As the year draws to a close, columnists, pundits and reporters trot out their “Best Of” and “Top 10” lists – no doubt cobbled together earlier in the month so as to facilitate an early departure from the office this afternoon.
But there’s only one that really matters, because the items on this list directly and indirectly affect your personal freedoms and your pocketbook: Top Ten Junk Science Moments for 2006. JunkScience.com publisher Steve Milloy defines junk science as “faulty scientific data and analysis” used by the media, tort lawyers, activists, government agencies, pols and publicity-seeking scientists to “advance special and, often, hidden agendas.”
I’m Sorry, So Sorry
This time of year also brings twin compulsions (Times Select subscription required) to resolve to embark on some self-improvement project and to reflect upon and apologize for all the ways in which we fell short.