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Archive for March, 2010

How to Make Fresh Pasta

31st March 2010

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Google Envelopes turns Gmail into snail mail, wraps it in precisely routed Maps printout

31st March 2010

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This presumes that postal employees can read a map. We know that they can’t read a clock.

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Habsburg emperor’s great-nephew fights to rule Austria again

31st March 2010

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Dr Ulrich Habsburg-Lothringen is barred from running for Austria’s presidency by his country’s republican constitution, drawn up when the last Habsburg Emperor Charles I was forced to abdicate power in 1918.

Dr Habsburg, who has three children and six grandchildren, is angry that he and his descendants are discriminated against while candidates with a Nazi past, such as Kurt Waldheim, Austria’s president between 1986 and 1992, are not.

Not an unreasonable position.

A member of the environmentalist Green party since 1987, in a province governed for years by the far-right, Dr Habsburg has little in common with his imperial ancestors who once ruled much of Europe.

Oh, boy, just what we need – another blue-blood kook. To hell with him.

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Embracing the Silence

31st March 2010

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Lately I’ve been having conversations with a friend about the importance of the menial, everyday tasks in our lives, and how they provide wonderful opportunities to let our minds loose to roam, explore, and process.

Doing the dishes.

Running a handpress.

Mowing the lawn.

Driving to work, without listening to the radio or CD player.

Sewing.

Ironing.

Sorting all of the pieces of shrimp out of a plate of shrimp fried rice because you love fried rice but detest shrimp. (U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CVA-67, 1970)

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They Know They’re Better Than We Are

31st March 2010

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I don’t think Sean Penn is kooky; I just think he likes Communists.

The stupidity of supposedly smart men can be simply stunning. And that stupidity is not random; it tends to almost always go in the same direction, that of failing to understand the workings of the totalitarian and tyrannical mindset.

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Top 10 Women Men Should Avoid Dating

31st March 2010

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Truly, one can find anything on the internet.

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Runners, Watchers, and Squatters

31st March 2010

Scott Adams tries his hand at taxonomy.

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10 Rules for Dealing with Police

31st March 2010

Cato Institute.

If a free society depends upon an informed citizenry exercising oversight of its government, then more people need to know how to handle themselves in a police encounter. Is cooperation always the best course of action? Or are there times to assert the constitutional right to refuse consent to a search of one’s home or belongings? A new documentary film answers those questions and more in an informative and entertaining series of skits narrated by Baltimore trial attorney Billy Murphy (from HBO’s The Wire). Learn how the safeguards of the Bill of Rights operate outside of the courthouse and on the street. Learn how to make smart decisions and respond effectively to police misconduct.

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Why Feminism Inevitably Leads to Socialism

31st March 2010

Alex Birch lays it out.

Feminism will inevitably lead to socialism, because it’s deeply rooted in an entitlement-based philosophy. Feminism assumes women as individuals are incapable of rising up against its oppressive environment to fulfill themselves. Instead it wants the government to do it for them. Just like racial-based affirmative action oddly assumes racial minorities are too incompetent to organize and create a better future for themselves, gender-based affirmative action paves way for never-ending welfare programs, specially designed for women.

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Video: Making Maple Syrup at Christopher Kimball’s Farm in Vermont

31st March 2010

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Shocking News: Donations Follow Opinions – Who Knew?

31st March 2010

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The Greenpeace noise machine managed to persuade the Guardian to publish a “shocking” article detailing the amazing fact that donors tend to support groups that advocate points of view with which they generally agree.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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A high-fat breakfast of bacon and eggs may be the healthiest start to the day, report shows

31st March 2010

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For the first meal eaten after a night’s sleep appears to programme the metabolism for the rest of the day, the researchers found.

And the age-old maxim “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” may in fact be the best advice to follow to prevent metabolic syndrome, according to a new University of Alabama at Birmingham study.

Shucks, we knew it all the time.

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UK conference on Islam in Italy boasts of coming Islamic conquest

31st March 2010

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Never forget that a primary goal of Islam is world conquest, and has been for the past 1400 years. Communists are amateurs with ADD compared to Muslims.

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The Skinny on What Makes Fatburger So Good

31st March 2010

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Chicago’s Real Crime Story

31st March 2010

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This past September, a cell-phone video of Chicago students beating a fellow teen to death coursed over the airwaves and across the Internet. None of the news outlets that had admiringly reported on Obama’s community-organizing efforts mentioned that the beating involved students from the very South Side neighborhoods where the president had once worked. Obama’s connection to the area was suddenly lost in the mists of time.

Throughout his four years working for “change” in Chicago’s Roseland and Altgeld Gardens neighborhoods, Obama ignored the primary cause of their escalating dysfunction: the disappearance of the black two-parent family. Obama wasn’t the only activist to turn away from the problem of absent fathers, of course; decades of failed social policy, both before and after his time in Chicago, were just as blind. And that myopia continues today, guaranteeing that the current response to Chicago’s youth violence will prove as useless as Obama’s activities were 25 years ago.

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Scientists decode DNA of ‘black diamond’ truffle

31st March 2010

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Call me when they clone one.

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Can bankruptcy save California’s cities from staggering pension obligations?

31st March 2010

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As California cities and counties struggle to fulfill the generous pay and pension commitments that they made to public employees during flush economic times, some politicians have taken comfort in a usually forbidding word: bankruptcy. Top officials in Los Angeles and San Diego have raised the B-word in recent weeks, and almost everyone is paying attention to developments in Vallejo (population 117,000), on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. The blue-collar port city filed for bankruptcy in May 2008, after it couldn’t pay its bills. Now, observers are watching to see whether Vallejo—the biggest California city to file for bankruptcy so far—offers a road map out of the mire.

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Should I Go To Class Today?

31st March 2010

A Useful Chart.

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Our Rare Earth Problem: Why Green Jobs Won’t Be Created Here

31st March 2010

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A perfect demonstration of the economic reality of our non-competitive labor rates can be seen in the decision of BP to shut down a solar-panel manufacturing plant in Frederick, Maryland. The plant was expanded with great fanfare three and a half years ago, and green jobs were the order of the day. BP was to pour $70 million into the expansion, but instead, they’ll be moving their production to—surprise!—China and India. BP will be laying off about 300 people here, and, as they can’t find any buyers for their building, they’ll be tearing it down. The Washington Post (a frequent “green energy” booster) now points out that BP, which once (fatuously) declared its new mission as moving “Beyond Petroleum,” is still “committed” to solar power, just not here. “‘We remain absolutely committed to solar,’ BP chief executive Tony Hayward said in an interview Friday. But he said BP was ‘moving to where we can manufacture cheaply.’”

And for those who doubted the United States would be balked in leading the green-power revolution because of obscure rare earth elements that nobody can pronounce (Dysprosium, anyone? Neodymium? Yttrium?), the evidence is becoming overwhelming that we will indeed be stymied by our lack of supply. As Daniel McGroarty, a principal of the Carmot Strategic Group observes, China is involved in an intentional strategy to ensure that the Chinese, not the United States, will be the ones building the green devices of tomorrow. And it’s not only the obvious devices, like windmills and solar panels. China will be making your compact fluorescent bulbs, your power-saving computer monitor, cell-phone display, fiber-optic cables, automotive components, and much more.

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How Is the Stimulus Money Allocated?

31st March 2010

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Unemployment isn’t a factor, but politics is. Your stimulus dollars at work.

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

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Democrats blame a vast CEO conspiracy.

31st March 2010

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A White House staffer told the American Spectator that “These are Republican CEOs who are trying to embarrass the President and Democrats in general. Where do you hear about this stuff? The Wall Street Journal editorial page and conservative Web sites. No one else picked up on this but you guys. It’s BS.” (We called the White House for elaboration but got no response.)

Oh, I think that the White House and Democrats are doing a fine job of embarrassing themselves all on their own.

In other words, CEOs who must abide by U.S. accounting laws under pain of SEC sanction, and who warned about such writedowns for months, are merely trying to ruin President Obama’s moment of glory. Sure.

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Chocolate Goat’s Milk Ice Cream

31st March 2010

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I am not making this up.

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Barack Meretrix

31st March 2010

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A historic figure making history, this is emerging as an over-arching theme—if not obsession—in the Obama presidency. In Iowa, a day after signing health care into law, he put himself into competition with history. If history shapes men, “We still have the power to shape history.” But this adds up to one thing: He is likely to be the most liberal president in American history. And, oddly, he may be a more effective liberal precisely because his liberalism is something he uses more than he believes in. As the far left constantly reminds us, he is not really a true believer. Rather liberalism is his ticket to grandiosity and to historical significance.

In terms of the classic dichotomy, Barack is President in order to ‘be’ rather than in order to ‘do’. And YOU are paying for all this narcissism; rather handsomely, too. Aren’t you proud?

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CIA says ACLU-backed plan endangered Gitmo officers

31st March 2010

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The agency’s “tiger team” of security specialists was dispatched as part of an ongoing investigation conducted jointly with the Justice Department into a program backed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The program, called the John Adams Project, has photographed covert CIA interrogators and shown the pictures to some of the five senior al Qaeda terrorists held there in an effort to identify them further.

The team also expressed concerns about the inmates’ access to laptop computers in the past. Some of the inmates who are representing themselves in legal proceedings were granted laptop computers without Internet access. However, the officials fear that future unfavorable court rulings could provide the inmates with the capability of communicating outside the island prison.

Treason doth never prosper; what’s the reason?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

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Hutchinson Will Stay

31st March 2010

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

Sort of validates my vote for her opponent in the primary for Governor.

I’m opening a book on whether she runs for another term. I hope she does, so that I can vote for her opponent in that primary, too.

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Reasons Not to Conform

31st March 2010

An Informative Chart.

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Greenpeace criticizes Apple for carbon footprint of iPad cloud

31st March 2010

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Next: Apple criticizes Greenpeace for being stuck in the sixties, refusing to get with the new millenium.

(I wish.)

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Can Maureen Dowd Ever Forgive Paul Krugman?

31st March 2010

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Maureen Dowd, the Times’s op-ed columnist for angry, single, middle-aged, Upper West Side women who talk to their cats, ends her rant against the pope today by stomping her feet and hurling the ultimate zinger at the Vatican’s legal experts:

“Maybe they worked for Enron.”

Paul was just doing his job. ‘Tis the season for reconciliation, Maureen.

Programs! Get your programs here! You can’t tell who’s getting paid off by who without a program!

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An auctioneer has been fined £1,000 and left with a criminal record for trying to sell a chest of drawers containing 100-year-old birds’ eggs.

31st March 2010

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Jim Railton, 57, fell foul of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act by offering the Edwardian cabinet for sale because of what was inside.

The RSPB saw the item – complete with 54 eggs from species including herring gull and guillemot inside – and informed Northumbria Police.

An inquiry was launched and the auctioneer was arrested, questioned and had to give a DNA sample.

His legal saga ended at Alnwick magistrates, where he was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim’s surcharge.

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

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Drunk man killed by pack of dogs in Australian town

31st March 2010

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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A schoolgirl has been killed in a coach crash as Britain was blasted by ”absolutely atrocious” snowstorms – four days into British Summer Time.

31st March 2010

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How’s that Global Warming working out for you?

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Judge, He Needed Killin’

31st March 2010

Check it out. Why is this person still alive?

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Disney Isn’t What It Used to Be

31st March 2010

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Why I Stay Away From ‘Amusement Parks’

31st March 2010

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Bali: tourist falls to death in crater of active volcano

31st March 2010

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The system works.

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Spanish air hostesses pose naked to publicise unpaid wages

31st March 2010

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Very curious. Apparently modern feminism has some odd quirks.

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Cher’s daughter changes name to reflect sex change

31st March 2010

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Chastity Sun Bono, the singer’s daughter with her first husband Sonny Bono, applied to a Los Angeles court to change her name to Chaz Salvatore.

Not something one expects to see at 5:48 in the morning.

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Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James ‘checks into treatment facility’

31st March 2010

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When did character flaws become medical problems?

In the Good Old Days, people who had screwed up went on pilgrimages, did penance, and spent time in monasteries to get their heads straight. Nowadays they check into rehab, which typically has a spa and access to Good Drugs. How life has changed.

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Business Lessons

31st March 2010

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Eet mor chikin.

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Facts you didn’t know about goldfish

31st March 2010

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

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McDonald’s Customer Crawls Through Drive-Thru for Fish Sandwich

31st March 2010

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Police said the customer crawled out of his car and into the drive thru window to get his fish sandwich, after slapping the McDonald’s employee in the face.

‘Course, this was in New York. (Ohhhhhohhhhhhohhhh….)

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The Hostility Follies

31st March 2010

Jonah Goldberg is outraged.

Columnist Paul Krugman, who encouraged liberals to hang Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) in effigy, is concerned about right-wing “eliminationist rhetoric.” The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy can’t stand the incivility of the tea partiers, which is why he wants to “knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.” Frank Rich says the mantra “take our country back” is now code for a white racist backlash — though it was an apparently fine Democratic applause line when George W. Bush was president.

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Obama has launched a new entitlement: an entitlement to one’s own facts.

31st March 2010

Tony Blankley points and laughs.

The late, splendid Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once famously asserted, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” The senator was wrong. (Of course, for those of us who still believe that objectivity is objective, a fact is still a fact, though the heavens may fall.)

The key word here is “entitled.” In today’s entitlement-crazy Washington, not only do folks believe that about half the country is entitled to other people’s money and health-insurance policies, they feel they are entitled to their own facts to support their claim to other people’s money and health-insurance policies.

Not only that, they believe they are entitled to their own facts to describe the character and conduct of their political opponents. The Democratic party collectively smeared scores of millions of American tea-party participants as racist, homophobic, violent terrorists in the absence of a single verified fact in support of even one such incident being attributable to a single individual. Nor did their media pals even bother with the word “alleged.”

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Traditional schools aren’t working. Let’s move learning online.

31st March 2010

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The reality of American education is often quite different. Beige classrooms are filled with note-passers and texters, who casually ignore teachers struggling to make it to the end of the 50-minute period. Smart kids are bored, and slower kids are left behind. Anxiety about standardized tests is high, and scores are consistently low. National surveys find that parents despair over the quality of education in the United States — and they’re right to, as test results confirm again and again.

But just as most Americans disapprove of congressional shenanigans while harboring some affection for their own representative, parents tend to say that their child’s teacher is pretty good. Most people have mixed feelings about their own school days, but our national romance with teachers is deep and long-standing. Which is why the idea of kids staring at computers instead of teachers makes parents and politicians extremely nervous.

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Here’s What A $100,000 Salary Gets You In 20 Global Cities

31st March 2010

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Obama to Unveil Offshore Oil Drilling Plans

31st March 2010

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This is just too amusing for words.

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Cooking Some Bacon – The Machine Gun Method

30th March 2010

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Nigeria: Islamic court makes temporary injunction against online debate of Sharia provisions permanent

30th March 2010

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Many people don’t realize that freedom of speech has no value in Islam. None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

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CNN lost “almost half” of their viewers in the last year

30th March 2010

Heh.

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Commuting

30th March 2010

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A few years ago, the Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer announced the discovery of a new human foible, which they called “the commuters paradox”. They found that, when people are choosing where to live, they consistently underestimate the pain of a long commute. This leads people to mistakenly believe that the big house in the exurbs will make them happier, even though it might force them to drive an additional hour to work.

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