Chomsky Voted World’s Number One ‘Leading Intellectual’

Via the Scotsman:

NOAM Chomsky, the renegade linguistics professor who has become the lone voice of the left in the United States, has been voted the world’s No 1 living intellectual.

In a poll organised by Prospect magazine in conjunction with the US publication Foreign Policy, Chomsky was voted the most influential thinker of the times.


The poll, which was largely conducted over the internet, asked participants to pick five intellectuals from a list of one hundred. An astonishing 20,000 people voted.

The US thinker won by a wide margin with more than 4,800 votes, while Eco had just under 2,500 votes.

David Goodhart, the editor of Prospect, said he had been surprised by the number of entries and by the results.

“We did one for Britain last year, but this is the first time we have done it for the whole world. I was surprised that Chomsky won so easily. I think it is to do with the fact he represents an old fashioned romantic idea of an intellectual as almost deliberately impotent.

“Chomsky has no influence at all on modern American politics but he has a massive following.”

That’s a scary thought, considering his hatred for America, as evidenced here in a speech he made just two months after 9-11 :

To place the enterprise in proper perspective, we should recognise that the Crusade is not new, contrary to what’s being said. In fact, the phrases just quoted are from President Ronald Reagan and his Secretary of State, George Schultz, twenty years ago. They came to office at that time – Reagan, and shortly after, Schultz — proclaiming that the struggle against international terrorism would be the core of U.S. foreign policy. And they responded to the plague by organising campaigns of international terrorism of unprecedented scale and violence, even leading to a condemnation by the World Court of the United States for what the Court called “the unlawful use of force,” meaning international terrorism. This was followed by a U.N. Security Council Resolution calling on all states to observe international law, which the United States vetoed. It also voted alone, with one or two client states, against successive similar U.N. General Assembly Resolutions.

So the “New War on Terrorism” is, in fact, led by the only state in the world that has been condemned by the International Court of Justice for international terrorism and has vetoed a resolution calling on states to observe international law, which is perhaps appropriate.

THIS guy is the world’s ‘leading intellectual’? I think not.

Ace comments on this as well.

(Cross-posted at Blogs For Bush)

Wilma now classified as a hurricane

No, not this Wilma! But this one:

Tropical Storm Wilma strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday on a path that could threaten Florida, tying the record for the most hurricanes to form in an Atlantic season.

Wilma is the 12th hurricane of the season, a number reached once before in 1969 since record-keeping began in 1851. At 11 a.m. EDT, Wilma had top sustained winds of near 75 mph, just above the 74 mph threshold to be a hurricane.

Long-range forecasts show Wilma could hit western Cuba or the Yucatan Peninsula before heading into the Gulf of Mexico by Friday. The storm could also spare those countries while passing through the Yucatan Channel. Either way, computer models showed Wilma bearing down on Florida over the weekend.

Check out StormTrack’s satellite images here.

I have several friends in the projected path. Praying that this hurricane loses strength before it makes landfall in the US.

Quote o’ the day

From Judy Miller’s Sunday editorial in the NYTimes:

“It came in August 2003, shortly after I attended a conference on national security issues held in Aspen, Colo. After the conference, I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo. At a rodeo one afternoon, a man in jeans, a cowboy hat and sunglasses approached me. He asked me how the Aspen conference had gone. I had no idea who he was.

“‘Judy,’ he said. ‘It’s Scooter Libby.’

Hat tip: DC Debate

In related news, it seems as though the journalism community is turning on Judy Miller. Via AP:

NEW YORK — With a ferociousness usually reserved for presidents caught lying to the public, the journalism world has turned on The New York Times and its reporter Judith Miller, who only weeks ago was being lauded for going to jail to protect a source.

A few media critics and academics suggested Monday that the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter should be fired for her actions covering the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Miller also was blasted for failing to explain how she learned the identity of the CIA agent wife of a Bush administration critic.

“It’s not enough that Judith Miller, we learned Saturday, is taking some time off and `hopes’ to return to the New York Times newsroom,” Greg Mitchell, the editor of the journalism trade publication Editor & Publisher, wrote in an online column. “She should be promptly dismissed for crimes against journalism, and her own newspaper.”

Once described as a brave hero, it now seems as though Miller is wearing journalism’s scarlet letter.

For the latest on le affaire de Plamegate, check out Tom Maguire’s blog.

Stem cells from aborted fetuses used in makeovers

Via the UK Independent:

Britons desperate to halt the ageing process are being injected with the stem cells of aborted foetuses at a clinic that charges £15,000 for a controversial new cosmetic treatment. Despite warnings from biologists in the UK that the process is unproven and could be harmful, dozens of British women have flown to Barbados in the hope that the injections will make them forever young – and possibly even boost their sex drive.

The treatment is also available in Ecuador, Russia and Ukraine, where it was developed by scientists to treat Parkinson’s disease and blood disorders. But converts claim that wrinkles can be ironed out and the fresh face of youth restored.

“It is the most natural form of healing there is,” said Barnett Suskind, chief executive of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine (IRM) in Barbados. “You think better, sleep better, look better. Your quality of life improves and your libido certainly improves.”

Isn’t that just great? Stems cells from aborted babies can be used to make you look better AND improve your libido … and if you just happen to get pregnant as a result of that improved libido, you can get an abortion and rest assured that the stem cells from your aborted baby may be used in the future to ‘help’ someone else out.

Sounds like a sickening example of “Pay It Forward – Vanity Edition” 😥 If you can stomach it, please read the whole thing.

Hat tip: ST reader Tom, who saw the link to the article posted at Lilac Rose.

Gang rapist’s attacks unavoidable, says lawyer

Little Green Footballs calls is “multiculturalism taken to its most absurd extreme.” I agree. Via

A violent gang rapist should have been given a lesser sentence partly because he was a “cultural time bomb” whose attacks were inevitable, as he had emigrated from a country with traditional views of women, his barrister has argued.

MSK, who, with his three Pakistani brothers, raped several girls at their Ashfield family home over six months in 2002, was affected by “cultural conditioning … in the context of intoxification”, Stephen Odgers, SC, told the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday.

MSK, 26, MAK, 25 and MMK, 19, are appealing against the severity of their sentences after they were found guilty of nine counts of aggravated sexual assault in company – a crime carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment – against two girls, aged 16 and 17, in July 2002.

John Hawkins says:

In any case, this is what happens when multi-culturalism gets out of control. Instead of expecting someone from a foreign country to come here and assimilate into our culture, you get people believing that we should adjust our culture, laws, and lifestyles to accommodate those who’ve come here from afar. You follow that line of thinking to it’s natural endpoint and, yes, you end up defending Pakistani gang rapists on cultural grounds. That’s not a path we should go down here in America.

He’s right, but unfortunately I think we are headed down that path. Tammy Bruce has written about a couple of cases, and tonight when I get home I’ll look them up in her books (which contain the sources) and update this post.