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Archive for April, 2010

A new tool makes etching extremely small features relatively easy and cheap.

30th April 2010

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn demands refund of campaign cash as Crist dumps GOP in Florida Senate race

30th April 2010

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Wonder whether he ever got any back from Arlen Specter. Don’t recall him asking.

Cornyn needs to review his own proclivity to give cash to RINOs in primary contests. That’s the major malfunction here. Mote, meet beam — take whatever action you deem appropriate.

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U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women’s Rights

30th April 2010

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If that doesn’t demonstrate for all time the total worthlessness of the U.N., I don’t know what would.

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Man Who Found Next-Generation iPhone in Bar ‘Regrets His Mistake’

30th April 2010

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Yeah, now that he might go to jail. I don’t imagine that he plans to give the $5,000 back, or turn it over to Apple.

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Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law

29th April 2010

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

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No Parking Zona

29th April 2010

Now that’s comedy.

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From the Trading Desk

29th April 2010

Derb reports from Wall Street.

Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.

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How many languages does the world need?

29th April 2010

Half Sigma doesn’t realize that there are people in the world who can’t bear to throw anything away. Typically these people wind up with 400 cats and a house full of stacked old newspapers and magazines. But add a Ph.D. and you get the dying-language hand-wringers.

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The Dilbert Cookbook

29th April 2010

Scott Adams needs to get with Michael Ruhlman.

Don’t get me started on the gadgetry of cooking. I could spend hours learning about the best types of bottle openers, the best sauté pans, and the difference between convection and regular microwaving. When we were shopping for a refrigerator for our new home, I totally geeked out learning about how some fridges circulate air between the freezer and the regular fridge, which is apparently suboptimal for freshness. If you’ve read this far, you know what I’m talking about. Cooking tools are way cooler than the food itself.

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Algorithm Reveals Secrets of Leaf Shape

29th April 2010

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A woman who took up beekeeping as a hobby because she was worried about the decline in their numbers has died after being stung.

29th April 2010

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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The Trouble with “Merit”

29th April 2010

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First, the meritocracy is based on an overly narrow definition of talent. Our system rewards those who can amass technical knowledge. But this skill is only marginally related to the skill of being sensitive to context. It is not related at all to skills like empathy. Over the past years, we’ve seen very smart people make mistakes because they didn’t understand the context in which they were operating.

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What Are Your Food Rules?

29th April 2010

Michael Pollan, like most members of the Crust, can’t wait to tell you how you ought to live.

My food rules are:

  1. Food is something that once had a face.
  2. I refuse to eat ‘food’ that originated in a country whose per capita GDP is less than one of my paychecks.
  3. I refuse to eat ‘food’ that originated in a country where the people are trying to move here. (They know something that you don’t, and it probably involves the ‘food’.)

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Blame Obama, Not the System

29th April 2010

Rich Lowry speaks (well, writes) wisdom.

We’ve heard how it takes 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate. But prior to Scott Brown, Obama had 60 votes. He couldn’t forge a consensus within his own party because he never convinced his base to settle for anything less than the outer edge of the possible. And here the example of Evan Bayh is telling.

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10 Ways To Make Yourself (And Everyone Around You) Miserable

29th April 2010

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Be the first on your block to complete all ten. I’ll race you.

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Sheep from Goats: the rise in long-term unemployment

29th April 2010

Eric Raymond is always worth reading.

I said “Increasingly it’s not just the classic hard-core unemployables (alcoholics, criminal deviants, crazies) that can’t pull enough weight to justify a paycheck; it’s the marginal ones, the mediocre, and the mildly dysfunctional.” And I pointed at a cause: “We’ve spent the last seventy years increasing the hidden overhead and downside risks associated with hiring a worker — which meant the minimum revenue-per-employee threshold below which hiring doesn’t make sense has crept up and up and up, gradually. This effect was partly masked by credit and asset bubbles, but those have now popped.”

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Illegal Aliens: Law and Sovereignty in Arizona

29th April 2010

Andy McCarthy is always worth reading.

The consent of the governed, it is worth remembering, is the only just source of the power that government wields in a free society. One cannot consent to what one cannot know. Thus, there can be no legitimate government if, as Madison put it in Federalist No. 62, “the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.”

Maybe that’s the Obama administration’s problem with Arizona’s new law: It is too short (16 pages), too clear, and too reflective of the popular will. Unlike the social scientists in Nancy Pelosi’s federal laboratory, state lawmakers didn’t need to pass the law first in order to find out what was in it. Essentially, it criminalizes (as a state misdemeanor) something that is already illegal (namely, being present in the United States in violation of federal law), and it directs law-enforcement officers to, yes, enforce the law. Democrats and their media echo-chamber regard this as radical; for most of us, it is what’s known as common sense.

And here’s another commonsense proposition: A government that abdicates our national defense against outside forces is no longer a government worth having.

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Common flower could revolutionise treatment of leukemia

29th April 2010

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An extract from the white flower commonly known as Baby’s Breath can boost the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs by a million times, according to experts.

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US military ‘to seek death penalty over Fort Hood massacre’

29th April 2010

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It is a measure of how much the world has changed that something like this is considered news.

When I was in the Navy, he would have been tried and hanged by now.

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Putting to bed that whole racial profiling deal

29th April 2010

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Shining a little reality on the make-believe world of the lily-white Crusitian Narrative.

To the people out there, apparently they see these tiny minorities and think of police singling them out as illegal aliens, because in the greater beltway area that group stands out as a foreign element. Not so here in California and Arizona.

You really think that police would or could see a full quarter-to-third of the population and honestly think that just looking like them would cause a reasonable suspicion of illegal immigration status? Do you east coasters think that we, living in states where government-defined “minorities” are the majority (or quickly becoming so) of the population, stare at everyone who looks “hispanic” and suspect something?

Seriously. If the Arizona cops thought they had to stop one out of four people, the law would stop being enforced in a week. Just think, people, before you accuse.

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To Comedy Central, Islam Means Submission

29th April 2010

Clifford May cuts to the core of the matter.

What do Comedy Central and Yale University Press have in common? In the Islamist war against free speech, both have been on the front lines. And both have surrendered.

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OAS Criticizes Arizona Immigration Enforcement Measure; Press Has Ignored Mexico’s Harsher Laws for Years

29th April 2010

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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First Principles

29th April 2010

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A society is formed by the voluntary bonding of individuals into overlapping, ever-changing groups whose members strive to serve each others’ emotional and material needs. Government — regardless of its rhetoric — is an outside force that cannot possibly replicate societal bonding, or even foster it. At best, government can help preserve society — as it does when it deters aggression from abroad or administers justice. But in the main, government corrodes society by destroying bonds between individuals and dictating the terms of social and economic intercourse — as it does through countless laws, regulations, and programs, from Social Security to farm subsidies, from corporate welfare to the hapless “war” on drugs, from the minimum wage to affirmative action. On balance, the greatest threat to society is government itself.

And that is libertarianism in a nutshell.

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US approves its first offshore wind farm at Cape Cod

29th April 2010

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Most of the power, of course, will be obtained from the rapidly rotating corpse of the late Liberal Lion, Senator Ted Kennedy. The wind farm is just there for cover, as in money laundering.

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California’s ‘Zero Energy House’ is actually massive fossil hog

29th April 2010

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‘Zenergy’ eco-home gets award from local senator anyway.

Of course. Facts can’t be allowed to stand in the way of The Narrative.

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Some ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Fight Arizona’s New Immigration Law Without Offering Sanctuary

29th April 2010

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As San Francisco and other “sanctuary cities” declare war on Arizona over its new law  cracking down on illegal immigrants, most state and local governments that provide a safe haven to undocumented workers refused to publicly roll out a welcome mat for the estimated 440,000 illegals in the Grand Canyon state.

‘Progressives’ always talk a good fight, but it’s always just talk. They never put their money where their mouth is, because, well, it’s money. ‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’

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San Francisco Leads Charge to Boycott Arizona, But Calls Could Spark Backlash

29th April 2010

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Mayor Gavin Newsom this week suspended all non-essential travel for city employees going to Arizona, meaning no conference in Scottsdale next weekend for members of the city’s housing authorities. The city’s Board of Supervisors also has taken the first step toward an economic boycott, a move that could result in the suspension of existing contracts with Arizona-based companies and a ban on new ones.

San Fransisco won’t do business with us. Oh, don’t throw us in that briar patch.

The problem with boycotts is that they never succeed unless enforced by law, and often not even then. Markets work, even when you don’t want them to.

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Pirates rewrite script for Apple’s China iPad launch

29th April 2010

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Apple recently delayed the iPad’s international launch after huge demand in the United States caught the maker of trendy iPhones and MacBooks off guard. But Chinese consumers looking for knock-offs of the company’s latest must-have product need look no further than this teeming electronics mall in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boomtown near the border with Hong Kong.

Hefty and thickset with three USB ports and a more rectangular shape than the original, this knock-off with iPad aspirations, which runs a Windows operating system, looks more like a giant iPhone. It costs 2,800 yuan ($410), making it slightly cheaper than the iPad’s $499-$699 price tag.

In theory, the whole point of ‘intellectual property’ laws was to foster innovation, the underlying premise being that people wouldn’t innovate without a law-guaranteed return on their investment. As with many fine-sounding theories, that would appear not to reflect what happens in the real world. It would seem time to rethink the whole issue … but, of course, that’s not going to happen.

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Documents show Stalin signed Katyn death warrants

28th April 2010

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Dating by blood type in Japan

28th April 2010

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When reading science fiction, I refuse to accept as credible any alien species that isn’t at least as strange as the Japanese.

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Author of British Government Memo Insulting Pope Not Afraid for His Life

28th April 2010

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In response, British officials quickly apologized, and announced that the responsible party had been verbally reprimanded, and shifted to other duties. Note that he wasn’t fired, he isn’t living in hiding under 24-hour guard, and that the streets did not fill with crowds of ranting Irish and Polish youths demanding his death. There hasn’t been an international campaign of violence and intimidation aimed at Englishmen. The bigoted bureaucrat was simply shifted to another job. Hmm…. It almost makes you think that some religions operate differently than others.

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New RNC Site: Obama v. Constitution

28th April 2010

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Indonesia: Thousands of enraged Muslims attack Christian center, destroy cars, burn buildings

28th April 2010

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Why? There were rumors that the Christians were going to build a church. Sharia forbids Christians to build new churches or repair old ones.

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Racial Profiling: Let’s Cut a Deal

28th April 2010

Peter Kirsanow has an idea:

The statute’s opponents, including President Obama, agree not to support racial profiling in college admissions, public employment, the awarding of government contracts, or in their descriptions of tea partiers, critics of Obamacare, talk-radio hosts, and Cambridge cops. In return, supporters of the Arizona law agree to insert a provision explicitly prohibiting racial profiling.

Oh, wait — that provision’s already in there.

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FDA hassling Amish over raw milk.

28th April 2010

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You can have libertarian Republicans – and, as libertarians are no doubt eager to point out, you can certainly have hypocritical ‘libertarian’ Republicans – but the Democrats are a liberal-run political party these days, and liberals like to expand the state. That’s what liberals do. This can be disconcerting to counter-culture types that are not on the Left’s list of protected lifestyle choices.

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A Few Extra Pounds Might Not Hurt

28th April 2010

Hah!

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Disassembled household appliances

28th April 2010

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

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Filmmaker Peter Jackson made knight in New Zealand

28th April 2010

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Time for Border Security?

28th April 2010

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Thirteen years ago, the Border Patrol began to build a wall extending 14 miles along the Mexican border south of San Diego. Part of it was made of old landing mats from Vietnam; other parts were erected from steel mesh. Before the wall, it was estimated that over 500,000 illegal immigrants streamed across that stretch of California each year. By 2005, the New York Times reported, that number was down to 138,000. The area’s crime rate also dropped significantly.

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The Deregulation Myth

28th April 2010

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The great villain in the deregulation myth is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1999, which repealed some restrictions of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, namely those preventing bank holding companies from owning other kinds of financial firms. Critics charge that Gramm-Leach-Bliley broke down the walls between banks and other kinds of financial institutions, thereby allowing enormous systemic risk to percolate through the financial world. This critique is the keystone of the “blame deregulation” case, but it doesn’t hold up: While Gramm-Leach-Bliley did facilitate a number of mergers and the general consolidation of the financial-services industry, it did not eliminate restrictions on traditional depository banks’ securities activities. In any case, it was investment banks, such as Lehman Brothers, that were at the center of the crisis, and they would have been able to make the same bad investments if Gramm-Leach-Bliley had never been passed.

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How Mexico Treats Illegal Aliens

28th April 2010

Michelle Malkin exposes a dirty little secret.

If the U.S. used the same immigration policy that Mexico uses, the entire Chattering Class — including the Mexican government — would go ballistic.

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Demonizing Goldman Sachs

28th April 2010

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Here is what really happened: there was a bubble in housing prices. The bubble was mostly the result of government policy–loose money, combined with pressure on banks to make bad loans to unqualified home buyers. It all worked for a while because Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, under the leadership of Congressman Barney Frank and others, created a secondary market for shaky mortgages. Goldman Sachs participated in this market, downstream, along with many other players. But the whole thing wasn’t an accident or a conspiracy, it was government policy. The home price bubble could have only one possible result. All bubbles burst–there is nothing else they can do–and the bursting of a bubble is always painful. The whole disaster that began in 2008 was the inevitable result of government policy, which is why Senators are so anxious to pass the buck to Goldman Sachs.

I’m not a particular fan of either Goldman Sachs or Congress, but today’s hearing confirms that, given a choice, I’d rather have Goldman Sachs regulating Congress than Congress regulating Goldman Sachs. Goldman’s employees are much smarter, considerably more honest, and far more likely to have my interests at heart.

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Idaho Scientists Find 3-Foot-Long Spitting Earthworm

28th April 2010

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Tells you more than you really want to know about Idaho.

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U.N.’s Environmental Housekeeping in Chaos, Internal Report Shows

28th April 2010

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

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Texas governor shoots dead ‘wily’ coyote while jogging

27th April 2010

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No indication of whether Perry let the coyote draw first.

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Noah’s Ark remains ‘discovered’

27th April 2010

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A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical Christians said they had uncovered remnants of Noah’s Ark on its legendary mountain resting place in Turkey.

‘Right. What’s a cubit?’

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Underwater ‘safe’ protects £5m shipwreck treasures

27th April 2010

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Ancient Building Came With DIY Instructions

27th April 2010

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The History of Libraries Through the Ages

27th April 2010

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Club-K Container Missile System

27th April 2010

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Imagine Hamas or Fatah or Hezbollah buying a few of these.

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