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Obama uses climate change concerns to mandate a slimming of government energy use and carbon footprint by TokyoTom

I`d like to see how conservatives can figure out how to bitch about Obama`s new executive order . From WaPo on Monday (Juliet Eilerin) The federal government will require each agency to measure its greenhouse-gas emissions for the first time and set targets...

Jim Manzi/Cato: Climate progressives? by TokyoTom

Jim Manzi has just posted the close-out essay in the online forum (at Cato Unbound ) that the Cato Institute has devoted recently to the issues of climate change risks and policy. I alerted readers to the Cato effort and provide comments here , here and...

Fighting over the President's Council on Bioethics (and human "dignity") - is Steven Pinker wrong? by TokyoTom

[Update below.] When government is involved in making decisions about the use of tax dollars or regulatory power to favor or hinder particular activities, it is not surprising that political struggles often ensue between groups that wish to obtain a policy...

Frank Zappa: Slime is the tool of the Government (and of modern politics) by TokyoTom

[I ran this originally as a "page" rather than as a "post", when I had simply put up Zappa`s lyrics. Since "posts" might be more visible to visitors I`ve decided to post this as well.] I ran across some interesting and topical...

Frank Zappa: Slime is the tool of the Government (and of Republicans and Hillary?) by TokyoTom

I ran across some interesting and topical Frank Zappa lyrics the other day, so I`m putting them up here. Does these resonate with anyone else? I have noted a few thoughts further below. I'm The Slime I am gross and perverted I'm obsessed 'n...

Fighting over the wheel of government by TokyoTom

[update below] Fundamentalist states on an interesting thread : "Most Americans are outright socialists; the rest are socialist sympathizers. They believe that only the government can save them from capitalists." In response, I raised the following...