Michael Crichton gave a talk at the American Enterprise Institute today — you can watch the video here. Sadly, I was not able to attend and ask him why the eco-terrorists in his book use small, poisonous octopi as their primary weapons. I get that octopi are natural and everything, but given that to use them you’ve got to get right up next to your victim and hold him or her still for a few seconds — or get a friend to do it while you fumble with the sandwich baggies in which said octopi are contained — it seems like the opportunity costs in terms of time, energy, and range speak in favor of going with a more traditional tool of evil, like say guns.

Also, via Chris Mooney, a response to Crichton from Brookings Institute environmental scholar David B. Sandalow. And while you’re at Mooney’s, check out this wackiness from Crichton’s talk and this wackiness from Crichton’s website.

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