Lynne Kiesling If you have an eclectic music collection, here’s some fun, especially if you’ve recently added a variety of music but haven’t listened to it yet: put the “underplayed” list on random and hit play. I’ve had the following in succession: Gang of Four, At Home He Feels Like A Tourist Mendelssohn, Sonata 1 … More Friday Fun: Itunes’ Underplayed List
Lynne Kiesling Over the past week there’s been an interesting online conversation with the participants discussing one of the eternal tautological conundrums: why does politics attract power-hungry narcissists? Matt Yglesias kicked it off with what I think is a pretty naive query about the degree of cynicism and immorality in politics. Such cynicism and immorality … More Eternal Truths About Those Who Are Attracted to Politics
Michael Giberson Research studying competitive cyclists suggests that cycling can reduce bone density. … most recreational cyclists probably don’t need to worry too much about their bones. “The studies to date have looked primarily at racers,” [researcher Aaron] Smathers says. “That’s a very specialized demographic. These guys train for hours at a very high intensity. … More Is Bicycling “Bad to the Bone”?
Michael Giberson At Rigzone: Governments should consider their strategic petroleum reserves a part of their arsenal to limit speculation in the oil market, according to a report issued Thursday by Rice University’s James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy. If the policy is to sell SPR oil into the market when prices get “too high” … More Should the Federal Government Use the Spr to Counter Speculators?
Michael Giberson Joe Romm, at Climate Progress, offers a public wager to Michael Lynch, of the recent NYT op-ed opposing peak oil. Romm singles out this line from Lynch’s piece: Oil remains abundant, and the price will likely come down closer to the historical level of $30 a barrel as new supplies come forward…. And … More Joe Romm to Michael Lynch on Peak Oil: Wanna Bet?