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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 7:01 P.M. ET:

SOMEONE NOTICED – Massachusetts will lose 60,000 jobs and $127-million in federal research funding if Congress allows the across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for March to go into effect.  It is nice to know that action, and inaction, has consequences.  Maybe, after the cuts, Massachusetts will be a little less enthusiastic about some of the people it has sent into high office.

THE GREEN TEAM – Some 20,000 protesters are expected in Washington tomorrow to protest lack of action on "climate change" – this at a time when the so-called "scientific consensus" about the issue is starting to collapse.  These green groups, well-meaning no doubt, have taken on the characteristics of a fanatical religion.  No amount of evidence interests them.  No warning about the damage they can do, especially to the lives of the poor around the world, concerns them.  But the trendies of journalism refuse to confront them.

WHAT DO WE TELL THE CHILDREN? – Japanese scientists report that chimpanzees are better at memorizing things and remembering numbers than almost any human being.  In fact, the researchers say, it is a rare human who can do what the average chimp can do.  This groundbreaking research should guide us in determining who should be running the Congressional Budget Office, but the ugly sin of chimpism – bigotry toward chimps – will probably prevent that.  The story is here.

February 16, 2013