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Archive for February, 2008

Fake Photos a Thing of the Past?

28th February 2008

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We have the technology.

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The New Newswire: a Dutch Student Called Michael

28th February 2008

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On the internet, nobody knows you’re not a PhD. Many people don’t care. And sometimes it doesn’t matter.

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E-book concept combines leather and multi-touch

28th February 2008

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Progress is being made.

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“Silicone womb” enters human testing in the UK

28th February 2008

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Perhaps it will help solve the Demographic Winter problem.

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Not Just The Government Who Abuses Access To Confidential Records

28th February 2008

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

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The Economics Of Free Isn’t Good Or Bad — It’s Simply What Happens

28th February 2008

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So much for the politics of identity.

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Slate Discovers The Power Law

28th February 2008

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This is what happens when literature majors deal with computations requiring something beyond taking off their shoes.

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Abundance And Scarcity In The Insight Market

28th February 2008

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This may seem a bit technical but it’s a very interesting concept.

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U.S. Politics and Churches – the Taxman Cometh

28th February 2008

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My heart bleeds for them, it really does.

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29 Cent-per-Hour Jailhouse Lawyer Under Investigation

28th February 2008

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Doesn’t pay to cross the union, apparently.

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NBC Sued for Suicide of Alleged Pedophile Prosecutor

28th February 2008

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New US Subs Trade Nukes for SEALs

28th February 2008

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This is truly amazing, since the Ohio gave it’s name to an entire class of boomers.

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New Jersey Mayor Indicted for Corruption…’Democrat or Not?’

28th February 2008

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Let’s play “Guess That Party”!

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Proposed law would require carriers to sell contract-free phones

28th February 2008

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In general, any proposed legislation that contains “Consumer Protection” and “Community Empowerment” in the title is a scam. In this case, it’s an attempt to buy votes by kicking phone companies, whom nobody likes anyway.

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Why are People Having Fewer Kids?

28th February 2008

Perhaps it’s because they don’t like them very much.

So, modernity essentially transforms children from capital goods that produce family income into consumption items to be enjoyed for their own sakes, more akin to sculptures, paintings, or theatre. But that’s just the problem—according to happiness researchers, people don’t really enjoy rearing children.

I must confess to a certain sympathy for that view. Since I don’t need kids to help on the farm or in the shop, I don’t see the point. It might be different if I liked kids, but I don’t even like cats, and kids are a lot more bother.

Apparently it’s not just me.

(Ever notice how liberals tend to have only daughters, and then only one or maybe two?)

(Yeah, I’m looking at you, Dubya.)

Bryan Caplan, however, has a different view.

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US Government Medical Spending To Double In 10 Years

28th February 2008

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Remind me why the government is paying for everybody’s health care. Food is just as important — why doesn’t it buy my food?

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DNA, Schmee-NA! The Genetic History Of The Jews

28th February 2008

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, reviews Jon Entine’s Abraham’s Children.

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Crippling Open Government

28th February 2008

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The Washington Post is shocked, shocked I tell you, to find that bureaucrats don’t like sharing information with the schlubs they govern.

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Price controls cause supply shortages. Who knew?

28th February 2008

Thomas Sowell explains that Emperor President-for-Life Hugo Chavez knows as little about economics as a lot of famous people.

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Radicals Never Say Sorry

28th February 2008

Jonah Goldberg points out that the double standard is alive and well among the people who like to denounce double standards.

Mark Steyn piles on.

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Feminists shush women with post-abortion regrets.

28th February 2008

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Obama and the Power of Words

28th February 2008

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Obama is more dangerous than you realize.

Power Line has more to say on the subject.

Conservatives complain about Obama’s vagueness mostly because they want to expose the dedicated liberal lurking behind Obama’s modeerate demeanor. In truth, though, Obama’s liberalism is no secret. His voting record, the policy positions laid out on his web site, and his own answers to questions in debates and town hall meetings make it clear that he is an unreconstructed liberal.

Obama’s appeal lies, in part, in his ability to make liberalism seem palatable. Unlike Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, he is generally not shrill or hectoring. He comes across as calm and reasonable. In this, he really does resemble Ronald Reagan.

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Are our brains wired for math?

28th February 2008

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Only non-Westerners, apparently. Of course, this is the New Yorker….

Steve Sailer has some thoughts on the subject.

You just have to have the Times Table pounded into your head over and over as a kid, but our education system is against “rote learning,” so school kids aren’t usually forced to chant them like in the good old days. But kids actually kind of like rote learning. (It’s adults who hate learning that way, and especially hate teaching that way.) Kids like singing the alphabet song, for instance. You’d think educators would find a times table rap that today’s children would like.

Indeed.

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Obama’s Face in a Potato

28th February 2008

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Can a shrine and pilgrims be far behind?

Is this just an underhanded way to get the Latino vote?

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The Myths of ‘Energy Independence’

28th February 2008

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Repeated ad nauseam as a campaign slogan, the concept of energy independence keeps us from having an honest discussion about globalization, economics, and foreign policy. Americans will be best served by embracing global interdependence, and getting government out of the energy business as much as possible.

An interesting perspective — but not one, I suspect, that will find favor with the People of the Crust.

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More Concerns Over Twisty Light Bulbs

28th February 2008

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Another example of do-gooders making a situation worse.

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Shacks for Rich People

28th February 2008

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Not to mention that your Friendly Neighborhood Fascists behind zoning regulations and housing codes won’t let you do this most places.

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Demographic Winter

28th February 2008

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, rings some changes on Mark Steyn’s immortal thesis.

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Evidence Suggests That Violating Disney Copyrights Leads to Genocide

28th February 2008

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No More Poor?

28th February 2008

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, raises an interesting question.

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Shhhh…Farmers Love Frankenfoods

28th February 2008

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And keep it under your hat.

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Readybot cleans your kitchen, might be single best thing ever invented

28th February 2008

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Sign me up.

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Radio Host: McCain Threw Me Under Straight Talk Express

28th February 2008

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

Remind me why, when John McCain spends so much time beating up on Republicans and sucking up to Democrats, he’s going to be the Republican nominee? Oh, yeah, right, these are open primaries, so the Democrats and “independents” are picking the Republican nominee. That’s makes perfect sense.

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ABC Fakes Muslim Prejudice, Unsurprisingly Finds ‘Islamophobia’ in America

28th February 2008

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

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Put up with it

28th February 2008

Arnold Kling talks about civil disobedience.

The idea of civil disobedience is that it allows a minority to confront a situation that the majority of people are passively tolerating. It allows the minority to show intensity of feelings, and it forces others in society to look at the issue and choose sides.

One of the sides being “Let’s pound the crap out of these people who are disrupting our lives.” But maybe that’s just me.

What I find most irritating about “civil disobedience” is that it’s ill-mannered narcissism. “What I care about is more important than anything you had planned to do today.” If people who thought that way got the crap pounded out of them more often, I suspect that “civil disobedience” would soon take care of itself.

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Recluse admits murder from beyond the grave

28th February 2008

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I always wanted to be a recluse. It sounded like a neat career.

I’m somewhat bothered by the prospect of the police having kept clothes from a murder victim for over 30 years, though.

Always living alone, he moved to Aspull in 1994.

So how does he come to have a daughter?

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Australian Moonbat Lawyer Raves

28th February 2008

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And why not? He’s being paid.

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ENGINEERING BIOLOGY

28th February 2008

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Now this is a scary guy.

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Washington Today

28th February 2008

Inside Politics.

Inside the Beltway.

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Spy search to spotlight on diversity

28th February 2008

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Note that the search for more competent spies has degenerated into just one more “Let’s enrich their lives” entitlement program.

No wonder our foreign policy sucks and our deficit is measured in trillions.

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Roger That. It’s a Man on a Lawn Mower

28th February 2008

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I’ve got a mulch attachment, and I’m not afraid to use it.

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Smash Our Mailbox? I Don’t Think So

28th February 2008

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring the usual mix of Gen-X slacker celebrities.

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Groups Challenge Gov’t Over Grey Wolves

28th February 2008

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

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Wind Farms May Threaten Whooping Cranes

28th February 2008

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I wonder how many environmentalists are diagnosed with schizophrenia these days? “Oh, my wind farms! Oh, my whooping cranes!”

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Teen is allergic to water

28th February 2008

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I’ll refrain from the obvious comment.

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‘Bird boy’ found in Russia

28th February 2008

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Fat cat fell on diner

28th February 2008

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No doubt Obama has a proposal to avoid such mishaps in the future.

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Robbers pick wrong bar

28th February 2008

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Well, you know, life is full of choices. Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it don’t.

What would happen to a shooter on a college campus were students to react in this wise is left as an exercise for the reader.

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Detroit Mayor Loses Fight Over Secret Documents

28th February 2008

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Oh, gee, not a word to indicate that the guy’s a Democrat. Were he a Republican, it would have been in the first sentence.

No bias in our media, no sir.

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8 People Wounded in South L.A. Street Shootings

28th February 2008

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Dystopia indeed.

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