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Archive for July, 2008

Never Too Late

31st July 2008

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Brian May, guitarist for rock band Queen, completes Ph.D. thesis following 30-year hiatus

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Chicago Suburbs Repeal Their Handgun Bans

31st July 2008

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From Hamas to Christianity

31st July 2008

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An amazing story from Avi Issacharov, one of Haaretz’s best reporters: The son of one of the West Bank’s most notorious Hamas leaders has converted to Christianity.

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US farmers put sunscreen on their fruit

31st July 2008

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Broadband offers bright future to Welsh monks

31st July 2008

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Cistercians were always a bunch of slackers.

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The Church Of Obama

31st July 2008

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Keeping you informed about the important trends of the day.

*Universalist Unitarian Obamaists: This denomination believes there are other politicians besides Obama, but they enjoy the fellowship of the weekly campaign events.  They are the least reliable Obamaists, as they aren’t certain if they will vote for Obama, or if he even exists at all.

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Stuff White People Like #106 Facebook

31st July 2008

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For a brief period of time, MySpace was the site where everyone kept their profile and managed their friendships. But soon, the service began to attract fake profiles, the wrong kind of white people, and struggling musicians. In real world terms, these three developments would be equivalent to a check cashing store, a TGIFridays, and a housing project. All which strike fear in the hearts of white people.

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Researchers have found a cheap and easy way to store the energy made by solar power.

31st July 2008

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Gaza summer camps teach kids to fire rockets

31st July 2008

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I got your Religion of Peace, right here.

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Dems attack Sen. Coburn for delivering babies for free

31st July 2008

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The only principles in the Democrat party are tactical.

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Postcard from the gun show

31st July 2008

Clive Crook, who writes for the Financial Times (think Wall Street Journal but run by socialists), gets exposed to the real America.

As a Brit, of course, I was conditioned to expect that the first time I saw an unholstered pistol would be when a mugger stuck one in my face.

A sad commentary on British life that is, sadly, all too accurate. But wait, there’s more.

I don’t think the Democratic nominee would have felt at home with this crowd. I heard several references to Comrade Obama, and saw one button (which I coveted) that said, “I am a BITTER gun-owner.” They seemed to me an affable, friendly and very courteous bunch (well, you would be, wouldn’t you?). I don’t think you could mix with the show’s visitors for more than five minutes without thinking it was nonsense to attribute their interest in guns to bitterness or disappointment or some form of social pathology. But of course there is a political dimension. Aside from other motivations–sport, self-defence–the gun-show universe is about pride, self-reliance, and resentment at being bossed around. Distinctively American traits, wouldn’t you say? Best in moderation, no doubt–but still, where would the country be without those attitudes? I may get thrown out of Georgetown for this, but I say, good for them.

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HAMAS v FATAH: FUZZ WAR!

31st July 2008

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Perhaps we could do that with the guys down in Gitmo. Shave ’em bare. For health reasons, of course.

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Carrier Officers Relieved of Duty

31st July 2008

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Compare and contrast those in political office. Why is Ted Stevens still in office? Why is William “Cold Cash” Jefferson not only in office but filling important committe slots?

Would we really be worse off if the military ran the country?

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Ridemaster Pro is world’s most advanced rocking horse

31st July 2008

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

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Saudi Arabia: when four wives just aren’t enough

31st July 2008

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I’ve always found one to be a full-time occupation.

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A Very Distorted Vision of Humanity

31st July 2008

Yaacov ben Moshe is always worth reading.

Tyranny- It Always Quickens the Progressive Pulse

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FireWire 1600 and 3200 approved by IEEE

31st July 2008

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Mayor’s Dogs Killed in Drug Raid

31st July 2008

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A Prince George’s County, Maryland SWAT team raided the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo last night, shooting and killing his two black labs in the process.

We really need to be doing something about this sort of thing.

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GDP: A few pictures are worth a book

31st July 2008

Megan McArdle gives us some very interesting graphs about who’s producing and who’s not.

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Mary Rose ‘sank because Spanish crew did not understand orders’

31st July 2008

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Forensic examination of the crew’s skulls, which were found next the 16th century wreck in The Solent, has revealed that Henry VIII’s flagship was mainly crewed by foreign sailors, thought to be either mercenaries or Spanish prisoners of war.

More info here.

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Morality and animal welfare

31st July 2008

Megan McArdle is really a girl after all.

Is it possible to be a vegan without judging other people?

Possible, yes; likely, no. Most vegans are like anti-smokers and atheists — it’s not enough that they’re living on a higher moral plane than you are, it’s required that you be forced to admit it. They’re a lot like Muslims that way.

And somebody ought to reveal to them that “vegan” is somebody from the star Vega. People who only eat vegetables are herbivores. You know, like cows.

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Annals of polemicism

31st July 2008

Megan McArdle fisks a bunch of lefty professors at Chicago whose undies are in a wad over possibly being associated with such a heinous figure as Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.

Translated, “when we go to fashionable lefty cocktail parties in Venezuela, it’s embarrassing to admit who signs our paychecks.”

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10 Things to Scratch From Your Worry List

31st July 2008

John Tierney is on the case.

For most of the year, it is the duty of the press to scour the known universe looking for ways to ruin your day. The more fear, guilt or angst a news story induces, the better. But with August upon us, perhaps you’re in the mood for a break, so I’ve rounded up a list of 10 things not to worry about on your vacation.

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Arms and the Man

31st July 2008

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It all started with Herodotus.

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Dopamine could help the sleep-deprived still learn

31st July 2008

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A boon to college students everywhere.

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GDP Grows at 1.9% in Second Quarter

31st July 2008

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One heck of a recession we’ve got here, huh? In fact, consumer spending and personal income are also up.

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Kate Middleton refuses offer of first class air travel

31st July 2008

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I think this one’s a keeper. About time, too.

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Yes, Reading Online Is Still Reading

31st July 2008

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A lot of people don’t seem to realize that.

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3-D Printing for the Masses

31st July 2008

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We have the technology.

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Congress, Deadlocked on Oil Solutions, Grinds to Halt

31st July 2008

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There you have it — American Government 101. We know what we need to do, but one side won’t do it because (a) it would mean that admitting that they were wrong and (b) the people who hired them wouldn’t stand for it.

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Fitzgerald: “Islamism” and Islam

30th July 2008

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In the real world, however, most non-Muslims have no real idea what Islam’s texts contain, or the nature of its commandments and prohibitions, or the inculcated view that there is a state of permanent war (though not always open warfare) between Believers and Infidels, and that it is the duty of Believers to work, sometimes as a collective, sometimes individually, using whatever instruments are available and effective, to remove all obstacles to the spread and then to the dominance of Islam. In that world, that is, the real world in which we now live, use of the term “Islamism” is unhelpful. It can even, as it sows further confusion, be downright dangerous.

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“Intolerant” villagers stop “tolerance” festival

30th July 2008

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Amazing how that works. Guess the Kumbaya juice has lost it’s magic power.

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Rights Group Reports Torture by Palestinian Security Forces

30th July 2008

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Chef Gordon Ramsay under fire for F Word ‘puffin murder’

30th July 2008

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Unique medieval astrolabe saved by the British Museum

30th July 2008

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U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.

30th July 2008

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That would be the biggest Darwin Award in human history.

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How the snake got its fangs

30th July 2008

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

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Northrop Grumman’s aircraft-mounted laser moves forward in testing

30th July 2008

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And there was much rejoicing. Break out the jiffy-pop.

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A Device That Was High-Tech In 100 B.C.

30th July 2008

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Is it Okay to Vote Against a Candidate Because of His Race?

30th July 2008

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We are, each year, treated to national media reports on race relations in this country and they invariably discuss white America coming to terms with other races in this country. Very, very rarely does the media ever report on other races coming to terms with white America.

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Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet

30th July 2008

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A boy can legally have two fathers, judge rules in landmark case

30th July 2008

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

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Retired nurse’s former employer denies her life saving cancer drug

30th July 2008

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This is what happens when you trust the government.

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Hopium helps you forget several unpleasant facts

30th July 2008

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New X-ray technique reveals colour of hidden van Gogh

30th July 2008

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We have the technology.

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Paper or Plastic: Either Way, You Pay

30th July 2008

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Yet another good reason not to live on the Left Coast.

Can we stop it with this “voluntary tax” nonsense already? If you put your groceries in an unapproved bag, the government forces you to pay the fee, so it’s not voluntary. By Conlin’s logic, sales tax also is voluntary (you don’t have to buy stuff), as are alcohol and tobacco taxes (you don’t have to drink or smoke), air travel taxes (you don’t have to fly), gas taxes (you don’t have to drive), property taxes (you don’t have to own a house), and income taxes (you don’t have to make money).

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Hitachi Starboard FX 77 Duo white board gets demoed on video

30th July 2008

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Male Saudi professor sentenced to 600 lashes and 8 months in jail, female student gets 350 lashes and 4 months in jail for “phone relationship”

30th July 2008

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Your life under Islam. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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Northern Minn. officers shoot bear with jar over head

30th July 2008

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Oh, no — they shot Winnie the Pooh.

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David Brooks as the Kinder, Gentler Steve Sailer

30th July 2008

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It’s all about Steve. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

As you know, my basic shtick is that, increasingly, specific government policies tend to matter less than the quantities and qualities of various populations. For example, Hong Kong became prosperous under free trade and laissez-faire, while Singapore became prosperous under protectionism and paternalism.

Thus, immigration policy is more central to the future of America than most of the controversies more welcome in the pages of the New York Times.

And he makes a good case for it. I’ve always said that there’s nothing wrong with New York that about a million ethnic Chinese wouldn’t cure.

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