Monthly Archives: June 2004

bush Science

It will be interesting, perhaps depressing, to see which US scientists are selected to advise the World Health Organization. Previously WHO had selected appropriate scientists for their needs. Now the administration will pick them based, I guess, on the administration’s needs:

Instead, Steiger’s Office of Global Health Affairs now will choose “an appropriate expert who can best serve both of our organizations,” he said. HHS experts made available also must advocate U.S. government policies, Steiger said.
Yep, I like that last key criteria. Apparently good science is not the main goal.
Via David Harris.

Dim Future?

Sadly, No! hammers David Frum and then Brad Delong piles on and regarding Frum’s discussion of Canadian economic growth asks:

Why does Frum think–as he appears to–that increases in the government have consumed 2/3 of economic growth–45 as a share of 67–rather than 1/8 of economic growth–60 as a share of 490? As a Harvard man, I cannot shrink from the necessary and inevitable conclusion: Yale must be in some way responsible.
That Yale processed both Frum and bush does not bode well for the next 4 years be it a bush or kerry administration.

Iraq Occupation Ended

Reaffirming what Modulator reported a month ago the bush administration has already taken up the pre-election drumbeat that the occupation has ended. Paul Bremer tells us:

…the Coalition Provisional Authority will cease to exist on June 28th, at which point the occupation will end and the Iraqi interim government will assume and exercise full sovereign authority on behalf of the Iraqi people.
Has anyone seen any sign of troops being pulled out? Nope. This is pure semantic BS on the part of the administration.