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Archive for July, 2007

Times Takes 18 Paras To Mention Chelsea Works for Hedge Fund

31st July 2007

Read it. My question is, does she actually work for a hedge fund? Or is she merely employed by a hedge fund as a way of paying off her parents?

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What Is Eugenics?

31st July 2007

Ross Douthat has an argument with an idiot.

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Kelo-a-Go-Go

31st July 2007

Read it. Some good news for a change on the eminent domain front.

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Public School Is Just Like Prison Anyway

31st July 2007

Read it. I’m curious as to why there are any kids left in that school. The state of Washington must have a lot of really stupid people in it.

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Democrat Whip: Good News from Iraq ‘Would Be a Problem’

31st July 2007

LGF. Actually, any good news at all at any time is a problem for Democrats, because their power depends on the people needing them to stave off whatever the latest trumped-up disaster might be. (Of course, depending on Democrats to cope with a disaster leads you to New Orleans, where a Democrat mayor and a Democrat governor of a staunchly Democrat state watched and whined as everything came apart around their ears.)

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Maybe not as sorry as all that

31st July 2007

LanguageLog. “Now, Bobby, say you’re sorry!” “Okay. I’m sorry that Tom is a butthead.”

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Printers ‘as unhealthy as cigarettes’

31st July 2007

Read it. So how long before they make anybody wanting to print go outside?

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Guantanamo Inmate Fights to Stay

31st July 2007

Read it. Not a headline you see every day. Apparently living in Muslim Algeria is even worse. Who knew?

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If George F. Kennan Met Osama bin Laden

31st July 2007

Read it.

 [W]hy is so much that appears on the op-ed page of our leading newspaper so fatuous?

Boy, I sure wish I had an answer to that.

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If You Try to Sit, I’ll Ban your Seat; If You Get Too Cold, I’ll Ban the Heat

31st July 2007

Read it. Once again, the happy-clappy Nanny-Staters get caught by that ol’ debbil, Unintended Consequences.

And why? Because people prefer to make their own choices rather than get with the statist program, and markets arise to accommodate those choices.

Markets pop up whether you like them to or not, because that’s the way free people organize their affairs. And people will act like free people even if they have to break the “law” to do it.

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Introducing the Nancy Boyda Award!

31st July 2007

Dean Barnett has a great idea. Let’s name awards for stupid behavior after taxspenders who exemplify that stupid behavior. This will do for a start.

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Sen. Gregg Offers His Assessment of Pay-Go

31st July 2007

WSJ. Judd Gregg is not the first guy I think of when I think of funny Senators — excuse me, amusing Senators; each is funny in his own unique way — but this is pretty funny.

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Bug Labs DIY gadgets to turn consumer electronics on its ear?

31st July 2007

Engadget. Sort of like mashups for hardware. Could be very cool, could be a monumental disaster.

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“It’s Hard To Make Predictions, Especially About the Future”

31st July 2007

Read it. Sounds to me like a confluence of Universalists, but you never know.

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Fake Marine Sentenced to Tend Graves

31st July 2007

Read it. That seems light, but then I don’t know all the circumstances.

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Minding Our Own Business

31st July 2007

Mark Krikorian points out that, if we want to improve the U.S. position in the world, we might want to cut out crap like this. I swear, sometimes Congress is like a bunch of sixth-graders in serious need of adult supervision. And our money is paying for this! AAARRRRHHHH!

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I Forecast a Slow Hurricane Season for 1952

31st July 2007

The Hog allows no do-overs.

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Lips that touch lambchops, shall never touch mine

31st July 2007

LanguageLog. Vegetarianism in New Zealand! Can it get any more exciting than that?

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Cow dialects keep on keepin on

31st July 2007

LanguageLog. Them’s fightin’ words in these parts, pardner.

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What’s the buzz?

31st July 2007

If you’re not reading Lileks, you’re a loser.

Back in the olden times, $2.5 million was probably worth about ten times that much, but – key difference – there wasn’t much to buy. You have to feel sorry for the plutocrats of the 19th century, in a way; all they could buy was houses. High-tech was defined as “jute-sheathed commode levers,” and their version of a wireless internet consisted of a servant in the basement reading the newspaper aloud through a series of speaking tubes. No cars, no motorboats, no widescreen TVs. No wonder they gave it all away.

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IBM Decides Common Sense Isn’t So Common In Virtual Worlds

31st July 2007

Techdirt. Mike Masnick is almost as much of a grump as I am. I like that.

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The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting

31st July 2007

NYT. Hey, if my research grant money depended on it, I guarantee you that I could find over 500 reasons for mating.

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Into the Limelight, and the Politics of Global Warming

31st July 2007

NYT. Would she have gotten interviewed by the New York Times if she were a “global warming denier”? you be the judge.

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The Death of Ingmar Bergman

31st July 2007

John Podhoretz is not impressed.

Bergman was a prolific producer of witless crap, which people thought was Artful and Deep precisely because it was witless crap and witless crap is what passes for Artful and Deep among the People of the Crust in this degenerate modern time.

I have to second his recommendation of Die Duva, which I had the pleasure of seeing when I was at an impressionable age, and made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt.

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Tax Hike Scorecard

31st July 2007

This is why you need to subscribe to the online edition of the Wall Street Journal. Highlights:

New York Senator Chuck Schumer tells the New York Times that he’ll oppose this unless the tax increase also applies to real estate and other partnerships that also now pay the 15% carried interest tax rate. To put it another way, Mr. Schumer is saying he’ll only support the higher tax rate if it applies to more people. Meanwhile, by playing this “good cop” role, Mr. Schumer is raising millions of dollars in campaign contributions from hedge funds and private equity for Democratic Senate candidates running in 2008. Brilliant.

An excellent illustration of why the scorpion stung the turtle.

Deny the domestic manufacturing deduction to oil producers. This is part of the Senate Finance Committee’s energy bill and is estimated to raise $11.4 billion over 10 years. How this will increase domestic oil production amid $77 a barrel oil and widespread clamor for “energy independence” is one of those mysteries that Congress prefers not to explain.

Perhaps because there’s no sane explanation.

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In Games, an Insight Into the Rules of Evolution

31st July 2007

NYT. At last, scientists are including social organization in their understanding of evolution.

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Researchers Find Abrupt Shift in Diet of Adélie Penguins in Antarctica

31st July 2007

NYT. Well, I have to confess that the diet of Adélie Penguins in Antarctica is certainly one of my top priorities.

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Study of Metal Emissions Shows Gains in Brakes, but Tires Remain a Culprit

31st July 2007

NYT. Not to mention all those people breathing out there. I mean, what’s up with that? Have they no concern for the environment?

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Washington today

31st July 2007

Inside Politics.

Inside the Beltway.

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Tunnels Are Conduit for Weapons to Gaza

31st July 2007

WE. As if anybody doesn’t know that.

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Dante’s Self-Help Book

31st July 2007

WSJ. Not your usual self-help book. People like Dante and Petrarch started the European Renaissance, that turning point in history that has been the root of all progress in the modern world. Would that more people appreciated that.

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Why are we so scared of offending Muslims?

30th July 2007

Christopher Hitchens is always worth reading.

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Kansas Congresswoman Walks out on General’s Positive Iraq Testimony

30th July 2007

Read it. Don’t confuse her with facts, her mind is made up.

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Stuck in the Truck

30th July 2007

Read it.

These are my favorite NYT editorials–the ones where the federal government, and only the federal government (but not the administration) can make people safer.

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Pace University Mindcrime Update

30th July 2007

LGF.

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Columbia Journalism Review Equated Milbloggers to Chickenhawks

30th July 2007

Read it. You really can’t make this stuff up.

The whole “chickenhawk” meme, especially coming from people who don’t know a clip from a magazine, is surreal anyway.

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Why Rich Kids Don’t Stay Rich

30th July 2007

WSJ. I rather doubt that Al Gore III or Chelsea Clinton is destined for the poorhouse.

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Catholics to harvest virtual souls in Second Life

30th July 2007

Read it. Can the Jehovah’s Witnesses be far behind?

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Da Vinci’s Last Supper: New conspiracy theory

30th July 2007

Read it. Oh, boy, I can hardly wait. I wonder if Karl Rove is behind this one. Or maybe Dick Cheney.

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Ending Poverty, But Only on Paper

30th July 2007

Read it. The inherent flaw in top-down design.

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End the Break On Capital Gains

30th July 2007

WP. Turns out that Congress is to blame for all these scumbags skipping out on their taxes. Whoda thunkit?

I guess even socialists get the blues. They’re against capital, and their against gains, so capital gains drive them right up the wall. And they don’t even get a cut of the money they had no hand in making! How immoral!

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Whose Ox Is Gored

30th July 2007

WSJ. Voter fraud — an inside look. And oddly enough, this ties in with my earlier remarks about voting machines.

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Scientists take first step in ceramic-based, quantum computers

30th July 2007

Engadget. Guess this is turning out to be “Science Monday”. But this is really great stuff.

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Japanese automakers collaborate on operating system

30th July 2007

Engadget. Once again, the Japanese are ahead of the curve.

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LG Philips develops oil and water based flexible display

30th July 2007

Engadget. How soon before our car windshields will be just flexible displays?

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Why Does The RIAA Hate Webcasters? Webcasters Don’t Play Very Much RIAA Music

30th July 2007

Techdirt. I had always wondered about that. The RIAA doesn’t sound like such a bargain for the artists, however much it may benefit the labels.

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DigitalSpace shows off proposed asteroid mission plans

30th July 2007

Engadget. This is pretty cool.

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In Opposing Tax Plan, Schumer Breaks With Party

30th July 2007

NYT. See? It’s all about the money. “Principle” is only for the dimwitted who read the press handouts and watch the well-named Boob Tube.

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At Bronx Latino Festival, the Army Sponsors the Music

30th July 2007

NYT. The subtext is all about “How DARE the ARMY approach OUR underclass?! Don’t they realize that these people ought to be manning the barricades here at home, not driving around freeing people overseas?!”

Unfortunately for the Brahmin caste, many of the underclass are determined not to stay there. They rightly see the military as an environment where they can get paid a decent wage for work that needs doing, from which they can get a leg up into the middle class. This doesn’t sit well with the People of the Crust, of course, whose power depends upon an uneducated proletariat steeped in Identity Politics whose votes can be bought with taxpayer money.

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Ingmar Bergman, genius of modern film, has died at his home in Sweden at the age of 89

30th July 2007

No link — the bare fact is enough to generate a collective sigh of relief from the middle class. The People of the Crust are in mourning, of course, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

I had a girlfriend in college who enjoyed Bergman films and claimed to understand them. Thirty years later she’s a distinguished professor of law and I’m happily married to someone else, which shows you that life works out for the best more often than you might suspect.

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