The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has a nice piece deconstructing a recent Thomas Friedman column (for the New York Times) on the National Ignition Facility, a controlled fusion experiment being carried out in Livermore.

I happen to live in Livermore, so I’m naturally curious to know what my friends and neighbors are up to.

In the course of the piece, however, Hugh Gusterson says this: “Surely New York Times readers have a right to expect more from a high-profile columnist than an embellished press release.”

As they say in Internet-land, ROFL. Hugh, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that’s the entire function of the New York Times, in a nutshell. Especially the op-ed pages. I don’t read the Times, but I know which side of the bread has the jelly on it.

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