Monday, April 25, 2011

Cruising the Web

Another computer virus seems to have hit the Iranian nuclear program. If we're lucky, it can take off where Stuxnet left off.

Paul Campos explains
how law schools deceive in reporting the employment statistics for their graduates. It's a lot grimmer than you'd think from checking US News surveys. Instead of numbers from 85% to 95%, it's more likely less than 50% have permanent jobs nine months after graduation. And that's just looking at the top-50 law schools.

As a candidate, Barack Obama rightly derided politicians who call for study commissions as "Washington-speak for we'll get back to you later." Just so. But since he's been president, he's created an average of a study commission a month. His whole presidency is a "we'll get back to you later" farce.

And following in the tradition of political leaders who want to evade public blame for high gas prices, Obama is demagoguing supposed speculators who are driving up gas prices. As John Hinderaker points out, this means ignoring reports from his own U.S. Energy Information Administration's explanations and predictions of high gas prices. but why should facts get in the way of a good demagogic rant.

Why, in an age when we're worrying about the disaster of our national debt, would people be getting excited about a guy whose economic success has been built on declaring bankruptcy in his own businesses three times?

Here's an alarming story
of how Oregon State University has targeted three students because their father ran against Congressman Pete DeFazio. And they're also targeting the professor who spoke up for them. If this is true, it's despicable enough that someone should be fired. But I don't expect anything that honorable from Oregon's politicians.

Don't believe all the hype about China's wonderful high-speed rail system. It is turning out to be a massive failure. I'm sure we'll be hearing deep apologies from Thomas Friedman and the Obama administration for how they've been holding this up as a model for the United States. Yeah, right.

What we can learn from Margaret Thatcher's 1979 election.