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The Party of Culture Club

31st August 2008

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This is somewhat opaque but it makes an important point. Stick with it.

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Essential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is Wrong

31st August 2008

Read and heed.

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Single Jewish Female Seeks Stress Relief

31st August 2008

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Some people have it more difficult than others.

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Feminist Makes Excuses for Misogyny

31st August 2008

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Of course — straining at gnats and swallowing camels is what leftoids do best. Why do you think that lawyers give most of their political contributions to Democrats?

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One third of graduates do not benefit from having a degree, report says

31st August 2008

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Of course not. “When everybody’s somebody/Then no one’s anybody.”

Most of the jobs that “require” a college degree these days actually don’t, in any practical sense; I’ve got three degrees, which makes me a more interesting person, I’m sure, but not one of which involves anything that I use in my daily work.

Considering the state of the educational system these days, I suspect that employers these days require a college degree to make sure that applicants have at least what used to count as a high-school education. Go take a look at what they used to teach in high school during the ’30s and ’40s — and, and if you want a real scare, look that the tests they gave eight-graders back a hundred years ago.

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USB anion humidifier soda can confirms you shouldn’t be allowed to have a credit card

31st August 2008

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I don’t know — I think it’s kinda cute.

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Sonim’s rugged LM801 phone will probably outlast you

31st August 2008

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If Black & Decker made a cell phone, this would be it.

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Sometimes War IS the Answer- Ask any Recovering Victim of Abuse

31st August 2008

Yaacov ben Moshe draws an analogy — a damned good one.

My original thought was to draw a superficial comparison. I wanted to ask (especially of the feminists and people of the left) why, if it is so obvious to everyone that the common and well-documented cycle of pathological denial, minimization, deflection and projection that domestic partner abusers employ to keep control of their victims and to avoid punishment for their episodes of violence must be met by confrontation or, at the very least, the safe escape of the victim, can’t they recognize the need for confrontation and punishment for the analogous behavior by the Arab/Muslim world against Israel.

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A Fan of Short Books

31st August 2008

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This is a great idea, and I hope it comes sooner rather than later.

Everyone involved in software development is familiar with having six or eight (very expensive) 400-page tomes on a particular subject that have to cover the whole of a particular tool (e.g. Integration Services) and so cannot do so in sufficient depth to really help out a developer who is stuck in some petty little quirk of the system. The problem is that there isn’t sufficient market to have a 100-page book devoted to, say, the Lookup Component (and if you don’t understand what that means, then you’ve never worked with Integration Services — not that there’s anything wrong with that….) to justify doing the whole write-and-publish-dead-tree-version process.

But e-books take us completely out of that high-friction world. To expand on the example that Joe used: Imagine a 25-page summary of Integration Services. For somebody seeking a broad overview, that will probably be sufficient — and, being a commercial product, it will be far more readable than the Defense-Department IBM-wannabe corporate tech-writer style of the Books On Line that come with the product.

However … say you wanted to know more about the Data Flow Task. Fine. For a few dollars more, you can buy an expansion of that section, and it will deal with that Task in depth.

And, if you’re really stuck in a problem, for a few dollars more you can get an even deeper treatment that tells you EVERYTHING THERE IS TO BE KNOWN about the Lookup task, including things that Microsoft would rather hide under the rug, preferably written by somebody who’s been bitten by that bug and had to work around it — somebody like Ken Henderson (and I’m not talking about the ball player).

I’d buy it. I don’t know anybody I’ve ever worked with who wouldn’t be delighted to have such a tool available.

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A summary of Olavo de Carvalho on the Leftist mind

31st August 2008

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Scroll past the obligatory Palin stuff (pause to appreciate the poster).

The Left (which he calls the “revolution”) is not a unified ideology or agenda at all, but rather a way of seeing the world, and specifically it is an inversion of what normal people call common sense. And this inversion is the sole unifying factor, the one common thread running through the revolution since the 13th and 14th centuries

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Buckingham Palace Guards may lose bearskin hats

31st August 2008

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  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. That’s it.

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Another Fake ‘Lifelong Republican’ Exposed

31st August 2008

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This is a favorite meme of the left. In fact, apart from Ace’s parody of the same, I’ve never seen a “lifelong Democrat” claim to be, for the first time ever (!) voting Republican in an election. Probably because it’s lame and fools no one.

Well, Nelson Rockefeller was a “lifelong Republican”, too, but that didn’t impress any real Republicans.

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A Fresh Face

31st August 2008

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Newt Gingrich’s emails are better than most people’s books.

Apparently the Obamassiah’s fifteen minutes are up. Hope he enjoyed them.

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Ion-mask military waterproofing technology coming to civilian garb

31st August 2008

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The typical military effect on clothing is “effective but totally uncomfortable”. Let’s hope they’ve avoided that here.

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Jerry Pournelle on Sarah Palin

31st August 2008

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I’d rather see her President than McCain, but we live with the choices we have.

And that says everything that needs to be said on the subject.

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Mr Clipboard and the self-perpetuating bureaucracy

30th August 2008

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Mexicans protest nationwide against crime wave

30th August 2008

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Oh, yeah, that’ll help.

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Grammar vigilantes go to war on error

30th August 2008

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And about time, too.

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San Marino appoints a diplomat to Wales

30th August 2008

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Legal bid to stop CERN atom smasher from ‘destroying the world’

30th August 2008

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Aw, Mom….

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Italy to compensate Libya $5B for colonial rule

30th August 2008

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Actually, Libya would be better off paying Italy $5 billion to take it back over. I rather suspect that life for the ordinary Libyan was better under the Italians than under Khaddafi.

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As Food Becomes a Cause, Meeting Puts Issues on the Table

30th August 2008

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What’s in a name? A great deal, say researchers

30th August 2008

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If Washington did less it wouldn’t matter so much who won.

30th August 2008

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The stakes are so high in this presidential election for a fundamental reason that doesn’t get discussed nearly enough: The federal government is so large and powerful. In particular, any aggressive president and Congress acting together have it in their legal authority — under our presently elasticized Constitution — to exercise near complete control over the economy. A long line of judge-made law since the Supreme Court’s New Deal era decision in Wickard v. Filburn (1942) says there is almost no limit, under the commerce clause of the Constitution, to the regulatory reach of the federal government.

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French surgeons destroy brain tumour on conscious patient in world first

30th August 2008

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It used to be that this sort of advance took place in America. What changed?

The surgery was made possible thanks to a revolutionary American-designed laser that is permanently chilled to avoid causing blood clots on contact with the brain or epileptic fits.

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Monks’ network of medieval canals discovered in aerial photos

30th August 2008

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Is Military Spending the Key to the Next Silicon Valley?

30th August 2008

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Not if the Democrats get in.

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Coca-Cola readying 100-flavor soda fountains

30th August 2008

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Yeah, but it’s still Coke products. Let me know when Pepsi gets in the game.

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Anti-Cancer Effect Of Black Raspberries At Genetic Level

30th August 2008

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Fitzgerald: Muslims and America

30th August 2008

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If Muslims have no trouble at all being “as American as apple pie” then surely they have no trouble viewing the defining document of the American polity, the Constitution of the United States, as worthy of their complete loyalty. And that includes, of course, the guarantees of individual rights in the Bill of Rights. And since the Bill of Rights is so very close, in so many of its key provisions — freedom of speech, freedom of conscience (which naturally includes the right to apostatize) — to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, can we conclude that American-as-apple-pie American Muslims find it puzzling that all of the Muslim countries (save for the Shah’s Iran, and most temporarily and temporizingly) have failed to subscribe to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and instead have concocted a Muslim version, the so-called Cairo Declaration, which in every essential respect, involving individual rights, fatally vitiates the original, Universal Declaration?

Reminder for the dimwitted: Islam is an oppressive totalitarian ideology with which no co-existence is possible.

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Sweden’s ‘Loch Ness Monster’ captured on film

30th August 2008

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No indication of whether it’s blonde.

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Map reading skills ‘dying out due to internet and satnavs’

30th August 2008

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Yeah, and a lot of people can’t ride a horse any more. Color me worried.

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Crunchy-con carne?

30th August 2008

Megan McArdle, ordinarily so sound, just doesn’t get it when it comes to food.

Crunchy cons–and everyone else–wouldn’t be so afraid of this if the rest of us didn’t get mad at people who have difficult ideals, and then put them into practice.  As long as no one else is doing it, we can let our own behavior go, swept along unthinkingly in the comforting certainty of the herd.  But once one of the sheep starts moving in a different direction, we have to start wondering if we’re going the right way.

Whenever there are a group of people who discover what they consider to be “the way”, they get very tedious on the subject to those to whom it isn’t quite as obvious. Vegetarians are especially boring about it, but “crunchy cons” are almost as bad. They ascribe all sorts of character defects to those who resist their blandishments, because the alternative is to accept that hey, there just might be cogent arguments on the other side of the question — and the True Believer refuses to entertain that thought, or any like it.

You don’t like to eat meat? Fine, give me your share. If God had intended me to be a herbivore I would have been born with hooves. You want to cancel the Industrial Revolution and go back to buying from local farms? Fine, but I prefer to keep my food budget small and spend the rest on, oh, say, books.

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A Chinese man who swore to God that he didn’t owe money to a neighbour was hit by lightning a minute later.

30th August 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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12 Decapitated Bodies Found in Mexico, Heads Still Missing

30th August 2008

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Scientists Discover Giant, 2-Feet Long Clams That May Have Fed Prehistoric Humans

30th August 2008

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Or perhaps Martians. There are a lot of possibilties, and those who write headlines don’t have, shall we say, interesting lives.

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Ohio Mom Found Guilty of Killing Newborn Daughter by Cooking Her in Microwave

30th August 2008

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Confused Woman Goes Down Baggage Chute at Swedish Airport

30th August 2008

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Girl, 6, Playing Hide-and-Seek Finds Abandoned Baby in Bushes

30th August 2008

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There’s a childhood trauma for you.

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People can be too clever to spell

29th August 2008

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And too clever to get it right when correcting others, it would seem.

Researchers at Collins Dictionaries found that the most commonly misspelt word was supersede – being wrong on one in ten occasions. The problem arises because people use their knowledge of the words that have a phonetically similar ending, like intercede, precede or cede, from the Latin cedere – to yield. They then wrongly assume that supersede is spelt with a ‘c’.

The truth is that “supercede” is a perfectly good word and has a slightly different meaning than “supersede”; the problem is that people don’t appreciate, and therefore don’t exploit, such precise shades of meaning.

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Top 10 Political Donors

29th August 2008

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Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

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Dial a Human

29th August 2008

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How to bypass phone trees. As you might expect, the government is the worst — even when you get a human, it sounds like a recording.

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Pirates raid £20 million yacht

29th August 2008

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I thought people with expensive yachts all had platoons of heavily-armed thugs to do their bidding?

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New ‘cancer-fighting’ berry arrives in British shops

29th August 2008

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Can the breakfast cereal be far behind?

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Reuters Cover Up: Bashing the U.S. and Ignoring Proof That Famous Spies Were Guilty

29th August 2008

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Well, that’s what Reuters does.

By the 1980s information of the FBI’s project Venona emerged in which declassified coded messages from the Soviet Union from the Rosenberg’s era proved their guilt. Nikita Krushchev even admitted to their guilt in his posthumous 1990 autobiography.

Not news, but a useful reminder.

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Toddler survives after being partly eaten by wild dogs in jungle

29th August 2008

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So quit whining about what a bad day you’ve had.

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Punitiveness, not compassion, drives the Left

29th August 2008

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Leftists are essentially haters, and leftist policies are characteristically designed to punish people they don’t like. Think about it, and you’ll see it’s true.

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Ancient Dead Sea scrolls to go online

29th August 2008

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Well, I think it’s interesting….

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Charles Murray and the Dilemmas of Education

29th August 2008

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Mont Saint-Michel to become island again

29th August 2008

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Although why this is a good thing is nowhere stated.

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