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Freeman Dyson: Climate Change Heretic

31st March 2009

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Navy’s ‘Career Intermission’ Plan Launched

31st March 2009

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This is a great idea. Would that they had it thirty years ago.

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Robot Killers Gaining More Autonomy

31st March 2009

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Send ’em to D.C, tell ’em to shoot anything that moves.

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Video: ultrasonic water level dish pings owner when kitty needs a drink

31st March 2009

This is moderately silly.

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Rallying in the Name of the Unkindest Cut?

31st March 2009

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I am not making this up.

These people are intactivists. As in, activists who want male genitalia kept intact. As in, people who want a federal ban on male circumcision for newborns.

Well, if you’ve got a preference, make it a federal ban. It’s all the rage.

How intactivists define circumcision: a cruel, traumatic and unnecessary surgery (the American Academy of Pediatrics says the benefits are not sufficient enough to recommend the procedure) that causes enduring sexual and psychological injury to a helpless infant who can’t give his consent.

How much of the medical community defines circumcision: a simple, nearly painless operation that removes an obsolete part of the body that can increase a man’s susceptibility to infections and sexually transmitted diseases (circumcision reduces the risk of getting HIV by 60 percent, studies show).

And of course those are absolutely of equal weight.

It is a sensitive issue. Pun absolutely intended.

Couldn’t have said it better myself….

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Critics slam Microsoft bridge as waste of stimulus money

31st March 2009

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“Pork barrel! Get your pork barrel here!”

Should a bridge that would connect two campuses at Microsoft’s headquarters be funded with $11 million from the federal stimulus package?

Or maybe Bill Gates’ pocket change?

Marchione applied for federal stimulus money after costs jumped on the project from $25 million to $36 million. Marchione says the increase in costs were due to a rise in construction prices and because the bridge will be built on a diagonal in order to connect Microsoft’s original East campus with a newer West campus that are split by a public highway.

Sounds fishy to me.

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Pregnant woman thrown out of pub for ‘sipping beer’

31st March 2009

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The nanny state advances apace.

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably in California.

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“Adventureland”

31st March 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

A new Oberlin graduate, James Brennan, has his costly Eurail Pass backpack tour canceled by his parents because his alcoholic father’s executive career is wobbling. Suddenly needing a summer job to pay for tuition in the fall at the Columbia Journalism School, he finds that a resume featuring his SAT scores and his Renaissance Studies major doesn’t compensate for his lack of any work experience. Nobody in Greater Pittsburgh, it turns out, needs a fresco restored. He winds up at the employer of last resort, the Adventureland amusement park.

Writer-director Greg Mottola, who helmed 2007’s comedy hit “Superbad,” explains the origin of his quasi-autobiographical film with an ingenuous snobbishness that would have annoyed and amused John Steinbeck. “I was talking with a bunch of writer friends, and I was telling them these embarrassing stories about a summer in the ‘80s that I spent as a carnie working at an amusement park … It was the worst job I’ve ever had… I should have had a good job—I should have been a tutor or gone to Manhattan and been an intern at a magazine or something respectable …”

Please note that Mottola isn’t, personally, a jerk. Judging from “Adventureland,” he’s an insightful yet gentle observer. That’s just the way people think nowadays.

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Cheating husband spotted at mistress’ home on Google Street View

31st March 2009

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We have the technology.

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Hamid Karzai signs law ‘legalising rape in marriage’

31st March 2009

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Let’s here it for that “moderate Muslim democracy” we installed in Afghanistan.

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Recession Puts a Major Strain On Social Security Trust Fund

31st March 2009

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

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Mazda’s hybrid hydrogen vehicles to hit the streets this year

31st March 2009

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I’m waiting for one to get in an accident and incinerate a city block when the hydrogen tank fails.

But of course a Segway is too dangerous to allow on the streets….

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i-LIMB prosthetic hand works like the real thing

31st March 2009

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We have the technology — and it’s getting better and better.

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Hate-Mail Fun

31st March 2009

Authoress Lynn Viehl has some fun with hate mail.

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How to Dodge the Draft in Russia

31st March 2009

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

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Brazil builds walls around Rio de Janeiro slums

31st March 2009

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Perhaps something like this will be the Obamateurs next project.

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‘Super sized lions’ roamed UK in ice age

30th March 2009

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Indeed, there were lions in Britain as recently as a hundred years ago. Churchill appears to have been the last. Their descendants, however, are sadly shrunken.

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Gates Puts ‘Don’t Ask’ Issue on Back-Burner

30th March 2009

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Yup, change you can believe in. Or not.

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Tom’s Glossary of Book Publishing Terms

30th March 2009

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Now that’s comedy.

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How Michael Osinski Helped Build the Bomb That Blew Up Wall Street

30th March 2009

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The Overdraft Protection Racket: Why Banks Want You To Overdraw, And How You Can Get Your Money Back.

30th March 2009

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This is a serious scam. Legacy Bank of Texas took my brother for over $400 this way. Be warned.

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The Infrared Flashlight Video Recorder

30th March 2009

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Toaster is 100 years old

30th March 2009

Mark your calendars.

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Rat could be latest weapon against landmines

30th March 2009

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Let’s get some popcorn while the PETA freaks fight it out with the anti-landmine fascists.

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Are the Blue-Eyed Greedy? The Ethnicities of 40 Prominent Financial Players

30th March 2009

Steve Sailer likes to look for, you know, facts.

Is Maureen Dowd a racist? Let’s find out.

Obviously, Dowd (a red-haired Irish Catholic who felt undervalued because she has brown eyes) is using the code terms “blue eyed” and “white bread bankers” to refer to Northern European Protestants. So, it made more sense to look up ancestry, religion, and self-identification directly.

Well, first, Maureen Dowd’s media stereotype about the financial world as dominated by an Old Boy’s Network of blond, blue-eyed WASPs is badly out of date. Finance has evolved from an old Relationship Model to a newer Transaction Model about who can make you the most money in a New York minute.

Imagine my surprise. Maureen Dowd, famous liberal establishment columnist, seduced by media stereotypes? I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Snail hunt will reveal secrets of evolution and climate change

30th March 2009

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The Open University “snail hunt” is asking people to note down the appearance and number of banded snails found in gardens, parks, woodlands or even the street and submit the information via the internet.

Well, that will certainly be one of my top priorities today.

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Were Shooters Unidentified in Press Because They Were Muslim?

30th March 2009

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We have a shooting incident in Minnesota perpetrated by three Muslim Somali immigrants but for some reason almost every single media report about the incident omits the names of the shooters, names of obvious Muslim origin. So, the question is, did the Old Media in Minnesota purposefully leave the names unreported so that they could cover up the fact that the criminals were Somali immigrants? And, if so, why would they do this?

Yeah. It’s not as if they were Democrats or anything.

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‘Fit and healthy’ 25-year-old died using Nintendo Wii Fit game

30th March 2009

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Sudan’s Leader Arrives in Qatar

30th March 2009

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Qatar’s leader embraced Sudan’s president in a red-carpet welcome Sunday as he arrived to attend an Arab summit in his most brazen act of defiance against an international arrest warrant on charges of war crimes in Darfur.

Just another find day in the Dar al-Islam.

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‘Reclaim the hot cross bun’ says St Alban’s Cathedral

30th March 2009

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There’s a cause we can all get behind.

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Campus said to have pot den called Narnia

30th March 2009

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Only in New York.

“NYU is an experimental community,” said Joshua Lawrence Becker, 21, a junior. “I bet student morale will plummet now that (Narnia) is gone.”

I have no doubt.

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Islamophobia is a fabrication

30th March 2009

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I’ve been considering a request from a post-graduate student who wants to do a thesis on Islamophobia in Australia. She writes: “I am researching the topic Islamophobia, and I am trying to prove whether Islamophobia is based on religion fear or cultural fear of Islam.”

What about proving that Islamophobia exists at all? That would be the logical, ethical and scholarly starting point. But it appears the outcome has already been decided. This would fit the prevailing orthodoxy in academia that the default position for Muslims in Australia is victim. The jargon, “Islamophobia” is part of this ideological construct. Literally, it means fear of Muslims.

Let us rather say that “Islamophobia” isn’t as widespread as it ought to be. Islam is an oppressive totalitarian ideology with which no co-existence is possible; to fear such a system is utterly rational.

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Single Largest Cigarette Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

30th March 2009

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You’d think Prohibition never happened — at least nobody seems to have learned anything from it. Thank you, Barry, for making cigarette smuggling so much more profitable.

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Islamic Law’s Influence in America a Growing Concern

30th March 2009

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As indeed it ought to be, since it is fundamentally incompatible with American principles.

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Bed Bunker is perfect for zombie invasions

29th March 2009

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I SO want one of these….

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Playing violent computer games ‘can improve vision’

29th March 2009

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Well — there it is.

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‘Dumbest criminal’ arrested after police convention robbery

29th March 2009

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Rush’s Ratings Respond to Barack’s Bashing

29th March 2009

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By heading for the stratosphere, of course.

? In New York City, WABC has experienced huge gains during Rush’s noon- 3pm timeslot: from 4.6 to 6.7 overall (12 and older) share, good for first place overall in the nation’s largest market. Rush’s Big Apple listenership is now estimated at 693,000.

? In the second-largest market, Los Angeles, KFI-AM has surged into the number one position (all listeners 12 and older) from 9am to noon, with 618,000 listeners, a 4.6 to 6.0 audience share increase over three months and an even bigger males 35-64 (4.6 to 6.3) move, to take first place there as well.

? Chicago, saw another huge move, with Rush affiliate WLS also taking first place during his timeslot (12 and older), from 5.2 share to 6.9 and a total local listenership of 396,700 in the third-largest market.

? In Dallas – Fort Worth, 4.8 to 6.4 men 35-64 and fourth overall (12+), 3.5 to 4.5. Cumulative audience: 250,000.

? Houston’s results were truly blockbuster: 6.0 to 9.8 overall, ranking number one with a bullet and audience of 382,300. Men 35-64: number one again, from 8.6 to 12.2 over three months. Adults 25-54: first place, 4.6 to 8.7. Women 25-54: 3.7 to 8.3 again good for a top ranking.

? DC’s WMAL also saw Rush-related growth: 4.1 to 6.7, good for third overall and an audience of 155,300. Men 35-64: number one with a staggering 6.4 to 13.4 move.

Sometimes it is good to be kicked by the king.

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Phosphate smuggling in Washington!

29th March 2009

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What’s happening here is that Washington State Democrats have banned phosphates from dish detergents because it’s cheaper than upgrading their water treatment plants – excuse me, ‘better for the environment’ – in Spokane County as a test bed for a banning of the stuff statewide in 2010. Unfortunately, there’s a reason why they put phosphates in dish detergent: it softens ‘hard’ water, which the Pacific Northwest has an abundance of (it can be softened at the water treatment plants, but, again, the Democrats think that banning phosphates is cheaper). Hard water + no phosphates in dish detergents = dishwashers don’t work properly – so people are now getting into their cars and driving to Idaho, where people are happy to sell them all the phosphate-enriched dish detergent that they want. And anything else, while they’re there. They can go to other parts of the state, too – but that obviously will go away next year. How long it takes before Washington Democrats close the borders to phosphate smugglers is anybody’s guess; I’m picking 2011.

This seems to be a common theme in government. Policrats (by which I mean politicians + bureaucrats: an ugly word for an even uglier thing) get some Politically Fashionable and Stupid (PFAS) idea into their heads, enforce it through appropriate legislation and regulation, and it degrades the lives of the citizens that they nominally represent; rather than change the policy, however, they tighten the screws on the citizens in a futile attempt to make the PFAS policy work.

We see that locally with “High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes”. The PFAS idea here is that we give special privileges to those PFAS people who will share vehicles when going places. Fine for people who all live in the same bedroom communities and commute to the same place, i.e. downtown where all the Policrats work. And it’s great for the Upper Crust — after all, me and my chauffer can use the HOV lane, while Joe Sixpack on his way to a job site is stuck in traffic. Meanwhile traffic congestion for the Rest Of Us is increased (which is what happens when you take a lane away and devote it to a politically privileged class), and the idea doesn’t work anyway: (a) people won’t give up the convenience (dare I say freedom?) of a private vehicle to toe the party line; (b) people creeping along in traffic are generating more air pollution than is saved by those who actually carpool in order to use the HOV lane; and more people die because of accidents generated by the speed differential between the two environments. But do the Policrats learn? Of course not. They expand the system — since it’s such a great success….

Somebody told me once that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. By that measure, our “leaders” are insane.

But you already knew that.

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China’s global cyber-espionage network GhostNet penetrates 103 countries

29th March 2009

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Well, they don’t have Democrats to deal with, as we do. Gives them an unfair advantage, it does.

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Best Beer Map of America

29th March 2009

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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Maureen Dowd: “Blue Eyed Greed?”

29th March 2009

Steve Sailer cuts to the chase.

As I’ve mentioned before, many a female pundit’s output consists in large part of demands that society’s structures and values be revolutionized so that she, personally, will be considered hotter-looking.

That certainly explains Maureen Dowd.

Sorry, Maureen, but your nemesis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is brown-eyed, so you can’t actually blame society’s prejudice against brown eyes for you not snagging Michael Douglas.

Ouch.

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The Advance of Islam

29th March 2009

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A good explanation of why talking to Muslims will not stop their attempts to conquer the world.

In less than four centuries Christianity was able to win the Roman Empire over to itself. This happened from the bottom up, without force or violence, without government intervention or support. On the contrary, the government of the Roman Empire, by persecuting Christians from time to time, hindered Christianization with force and violence.

The Muslims managed to conquer roughly the same area as that of the ancient Roman Empire in about a century, with the exception of Western Europe, where they were stopped in France by Charles Martel (732), and with the exception of Turkey and the current Balkans, where the Muslims were stopped by the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantines, until the middle of the fifteenth century.

There is not a single Muslim who is unaware of this century of conquests. The military successes of that time are generally perceived by Islamic theologians as proof of the truth of Islam and the correctness of the statements made by Muhammad about himself and his mission. This century of conquest plays a major role in Islamic apologetics. If Islam were not God’s own religion, Muslims reason, and if Muhammad were not the messenger of God, they think, then these conquests would not have taken place and would not have been so successful. These conquests can be considered as akbar dalaala alla Sidq muHammad, “the best proof of the sincerity of Muhammad,” as a comment in the Qur’an at one point expresses it.

Those who wish to may apologize for the later Christian violence, even though their personal share in the mistakes that were committed during those centuries is small. Because of the “confession” that is part of the Christian liturgy, Christians are perhaps trained too well in the confession of guilt, and that contrasts with the views of most Muslims, who are in fact proud of the warfare of Islam against the Christians, and of the military triumphs that were achieved, at least in the early days. Later the balance of power changed in favor of Christianity. But we need to understand fully that the Muslims could have stayed at home in Medina. They did not do so; they marched out to battle. According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad settled in Medina in 622, and since then the Muslims have increasingly engaged their neighbors with the use of arms. Time and again, the Muslims declared war on their neighbors at the borders of their ever growing empire.

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The UN Makes it Official: Global Warming Hysteria Is All About Redistributing Wealth

28th March 2009

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Not really a surprise, but a useful reminder.

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Was Strunk imitating Quintilian?

28th March 2009

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Seems pretty obvious to me. For alleged linguists, the guys at Language Log oft times show astonishing ignorance of real languages and their history.

How many people start sentences (really: sentence fragments) with a conjunction (and, but)? Where did they pick that up? Well, how about from the Bible? St Paul does it all the time — not surprising, since that’s a standard grammatical feature of Greek — and most translators of the Bible kept the same structure, for “authenticity” (Word of God and all that, you know).

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Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don’t Work?

28th March 2009

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Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Lacy underwear secret tool of polar expedition

28th March 2009

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Made you look….

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Maximizing Uncertainty for Fun and Profit

28th March 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

Suppose a new president came to Washington and said, “I basically won’t change a thing. My motto is ‘Business as Usual.'” What kind of attention would that president get from lobbyists? Obviously, none. Campaign donations would drop precipitously. Corporations would lay off their lobbyists.

The opposite of that is a practice of keeping all the balls in the air, with massive regulation proposals in the works for all major industries. Massive financial system reform! Massive healthcare reform! Massive energy reform! This gets every lobbyist involved. It maximizes the shakedown.

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Wind-powered vehicle hits 126MPH, nabs world record

28th March 2009

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Freedom Tower Will Be Called One World Trade Center

28th March 2009

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Good. Although it’s still just a hole in the ground, and is likely to remain so for the near future, this is progress, of a sort.

If they’d just put the towers back up, they’d be done and open for business by now. But then the politicians and bureaucrats got involved … with results as you see them.

Ask the government to put up a building, and eight years later you get — a hole in the ground. And we’re supposed to trust them with the economy? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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