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Archive for January, 2010

The case that ‘trial by ordeal’ actually worked

31st January 2010

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The ordeal system worked surprisingly well. It accurately determined who was guilty and who was innocent, sorting genuine criminals from those who had been wrongly accused. Stranger still, the ordeal system suggests that pervasive superstition can be good for society. Medieval legal systems leveraged citizens’ superstitious beliefs through ordeals, making it possible to secure criminal justice where it would have otherwise been impossible to do so. Some superstitions, at least, may evolve and persist for a good reason: They help us accomplish goals we couldn’t otherwise accomplish, or accomplish them more cheaply.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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UAE: Pakistani man beats wife to death for “disobedience”

31st January 2010

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

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D’JEver Notice?

31st January 2010

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Was just noticing in the genre of scary ghost movies that also happen to be mysteries, when the time comes to sit down in front of Google or a microfiche reader at the library and figure out what’s going on, for some reason that’s the chick’s job.

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China threatens sanctions over U.S. arms deal

31st January 2010

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How long will it take for Obama to cave? I’m thinking two weeks.

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Obama Using Public Schools To Recruit Agenda Advancing Interns

31st January 2010

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Well, that’s the logical next step.

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Four Guys Named Mo

31st January 2010

Mark Steyn looks at names.

There’s a cute joke at the beginning of David Zucker’s An American Carol in which the Osama wannabe, staking out a scene with his men, calls over his shoulder to one of his minions: “Mohammed!” And approximately 78 of them shout back, “Yes?”

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Interpreter shoots dead two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

30th January 2010

Robert Spencer never tires of repeating inconvenient truths.

As I have pointed out many, many times, there is no reliable way to distinguish a peaceful Muslim from a potentially violent jihadist. It isn’t as if there is one sect of Islam that has renounced and rejected violent jihad and Islamic supremacism, and another that upholds such things. If that were the case, one could rely on the peaceful group and shun the group that taught violence. But contrary to popular belief, every mainstream Islamic sect and school of Islamic law teaches the necessity to subjugate unbelievers, by force if necessary, under the hegemony of Islamic law. The U.S. government, of course, denies this fact and bases numerous policies upon the assumption that the vast majority of Muslims share universally accepted notions of human rights, and abhor jihad terrorism. This is the fruit of that false assumption.

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Distilled Geography: Europe’s Alcohol Belts

30th January 2010

An Informative Map

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More Washington

30th January 2010

Mark Steyn moves beyond cowbell.

But in America Barack Obama is talking.

Talking, talking, talking. He talked for 70 minutes at the State of the Union. No matter how many geckos you shoveled down your briefs, you still lost all feeling in your legs. And still he talked. If you had an erogenous zone before he started, by the end it was undetectable even to Frenchmen. But on he talked. As respected poverty advocate Sen. John Edwards commented, “After the first hour, even my malevolent genie was back in the bottle.”

Like any gifted orator, the president knows how to vary the talk with a little light and shade. Sometimes he hectors, sometimes he whines, sometimes he demands. He hectored the Supreme Court. He whined about all the problems he inherited. He demanded Congress put a jobs bill on his desk. Or was it a desk job on his bill? No matter. He does Nixon impressions, too: “We do not quit,” he said.

Boy, you can say that again!

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Property developer who hid luxury home inside barn wins battle against eviction

30th January 2010

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Notice the lengths to which people will go to live free in spite of oppressive government regulation.

Sometimes it even works.

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Is this the death of the kettle?

30th January 2010

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The Quooker supplies instant boiling water through a tap, connected to a small tank hidden in a cupboard underneath the work surface or sink. The heavily insulated three-litre tank is linked to the water supply and heated electrically to keep it at 100C. There is a safety catch to stop children accidentally burning themselves.

I’d buy it.

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New Data Shows No Decrease In Crashes After Driving While Yakking Laws Were Implemented

30th January 2010

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Not that the Nanny State laws against doing that will be repealed, oh no — God forbid any governmental entity would consult Actual Facts in formulating policy.

Many will interpret this as meaning that people are obeying the law and it doesn’t matter. I think it more likely that people are just ignoring the law and, again, it doesn’t matter. The key thing to take away from it in either case, however, is that IT DOESN’T MATTER.

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Can Bosses Do That? As It Turns Out, Yes They Can

30th January 2010

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But they can’t shoot you or put you in jail, as the minions of government can, so ask yourself why NPR is wasting time on this crap when Obama is out there with his hand in your wallet.

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The Jihadist Next Door

30th January 2010

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It doesn’t matter how ‘assimilated’ a Muslim seems, he can turn on you in an instant. Time to wake up and smell the cordite.

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The Misanthrope’s Guide to the End of the World

30th January 2010

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Hey, you didn’t have anything else to do today, right?

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(One Of Many Reasons) Why Students Hate Algebra

30th January 2010

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How to Fall 35,000 Feet—And Survive

30th January 2010

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Whether you’re attached to crumpled fuselage or just plain falling, the concept you’ll be most interested in is terminal velocity.

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

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Pa. Man Accused of Burning Puppy in Front of Kids

30th January 2010

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Some people just don’t do well as parents.

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Climate Chief Knew of False Glacier Claims Before Copenhagen

30th January 2010

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Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. He failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted by several leading glaciologists.

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

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Bear chases man after being shot with tranquilliser dart

29th January 2010

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And who could blame him?

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Hitler responds to the iPad

29th January 2010

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I know exactly how he feels.

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Grumpiness is a sign of advanced civilisation

29th January 2010

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Shucks, I knew it all the time.

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We need more than English to understand the world around us

29th January 2010

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Yeah, Latin and Greek would raise the tone of the country beyond measure.

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Police: Remains buried under driveway are lottery winner

29th January 2010

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Water vapour is a major cause of global warming and cooling find scientists

29th January 2010

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Obama Girl Tells Hannity ‘At Least I Wasn’t The Edwards Girl’

29th January 2010

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She’s got a point.

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Caritas in the Veritable Welfare State

29th January 2010

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One wishes to speak carefully here, but without letting pass a compound of willful ignorance, crude ethics, and cruder social doctrine: a compound, indeed, of the sorts of small, soft hearted errors that transform charity into social work, love of the Body of Christ into “altruism,” and a sense of personal obligation to a scheme of bureaucratic methods for getting others to pay for my sense of moral obligation.  Let us note a few things.

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State of the Union Addresses

29th January 2010

Rick Brookhiser nails it.

Modern SOTUs are vulgar—I haven’t watched one in fifteen years—because modern oratory is vulgar. The speeches are hefty bags of little points, and presidents fumble through them, pulling out one after another, milking their applause lines. Reagan added the grotesque custom of shouting out to heroes in the audience.

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The Ideological History of the Supreme Court, 1937–2007

29th January 2010

Visualize it.

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Superfast Bullet Trains Are Finally Coming to the U.S.

29th January 2010

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Yet another unsustainable drain on the taxpayer wallet. You’d think that these people would learn.

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The Battle Over Rare Earth Metals

29th January 2010

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Guess who needs ‘em? Us.

These 15 consecutive lanthanide elements have, uniquely among all the elements in the periodic table, chemical properties so similar that they are difficult and expensive to separate from one another. However, once these metals have been separated from one another, the individual physical properties of these materials put them in today’s top tier of the rarest and in many cases the most critical of metals for technological application. These metals are used to manufacture environmentally friendly products such as electric cars and in alternative power generating technologies such as wind turbines.

Guess who owns ‘em? China.

The main accessible concentrations of the rare earths are found in China, where more than 95% of rare earths are now produced. Over the last seven years, China has reduced the amount of rare earths available for export by some 40%.

Chinese officials are openly concerned that the elements mined in the Bayanobo region are so valuable and important to China’s technological future that they must be conserved for future Chinese use. Rare earth production is or may soon be too low to keep up with growing demand.

For the rest of the world, the problem is that the rare earths which the Chinese deem so important to their technological and green future are already critical for maintaining the West’s technological and green present, let alone a future of green growth and sustainable production.

Does that bother you? It bothers me.

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Why The iPad Is Crap Futurism

29th January 2010

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Apple is marketing the iPad as a computer, when really it’s nothing more than a media-consumption device – a convergence television, if you will. Think of it this way: One of the fundamental attributes of computers is that they are interactive and reconfigurable. You can change the way a computer behaves at a very deep level. Interactivity on the iPad consists of touching icons on the screen to change which application you’re using. Hardly more interactive than changing channels on a TV. Sure, you can compose a short email or text message; you can use the Brushes app to draw a sketch. But those activities are not the same thing as programming the device to do something new. Unlike a computer, the iPad is simply not reconfigurable.

The iPad has all the problems of television, with none of the benefits of computers.

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Why houses?

29th January 2010

Rather than cubicles.

Development is a unique job with unique requirements.  Two requirements that stand out are the need to work for stretches of time in complete isolation, concentrating intently on a problem, combined with the necessity of group collaboration.  How, we asked, could we create a workspace that grants a developer access to both complete isolation, while allowing instant collaboration?  We’d tried all manner of offices and desk arrangements in the past, then thought, why not build everyone their own house?  On wheels.

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Will a Space Cannon Fuel the Next Moon Landing?

29th January 2010

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Probably not, but it’s a fun idea.

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Official: Russia Tests New Stealth Fighter Jet

29th January 2010

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A reminder to Obama (which he and his folks will ignore) that we need to keep developing the F-22 and the F-35. The Russians and Chinese are not our friends, never have been, never will be.

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Dungeons & Dragons Limited Edition Spellcasting Soda

28th January 2010

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I am not making this up.

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SOG Spearhead Knife

28th January 2010

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Me want.

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Benito Mussolini speeches become Apple iTunes hit

28th January 2010

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Fortunately, Obama doesn’t speak Italian, otherwise the resemblance would be truly frightening.

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Bank Sues Identity Fraud Victim After $800,000 Removed From Its Account

28th January 2010

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Recently, we pointed out that what’s often called “identity theft” involving someone falsifying bank account info to take your money is really nothing of the sort, but is instead a bank robbery where the victim gets blamed.

And watch the video, which is as funny as a ‘Get a Mac’ ad.

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Eat the Rich: Oregon’s Solution to Its Fiscal Crisis

28th January 2010

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Until they run out, of course. Then what will they do?

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Vanderbilt Muslim professor admits that Islam mandates death for homosexuals

28th January 2010

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FDR: Tax Increases Don’t Apply to Me

28th January 2010

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What People Do at Best Buy

28th January 2010

An Informative Chart.

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Historian Martin J. Sklar Makes the Case for Eric Holder’s Impeachment

28th January 2010

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The case for impeachment of Eric Holder has been made boldly and forcefully by a friend and colleague, the distinguished economic historian of recent America, Martin J. Sklar.  He has done so in a Memo on the issue of War and the Law that he has been privately circulating.  He has given me permission to summarize and quote from what I consider to be a compelling case.

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Saudi Arabia: Christian migrant workers forced to convert to Islam

28th January 2010

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

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State of the Union Myth/Fact: Government-Run Healthcare

28th January 2010

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Obama lies, and health care dies.

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Predictions about the iPad

28th January 2010

Tyler Cowen thinks he’s figured it out.

My theory is that Apple wants to capture a chunk of the revenue in this nation’s enormous textbook market — high school, college, whatever.  Why lug all those books around?  The superior Apple graphics, colors, and fonts will support all of the textbook features which Kindle botches and destroys.  Apple takes a chunk of the market revenue, of course, plus they sell the iPads and some AT&T contracts.  There are lots of schoolkids in the world.

In the longer run the iPad will compete with your university, or in some ways enhance your university.  It will offer homework services and instructional videos and courses, none of which can work well on the current iPhone or Kindle.

Can you imagine one attached to every hospital bed or in the hands of every doctor and nurse?

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Recession boosts Mafia profits

28th January 2010

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Doing well by doing good.

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Simulated volcanic eruptions to block sun

28th January 2010

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A geoengineering project to block the sun by simulating volcanic eruptions would be 100 times cheaper than cutting greenhouse gas emissions, climate change scientists said.

Be the first on your block to cause Nuclear Winter at public expense.

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Couple are first to sell olives grown in Britain

28th January 2010

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