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Archive for January, 2011

Beyond Tupperware: Frugal Food Storage

31st January 2011

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Don’t automatically assume you need special food-storage containers. Why not just put leftovers in a bowl with a saucer or bread-and-butter plate on top? If it fits snugly, it’s no different than aluminum foil or a plastic lid. (What? You thought that “burping” a Tupperware container got all the air out?)

The next time you finish up some jam, pickles or spaghetti sauce, save the jar. (Quart canning jars are good for food storage, too, if you can get them cheaply. More on that below.)

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Benford’s Law And A Theory of Everything

31st January 2011

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In 1938, the physicist Frank Benford made an extraordinary discovery about numbers. He found that in many lists of numbers drawn from real data, the leading digit is far more likely to be a 1 than a 9. In fact, the distribution of first digits follows a logarithmic law. So the first digit is likely to be 1 about 30 per cent of time while the number 9 appears only five per cent of the time.

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The Unintended Consequences of Cul-de-sacs

31st January 2011

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Though suburban cul-de-sacs have long been attractive as quiet, safe places for families, their disadvantages are becoming clear. One of the biggest problems is interference with motor- and foot-traffic flow. Research by Lawrence Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, looks at neighborhoods in King County, Washington: Residents in areas with the most interconnected streets travel 26% fewer vehicle miles than those in areas with many cul-de-sacs. Recent studies by Frank and others show that as a neighborhood’s overall walkability increases, so does the amount of walking and biking—while, per capita, air pollution and body mass index decrease.

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Armageddon Fortress May Hold Keys to History

31st January 2011

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A scientific conference at Megiddo, “Synchronizing Clocks at Armageddon,” launched a project to analyze 10 separate Iron Age destruction layers using four state-of-the-art scientific techniques: radiocarbon dating, optical luminescence, archaeo-magnetism and rehydroxilation — a new method pioneered in Britain within the last two years.

Megiddo is the only place in the world with so many destruction layers — archaeological strata resulting from a calamity such as a fire, earthquake or conquest — that resulted from a specific event in history.

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The Cost of Meth Prohibition

31st January 2011

Megan McArdle runs up against government stupidity.

My husband is suffering from a pretty nasty cold.  Last night he had to duck out before dinner with my family to purchase some Sudafed, because he was miserably congested.  Alas, not being aware of the difference, he decided it wasn’t worth waiting in line to buy cold medicine from behind the counter, and instead bought the stuff on the shelf.  He took some, and then suffered through dinner until we could get home to my box of 24-hour Sudafed.  This morning he came down and said, “It’s amazing how much better you feel when you take medicine that actually does something.”  Then after a pause, he said, “So why do they sell you cold medicine that doesn’t do anything?”

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Bernanke and Ethanol Sink Egypt

31st January 2011

Larry Kudlow connects the dots.

While the mainstream media focuses on the political aspects of this turmoil, they are overlooking the impact of rising inflation, driven mainly by record food prices. For example, former Bush advisor Dan Senor notes that Egypt is the world’s largest wheat importer. Yet because of skyrocketing prices, Egyptian inflation is now over 10 percent, while some experts estimate that Egyptian food inflation has risen as much as 20 percent.

So I have to ask this tough question: Is Ben Bernanke’s ultra-easy QE2 money pump-priming partially to blame?

Commodities are priced in dollars, and the Federal Reserve has been overproducing dollars for more than two years. Consequently, emerging markets throughout the world — and the food sector in particular — are suffering from rising inflation.

The CRB food index is up an incredible 36 percent over the past year, including 8 percent year-to-date. Raw materials are up 23 percent in the past year. Inflation breakouts have occurred in China, among various Asian Tigers, and in India, Brazil, and other Latin American countries. Even Britain and Germany are registering higher inflation readings.

In dollar terms, the price of wheat has soared 114 percent over the past year. Corn has surged 88 percent. These are incredible numbers.

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Danes say men plotted to cut throats

31st January 2011

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Accused terrorists planned to cut the throats of reporters at a Danish newspaper that printed Mohammed cartoons, police wiretaps reveal.

The men hoped to kill as many people as possible at Jyllands-Posten within 20 minutes, recordings made by the Danish security service PET and published Monday in the Ekstra Bladet newspaper show.

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The Economics of Kitchens

31st January 2011

Megan McCardle casts her mind back.

“Food prepared in the home” consumes less than 10% of the average family budget; in 1950, that figure was almost 30%.  It shows in the cookbooks.  The Betty Crocker is full of economizing tips: ways to stretch ground beef by adding Wheaties; noodle and rice rings that artfully disguise the fact that there isn’t much protein to go around; “one egg” cakes praised for being economical.  This was not a handout for welfare recipients; it was expected that the average housewife would be anxiously counting the cost of the eggs and milk used in her baked goods, and looking for ways to stretch out even cheap cuts of meat at the end of the month.  Now, I’m sure there are still people in this country who worry about the price of adding an extra egg to their cakes–but they are not the average, or even close to the average.  Cooking is both much better, and much easier for those who choose to do it, than it was when my kitchen was built.  And the dishwasher knocks twenty or thirty minutes off the time cost of that cooking–not a small improvement.

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Florida Judge Strikes Down Entirety of Obamacare

31st January 2011

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Vinson’s opinion is a summary judgment, meaning there are no disputes on matters of fact between the states and individuals comprising the plaintiffs and the federal government. At issue are pure matters of law: the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the Commerce Clause, and of the unfunded Medicaid expansion under the Spending Clause, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments.

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“People picture Muslims with a Quran in one hand and a sword in the other”

31st January 2011

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Let’s look at the record. Are any of the people in the following pictures Islamophobes? Orientalists? Who in fact is responsible for non-Muslims getting the idea that the Qur’an has something to do with violence?

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A Physicist Solves the City

31st January 2011

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After two years of analysis, West and Bettencourt discovered that all of these urban variables could be described by a few exquisitely simple equations. For example, if they know the population of a metropolitan area in a given country, they can estimate, with approximately 85 percent accuracy, its average income and the dimensions of its sewer system. These are the laws, they say, that automatically emerge whenever people “agglomerate,” cramming themselves into apartment buildings and subway cars. It doesn’t matter if the place is Manhattan or Manhattan, Kan.: the urban patterns remain the same. West isn’t shy about describing the magnitude of this accomplishment. “What we found are the constants that describe every city,” he says. “I can take these laws and make precise predictions about the number of violent crimes and the surface area of roads in a city in Japan with 200,000 people. I don’t know anything about this city or even where it is or its history, but I can tell you all about it. And the reason I can do that is because every city is really the same.” After a pause, as if reflecting on his hyperbole, West adds: “Look, we all know that every city is unique. That’s all we talk about when we talk about cities, those things that make New York different from L.A., or Tokyo different from Albuquerque. But focusing on those differences misses the point. Sure, there are differences, but different from what? We’ve found the what.”

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Energy saving light bulbs ‘could trigger breast cancer’

31st January 2011

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Heh.

Ordinarily, of course, even the slightest whisper of the prospect that something might cause cancer would get the product banned … but these are Children of the Crust and light our way to the New World Order, so even if they demonstrably caused birth defects in children they would still be mandated.

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Tawdry details of Obamacare

31st January 2011

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How can you get your own free pass from Obamacare? Maybe you can just donate $27 million to President Obama‘s campaign efforts. That’s what Andy Stern did as president of SEIU in 2008. He has been the most frequent guest at Mr. Obama‘s White House.

Backroom deals have become par for the course for proponents of Obamacare. Senators were greased with special favors, like Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and his Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary L. Landrieu and her Louisiana Purchase. Even the American Medical Association was brought in line under threat of losing its exclusive and lucrative medical coding contracts with the government.

The devil is in the details … grinning back at you as he helps himself to the contents of your wallet. The Obama mask is just his sense of humor.

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Evan Bayh to Join D.C. Law Firm

31st January 2011

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Guess Indiana just wasn’t big enough for him.

Don’t think of it as selling out … think of it as buying in.

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“Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister”

30th January 2011

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Within my lifetime, single parenthood has been transformed from shame to saintliness. In our society, perversely, we celebrate the unwed mother as a heroic figure, like a fireman or a police officer. During the last presidential election, much was made of Obama’s mother, who was a single parent. Movie stars and pop singers flaunt their daddy-less babies like fishing trophies.

None of this is lost on my students. In today’s urban high school, there is no shame or social ostracism when girls become pregnant. Other girls in school want to pat their stomachs. Their friends throw baby showers at which meager little gifts are given. After delivery, the girls return to school with baby pictures on their cell phones or slipped into their binders, which they eagerly share with me. Often they sit together in my classes, sharing insights into parenting, discussing the taste of Pedialite or the exhaustion that goes with the job. On my way home at night, I often see my students in the projects that surround our school, pushing their strollers or hanging out on their stoops instead of doing their homework.

Women don’t need husbands any more; they have the government. Men don’t need wives any more; there are plenty enough slutty women to go around.

Welcome to the future.

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UK: Morning-after pill handout causes rise in teenage sexual disease, study finds

30th January 2011

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A government scheme to give teenagers the morning-after pill free of charge at pharmacies in a bid to cut down on unwanted pregnancies has led to a rise in sexually transmitted diseases, research shows.

A study has found that the policy simply encouraged young people to have unprotected sex and had failed to cut down the number of under-age pregnancies.

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

What is it about being in government that makes people stupid and short-sighted? Is it that much effort to think something through?

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Could Egypt Happen Here? Obama’s Internet “Kill Switch”

30th January 2011

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This article from Fast Company illustrates the myopia with which much, if not most, of the Crust is afflicted. Guys: There are much more important things going on it Egypt right now than lack of access to the Internet. Back up a bit and gain some perspective.

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The elite firm-elite college connection

30th January 2011

Steve Sailer puts the Crust under a spotlight.

Presumably “HYPS” stands for “Harvard-Yale-Princeton-Stanford”, although Stanford isn’t technically an Ivy League school. I’m always astonished that MIT is frequently left out of groupings of “top tier” schools; my experience has been that they’re right up with the best.

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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

30th January 2011

Wisdom. Attend.

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UK: MPs walk out in battle over Islamist group

30th January 2011

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The chairman and vice-chairman of an all-party parliamentary group tackling “discrimination” against Muslims have resigned after the group granted a Commons security pass to an Islamist sympathiser.

Kris Hopkins, Tory MP for Keighley, and the Labour peer Lord Janner, quit the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia after failing to persuade their colleagues to sack a body called iEngage as the group’s secretariat.

iEngage, also known as Engage, is an organisation of Islamist sympathisers which has repeatedly defended extremists. Last year, it called on the Government to revoke a ban on a hardline foreign preacher who has said that “every Muslim should be a terrorist”.

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Guru’s multi-million pound spiritual property empire

30th January 2011

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I’m definitely in the wrong line of work.

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Rand On the Dole

30th January 2011

Tim Cavanaugh has some fun with the self-righteous.

In the grand ol’ tradition of “Libertarian reluctantly calls fire department,” all and sundry are having fun with the news that Ayn Rand received Social Security and (apparently) Medicare in her dotage.

But the Randicare brouhaha is completely opportunistic. This is all part of the game of holding libertarians to some standard you would never imagine imposing on a follower of mainstream politics. If a Democrat complains about a bad day at the DMV, nobody claims he deserves it because he wants the regulations that make the DMV inevitable. But let a libertarian send a letter through the U.S. Postal Service and he’s fricking Tartuffe. It’s a goofy game, but you can see why it’s so tempting to play, given that libertarians have such a stranglehold on foreign policy, drug prohibition, financial regulation, health care, and so many areas of public policy.

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In Pakistan, even anti-violence Islamic sect lauds assassination of liberal governor

30th January 2011

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IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN Following the assassination of a liberal politician who criticized federal blasphemy laws, loud support for the confessed killer is coming from an unlikely quarter: a violence-eschewing, anti-Taliban school of Islam steeped in Sufism.

The notion of a moderate but silent Pakistani majority has also been undermined by the stance taken by the nation’s young black-suited lawyers, who three years ago led massive pro-democracy strikes but this month showered rose petals on Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer. Civilian and military officials have responded with little more than tepid disapproval to the killing.

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

The really sad part is that this writer from the Washington Post seems to be so surprised as well.

Violence and intolerance are essential characteristics of Islam. Let’s just hope that our Ruling Class wakes up to that fact before we’re all slaves.

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Windows 7: The Best iPad Seller!

30th January 2011

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One man’s journey into darkness. To be fair, one ought to bear in mind that Windows 7 is a full-blown workstation operating system, whereas the iOS on the iPad is a stripped-down operating system deliberately tuned to that particular device; and to be completely fair, one ought to point out that, if the game company no longer exists, the prospect of there being an iPad edition of the game in question is zero. But the larger point remains worth thinking about.

In a related vein, Paul Thurrott has a very fine rant on why Microsoft ought to get out of the consumer space, including games, entirely.

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‘Scientists Find the Tiny 24-Hour Clock in Every Living Thing’

30th January 2011

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Actually, if you read the article, you’ll discover that they haven’t actually found the clock, they’ve just found that it doesn’t depend on DNA as they had previously surmised.

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Egypt in Perspective

30th January 2011

Jerry Pournelle draws some historical parallels.

I remember September 1970 — my ship was at Gitmo doing workups prior to deployment, which wasn’t scheduled for several months more. We woke up one morning to an announcement that, Surprise!, we were on our way to the Mediterranean. Those were interesting times. I don’t like interesting times.

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Hamas Is the Muslim Brotherhood

29th January 2011

Andy McCarthy lays it out.

Hamas’s overt intervention in Egypt is an alarming development, although a predictable one. It is worth pointing out that Hamas is not merely colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood. That, of course, will not be what you hear from our foreign-policy experts, such as Obama adviser Bruce Riedel, who are busily sculpting their narrative about how the Brotherhood — the font on modern jihadist terror — has renounced violence and is really nothing for us to be very concerned about. But the stubborn fact is that Hamas is the most prominent of the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branches, whose operations long predated Hamas and brought Hamas (a/k/a, the Islamic Resistance Movement) into being.

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US States If They Were Countries

29th January 2011

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Makes you wonder how come we take so much shit from these piss-ant places.

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Hamas Enters Egypt

29th January 2011

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Not a good sign.

More here.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in the 1920s and is the source of pretty much every extremist Muslim group, including Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood continues to be active in Egypt and is the most obvious alternative to the Army/Mubarak regime should that regime fall. Stratfor, citing a source inside Hamas, says members of that organization may be slipping into Egypt to aid the Brotherhood:

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New Game: Angry Turds

29th January 2011

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Ever wish Angry Birds had more poop in it? Well look no further than the App Store today, as Apps Genius has launched Angry Turds. As a monkey in Angry Turds, you get to battle evil island explorers who have stolen your monkey babies with various projectile weapons.

You knew it had to happen.

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When The Drones Come Marching In

29th January 2011

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Because when I put on my criminal hat—which I’ve been known to do for a living—I immediately start thinking of kit-built UAVs packed with Semtex and targeted via GPS. Voila, poor man’s cruise missiles, available to any hardware hacker with a grudge; all s/he  needs is their target’s address. Fortunately, the powers that be have not fostered entire generations of experienced explosives experts with angry political grievances, right? Oh. Oops. Well, at least it’s not like engineers seem disproportionately likely to become terrorists… oh, wait.

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Credit Card Rates At “Record High”

29th January 2011

Todd Zywicki is shocked, shocked that credit card issuers are fulfilling his predictions.

Wow, who could have possibly predicted that the Credit CARD Act’s rules that limit non-interest fees and the ability to raise interest rates when a borrower’s risk changes would result in “record high” interest rates (other than me, of course, when I testified to the Senate Banking Committee in 2009 that the act would result in higher interest rates and other than the sponsor of the law, who has acknowledged that it has resulted in higher interest rates but has decided for the rest of us that higher rates is a good thing)?  Even more amazing, it appears that these restrictions on risk-based pricing has hit poor credit risks even harder than less-risky consumers.

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Turkey: Islamic supremacists enraged over realistic TV portrayal of Suleiman the Magnificent

29th January 2011

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Reality is always inconvenient for them. Remember, “slander” in Islamic law refers not to telling untruths about someone, but to saying something about someone else that he doesn’t want known, even if it’s true. That sums up the whole Islamic apologetic enterprise in the West, as well as the rage over this TV series.

‘Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ is not in the Koran.

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El Bulli chef’s magic food academy

29th January 2011

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Ferran Adrià, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, has unveiled plans to transform his restaurant, El Bulli, into an environmentally friendly academic research foundation dedicated to pioneering molecular gastronomy to even greater heights.

The Catalan chef announced a year ago that the three Michelin-starred establishment, crowned best in the world five times, would be closed throughout 2012 and 2013.

This is like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton shutting down for two years to rethink university education — only, in this case, the people in charge know what they’re doing.

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Kandahar deputy governor killed by suicide bomber

29th January 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will cheerfully blow each other up.

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Yemen: Al-Qaeda commander declares jihad against Shi’ites

29th January 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will cheerfully kill each other.

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Idiocracy, a 30-step Program

29th January 2011

Freeberg lays it out.

We humans in this day and age don’t have to do a whole lot to stay alive, and we have no natural predators. We’re starting to become idiots.

When I made a list of all the ways our thinking has started to suck green donkey balls, busted them out into their most simplistic elements and eliminated the duplicates, I found the resulting list had exactly thirty items. That seems like a good, round number. Let’s blog it.

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Egypt: US Foreign Policy at its Nadir

29th January 2011

Mencius Moldbug does what he does best.

Egypt a century ago, under the firm and inspired hand of Lord Cromer, was a boomtown, a miracle and a paradise. A multicultural paradise, even, with Frenchmen and Brits and Greeks and Jews and Turks and Armenians – all of whom the Century of Fear would later send fleeing with a single suitcase. But as late as the ’30s “Alex” was a city of the civilized world – a place where boho trustafarians, like Lawrence Durrell, would move as if to Prague, just because it was a fun cool cheap place to live. Architecture from this period can still be seen, chipped and obscured by smoke, behind the howling mobs and growling tanks in your YouTube clip.

There are many old Egypts. Stray bits of some survive. But somehow, now, Egypt has offended the gods. They have ordered her to pass through the fire – and slowly. In the last century she got a taste. In this she bids fair to endure the full ordeal. At full heat, even the pyramids will burn. There is nothing, nothing, that politics cannot reduce to ash.

For we have seen this movie before. When the student of history contemplates the “Jasmine Revolution,” applauded deliriously by the entire “international community,” by Americans right and left, Brahmins and rednecks, neocons and paleocons and progressives, post-Trotskyists, post-Maoists and post-Stalinists, not to mention every human being on Earth who has so much as heard of Egypt, all serenading pure chaos with gladiatorial bloodlust – CNN had become so boring lately – the student does not even need to set his time machine. The pattern is simply too familiar. The autopilot can see it. The pony knows his way back home.

But Hamlet can be played by pygmies, and history rhymes even as farce. Mubarak can play Nicholas II, Mohammed El-Baradei can appear in the role of Pavel Milyukov, Charles R. Crane can be performed by George Soros, and Hillary Clinton (who has as I write just knifed Mubarak in the back, a deed which can surprise no one over the age of three) does a marvelous Sir George Buchanan. All the details are different, of course; the thing is the same.

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Men should concentrate on playing with their children and leave the care to women

29th January 2011

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Psychologists have found that couples have a stronger, more supportive relationship when the father spends more time playing with their child and less time feeding or bathing them.

The findings suggest that traditional roles work best and that a man who insists on helping with the baby care actually undermines his wife’s efforts.

Scientific proof that the old ways are best. They really are.

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Lack of Sex Among Grapes Tangles a Family Vine

29th January 2011

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Some news for all of you wine snobs out there.

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BBC man beaten by police in Cairo

29th January 2011

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I understand the impulse — I’ve often wanted to beat BBC employees — but I suspect they had different motives.

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TSA shuts door on private airport screening program

29th January 2011

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

The government seems determined to destroy the airline industry in this country.

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How Organized Spam is Taking Control of Google’s Search Results

28th January 2011

Ruh-roh.

In this article, I will show you several examples of where Google’s search is absolutely broken (and by broken, I mean that 10 out of 10 page one search results are entirely fraud). I will also show you exactly how these rankings are achieved and take a look at what the impact on consumer’s may very possibly be. Last but not least, I’ll try to help you recognize these kinds of websites so you can avoid them as they become increasingly difficult to identify.

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When Does Rioting Work?

28th January 2011

Megan McArdle ponders the issue of the day.

I have had a hard time tearing myself away from CNN to write about business news, so I might as well write about the topic on everyone’s mind: when does rioting produce regime change?

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A medieval mural depicting Henry VIII has been uncovered by a couple renovating their home

28th January 2011

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Well, you know, that sort of thing happens.

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Dinosaurs survived for at least 700,000 years after meteorite collision

28th January 2011

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But they probably didn’t enjoy it.

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Kabul supermarket suicide attack kills eight

28th January 2011

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That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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How the Weather Feels in Texas

28th January 2011

An Informative Chart.

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Stoning in Afghanistan: “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!”

28th January 2011

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There is a greater level of frenzy over killing the woman, Siddqa. The perverse excitement of the crowd is palpable, and the cries of “Allahu akbar” are more numerous. But in the end, it is an equal-opportunity double murder, with two pulverized bodies to show as testimony to Allah’s greatness. This is Sharia.

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Waivers for Favors

28th January 2011

Michelle Malkin kicks over a rock.

I propose a new White House series: “Voices of Health Reform Waivers,” where taxpayers can meet all the politically connected unions benefiting from exclusive get-out-of-Obamacare passes — after squandering millions of their workers’ dues to lobby for the job-killing, private-insurance-sabotaging law from which they are now exempt.

At the end of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services had granted some 222 temporary waivers to businesses small and large, insurers, and labor and other organizations that offer affordable health insurance or prescription-drug coverage with limited benefits. On Wednesday, the agency quietly updated its online list, which now reveals a whopping total of 729 Obamacare escapees — in addition to four states, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee — that collectively cover about 2.1 million enrollees.

At least one eyebrow-raising waiver recipient — the left-leaning, nationalized-health-care-promoting Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — has direct ties to the White House. Obama health-care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle sits on the foundation’s board of trustees.

Most noteworthy: One-fourth of all the waivers (182) so far have gone to labor groups.

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