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Top 10 Lost Technologies

28th August 2010

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Are Libertarians Really as Useless as a Bucket of Armpits? Or Do They Just Smell That Way?

28th August 2010

Nick Gillespie doesn’t take himself or his movement very seriously … which is why he’s one of the best writers at tReason Magazine.

I think part of the problem with these sorts of discussions, including Brink Lindsey’s liberaltarianism, is that participants are constantly mixing levels of discussions (I know I do). Liberals and conservatives are used interchangeably for Democrats and Republicans, right wing and left wing, etc. While the Dems are reliably more liberal (in a contemporary sense) than Republicans, the overlap isn’t perfect and many liberals have libertarian or even conservative sympathies. And while their numbers are small, there are in fact libertarian Democrats along with liberal Republicans. Most importantly, how someone governs is probably less a reflection of ideology than other material concerns (there’s the Marxist libertarian in me!).

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Wheat, Weed, and ObamaCare

28th August 2010

Reason.tv examines the Commerce Clause, that universal Leatherman that Congress uses to stick its nose into our daily lives. It’s only ten minutes, and will teach you a lot about how our government had degenerated.

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Airborne electricity is ripe for the picking, claim researchers

28th August 2010

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Detractors have pointed out that Dr. Galembeck’s team may be generating the droplets’ electrical charge by the act of pumping the air over the metals — which might imply you couldn’t practice this technique with still, humid air — while there’s also the rather large caveat that the little electricity they were able to collect from vapor was a hundred million times less than what you could obtain from a solar cell of equivalent size. Still, it’s another new door unto a potential alternative energy source and we don’t ever like having to close those.

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Fidel Castro: Osama bin Laden is a US agent

28th August 2010

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Great. Let’s have him blow up Fidel Castro.

(I can see Fidel and Raoul watching the MSNBC reporter come in and muttering to each other “Let’s have some fun with this guy.”)

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Oikophobia: Why the liberal elite finds Americans revolting.

28th August 2010

James Taranto casts a critical eye on the Crust.

If you think it’s offensive for a Muslim group to exploit the 9/11 atrocity, you’re an anti-Muslim bigot and un-American to boot. It is a claim so bizarre, so twisted, so utterly at odds with common sense that it’s hard to believe anyone would assert it except as some sort of dark joke. Yet for the past few weeks, it has been put forward, apparently in all seriousness, by those who fancy themselves America’s best and brightest, from the mayor of New York all the way down to Peter Beinart.

What is the nature of this contempt? In part it is the snobbery of the cognitive elite, exemplified by a recent New York Times Web column by Timothy Egan called “Building a Nation of Know-Nothings”–or by the viciousness directed at Sarah Palin, whose folksy demeanor and state-college background seem terribly déclassé not just to liberals but to a good number of conservatives in places like New York City.

The British philosopher Roger Scruton has coined a term to describe this attitude: oikophobia. Xenophobia is fear of the alien; oikophobia is fear of the familiar: “the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours.’ ” What a perfect description of the pro-mosque left.

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EPA Rejects Calls to Ban Lead in Ammo, Fishing Tackle

28th August 2010

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The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition filed by environmental activists seeking to ban lead in ammunition and fishing tackle, saying such regulation is beyond the agency’s authority.

How many people think that this is a pro-environment rather than an anti-gun/anti-fishing scheme?

A coalition of conservation groups had filed its petition earlier this month arguing that the use of lead in ammo and tackle is poisoning the nation’s lakes, ponds and forests and asking the EPA to ban the “manufacture, processing and distribution” of lead shot, bullets and fishing.

According to the petitioners, who include the Center for Biological Diversity and the American Bird Conservancy, up to 20 million birds and other animals are killed each year due to lead poisoning in the United States, and at least 75 wild bird species — including bald eagles, ravens and endangered California condors — are poisoned by spent lead ammunition. They say roughly 3,000 tons of lead are expelled into U.S. hunting grounds annually, with another 80,000 tons released at shooting ranges, and another 4,000 tons of lead fishing lures and sinkers are lost in ponds and streams.

Although, of course, there’s no suggestion of how they ‘know’ this.

We’re not trying to ban handgun ammunition. This is strictly a toxicity issue, with lead poisoning wildlife.”

And if you believe that one, he’ll tell you another one.

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Artificial Cornea Offers Long-Term Vision

27th August 2010

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50 Million Parents To Lose Parental Rights

27th August 2010

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If your children attend public school, you are among those parents whose rights will end the moment your child enters the school. That’s because in 2005 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found in Fields v. Palmdale School District “that the Meyer-Pierce right [of parents to direct the upbringing of their children] does not exist beyond the threshold of the school door.”

“We conclude that the parents are possessed of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on the subject [of sexuality] to their students in any forum or manner they select” (emphasis added).

It is no longer safe to send your kid to a government school.

This is an outrage. The 9th Circus Court of Appeals, the most reversed Appellate court in the United States, has outdone itself.

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One in four lap dancers has a degree, new research has shown.

27th August 2010

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

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The genetic code of wheat, which is five times larger than the human genome, has been mapped out by scientists for the first time.

27th August 2010

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The genome sequence is expected to help scientists develop new wheat strains which are more resilient to harsh conditions and disease and deliver higher yields.

But only if they can get it past the EcoNazis environmental activists.

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Antarctic monks pay tribute to The Beatles

27th August 2010

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Not a headline that you read every day.

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Western journalist ’embeds’ with Taliban army for first time

27th August 2010

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Hope he doesn’t think that will make him bulletproof.

The journalist, Norwegian Paul Refsdal, says Taliban leader Commander Dawran granted him the access and allowed him to film the enemy soldiers while they attacked a US convoy.

That makes him an unlawful combatant just like them, and subjects him to the standard penalties under international law. He can be summarily executed wherever found.

After Refsdal returned to Kabul, following a US attack upon the Taliban camp, another Taliban fighter “Omar” offered him an opportunity to return two weeks later.

Refsdal returned to Omar but was kidnapped and held hostage for six days. No ransom was paid.

Unfortunately, I doubt that he will learn anything from the experience.

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The Mohammed Coefficient

27th August 2010

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Mohammed Coefficient (abbreviated MC): The statistical measure, given as a decimal or a percentage, of the incidence of the name “Mohammed” among a group of perpetrators of evil deeds. Variant names that contribute to the MC include Mahmoud, Mahmud, Mahomet, Mamadou, Mehmed, Mehmet, Mehmood, Mehmud, Mihammad, Mohamed, Mohammad, Muhamed, Muhammad, Muhammed, and Muhammet, and all other cognates of the original Arabic name of Islam’s prophet.

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Britain faces new terror wave

27th August 2010

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One of the major threats in Britain, according to Prof Clarke, is from released prisoners who may have been convicted of terrorist offences or may have been radicalised while in jail. “British prisons still house more terrorists than in any other European country, though not for very long periods,” he warns.

He points out that just 23 people, around 19 per cent of those convicted of terrorism offences, have been given life or indeterminate sentences. Twenty per cent have been sentenced to more than 10 years, and the largest single proportion, 32 per cent, received between eight months and four years. “It raises immediate questions about the motivations of those now released, or soon to be released: are they more or less inclined to reoffend?” he says.

“From previous experience in Northern Ireland, it is more likely that the majority of those released will remain as committed to their cause as before, and may serve as a source of motivation to others, albeit in clandestine ways.”\

And does the government plan to do anything about that? Evidently not.

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‘Canadian Idol’ contestant among three arrested as part of terror plot

27th August 2010

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Police arrested Hiva Alizadeh and Misbahuddin Ahmed in Ottawa on Wednesday and Khurram Syed Sher in London, Ontario on Thursday. Alizadeh, 30, and Ahmed, 26, appeared in court Thursday. All three are Canadian.

Yeah, that’s the first thing I think of when I hear Hiva Alizadeh, Misbahuddin Ahmed, and Khurram Syed Sher — ‘Hey, I’ll bet those guys are Canadian.’

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The last refuge of a liberal

27th August 2010

Charles Krauthammer is fed up.

And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

— Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

— Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

— Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

— Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.

Now we know why the country has become “ungovernable,” last year’s excuse for the Democrats’ failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?

Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities — often lopsided majorities — oppose President Obama’s social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a mosque near Ground Zero.

Well, obviously, the only solution is for the government to get a new populace; this one just isn’t working out.

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Wednesday Night Fights: Laura Ingraham vs. Ground Zero Mosque Supporter

27th August 2010

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In the left corner was Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. On the right filling in for the usual host was Laura Ingraham.

STRINGER: Having said that, a few very well orchestrated agitators have created a situation where we have now seen Tea Party people going after Jewish American elected officials, Mayor Bloomberg, myself, the speaker of our state assembly Shelly Silver. They’re using this as a national political wedge issue.

Okay, let’s see: Opposing building a mosque at Ground Zero is somehow anti-Jewish, and 77% of the American people are in on the plot. That’s certainly ‘well-orchestrated’.

And I have to tell you something, today we now have a report that a cab driver was stabbed when he told a passenger that he was Muslim.

By a guy who works for an organization that supports building the mosque. Yeah, that proves a lot.

Ex-Communists in the Former Soviet Union are green with envy over the number of Useful Idiots that Muslims are finding in America these days. ‘Boris, where were all these people back in the good old days?’

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Tony Hayward refuses to testify in front of Senate committee for second time

27th August 2010

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‘Please, sir, we’d like you to show up for a necktie party.’

‘No, thanks, I think I’ll pass.’

Smart boy.

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Anyone Who Wants to Cut Entitlements Clearly Has No Place on a Commission Devoted to Fiscal Responsibility

27th August 2010

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At the Columbia Journalism Review, Trudy Lieberman provides further evidence for my conclusion that what really offended Alan Simpson’s critics about his comparison between Social Security and “a milk cow with 310 million tits” was his candor. Lieberman says “what’s really at stake here” is not Simpson’s colorful language but his “long-standing antipathy toward Social Security and Medicare,” which “raises the question about why the president appointed him [to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform] in the first place.”

I mean, really. Cut entitlements? What was he smoking?

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New York governor could face perjury charges

27th August 2010

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Judith Kaye, the former chief judge of New York state, said Governor David Paterson “at a minimum” made “inaccurate and misleading” statements when testifying to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity in March.

The governor came under scrutiny after it was revealed he took five free tickets from the New York Yankees to attend the first game of the 2009 World Series.

Maybe it’s just me,  but every time I see the Governor of New York I think of Mel Brooks as Governor Lepetomaine in Blazing Saddles.

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The suspect in an anti-Muslim hate crime worked for an outfit that backs the Ground Zero mosque.

27th August 2010

James Taranto has got the goods.

But of course the clamor against ‘Islamophobia’ will still resound throughout the land. Don’t bother them with facts, their minds are made up.

“It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia,” Daisy Khan, wife of Ground Zero mosque planner Feisal Abdul Rauf, told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Sunday. “It’s hate of Muslims.”

As opposed to the kufr-ophobia that Muslims exhibit. Nobody ever died from Islamophobia, while kufr-ophobia has racked up four figures already.

But revealing the suspect’s association with the pro-mosque left so low in the story shows atrocious news judgment. Rehearsing the America-hates-Muslims narrative first strongly suggests that the Times’s reporting is driven more by an ideological agenda than by the facts of the case.

Ya think?

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Drunken employee pops cap in server

27th August 2010

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Joshua Lee Campbell, 23, had apparently been enjoying a few liveners with a fellow worker at the Twilight Concert in Pioneer Park, and later nipped back to work to shoot the server with a .45-calibre automatic.

Hey, we’ve all had one of those days….

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Immigrant Who Voted Illegally on Road to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

27th August 2010

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Can an immigrant who resides legally in the U.S. on a work visa but who voted illegally in a presidential election year still become a naturalized U.S. citizen?

Yes, actually. Especially if the Department of Homeland Security sends a letter instructing him to request removal from the voter rolls.

“I went to my election commission and I said: ‘this frightens me for my country,'” she said. “They agreed with me. Why would you let someone who committed voter fraud become a citizen? That’s what they’re doing.”

In America, not only do you not get punished for breaking the law, you get rewarded. Is this a great country, or what?

Steidl said that as the administrator of elections, she is not allowed to question registrants about their citizenship when they apply. Everyone has to sign a form saying they are citizens. Asking for further evidence “would be considered discrimination,” she said.

Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

“He signed a piece of paper that said he was a citizen of the U.S., just so he could vote. What else could he be willing to do?”

What else indeed?

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A 30lb carp ended a Texas kayaker’s attempt to win a 340-mile race after it jumped out the water and hit him in the head.

26th August 2010

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When even the fish are against you, it’s time to quit.

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Obama Stance on Climate Suit Stuns Allies

26th August 2010

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The Obama administration has riled up environmental groups by siding with big utilities in a lawsuit over whether states can sue power plant operators for contributing to climate change.

It isn’t that the Obama administration is in favor of unfettered emissions. The Department of Justice brief, filed with the Supreme Court this week, says the Environmental Protection Agency is already on the job, and doesn’t need help from private plaintiffs.

So it’s basically a turf war. What’s the point of centralizing government power if some buttinskys try to horn in on it?

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Great Comment on Public Schooling

26th August 2010

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I’ve always thought that collecting adolescents together during the time of life when they are most like primitive tribesmen (genetics isn’t the only area in which ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny) is responsible for much of what is wrong in the world today. Homeschooling kids is really the only sane solution.

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Selling Endorsements for Campaign Cash

26th August 2010

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Maxine Waters, the gift that keeps on taking, is at it again.

Waters, who has been in Congress for more than three decades, routinely sends out mailers endorsing a list of other candidates and ballot initiatives she supports. In the 2010 cycle, she has raised more than $295,550 out of a total of $497,300 through these mailers. And getting on one of her slate mailers doesn’t come cheap—to be featured on the “Citizens for Maxine Waters” slate, candidates pay anywhere between $250 and $45,000.

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Angelina Jolie, the actress, has donated $100,000 (£64,000) towards flood relief efforts in Pakistan, almost twice the amount pledged by the country’s president, Asif Ali Zardari.

26th August 2010

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

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The Religion Called Tolerance

26th August 2010

Greg Gutfield discusses an inconvenient truth.

Tolerance now serves as a condom for jerks seeking protection from their own jerkiness.

I’d use it myself, but they don’t make one in my size.

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G-File

26th August 2010

Jonah Goldberg has a newsletter called the G-File which used to be posted on the National Review site but now requires subscription:

I’m not necessarily advocating that we take him out. First of all, even if it were a good idea, it’s too late now. But think about it. If you go by nearly every Hollywood treatment of the CIA or the NSA, Assange is precisely the sort of guy who should have been garroted in his French hotel room years ago. He’s setting up a website — a series of websites, really — that will allow whistleblowers, traitors, cranks, and misguided morons to publish the government’s most closely kept secrets. Some of these disclosures are guaranteed to damage American national security and put U.S. interests and lives at risk. What are super-cool CIA assassins for if not stopping this sort of thing in its tracks? Whether you think the CIA is an honorable  and unfairly maligned outfit that does democracy’s dirty work, or if you think it’s a hotbed of lawless evil setting back human progress at every turn, you would still expect the spooks to off this guy quietly before anyone had heard his name.

Indeed.

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Chris Cuomo: Christians Shouldn’t Condemn Jihad Because of Crusades

26th August 2010

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Historians, including professor and author Bernard Lewis, have noted that the Crusades were in fact a response to jihad. “The Crusades could more accurately be described as a limited, belated and, in the last analysis, ineffectual response to the jihad – a failed attempt to recover by a Christian holy war what had been lost to a Muslim holy war,” Lewis wrote in the Wall Street Journal shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Author Andrew Bostom noted that the comparison of jihad to the Crusades is not be apples-to-apples anyway. “The jihad is intrinsic to the sacred Muslim texts, including the divine Qur’anic revelation itself, whereas the Crusades were circumscribed historical events subjected to (ongoing and meaningful) criticism by Christians themselves.”

Perhaps what we really need is actually to revive the Crusades.

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Women with hourglass figures and perfect waists most attractive, study finds

26th August 2010

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Dr Barnaby Dixson, a New Zealand anthropologist, studied what different sexes found attractive throughout history.

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

“Humans simply do not mate randomly.”

There’s a shocker. Alert the National Enquirer.

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Nine Web Design Horrors

26th August 2010

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Dramamine first, though.

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Toyota Prius to be made noisier

26th August 2010

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Presumably this can be disabled. What a great business opportunity!

The vehicle has long been praised for its green credentials, but its critics fear the almost complete lack of sound it emits when travelling slowly could put pedestrians’ lives at risk.

Let ’em keep a better lookout. Think of it as evolution in action.

I’d want one that sounds like a dog growling. That would make them wake up.

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Denbigh’s Henry Morton Stanley statue ‘celebrates racism’, academics claim

26th August 2010

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Residents of Denbigh, North Wales have commissioned a bronze statue to celebrate the Victorian explorer’s legacy – but 60 academics, authors and campaigners have called for the plan to be abandoned.

Which tells you everything you need to know about ‘academics’ these days.

Stanley’s supporters in Denbigh have raised the £31,000 needed to pay for the bronze monument, after a vote among residents found that a clear majority wanted to commemorate the town’s most famous son.

Whatever Stanley’s personal character flaws, it is an undoubted fact that he was a classic Victorian-era globetrotting British adventurer, who was famous during his lifetime and who would have a guaranteed position in any unbiased history of the period.

The people of the area have decided to erect a monument to this legitimate historical figure. What fargin business is it of ’60 academics, authors, and campaigners’ — i.e. useless people, not one of whom lives in the area — whether they do it or not?

The letter, whose signatories include the Welsh transsexual author Jan Morris and Dr Bambi Ceuppens of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium, says: “It is impossible to disconnect Stanley, or any other imperialist of the period, from that suffering.”

Oh, those are names that inspire confidence. The distinguishing characteristic of this degenerate modern age is the prevalence of self-righteous assholes who think they have a natural right to stick their noses in other people’s business. (Of course, they’d be the first to scream if someone else tried to do it to them.)

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UK: Pensioner wins battle to stay in three-bed council house where he grew up

26th August 2010

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A statement explaining the council’s original position said: “We have to balance our sympathy for his position against the needs of the large number of people on the borough’s housing register who are desperate for a good quality family home.”

This seems a perfectly reasonable position. The question I have is, why has this guy spent 74 years in public housing? He’s 83, which means that he’s been there since he was 9. I see no indication that he has ever held a job; being a ‘pensioner’ in Britain doesn’t mean that one is retired, it merely means that one is drawing the British equivalent of Social Security. It’s not as if they were kicking him out of a home that he’d bought and paid for himself, or inherited from some family member.

Has Britain achieved the socialist ideal of an entire generation of people dependent on public assistance?

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‘The Fools That Bring Disaster’

26th August 2010

The Other McCain has an excellent rant.

Top-down political organizations tend to destroy grassroots enthusiasm, driving away volunteers and chilling voter enthusiasm, because Ordinary Americans aren’t stupid. You can fool the people only so long before they start wising up and figure out that there is a scam afoot. They may not understand exactly how the scam works, but when the people at the grassroots see powerful insiders trying to handpick their nominees – ask yourself, how did John McCain’s presidential campaign come back from its summer 2007 near-death experience? — they understand that it’s a crooked racket, and that’s when they decide they’d rather stay home on Election Day.

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Arizona Man Fights to Keep Gadsden Flag Flying Outside His Home

26th August 2010

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Yet Another Fascist Home Owners’ Association.

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Illegal Immigrant in US After Four Arrests

26th August 2010

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In 2005 an illegal immigrant was charged with a hit-and-run that ultimately led to the death of an 83-year old WWII veteran.  Aubrey Sosebee was out getting his mail when he was struck by a car driven by Celso Campo-Duartes.  Sosebee later died of his injuries.  Since then, Celso Campo-Duartes has been arrested three additional times in Georgia.

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Romans wore socks with sandals, new British dig suggests

25th August 2010

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Slow news day.

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Three sided duvet promises to revolutionise housework

25th August 2010

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If you know what a duvet it, chances are the maid is changing the cover, not you. But it’s still useful stuff.

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ObamaCare Threatens College Health Plans

25th August 2010

Megan McArdle is on the case.

Not really a surprise.

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Newly discovered microbe is eating the Gulf oil spill

25th August 2010

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Guess the sky won’t fall after all.

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Ichiro Ozawa, a politican tipped as a future Japanese prime minister has declared Americans are simple-minded and the British are not very likeable.

25th August 2010

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Can’t really say he’s wrong….

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Sunni-Shi’ite clashes in Beirut

25th August 2010

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According to Lebanese paper Al-Akhabr, the clash started when Al-Ahbash members tried to bar Hizbullah men from passing through a neighborhood where the Sunni group holds control.

Shortly afterward, Shi’ite supporters of Hizbullah and sister organization Amal set fire to a Sunni mosque in the nearby neighborhood of Basta, according to an AP photographer.

(Hum “When You’re A Jet” from West Side Story if you wish.)

The only people who appear to be burning mosques are other Muslims.

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NYT Article Admits DDT Ban as a Cause of Bedbug Outbreak

25th August 2010

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Thank you, Rachel Carson; we’ll just add this to your tab, along with the millions in Africa and other primitive places who’ve died from malaria because of the ban, triggered by your book SILENT SPRING.

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UK: Record Dragons’ Den investment for Harry Potter-style magic wand

25th August 2010

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A Harry Potter-style wand that can change television channels with the flick of a wrist has attracted a record investment from Dragons’ Den, the BBC2 show for entrepreneurs.

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Ad Firm Sued for Allegedly Re-Creating Deleted Cookies

25th August 2010

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Specificmedia, one of the net’s largest ad-serving and tracking companies, has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing the company of violating computer intrusion laws by secretly re-creating cookies deleted by users.

At issue is the use of Adobe Flash to keep copies of a user’s browser cookies in order to re-spawn cookies after users clear them. The lawsuits allege that the companies did not explain to users how they were using Flash and that using the storage capabilities of Flash for this purpose violates federal privacy and computer security laws.

Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.

What’s even sneakier?

Several services even use the surreptitious data storage to reinstate traditional cookies that a user deleted, which is called ‘re-spawning’ in homage to video games where players come back to life even after being “killed,” the report found. So even if a user gets rid of a website’s tracking cookie, that cookie’s unique ID will be assigned back to a new cookie again using the Flash data as the “backup.”

Here‘s  how you fix that in FireFox.

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Don’t mention the population

25th August 2010

Steve Sailer points out an inconvenient truth.

Third World population growth is becoming an unmentionable in the press. There’s nothing much more fundamental in human affairs than population, but we talk about it less and less.

This reflects the general anti-reductionist trend in Western thought. As the education level of the elites rise, the popularity of Occam’s Razor seems to decline. Who wants to figure out the simplest way to comprehend how things basically work when it’s better for your career to assert that everything’s very, very complicated, and only an expert like yourself could possibly begin to grasp the complexities of it all?

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