Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend links

So, who's the highest paid public employee in the majority of states? Governor? Mayor of the largest city? Major college president? Not close -- try the head coach at the most important sport at the largest public institution.  I remember when I was at FSU in Tallahassee working on my PhD, Bobby Bowden's yearly salary was something on the order of 4X the pay of FSU's president at the time.  Nowadays, that's a pretty common situation and, given the incredible increase in tuition over the last 30 years or so, it's pretty close to unacceptable.

Liberals love to assert that conservatives are anti-science, usually pointing to conservative efforts to ban teaching evolution in school or, at a minimum, advocating for equal time for creationism-related doctrine.  But as Shikha Dalmia at astutely points out, when it comes to universal health care, global warming, and the ineffectiveness of universal pre-school, liberals can be just as anti-science as conservatives.

Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, writing in The Financial Post earlier this week, provides his view on the continuing disintegration of the environmentalism movement in Europe.  Here's a telling excerpt:
The European Union’s utopian scheme of transforming itself into a green energy powerhouse is faltering as its fantasy plan is colliding with reality. As the EU’s economic and financial crisis deepens and unemployment continues to rise, what used to be an almost all-embracing green consensus is beginning to disintegrate.