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Archive for December, 2008

Warren Buffett and You

27th December 2008

Scott Adams gets in touch with his Inner Socialist.

In a prior post I questioned whether ignorant citizens should be allowed to gamble by buying individual stocks, as opposed to investing in an index of stocks to reduce risk.

But surely there is a better way to raise capital than by convincing idiots they know more than they do.

Although he claims to be some kind of libertarian (what kind is never actually made clear), Adams consistently demonstrates that contempt for ordinary individuals (or “induhviduals”, as he puts it), and the propensity to constrain individual behavior “for their own good”, that is the hallmark of statists everywhere.

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NPR Rewrites Rathergate History to Cover Up Fraud

27th December 2008

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Man killed by flesh-eating disease after getting small cut on arm

27th December 2008

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Much like attracting the attention of a taxing authority.

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Man uses blowtorch to melt ice but ends up setting house on fire

27th December 2008

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Bet he’s a Democrat. Sounds like something a Democrat would do.

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Worst politically-correct Christmas carol named

27th December 2008

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911 Dispatcher Suspended for Failing to Help Stabbed Student

27th December 2008

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Police said the call included a scream and sounds of a struggle, but Gahagan had said she heard nothing unusual when she picked up. She ended the call after repeatedly asking if there was an emergency and receiving no answer, and didn’t call the number back or send police to investigate as the 911 center’s policy suggested.

The case has been complicated by misinformation from the call center, which mistakenly told homicide investigators that Gahagan had called back Zimmermann’s cell phone and two men answered.

The county also didn’t acknowledge the existence of Zimmermann’s call until a news report mentioned it nearly a month after the slaying. Joe Norwick, the center’s director, had insisted Gahagan had no way of distinguishing the call from dozens of daily accidental and hang-up calls received by the center even after county officials realized someone had screamed during the call.

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Annoyed Viewer Shoots Noisy Man in Movie Theater

27th December 2008

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Tell the truth: Which of us hasn’t wanted to do that?

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Behold the Power of the One

27th December 2008

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First it’s AlGore bringing ice storms wherever he goes to preach about Global Warming, now it’s Obama bringing power failures.

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An Ideal Democrat

27th December 2008

Rod Blagojevich represents a distillation of everything that the Democratic Party actually is, rather than what it pretends to be. Chief among these is unrepentant corruption, unrepentant because it is clueless about what constitutes virtue in the public sphere; indeed, it does not recognize that the phrase “virtue in the public sphere” has any actual meaning.

Thucydides captured it best in the Melian Dialogue: “Of the gods we believe, and of men we know, that by a necessary law of their nature they rule wherever they can. And it is not as if we were the first to make this law, or to act upon it when made: we found it existing before us, and shall leave it to exist for ever after us; all we do is to make use of it, knowing that you and everybody else, having the same power as we have, would do the same as we do.”

Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun.

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It is cold in Los Angeles.

27th December 2008

Jerry Pournelle waxes dyspeptic.

Government can protect some people from bad guys. It doesn’t always do that and never does it perfectly, but it can, sometimes, do that.  It can, sometimes, as Adam Smith notes, undertake projects that have great benefit to all with little benefit to any one person — he had in mind roads and canals and fire departments, not the over-all direction of the economy. Alas, it doesn’t take a lot of bad thinking to expand that list, and everyone does. After all, if we can put a man on the moon, surely we can give every child a world class university prep education, can’t we? Not just in the United States, but everywhere. And guess what: all the university professors, both tenured and wannabe, agree completely, and rub their hands in anticipation — since of course they won’t be paid by those who will benefit from universal university education, but by the taxpayers who won’t be asked what they think about having everyone go to university and get a degree if they want to become a manager at Jack In The Box. The largest joke is that even the taxpayers can’t pony up enough, and everyone who goes to these overpaid institutions will get to pony up a grand a month for the rest of their lives; this in exchange for the pretended education they get in order to get the credentials that prove they are educated and worthy of having a job. Of course that credential can lead to one of the coveted positions among the governing class.

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Obama Visits Marine Corps Base for Christmas

26th December 2008

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As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up.

The president-elect spent about an hour with the troops. Obama transition aides say that Obama did not eat with the uniformed men and women — he ate at his beach home with his family and friends Christmas night.

Needless to say, Bush (who has actually worn the uniform) is roundly cheered whenever he shows up, and always stays to eat with the “guys”.

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Thoughts on Long Term Climate

26th December 2008

David Friedman is always worth reading.

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Gift of the Season? 2009 Palin Calendar Tops Best Seller List

26th December 2008

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She’s the closest we’ve got to a Heinlein Girl in politics today. What’s not to like?

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This Is My Rifle, This Is My Gun. This Is for Fighting, This Is for Intelligence Work.

26th December 2008

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I am not making this up.

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Wal-Mart to start selling iPhone on Sunday

26th December 2008

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The iPhone goes on sale at Wal-Mart on Sunday, the retailer said. An 8GB iPhone will cost $197 at Wal-Mart, while the 16GB model will sell for $297. Both prices are $2 off what Apple charges for the mobile device.

Wow, a whole $2 off. That will really bring technology to the masses.

And they still require service through AT&T. I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that.

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Father and son set off for South Pole

26th December 2008

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Darwin Award nominees.

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Putting Allah Back in Christmas

26th December 2008

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Suggest to Jews that they ought to invite a Storm Trooper to Hannukah and see where it gets you. Or put Simon Legree in a Kwanzaa scene.

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France Overrules Muslim Couple’s Annulment

26th December 2008

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Note that nowhere on the entire first page of the article does it mention the word “annulment” or explain what the legal issue is.

We used to have journalists. Ah, those were the days.

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A Muslim View of Christmas

26th December 2008

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One of the things to think about as you read this article is that some of the criticism it contains — an objection to the commercialization and excessive materialism that has come to be associated with Christmas — is not specifically Muslim. It’s a reminder of why Islam appeals to people who are repelled by the hedonistic sinkhole that Western popular culture has become.

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Man in Santa Suit Shoots Up Christmas Eve Party as 3 Die in Burning Los Angeles Home

25th December 2008

Ho ho ho.

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How the Grinch Stole Kwanzaa

25th December 2008

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Glucose Shortage In Brain Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

25th December 2008

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Well. There it is.

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New nanotechnology augments vision, optic blasts not included

25th December 2008

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Guilt-Ridden Travelers Can ‘Pay’ For Their Air Pollution

25th December 2008

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More “environment theater”.

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Red Plunder

24th December 2008

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Sean McMeekin details the staggering thievery of Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

Not really news, but a useful reminder. Leftoid are distributionsists; they don’t produce anything, they just re-distribute (“steal”) what others produce.

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Teenager dies after being shot in eye with air rifle

24th December 2008

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So when Mom says, “Be careful with that thing, you could put your eye out!”, she doesn’t know the half of it.

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Two snowmobilers killed in Utah avalanche

24th December 2008

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Taking Care of Your Own

24th December 2008

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Why should the tribulations of distant strangers be as important as those of people near and dear to us? What requires us to care about the sufferings of faraway people whom we will never meet?

The answer is obvious: Nothing.

Neither evolutionary biology, nor tradition, nor common sense would dictate any concern for distant peoples with whom we share neither kinship, language, nor customs.

The imperative to empathize with distant alien peoples is an artifact of our times, a product of the strange and inverted moral structure that has emerged out of the wreckage of the twentieth century.

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Inquiry into US plastic surgeon who ‘used fat from clients to run car’

24th December 2008

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So what’s the problem? It’s not as if they’re going to want it back.

You’d think that recycling would receive a welcome in California, for crying out loud.

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Rich nations race to secure farmland around the planet

24th December 2008

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No Matter What Happens, Someone Will Blame Global Warming

24th December 2008

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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The Pope’s “clear” statement on the importance of heterosexual lifestyles will widen the rift with the Archbishop of Canterbury on the issue of homosexuality, senior Anglican conservatives predicted.

23rd December 2008

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Celebs Who Lean To The Right

23rd December 2008

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If Dr Phil is a Republican, we’re all in trouble.

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US laser warplane under threat from Barack Obama

23rd December 2008

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Or maybe not.

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Japanese who say they are the descendants of Jesus

23rd December 2008

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Funny, he doesn’t look Jewish.

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Divers Claim Lusitania Carried Arms

23rd December 2008

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Not really news to those of us who have been paying attention, but a good pat on the back for the conspiracy theorists. Now maybe they’ll look for an unedited copy of the Zapruder film.

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Not to Worry: it’s Merely a Moral Collapse

23rd December 2008

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Thus, we have two situations which ethics underpin, yet the current wisdom claims both are beyond the reach of ethics. It seems as though we are repeatedly hit in the face by the swinging doors of unintended consequences wherever we turn. We can see the results very clearly in these two areas: abortions and markets. Both of them proclaimed to be ethics-free and both of them riddled with problems no one foresaw. Or at least no one was listening to those who did foresee and tried to warn us.

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VHS distribution grinds to a halt

23rd December 2008

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The moving finger writes, and having written moves on….

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Credit Thaw Watch: TED Spread Back To Normal

23rd December 2008

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Well, not exactly. It ought to be under 1%.

You can track it daily at Ed Wallace’s Inside Automotive.

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Students Using Speed Cameras To Frame Other Kids

22nd December 2008

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We have the technology. And there’s probably a gene somewhere for that.

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Hamas threatens suicide attacks against Israel

22nd December 2008

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This is news? What have they been doing for the past twenty years?

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Giant woodlice arrive in Britain for first time

22nd December 2008

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

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What Makes a Good Teacher?

22nd December 2008

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The solution proposed by researchers such as Harvard’s Thomas J. Kane and Dartmouth’s Douglas Staiger is not to raise teacher qualifications but to lower them—hiring “anyone with a pulse and a college degree,” Mr. Gladwell says—and then impose a rigorous yet flexible system of assessing new teachers in the classroom and weeding out the bad ones. That would mean adjusting teacher salary scales and ending automatic tenure, among other sweeping changes in the profession.

An idea so absurd that only an intellectual could believe it. We’re already doing the first part and the second part won’t ever happen while we have (a) Democrats and (b) education unions. Bzzt! Thank you for plaing.

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Hey, New York Times! “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

22nd December 2008

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You mean “Muslim” isn’t a race? Whoda thunkit?

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Scientists discover gene that explains why naughty children are popular

22nd December 2008

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I’m waiting for them to discover the gene that makes an asshole in a pickup zoom around you on the right at high speed just before his lane goes away. That way we can test for it and STRANGLE THEM IN THE CRADLE.

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Mosquito helps police in stolen car investigation

22nd December 2008

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I am not making this up.

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Blind man navigates obstacle course using ‘blindsight’

22nd December 2008

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A useful skill for when whining Muslims get all seeing-eye dogs eliminated.

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Scorpion Queen holds scorpion in mouth for two minutes

22nd December 2008

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

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Nerf dart gun hacked into pulverizing chaingun

22nd December 2008

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We have the technology.

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Boy, five, drowns in hotel swimming pool on trip to Disneyland Paris

22nd December 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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