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Archive for April, 2010

Spinathon!

26th April 2010

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Stephen Brust, despite being a Benighted Socialist, is one of the best writers of the English language alive today. (Read any of his Vlad Taltos books and you’ll agree. Better yet, read the brilliant fanfic Firefly episode he wrote.)

His Significant Other just had a radical mastectomy and they’re fund-raising to pay for it. Follow the link to participate.

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Interactive Intelligence Games for Dogs

26th April 2010

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For the person who has everything … except a sense of proportion. This won’t repair that lack, but it will make money off of it, and what could be more American?

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Environmentalism As a Tribal Religion

26th April 2010

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Lots of commentators, including yours truly, have pointed out the ways in which modern environmentalism is like a religion. For last week’s Earth Day festivities, economist Paul Rubin had a provocative piece in the Wall Street Journal detailing the ways in which environmentalism confers group identity on it adherents. In this way, it functions more like ancient tribal religions than like universal religions such as Christianity that transcend the tribe.

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Sony to discontinue floppy disk sales

26th April 2010

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And who can blame them? I haven’t used a floppy disk in, oh, must be ten years now.

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Couple asked to use water

26th April 2010

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Greenfield Township is attempting to force an elderly Claysburg-area couple, Donald R. and Janet Burket, to use township water even though Donald Burket contends the chlorine makes his wife sick.

Senior Judge James R. Kelley stated that even though Janet Burket is apparently sensitive to chemicals, the facts of the case “did not establish a case or rare and extreme medical needs.”

The Burkets are mandated not only to hook into the system but also to use public water “for all human consumption in the residence,” the authority contends in court documents.

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It’s a Free Country! Or Is It?

26th April 2010

David Henderson is not so sure.

In the January 23, 2010, Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle, one of the clues was “Sassy reply to criticism.” The answer: “It’s a free country.” Why do I find this so striking? For two reasons. First, when I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, not many people around me considered that a sassy reply. When I used the line, it was shorthand for, “I have rights; maybe this isn’t the best decision, but I have the right to make my own mistakes.” Second, almost no one uses that line any more. Why? I think it’s because, if only subconsciously, most people recognize that in some important ways, freedom in the United States has declined.

If you want to travel by air, the government insists that you get permission from a TSA employee, and to get that permission you must submit to a body search and, maybe soon, an X-ray so that a government employee can see your naked body. And don’t dare make fun of that government employee or you might go to jail.

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More American Expatriates Give Up Citizenship

26th April 2010

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Amid mounting frustration over taxation and banking problems, small but growing numbers of overseas Americans are taking the weighty step of renouncing their citizenship.

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Lord of The Rings fan makes miniature Frodo Baggins’ home

25th April 2010

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Slow news day.

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A spurned husband who stabbed his ex-wife to death on the day of her divorce party is facing life in jail.

25th April 2010

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And rightly so, I should think.

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How to Start Your Own Herb Garden

25th April 2010

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Don’t say that we never have useful stuff here.

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How Jelly Beans Are Made

25th April 2010

Read it. And watch the video.

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Thief ‘stoned to death’ by South African school children

25th April 2010

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Police said the man and two accomplices had been armed with a knife and a firearm when they approached pupils outside the secondary school in Umbumbulu, near Durban in the country’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

It is claimed the trio tried to rob the youngsters of their mobile phones and money but fled when the students began pelting them with stones.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The Coffee Party: It’s About Hate

25th April 2010

The Other McCain overturns a rock.

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To Understand Congress, Just Watch the Sandpile

25th April 2010

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Outfoxing the Counterfeiters

25th April 2010

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The new $100 bill is the most sophisticated attempt yet to combat forgery. Since colonial times, the U.S. has engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with criminals and foreign governments eager to pass off brilliant fakes.

You know, it’s almost impossible to ‘counterfeit’ a gold coin….

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John McCain fighting for his political life in the Arizona desert

25th April 2010

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Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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Exorcising “Bull” Hitler

25th April 2010

Gates of Vienna takes a fairly deep look into the way the Crust thinks.

It is not a pretty sight.

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What if I had bought Apple stock instead?

25th April 2010

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A fascinating look at where you would be if you had bought a piece of the action rather than a mere product.

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What Police State Legislation Looks Like

25th April 2010

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There is a sugment of the population that views any attempt to deal with clear and present dangers as incipient fascism and will cry ‘Wolf!’ at the slightest opportunity. I suspect that this is one such. On the other hand, what is the position of an American citizen caught on the battlefield in arms against United States forces? That’s less clear.

Technically he could be arrested and charged with treason, but you know and I know that it isn’t going to happen, because the Crust regards treason as the highest form of patriotism. So that avenue is closed by one of those walls that mimes habitually encounter.

Also technically (considering the likely scenarios) he would qualify as an ‘unlawful combatant’ and could be held indefinitely without trial or even executed after a drumhead court martial. Leftist bloviations to the contrary notwithstanding, this is perfectly consistent with the Geneva Conventions to which most grownup nations are signatory these days. (You can look it up.)

I don’t have any problem with that except when a U.S. citizen is involved, because U.S. citizens have rights against the U.S. government that foreigners don’t. I suspect that any legislation that treats U.S. citizens in the way that international law allows ‘unlawful combatants’ to be treated would be unconstitutional.

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with ‘lifetime’ iPad ban

25th April 2010

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I guess I won’t be buying an iPad after all. Wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of the secret police.

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Dinosaurs died from sudden temperature drop ‘not comet strike’, scientists claim

24th April 2010

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Who knew AlGore could time-travel?

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British model with astrophysics degree wins £1 million at poker tournament

24th April 2010

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This is the girl Prince William ought to marry.

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Capitalism vs. Capitalists

24th April 2010

Jonah Goldberg draws a necessary distinction that is often overlooked.

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2011 Death and Taxes Poster Now Available

24th April 2010

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Be the first on your block … to panic.

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Top 10 Mistakes in Bathroom Design

24th April 2010

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

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100-Year-Old Trick Squeezes Fiber-Optic Speeds from Copper Wires

24th April 2010

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Netizens without access to cable broadband speeds might someday get fiber optic speeds over their old copper lines. Alcatel-Lucent combined several old networking tricks to boost DSL speeds over copper telephone lines to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) at distances spanning almost two-thirds of a mile, Technology Review reports.

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Immigration Advocates Vow to Fight Arizona Law

24th April 2010

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This is news?

By ‘fight’, of course, they don’t mean in a democratic way, by attempting to get the law changed, but in an  undemocratic way, by gaming the courts and Federal agencies.

As far as ‘cross-border relations’ go, what is Mexico going to do? Seal the border?

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China Could Wipe Out Recycled Toilet Paper

23rd April 2010

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Printer and copier paper retain the nice, long fibers that make the best recycled toilet paper. But a resurgent Chinese economy and domestic waste reduction efforts are cutting the available supply of the good stuff, said Jeff Phillips, executive vice president of operations at Seventh Generation, a major recycled toilet paper manufacturer.

Oh, no!

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Origin of Life Chicken-and-Egg Problem Solved

23rd April 2010

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Scientists have wondered how the first simple, self-replicating chemicals could have formed complex, information-rich genetic structures, when replication was originally such an error-prone process. Every advance would soon be lost to copying errors.

According to a new study, the answer may lie in the fundamental nature of those chemicals. The errors may have triggered an automatic shutdown of replication. Such stalling would allow only error-free sequences to be completed, giving them a chance at evolving.

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Judge Clears Second Navy SEAL in Iraqi Abuse Case

23rd April 2010

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Two down, one to go.

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Cosmic Stool Sample

23rd April 2010

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Well, that’s what it looks like.

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White robber wears African-American ‘Hollywood’ mask to hold up bank

23rd April 2010

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According to police reports, Conrad Zdzierak, 30, is alleged to have used the £450 silicon mask in an audacious string of six bank robberies in Ohio.

Guess it didn’t work.

But after a tip-off, officers found Zdzierak staying at a nearby hotel.

Ah, it would have worked, but he was betrayed.

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Grand Canyon tribe accepts ‘genetic piracy’ settlement

23rd April 2010

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A Native American tribe from the Grand Canyon has accepted a substantial settlement from an Arizona university after accusing its scientists of “genetic piracy”.

How magnanimous of them. (What is ‘genetic piracy’? Your guess is as good as mine. Making your Y-chromosome walk the plank?)

One subsequent research article suggested the Havasupai had originated in Asia, before crossing the Bering Sea and settling in the Grand Canyon.

That was a conclusion the Havasupai did not like as they believe they originated in the canyon and are closely spiritually connected to it.

Science gives way to myth, and the world is lessened thereby.

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OK Corral inquest transcript found in Arizona jailhouse store room

23rd April 2010

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Liam Fox’s shock at burglars who armed themselves with his kitchen knives

23rd April 2010

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You can make a mainframe from the things you have at home.

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GM Uses ‘TARP Money Shuffle’ to Pay Loans

23rd April 2010

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In a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa fumes that the source of the funds for the $4.7 billion repayment is not GM earnings, but rather a Treasury escrow account. He chides the company and the administration for suggesting in recent statements that the money is coming from GM earnings.

Grassley writes that GM’s early repayment of the federal loan is aimed at diverting attention from another uncomfortable issue – the big break the car company would get on a proposed tax to recoup TARP losses. GM is expected to generate some of the biggest losses in the TARP program, but it won’t have to pay any money under the so-called TARP tax the Obama administration wants to impose on large financial institutions.

Oh, no! GM wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

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Ten Reform Ideas

23rd April 2010

Freeberg has some great ideas.

1. ILLEGAL Immigration reform. As in ILLEGAL. Did I say ILLEGAL?
2. Putting-up-with-communist-assholes reform.
3. Domestic drilling reform. Drill-baby-drill.
4. Portraying-the-military-in-movies reform.
5. Aggressive interrogation reform. Which means start doing it.
6. This-Is-Sparta reform. If our soldiers rough up terrorists we don’t throw them in the brig, we give ‘em medals.
7. Deficit spending reform. Budget deficits simply aren’t allowed anymore. Learn to deal, Congress.
8. Birth certificate reform. Just pull the thing out, President-Elect, like I have to do when I apply for a passport.
9. ACORN/Census reform. Anyone who put you guys in charge of this, is banned from public service for life.
10. You-go-first reform. Congress makes laws that affect the rest of us, Congress lives under those laws first.

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Edging Back to Nuclear Power

23rd April 2010

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Faster, please.

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Watchdog calls for Google break-up

23rd April 2010

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A California-based consumer watchdog called, er… Consumer Watchdog is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into Google.

The group, supported by mobile entrepreneur Simon Buckingham and lawyers for two price comparison websites, praised the DOJ for its action against Google Books and the FTC probe into the acquisition of AdMob.

But Consumer Watchdog said Google was unfairly using its dominance in search to the detriment of both advertisers and users.

If you get a nameplate, you can be a ‘consumer watchdog’ too. (In the Good Old Days, such people were called ‘busybodies’ and told to butt out. In these degenerate modern times, however, they are ‘consumer advocates’ and given great deference.)

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How Islam Destroyed the Literary Inheritance of the Classical World

22nd April 2010

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Thanks, guys.

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Australian woman jailed for cheeseball road rage killing

22nd April 2010

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‘Judge, he needed killin’.’

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South Korean ship sunk by crack squad of ‘human torpedoes’

22nd April 2010

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A South Korean warship was destroyed by an elite North Korean suicide squad of ‘human torpedoes’ on the express orders of the regime’s leader, Kim Jong-il, according to military intelligence reports.

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Worm’s regeneration ability unravelled by scientists

22nd April 2010

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

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Archaeologists unearth 6th century Ikea-style temple

22nd April 2010

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Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed the remains of a 6th century BC temple-style building complete with detailed assembly instructions which they have likened to an Ikea do-it-yourself furniture pack.

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Rugby star electrocuted and hit by train on drunken night out

22nd April 2010

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Wife gets 15 years for killing husband after argument over TV volume during Cowboys game

22nd April 2010

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The Plan to Map Every Tree in San Francisco

22nd April 2010

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Yeah, that sounds like a San Francisco thing to do.

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Burglars break in to Dutch prison to steal televisions from inmates

22nd April 2010

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I am not making this up.

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Drummer for Canadian Rock Band Dies Onstage of Brain Hemorrhage

22nd April 2010

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Well. There it is.

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South Korea Suspects North Korean Torpedo Behind Ship Sinking

22nd April 2010

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Well, duh.

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