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Archive for March, 2009

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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Scientists Make Blackest Material Ever

31st March 2009

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I’m thinking stealth aircraft, maybe stealth ships.

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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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Islamic Art

31st March 2009

An oxymoron.

Go to any great world museum. Look at the Western riches. Look at the Asian art. Look at the pre-Columbian art of the Americas. Look at the rooms full of pre-Islamic artifacts from Egypt. Look at the African masks. Look at what was produced in Polynesia. Look, look, look. And then look at the pitiful room or two of so-called “Islamic art” which consists, usually, of some ceramics with what is Arabic calligraphy. But if you recognize the motifs, or can read the writing, you can sometimes detect the fact that the stuff was produced in lands where Muslims ruled, but from the Christian or Jewish imagery, not necessarily by Muslims. Aside from Qur’anic calligraphy and mosque architecture (the building itself based on the Byzantine squinch), what is there in the way of Islamic art? This is not to dismiss what there is, but compared to what non-Islamic societies produce, it is undeniably paltry. And this should not be surprising to anyone, keeping in mind the vast destruction of art and monuments that has taken place wherever Islam has gone.

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Italy: Muslims try to blow up 14-century fresco

31st March 2009

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Just another fine day in the Dar al-Harb.

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Spain’s ‘Universal Jurisdiction’ Power Play

31st March 2009

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I think I liked Spain better when it minded its own business.

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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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Iran, Syria Receive Millions of U.S. ‘Peaceful Nuclear’ Funds

31st March 2009

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I have an idea: Let’s stop subsidizing our enemies.

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Corruption imposes hidden ‘tax’ on Illinoisans

30th March 2009

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Indeed, a similar system operates in any Democrat-run city, and has it’s roots back in the days of the great urban political machines. (For those who think I’m being excessively partisan, name a Republican city machine.)

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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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Murtha, Murtha, Murtha

30th March 2009

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Another Democrat gift that keeps on giving … or perhaps selling would be a better term.

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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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Yeah, That’s the Problem

30th March 2009

Jonah Goldberg connects the dots.

GM is now Obama’s company. If it closes, it will be on his say-so. But Obama is a politician, not a CEO. So his first concern is to avoid bad political fallout, which means he will prop up the company for as long as it takes, regardless of what makes economic sense. This, in turn, will likely make the company either less economically sound or, it will rebound — but only by getting special breaks other companies won’t get. Either way, bad practices will be rewarded and/or good practices will be punished. More firms will see that gaming Washington pays off and the cycle will continue.

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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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Why We Watch

30th March 2009

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I think we watch sports for the same reasons we read novels – to
provide our minds with dramatic stories which teach us lessons useful
in life’s various struggles.

I suspect that there is a great deal of truth in that. I find myself always second-guessing characters in books, and especially characters in movies — I remember the famous Mines of Moria scene in the first Lord of the Rings movie where Our Intrepid Heroes are surrounded by half of the free world’s supply of orcs and it looked like curtains … and then they all disappeared. Off in the distance we hear booming and see a red glow. I’m sitting there thinking “Hey, guys, now would be a real good time to start running. The orcs disappeared for a reason, and I trust their judgment.” But no, the Fellowship of the Ring (which I started thinking of as the Fellowship of the Clueless) had to stick around until the Balrog was damned near on top of them.

Same thing with the first Jurassic Park movie — after the systems failed and the kids and their Accompanying Grownup are wandering across the plain when they are suddenly surrounded by these cute running dinosaurs. My wife was somewhat surprised when I clutched her arm and said “What?”. I responded, “Herbivores don’t run for fun. What’s chasing them? It’s time to boogie.” And then of course the T-Rex shows up.

I’m sure we’ve all had similar experiences, times when we’ve wanted to shout at the screen “No! No! You fools!”.

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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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Al Gore Leaves The Light On For Ya

29th March 2009

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Eco-Al leaves his lights on during Earth Hour.

Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

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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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Stem cell therapy ‘could offer women natural breast enhancement from stomach fat’

29th March 2009

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Eeeeewwwww.

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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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The upside-down family tree

29th March 2009

Mark Steyn pursues his demographic dystopian deathwatch.

Four grandparents have two children have one grandchild.

Who is then possibly beheaded by a Muslim from a cousin-marriage. Progress? You do the math.

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