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Archive for August, 2008

The monetary density of things

29th August 2008

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“Worth it’s weight in what?”

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Dinosaur skeleton discovered in Spain ‘could be a new species’

29th August 2008

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The resemblance to Joe Biden is purely coincidental. Really.

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America’s students given lessons in surviving campus shootings

29th August 2008

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With campus no-guns-unless-you’re-the-killer policies, sounds like a very useful thing.

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Barack Obama boxer shorts featuring a large image of the presidential candidate’s face have gone on sale ahead of his key speech to the Democratic convention.

29th August 2008

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“Vote for Barack! Get it in the shorts!” There’s a winning campaign theme for you.

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Carbon nanotubes could reduce side effects from cancer treatment.

29th August 2008

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Small GPS Devices Help Prosecutors Win Convictions

29th August 2008

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Of course, if you aren’t doing anything you shouldn’t, it’s not a problem.

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South Ossetia: Russia Intends to Absorb Georgian Region

29th August 2008

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

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Former Marine Acquitted of Iraqi Killings in Landmark Trial

29th August 2008

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Seventy African immigrants die trying to get into Europe

28th August 2008

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Note that nobody is dying to get into Africa. What do they know that you don’t?

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A Garden Grows Underground

28th August 2008

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Judge orders English ballot printed in Puerto Rico

28th August 2008

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Not something you see every day.

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The GOP’s Alaska Meltdown

28th August 2008

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What can you say about an entire state party that approves of corruption?

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Brains Age More Rapidly In Final 15 Years Of Life

28th August 2008

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And I, for one, am looking forward to it.

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A tiny gripper that responds to chemical triggers could be a new tool for surgery.

28th August 2008

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Winged-Cat Causes Sensation in China

28th August 2008

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Gonna get that bird, see if I don’t….

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$150M Marijuana Garden Found in California by Helicopter

28th August 2008

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Well, that’s California for you. Gotta pay those high prices somehow.

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Driver Nearly Crushes Rescuers Trying to Recover Another Jumper at ‘Suicide’ Cliff

28th August 2008

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New Yorkers Contracting HIV at 3 Times National Rate

28th August 2008

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Say what you want about New Yorkers — and who doesn’t? — in some fields they stand alone.

Well, not precisely alone … I mean, you’ve got to catch it from somebody, right? … but you know what I meant.

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Bianca Jagger loses £200,000 ring in street

27th August 2008

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Money is wasted on some people.

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Kung fu star’s home is now a “love hotel” with rooms rented by the hour.

27th August 2008

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I think Bruce would have laughed.

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A key molecule related to immunity may play a role in macular degeneration.

27th August 2008

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Indicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) Wins Primary, Drills into Cliche Reserves, Dubs His Election “Piece of Cake”

27th August 2008

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The corrupt and contemptible Republican senator from Alaska, Ted Stevens….

Nick Gillespie of tReason magazine is ordinarily an obvious dimwit but here he’s exactly right.

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Ohio Cheerleaders Told Uniforms Are Too Short for Class

27th August 2008

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This seems somewhat overly officious.

Parent Becky Daniel said the school’s dress code should not apply to cheerleader’s uniforms.

Or the uniforms ought to be adjusted to fit the dress code. I fail to see why something that is appropriate for a game is inappropriate for class, or (more to the point) why something that is appropriate for class would be inappropriate for a game.

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Kouchner says Russia has broken international law

27th August 2008

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As if anybody cares, least of all Russia.

Tell us the one about Goldilocks and the three bears.

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Russia dismembers Georgia

27th August 2008

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That’s like saying that the Irish revolution dismembered Britain. The areas involved aren’t inhabited by Georgians, so why they belong as part of Georgia is an excellent question that nobody — besides me — seems to be asking.

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Venezuela posed to nationalize fuel distribution

27th August 2008

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Apparently Hugo Chavez didn’t get the memo that socialism doesn’t work.

Stupid people around the world need to relearn this lesson on a regular basis.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Treat children like dogs, says animal behaviour expert

27th August 2008

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I’ve said that for years. Children don’t act like humans until they get to be 24 or so. Don’t believe me? Look at car insurance rates. Actuaries are the least delusional people in the world.

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Hijackers of Sudanese airliner want fuel to fly to Paris

27th August 2008

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After all, who wouldn’t rather be in Paris?

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The shape of your face betrays how aggressive you are—if you are a man

27th August 2008

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PHYSIOGNOMY, the art or science of predicting inward character from outward form, has had its ups and downs over the years. A century ago, the idea that a person’s character could be seen in his face was more or less taken as given. It then fell out of favour, along with the idea that behaviour is genetically determined, as Marxist ideas of the pliability and perfectibility of mankind became fashionable. Now, it is undergoing something of a revival. It has been found, for example, that women can predict a man’s interest in infant children from his face. Trustworthiness also shows up, as does social dominance. The latest example comes from a paper just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society by Justin Carré and Cheryl McCormick, of Brock University in Ontario, Canada. This suggests that in men, at least, it is also possible to look at someone’s face and read his predisposition to aggression.

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Obama, Biden’s Son Linked by Earmarks

27th August 2008

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Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show. Obama succeeded in getting $192,000 for one of the clients, St. Xavier University in suburban Chicago.

Democrats? Corrupt? Boy, that’s news.

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And What Would Happen If Commercial Aviation Was Simply Impossible To Do Profitably?

27th August 2008

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I guess the Overclass would get their wish to revive the trains. I strongly suspect that a lot of leftoids would have played with trains as a kid if they could have figured out how to put the tracks together.

Just think: Four days from New York to Los Angeles rather than eight hours, and you’d have to travel through all those grubby big square states full of non-organic farmers and people who drive pickups with gun racks in the bag. The horror! The horror! But they’d get to have negro servants again; I suppose that would be something.

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Just right for the garden: a mini-cow

26th August 2008

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For between £200 and £2,000, people can buy a cow that stands no taller than a large German shepherd dog, gives 16 pints of milk a day that can be drunk unpasteurised, keeps the grass “mown” and will be a family pet for years before ending up in the freezer.

A lot more useful than a cat. Sign me up.

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Canada’s Dollar and Sense Stronger Than Ours

26th August 2008

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It somehow conflates labeling with inspection. It fails to acknowledge that large industries tend to like firm regulations because they create often insurmountable barriers to entry. It’s anti-food. It sucks. End of story on that.

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

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Woman Sues Mayor For Order Demanding She Remove City Links From Her Website

26th August 2008

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Politicians abuse power, and the less power they have the more they abuse it. This is a particularly absurd example. Be careful who you vote for; you never know what you’re going to get.

The city attorney told the mayor that a link is perfectly legal — but offered to send a cease-and-desist anyway, which the mayor approved.

That that’s why lawyers have a popularity rating below used-car salesmen.

How can you tell the difference between a lawyer and a prostitute? A prostitute will make you feel good for at least a little while, doesn’t wear a necktie, and charges less.

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The Racism Excuse

26th August 2008

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There are Americans who judge politicians by their race, or gender, or religion; Mr. Obama will certainly carry the black vote in November because he is black and because he is a Democrat. But we reckon that a scant number of voters are motivated by racism, and that number’s growing smaller by the day. Virginia elected a black Governor two decades ago, and Illinois has had two black Senators. America has had two black Secretaries of State, and major corporations are run by black CEOs. No other Western democracy has done as well at opening up political, business and other arenas to minorities.

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Bad Labor Law Is a Path to Economic Ruin

26th August 2008

Bernie Marcus, founder of Home Depot, is taking it personally.

I am retired, so this is not business for me. It’s strictly personal. I care deeply about the competitiveness of American companies and our system of free enterprise.

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Georgia’s government: The Davos Man Junior Varsity Team

26th August 2008

Steve Sailer is not impressed with the new global ruling class.

These are the kind of people who will be running the world for the next generation, making Georgia a harbinger of what’s in store for all of us.

And what did these exemplars of the globalized Best and Brightest do when they got power?

They started a tank war with Russia.

Gee, it sounds sort of stupid, the way Steve says it. (Come to think of it, I can’t think of any way to say it that doesn’t sound stupid. Maybe, just maybe, it actually was stupid. Ya think?)

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Python kills careless student zookeeper in Caracas

26th August 2008

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Report: Edwards’ Call for Forgiveness Met with Rage Among Former Supporters

26th August 2008

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I guess that sort of thing only works for Bill Clinton.

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Pakistan: Top U.S. Diplomat Escapes Gun Attack

26th August 2008

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I gather that the main difference between Pakistan and Somalia is that Pakistan pretends to have a government whereas Somalia doesn’t,

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Feds Investigate Possible Obama Assassination Plot in Denver

26th August 2008

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Chicago Clinton Supporter: Obama Mentor Called Me ‘Uncle Tom’

26th August 2008

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On Monday, Illinois’ National Organization for Women President Bonnie Grabenhofer reportedly called on Jones to resign immediately from the Illinois state Senate for using the racial slur.

This has got to be the most entertaining political season that I can remember.

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Olive oil consumption leading to ‘serious environmental problem’

25th August 2008

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Well, at least they’re not burning it for fuel.

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The New Browshirts

25th August 2008

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The pictures are especially evocative, although Ernst Roehm’s boys were snappier dressers.

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The languages of the Caucasus

25th August 2008

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And look at the map. An excellent introduction to what’s going on there, and why we ought to stay out.

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If Everyone’s Talking, Who Will Listen?

25th August 2008

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The Overclass wishes that everybody else would just shut up.

Rather than call for government regulation of technology itself, perhaps the best way to limit the avalanche is to make the technologies that overproduce information more expensive and less widespread. It could be done via a progressive energy tax designed to keep energy prices at a consistently high level (while providing assistance to lower- and middle-income Americans).

Put the government in charge of information. What a novel idea.

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Carbon-neutral Ziggurat pyramid could house 1.1 million in Dubai

25th August 2008

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Yeah, but you’d still be living in Dubai. Put it in New Jersey and then we can talk.

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If You Had The ‘Secret’ To Winning The Lottery, Would You Patent It?

25th August 2008

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Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

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Baseball Team’s Pitcher, 9, Ousted for Being Too Good

25th August 2008

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The team, Will Power Fitness, has an 8-0 record thanks in large part to pitcher Jericho Scott, the New Haven Register reports. His pitching is so fast and accurate, the Liga Juvenil De Baseball De New Haven asked the team’s coach, Wilfred Vidro, to replace him so he wouldn’t frighten other players.

This is how sad modern America has become.

“The spirit of the league was community, family, well-being, nurturing,” Peter Noble, the league’s attorney, told the Register. “It’s an extended family and it’s been disrupted.”

Sounds as if they ought to cut to the chase and just sit around singing Kumbaya. It would certainly save on equipment.

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Dems Bash Teachers’ Unions (!)

25th August 2008

Mickey Kaus has the dirt.

Perhaps Democrats can learn from experience after all. That would be amazing.

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