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Archive for September, 2008

Cliodynamics, the rise & fall of empires and asabiya

28th September 2008

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Of course, you didn’t have anything else to do today….

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WaMu? Don’t bank on it or other silly names

28th September 2008

Lileks points out that even banks need adult supervision.

WaMu is a whale name. If you read about J.P. Morgan rescuing WaMu, you imagine a whiskered old plutocrat in a frock coat pushing a gasping mammal back into the tank. (Which is what happened, more or less.) Personally, I think a bank should have First in the name, or National, and should look like a place where Romans sacrificed sheep to Zeus. Or to Ben Bernanke.

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China’s new slave empire

28th September 2008

Peter Hitchens is always worth reading — not always right, but always worth reading.

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The Financial Crisis: What Drucker Would Have Said

28th September 2008

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It wouldn’t have been nice.

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Detroit Police Sergeant Accused of Having His Wife Murdered Found Hanging in Park

28th September 2008

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Nine-year-old Midlands girl rescued from forced marriage

27th September 2008

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Your future under Islam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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10 things you probably didn’t know about the Chinese space programme.

27th September 2008

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The Chinese haven’t invented anything in 3,000 years, but they can copy like nobody else on Earth.

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THE CASE BUSH HASN’T MADE

27th September 2008

Bruce Bartlett, whom I respect a great deal, makes the case for a bailout.

The basic problem is that the financial sector faces systemic risk in a way that no other industry does: By its nature, it is a house of cards that can collapse at a moment’s notice.

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DARPA’s Super-Resolution Vision System uses heatwaves to magnify targets

27th September 2008

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We have the technology.

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Einstein’s eco-friendly refrigerator concept dusted off, put to good use

27th September 2008

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Oh, yeah, G.E. is going to jump right on that one. Sure thing.

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Inside Gaza’s secret smuggling tunnels, the underground route to riches – or to death

27th September 2008

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“Today Democrats showed up at scheduled bipartisan talks, but said they forgot to invite the Republicans.”

27th September 2008

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How Progressive Corporatism Works

27th September 2008

Arnold Kling explains it all to you.

Even better than the distributed knowledge of professors is the distributed knowledge of markets. It is not just efficiency at issue. There is a fundamental moral issue. If my broker gives me bad market advice, I don’t have to take it. (Actually, I have never taken advice from a broker, and I never will.) But if Henry Paulson thinks that there is a profit opportunity in risky mortgage securities, I have no choice but to invest. Moreover, even though I think that Barney Frank’s affordable housing loans are bad for borrowers, bad for lenders and bad for the country, I am coerced into funding those loans.

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Freight Brakeman in Deadly L.A. Train Collision Sues

27th September 2008

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And why not? This is America. That’s what we do.

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Video: Swedish Twins Get Hit Playing ‘Frogger’ on Freeway

27th September 2008

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Girls just wanna have fun….

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Fitness Phantom Floating Amid Dumbbells Spooks Kansas Gym Owner

27th September 2008

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Law Allowing Parents to Abandon Kids Under 18 to Be Revised

27th September 2008

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Who would have thought that there was so much hardship in Nebraska?

When Nebraska lawmakers passed a unique “safe-haven” law that allowed parents to abandon children as old as 18, they never seriously thought such dropoffs would become common.

Well, lawmakers don’t seem to have a great record when it comes to predicting what the results of their actions will be. You would think that they would learn, therefore, not to undertake these broad, sweeping changes. But you would be wrong.

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Fusionman: first to cross the English Channel via jet-wing

26th September 2008

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Kipling saw it coming.

26th September 2008

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On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

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Naked man falls to death after police hit him with Taser gun

26th September 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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The daughter of the radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed has admitted that she works as a topless pole dancer in nightclubs.

26th September 2008

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You really can’t make this stuff up.

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Only in Berkeley: Tree Sitters Accused of Racism

26th September 2008

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“[R]acism against our minority student athletes … underlies much of the opposition to our student athlete high performance center,” declared UC Berkeley Chancel-lor Robert Birgeneau in a letter sent to two major donors to the school.

Now that’s comedy.

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The Establishment Lives!

26th September 2008

David Brooks makes an amazing discovery.

Christopher Whalen of Institutional Risk Analytics: “The joyous reception from Congressional Democrats to Paulson’s latest massive bailout proposal smells an awful lot like yet another corporatist love fest between Washington’s one-party government and the Sell Side investment banks.”

If you wanted to devise a name for this approach, you might pick the phrase economist Arnold Kling has used: Progressive Corporatism. We’re not entering a phase in which government stands back and lets the chips fall. We’re not entering an era when the government pounds the powerful on behalf of the people. We’re entering an era of the educated establishment, in which government acts to create a stable — and often oligarchic — framework for capitalist endeavor.

The term “liberal fascism” comes immediately to mind.

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Economists Speak

26th September 2008

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Executive summary: Bailout bad.

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Lord Nelson mourning ring sells for £18,000

26th September 2008

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The coronets and initials represent Viscount Nelson (his British title) and Duke of Bronté (his Sicilian title).

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Ship Seized by Somali Pirates Carrying 33 Russian Tanks

26th September 2008

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Another mistake. Russians don’t put up with that shit.

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Indian mob beats industrialist to death after protest over sacking

26th September 2008

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AFL-CIO, eat your heart out.

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Global warming threatens half of world’s trees

26th September 2008

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Ah, but which half?

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Thousands of French cafes close

26th September 2008

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Will modern culture survive?

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Escaped circus elephant killed by bus in Mexico

26th September 2008

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How come nothing interesting like this ever happens in the U.S.?

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Kiltmakers bid to protect craft from cheap imitations

26th September 2008

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Japan planning its own damn space ladder

26th September 2008

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At least somebody’s doing it.

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Kentucky Governor Seizes Online Gambling Domain Names

26th September 2008

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Didn’t know he could do that.

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Ugandan Composer Wants Royalties For The National Anthem

26th September 2008

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Lie-detecting headband promises to find the truth with infrared light

26th September 2008

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I’ll chip in for one for Ted Kennedy.

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Navy Calls on Industry to Tackle Piracy

26th September 2008

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So much for being able to depend on government to do, oh, like, it’s job. Guess they’re too busy rebuilding native villages somewhere.

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Married parents twice as likely to stay together as couples in live-in relationships

26th September 2008

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

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Tourist who found Stone Age axe rewarded £20,000

26th September 2008

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Muslim ‘Barbie and Ken’ dolls created by Iranian government

26th September 2008

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I would have thought that Ken would have a beard. And we can see entirely too much of Barbie. And wouldn’t they be called Fatima and Mohammed?

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Matchmakers, Matchmakers, Making a Mint

26th September 2008

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Well, some people need help. Futher deponent sayeth not.

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Production of world’s strongest brick threatened

26th September 2008

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No, it’s not lack of straw due to the increased production of ethanol for fuel.

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Prisons alerted to knife that ‘explodes flesh’

26th September 2008

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Wonder whether it would work on Ted Kennedy?

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Jewish city feared by Stalin is rediscovered

26th September 2008

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It was mentioned in medieval travellers’ accounts but Soviet dictator Josef Stalin banned any research into the city and the Khazars, fearing it would prove Russia was descended from a Jewish state.

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Man survives killer flesh-eating bug

26th September 2008

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Without, you will note, the help of Harrison Ford or Kiefer Sutherland.

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How Elite Opinion is Forged in a Time of Crisis, Bailout Division

26th September 2008

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You have to wash it first, because you never know where it’s been….

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Artificial fingers and hands given extra feeling by scientists

26th September 2008

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Ancient statue of Ramses II found near Cairo

26th September 2008

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No indication of whether it has any interesting secret compartments.

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Images of first Paris skyscraper leaked

26th September 2008

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… completing the destruction of the Parisian skyline.

My, that’s so ugly it’s yooguly.

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Fatal fork lift truck accident on first day of safety week

26th September 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Kaus on McCain vs The Press

26th September 2008

Read Kaus every day.

he Refs Dream They’re Being Worked: When McCain’s campaign attacks the press, he’s not “working the refs.” That implies McCain’s strategists still care how the “refs” make calls. I think it’s pretty clear they’re doing something else (and they’re perfectly happy if the refs keep making calls against them). … P.S.: Of course the MSM “refs” like to think McCain’s “working the refs,” because that implies they’re worth working–that their refereeing role is still all-important (as opposed to their role as, say, a totemic focus of political, class and cultural resentment!)

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