Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Briefly noted

John Quiggin observes the end of the climate change debate (climate change won).

I note that I've failed to congratulate Chris Mooney for being among the sexiest geeks out there, and for having a fascinating book club up at The Next Hurrah.

In a blow to advocates of government secrecy:
For the first time, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission will post fundraising and spending reports by candidates for the state's highest political offices on the Internet. The commission will start with the 2005 year-end reports that must be submitted by candidates next week, showing activity from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of last year.

The paper reports will be scanned by KGEC staff and posted online where the public can access them for free. They will show major campaign donors and how candidates spent the money.


Reports will be available at

Atrios asks the pertinent question:

Can anyone - anywhere - explain, just a little bit - just one time - how "national security has been damaged" by revelations that the Administration was eavesdropping without FISA-required warrants and judicial oversight rather than with them?

So far, no takers.

Media bias is about reputation, not partisanship, according to a study from my alma mater.

That should keep you busy for a while.