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Achenblog: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

ClimateGate: Waiting for vegetarian overlord response

You may have read about the computer hackers who stole years of emails that show climate scientists being nasty and cranky (for example, "Next time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I'll be tempted to beat the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 21, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
 
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Mommy's midlife crisis

In my dawn-patrol ritual on the back porch, the meditative moment, the contemplative pre-electronic communing with the planet in its optimistic turn toward our star, I often find myself flooded with yearning, with need, with want, with -- dare I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 19, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (356)
 
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Personal foul, 15 yards for Newsweek, Pinker [Updated]

First Newsweek had that ridiculous cover "In Search of Aliens" a few months back, a wild exaggeration of a story about the Kepler mission to find Earthlike worlds. Then Newsweek had a cover asking if your baby is racist. Now...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 18, 2009; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (316)
 
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Erosion Roundup

The recent Nor'easter pounded the tar out of the Delmarva peninsula. See these pictures of Chincoteague. I'm worried about my campground at the north end of Assateague and wondering how the ponies rode out the storm. Storms regularly breach the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 17, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Obama in Shanghai

Increasingly I want to take a sledgehammer to my laptop. It's following me, nagging me, pestering me, forcing me to pay attention to it when I really ought to be doing something healthier, like texting. I know my laptop better...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 16, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (321)
 
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