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English Heritage reveals most haunted sites

27th June 2009

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

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Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

27th June 2009

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Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.

This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.

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

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Africa alone could feed the world

27th June 2009

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Well, perhaps if it were run by Europeans or Chinese it could….

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First Europeans were cannibals with taste for children

27th June 2009

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A study of the prehistoric remains has revealed that human flesh formed part of the diet of early man and children and adolescents in particular were regularly killed and eaten.

Still are, some would say.

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Barney the Underwriter

27th June 2009

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Back when the housing mania was taking off, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank famously said he wanted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “roll the dice” in the name of affordable housing. That didn’t turn out so well, but Mr. Frank has since only accumulated more power. And now he is returning to the scene of the calamity — with your money. He and New York Representative Anthony Weiner have sent a letter to the heads of Fannie and Freddie exhorting them to lower lending standards for condo buyers.

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Congress to America: “Eat Dirt and Die”

27th June 2009

Somebody doesn’t like the cap & trade bill.

They passed this shameful fraud because they wanted to get out of town for the July 4th holiday. The rest of us get July 4th off. They get a week or more. In fact, who knows when they’ll return from this recess. Will it be to push through another huge, unread bill, this time on health care? We’re two for two now: the Stimulus Attack and the Energy Fraud.

By the way, one of the features of Cap and Trade is that your local agency for building codes will be by-passed. They’re going to set up a building code bureaucracy in Washington and fill it full of time-servers. Which means you can wait till hell freezes over to get an approval or inspection.

Does this mean your local agency will shut down? Heavens, no! They’ll just be the go-between. You’ll have more hoops to jump through, is all. The Imperial Congress strikes again! Practice your hoop-jumping; it’s a non-productive skill you’ll need to survive in this brave new world.

Recession? No problem! We’ll just destroy what’s left of the economy, so everyone is equally miserable! Your tax dollars at work!

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Behind the Wheel – Tata Nano

27th June 2009

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Leading demonstrators must be executed, Ayatollah Khatami demands

27th June 2009

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Your future under Islam. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.

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Murders at Zimbabwe Diamond Mine Undercut Claims of Normalization

27th June 2009

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Stories like this echo a Human Rights Watch report released Friday that highlights ongoing atrocities at a lucrative diamond field in rural eastern Zimbabwe that has become a cash cow for military commanders and government officials close to President Robert Mugabe. The report comes barely a week after Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister in a tense and complicated power-sharing agreement with Mugabe, visited President Obama and other western leaders to plead for donor money for the country, claiming it was a “rapidly normalizing” nation.

Boy, those Zimbabweans are sure lucky they’re no longer under the boot of that oppressive white regime.

Thank God for the U.N. and the international community, or who knows what sort of hell they’d be living in now.

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White House Considers Holding Some Gitmo Detainees Indefinitely, Sources Say

27th June 2009

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I’m certainly glad we re-elected Bush. That Obama guy was pretty scary.

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Friday Fun Graph: Our Crash in Context

26th June 2009

Katherine Mangu-Ward has An Informative Chart for us.

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Meatball Grill Basket

26th June 2009

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Tourist plunges to death from Eiffel Tower

26th June 2009

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If people want to kill themselves, fine, but it’s narcissistic to do it in a way that inconveniences other people. Idiots.

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Boston Dynamics Big Dog

26th June 2009

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Amazing Girlfriend Manager

26th June 2009

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With this application you can improve your relationships by applying concepts of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) on your girlfriends. Think about your girlfriend as a client! What information and tools you need to improve your relationship? This application is the answer.

For the iPhone, of course.

Don’t say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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Detroit City Council Member Monica Conyers pleads guilty to accepting cash bribes

26th June 2009

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Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of powerful Democratic congressman John Conyers, has pleaded guilty to accepting cash bribes in exchange for supporting a sludge contract with a Houston company.

Basic political equation: Democrat = Corrupt.

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British actresses flock to Bollywood

26th June 2009

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Young British actresses who have struggled to find work at home are flocking to Bollywood to capitalise on the Indian film industry’s insatiable appetite for white-skinned talent.

Any cries of outrage from the Racism Industry? No?

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Your Bank Hates You

26th June 2009

Scott Adams has a good point.

Banks and credit card companies make a lot of money from late fees. They have a naked interest in keeping their service as inconvenient as possible.

Banks might argue that they can’t offer that sort of product for regulatory reasons. But I haven’t seen a bank shy away from trying to influence regulators when it works for them.

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Why The Healthcare Industry Doesn’t Want Electronic Medical Records

26th June 2009

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Andy Kessler, who’s been thinking an awful lot about these issues (and whose book The End of Medicine hasn’t received nearly the attention it deserves) has an interesting article discussing why the industry has resisted the move to e-healthcare records. While it would save some money, he notes, it would also expose the entire scam of the healthcare system: which is that they make a ton of money from inefficiencies baked into the system, which are totally hidden from view. It’s a massive boondoggle for the industry, and e-healthcare records would actually make it easier for people to understand that the healthcare system profits from people being sick and not from having them be well.

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Which Koran?

26th June 2009

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The founding document of Islam is the group of writings collected in the Koran. A devout Muslim believes the Koran to be the perfect, immutable, and eternal word of Allah as dictated to the prophet Mohammed and memorized or written down by the companions of the Prophet. The book is complete, every word in it is true, and nothing in it has been altered since it was first transcribed 1400 years ago.

That’s the traditional view of the core Islamic scriptures, and woe betide any Muslim who questions it. Scholars who attempted to research the origins of the Koran and examine its historical variants have been driven out of Pakistan, Egypt, and other Muslim countries, and have been forced to seek refuge in the academic cloisters of the infidel West.

“The Koran claims for itself that it is ‘mubeen,’ or ‘clear,’“ [Puin] says. “But if you look at it, you will notice that every fifth sentence or so simply doesn’t make sense. Many Muslims — and Orientalists — will tell you otherwise, of course, but the fact is that a fifth of the Koranic text is just incomprehensible. This is what has caused the traditional anxiety regarding translation. If the Koran is not comprehensible — if it can’t even be understood in Arabic — then it’s not translatable. People fear that. And since the Koran claims repeatedly to be clear but obviously is not — as even speakers of Arabic will tell you — there is a contradiction. Something else must be going on.”

In the context of 21st-century Salafist fundamentalism, criticism and analysis of the Koran can cost a scholar his life. The example of Salman Rushdie — who was, after all, only an amateur critic of Islamic scripture — did not go unnoticed.

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Spiral Arms Did Not Cause Climate Change on Earth

26th June 2009

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Well, I’m sure we’re all glad to know that.

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France taken to European court as Alsace hamster faces extinction

26th June 2009

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France is to be taken to the European Court of Justice for failing to protect the Alsace hamster, a cuddly rodent threatened with extension in its native eastern France.

Truly, you can’t make this stuff up.

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The Albany-Trenton-Sacramento Disease

26th June 2009

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A decade ago all three states were among America’s most prosperous. California was the unrivaled technology center of the globe. New York was its financial capital. New Jersey is the third wealthiest state in the nation after Connecticut and Massachusetts. All three are now suffering from devastating budget deficits as the bills for years of tax-and-spend governance come due.

Well, that’s what happens when you follow political fashion rather than common sense.

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Federal Government Funds New $21 Million Airport for Alaska Town With 46 Residents

26th June 2009

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The Takotna grant was part of more than $70 million worth of grants and contracts awarded last week to Alaska communities by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a press release from the congressional delegation.

Ted Stevens may be gone, but his spirit lives on.

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‘Capitalism Will Fail,’ Marijuana Leaf Part of California School Mosaic

26th June 2009

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But that’s precisely what some students at the Black Pine Circle School, a private school in Berkeley, Calif., chose to include in their “Class of 2007” mosaic.

This is an 8th-grade class, mind you. No wonder California is imploding.

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Maxine Waters Fights With David Obey Over ‘Monument to Me’

25th June 2009

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It’s entirely possible that this affair will be settled quickly, with a mutual apology, and with Waters behaving like a grownup. The only thing stopping it is that Waters has never behaved like a grownup before.

Maxine Waters – the gift that keeps on taking.

Your money pays her salary. Aren’t you proud?

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Somali Islamists carry out public double amputation on ‘thieves’

25th June 2009

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Your future under Islam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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Flying High With Al Qaeda

25th June 2009

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One of the problems with Pakistan is that radical Islamic ideology is fully intertwined with the government and the armed forces at all levels. When Western governments attempt to pick winners and losers among the factions vying for power in Pakistan, there is no real way to avoid the extremists and terrorists. Whether it is made up of elected civilians or military officers, most governments in Pakistan seem to be riddled with terrorist connections. A government that is relatively free of such connections — such as the current one under President Asif Al Zardari — will tend to be ineffective, due to a lack of accord with public opinion, much of which has sympathies with fundamentalist Islam.

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Housing Price Bubble: Learning from California

25th June 2009

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Indeed, it is so-called “smart land use” (“smart growth”) that intensified the housing bubble in California. “Smart land use” involves planners telling the market where development will and will not occur. In the process it ignores the price signals of the market. Owners of land on which development is permitted naturally and rationally raise their asking prices, while owners of land not so favored can expect little more than agricultural value when they sell. The result is that the land element of housing prices exploded, fueling the unprecedented bubble. Restrictions on supply naturally lead to higher prices, whether in gasoline, housing or anything else.

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European corruption of law

25th June 2009

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One of the worst aspects of both the Human Rights Act and European law generally is that they encourage disreputable behaviour. Much European law consists of vague statements of principle that are concerned with ideals rather than practicalities and in doing so leaves scope for spurious claims by those keen to bask in the bright sunshine of victimhood or who see the chance to enrich themselves with an unearned buck. It might just be that I am too deeply immersed in the English common law to understand the European way of doing things, but I am not so immersed as to be unable to see a style of law that is more concerned with political gestures than with freely agreed individual relationships.

This applies equally well to Latin America, which takes its legal and cultural traditions from Europe, and is therefore constantly awash in high-sounding idealistic slogans papered over perennial violence, oppression, and corruption.

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Space shuttle exhaust hints comet caused Tunguska blast

25th June 2009

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Piloted by aliens, of course; we don’t want to go too far out on a limb here.

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Nazi of the Week

25th June 2009

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You’ll be surprised.

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Salt crystals reveal surprise stretchiness

25th June 2009

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Ah — but do they yawn, as well?

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Dyson unveils ‘world’s fastest motor’ in new dustbuster

25th June 2009

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Can the day when we strap it to our belts and fly off to the mall be far behind?

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AIDS Relief and Moral Myopia

25th June 2009

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As with most discussions of AIDS and HIV, this proceeds on the assumption that HIV is just something that happens to people, like the common cold. Nowhere is mentioned the irrefutable fact that people who keep their pants zipped just don’t get HIV, period — aside from the miniscule number who contract it from extraordinary circumstances like rape or transfusions, of course. (And it oughtn’t to be necessary to make that reservation but there’s always some nimrod who brings it up in the hopes that there’s somebody else in the room whose two-digit IQ is lower than his. Sheesh.)

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Abba museum flops as Swedes show little interest

25th June 2009

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There’s a step in the right direction. Now if we can just wean them from socialism and immigrantophilia….

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Cross-stitch recreation of Sistine Chapel ceiling

25th June 2009

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Yeah, it’s impressive, but … some people just have too much time on their hands.

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Augustine’s Origin of Species

25th June 2009

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Cage match: 4th Century meets the 19th. Pass the popcorn.

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Adultery and Politicians

25th June 2009

Conor Friedersdorf ponders the vagaries of political fate.

Now that Mark Sanford has admitted adultery, the one thing everyone agrees about is that any chance he had to be elected president is gone — a political judgment that is likely true, but that is pretty weird when you think about it, given that we’re a country that elected the obviously philandering Bill Clinton, re-elected him after he got oral sex from an intern under his desk, and gave the GOP nomination to John McCain, even though he cheated on his first wife, instead of Rudy Giuliani, who also cheated on at least one of his wives. These men are all guilty of shameful behavior, all were viable presidential candidates, and at least some of them were guilty of behavior far more egregious than Gov. Sanford, though the South Carolina governor is himself guilty of egregious behavior. Nor does this account for the presidents who’ve engaged in extra-marital affairs throughout history. Should we have disqualified JFK? Maybe. But Thomas Jefferson? It seems that Gov. Sanford is disqualified largely due to bad timing.

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Justice Department Partners with Islamic Supremacists

25th June 2009

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In its ongoing quest to win the hearts and minds of Muslims in America, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has asked its employees to volunteer to man an information booth at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Washington over the July 4 weekend. According to an internal email that Pajamas Media obtained and published, the Division is seeking staff members to “hand out literature and answer basic questions.” This is, says the e-mail, a “unique opportunity.”

Your tax dollars at work.

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Monopoly allows innovation to flourish

25th June 2009

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This may be old hat for some readers, but it’s worth reviewing and providing some good new data for. The motivation is the idea that monopoly-haters have that when some company comes to dominate the market, they will have no incentive to change things — after all, they’ve already captured most of the audience. The response is that industries where invention is part of the companies’ raison d’etre attract dynamic people, including the executives.

And such people do not rest on their laurels once they’re free from competition — on the contrary, they exclaim, “FINALLY, we can breathe free and get around to all those weird projects we’d thought of, and not have to pander to the lowest common denominator just to stay afloat!” Of course, only some of those high-risk projects will become the next big thing, but a large number of trials is required to find highly improbable things. When companies are fighting each other tooth-and-nail, a single bad decision could sink them for good, which makes companies in highly competitive situations much more risk-averse. Conversely, when you control the market, you can make all sorts of investments that go nowhere and still survive — and it is this large number of attempts that boosts the expected number of successes.

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Swine flu: churches told to stop offering communion wine to halt virus

25th June 2009

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Well, that all depends on how you do it. The Orthodox have made wine a part of communion for a couple thousand years now, and don’t appear to have a problem with swine flu, or any other sort of communicable disease. Perhaps Latin-tradition churches might want to rethink some stuff.

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PER3 Gene Determines Brain Response To Sleep Deficiency

25th June 2009

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Well, there, see, it’s not my fault. Blame that qwertyitis on my parents.

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New Drug Kills Cancer with Few Side Effects

25th June 2009

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Wouldn’t that be nice.

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NY Times: How Dare Food Folks Make Their Products Taste Good

24th June 2009

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Can food taste too good? Yes, if you’re New York Times health columnist Tara Parker-Pope. Her Tuesday “Well” column for the Times is currently the #1 most emailed article on nytimes.com, and is an interview with former Food and Drug Administration head (and over-zealous banner of orange juice and silicon-gel breast implants) David Kessler on his new book, with the typically scolding title, “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.”

Well, error number one is reading anything penned by a hyphenated chick who was named after a hill in Ireland. That ought to be the first clue.

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The Obama news conference – desperate to control coverage Obama plants questions

24th June 2009

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

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How celebrities stay famous regardless of talent

24th June 2009

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

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CBS Confirms ObamaCare Would Oust People from Health Insurance and Doctor

24th June 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Safe fission power is our future — if regulators allow it.

24th June 2009

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And what are the odds of that?

These new small reactors meet important criteria for nuclear power plants. With no control rods to jam, they are far safer than the old models — you might well call them nuclear batteries. By not using weapons-grade enriched fuels, they are nonproliferating. They minimize nuclear waste. And they’re economical.

In other words, not a chance.

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NY State Senate Follies Continue

24th June 2009

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Calling it the “Democratic” party seems one of history’s greatest oxymorons.

For all his bluster, however, Paterson has no authority to force the Senate to debate bills or take votes. He can only make them sit in the chamber. And as for his assertion that the standoff has “inconvenienced” New Yorkers, there is no evidence of this. Despite the great tragedy of the New York State Senate holding no official sessions for a couple of weeks, all the traffic lights still work, and all the government offices are still open. How exactly has even one New Yorker been directly affected by the Senate standoff?

Sort of a metaphor for modern government in general.

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