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Archive for April, 2008

A Man. A Legend. A Way of Life.

30th April 2008

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An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

30th April 2008

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I wasn’t.

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Waking Up to the Yawns: Young and Wealthy but Normal

30th April 2008

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 She profiles Sean Blagsvedt, a 32-year-old Microsofter who moved to India for the company but decided to launch two networking sites linking employers with the unemployed. There’s also Rik Wehbring, a 37-year-old dot.com millionaire who limits his annual earnings to $50,000, doesn’t own a TV, drives a Prius and shops at farmer’s markets.

This is not a definition of “normal” that I’ve ever encountered before.

Perhaps a more accurate term would be YAWL — Young and Wealthy and Liberal.

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500-year-old shipwreck found by diamond firm

30th April 2008

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The chief difficulty will be deciding which government will step in and confiscate the results of their labors — all in the name of the people, of course.

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HP creates radical ‘memristor’ technology, brains explode

30th April 2008

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Researchers show off laser-guided wheelchair that docks with vehicles

30th April 2008

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Trans Fat, Back and Cheaper than Ever

30th April 2008

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Only rich Overclass people can afford to eat organic. Sad but true.

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Energy Independence Begins at Home

30th April 2008

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It may surprise Americans to discover that the United States is the third-largest oil producer, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. We could be producing more, but Congress has put large areas of potential supply off-limits. These include the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and parts of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. By government estimates, these areas may contain 25 billion to 30 billion barrels of oil (against about 30 billion barrels of proven U.S. reserves today) and 80 trillion cubic feet or more of natural gas (compared with about 200 tcf of proven reserves).

An amazing world, in which we look to politicians to solve a problem that was entirely created by politicians in the first place.

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Farm Bill Follies

30th April 2008

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Last year, net farm income reached a record level of nearly $89 billion due to high crop prices. Farm household income averaged $84,000 in 2007, according to the Environmental Working Group (the 2006 average for all U.S. households was $66,000). Despite such good times, the federal government showered $5 billion in direct payments on 1.4 million farmers.

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Latter-Day Taint

30th April 2008

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I’m not quite as old-fashioned as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), which hews to the early-marriage customs of the 19th century and the polygamous practices of biblical times. But I’m old-fashioned enough to believe the government needs a good reason to pull a crying, clinging child away from her mother and hand her over to the care of strangers.

Furthermore, the age of consent for sex in Texas is 17, while the minimum age for marriage, with parental approval, is 16 (raised in 2005 from 14 with the FLDS in mind). Hence a pregnant 16- or 17-year-old is not necessarily evidence that any laws have been broken.

In short, the whole FLDS culture is sick and corrupt, so anyone raised in that environment is ipso facto a victim of abuse. This theory of collective guilt, which was accepted by Judge Barbara Walther after a chaotic and cursory mass hearing on April 17, is the antithesis of the individualized risk assessment that is supposed to justify taking a child from his parents.

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‘Pixie dust’ helps man grow new finger

30th April 2008

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The Jury Nullification Problem

30th April 2008

David Friedman is always worth reading.

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Stuff White People Like #97 Scarves

30th April 2008

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Note the picture: A pretty girl wearing a keffiyeh, a scarf from a culture that would, if it could, cover her from head to toe in opaque fabric.

How stupid is that? Pretty stupid.

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Brand-New Lizard, Toad, Opossum Found in Brazil

30th April 2008

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

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Shortages Threaten Farmers’ Key Tool: Fertilizer

30th April 2008

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Fertilizer companies are confident the shortage will be solved eventually, noting that they plan to build scores of new factories. But that will probably create fresh problems in the long run as the world grows more dependent on fossil fuels to produce chemical fertilizers. Intensified use of such fertilizers is certain to mean greater pollution of waterways, too.

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The Nanny State Goes Global

30th April 2008

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Article 1 of the UN Charter informs us that the United Nations was created “to maintain international peace and security,” but today, the subject consuming the global guardians is traffic safety. War is raging in the Middle East. Genocide persists in Sudan. International trafficking in sex slaves is a growth industry, and food shortages are hurting the most vulnerable populations. Yet, a few weeks ago the UN General Assembly approved the first global conference on roads and traffic to be held next year in Russia.

Delegates to the conference will undoubtedly organize a new UN Meter Maid Brigade as an auxiliary to the vaunted Peacekeeping Department. And we can only hope that the U.S. delegate raises for discussion all those unpaid parking tickets diplomats have racked up in New York City.

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Congressmen offended that government agencies aren’t spending fast enough

30th April 2008

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Democrats, of course.

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A Meditation on Minarchy

30th April 2008

Arnold Kling is always worth reading.

After Iain Murray’s talk yesterday, a woman who works for a small libertarian organization in France told me that half of recent French graduates of top universities are currently residing outside of France.

Mencius Moldbug would have us consider undesired government programs, regulations, and taxes as a form of rent that we pay. George Lakoff prefers to think of “membership dues.” Perhaps the rent in France has gotten too high for some of the best and brightest there, so they are moving to the UK and the U.S.

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If You Don’t Show Up, Everybody Talks About You

30th April 2008

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The New York Times has been taking hits of late for its new policy of boycotting the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

Would that Republican Presidents felt the same way. Why subject yourself to an evening devoted to being nice to people who spend the rest of the year being ugly to you? It’s not as if any of them voted for you, or support your policies. What a waste of time….

(Al Kamen’s Washington Post column is archly entitled “In the Loop” — and for good reason; I can’t think of a loopier person in modern “journalism”.)

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Hold the Security Detail: At What Age Can Children Be Left on Their Own?

30th April 2008

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I’d say after two years in the Armed Forces or 24, whichever comes first.

But that’s me.

It seems that opinions vary widely, given the outpouring of criticism that New York Sun columnist Lenore Skenazy received when she wrote about letting her 9-year-old son take the subway home alone. “Half the people I’ve told this episode to now want to turn me in for child abuse,” Ms. Skenazy is quoted as saying in this piece in Newsweek.

It’s amazing the number of people who think themselves qualified to have the government enforce their ideas regarding how children not their own ought to be raised.

It’s even more amazing that the government affords them a tool for doing so.

It’s most amazing of all the people put up with this bullshit for more than ten seconds.

I remember walking back and forth unsupervised to kindergarten, a distance of over a mile. Of course, that was when Eisenhower was President — a happier time, whatever Al Sharpton may say.

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Love of family inspired William Jefferson to do great things. It also explains that $90,000 in his freezer.

30th April 2008

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Of course, had he been a Republican, he would still be in the news — and no longer in Congress.

But Democrats do these things differently.

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Another hit at the self esteem myth

30th April 2008

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The Weathermen tried to kill my family.

30th April 2008

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Obama certainly has an interesting collection of friends.

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Barack Obama: Hillary Clinton ‘is just like Bush’

30th April 2008

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Nope, she’s got a bigger pair than George Bush.

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Old people are not that grumpy, study finds

30th April 2008

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If they just had to put up with some of the shit I have to put up with, they’d be grumpy enough.

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Prisoners’ pay rise blocked by Gordon Brown

30th April 2008

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Ah, the British government is so cruel….

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Most pointless gadgets: From fondue sets to laser guided scissors

30th April 2008

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Girl thrown on fire for being ‘low class’

30th April 2008

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The girl is a Dalit, or an “untouchable,” according to India’s traditional caste system.

I guess diversity has its limits.

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The Secret Chinese Fleet

30th April 2008

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The Miley Cyrus Uproar

30th April 2008

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Well, keep lesbian photographers away from your kids, and the problem will not arise. Duh.

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Foreign Law and the First Amendment

30th April 2008

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  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. It really could.

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Mugabe’s Violence

30th April 2008

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No sign of an apology for the Post’s unwavering support of Marxist rebel Mugabe back in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. That was just so yesterday.

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Sir Salman Rushdie attacks marriage

30th April 2008

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Perhaps the Ayatollah was right about this guy.

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Straw eco home handmade over five years

30th April 2008

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Fortunately, wolves have been extinct in Britain since the 18th century.

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Supply-Side Stunner: April US Receipts on Track for Record

30th April 2008

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Gee, when oil company revenues are greater than normal, Democrats fall all over themselves to enact ‘windfall profits’ taxes. But do they give any of the money back when the government revenues reach new heights? No, they fall all over themselves to make sure the the government continues to spend more than it brings in.

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Concentration Camp Doctor Tops List of 10 Most-Wanted Nazis

30th April 2008

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They’re still hunting Nazis, but nobody ever hunts Communists. Why is that?

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Fight Downhill Battles: Let Laziness and Inertia Make You More Productive

29th April 2008

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Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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Double Your Lifespan with a Drug that Mutates Your Ribosomes

29th April 2008

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8 (Pointless) Laws All Comic Book Movies Follow

29th April 2008

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Hey, whatever brings in the bucks.

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Human line ‘nearly split in two’

29th April 2008

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Islanders want legal right to be ‘true lesbians’

29th April 2008

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I am not making this up.

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UN task force to tackle food crisis

29th April 2008

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Oh, sure, that’ll help. When has the U.N. ever done anything other than waste money and bloviate?

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Woman trampled to death by cows

29th April 2008

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Well, don’t walk there. What kind of moron goes into a field with a bull in it? Sheesh.

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Brain training games boost IQ, study shows

29th April 2008

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Hint: “Find the remote” is not a brain training game.

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Multicultural Nonsense

29th April 2008

Tibor Machan.

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Islanders speak with a West Country accent

29th April 2008

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Dad’s oversight at Tigers game lands son in foster care

29th April 2008

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“We’re from the government, and we’ re here to help. Stick your hands up.”

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Homesteading on the High Seas

29th April 2008

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Optimism shines eternal.

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FLDS and arithmetic

29th April 2008

David Friedman is always worth reading.

He’s also pretty good at asking pointed questions.

Further thoughts here.

The minimum marriage age was raised from 14 to 16 only three years ago. So a woman who is currently 17 might have been legally married at 14 and had one or more children by now.

A lot of the support for the attack on the FLDS comes from the widely held view that the normal pattern is for girls to be married off to older men shortly after they reach puberty and promptly start having babies. It is hard to see how that can be true if, as the Texas authorities have admitted, only two girls out of 53 in the 14-17 year age group were pregnant. And if that picture is false, that undercuts the whole argument for the extraordinary treatment they have been subjected to.

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“Brain pacemaker” could treat depression, OCD

29th April 2008

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Let’s make it mandatory for public officials.

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