If you don't get Taranto, what do you get?
The New York Times reports on the latest global-warmist chutzpah:
A group of top scientists from around the world will review the research and management practices of the United Nations climate change panel so that it can try to avoid the kinds of errors that have brought its work into question in recent months, officials said Wednesday.
Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, said that the InterAcademy Council, a consortium of the world's most prestigious scientific societies, would name scientists to take a thorough look at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The panel has come under sharp attack after revelations of several mistakes in its most recent report, published in 2007, including a poorly sourced and exaggerated account of how quickly the Himalayan glaciers are melting.
Scientists and officials say that the panel's finding that the earth is warming–probably as a result of human activity–remains indisputable.
Don't you love that? They're going to review the panel's work under the condition that its conclusions be accepted in advance as "indisputable." If that doesn't restore public faith in the integrity of climate science, nothing will!
Keep Your Laws off My Beating
The New York Times editorial board surveys the latest threats to reproductive rights in America:
It has been three years since the Supreme Court's conservative majority abruptly departed from precedent to uphold a federal ban on a particular method of abortion. Emboldened, foes of reproductive freedom are pressing new attacks on women's rights and health.
In Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has signed a bill that would criminalize certain behavior by women that results in miscarriage. It was prompted by a sad and strange case last year in which a teenager who was seven months pregnant sought to induce a miscarriage by hiring a man to beat her. The measure exempts lawful abortions, and particularly worrisome language about "reckless" acts has been removed. But the law still raises concern about zealous prosecutors using a woman's difficult choices to open an investigation.
There's no doubt that when a women seeks to induce a miscarriage by hiring a man to beat her, it is a difficult choice. But the last thing a woman facing a difficult choice needs is a return to the bad old days of coat alleys and back hangers. Let's keep inducing a miscarriage by hiring a man to beat you safe, legal and rare.
The juxtaposition of these two headlines from yesterday made us nostalgic for 1994:• "Internet Making It Easier to Become a Terrorist"–Los Angeles Times
• "The Internet Nominated for 2010 Nobel Peace Prize"–TechNewsDaily.com
Then we read the second story and found this:
If the Internet were to actually win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, it would not be the first non-human winner.
The 1965 prize went to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); the 1985 prize was awarded to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; and the 2007 prize was split between Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore for their efforts to counteract global warming.
We always suspected Al Gore wasn't human.