Crusader AXE here, occasional guest blogger and long-time fan of Crispin's Sonata in A Minor for Kazoo and Jewsharp. I know that he occasionally despairs about the ability of his undergraduate students to read, write and think critically. I did with mine and found a solution; I ceased teaching. This was especially rewarding for me personally, since my students were graduate students.
However, it's wonderful to see what happens when highly intelligent adult scholars and scientists choose whimsical idiocy over serious endeavor. It makes me feel warm inside to know that there is indeed hope for the sword-swallowers amongst us.
maybe this is obvious to everyone, but musharraf has us over a barrel. i predict we'll do nothing, for very good reasons. surely we don't actually want elections etc? i saw bill richardson on cnn this morning: if i were president, i'd tell mushararraf to attack al qaeda strongholds and institute democracy immediately or we'll cut off aid. now the fact that one outcome of this "strategy" has islamists with a nuke, this is not a real good idea. musharraf i predict is our guy virtually no matter what.