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Archive for July, 2009

Hawaii Missile Defense Test a Success

31st July 2009

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A History of Western Eating Utensils, From the Scandalous Fork to the Incredible Spork

31st July 2009

Eat it.

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How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle In One Night

31st July 2009

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Of course, nothing beats just staying where the hell you already are.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House on sale for $15 million

31st July 2009

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I don’t know — I’d have thought that $15 million worth of Legos would be bigger than that.

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Girl, 15, ‘forced to marry illegal immigrant who then raped her and assaulted her little sister’

31st July 2009

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

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Unitarians need support, too

31st July 2009

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One of those hernia girdles might be appropriate.

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“Now Batting for the Tampa Bay Rays….”

31st July 2009

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This is what comes of ordaining women.

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Vitamin Pills: A False Hope?

31st July 2009

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But are vitamins worth it? In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.

“I’m puzzled why the public in general ignores the results of well-done trials,” said Dr. Eric Klein, national study coordinator for the prostate cancer trial and chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. “The public’s belief in the benefits of vitamins and nutrients is not supported by the available scientific data.”

Mind, it’s in the New York Times, so you would need to check it through a second source.

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Henry II ‘spent a fortune on Dover Castle to counter Becket cult’

31st July 2009

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Guess he didn’t have Madonna.

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US Consulate in Jerusalem website assumes Jerusalem is Palestinian, says nothing about Israel

31st July 2009

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Wonder what it’s like having a government that on your side rather than the enemy’s.

Guess we’ll never know.

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Muslims Abduct Two Christian Coptic Girls in Egypt

31st July 2009

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“When I started to cry at the Mosque entrance, one of them came to me and said ‘Listen, mother of Amira, I am warning you not to report the abduction to the police or do anything, the price will be your son Meena (9 years old) being slaughtered in front of your own eyes. I am not threatening, I’m talking seriously.'” He further said “Listen, your daughter Amira will convert to Islam next Friday, and we are now preparing her for that. Now go home and stay indoors until everything is quietly over.”

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

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Highway Trust Fund Wastes Taxpayer Dollars, Coburn/McCain Study Finds

31st July 2009

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Student sues Amazon after Kindle eats his homework

31st July 2009

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You knew it had to happen.

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Ancient animal ancestors: historical portraits of cats and dogs

30th July 2009

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Living proof that some people have too much time on their hands.

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6 Safe, Strong—and Chic—Bomb Shelters You Can Buy Now

30th July 2009

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You know you want one.

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Powerbocks gives you Power Leaps

30th July 2009

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I can think of several military applications.

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Legendary Christian coach canned after student converts

30th July 2009

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And this is in Michigan (Dearborn, where else?), not Egypt or Iraq. A Michigan PUBLIC school, not some sort of quasi-madrassah.

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Global Warming Awareness Campaigns

30th July 2009

Steve Sailer points out the inconvenient truths.

Much of the popularity of Global Warming Awareness stems from the fact that almost nobody is capable of noticing Global Warming without benefit of Global Warming Awareness Campaigns.

I think that explains a lot of the Gnostic appeal of Global Warming Awareness. When you become Global Warming Aware, you are superior to the unenlightened masses. You have access to evidence of things unseen. You are one of the elite who are aware of knowledge that can only be gathered through the most esoteric means and analyzed by the most profound scholars.

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Patent Models Record Inventions in Miniature

30th July 2009

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Five Simple Arguments Against Government Healthcare

30th July 2009

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

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10 Unhealthiest Restaurants

30th July 2009

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A “top ten” list to take with you on the road. Some cornerstones of American culture.

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The Digital Adjustable Wrench tells when bolts are tight

30th July 2009

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Wouldn’t mind having one of these.

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When a Little ‘Profiling’ Might Be a Good Thing

30th July 2009

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What is racial profiling? It seems hard to make the case you’re an oppressed minority when after you mouth off to a cop and get arrested your high-powered mouthpiece gets on the blower to the governor who calls the mayor who calls the police chief — all resulting in the charges being dropped. Meanwhile, you’re on the phone to the only automobile executive with access to nuclear weapons asking him to give you a shout out at the news conference. I wish I had that kind of juice. I can’t beat a speeding ticket in my home town (where I know four of the five top guys in the police department and play golf with the county prosecutor).

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Wesley Mouch watch

30th July 2009

Arnold Kling makes a libertarian cultural reference that not all will catch.

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The Progressive Tax Fantasy

30th July 2009

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Willie Sutton, asked why he robbed banks, was alleged to have answered: “that’s where the money is.” Like common bank robbers, progressives don’t really care what effect their money grab has on the rest of the country. They just want more funds for new social experiments and welfare patronage programs. If they have to grab it from the Americans who drove 75 percent of economic growth over the last several decades, then so be it!

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Fight Fat With More Fat

30th July 2009

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I’m on it.

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California’s pot plants earn Mexican drug gangs billions

30th July 2009

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Blue states are rich states; now you know why.

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Revolving Door from Journalism to Team Obama Now Up to a Dozen

30th July 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Gaza Muslim bludgeons his daughter to death with an iron chain because she owned a cell phone

30th July 2009

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

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Patrick Rothfuss Interview

30th July 2009

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And more to come.

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You knew it had to happen

30th July 2009

Once more, there are calls for a 55 mph speed limit. The nannystaters are like mosquitoes, they’re always out there, buzzing around, waiting for any old hole in the screen.

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PETA plays politics to extort money

29th July 2009

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Why Carlyle Matters

29th July 2009

Mencius Moldbug likes Carlyle.

The case of democracy is a case in which the jury has heard only from the defense. Year after year, generation after generation, democracy’s lawyers trot out an ever-changing dog’s breakfast of alibis, character witnesses and Harvard scientists, all singing one tune: the ironclad innocence and stellar nobility of the defendant, who is no more and no less than Gotham’s finest citizen. As for the prosecutor, his corpse has been rotting in the men’s room for years. Sometimes the bailiff, who has a ninth-grade education, a Tennessee accent and a drinking problem, picks up a few pages from his brief and reads them out of order.

But is the trial over? It is all but over. The jury is utterly sold. If they could adjourn and assign the defendant the keys to Gotham for life, they would. They are not even aware that there is a trial. They think they’re deciding whether to award a gold medal or a platinum one. But alas: the verdict of history is never, ever in. Once it does find the truth, though, it tends to stay there.

But in Carlyle’s mirror, the pattern that the ordinary Whig historian and his ordinary student know as steady progress punctuated by brilliant revolutions, becomes a pattern of inexorable decay punctuated by explosions of barbarism.

What we see instead, from both the Carlylean and Alinskyist perspectives, is a monotonic slope. This is the slope of order. Order slopes up to the right: true right, which is reactionary, is always the direction of increasing order, and true left the direction of increasing disorder. It is especially valuable to have a clear definition of this polarization, which seems to have evolved independently so many times in history. David Axelrod would surely get along with the Gracchi, and Pinochet with Sulla.

Consider the difference between the society in which I can get away with this hippie shit, and the society in which I can’t. The society in which obligations can be broken is the society in which loans are either risky, expensive and hard to get, or do not exist at all. Thus we see clearly that the society in which promises are made and kept, the society of order, is more civilized and humane. It is a better society. Once again, there is no Goldilocks effect, no golden mean.

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Obama in Mom Jeans

29th July 2009

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Things I Learn From My Patients

29th July 2009

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Blogging from the ER. Darwin Awards drop from the very ceiling tiles.

Tonight I learned yet another helpful life lesson from one of my patients. If you’re on the street corner selling coke and you see the cops coming to bust you don’t eat all your coke. Having been taught this valuable lesson I will now know better than to do this and wind up going to the ER in handcuffs, seizing uncontrollably, aspirating my vomit and doing all of this with a white powder moustache looking like and ad for “Got Coke?”
Never, ever leave flashlights, shampoo bottles, beer bottles or any long, circular object on the floor because someday you will fall on it and it will somehow, work its way up your rectum.
Latex paint, despite being thick and creamy, does not coat your stomach and provide the same relief as pepto bismol.
No matter how tough you are, don’t cross the street when you are drunk because the moving vehicle always wins.

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Cambridge Police Profiling Still A Grim Reality for Harvard Faculty Assholes

29th July 2009

Iowahawk. ’nuff said.

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Sailer’s Law of Female Journalism

29th July 2009

Steve Sailer is on a continual quest to find people to offend.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Sailer’s Law of Female Journalism: The most heartfelt articles by female journalists tend to be demands that social values be overturned in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking.

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Questions for Arlo Guthrie

29th July 2009

Interview in some left-wing rag. Warning: He looks like the Cowardly Lion.

Where are you politically these days?
I became a registered Republican about five or six years ago because to have a successful democracy you have to have at least two parties, and one of them was failing miserably. We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition.

Like Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter?

Have you ever seen “American Idol”?
No, I have never watched it. But I’m thankful we’re living in a world where we can actually afford to waste your time. What a great thing that is.

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Malkin Goes to #1. Leftist Horde Attacks.

29th July 2009

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No, they are not seeking to discredit her book, but her personally. That’s natural. Michelle did a hell of a job documenting everything she says with lots and lots of notes.

In the book, she documents how Barry O’s wife got a job via earmarks at the University of Chicago’s hospital and then administered a program engaged in patient dumping.

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Junk mail can now be identified based on a single packet of data.

29th July 2009

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Why is the Fundamental Constant of Sociology so fundamental?

29th July 2009

Steve Sailer isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions.

La Griffe du Lion’s great term for the one standard deviation gap between whites and blacks in just about any measurement that’s related in some way to cognition — the Fundamental Constant of Sociology — is actually rather mysterious.

Another reason, however, is that, for a black or Hispanic, taking an FDNY test is like buying a very, very long-lived lottery ticket.

If the damages in Vulcan Society are set at, say, $20 million, the contingency fee lawyers will presumably grab about $7 million, and several hundred or more black and Hispanic test-takers who came close enough on the test so that they would have been hired if there had been no disparate impact will get checks in the mail adding up to $13 million.

Wouldn’t it be totally awesome to get a five-figure check in the mail for something you wasted time on and failed at a decade ago? So, you can see why so many minorities who didn’t have a chance of getting a good score took the firefighters test — because there was always a sizable chance under Disparate Impact theory that a judge would change the rules years after the game was played and send them money.

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Star Trek Enterprise Bottle Opener

29th July 2009

You know you want one.

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Organic food has no added nutritional benefit, says Food Standards Agency

29th July 2009

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Photograph: swallow flies through two-inch gap at 35 miles per hour

29th July 2009

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Warning from the Future

29th July 2009

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If this blog blinks out of existence, you’ll know it worked. Personally, I’m betting not.

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Woman in Sudan faces flogging for wearing trousers

29th July 2009

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And the feminists in America say … nothing.

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Pilots and g-Force

29th July 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

As I’ve mentioned, one of the rules of polite journalism in discussing testing firefighters is to assume that paper and pencil tests must be irrelevant to the obviously moronic job of spraying water on burning buildings. Never refer to the voluminous data assembled over the decades by the Pentagon on the relationship between performance on paper and pencil tests and performance on similarly physical jobs.

When researching my 2004 article on John F. Kerry’s and George W. Bush’s IQ scores judging from their performance on the Officer’s Qualification Tests they took in the later 1960s (Bush 120-125, Kerry 115-120, which turned out to fit with their GPAs at Yale), I read a lot of studies from the 1960s by the military’s psychometricians documenting the predictive validity of these exams. I then tried to track down the authors to help me understand Kerry’s and Bush’s scores.

Don’t suppose you’ll read about that anytime soon on CNN or MSNBC.

The psychometric expert said something that seemed puzzling to me. He said that the General Factor of intelligence completely dominated job performance as a pilot to such an extent that it really wasn’t worthwhile to give multiple intelligences tests of specific piloting skills, such as the one George W. Bush took in 1968 to measure his 3-d visualization skills.

I remember that test. It was very odd.

I’ve wondered about this expert’s finding over the years, and I think I’ve finally started to figure it out: People with high IQs who would be bad pilots generally figure out for themselves that they would be bad pilots; so, they never take the tests to be pilots. Thus, the high correlation between the g Factor and pilot performance: high IQ individuals are already selected for having pilot-specific skills.

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Hellish Saviors

29th July 2009

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Or — to switch metaphors — consider cultural Marxism as the HIV of the West. Islam is just a virus of opportunity, a pneumonia that has taken advantage of our immunological deficiencies and ushered in the onset of full-blown AIDS in our culture.

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Gossipedia

29th July 2009

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, encounters Wikipedia.

The second thing I noticed was that my Wikipedia page was written by an AAM — that is, an Angry Asian Male. This needs a bit of explanation.

Among East Asian males, there is a large subgroup who are flipped into a mode of blind fury by the thought of Asian women consorting with non-Asian males. In the young-adult cohort of mainland-Chinese males, I would estimate the subgroup as about one in three. These are the AAMs. One recent target of their rage has been Chinese movie star Zhang Ziyi, whose affair with Israeli venture capitalist Vivi Nevo has stirred quite horrifying levels of vituperation against Ms. Zhang on Chinese-language blogs.

That’s Wikipedia for you. They can say what they like about you, employing any level of sub-literacy for the purpose, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it, even if you are patient and computer-literate enough to master their mark-up language. I had heard this, but just hadn’t believed they are really so brazen.

Ninety percent of what you read about people in the public prints and forums is malicious lies. Any adult who does not know that should stop reading and take up fishing. Any public person who is bothered by it should retire into private life.

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The trial bar on trial in Pennsylvania.

29th July 2009

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The lawsuit—which we first wrote about in April—concerns Bailey Perrin & Bailey, a Houston law firm tapped by the Rendell administration to prosecute Janssen Phamaceuticals over the marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. When states lack the resources or expertise to bring certain suits, it’s not uncommon for them to seek help from private lawyers. But in this case, it appears as if pay-to-sue politics was involved in the choice of Bailey Perrin.

While F. Kenneth Bailey, the law firm’s founding partner, was negotiating a potentially lucrative no-bid contingency fee contract with the Governor’s office, he was also making political donations totaling more than $90,000 to Mr. Rendell’s 2006 re-election campaign. Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, filed a motion in January with the state Supreme Court that cited these campaign contributions and questioned the appropriateness of the state hiring for-profit lawyers to sue on its behalf.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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