Before there were wingnuts, there were wing nuts. Very handy devices, if you don’t carry pliers around with you all the time.
Also, isn’t “Kim du Toit” a little bit TOO obvious as the pseudonym of someone who purports to be a testosterone-poisoned right-wing lunatic?
Kevin Drum’s Golden Wingnut awards (won, naturally, by John Hinderaker, against some very stiff competition) are a great idea, and I hope he makes them an annual event.
But I can’t resist pointing out that if he’d gone to an actual engineering school instead of Cal Tech, he’d probably know what an actual wing nut looks like.
Footnote And isn’t it obvious that someone pretending to be a testosterone-poisoned man, and who writes a long screed on “The Pussification of the Western Male” under the pseudonym “Kim du Toit” must actually be a feminist satirist? I suspect Lindsay Beyerstein.
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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