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Archive for March, 2009

Extreme Skier Shane McConkey Dies in Base Jumping Accident

28th March 2009

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Tax information for Parents of Kidnapped Children

27th March 2009

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

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Ex-U.N. Official Spent Development Funds on Luxury Items, Probe Says

27th March 2009

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A former U.N. official who oversaw reconstruction funds in Afghanistan diverted half a million dollars from roads, schools and clinics to fund his luxury lifestyle, according to a confidential internal U.N. investigation.

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

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Scientists film HIV spreading for first time

27th March 2009

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How it spreads between bodies we already know, but no one is allowed to talk about it — that’s “homophobia” and “hate speech”.

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Taliban blocks UN polio treatment in Pakistan

27th March 2009

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Just another fine day in the Dar al-Islam.

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There’s no Pravda in Izvestia

27th March 2009

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A United States senator has introduced a bill that would bail out the nation’s newspaper industry, which has fallen on unprecedentedly hard times. It’s an idea that makes sense: given the symbiotic nature of the media and the current administration (and the permanent bureaucracy), nationalizing the newspapers is the perfect way to ensure that they do not lose their status as the monopoly mouthpiece for the leftist intelligentsia.

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Will Americans Be Required to Buy Health Insurance?

27th March 2009

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Hint: One way or another, if the statists have their way, either by law or through taxation to support a National Health Service-type plan.

But some powerful Democrats have supported a mandate, including Hillary Clinton, Max Baucus (a key health-reform power broker in the Senate) and Tom Daschle (OK, maybe he’s not so powerful anymore).

The health insurance industry also backs a mandate. This is no surprise — the Health Blog would certainly back a mandate requiring all Americans to read health-related blogs. But we were reminded of the industry’s position again this morning, with the report that two health insurance trade groups wrote a letter to the Senate, offering to stop charging sick people more for coverage, provided that everyone is required to buy insurance.

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MEP Dan Hannan’s ‘Brezhnev apparatchik’ attack on Gordon Brown is a YouTube hit

27th March 2009

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Of course, there’s no one in the actual British Parliament that would Speak Truth To Power like this. Nor in the American Congress, come to think of it.

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Nanogenerators to power future?

27th March 2009

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In the future, we’ll be able to power up our devices with a wave of the hand, a short walk or via our heartbeats, said engineers from the Georgia Institute of Technology on Thursday.

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Canadian Court Orders Website To Disclose Personal Info Of Posters

27th March 2009

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The PC witch hunt against “hate speech” apparently trumps any right to free speech. Canada has fallen far.

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‘Let’s Pizza’ machine cooks you a pie in three minutes, won’t ask you to enter any contests

27th March 2009

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I have my doubts. Baking a Real Pizza takes at least 15 minutes; don’t see how you can make one from scratch AND COOK IT in three.

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Magnetic Spin to Revolutionize Medical Scanning

27th March 2009

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Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin’…. Don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow….

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Robot targeting-intercepting system inspired by Marco Polo pool game

27th March 2009

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Life imitates Art. We have the technology.

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Yes, Academics Can Add To The News Ecosystem; No, It Doesn’t Need To Be In Newspapers.

27th March 2009

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Prediction: The only people who will try this will be lefty agitators like Ward Churchill and William Ayers who oughtn’t to be teaching anyway, and who will attempt to leverage the “radical street cred” thus gained to pressure faculties into granting tenure where it is otherwise not deserved.

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Prosecutor Who Threatened Teens With Child Porn Charges For Taking Pics Of Themselves Gets Sued

27th March 2009

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This would be amusing if it weren’t that it involved real people.

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

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Microsoft’s new ad shows how people shop for computers in the real America

27th March 2009

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Or, at least, in the Real America that lives on the Left Coast.

Just as Apple ads reflect the Real America that lives in Cupertino.

Neither bears any resemblance to the Real America that lives in Dallas, Des Moines, Dulute, or Detroit.

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Hayek on John Kenneth Galbraith, Journalism & Bullshit

27th March 2009

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But to pretend to understand all the things you write about, and habitually to write about things you do not understand, is a very corrupting thing.

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The New State Sovereignty Movement

27th March 2009

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Ah, the kids these days….

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Does Spending More on Education Improve Academic Achievement?

27th March 2009

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Hint: Not necessarily. But bureaucrats can’t think of anything else to do, and the teachers unions just want more money to spend.

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A mysterious air strike on a convoy of arms smugglers in Sudan has provoked speculation that Israel has launched an attack hundreds of miles from its borders.

27th March 2009

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American policymakers used to take bold action like that. Now they just sit and whine and wring their hands.

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The Washington Post Runs Oliphant’s anti-Semitic Cartoon

27th March 2009

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Not really a surprise, but a useful reminder.

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Fiction Is the Mother of Invention: Five Sci-Fi Ideas That Became Reality

27th March 2009

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Pentagon Plans to Regrow Human Body Parts

27th March 2009

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Israel Successfully Tests Anti-Rocket System

27th March 2009

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The best way to deal with rockets, of course, is to kill the people who are shooting at you.

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Eerie Ghost Photo at Castle Baffles Experts

27th March 2009

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Probably William Wallace saying, “Dude, where’s my country?”

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Japan Issues Order to ‘Destroy’ N. Korea Rocket

27th March 2009

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Things could get very interesting very quickly here.

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Internet breakthrough could allow millions to trace ancestors to 16th Century

26th March 2009

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A great asset for you newcomers.

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Afghan bomber accidentally blows up militants

26th March 2009

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It’s so hard to get good help these days.

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Officers injure each other by being too rough

26th March 2009

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I don’t think this is a episode of the Three Stooges, but you can never be sure with the British police.

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Ulysse Nardin Chairman “hybrid smart phone” unveiled

26th March 2009

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If you’ve decided not to give your AIG bonus back, here’s something sweet to spend it on.

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Economy vs. Environment

26th March 2009

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At last a “progressive” admits that there objective is to reverse the industrial revolution.

Gee, in the old days they called that “conservative”, even “reactionary”. But now it’s “progressive”.

Times change — and apparently so do words.

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Maple Sugar Season Is Here

26th March 2009

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After all, one must have priorities.

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Flag Mistakes of Our Fathers

26th March 2009

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In fact, Oklahoma’s symbol has something in common with most of the other 49 state flags: It could use a great deal of improvement. A lot more care goes into designing the basketball uniforms at big public universities than went into designing what flies over those schools.

Absolutely, Most state flags were designed during the 19th century, second only to the 18th century as a candidate for Worst Design Sense Ever. Look at any of the coats of arms of the South American republics founded during the 19th century and attempt to say with a straight face that a six-year-old couldn’t have done better.

Like more than a dozen others, it’s a variation on a humdrum theme: A blue background with something obscure, cluttered, and gold in the center. If you climbed up a flagpole in Lansing and replaced the Michigan ensign with that of Louisiana, New York, Virginia, or Nebraska, I promise, it would be months before anyone noticed.

Amen.

Given that most flags fly almost exclusively in their home state, including a name disparages the mental acuity of residents. It implies that without a prompt, some people would forget where they live.

Preach it, brother.

The only good thing to be said about the popular blue-bedsheet style is that it assures a state flag will be forgettable instead of just plain homely. Maryland’s clashing juxtaposition of black, gold, red, and white shapes could have been used to extract information from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The image of George Washington on the Washington flag brings to mind a Presidents Day sale.

Well said.

A good flag is clean, simple, and distinctive. The experts at the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) offer an excellent rule: A child should be able to draw it from memory.

And that’s God’s own truth.

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For N. Korea, a Pair Of Bargaining Chips

26th March 2009

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Two American journalists detained last week by North Korean soldiers are likely to become bargaining chips for North Korea in its feuds with the outside world, according to analysts and politicians in South Korea.

They must have a higher estimate of their worth than we do. Shoot ’em — we got plenty more. In fact, we’ll ship you another jumbo-jet full and never miss ’em. Or better yet, keep ’em around for a few years, so that they learn what it’s like in a real dictatorship.

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In Afghan War, U.S. Dominance Increasing

26th March 2009

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If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

Of course, if NATO weren’t a bunch of useless wankers, this problem wouldn’t be a problem.

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More Young People Lining Up for Government Jobs

26th March 2009

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

Don’t think of it as selling out — think of it as buying in.

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New Political Study Center? Turn Right at Berkeley

26th March 2009

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If you’re interested in studying left-wing social movements like organized labor, civil rights or feminism, there are dozens of universities and colleges that have created special programs and research centers devoted to the subject. But hardly any similar institutions exist in academia for those looking for a place to study the right wing in America and abroad.

The distinction, of course, is that left-wing social movements are studied in order to promote them, while any study of the right wing will be after the manner of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Case in point:

Now, with backing from an anonymous donor, the University of California, Berkeley, where ’60s-era students stood atop a police car and ignited free-speech protests, is creating a Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements. According to experts in the field it is the first of its kind in higher education.

What kind of a study of right-wing movements will you get in Berkeley? Oh, sort of like the study of ebola you get at the Center for Disease Control.

The New York Times, of course, is totally clueless:

For more than 30 years the right in America has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into education and research efforts, lending support to efforts like establishing an extensive network of research institutes outside of academia and pumping up efforts to teach Western civilization and American history on campuses. But little effort has been expended toward studying the movement’s own history or putting it in a global context.

Let’s see: Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, George Nash…. Naw, not much effort at all.

From which political direction the financing for this latest effort is coming is masked.

Oh, really? What a surprise.

The donor’s request for anonymity may be more to ward off requests for other contributions than for political reasons. The donation, $777,000, is relatively small, but enough, Mr. Rosenthal said, for the center to sponsor lectures, conferences and colloquiums; offer fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students; and publish papers.

No doubt on how to “fix” it.

Ms. Bacchetta insisted that researchers’ own political orientation was irrelevant. “It’s a question we always get asked,” she said. “But we really like to think of ourselves as scholars in the academy,” working on evaluating these groups without any agenda. “We’re not a political organization.”

Yeah. And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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Card Check Process Used by Union Organizers Ignites Fury at Indiana Plant

26th March 2009

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Union organizers are going to great lengths to get new members — including harassing and intimidating company employees until they vote to join.

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

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Spotty teens detered from underpasses by acne light

26th March 2009

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Isn’t science wonderful?

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Will true love last? Mathematical model may provide the answer

26th March 2009

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Or maybe not.

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Priory staff try to crack recipe of ‘elixir of life’

26th March 2009

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We may have the technology.

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Monster burger containing 4,800 calories unveiled in US

25th March 2009

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America, land of achievement.

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AIG Executive Resigns, Says Why

25th March 2009

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One of the cleanup crew, being blamed for the mess, has decided that his cow died and he doesn’t need their bull.

Judge, it needed sayin’.

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Science teacher found guilty of misconduct for Channel 4 undercover filming

25th March 2009

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What a revealing development.

A science teacher who secretly filmed shocking scenes of pupil misbehaviour for a Channel 4 documentary has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct.

I guess “being professional” means “not ratting out your colleagues about the dirt swept under the rug”. Well, I’ve always suspected that. No wonder it’s such a behavioral sink over there.

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably anywhere that the NEA holds sway.

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Obama’s Scuzzy Math

25th March 2009

Matt Welch points out that, when it comes to numbers, President Obama makes a pretty good Law Professor.

Apparently Barack Obama’s repudiation of “politics as usual” (a claim that looks less believable by the hour) does not, alas, include eschewing one of the most irritating tics of the modern presidency: Policy analysis by individual anecdote.

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A Deduction From Charity

25th March 2009

Martin Feldstein points out some inconvenient truths about alleged-smart-guy Obama’s plan to mutilate the charitable giving deduction.

In effect, the change would be a tax on the charities, reducing their receipts by a dollar for every dollar of extra revenue the government collects. It is hard to imagine a rationale for taxing schools, hospitals, medical research budgets and arts organizations in this way. I suspect that the administration officials who drafted this proposal did not understand that it would have this perverse effect.

Well, it’s not as if anybody in the Obama Nation has demonstrated any understanding of how money and the tax system actually work. For people with a lot of advanced degrees from spiffy upper-class institutions, these guys don’t give any appearance of being the sharpest knives in the drawer.

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Couple accused of racism after complaining about travellers

25th March 2009

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“Travellers” are what the Brits call gypsies and other itinerant riff-raff, very roughly equivalent to the American concept “white trash”.

An elderly couple who complained in a survey about mess left behind by travellers’ groups have been told their comments will be ignored because they were deemed to be racist.

Although “travellers”, like “Muslims”, aren’t a race — but that really doesn’t matter, these days; “racism” is merely a convenient term to use for “not liking a politically fashionable fringe group”.

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Connecticut’s Highest Court Invents a New Offense

25th March 2009

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It’s called, “Sitting in an idling, parked car while intoxicated.”

Unfortunately, it carries the same penalties as actually driving a car while intoxicated.

*sigh* Blue states….

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Irish Sea could provide five per cent of UK’s electricity

25th March 2009

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Lawmaker Proposes Medal of Honor Coin

25th March 2009

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As a Navy vet I’m certainly as appreciative of Medal of Honor winners as the Congressman, but I can’t escape this nagging feeling that there are more important things on which he might spend his time — and the taxpayers’ money.

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