09 Oct 2011

John Demjanjuk out on appeal: Lipstadt and others declare evidence-free conviction unprecedented

John Demjanjuk, the retired auto worker from Detroit, has been let out of prison on appeal.  At the same time, holocaust boosters Deborah Lipstadt and Elie Wiesel joyously declared that his basically evidence free conviction is unprecedented and opens the door to more prosecutions of supposed Nazi era criminals. This morning NPR, true

15 Sep 2011

Mugabe and the White African

An excellent documentary about the Zimbabwean white farmer Mike Campbell aired on PBS last July. I saw a preview of it but missed the film, which is 88 minutes. Luckily, it’s still available here at the POV site until October 25, 2011. There’s also a book by the same name,

10 Sep 2011

Andrew Lambert on The War of 1812

With the bicentennial of the War of 1812 coming up, we’re likely going to hear more about it as the months go by. One such discussion took place on BBC radio the other day, with British naval historian Andrew Lambert giving his take on the war, especially the causes(31 minutes

24 Aug 2011

DSK and women’s advocates

So, sex crime charges against DSK have been dropped because there was no physical evidence of force, and the supposed victim, an immigrant woman named Nafissatou Diallo, was found to have lied about a lot of relevant things: The prosecutors voiced concern that the case appeared to rest exclusively on

29 Jan 2011

Genetically Modified Organisms Are a Good Thing

I think genetically modified organisms like Roundup Ready alfalfa are a good thing. GM alfalfa, like other GM organisms, helps farmers manage problems with weeds. Farmers don’t like to use more pesticides than they have to, because they’re expensive. That’s why I don’t buy the argument that GM alfalfa or other

15 Jan 2011

Wikipedia Celebrates 10 Years

NPR’s weekly media program, On the Media, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that’s edited by anybody, sort of. Brook Gladstone interviewed Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. Gardner said 410 million people use Wikipedia every month. She also said that now professors at universities

13 Jan 2011

An Insane Person Can’t Be Guilty

Last night the Jim Lehrer show had on several people with their own perspectives on the shootings in Tucson, one from the Oklahoma City bombing, and another to talk about the Columbine shootings. Implied was a similarity between these events, but the similarity is extremely superficial. Violence that springs from a person’s

09 Jan 2011

David Irving and Holocaust Denial

Although he’s not in the news much at the moment, WWII historian David Irving pops up now and then. Although he has an excellent reputation as a historian of World War II, he’s also routinely called a holocaust denier. I thought it would be interesting to find out for myself

05 Jan 2011

What Gives with the Light Bulbs?

The Democrat inspired energy bill from 2009 and the upcoming mandate on lightbulbs seem like a good illustration of how they and their environmentalist constituents have a habit of annoying people, unnecessarily. Starting next year, incandescent bulbs will begin to be phased out starting with 100 watt bulbs, then eventually all

03 Jan 2011

Pigford Settlement

“President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $1.15 billion measure to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.”  CNN Dec. 8 There are some facts about the case that are interesting and not usually reported in the press. The politicians