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Archive for December, 2007

Benazir Bhutto ‘did not die from shots or blast’

28th December 2007

Read it. Now, if that had happened in this country her estate would sue the manufacturer of the car. And probably collect.

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Speak English, lower taxes

28th December 2007

Read it. Markets surface even where you don’t want them to.

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Language in Pakistan

28th December 2007

Read it. A perennial problem in these “countries” that are soldered together by some megalomaniac’s ambitious fantasy.

The official point of view is that there is one Pakistani nation united by the bonds of Islam and the national language, Urdu.

Urdu being a variant of Hindi that is chiefly distinguished by being written in Arabic letters, and has about as many native speakers in Pakistan as there are native speakers of Spanish in the U.S.

In this case the culprit was Jinnah, but India suffered from Mohandas Gandhi’s fantasies even more; by rights, it ought to be about 12 different states, and I suspect would be a happier (and less troublesome) place.

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GPS baby Jesus stolen again, found across the street

28th December 2007

Read it. One of those heartwarming stories that encapsulate the spirit of the season.

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Assassinations

28th December 2007

Steve Sailer ponders a modern trend in Artificially-Cobbled-Together-stan … and points west.

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Be Reasonable

28th December 2007

Peggy Noonan.

We just want a reasonable person. We would like a candidate who does not appear to be obviously insane.

Hm. That doesn’t leave a lot.

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Indian Museum Director Spent Lavishly on Travel

28th December 2007

Read it. Don’t they have Skraelings in Paris?

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So many suspects, so little time

28th December 2007

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? It’s like a board game.

Between this and the Iowa caucuses, don’t expect to find any real news in the “news media” for about a week.

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Sorry, Charlie. This Is Michael Vickers’s War.

28th December 2007

Read it. We can only hope.

“He tends to think like a gangster,” said Jim Thomas, a former senior defense planner who worked with Vickers. “He can understand trends then change the rules of the game so they are advantageous for your side.”

At last, someone with a clue.

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When an Assassin Succeeds

28th December 2007

Read it. We’re screwed, basically.

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Official says no licenses for illegals

28th December 2007

Read it. Perhaps Michigan will stop before it goes over the cliff.

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Group Sues Interior Department Over Endangered Species List Decisions

28th December 2007

Read it. Of course, there’s no reason to even have an Endangered Species List; that’s no business of the government’s. But there you are.

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Dictionary unravels ‘politician speak’

27th December 2007

Read it. Now there’s a trick for you.

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Studying Violent Video Games Causes Unnecessary Extrapolations! News At Eleven!

27th December 2007

Read it. You don’t have to be a moron to be a journalist, but it’s certainly no drawback, either.

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Robot Surgeons Closer Than You Think

27th December 2007

Read it. Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Divorcees are bad for the environment. Do environmentalists care?

27th December 2007

Read it. Probably not, but you never know.

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Victim may have helped zoo tiger escape

27th December 2007

Read it. Think of it as evolution in action. Predators (like tigers) have always had the job of weeding out the weak and the stupid.

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Once Again: The Great Inventors Often Were Neither Great, Nor Inventors

27th December 2007

Read it. This reiterates the vital distinction between invention and innovation. Coming up with a clever idea is fun but not important. What’s important is getting it out there to make people’s lives better. This is why more people speak European languages than Chinese.

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What have we learned about economic growth

27th December 2007

Read it. Not a whole lot, apparently.

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Christmas under Hamas rule

27th December 2007

Read it. There are never any lack of dhimmis to pretend to be Christians. Diocletian would feel right at home.

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The latest evidence on racial discrimination and wages

27th December 2007

Read it. If you understand it, please explain it to me.

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Malaysian Hindu loses bid to ban Muslim conversion

27th December 2007

Read it. And, of course, once he’s formally a Muslim, if he tries to switch back, he’ll be killed. Fine religion, that Islam.

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The Palestinian Economy in Shambles

27th December 2007

Read it. Dependency on jizyah, like any other welfare system, corrupts those who receive it even more than those who pay it.

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2007: The Miserable Year in Review

27th December 2007

John Dvorak is attempting to join John Derbyshire and Steve Graham as a Patron Saint of Dyspepsia. He makes a strong showing.

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Times Watch Presents the Top Ten Lowlights of The New York Times in 2007

27th December 2007

Read it. Thank God for the Internet, by which no slipshod “reporting” goes undocumented.

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A Non-Pacifist Syllogism

27th December 2007

Read it. Economists like to arrange things neatly. This includes thoughts. I like this approach.

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Angry drivers torching traffic cameras in England

27th December 2007

Read it. Can’t say that I blame them. If the British can do this, can Americans be far behind?

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FBI rolling out digital billboards in 20 cities

27th December 2007

Read it. This is a great idea.

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For Senators, the Season for Cash and Coal

27th December 2007

Read it. Remember, you’re paying for all of this.

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Six French Citizens Found Guilty in Chad

27th December 2007

Read it. Sometimes when you push the envelope, the envelope pushes back.

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Illegal immigrants “self deport” as woes mount

27th December 2007

Read it. I guess enforcement works.

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Some U.S. soldiers have spent so much time in Iraq, it feels like home.

27th December 2007

Read it. Rather like the British in India. Perhaps Americans can get used to this imperialism thing after all.

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One Headline Fits All

27th December 2007

Mickey Kaus has an interesting take on the media and the housing crisis: When prices go up, that’s a bad thing, because it’s a “bubble” (Oh, no!) and housing is less “affordable” (Oh, no!). Yet when prices go down, that’s a bad thing too, because the economy is “suffering” (Oh, no!) and a lot of people can’t cash out the way they wanted to (Oh, no!). What’s a mother to do?

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Get three to the semiotics department!

27th December 2007

Read it. No, I don’t know what that headline means, either. But it’s about cultural anthropologists and Jared Diamond and political correctness and academic obfuscation, and I love that stuff. You may ask: What does that have to do with genes and their expression? I’ll tell you: I don’t know. But it’s interesting.

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Read, Weep, and Vote

27th December 2007

Read it. Be glad that there are others who are willing to wade through the candidates’ campaign books.

It would be different if these were supermarket handouts, but people actually pay money for these things.

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Psst! DVDs Are Starting To Die Too…

27th December 2007

Read it. Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Russia Selling Iran Sophisticated New Air Defense System

27th December 2007

Read it. I’m sure they hope it’s better than the last one.

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New Gold-Colored Presidential Dollar Coins to be Unveiled

27th December 2007

Read it. Not that anybody will use them. At least they aren’t fashionable political statements like the last two designs.

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sQuba, the driving, diving concept car from Rinspeed

26th December 2007

Read it.

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The Old-Fashioned Personality

26th December 2007

Read it.

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Rockefeller University scientists figure out how to see smells

26th December 2007

Read it. Not a bad trick.

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Entitlement Mentality

26th December 2007

Read it.

f you forgot to get a Christmas present for Charlie Rangel, don’t worry. The congressman picked one out for himself, and he’s sending you the bill: $2 million for a shiny new Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College.

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Almost makes you feel sorry for Jared Diamond …

26th December 2007

Steve Sailer takes a look at cultural anthropology, which appears to have fallen out of fashion.

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Can presidential candidates receive a salary?

26th December 2007

Apparently so. Let’s see – what are the advantages of running for President even if you’ve got no chance of winning?

  1. A lot of people buy the book you write to explain your position and oh, incidentally, make you look inspiring. Ka-ching!
  2. You raise you peer-group rating above those of your colleagues who aren’t running for President and who, let’s face it, will be spending Big Bucks in their next campaign getting the media exposure you’re now getting for free.
  3. The money you raise that you don’t spend can be used for things from the sublime (your next campaign for your day job) to the ridiculous (hiring relatives and other Owed Favor People to do a lot of “inside work with no heavy lifting”.
  4. You get a lot of free travel and free food, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Certainly you can come up with some others…?

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Repressed Memory

26th December 2007

Read it. Don’t remember being abducted by aliens? Well, then, you must have repressed it.

The researchers then offered a $1,000 reward—posted in three languages on more than 30 Internet websites and discussion groups—to the first person to identify a case of dissociative amnesia in any work of fiction or nonfiction prior to 1800. They received more than 100 responses, but none met the “repressed memory” criteria. Although many early texts describe ordinary forgetfulness caused by natural biological processes, as well as instances of individuals forgetting happy memories and even their own identities, there were no accounts of an inability to recall a traumatic experience at one point and the subsequent recovery of that memory.

In other words, it’s pseudo-scientific bullshit. And yet there are people in jail even as we speak because of it.

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Political Correctness- The Fawlty Logic of the Left

26th December 2007

Yaacov ben Moshe looks at the left through the eyes of Basil Fawlty. It is not a pretty sight.

It is sad because it causes so much harm. The Basil Fawlty governments of the west who simply can’t force themselves to bring up the subjects of Palestinian bad faith, mis-management and terror as thy keep pouring aid into Palestinian Authority in spite of the proven correlation between that aid and terrorism aimed at innocent Israelis is a perfect example.

Oh, say it ain’t so….

It should come as no surprise that members of the honor-shame culture of Caliphate Islam are subject to this kind of tantrum. This is what honor-shame is all about. They will win the upper hand by any means that they think will work. They are, emotionally labile and see honor as a mere matter of having the upper hand. They are, by definition, The People of the Tantrum.

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Evolving Bigger Brains through Cooking: A Q&A with Richard Wrangham

26th December 2007

Read it. And go have that double cheeseburger you’ve been thinking about. It’s for the children.

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Report: Iranian Weapons in Afghanistan

26th December 2007

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

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A Bagman’s Tale

26th December 2007

Read it. The Washington Post, criticizing corruption in a government, even a foreign government, not run by Republicans? Mark your calendars.

Could Cuba be next? (Hint: Naw.)

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The End of Free Trade

26th December 2007

Read it. And Pat Buchanan is loving it.

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