I've been rather preoccupied over the last few weeks with several things, among them Monday's Bradley lecture at AEI on "Eminent Progressives"
(video not up yet, but soon to be a book and
major motion picture
), and launching my new environmental website
(about which more in a moment). What else is going on? Oh yeah, Krugman and company have blown all their fuses over events in Arizona.
The New York Times
"Room for Debate" blog asked for a submission, where I argued that the left's response was not merely outrageous and unserious,
but was forestalling the deliberation we should be having about what can be done about mentally ill people who are behind most of these recent violent acts. Fortunately it looks from the polls and other media reaction that the left is getting its head handed to them (oh wait--I guess I can't use language like that any more), and has merely forestalled this discussion by about 72 hours. Today there are a number of good articles about how mental illness, not Sarah Palin, is the problem that needs attention, including this from Bill Galston
, and this from Benjamin Kerstein
, among others.
Back to my new website. Long story, but I decided to retire my old Index of Leading Environmental Indicators
after 14 editions, and replace it with the Almanac of Environmental Trends,
which will have one last print incarnation shortly, but then go wholly online at www.environmentaltrends.org
. The site is up and running as of last week, though we're still tweaking it and adding lots of content. It will be interactive, and will have new material and updates on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.