected to the Human Rights Commission.

It's that sort of belief that leads to such obscenities as "Peacekeepers" becoming far more known for exploiting, abusing, raping, and murdering those they are assigned to protect. It's getting to the point where the sight of blue helmets to refugees is about as welcome as a sushi chef to Seaworld.

It's that sort of belief that leads to such absurdities as one nation -- the United States -- being liable for a full 25% of the United Nations' annual budget, yet being utterly reviled, rejected, insulted, and denounced whenever we ask just what the hell they're doing with all our money. And by the way, when the hell is that next check arriving?

These allegations along with the Wine of the Week make a few of this week's Top Ten from Democracy Arsenal appear a little, how shall I say, thin.

Robin Burk is predicting the end of Science over at Winds of Change, and if she's talking about Science Magazine, then she could very well be correct.

Two of the world’s leading scientific journals have come under fire from researchers for refusing to publish papers which challenge fashionable wisdom over global warming.

I believe this is one of those things where the market will correct itself. Magazines and organizations will defend their objectivity against activism or fall into a quagmire of appealing only to a niche group.

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