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Archive for November, 2007

Following The Golden Compass to Greenwich

30th November 2007

Read it. It’s amazing what they’re doing in movies nowadays.

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Home-made mince pies ban at school

30th November 2007

Read it. God forbid the kids should eat what they eat at home.

I’m SO glad I don’t live in Britain.

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Chadians declare war on France

30th November 2007

Read it. I doubt that France is worried.

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A slice of Mencius Moldbug

30th November 2007

Read it. It has truly been too long.

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Sumo crowds thin out as foreigners move in

30th November 2007

Read it. Oh, say it ain’t so….

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Engineers Go Gonzo to Bombproof Bridges

30th November 2007

Read it. And why not?

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Does Free Association Limit Free Speech?

30th November 2007

Read it. Why I won’t be voting for John McCain.

But it’s good for people like this to step up to the plate.

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Giant truffle to sell at celebrity auction

30th November 2007

Read it. Would make a great holiday gift for the person who has everything.

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Bracelet lost 25 years ago found in chicken

30th November 2007

Read it. I’m sure PETA is on the case.

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Japan offers to solve ‘Union Jack problem’

30th November 2007

Read it. I’m happy to see that they’re treating it with the seriousness that it deserves.

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Thousands in Sudan Call for British Teddy Bear Teacher’s Execution

30th November 2007

Read it. Sure, they’re ready to govern themselves. In fact, they belong in the United Nations.

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Just An Average Night Of Car Burnings In France

30th November 2007

Read it. Muslims are just so cute when they’re angry.

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Storm’s Coming: Get Out the Kitty Litter

30th November 2007

Read it. Just a reminder that, if you’re not reading Lileks, you’re missing out.

Here’s what you should have in case you get stuck:

Sixteen pounds of Kitty Litter for traction

A Kitty, for company

A disposable camera, because kitties are so cute and they don’t stay kitties forever

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Sarkozy Says Riots Were ‘Thugocracy,’ Not a Social Crisis

30th November 2007

Read it. Pretty embarassing when the French are more sensible than we are.

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Heritage Areas vs. Property Rights

30th November 2007

Read it.

Guess which side the government is on.

Now guess which side is winning.

And YOUR tax money is paying for this.

Suckers.

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Fred’s Folly

30th November 2007

Read it. She’s got a point.

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CIA Shortcomings Infuriated Nixon, Newly Released Documents Reveal

30th November 2007

Read it. The CIA sucks? I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

This is what makes all of those dark-CIA-conspiracy movies like The Bourne Identity so amusing.

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Rodney King Shot in the Face

30th November 2007

Read it. I’d comment, but I don’t know quite where to start.

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Medicare for everyone?

29th November 2007

Read it. What happens when politics gets involved in providing goods and services.

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CANADIANS AIM FOR TITLE

29th November 2007

Read it. Man, you do not want to mess with The Beer Fridge.

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Objet Geometries set to unveil multi-material 3D printer

29th November 2007

Read it. We are on the verge of a new and highly exciting era.

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Psychiatric Polling of the Press

29th November 2007

Read it.

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Not Exactly Armageddon: Home Prices Dipped 0.4% in Quarter, But Still Up 1.8% in Past Year

29th November 2007

Read it. Let’s see: Iraq was a quagmire … oops, it turns out we’re winning. Recession is just around the corner … oops, we had 4.9% growth last quarter. And the housing market is in the toilet … oops, it turns out it really isn’t.

I really don’t think that “Axis of Drivel” is too strong a term for the drive-by media these days.

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Wharton Study Confirms Conventional Shopping Wisdom

29th November 2007

Read it. As Linus used to say, sometimes those old wives can be pretty smart.

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Teddy row teacher found guilty

29th November 2007

Read it. Perhaps it will get through to people that Muslim countries aren’t places where you want to (a) work, (b) live, or even (c) visit.

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Hamas: ‘No Room for Jews’

29th November 2007

Read it. I have often wondered why Israel didn’t expel all Muslims as security threats. Guess they’re just too nice.

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Does a $97,000 Salary Make You Upper-Class?

29th November 2007

Read it. Hint: No, not when the dollar is worth about as much as a square of toilet tissue.

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Teddy Bears on Trial

29th November 2007

Read it. I remember a day when such a travesty involving a British subject would prompt troops to embark and warships to sail. Nowadays, when Brits are “citizens” rather than subjects, it would appear that they are on their own. Thank God America hasn’t gotten quite that bad yet (although it’s trending in that direction).

Another illustration of the truth that the problem isn’t with “moderation”, it’s with Islam as an ideology.

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A plea for more anthropology of ideology

29th November 2007

Read it. Not sure I’d be as willing as he is to give polemicists the benefit of the doubt with respect to these questions, but I’m naturally a cynical and suspicious personality.

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All the News That’s Fit to Bury

29th November 2007

Read it. Drive-by media featuring drivel and burying important news? I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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YouTube BoobTubery, CNN Spins Thompson’s Confederate Flag Stance

29th November 2007

Read it. CNN tried to make Fred Thompson look bad? I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Fishy FEMA Follies

29th November 2007

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

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Emergent morphology and informative tautologies

29th November 2007

Read it. Why I won’t be voting for Guiliani. If I ever vote for a crook, it will be a Democrat crook.

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SatLav pinpoints nearest public toilet

29th November 2007

Read it. Now that’s useful.

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What Time of Year Is It?

29th November 2007

Read it. Apparently people shop for the holidays, but get laid off for Christmas. Who knew?

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Social Engineers In Paradise

29th November 2007

Read it. George Will spanks some Democrats. Fun to watch.

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Trend to Fat Goes Flat

29th November 2007

Read it. No, I really have no interest in this subject — I just wanted to use that headline.

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Bill Clinton’s Claim of Opposing Iraq War From Outset Disputed

29th November 2007

Read it. Now there’s a headline from the Washington Post I never expected to see.

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For Lott, Money Trumps Service

29th November 2007

Read it. No surprises here.

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2 Florida Deputies Struck, Killed by Fellow Deputy’s Car

29th November 2007

Read it.

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Study: Still a Chance Asteroid May Hit Earth in 2036

29th November 2007

Read it. Well, then, we have something to look forward to.

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Teen Jehovah’s Witness Leukemia Patient Dies After Refusing Blood Transfusion

29th November 2007

Read it. That’s a level of religious commitment you don’t often see these days outside of people who blow themselves up.

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Pundit Accountability

28th November 2007

Read it. No, we’ll never see it, but it’s fun to dream about.

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‘Facebook’ bound in priest’s skin for sale

28th November 2007

Read it. Well, hey, they took politics seriously back then.

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Google’s Real Innovation: Recognizing The Power Of Complementary Goods

28th November 2007

Read it. Excellent insight. In short supply these days.

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Why Social Networks Stink

28th November 2007

Dvorak is rapidly becoming one of the Patron Saints of Dyspepsia.

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Harvard Hacks

28th November 2007

Steve Sailer points out the a lot of “big name authors” don’t actually write their own stuff. Of course, that’s been the cornerstone of academic writing from time out of mind. But it doesn’t hurt to remind people of it now and again.

That also applies to politicians who put out books when they’re running for President. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that some bottom-tier candidates run for President merely to increase the sales of their books, which otherwise would probably sink without a trace. Just monetizing the name, that’s all; if a football player can do it, why not a Congressman?

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The Death Penalty

28th November 2007

Steve Sailer points out a good reason to have the death penalty.

Of course, those who maintain that the death penalty doesn’t provide any deterrent effect will deny this.

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Briton mauled to death by wild dogs in Bulgaria

28th November 2007

Read it. This has such a 19th-century flavor to it….

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Flat Tax Fred

28th November 2007

Read it. Go, Fred.

The interesting thing about the Thompson proposal is that it will actually introduce a market (i.e. democracy) into the American tax system – and people will be able to vote with their money (which is the only kind of vote that is truly honest). And, of course, the nominal “Democrats” will oppose it tooth and nail, thus revealing themselves (once again) as the Oxymoron Party. (They’re all for choice, when it’s a choice of which they approve.)

The really interesting part is how many RINOs show up to join the Idiocrats to oppose it. A good litmus test, I’m thinking.

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