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Archive for September, 2007

Ex-Eastenders star a hit as bionic woman

28th September 2007

Read it.

The revamped version of the 1970s hit chronicles the adventures of Jaime Sommers, a barmaid crippled by a horrific car accident. Facing death, her only option is to have her body rebuilt with the help of a top-secret laboratory.

Haven’t we all faced that choice? And wasn’t it a real hand-wringer?

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Does Health Insurance Drive Your Job Choices?

28th September 2007

Read it. And ponder. I know that medical benefits are an important factor when I’m looking for a job.

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“The Office” & The Law

28th September 2007

Read it. A really amusing exercise for a lawyer is to watch a garden-variety TV sitcom and tot up the various legal causes of action in which each of the characters indulge. My favorite was “Home Improvement”; typically, by the end of each episode I had a list that would have put Tim Allen’s supposed family on welfare for decades.

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Illegal immigrants moving out

28th September 2007

Read it. I guess enforcement works after all. Whoda thunkit.

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How Dawkins got pwned

28th September 2007

Read it. And take your time — there’s a lot here.

The problem with our old pal Mencius here — and his unwitting launchpad, Dawkins — is that they are like Euclidean geometers working in a non-Euclidean world. Since the Existence doesn’t match their assumptions, Existence is therefore wrong. The flaw in this ought to be obvious.

But it’s fun watching them sweat. I could do it all day.

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The Forbes 400 as a Lesson in Economics

28th September 2007

Read it. Unfortunately, a knowledge of basic economics is not a requirement for any job that I know of — including economics, as Paul Krugman demonstrates pretty clearly.

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Ron Paul Country

28th September 2007

Read it. Were I running for President, I’d be embarrassed to have such people as supporters.

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TSA screeners found to cheat; probe expands

28th September 2007

Read it. My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Green hair day called off

28th September 2007

Read it. Well, shucks.

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Edwards Reverses, Will Accept Public Campaign Financing

28th September 2007

Read it. That this clown is considered a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination says something really ugly about modern American politics. (Oh, wait, I forgot about Ron Paul….)

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Arizona Teen Becomes Sixth Victim This Year of Brain-Eating Amoeba

28th September 2007

Read it. Perhaps this is insensitive, but “Brain-Eating Amoeba Claims Sixth Victim” is such a perfect tabloid headline….

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At Least 56 Arrested in Immigration Raids at McDonald’s

28th September 2007

Read it. Just a drop in the bucket, but every little bit counts.

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House Democrats Fault Blackwater in Deaths of Four Guards

28th September 2007

Read it. Is anyone beside me bothered by the blithe assumption that a “congressional investigation” (staff report prepared by young lawyers) has any credibility when it decides that an organization run by ex-special-forces personnel were wrong about whether or not their people were qualified for what was essentially a military operation?

This is like the Post Office criticizing FedEx for inefficency.

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Bigger Is Better, Except When It’s Not

27th September 2007

Read it. Surprised to see something like this in the New York Times.

It turns out that there are rules governed by physics to explain why the best distance runners look so different from the best swimmers or rowers and why being big is beneficial for some sports and not others.

Imagine that. Whoda thunkit?

Of course, I wouldn’t want to be in this guy’s shoes when the feminists get through with him. He’ll be facing three to five as Hillary’s towel-boy.

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Treason in Georgia?

27th September 2007

Read it. No, no, it’s not what you think — Jimmy Carter doesn’t come up.

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

27th September 2007

Lileks asks a question that is well worth asking.

Of course, I had nuns until I got to high school — those were the days! There are some things you don’t do in a classroom presided over by someone who uses a rope for a belt. With knots on the ends of it.

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Heroes are not Replicable

27th September 2007

Read it. We have the technology to fix our education crisis — but we have to clear away the obfuscators first.

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Still Too Thin, and Getting Younger

27th September 2007

Read it. A bizarre subspecies examined.

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Behind a Mysterious Balm, a Self-Made Pharaoh

27th September 2007

Read it. Insight into the souls of those who read the New York Times.

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How to Rip People Off Like Disney World

27th September 2007

Read it. Never been to Disney World. Don’t plan to go there. Heard good things about it, mostly from people whose tastes differ from mine.

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The Innovative Space Spinoffs, Both Real and Mythical

27th September 2007

Read it. All my illusions, shattered.

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The advantages of amnesia

27th September 2007

Read it. Can’t say that I buy the premise, but it’s an interesting notion. Of course, being the Boston Globe, I suspect that they primarily want us to forget about Bill Clinton, so Hillary can have a walk to the White House. But that’s me.

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A Daughter on Her Father’s Bloodlines and Color Lines

27th September 2007

Read it. The progs’ OCD with respect to “race” never ceases to amaze me. 19th-century European aristocrats weren’t this bad.

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The “happiness gap” and the rhetoric of statistics

27th September 2007

Read it. Of course, if journalists could understand statistics, they could get a real job.

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What’s so funny about endangered languages?

27th September 2007

Read it. Well, most of them sound like you’re gargling with your mouth full.

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Hyphen migration, cartoon style

27th September 2007

Read it. Language is a wonderful thing.

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The University Madhouse

27th September 2007

Read it. Victor Davis Hanson points details how far our culture has degenerated.

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Crocs’ long walk home

27th September 2007

Read it. Apparently they make wonderful pets.

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Nudity ban on Everest?

27th September 2007

Read it.

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New Fossils Offer Glimpse of Human Ancestors

26th September 2007

Read it. No particular reason; it’s just interesting.

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Fascist? Moi? Lincoln Allison on Giovanni Gentile’s Origins and Doctrine of Fascism

26th September 2007

Read it. Most people who use the term “fascist” have no idea what it means.

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25 Skills Every Man Should Know: The List, Ready for Your Debate

26th September 2007

Read it. They actually paid somebody to come up with this list.

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Is It Better To Study Economics Or Computer Science?

26th September 2007

Read it. Economics. Nobody wants computer scientists (i.e. mathematicians); they want software engineers.

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iSlide: the skateboard / Segway hybrid

26th September 2007

Read it. This is just silly. For the Democrat kid who has everything, I guess.

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The High Costs of Ethanol

26th September 2007

Read it. Pretty sad, when even the New York Times recognizes a program as being dim-witted.

The economics of corn ethanol have never made much sense. Rather than importing cheap Brazilian ethanol made from sugar cane, the United States slaps a tariff of 54 cents a gallon on ethanol from Brazil. Then the government provides a tax break of 51 cents a gallon to American ethanol producers — on top of the generous subsidies that corn growers already receive under the farm program.

Oh, it makes perfect sense — if you realize that it’s all about buying votes in the farm states.

Pork pork pork pork, pork pork pork pork….

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Murtha on ‘Corrupt’ List

26th September 2007

Read it. Heck, Murtha could be a “corrupt list” all by himself.

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Marine Corps Exonerates Captain in Iraq Killings

26th September 2007

Read it. “Never mind!”
So where does he go to get his reputation back? How about his career?

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The Tyranny of the Market

26th September 2007

Read it. More information that every American ought to know.

This well-written monograph is the best extant non-technical treatment of fixed costs and how they limit product diversity.

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Adult Stem Cells Repair Damaged Muscles

26th September 2007

Read it. And yet all the focus is on the embryonic kind.

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Google: Lost in Translation

26th September 2007

Read it. Guess the boys (and girls) at Mountain View aren’t the wizards we thought them to be.

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Nanowires developed to retrieve data on the double

26th September 2007

Read it. This could be huge.

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Tech Support Is Broken

26th September 2007

Read it. Assuming, of course, that it even exists.

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The Road from Media Ethics to Information Anarchy

26th September 2007

Dvorak sometimes needs an afterburner. People of limited vision often see the emergence of a market from a dirigiste system as anarchy.

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Do Liberals Have Morals They Haven’t Even Used Yet?

26th September 2007

Read it. A fascinating question. I suspect another pseudo-scientific “study” design to demonstrate that liberals are somehow superior to conservatives.

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World’s Languages Dying Off Rapidly

26th September 2007

Read it. One of the distinguishing characteristics of “civilization” is a maudlin reverence for evolutionary losers. Although it universally extends to all living things and the furry little beasts of the forests, it becomes strangely selective when it comes to cultural phenomena.

I guess this makes it a consensus.

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New Army Combat Shirt Debuts

26th September 2007

Read it. Nice, uh, insignia you’ve got there, ma’am.

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The $29 Million Eco-Home

26th September 2007

Read it. More proof that you don’t have to be smart to get rich.

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Beethoven’s hair turned into £500k diamond

26th September 2007

Read it. I suspect it was worth more as Beethoven hair.

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MP3 players could replace stethoscopes

26th September 2007

Read it. I wonder if this qualifies as an “off-label” use?

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In favor of boring meetings

26th September 2007

Read it. So meetings don’t really accomplish anything, they’re all about buy-in. I knew that.

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