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Archive for August, 2007

Bill of Rights for Australia?

31st August 2007

Tim Blair is dubious. But he has some suggestions nevertheless.

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What Media Won’t Tell You About Poverty

31st August 2007

Read it. Apparently being poor isn’t what it used to be.

Dinesh d’Souza is fond of telling a story about a friend of his from India who wants to visit the United States because he wants to see a country where the poor people are fat.

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A Map of the Internet’s Black Holes

31st August 2007

Read it. Note that almost all of the “black holes” are either Muslim or Communist.

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Taliban: We Were Successful, We’ll Do it Again

31st August 2007

Read it. Of course. As Mark Steyn says, you get the behavior you reward.

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Lawmakers Describe ‘Being Slimed in the Green Zone’

31st August 2007

Read it. Poow widdle babies. They can call the President a Nazi and compare him to Hitler, but God forbid that the very American citizens they characterize as baby-killers should exercise their free-speech rights.

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At I.B.M., a Vacation Anytime, or Maybe None

31st August 2007

Read it. A trend? Maybe so, maybe not. But not the sort of thing your local small business can indulge in.

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Neurons Grown In Microfluidic Chambers

31st August 2007

Read it. The hits just keep on comin’.

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Marine to Sue Murtha

31st August 2007

Read it. Oh, I have SO been waiting for this….

What does Murtha’s office have to say? Well, we don’t know. Bryan from Hot Air called them, but they hung up on him when he asked if they’d released a statement.

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Basically, Paris Hilton has more security than Iraqi judges

31st August 2007

Read it. Of course, nobody is trying to blow her up, either.

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The Ethics of Book Abuse

31st August 2007

Read it. In case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Support Illegal Immigrants–Eat More Fiber!

31st August 2007

Read it. A disturbing take on an underappreciated problem.

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Slouching Towards Utopia? The Economic World of the Twentieth Century: Chapter 7.2: The World in 1900: Poverty

31st August 2007

Read it. Funny how much better we’re doing now than we were back in AlGore’s Preferred Environment.

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The Horror! The Horror!

31st August 2007

Read it. “Nanny, nanny, tell us a scary story….!”

Makes you wonder how all these poor people who are being oppressed and repressed by the Bush administration get so many lucrative book deals….

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More Than Half of Analyzed Weather Stations Don’t Meet Federal Guidelines

31st August 2007

Read it. Is that an air conditioner near your sensor, or is it just Global Warming?

We use the AlGore system: If you don’t like the data you find, find some data you like.

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China Says Its Military Not a Threat

31st August 2007

Read it. And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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New Muslim cartoon protests grow

31st August 2007

Read it. And why? Because they keep getting away with it, that’s why. Let us not forget that Pakistan and Iran are Retarded Countries whose idea of freedom of expression is limited to choosing whether Christians are stoned or beheaded.

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Court Rules That Anti-Spyware Companies Can Call Spyware Spyware

31st August 2007

Read it. It’s good to see the legal system stumble into some sense every now and then.

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20 percent left behind

31st August 2007

Read it. You can lead a kid to knowledge, but you can’t make him think.

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The Qur’an and Higher Criticism

31st August 2007

Read it. Fascinating stuff.

There is a controversy surrounding the work of the philologist of Syriac (that is, the Aramaic used in and around Edessa), Christoph Luxenberg. He suggests that the best way to clear up the approximately 20% of the Qur’an that does not make sense, or that contains a meaning that is only guessed at, is to posit an Ur-text, in Aramaic, or rather in Syriac, a text that begins as a Christian lectionary.

I wonder how long before they cut his head off?

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Southern Baptists fed up with public schools

31st August 2007

Read it. And who could blame them? Who wants their kids turned in to illiterate communists?

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Anatomy of a Tribal Revolt

31st August 2007

Read it. An excellent overview of the complex social situation in Iraq.

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Scientists Debate Massive Spider Web Blanketing 200 Yards of Texas Park

31st August 2007

Read it. Hey, it’s Texas.

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Taliban: ‘We Have Found This Way to Be Successful’

30th August 2007

Read it. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Marines’ Trials in Iraq Killings Are Withering

30th August 2007

Read it. That’s what happens when politically-motivated prosecutions run up against a reasonable legal system. Eventually you have to have some proof.

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Funding the X-Prize

30th August 2007

Read it. Sometimes listening to the experts is a bad thing.

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How Doctors Think They Think

30th August 2007

Read it. I’ve got this book on order and haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but this critique seems to be right on the money.

In How Doctors Think, doctors tell us how simply spending more time with patients, asking open-ended rather than close-ended questions, reading “body language,” including patients’ emotions in the picture, etc., improves their diagnostic ability. How much impact do these factors have on diagnostic ability? Do they actually have any impact at all? These questions place Groopman’s book on shaky ground, for his evidence consists primarily of unrepresentative and mostly irrelevant testimonials in which doctors describe various atypical diagnostic adventures they’ve had, and how they think they either emerged victorious or dropped the ball. The problem is, this does not tell us anything about how doctors think, only how they think they think.

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How much inequality growth is due to cross-firm productivity dispersion?

30th August 2007

Read it. And don’t let the jargon scare you off; it’s explained fairly well, and an interesting notion.

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The state is not a stable eleemosynary institution

30th August 2007

Mencius Moldbug. Need I say more? Budget some time for this one.

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A brief terminology adjustment

30th August 2007

Mencius Moldbug is at it again.

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The quiet revolution: telecommuting

30th August 2007

Read it.

Nick Gillespie of Reason magazine is a big fan: “Maintaining a virtual office has its drawbacks but so does having to see the goddamned people you work with every goddamn day.” I would have to agree.

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New Comic Strip

30th August 2007

We have a new comic strip, Stone Soup, thanks to the guys at Language Log. See the sidebar.

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“UAT Instructor Creates Cuneiform and Hieroglyphic Translator”

30th August 2007

Read it. My, how useful.

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Our Life Expectancy Due To Old Men Seducing Young Women?

30th August 2007

Read it. Everything bad is good for you.

I’m waiting for somebody to do a study about the anti-evolutionary effects of radical feminism.

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Climate Complications

30th August 2007

Read it. I’ve cited the Dyson article before, making much the same points. I have to join David in being a “humanist” as opposed to “naturalist”.

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People Consume More Calories In Supposedly Healthier Restaurants?

30th August 2007

Read it. Funny how everybody knows what you ought to eat — and how much — except you. It’s like the Monty Python sketch with “the machine that goes Ping!”, where the pregnant woman who is there to deliver a child says, “What do I do?”, and the doctor answers with a smile, “You don’t do anything, dear — you’re not qualified!”.

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Get government out of the bathroom

30th August 2007

Read it. Crap like this is why I have an allergic reaction to a lot of the people who call themselves libertarians these days.

I happen to think it’s not odd to prefer not to be solicited for gay sex in a public restroom facility. Call me an extremist if you will.

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The Big Easy’s Billion Dollar Boondoggle

30th August 2007

Read it. Well, Democrats cost more now than they used to.

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AFL-CIO and ACLU sue Homeland Security

30th August 2007

Read it. And see if you can make more sense out of it than I can.

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Date With the Executioner for Murder by Someone Else

29th August 2007

Read it.

Well, no. The crime of “murder” is defined by the law. Texas law says that if you’re a perp involved in a crime and somebody dies, you’re a murderer. By participating in a crime that resulted in murder, this guy became a murderer.

This “felony murder rule” has been a part of the Anglosphere common law since the 12th century. Before the socialists took over in Britain, robbers out for a job would search each other first to make sure than none of them was armed, just to avoid this particular happenstance — so the system worked.

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Gov is not Great: How Democratic Fundamentalism Poisons Everything

29th August 2007

Read it. Had I know that economists had this much fun, I’d have studied harder.

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Pentagon Nixes Ray Gun Weapon in Iraq

29th August 2007

Read it. Sometimes you have to wonder which side our government is on.

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Brother, Can You Spare a Banana?

29th August 2007

Read it. Some ideas are so moronic only an intellectual will believe them.

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London-Based Arab Editor: I’ll Dance in Trafalgar Square When Iran Nukes Israel

29th August 2007

Read it. But where will he dance when Israel nukes Iran back?

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Edible Films With Superpowers

29th August 2007

Read it. Wait until they get sued because it isn’t organic and causes ADHD in laboratory rats. Oh, and it probably causes global warming, too. If we can only connect it to the Iraq war, we’ll be home free.

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Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change

29th August 2007

Read it. No, telling AlGore “Bite Me” doesn’t count.

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The Return of the Old Gods: A Challenge to Green Evangelicals

29th August 2007

Read it. No, this is not a parody.

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Withdrawal Recalled

29th August 2007

Mark Steyn does Vietnam. As Tim Blair points out, the only people who like Communists are the people who don’t have to live under them.

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Muslims in Australia plan to defame anti-jihadists

29th August 2007

Read it. Well, I suppose it’s a step up from blowing them up or beheading them.

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Breaching America: A sequel

29th August 2007

Read it. And sometimes “enforcement” doesn’t work.

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MUTTON IN THE BALANCE

29th August 2007

Read it. Tim Blair rings the changes on Australia’s most famous product.

Some of us can eat four steaks a day and still do more damage by driving; it’s simply a matter of determination.

Ya gotta love Australians.

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