DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Archive for February, 2011

‘Firefly’ Flutters Over To Science Channel On March 6

28th February 2011

Read it.

And they’re doing them in the right order this time.

As a special treat for ‘Firefly’ fans, star of Science Channel’s ‘Sci-Fi Science,’ and the co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, will be commentating on the science behind ‘Firefly’ for each episode. From terra-forming to anti-matter, Kaku will be explaining why the science fiction featured in the show really isn’t that far from “science fact.”

Posted in News You Can Use. | 1 Comment »

Anti-Gaddafi protesters storm Berlin Libyan embassy

28th February 2011

Read it.

The unidentified protesters flashed the victory sign and shouted “God is Greatest” in Arabic as they were led away.

One protester, giving his name as Sheikh Rooky, told Reuters that the embassy staff are “on the side of the people” and condemn the “massacres happening in Libya” but fear the possible repercussions for speaking out against Gaddafi.

As opposed to the possible repercussions of speaking out for Qaddafi, I presume.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off on Anti-Gaddafi protesters storm Berlin Libyan embassy

Nigeria: Muslims storm Christian village, murder mother and her four children

28th February 2011

Read it.

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

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off on Nigeria: Muslims storm Christian village, murder mother and her four children

Debunking the Myths of Desert Storm

28th February 2011

Read it.

The problem with a totally left-wing media is that they try to re-write history to suit their agenda. As a result, we need people to keep the truth alive.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off on Debunking the Myths of Desert Storm

British Airways worker guilty of plotting to blow up plane

28th February 2011

Read it.

Rajib Karim, 31, used his position at the airline to plot an attack with Anwar al-Awlaki, a notorious radical preacher associated with al-Qaeda.

Yeah, there’s a real British name for you.

Don’t hire Muslims. ‘But that’s discrimination!’ Yeah, but it’s also good common sense.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off on British Airways worker guilty of plotting to blow up plane

Seeing the Past

28th February 2011

Scott Adams lets his inner socialist out to play yet again.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 1 Comment »

Jihadist planning White House rally says Obama must “embrace Islam” or be put on trial when Muslims take over U.S.

28th February 2011

Read it.

Hell, they can have him now.

Posted in Living with Islam. | 1 Comment »

The Last Doughboy

28th February 2011

George Will celebrates the last American veteran of The Great War.

Buckles never saw combat, but “I saw the results.” He seems vague about only one thing: What was the First World War about?

The First World War was also the first ‘modern war’ in which the government of the United States, under the reins of its most fascist President ever, decided to stick its nose into the sort of conflict that hitherto had been considered solely the business of the Europeans.

On June 28, 1914, an assassin’s bullet in Sarajevo killed the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The war that followed took more than 116,000 American lives — more than all of America’s wars after the Second World War. And in a sense, the First World War took many more American lives because it led to the Second World War and beyond.

Funny how Democrat Presidents seem to have a talent for getting us into these wars and shit. (Republicans are more constrained — ‘kick some wog ass and go home’ is more their style, except we seem to have lost the ability to go home afterward.) Sigh.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 2 Comments »

What’s So Great About Being Productive?

28th February 2011

What he said.

Why do you want to be so productive? I’m serious. Take a moment and ask yourself what it is that you want that makes being productive so necessary? What makes you spend so much time and energy thinking and worrying about it?

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on What’s So Great About Being Productive?

What hope is there if doctors won’t respect unborn children?

28th February 2011

Melanie Phillips lays it out.

You really do have to wonder which is the more extreme effect of our politically correct culture — the way in which it brutalises people, or the way it turns them into cerebrally-challenged automatons?

Both attributes were on startling display in the latest piece of advice to emanate from no less august a body than the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

This guidance, intended for all doctors, nurses and counsellors advising women contemplating having an abortion, said such women should be told that terminating a pregnancy was safer than having a baby.

To which one can only ask: safer for whom, precisely? Not for the baby, certainly.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on What hope is there if doctors won’t respect unborn children?

NBC Mislabels Dem Mayor as ‘R’ After Providence Fires All Its School Teachers

28th February 2011

Read it.

Well, he’s obviously a Republican at heart, right? Right?

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on NBC Mislabels Dem Mayor as ‘R’ After Providence Fires All Its School Teachers

Libyans Using Coded Dating Site Messages To Avoid Government Monitoring

28th February 2011

Read it.

‘My hovercraft is full of eels.’ means ‘The revolution starts Wednesday.’ Pass it on.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off on Libyans Using Coded Dating Site Messages To Avoid Government Monitoring

How To Turn A Laser Into A Tractor Beam

28th February 2011

Read it.

We have the technology — or will presently.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off on How To Turn A Laser Into A Tractor Beam

Those darn communists

28th February 2011

Read it.

Apparently Eric Hobsbawm is at it again.

It is a deeply puzzling thing.  The grip, that is, of Marxism on the minds of so many evidently intelligent people.  I think I understand the appeal of Marxism on the brain of the early twenty something, having suffered through it, not to mention my poor father, myself.  (That is, he suffered through my infatuation with Marxism.)  But it goes way beyond that. You have to think that if our planet were ever to be discovered by some moderately ethical star faring race, and they were able to appreciate along with everything else the history of communism and all its acolytes, the case against just sterilizing the muddy ball on which we live would be made considerably weaker.  What an appalling, nasty, weak-minded and heartless batch of insects it makes us look. And even that’s unfair to insects — ant colonies work well at least.  They don’t set up little ant gulags.  If the aliens arrive, somebody will have to make sure Hobsbawm STFU.  He merits the dubious distinction of having made scholarship a crime against humanity.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Those darn communists

Reflections on World on Fire

28th February 2011

Bryan Caplan has some thoughts on Amy Chua’s less controversial book.

The negative side effect of free-market reforms: The market-dominant minorities disproportionately benefit, increasing popular resentment.  The negative side effect of democratization: Market-dominant minorities disproportionately suffer, because the majority finally gets a chance to legally enforce its resentment.  Pushing both reforms on developing countries simultaneously – which Chua claims the U.S. government habitually does – gives the worst of both worlds: Increasing resentment – and the opportunity to politically act upon it.  If the stars align badly enough, preaching democratic capitalism gives you Yugoslavia or Rwanda.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on Reflections on World on Fire

20-Ton Mayonnaise Spill Shuts Down Part of Mo. Interstate

28th February 2011

Read it.

Police closed the eastbound lanes of the section of Interstate while crews worked to clean up the 40,000 lbs of mayonnaise that spilled out Saturday after the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control and drove into the median.

I’m sure Republicans are to blame somehow.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on 20-Ton Mayonnaise Spill Shuts Down Part of Mo. Interstate

UK, Germany fly secret missions into Libya

28th February 2011

Read it.

The secret military missions into the turbulent North Africa country signal the readiness of Western nations to disregard Libya’s territorial integrity when it comes to the safety of their citizens.

What ‘territorial integrity’? Libya is falling apart into what it was before the Italians nailed it together back in the ’30s: a bunch of tribal territories with some city-states on the Mediterranean coast sandwiched between French Algeria and British Egype (one of which is Tunisia).

As long as Qaddafi can pay his soldiers, he’ll own Tripolitania, and nobody cares what happens in Cyrenaica or Fezzan except with respect to oil. I don’t know where exactly the Libyan oil fields are located, and don’t care enough to look it up, but I’m sure Qadaffi has some, and would be willing to let go of the rest in exchange for being left alone.

And of course Obama is in full college seminar mode, poking the Europeans and saying ‘Hey, you guys really ought to be doing something about this. I’ve outlined some ideas on this whiteboard; be sure to take good notes, because this will be on the test.’

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 3 Comments »

“Why are medieval books so big?”

27th February 2011

Read it.

The question then becomes, I guess, why were medieval books the size they were?  And the answer to that is simple: medieval books were the size they were because medieval sheep were the size they were.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off on “Why are medieval books so big?”

Why Civilizations Rise and Fall

27th February 2011

Read it.

In the Middle Ages, the Middle East was at the forefront of optics, metallurgy, and mathematics. Its largest cities, libraries, and marketplaces dwarfed those in Europe. Subsequently, over the next half millennium, the Middle East slipped behind Europe in many realms, including science and medicine, finance and business, and literacy and living standards. But just as Confucianism and Taoism could not explain China’s failures, Islam, often blamed for the Middle East’s shortcomings, raises more questions than it answers. If Islam’s supposedly retrograde system of beliefs explains the Middle East’s recent failures, what accounts for its earlier successes?

Until the 1700s, the East and the West remained politically independent of each other, regardless of which side was ahead, and neither side enjoyed unchallenged military supremacy. The last reversal, moreover, had another unique trait: self-reinforcing growth. In both regions, the level of development had been constrained for millennia by the limitations of agrarian life. Since 1700, when world trade fell under European control, the West has developed at a dramatically accelerating rate. Today, its development, as measured by Morris, is over 20 times as high as its 1700 level. The East, with some lag, has also developed to unprecedented heights: Morris calculates its level of development to be about 13 times as high as its record level before 1700.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on Why Civilizations Rise and Fall

Traditionalism in a Changing World

27th February 2011

Read it.

I feel that holiday traditions may, and often do, play a role of some determinative, even normative importance in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Thus there is value in being able conceive of and respond to them distinctly. I feel that way because traditions are deeply associated with many other things I take seriously: local engagement, cultural identity, historical memory, familial attachment, and other “communitarian” goods. These don’t constitute a perfectly indivisible bundle, of course, but “traditionalism” is a thread that runs through them and to a degree connects them. Speaking up for tradition in our economically globalized and hyper-mobile world may be essential to making a case for the communitarian perspective as a whole.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on Traditionalism in a Changing World

Extreme aging in the federal judiciary—and the trouble it causes.

27th February 2011

Read it.

Well, that’s the problem with lifetime appointments. The Roman Catholic Church has the same problem.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on Extreme aging in the federal judiciary—and the trouble it causes.

The Urban Energy Efficiency Retrofit Challenge

27th February 2011

Read it.

‘Progressives’ and other hipsters want us all to live in dense urban cores. Well, there are problems with that….

Gas forced air is the standard heating solution for new construction in Chicago and much of the Midwest. This may not apply to the largest buildings, but certainly to single family homes and most of the new construction condos in Chicago. Being able to upgrade building systems is key to energy efficiency, because buildings are the number one source of carbon emissions. In the city of Chicago, about 70% of all carbon emissions come from buildings. And while multi-unit buildings may be inherently more efficient in some regards, they create huge challenges for upgrades because of all the shared infrastructure and lack of access to the roof, exterior walls, and utility feeds. This might not apply in some cases where there is, for example, a shared boiler where one upgrade takes care of all units. But for most new construction condos outside of high rises, I strongly suspect they were built without energy efficient furnaces and in a way that effectively precludes upgrading to current technology.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on The Urban Energy Efficiency Retrofit Challenge

The Stranger

27th February 2011

Bryan Caplan dispels some smoke and smudges some mirrors.

What are you morally forbidden to do to a stranger?  You may not murder him.  You may not attack him.  You may not enslave him.  Neither may you rob him.

What are you morally required to do for a stranger?  Not much.  Even if he seems hungry and asks you for food, you’re probably within your rights to refuse.  If you’ve ever been in a large city, you’ve refused to help the homeless on more than one occasion.  And even if you think you broke your moral obligation to give, your moral obligation wasn’t strong enough to let the beggar justifiably mug you.

Notice: These common-sense ethics regarding strangers, ethics that almost everyone admits, are unequivocally libertarian.  Yes, you have an obligation to leave strangers alone, but charity is optional.

One last question: What fraction of your “fellow citizens” have you actually met?  Virtually zero.  The vast majority of your countrymen are, in fact, utter strangers to you.    When you tell your kid “Don’t take rides from strangers,” you don’t make an exception for anyone who happens to share your citizenship.  Modern government – and most of political philosophy – is just a massive effort to pretend otherwise.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on The Stranger

Survey Reveals Why High School Students Drop Out

27th February 2011

Read it.

And nobody catches on to the fact that the problem is the modern batch-processing factory-style school.

Why do students drop out?
* 47 percent of dropouts said classes weren’t interesting.
* 43 percent missed too much school and couldn’t catch up.
* 38 percent said they had too much freedom and not enough rules.
* 35 percent said they quit because they were failing.
* 32 percent said they had to get a job and earn money. 88 percent had passing grades, and 70 percent said they could have graduated if they had tried.
* 69 percent were not motivated to work hard; 66 percent would have worked harder if more had been demanded of them.

All problems that could be fixed with individualized, computer-based, self-paced instruction.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on Survey Reveals Why High School Students Drop Out

Catholic College Fires Openly Gay Priest in Pennsylvania

27th February 2011

Read it.

What puzzles me is why a nominally Roman Catholic college would hire a heretic ‘priest’ as a teacher in the first place.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Catholic College Fires Openly Gay Priest in Pennsylvania

4 Decapitated Bodies Found in Mexican Border City

27th February 2011

Read it.

Sure, let’s open up the borders — we really need more people like that in this country.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 1 Comment »

NJ: Monmouth County’s SCAT bus drivers stage sickout

26th February 2011

Read it.

Monmouth County transportation employees staged a sickout Friday that left 174 developmentally disabled clients waiting for a bus that never came and county officials scrambling to get critically ill patients to their dialysis appointments.William K. Heine, a county spokesman, confirmed that two-thirds of workers did not come to work. Of those 25 workers, eight had a pre-approved day off. The others — 14 bus drivers and three office workers — called in sick.

Skudera said when she was told about the sickout, she assumed it was linked to the solidarity movement behind unionized workers in Wisconsin whose collective-bargaining rights are at risk.

Look for … the union label….

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on NJ: Monmouth County’s SCAT bus drivers stage sickout

UK: New mothers swap fruit vouchers for booze and cigarettes

26th February 2011

Read it.

Hundreds of thousands of new and expectant mothers are given shopping coupons worth up to £322 a year, per child, in a bid to ensure that they feed their families healthily.

The programme, which gives 600,000 women on benefits vouchers specifically for milk, fruit and vegetables, was introduced by Labour four years ago, replacing a Second World War scheme which provided only free milk.

As well as trading vouchers for alcohol and cigarettes, supermarkets and small convenience stores had allowed them to be used to pay for nappies, baby products, general groceries, bread, eggs and meat, the report found.

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

Markets work even when you don’t want them to.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on UK: New mothers swap fruit vouchers for booze and cigarettes

The Rise of the Adolescent Mind

26th February 2011

Victor Davis Hanson points out that the grownups aren’t in charge any more.

We live in a therapeutic age, one in which the old tragic view of our ancestors has been replaced by prolonged adolescence. Adolescents hold adult notions of consumption: they understand the comfort of a pricey car; they appreciate the status conveyed by a particular sort of handbag or sunglasses; they sense how outward consumption and refined tastes can translate into popularity and envy; and they appreciate how a slogan or world view can win acceptance among peers without worry over its validity. But they have no adult sense of acquisition, themselves not paying taxes, balancing the family budget, or worrying about household insurance, maintenance, or debt. Theirs is a world view of today or tomorrow, not of next year — or even of next week.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on The Rise of the Adolescent Mind

Pakistan: Hindu temples turned into picnic spots, hotels

26th February 2011

Read it.

Authorities are apathetic, because as far as those authorities are concerned, these temples are offensive structures that have no right to exist in the first place.

Another example of the essential fascism of Islam. ‘Everything in the Ummah, nothing outside the Ummah, nothing against the Ummah’, to paraphrase Mussolini.

Posted in Living with Islam. | 1 Comment »

Court Dwarfs in the Poverty Palace

26th February 2011

Roland Shirk kicks over a rock — and finds the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A group that began as Klan Watch, back when the Klan still (barely) existed, SPLC has since had to reinvent itself as an all-purpose watchdog keeping a keen eye on the activities of groups such as… Civil War Reenactors, Catholic monks, and opponents of Islamic terror. Given the happy decline into obscurity of white racist and anti-Semitic groups (anti-Zionists don’t count, no matter how many Jews they kill), SPLC has been forced to look a little harder for its targets. Since the only people outside of psych wards and tiny little compounds in Idaho who still preach the mass repression or murder of others based on religion are Muslims, and are by definition innocent, the standards for what makes a hate group will have to broadened a bit.

The alternative is too ugly to contemplate: SPLC might have to declare “victory” and go home, and its officers might have to sacrifice the six-figure incomes they earn by churning out letters that scare elderly Holocaust survivors into writing them fat checks. That money might instead be wasted on legacies to their grandchildren, when it could go to good use gold-plating the toilet fixtures on SPLC’s glittering Poverty Palace. Men like Morris Dees would have to find jobs at Starbucks.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | 1 Comment »

3 dead in assassination attempt on Mexican mayor

26th February 2011

Read it.

Sure, let’s open up the borders, we really need more of these people in the United States.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 1 Comment »

Solo Drivers In Los Angeles Will Soon Be Allowed To Drive In Carpool Lanes For A Fee

25th February 2011

And the frog starts to boil.

Step 1. Come up with some plausible excuse to carve off special lanes for the privileged, even though that increases congestion for everyone else. ‘Oh, we have to have carpool lanes to ecourage people to carpool and so reduce emissions and save the world.’ No mention of the fact that the extra emissions of people crawling along at five or ten miles an hour vastly outpaces any savings from the minuscule number of people who carpool.

Step 2. Don’t mention the fact that Mr Rich Liberal Democrat and his chauffeur can use the carpool lane, as can the sixteen illegal immigrants in a POS van on their way to trim hedges for same, while Joe Sixpack on his way to a construction job site can wave to them while he’s stuck in traffice.

Step 3. Once we’ve got people used to the idea of special privileged lanes, let’s charge people to use them, once again giving the Crust a way to bypass the Great Unwashed while charging people for the use of roads that were built using their tax money.

Sounds like a win-win for the government; the only loser is the ordinary middle-class taxpayer, and who cares about them?

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on Solo Drivers In Los Angeles Will Soon Be Allowed To Drive In Carpool Lanes For A Fee

Barack and Michelle Obama name openly gay man as social secretary

25th February 2011

Read it.

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

This has been widely touted as ‘the first time a man has been social secretary’.

I don’t even have to say anything, do I?

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 3 Comments »

Zimbabwe Professor Arrested, Tortured For ‘Treason’ For Watching News Videos About Egypt & Tunisia

25th February 2011

Read it.

Zimbabweans are lucky they are no longer suffering under the boot of the racist white former regime Thank God for the U.N. and the international community, or who knows what kind of hell they would be living in now.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on Zimbabwe Professor Arrested, Tortured For ‘Treason’ For Watching News Videos About Egypt & Tunisia

Qaddafi didn’t need his army. He may not be the only ruler who thinks so.

25th February 2011

Read it.

Although once a soldier himself, Qaddafi has had little use for his own military. The sudden rebellion in Libya has caused the regular army in Libya to collapse. This was a feature of the army, not a bug. A recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the military balance in North Africa described the poor state of the army’s training, leadership, and logistical support. In particular the authors singled out the lopsided ratio of Libya’s weapons supplies to manpower as “militarily absurd.” Like all autocrats propped up on the tiniest sliver of support, the last thing Qaddafi would have wanted was a cohesive and functioning army patrolling Libya’s streets.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on Qaddafi didn’t need his army. He may not be the only ruler who thinks so.

Kidlandia Personalizes Fantasy Maps For Kids

25th February 2011

Read it.

I want the Joe Biden map.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off on Kidlandia Personalizes Fantasy Maps For Kids

Restaurant Refuses To Serve TSA Agents

25th February 2011

Read it.

Apparently, a Seattle area restaurant (right near the airport) has announced that it’s refusing to serve TSA agents in protest of the way the TSA treats passengers who wish to fly.

Now that’s comedy.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | 1 Comment »

The Second-Best-Selling Book in America Costs $0.99

25th February 2011

Read it.

The second best-selling book in America, a thriller by Lisa Gardner called Alone, was first published in hardback in 2005, when it cost $25. Now you can pick it up for just $0.99–but only as an ebook. And its ebook sales are the sole reason it is now topping bestseller lists.

So the key to the best-seller list is to cut the price to the bone. The benefit to the reader is obvious. The benefit to the author is almost as plain: Selling an e-book has virtually no marginal cost — you give them a copy of some bits, which costs you next to nothing, and they give you real money (well, if government fiat currency counts as real money); the more copies you sell, the more revenue you get to spread your fixed costs over.

And hitting the NYT best-seller list is the surest route to big advances and publicity budgets, which means better sales for subsequent books.

Anyone who pays attention to Apple’s App store has seen this tactic before: game developers regularly discount older titles to $0.99 in hopes of climbing the charts — the idea is that they make up on volume what they lose on each sale, because a buck is the magic price point at which impulse buys occur. Plus, getting onto the most-downloaded list, whether you’re selling an app or a book, generates enormous amounts of additional sales.

I’m surprised that it’s taken these people this long to figure it out.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on The Second-Best-Selling Book in America Costs $0.99

Castrating the Military

25th February 2011

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, lets loose.

Our nation’s actual military is ahead of VMI in these matters. They are aiming for an organization that exists not to fight wars, still less—heaven forbid!—to win them, but to celebrate diversity.

Most Americans first heard news of this development on November 8, 2009, when General George Casey, reacting to the Fort Hood shooting, told a TV interviewer: “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.” We were further enlightened shortly afterward on learning that Fort Hood, like most US military bases, is a gun-free zone.

Turning military bases into gun-free zones is merely a rest stop along the road to making them testosterone-free zones. That in turn appears to be part of a scheme to fold the military into our culture of grievance, complaint, “rights,” and teeming swarms of lawyers stripping all the sense and virtue from the populace like locusts on wheat. A correspondent who knows the territory tells me: “Guys who served a single tour will get out and join the post office where veterans get very preferential treatment. Then they retire from the post office and head over to the VA claiming service-related handicaps.”

Hey, military men have government jobs, too.

Posted in You can't make this stuff up. | Comments Off on Castrating the Military

Can Living With Dogs or Cats Prevent Asthma in Kids?

25th February 2011

Read it.

If kids who live in close proximity to farm animals seem to develop asthma at lower-than-average rates, can urban or suburban children reap the same benefits by acquiring a dog or cat?

Yeah, they’re really not big on pigs in the suburbs. And downtown has enough piggy humans that actual swine would be crowded out.

I get the impression that rolling your kid around in the mud during the first three months of its life is the best thing you can do. But perhaps I’m just misinterpreting the available literature.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on Can Living With Dogs or Cats Prevent Asthma in Kids?

More Pseudo-Libertarianism

25th February 2011

Thomas doesn’t like Bryan Caplan, Scott Sumner, or Will Wikinson very much.

Can’t say that I blame him.

Why should one reject IQ tests as “culturally biased,” and under what conditions? I have no doubt that there is some degree of cultural bias in IQ tests, but so what? As an employer, I may want employees who are not only capable of carrying out certain kinds of mental tasks but who also are attuned to the culture in which I operate my business. If that rules out, say, inner-city blacks who prefer rap to Bach, who wear outré clothing, and who speak a language other than standard English, so be it.

Sumner also “cringes” at “distrust of democracy.” Does he not understand the history of American politics in the twentieth century? It can be summarized, quite accurately, as follows: promise, elect, spend, tax, regulate, promise, elect, spend, tax, regulate, etc., etc., etc.

I can only shake my head in amazement at the delusions of left-libertarians. I must come up with a new name for them, inasmuch as they are not libertarians.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on More Pseudo-Libertarianism

The Rich Have 80% More Energy Than the Rest

25th February 2011

Read it.

Guess I’ll never be rich, then; sounds too much like work.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on The Rich Have 80% More Energy Than the Rest

Stalking the Wild Facebook User

25th February 2011

Read it.

For three days this week, victims of unrequited love were able to effortlessly track their crushes’ Facebook relationship statuses using the Breakup Notifier Facebook app that launched Monday. On Wednesday, however, the social network shut down the app — but not before it had acquired about 3 million users.

Now Facebook app WaitingRoom wants to offer those former Breakup Notifier users an upgrade in stalking efficiency. Not only will the Facebook app notify you when the person you’re pining after relieves himself or herself from a relationship, but it will also help you anonymously encourage that breakup.

Here’s how it works: When you indicate interest in an unavailable Facebook friend, that person gets an e-mail notification that there is someone in his or her “WaitingRoom” (this person need not have the app installed at this point). The identity of the admirer isn’t revealed until the recipient has changed his or her Facebook status to single.

Another great reason to avoid Facebook.

Posted in You can't make this stuff up. | Comments Off on Stalking the Wild Facebook User

Jury Nullification Advocate Faces Indictment

25th February 2011

Read it.

Since 2009, Mr. Heicklen has stood there and at courthouse entrances elsewhere and handed out pamphlets encouraging jurors to ignore the law if they disagree with it, and to render verdicts based on conscience.

That concept, called jury nullification, is highly controversial, and courts are hostile to it. But federal prosecutors have now taken the unusual step of having Mr. Heicklen indicted on a charge that his distributing of such pamphlets at the courthouse entrance violates the law against jury tampering.

Arguing about the theory and history of jury nullification provides some of the most entertaining moments in law school.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on Jury Nullification Advocate Faces Indictment

Obama praises Algeria for lifting state of emergency that was put in place to prevent Islamic rule

25th February 2011

Read it.

Of course he does. Change = Progress, right?

The pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist political party known as the Islamic Salvation Front won the first round of Algeria’s 1991 elections, whereupon the military stepped in, canceled the second round of elections, and banned the Islamic Salvation Front and all Islamic political parties. This led to civil war, and the state of emergency. Islamic Sharia forces would still win any free election in Algeria.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off on Obama praises Algeria for lifting state of emergency that was put in place to prevent Islamic rule

Paul Krugman’s Third World fantasy

25th February 2011

Read it.

According to Nobel laureate and raconteur Paul Krugman, Gov. Scott Walker and “his backers” are attempting to “make Wisconsin — and eventually, America — less of a functioning democracy and more of a Third World-style oligarchy.”

Democracy, naturally, can only be saved by public sector unions, which attain their political power and taxpayer-funded benefits by “negotiating” with politicians elected with the help of unions who use, well, taxpayer dollars. And you know, that doesn’t sound like an oligarchy at all.

In this world, when you tax a citizen a bit less to try to generate economic growth, you are not taking less from the taxpayer but “stealing” from a third party who at some point in his life was told he had an indelible right to your wallet, no matter the cost. And if you don’t hand it over? Well, even though Wisconsin is home to some of the nation’s highest taxes, and even though the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that tax cuts were “not even in effect yet, so they cannot be part of the current problem,” you can’t stop unionists from blaming “giveaways” to the rich.

 

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off on Paul Krugman’s Third World fantasy

Plastic fantastic! Carrier bags ‘not eco-villains after all’

25th February 2011

Read it.

Unpublished Government research suggests the plastic carrier may not be an eco villain after all – but, whisper it, an unsung hero. Hated by environmentalists and shunned by shoppers, the disposable plastic bag is piling up in a shame-filled corner of retail history. But a draft report by the Environment Agency, obtained by the Independent on Sunday, has found that ordinary high density polythene (HDPE) bags used by shops are actually greener than supposedly low impact choices.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off on Plastic fantastic! Carrier bags ‘not eco-villains after all’

School for pregnant teenagers being set up in New York

25th February 2011

Read it.

Just another fine day in the Obamanation.

‘Everything in the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.’ — Benito Mussolini

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on School for pregnant teenagers being set up in New York

Tearing Down Walls — Egyptian Style

25th February 2011

Read it.

Three ancient monasteries in Egypt are among the oldest continuously functioning Christian religious establishments in the world. Until the recent insurrection and the overthrow of the Mubarak regime, the monasteries could count on the police protection from marauding Muslim zealots and thieves looking for valuable icons.

When civil order vanished from Egypt a few weeks ago, the Copts appealed to the army for protection. They were told that the military could not protect them, that they must protect themselves. And so they did, building protective fences around the monastery.

Unfortunately, it seems the army prefers that the monasteries remain unprotected: on Sunday soldiers with bulldozers arrived and began destroying the fences. Any Copts who attempted to interfere are being shot at by troops.

The notion that change = progress is the chief intellectual deficiency of the Left.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off on Tearing Down Walls — Egyptian Style