Archive for January 2012

Save us from the politics of science

It’s bad enough when politicians and true believers distort scientific findings for their own purposes. But when scientists do it, we’ve reached a dangerous point in intellectual discourse. Such is the case with the widespread belief that evidence of global warming is incontrovertible. Thankfully, some scientists courageously have decided to publicly challenge this numbing, politically... Read more »

'No Need to Panic About Global Warming'

There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy Some leading scientists, willing to challenge political correctness, have signed a letter exploding some of the dogma of climate alarmists. This piece in the Wall Street Journal is must reading. Not surprisingly, it has drawn a huge number of comments. Here are... Read more »

Illinois isn't the only state with big pension problems

Check out Iowa’s Taxpayers United of America has the list.
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Head of UIS Faculty Senate steps down in email scandal

Reports the State Journal-Register: The chair of the University of Illinois Springfield Faculty Senate has resigned her senate post after being linked to the University of Illinois email scandal. Derek Schnapp, spokesman for UIS, confirmed Friday that Tih-Fen Ting resigned as senate chair. Her academic areas of interest include resource ecology and conservation, population-environment interactions, ecosystem management... Read more »

Fact-checking Romney, Gingrich in the Florida primary

FactCheck.org has established a new service–who’s got in wrong during the debates. Here’s the announcement: From the folks who brought you FactCheck.org comes FlackCheck.org! Our DebateWatch has the latest clips and fact checks from every debate ready for you right away. Here are just a couple of videos from DebateWatch where we push back on the candidates. The latest issue fact checks... Read more »

Illinois unemployment rate increased most in the nation in 2011

According to the Illinois Policy Institute: As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares for the State of the State address on Feb. 1, he will find it difficult to defend the state’s economic policies that have resulted in more unemployed Illinoisans in 2011. Almost a year after Illinois’ record income tax increase, the state’s unemployment woes contrast... Read more »
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Ex-City Colleges Chief owed $500,000 in Unused Sick Pay

By Patrick Rehkamp/BGA, with the Chicago News Co-op  For Wayne Watson, it sure paid to stay healthy. By the time Watson left his job as chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago in 2009, he had accrued around 500 unused sick days over his three-decade career with the community college system. While many public and private... Read more »

Update on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio world-wide

Chicago Rotary Chapters are heavily involved Yesterday I described how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Rotary International to eradicate polio throughout the word. Here is a link to an  Economist story providing more detail It’s an interesting piece on the difficulties of ending polio, even harder than eliminating smallpox. Rotary International,... Read more »

President Obama's State of the Union address, translated

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Chicago's goofy and false 'anti-torture' ordinance

Pat Hickey slices and dices the torture ban passed unanimously (who can be for torture?) by the City Council–supposedly the first such action by any American city, and doesn’t that make us proud.  Makes as much sense as the nuclear-free-zone ordinance. To those pushing such “symbolic” gestures, I hope it makes you feel better. It... Read more »
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