The heroism of the lonely PhD

Deep in a magnificent USA Today team investigation last week was hidden a revelation: How a PhD doctoral candidate doing historical research discovered — and publicized — a massive threat to public health. From Ghost Factories: In April 2001, environmental scientist William Eckel published a research article in the American Journal of Public Health warning aboutContinue reading “The heroism of the lonely PhD”

USA Today: Climate change deniers just like birthers

When the New York Times writes an opinion piece on climate change and the challenge it poses our political and economic system, as Andrew Revkin and other thinkers at that paper do on a routine basis, the world yawns. When the editorial board at the Washington Post declares that every candidate for political office shouldContinue reading “USA Today: Climate change deniers just like birthers”

Entertainment conquers reality: objective proof found

For decades the witty H.L. Mencken had a good time bemoaning the tase of Americans, decrying the booboisie. the philistines, the "swinish multitudes," but also insisting that "The United States…is incomparably the greatest show on earth."  In his book Life the Movie, a decade ago, the critic/writer Neal Gabler took this idea a step further, arguingContinue reading “Entertainment conquers reality: objective proof found”