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Confucius family tree unveiled

25th September 2009

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Scientists hail new species of feathered dinosaurs

25th September 2009

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What would we do without scientists?

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$529 Million Loan for Al Gore’s Hybrid Sports Coupe

25th September 2009

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What’s the most laughably outlandish angle of this story?

  • That the U.S. Government is loaning Nobel laureate Al Gore and investment bank Kleiner Perkins $529 million to build a car, and
  • It’s a hybrid electric sports model, and
  • It will cost $89,000 a copy, and
  • It will be made in Finland.

We’re also loaning Tesla Motors $465 million to build a $109,000 British electric roadster. That’s almost a cool billion, and it’s going to well-heeled Democratic contributors.


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Your Logo Makes Me Barf

25th September 2009

A Cool Web Site.

This goes on the RSS feed….

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The Barack Song

25th September 2009

Read it. And sing along with The Children if you dare.

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When Work Doesn’t Pay For The Middle Class

25th September 2009

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Eighteen months after being laid off, Judith Lederman, a 50-year-old divorcee who lives in Scarsdale, N.Y., is ready to consider jobs paying half the $120,000 she earned as a publicity manager at Lord & Taylor. That’s mostly because she’s desperate, but it also makes sense when you consider how this country punishes work effort. While the first $60,000 of her income would be lightly taxed, the next $60,000 would be hit with what is in effect a 79% tax rate. Given a choice between a part-time or easy job paying $60,000 and a demanding, stress-ridden job paying $120,000, Lederman would be wise to take the former. In the tougher job she would be contributing twice as much to the economy. But she wouldn’t be doing herself much good. It would make more sense to take it easy and spend more time with her high school senior daughter, Casey.

Just another fine day in the Obama Nation.

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Volcker Says Obama Plan Leaves Opening for Bailouts

25th September 2009

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

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Carbon Nanotubes Act as Super Fertilizer

24th September 2009

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Of course, there is the usual hand-wringing from “progressives” that seem to infect even scientific “journalism”, but it’s still an advance.

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Bad news for the rest of us – the Guilt Industry is booming

24th September 2009

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There was a time when the Guilt Industry focused mainly on white, heterosexual males. But, like Tesco, it has learnt to expand its customer base, moving up and down the social ladder, crossing ethnic and gender boundaries. If you are an Asian family that has moved to a grammar school’s catchment area, in the hope of finding places for son and daughter, expect to be branded “pushy parents”. The Guilt Industry demands that you are shamed for seeking to advance your offspring. How dare you escape the local comprehensive. Your elbows are disgustingly pointy.

Those aiming for a career in the Guilt Industry must be patronising and self-righteous, with an unshakeable commitment to political correctness. They need to identify offence where none was intended, especially on issues of race. A qualification in social engineering is particularly welcome, as is an ability to pin all the problems of Britain’s underclass on greedy bankers, Eton College and Margaret Thatcher.

Of course, this is in Britain — but mutatis mutandis the same sort of thing is happening in America as well.

So get a government job and avoid all the trauma.

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Guiding Light Mailbox is solar powered

24th September 2009

A useful thing.

Now if we can just get one with auto-tracking lasers to take care of trespassers….

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Stimulus Bill Creates 25,000 Jobs…for the Government

24th September 2009

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Let’s see … stimulus money goes, not to private individuals or organizations, but to state and local governments … which are pinched for money, and so they spend it on … government programs and employees!

Saw that comin’.

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Hold a Windows 7 Launch Party! Be Laughed At!

24th September 2009

Lileks points out why Steve Jobs is Cool and Bill Gates is a Dork.

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Study: Social networking sites leaking personal information to third parties

24th September 2009

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

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How is “affordable housing” handed out?

24th September 2009

Steve Sailer is never afraid to ask the hard questions.

It’s a fascinating symbiotic relationship between capitalists and professional anti-capitalists. The capitalists aren’t just paying protection money to avoid a few protesters. They are also buying ACORN’s reputation as a leftist power-to-the-people street organization to demonstrate to center-left politicians that their giant project is good for the poor.

Have you ever noticed that leftist organizations that claim to represent poor people of color don’t always follow strict affirmative action guidelines when it comes to their really good jobs? Like the Hispanic union SEIU, which is headed by Andy Stern. Or, for example, here’s a picture of ACORN’s founder Wade Rathke, who looks like if he ever went outside in the sun, he might explode into flames.

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Seasteading, Without That Warm Glow

24th September 2009

Mencius Moldbug is at it again.

While these organs are not monolithic or hierarchically organized, they somehow magically seem to always agree with each other. The Washington Post never gets into an organizational catfight with the New York Times, or Harvard with Stanford. This, of course, is because all are ticks on the same horse – Washington – and must gallop together.

The Cathedral indeed contains many shades. They are not shades of grey, however. They are shades of brown. A drop of wine in a barrel of sewage makes sewage; a drop of sewage in a barrel of wine makes sewage.

Why, exactly, are all civilized governments on earth run in the way they are? Because they are all run, more or less, by the New York Times. More precisely, they are run by civil servants, who were trained by professors, both of whose reward systems are administered by the New York Times. This is the direct path. On the indirect path, ten percent of the population reads the Times or a comparable highbrow organ; the other ninety gets its thought from more lowbrow intermediaries, who all read the Times and wish they worked there. Together, these paths form the Modern Structure, which if not indestructible is almost so.

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The Staffordshire Hoard: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field using a metal detector

24th September 2009

Pretty pictures.

A treasure hunter has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, in a find archaeologists have said may be even more significant than the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo 70 years ago.

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Islamists in Pakistan Recruit Entire Families from Europe

24th September 2009

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Although it’s difficult to complain about jihadist families going from Germany to Pakistan. Usually it’s the other way around.

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Latest Jihad Plot Shows Need to Know Koran

24th September 2009

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Since September 11, 2001, this is the single aspect of the terror threat that government and law enforcement analysts, as well as the mainstream media, have consistently ignored, downplayed, denied outright and misunderstood. And this lack of understanding of the motives and goals of those who would destroy us remains our chief handicap in formulating a truly effective response to the global jihad threat.

Ask an Islamic jihadist why he is doing what he is doing, and he invariably makes reference to Koranic imperatives. Muslims who believe the Koran commands them to make war against and subjugate Infidels comprise a global movement, active from Indonesia to Nigeria and extending into Europe and North America.

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Top 10 Ig Nobel award winners for silly science

24th September 2009

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, ya know.

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India’s caste system ‘is thousands of years old’, DNA shows

24th September 2009

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The research challenges the notion that India’s notorious rigid caste system, with its priestly Brahmans and low-status ‘untouchables’, was largely manufactured by the British.

I had never heard that anybody thought the Indian caste system was created by the British. Sounds like one of those wacky notions from the hate-Western-civilization Left.

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Selfridges launches ‘mantyhose’ – tights for men

24th September 2009

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I’m not even going to say anything.

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Watch me Get the ACORN Lawsuit Dismissed in 15 Minutes (or Less)

24th September 2009

Leon Wolfe at The Other McCain actually does the math.

The conversations in question were knowingly exposed in a place of business to two customers who walked in off the streets. There is and can be absolutely no expectation of privacy for the ACORN employees in question.  As such, the conversations are not “private conversations” under the Maryland Wiretap Act as a matter of law.  I found all this in a matter of 15 minutes on Lexis.  I’m sure another 15 (which I don’t have) will find numerous directly applicable precedents under Katz that are completely factually indistinguishable from the present case.  In other words, this case is so totally without legal merit the very filing of it is almost sanctionable.  And putting “they had a reasonable expectation of privacy” in the complaint is not enough for this claim to survive summary dismissal; the court does not have to accept conclusory statements and legal conclusions.

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HP tosses EDS brand

24th September 2009

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The end of an era.

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Tribal Elders Gunned Down by Taliban in Pakistan

24th September 2009

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They know who their enemies are, and they do something about it.

We know who our enemies are, and we do very little about it.

Perhaps that’s why they’re winning.

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Ammo Sales Spike Continues Months After Obama Elected

24th September 2009

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Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation — even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

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

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Feds Probe Hanged Census Worker With ‘Fed’ Scrawled on Chest

24th September 2009

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And so it starts.

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Why It’s So Hard to Make Nuclear Weapons

24th September 2009

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

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1 Million Spiders Make Golden Silk for Rare Cloth

23rd September 2009

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More here.

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FCC’s Diversity Czar: ‘White People’ Need to be Forced to ‘Step Down’ ‘So Someone Else Can Have Power’

23rd September 2009

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I thought we got rid of the political spoils system a hundred years ago — but apparently not. Well, that’s the Chicago way.

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Umberto Eco: The lost art of handwriting

23rd September 2009

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My question is: Where did you see it last?

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Mystery of horned females solved

23rd September 2009

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

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Inside The ACORN Rolodex: ACORN Has Its Own Political Party Other Than the Democrats

23rd September 2009

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For many years it has been speculated that SEIU and ACORN share a common foundation. This seems to suggest as much. In fact, in at least one appearance on the contacts list, an SEIU official has an ACORN email address.

Roger Stone has suggested the Working Families Party is ACORN. Bertha Lewis’s contacts list suggests as much.

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Vice-chancellor: female students are ‘a perk’

23rd September 2009

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And pretty perky those perks can be, too.

Dr Kealey’s piece – on “lust” – said: “Most male lecturers know that, most years, there will be a girl in class who flashes her admiration and who asks for advice on her essays. What to do? Enjoy her! She’s a perk.”

The comments were condemned last night by the National Union of Students who said they displayed an “astounding lack of respect for women”.

I don’t know which is more appalling – the professor’s omments, or the fact that Britain has a “National Union of Students”.

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Even the grizzled Senate Veterans Found this Amazing — Vaporbill

23rd September 2009

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Senate staffers, the true veterans, are cynical and truly difficult to shock simply because they’ve seen it all — personal and political implosions, outrages, bad behavior and the worst motivations.

But this, this shocked even the veterans.

What is this? I call it: Vaporbill.

As you may know, in the great dot com internet bubble, vaporware was software that was sold, but that did not exist yet.

Vaporbill is a bill that has no legislative language but that is brought up before the Senate and cloture is invoked on a 100% blank bill.

I am not kidding.

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AT&T: Fall off the Planet

23rd September 2009

A bad experience with AT&T.

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

Two tin cans and a string give better service than AT&T, and cost far less.

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Quittin’ time

23rd September 2009

Paul Mirengoff at Power Line has a bone to pick with AARP.

My only regret about not being a “joiner” is that I don’t have many opportunities to quit organizations. I am a member of AARP, though, and this is looking like the perfect time to quit.

House Republicans have issued a report providing evidence that AARP is in a position to receive tens of millions of dollars in “kickbacks” if Democratic health care legislation becomes law.

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Buffy The Integrity Slayer

23rd September 2009

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Right, so let’s say you’re Buffy Wicks.  You were the director of the Obama campaign in Missouri, probably doing some “organizing,” you were there during those raucous Texas caucuses, and you were Obama’s California Field Director.  You love you some Barack Obama, and you’re great at what you do, which is rabble rousing “organizing”.  Now you call it “engaging”.  You were great at this when you went after Walmart for the UFCW Union as political director of the WakeUpWalmart campaign.  Anyway, people noticed, and now that your candidate won, there’s a spot for you in the White House!  In fact, when you visit one of your immediate bosses, whether it’s Christina Tchen or Valerie Jarrett, you probably have to pass the Vice-President and Rahm Emanuel’s office before you reach the stairs to the second floor.  Oops, careful Buffy, because if you walk much past those stairs you could walk right into the Oval Office….you are definitely in the White House!

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Alaskan Oil Abundance Versus Washington’s Wasted Billions

23rd September 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder. The government is not your friend, and often is explicitly your enemy.

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The Machine That’s Bankrupting America

23rd September 2009

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No, they’re not talking about the Congressional appropriations process. Being Slate, they’re talking about a medical device that poor people can’t afford unless they’re subsidized by taxpayers, so obviously this means that the system is broken. The complaint seems to be that because we have more MRIs per capita than any other country, we therefore suck. No, I don’t follow their line of thought, either.

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Swedish military bras burst, melt during ‘rigorous exercise’

23rd September 2009

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That explains a lot.

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At Least 6 Federal Laws and Regulations Violated By the NEA Conference Call

22nd September 2009

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

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A Culturally Enriched Courtroom Battle

22nd September 2009

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A number of “youths” are on trial in Copenhagen, charged with attempting to kill a member of the Danish chapter of Hells Angels at his tattoo parlor.

When the trial began, culturally enriched friends of the accused were on hand to yell, threaten, and assault anyone who interfered with them or gave them negative coverage in the press. Needless to say, when the friends of the Hells Angels arrived, they were not at all meek and passive in the face of all that concentrated enrichment.

Friends of those on trial also threatened journalists sent to cover the trial, but a police operation prevented the situation developing.

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Where will synthetic biology lead us?

22nd September 2009

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White Guilt Awareness Day

22nd September 2009

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If you are straight, white, and male, please stand up. Congratulations, you are more privileged than you probably ever realized. Because of your blessed birth, you are responsible for the victimization of thousands of your underprivileged peers. You may not be aware, but implicitly you hate, resent, and distrust everyone who does not look like you. How does this make you feel? No, do not answer. Instead, allow us to tell you how you should be feeling. You should be feeling extremely guilty and ashamed, and in order to move past your racist tendencies and make amends for being born privileged, you should apologize to those you victimize daily. Now, tell us how you feel.

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Black Holes Cannot Exist in Latest Theory of Quantum Gravity

22nd September 2009

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That’s going to spoil a lot of good science fiction stories.

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Welsh steam train forced to used Siberian coal

22nd September 2009

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A steam train in south Wales is using coal transported from Siberia, rather than from its local mine three miles away, due to regulations about how the coal can be transported.

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

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Berkeley: Mecca to Liberal Idiots

22nd September 2009

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I’ve got to admit that I set out to create this video expecting the finished product to be nothing more than tomfoolery as per usual. When I sat down to review the final version however, I realized just how sad/scary this is. These people are our future. They’ll be building our airplanes, teaching in our schools and possibly… running our country. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t trust 90% of these kids with a pair of scissors.  All of this begs the question: how did they get into Berkeley?  More importantly, what the heck are they teaching over there?

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Aversive Racism

22nd September 2009

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So after witnessing the waves of antipathy across the country toward President Obama’s policies, New York Times writer Charles Blow introduces his readers to the term, “aversive racism.” It’s a sinister kind of prejudice, Charles explains, that reveals itself in disagreements based on factors “other than race.”

A simpler definition of aversive racism?

If you say it’s not about race, then it’s really about race.

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Clunk Confirmed

22nd September 2009

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A new paper in The Economists’ Voice concludes that the costs of the “cash for clunkers” program exceed the benefits by approximately $2000 per vehicle.

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

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Politicizing the NEA

22nd September 2009

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If the federal government funds art and other expressive endeavors, politicization is sure to follow.

And that’s a basic argument against the government funding anything except national defense and law enforcement.

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