Patterico's Pontifications

1/16/2004

FROM THE MILKY WAY TO THE QUARK IN LESS THAN A MINUTE

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 9:34 pm

This web site is worth a visit. You view an applet which allows you to

[v]iew the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

Check it out. (Via Lex Communis.)

PLAIN DEALER EDITOR STARTS BLOG

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 9:19 pm

Cleveland Plain Dealer editor Doug Clifton has started a blog. (Via Jeff Jarvis.) His first entry (registration required — yes, to view a blog entry) deals with the paper’s controversial decision to release the names of concealed handgun owners.

The paper doesn’t bother to print, for example, the names of paroled murderers. But Clifton claims: “certainly, the ability to learn whether someone in your neighborhood carries a concealed weapon should be among the things a citizen has a right to.” Such nonsense is ripped to shreds by Xrlq at this link.

Clifton’s site still doesn’t have comments, so you must contact him personally in order to express your outrage. Xrlq was kind enough to provide Mr. Clifton’s home address and phone number:

Douglas Clifton
19 Shoreby Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44108-1161
Tel.: (216) 761-6577

As the issue ads would say: call Doug Clifton, and tell him citizens have no right to know who carries a concealed weapon.

Call him early and often.

And tell him to enable comments, and cut out the registration!

SALAM PAX ON NIGHTLINE

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 8:52 pm

Jeff Jarvis says that Salam Pax is on Nightline tonight.

POST LIKES LIEBERMAN

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 8:25 pm

The Washington Post seems to like Joe Lieberman. If you held a gun to my head and told me I had to vote for a Democrat for President, I would first reconsider my support for the Second Amendment — but then I would vote for Joe Lieberman.

P.S. The editors don’t think much of Wesley Clark.

BUSH TO LET HUBBLE TELESCOPE DIE

Filed under: Space — Patterico @ 8:07 pm

Bush is canceling necessary trips to the Hubble telescope, a decision that is seen as letting Hubble die. I am not happy about this. But I’m sure Matt Yglesias approves.

PICKERING RECESS APPOINTMENT

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 7:14 pm

President Bush has named Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit in a recess appointment, according to a story in the Associated Press.

I am generally wary of recess appointments, but I lean towards approving of them under current circumstances, given the unprecedented filibusters and other stall tactics that Bush appointees have been facing. Further, I believe that Pickering, while not perfect, has received a bum rap. He is no racist, as lily-white Howard Dean claims.

Ultimately, I hope this is one of several such recess appointments.

Why not do it for Miguel Estrada, who is far more deserving than Pickering?

UPDATE: Via Volokh comes word from Larry Solum that Estrada had been offered a recess appointment and rejected it.

UPDATE x2: The Captain has a typically detailed and thoughtful analysis.

SWEATSHOPS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Filed under: Immigration — Patterico @ 6:15 am

Yesterday I linked to a post by Radley Balko regarding a Nick Kristof column on foreign “sweatshops.” I think that post has lessons for Americans regarding illegal immigration.

The point of the post (and of Kristof’s column) was that so-called “sweatshops” run by American corporations often offer opportunities to the locals that are a hell of a lot better than their other options. For example, Kristof notes, many young women in Cambodia are stuck in the sex trade, and dream of working in the factories for $2 a day. Such a job — seen as repugnant to most Americans — offers such women some measure of equality, and an “alternative to the sex industry.”

People who boycott companies that run such factories do not realize the real-world consequences of their views and acts. The moral: just because Americans find someone else’s situation unenviable doesn’t mean that people across the world feel that way.

We would do well to keep this in mind when thinking about issues of illegal immigration here at home.
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