Archive: Wed Jul 2007

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    What right does PART have?

    In an unposted editorial, N.C Alliance for Transportation Reform president Joe McDonald tells us what he thinks of the Heart of the Triad: Triad citizens should be enraged. Elected officials must recognize that this plan, if actually implemented, would suck the vitality from the existing metropolitan areas and would…
    Sam Hieb, July 18, 2007
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    Does the concept of naked freaks on ice make you think of global warming? Me neither.

    This seems counterproductive: Wanted: volunteers willing to take their clothes off and have their picture taken on a freezing cold Alpine glacier. The appeal by New York artist Spencer Tunick, famous for taking pictures of thousands of naked people in public settings worldwide, is intended for a photo…
    Locker Room contributor, July 18, 2007
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    One Less Stalinist in Power

    North Carolina Motor Vehicles Commissioner George Tatum has resigned. You may remember Tatum from the straight-up Stalinist move which had DMV “internal affairs” flunkies dispatched to suspend and order into psychological evaluation an honest DMV inspector who noted that a friend of Tatum’s was trying to get an…
    Jeff Taylor, July 18, 2007
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    DMV Commissioner Tatum steps down amid lawsuit

    Just one day after Joey Gardner filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the DMV, Commissioner George Tatum has resigned. Background on the lawsuit is here: An assistant director at the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles filed a whistleblower lawsuit in state court today, saying he is being retaliated…
    Locker Room contributor, July 18, 2007
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    An inconvenient choice

    I’m referring to Elon University’s decision to go with Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth as its summer reading book this year. In this week’s Clarion Call, Steven Hayward attacks Elon’s choice. But if you think college is the place to learn that scholarship is about promoting feel-good notions…
    Locker Room contributor, July 18, 2007
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    There’s science then there’s environmental science (From EnvironmentNC.com)

    The cover story in the most recent issue of Regulation magazine looks at how environmental science is infused with ideology, hyperbole and personal attacks. The article is by UCLA geography professor Stanley Trimble. It discusses the corruption of prominent scientific journals and how many…
    Locker Room contributor, July 18, 2007
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    Teapot pork

    North Carolina’s infamous Sparta Teapot Museum gets pride of place in a speech by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on the U.S. House floor today (emphasis added): But, let’s face it: when we approve congressional earmarks for indoor rainforests in Iowa or teapot museums in…
    Locker Room contributor, July 18, 2007
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    Boomers causing global warming?

    Another global-warming theory:…
    Locker Room contributor, July 18, 2007