Chart of the Day – and now for the good news about China’s coal use

Over at Kids Prefer Cheese, Angus posts an interesting chart that shows a dramatic increase in Chinese coal consumption since 2000: Angus then proceeds to suggest - accurately - that this is big environmental problem that can't be solved by one of the most commonly discussed panaceas for climate change .  As he argues, "One thing is for sure: … Continue reading Chart of the Day – and now for the good news about China’s coal use

In which everyone decides I’m heartless and insensitive

Several of my progressive Facebook friends posted about Gabrielle Giffords’ testimony before Congress about gun legislation, editorializing that we/they should pay close attention because of her personal experience as a victim of violence. Now, I understand why some criminal courts allow victim-impact statements: before deciding what sort of punishment should be meted out, it’s relevant … Continue reading In which everyone decides I’m heartless and insensitive

Clifford the Big Red Aristotelian

It’s not all-politics-all-the-time. Today in my “Happiness and the Meaning of Life” class I showed them an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog. In “Dog for a Day,” Emily Elizabeth’s friend Charlie complains about having to do chores. He notices Clifford playing with his friends Cleo and T-Bone, and it occurs to him that … Continue reading Clifford the Big Red Aristotelian

Noon Links

Cats kill 1.4-3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 mammals in the U.S. alone every year, according to a study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which makes them "the top threat to US wildlife." The number of free-ranging cats in the U.S. has increased about 200% since 1970. My previous post on cats and conservation here. … Continue reading Noon Links

Don’t Go to Grad School—Additional

I appreciate Jason’s post. I have been giving the same advice to my students for some time (although few listen, alas). I can usually draw on whatever search we are conducting and give them a sense of the numbers. This year, for example, we had a tenure track search. Number of applicants: 188 Number of … Continue reading Don’t Go to Grad School—Additional