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Archive for September, 2008

WaPo Ombud Accidentally Reveals Paper’s Double Standard

28th September 2008

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Blood Vessel Stem Cell Source Found

28th September 2008

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Google interview questions – fun brain teasers!

28th September 2008

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An excellent illustration of why I wouldn’t be happy working at Google, or Microsoft, or any company run by people whose idea of a good time is worrying about questions that have no significance.

The correct answer to most of these is “Who gives a shit?”

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From Baghdad to London: Lessons from one thousand years of urbanisation in Europe and the Arab world

28th September 2008

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Scientists mimic essence of plants’ energy storage system

28th September 2008

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Evening out the fluctuations in most natural energy systems has always been the roadblock to making them useful. This may help.

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Homesteading on the high seas

28th September 2008

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History’s Comeback

28th September 2008

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Pirates Die Strangely After Hijacking Iranian Ship

28th September 2008

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Paging Indiana Jones….

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Paul Newman should be remembered for charity work not films, says daughter

28th September 2008

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How about we remember him as Just Another Tinseltown Socialist?

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Radical Islamic clerics warn of further attacks after publisher is firebombed

28th September 2008

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Fine Religion of Peace you’ve got there, fella.

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Over one million European Christians kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims

28th September 2008

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Islam has no objection to slavery. Think about that one for a while.

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Miriam Margolyes’ lesbian confession gave her mother a stroke

28th September 2008

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And once more a “progressive” is bitten by the Law of Unintended Consequences.

You’d think they’d learn.

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Belief in God ‘really can relieve pain’

28th September 2008

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And anybody who listens to Christopher Hitchens knows that the inverse is also true.

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Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son’s Bracelet… Where is Media?

28th September 2008

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And yet they were all over the Wilsons telling John McCain not to use their song.

Agenda? What agenda?

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Newt gets it: Let the financiers sort themselves out

28th September 2008

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Republican Newt Gingrich: “You have an administration which, in my judgment, has lost its mind.” And I agree wholeheartedly.

President Bush is so worried about his legacy – he is so afraid of being looked at as Herbert Hoover – that he is doing the very things that Hoover did: Intervene, intervene, intervene. He should do what Ronald Reagan did in 1981 and 1982 and 1987: Let the market play it out.

And that says all that really needs to be said on the subject.

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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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A Swedish firm has worked out how to make money running free schools

28th September 2008

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Like IKEA, a giant Swedish furniture-maker, Kunskapsskolan gets its customers to do much of the work themselves. The vital tool, though, is not an Allen key but the Kunskapsporten (“Knowledge Portal”), a website containing the entire syllabus. Youngsters spend 15 minutes each week with a tutor, reviewing the past week’s progress and agreeing on goals and a timetable for the next one. This will include classes and lectures, but also a great deal of independent or small-group study. The Kunskapsporten allows each student to work at his own level, and spend less or more time on each subject, depending on his strengths and weakness. Each subject is divided into 35 steps. Students who reach step 25 graduate with a pass; those who make it to step 30 or 35 gain, respectively, a merit or distinction.

Takes vouchers to the next level.

If even socialist Sweden can recover this far, I guess there’s hope for the rest of mankind.

On the other hand, of course, Sweden doesn’t have the Identity Politics problems that the U.S. does, so maybe not.

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Blogging the Qur’an: Suras 49, “The Chambers,” 50, “Qaf,” 51, “The Winnowing Winds,” and 52, “The Mount”

28th September 2008

Know your enemy.

You don’t know enough about the Koran. This will help.

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Skull of Prehistoric Giant Goose with Teeth Found

28th September 2008

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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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Gingrich: Bush doesn’t understand fiscal crisis, and treasury secretary should resign

27th September 2008

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“They may have to, in the end, tolerate some of this. Because in the end, you have the Democrats desperate for socialism now. You have an administration which, in my judgment, has lost its mind. That gives you two big elements. And you have Senate Republicans desperate to go along. I’m just being truly candid. Because I think the country ought to know what the pressures really are like.

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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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UK: Muslims try to get alcohol banned at local supermarket

27th September 2008

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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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Three North Texas cities hear tips on luring stations

27th September 2008

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Frisco, Allen and McKinney each have spots picked out for future rail stations.

But none of the cities know if rail lines will ever actually reach them, or how to pay for it if they do.

Your tax dollars at work. I wonder whether the inhabitants of Frisco, Allen, or McKinney are ever embarrassed to have voted for these clowns?

Advocates for rail line expansion stepped in Friday to offer some answers, urging the three cities’ political and business leaders to support fast-tracking rail line expansions and establishing a revenue system to pay the $9 billion price tag.

No extra charge for the tail fins and the really kick-ass stereo system.

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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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Gray Lady Dons a Cheerleader Skirt

26th September 2008

Jonah Goldberg takes a look at the new, barefaced New York Times.

It is not a pretty sight.

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Federal indictment of Governor?

26th September 2008

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From the people who brought you Barack Obama:

Sources tell CBS 2 News Chicago that Federal agents claim to have enough evidence to indict Blagojevich on fraud and conspiracy charges.

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“Gangland” Diplomacy in the Caribbean

26th September 2008

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Russia sends a nuclear warship and other vessels to the Caribbean for exercises with an avowed enemy of the U.S., along with strategic nuclear bombers: you would think this would be news. But with few exceptions, our newspapers haven’t mentioned it, and no American news outlet, to my knowledge, has given it any prominence, unlike the London Times. This is due, presumably, to a belief on the part of American reporters and editors that knowledge of Russian “gangland diplomacy” in our back yard might give voters qualms about voting for an indecisive novice like Barack Obama for President.

Oh, ya think?

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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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Transportation officials lobby Collin County cities to support commuter rail expansion

26th September 2008

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My, what a surprise.

The Regional Transportation Council wants North Texas communities to present a united front on rail funding options during next year’s legislative session.

Oh, I don’t doubt it.

McKinney, Frisco and Allen do not participate in DART.

That sure sounds like a united front to me. Of course, by “united front” they mean “line up and bend over”.

About 200 elected officials and business leaders attended the meeting sponsored by the three cities’ chambers of commerce.

All of whom would have their power enhanced and their pockets lined by a sales-taxpayer subsidized rail line. Note the absence of the people who are going to pay the sales tax, whether or not they take the train, so that the yuppies can pay a fare that represents at best half the actual cost of their transportation.

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