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Archive for October, 2007

The Invisible Lesbian

31st October 2007

Read it. And this.

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Crealev builds a levitating lamp

31st October 2007

Read it. Me want.

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Some Christian pastors embrace Scientology

31st October 2007

Read it. “Unclear on the concept” seems such a totally inadequate phrase.

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Haunted Places on U.S. Bases

31st October 2007

Read it. And those don’t include the ghosts of our foreign policy….

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A Special Holiday for Cheney

31st October 2007

Read it. He’ll still need a tray.

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Malaysian Spiritual Leader: Women’s Sexy Clothing is ‘Emotional Abuse’

31st October 2007

Read it. Keep up the good work, girls.

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Finally a Game Just for Adults: Fantasy Congress (Insert Larry Craig Joke Here…No Here…Yes There)

31st October 2007

Read it. Any number can pay play.

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CBS: Bush Administration has ‘Ruined’ Halloween & Christmas

31st October 2007

Read it. It’s hard to tell who’s worse: The politicians who come up with this nonsense or the drive-by media who take it seriously.

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‘Little pinkie’ road safety campaign backfires

31st October 2007

Read it. You gotta love Australians.

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What’s gone wrong with music?

31st October 2007

Steve Sailer nails it again. There was a tremendous difference between the music of 1945 and that of 1955, and a substantial difference between that of 1955 and that of 1965 — my older brother and I, just over five years apart, are effectively part of separate musical generations.

Between 1965 and 1975 is much less difference, and between 1975 and 2005 it’s almost negligible.

The rise of rap is, so far as I can tell, the only significant musical development (if, indeed, one can call it music rather than recited poetry) during that period, that I can recall. (No, disco was not a development. It was a fashion statement, and lasted about as long.)
High-schoolers today can listen to Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones and will readily admit that it’s “classic rock”; when I was in high school, music from before we were born was antedeluvian crap the parents listened to, for which we had no time.

The problem has become that the punk-New Wave rebellion against the blues got institutionalized, and the same musical styles that were refreshing in 1977-1982 are still hanging around. The more linear, abstracted styles that emerged after 1977 were interesting, but you can’t keep mining that vein — abstracting an abstraction hits diminishing marginal emotional returns pretty quickly.

So what happened?

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Political Scientists Discover New Form Of Government

31st October 2007

Read it. Oops.

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Race, Marriage, and Poverty

31st October 2007

Read it. I understand that Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams have a deal not to ride on the same airplane, so that the country isn’t faced with the prospect of losing both of its great black economists in one accident. It’s probably just an urban legend, but a comforting one nevertheless.

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The New Class Warfare

31st October 2007

Read it. Really rich people don’t care about taxes, because even if you take away most of their income they still have ten times what you started with.

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Is America putting sharks in the Euphrates?

31st October 2007

Read it.  And if not, why not?

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Stop Hating Foreigners, Start Hating AJAX

31st October 2007

Read it. Now there’s a program we can all get behind.

Whenever we talk about offshoring around here it seems to generate a lot of controversy, as a group of folks show up insisting that offshoring “costs” the US jobs — despite tons of evidence that that’s not true at all. It does change the nature of jobs and may emphasize different skills, but more efficient production tends to create more new jobs. In fact, we’ve tried to point out in the past that offshoring is really no different than automation, though it’s less efficient.

Congressmen, in particular, ought to have this tatooed on their foreheads.

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UK: School orders teachers to dress in Muslim garb to celebrate Eid

31st October 2007

Read it. (What is “Muslim garb”? Do Muslims have special clothing fashions of which the rest of us are unaware?)

I am SO glad I don’t live in Britain.

Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here — and I do not say that in jest.

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Seattle PI Columnist: ‘I Understand’ Burning ‘Oppressive’ Churches

31st October 2007

Read it. Apparently hate is okay when it’s leftists doing the hating.

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Deep-Sixing CAPTCHA

31st October 2007

Read it.

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What the New Atheists Don’t See

31st October 2007

Read it.

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The psychodynamics of science in the media

31st October 2007

Read it. Watch a trained professional take an entire page to go over what a Dilbert cartoon can cover in three panels.

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Hydrogen Seen As Much Less Efficient Than Batteries For Cars

31st October 2007

Read it. On the other hand, hydrogen is more entertaining — just look at old footage of the Hindenburg if you doubt it.

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Speaking Ruth to Power

31st October 2007

Read it. A very good illustration why we must never let a Clinton into a position to appoint a Supreme Court Justice ever again.

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Open-Arms Conservatism

31st October 2007

Read it. And here’s the man himself, to demonstrate his cluelessness to all the world.

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A Drive-By Swift-Boating

31st October 2007

Read it. For those who don’t know, “swift-boating” is a term invented by Democrats that means “publicizing something disreputable that we’d rather you didn’t know about”. They seem to think it’s impolite.

Ruth Marcus is apparently going for the Most Leftist Clichés Stuffed Into One Article prize. I wish her luck; she’s obviously a strong contender.

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The Global Poverty Trap

31st October 2007

Read it. Beware of the dreaded “personal responsibility”.

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Noise Sensors Back Police On Shooting Of D.C. Teen

31st October 2007

Read it. Wonder what clever way they’ll find to spin this so that it’s still the fault of the police?

Perhaps they’ll persecute him for “shooting while black”. The scoundrels.

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Attacks in Iraq Continue to Decline

31st October 2007

Read it. When even the Washington Post admits that the surge is working, can Congressional Democrats be far behind?

Why not? They’re far behind in everything else.

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Vibrated Mice Form More Bone And Less Fat

31st October 2007

Read it. Just in case you’re in the market for bonier mice. And who isn’t?

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‘Driving While Black’

31st October 2007

Thomas Sowell would like certain people to get over themselves. I have to say I agree with him.

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Stevens probed on fishing earmarks

31st October 2007

Read it. Good old Ted Stevens, the gift that keeps on giving.

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Sleeping pill Zolpidem awakens girl from coma

30th October 2007

Read it. Not something you see every day.

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Ancient sea travellers had heads in the clouds

30th October 2007

Read it. Yeah, and look how much good it did them.

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We Can’t Deal With Racial Differences, So What’s The Point?

30th October 2007

Steve Sailer is not afraid to answer the hard questions as well as ask them. Except when it comes to mercenaries, Steve’s pretty sharp.

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IQ, Race, and History

30th October 2007

Read it. I haven’t read Hart’s book yet — it’s on my list of Things To Do In My Copious Free Time — but I think that Kling carries quite a bit of baggage along with him into this review.

Hart is not someone whose views I trust.

Well, that’s fine, but at least tell us why not.

Arnold raises some worthwhile questions, but I don’t think he gives them enough thought before drawing his conclusions. The basic problem is more objectively defining what the term “IQ” means — or, prior to that, what the term “intelligence” means. Just saying that intelligence is the ability to think better than someone else is worse than useless, because “think” itself isn’t a well-defined term, and the statement appears to say something useful without doing so.

I suspect that Hart and Kling are using “IQ” in different ways, and that makes for a tedious and unfruitful discussion. The problem with these quasi-political discussions is that nobody starts out by defining his freaking terms, which would be the first thing they’d do if they were writing a systematic treatment of any other subject.

That chaps my butt big-time.

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How to Reform the Individual Income Tax

30th October 2007

Read it. I’m with Barbie.

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Boy meets girl. Girl jilts boy. Boy murders girl. Newspapers blame Iraq war.

30th October 2007

Read it. This is the same reason the Times and the Post periodically run lists of names of the dead — not to honor them or to commemorate their service, but to create as large a virtual body pile as possible.

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Nigerian Spammers Love Ron Paul

30th October 2007

Read it. Why does this not surprise me?

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Iraqi Troops Donate $1000 to California Wildfire Aid, Media Mum

30th October 2007

Read it. And ask yourself why you haven’t seen it anywhere else.

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Media’s New Motto: All Societal Problems Caused by Global Warming

30th October 2007

Read it. Don’t forget George W Bush, he’s to blame for at least half of it.

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Brokaw Laments Too-Low Taxes on Rich: ‘A Fundamental Injustice’

30th October 2007

Read it. Tom can give half his money to me if he’s that worried about the rich having too much. I guarantee I’d spend it more wisely than the government. I’d even promise to send some to the boys and girls over in Iraq, which is more than Congress will do.

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In Case of Psychiatric Crisis, Read This

30th October 2007

Read it.

If I ever go crazy, just give me a large knife and point me in the direction of Ted Kennedy. I’ll take it from there.

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Media Mainly Ignores ACORN Guilty Pleas

30th October 2007

Read it. Of course they do. Democrat voter fraud is not news. It’s nothing like news.

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WSJ Invites Rangel In, Gleefully Stabs Him In the Back

30th October 2007

Read it. I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Who Reports on the Reporters?

30th October 2007

Read it. Lest you think that Texas is a minimal-government paradise.

Actually, it probably would be if some Muslims were to nuke Austin. Does anybody have Osama’s e-mail address?

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What is the point of a site getting so fancy that it becomes unusable?

30th October 2007

Dvorak has a good point. Check out the site for the Dallas Morning News for a good example. Or any major car manufacturer.

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There is a long history of girls being kidnapped from Europe and ending up in Morocco

30th October 2007

Read it. Find out about some provisions of the Koran of which you might not be aware.

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Coast Guard Trains Navy

30th October 2007

Read it. This is encouraging news.

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US superhero GI Joe gets image makeover

30th October 2007

Read it. The wussification of America proceeds apace. No wonder the Muslim world hates us.

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‘Hate literature easily found at UK mosques’

30th October 2007

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

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Police hunt man seeking mustard gas antidote

30th October 2007

Read it. I can see where that might raise a few eyebrows.

A nationwide alert has been sent out after a Libyan walked into an accident and emergency unit asking for an antidote for the gas.

What, no euphemisms about a “Middle Eastern male”? They’re slipping.

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