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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 a Disappointing Hurricane Season

31st August 2007

The Hog weighs in on climate change.

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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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Guns Don’t Kill Criminals, Criminals Kill Criminals

31st August 2007

Jonah Goldberg has some disturbing things to say about this seemingly odd trend.

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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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Hey Folks, You’re Spending My Inheritance

31st August 2007

Read it.

“That’s a big twist, isn’t it? You go from knowing you’ll inherit money from your parents to wondering how you’re going to support them. I don’t begrudge her, don’t misunderstand me.” He hesitates, smiles, then in a voice that mimics an Old West cowboy twang, “Ah’m just tellin’ you the facts, ma’am, just the facts.”

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Neurons Grown In Microfluidic Chambers

31st August 2007

Read it. The hits just keep on comin’.

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Grading for Class Participation: A Moral Issue

31st August 2007

David Friedman points up something that I don’t think I’ve ever seen mentioned before. To what extent should your grade in high school or college reflect how much you participate in class? After all, it’s not finishing school — “socialization” may arguably have some relevance to the elementary grades, where you’re being trained to “play well with others” as well as learning facts & skills, but that’s just bullshit by the time you get to high school.

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Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism Launches Website

31st August 2007

Read it. They have an RSS feed.

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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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Driving Attrition

31st August 2007

Mark Krikorian points out the absurdity of states having special programs so that serial lawbreakers won’t be terribly inconvenienced.

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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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I feel like I’ve heard this one before

31st August 2007

Read it. The Meeks shall inherit good press.

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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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Military Historians

31st August 2007

Read it. More inconvenient truth.

With history departments overrun with critical race and gender theorists, the opinion of groups like “Historians Against the War” becomes no more relevant or informative than the opinions of a (hypothetical) competing group called “Mary Kay Beauty Consultants Against al Qaeda”.

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The Prole Stamp

31st August 2007

Read it. The analogous mark on females is called the “tramp stamp” and consists of a triangular design near the coccyx.

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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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Spoiled Cows, Dying for my Pleasure

31st August 2007

The Hog has an idea. And it sounds tasty.

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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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Washington Today

31st August 2007

Inside Politics.

Inside the Beltway.

Inside the Ring.

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Woman Miscarries After Ambulance Crash

31st August 2007

Read it. I guess the Canadians aren’t the only ones with problems.

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2 U.S. Bishops Consecrated in Kenya

31st August 2007

Read it. Sort of like being alive during the 16th century.

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Judge: Same-Sex Couples Can Wed in Iowa

31st August 2007

Read it. So I guess we’re not a democracy after all. Where do they find these people?

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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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On Health Insurance

30th August 2007

Read it.

There is no real reward/incentive for a provider to cut their prices…except in those areas of medicine where people pay out of pocket…check out cosmetic surgery and lasik.

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A Clarifying Comment

30th August 2007

John Hood has some words of wisdom.

Liberals are fond of saying that conservatives fixate too much on tax policy, but the reality is that the political debate so often touches the tax issue because it is foundational. Taxation is the most widely experienced manifestation of government’s power to coerce, which is its defining characteristic.

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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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