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Archive for May, 2012

No Equal Pay for Nancy

31st May 2012

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) refused to answer questions about Senate Democrats paying their female staff members less than male staffers on Thursday. She may have ducked the question because a Washington Free Beacon analysis shows she pays the women on her staff $26,606 less per year on average.

Well, well, well.

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Proof Electric Cars DO Cause More Pollution Than Normal Ones: Study Shows Impact Is Worse Than Petrol-Powered Vehicles

31st May 2012

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A study of pollution in 34 Chinese cities has found that the electricity generated by power stations to drive electric vehicles leads to more fine particle emissions than petrol-powered transport.

No surprise to some of us.

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Paralysed Rats Walk Again After Spinal Therapy

31st May 2012

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Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries regained the ability to walk, run and even climb stairs following a groundbreaking new treatment.

Rats always get the good stuff.

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The Use of SSIDs to Show Political Allegiance

31st May 2012

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Are WiFi names being chosen to make points? Catching the bus home in Buenos Aires recently, I was idly trying to find an open hotspot when I noticed the names of 3 politicians appear as SSIDs within just a few blocks – Moreno, Cristina and Nestor. Each of these could well be a coincidence, but taken together amongst all the linksys, FT7898, Motorola SSIDs they stood out as tokens of political allegiance. I decided to look deeper into the data: are WiFi SSIDs being used to fly political colours?

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NBA Star DeShawn Stevenson Installs Cash Machine in His Kitchen

31st May 2012

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For the sports star who has everything there remains one tiresome problem – how do you get hold of your millions without having to leave the house?

Basketball player DeShawn Stevenson has come up with the answer and had a cash machine installed in his own kitchen, next to the toaster.

I suppose a piggy bank would have been too plebeian. (The term ‘cargo cult’ somehow jumps into my mind.) Perhaps the next step is to have a Starbucks installed in the breakfast nook, and a MacDonalds in the dining room.

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British Lesbian Couple in Ecuador Maternity Battle

31st May 2012

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Nicola Rothon and Helen Bicknell tried to register joint maternity after their daughter, Satya Amani, was born in December, but were denied permission.

The women, both 34, then filed a claim alleging discrimination and demanding that state prosecutors protect their constitutional rights.

I’m curious as to what ‘constitutional rights’ a homosexual couple could have in Ecuador.

Their baby was conceived using a sperm donor, who was a mutual friend, and Miss Rothon carried the child to term.

So Rothon is the mother and the sperm donor is the father. That’s biological fact, and (more than likely) legal fact in Ecuador (and every other jurisdiction not run by space cadets).

Whatever happened to the ‘reality-based community’ that ‘progressives’ so loudly claim they inhabit? No trace of it here.

In 2008 Ecuador adopted a new constitution extolling “families of diverse types” and recognising civil unions, giving them the same rights as marriage apart from joint adoption of children.

Aha. But do-it-yourself-parentage wouldn’t appear to be included.

The women are now considering taking the case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Where would the space cadets be without these trans-national busybody organizations? For which taxpayers like you inevitably wind up paying?

Sarahi Maldonado, an activist supporting the rights of sexual minorities in Ecuador, said: “It is outrageous to believe that you can’t have a family in which no man is present.”

I must admit that outrage seems to be what they do best.

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Denmark: Somali Immigrants Finance Terror with 3.3 Million Dollars each year

31st May 2012

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Only 43.3 percent of male Somali immigrants and 33 percent of female Somali immigrants in Denmark have a job. It is therefore fair to guess that social benefits from the Danish states finance terror against Denmark. On May 27, two Somali immigrants were arrested for planning terror against Denmark.

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

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Dan Rather: Most Journalists Aren’t Liberal

31st May 2012

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

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Islamic Slavery Is Alive and Well in Bosnia

31st May 2012

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A pointed reminder that Islam has absolutely no problem at all with slavery; Saudi Arabia didn’t abolish slavery until 1962, and it’s still a flourishing practice (in effect, if not formally) in Sudan and other Islamic states.

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We Can Cut Government: Canada Did

31st May 2012

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Pretty sad when we have to look to Canada as a model.

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9/11 Fund Raided to Cover California Deficit

31st May 2012

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A specialty license plate program sold to Californians as a way to benefit the children of 9/11 victims and fund anti-terrorism efforts has instead served as a catchall budget-balancing fund for Golden State governor Jerry Brown.

Hey – what is their need compared to his?

The original legislation earmarked 15 percent of the program’s revenue for a scholarship fund for the children and spouses of the three dozen Californians who died on 9/11.  The California DMV has advertised the scholarship program on its website for the past decade, but the state treasurer’s office closed the scholarship program in 2005.

Forget what the law says. In the Democrat playbook, all money is the government’s money, and how it’s spent is up to the bureaucrats.

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Where’s George W Bush? How a Two-Term President Became the Quiet Man of US Politics

31st May 2012

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Maybe — just maybe — he’s not the raging narcissist that his Democratic colleagues are.

Just maybe.

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Crony Capitalism and Defense Spending

31st May 2012

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There was a time, perhaps, when U.S. defense spending could accommodate both our strategic interests/defense needs and the political needs of our legislators. Ashton Carter and Peter Schweizer correctly insist that this time has passed.

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Underground Chemists Leave Drug Warriors In the Dust

31st May 2012

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One of the under-appreciated challenges of banning stuff is that you have to define with some degree of precision whatever it is you’re trying to outlaw. Write a law too broadly and you might render illegal things (and anger constituencies) that were never on your radar. Write too narrowly, and you miss your target entirely. And if you set out to ban chemicals, natural or artificial, that make people feel good, you soon discover that savvy chemists are perfectly capable of making new chemicals that get people just as high.

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Got a Problem? Rub Some Bacon on It

31st May 2012

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Fix you right up.

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Vodafone Executive Died After Working His Way Through Hotel Minibar

31st May 2012

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The 39-year-old started drinking in the bar of the hotel in the upmarket business district, but once back at his room worked through almost the entire minibar, the inquest heard.

The father-of-two’s lifeless body was discovered along with an empty bottle of Tequila at around 3pm on February 3, after he failed to emerge the next day.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Artur Davis, Former Black Caucus Member, Switches to GOP

30th May 2012

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Artur Davis was first elected to Congress from Alabama in 2002. The Harvard Law School grad was quickly tapped as a rising star among Democrats. He became a Senior Whip for the caucus, co-chair the New Democrat Coalition and even headed up the Southern region for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee. His eight years in Congress showed him to be a thoughtful, independent and energetic member. Yesterday, he announced he is now a Republican.

What does he know that you don’t?

‘On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way—it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.’

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A Little More Signal, a Lot More Noise

30th May 2012

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Because we humans seem to be natural-born signal hunters, we’re terrible at regulating our intake of information. We’ll consume a ton of noise if we sense we may discover an added ounce of signal. So our instinct is at war with our capacity for making sense.

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WashPost’s Strauss, Who Sends Her Kids to Private Schools, Rails Against Romney’s Support for Vouchers

30th May 2012

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I’ll give you a hundred dollars for every Democrat in Congress whose kids go to DC public schools.

I’m not going to hold my breath.

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Obama Honors Socialist Leader

30th May 2012

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One of the leaders honored by President Obama yesterday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is Dolores Huerta, an honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America.

The Democratic Socialists Web site calls for “massive redistribution of income” and sharp cuts to defense spending.

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Monks Fight to Sell Caskets in Louisiana

30th May 2012

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Abbot Justin Brown of the St. Joseph Abbey never thought about the casket business, despite the fact that the abbey has made them for years, but as the abbey must support itself, the monks invested in the necessary equipment and added casket-building to their routine, the Post reported.

But due to the state law, the abbey must either give up the business or get licensed, which would require a display area, a layout parlor, employment of a licensed funeral director and even an embalming room. So with the assistance of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian civil liberties law firm that challenges “the government when it stands in the way of people trying to earn an honest living,” the monks went to federal court.

In a July ruling, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., said Louisiana’s restrictions were unconstitutional and held “the sole reason for these laws is the economic protection of the funeral industry,” the Post noted. Judge Duval pointed out that consumers can buy a casket online from Wal-Mart or Costco, but not from an in-state manufacturer.

Crapitalism red in tooth and claw.

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How Maryland’s Tax Rates Are Driving Jobs to Virginia

30th May 2012

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Maryland accounted for the largest taxpayer exodus of any state in the region between 2007 and 2010.

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

It’s pretty amusing how all the Democrats that work in DC live in Maryland, and all the Republicans that work in DC live in Virginia.

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Hundreds of Cherokees Form New Group to Challenge Elizabeth Warren

30th May 2012

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Apparently the natives are restless. Ask not for whom the drums sound — they sound for thee.

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Doc Watson RIP

30th May 2012

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He will be missed.

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‘Let’s tax wealthy foundations the same way we tax wealthy individuals.’

30th May 2012

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It’s time we started taxing wealthy foundations at the same rate we tax wealthy individuals. Gates. Ford. Getty. Kellogg. Hewlett and Packard. Moore. Mellon. Rockefeller. Soros. These are not just the 1%, but the 1% of the 1%.

Hey, fair’s fair.

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If You Use Drugs, You Might End Up Eating Someone’s Face

30th May 2012

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Or maybe not. Jacob Sullum appears to intend to criticize current drug policy while actually criticizing news coverage, but hey, it’s all criticism, right?

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Evidence Ties Iran to Diplomat Assassination Plots

30th May 2012

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

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White House Says Obama ‘Misspoke’ After Poles Demand Apology Over ‘Polish Death Camp’ Remark

30th May 2012

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The Obamateur strikes again.

The White House said President Barack Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a “Polish death camp” while honoring a Polish war hero.

The president’s remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called it a “German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland,” to distinguish the perpetrators from the location. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called it a matter of “ignorance and incompetence.”

At least he didn’t call them ‘honkies’.

Obama made the comment while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II. Karski died in 2000.

Left unexplained is why Obama is giving an American honor to a Polish hero who, so far as we can see, has no connection with the U.S. I guess he just likes passing out cookies.

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Quote of the Day

30th May 2012

Lileks. ‘If you can’t figure out Twitter on your own, do the world a favor and stay off Twitter’.

And that goes for politics, as well.

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“You Are Allah’s enemy!”: Muslim Stabs Russian Radio Host for Criticizing Muhammad

29th May 2012

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

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Microsoft Forbids Class Actions in New Windows Licence

29th May 2012

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Microsoft will make it harder for customers to club together with lawyers to file lawsuits against its products.

The company is rolling out new End User License Agreements (EULAs) that forbid punters from joining class-action proceedings.

Assistant general counsel Tim Fielden announced the tweak here and said the changes will come into effect as Microsoft releases major hardware or software updates.

The first big product to include the altered licence will be Windows 8: a release candidate is expected in June before it ships for PCs and tablets in late summer or the autumn.

I am reminded of the Dilbert cartoon arc in which Dilbert winds up condemned to be Bill Gates’ towel boy by opening a package of Windows software.

Of course, anybody who’s unhappy with this can always buy and use a Macintosh….

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Anders Behring Breivik a Self-Styled ‘Metrosexual’ Who Used David Beckham as Example

29th May 2012

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The Norwegian mass killer’s life “fell apart” after a failed relationship with a Belarusian internet date left him struggling with his sexuality, his friends told the court.

“That was perhaps his last attempt at dating a girl like the other boys did,” his best friend’s ex-girlfriend told the court.

Breivik’s friends suspected the 33-year-old extremist might be homosexual because he was feminine and fastidious about his appearance, another friend, a lawyer in Norway’s Ministry of Defence, said.

“He used make-up powder, those kinds of things, and he explained that as being ‘metrosexual’. He made reference to David Beckham being that at the time.”

Heh.

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Oh Yeah, That’s Right, Housing Is Still in a Depression

29th May 2012

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And, last time I looked, Obama still hasn’t tried to do anything about it. He talks a good game, though.

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Honor Student Jailed for Not Warming a School Seat Often Enough

29th May 2012

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There are big differences between doing business with a private vendor and doing business with a public agency. If the private vendor doesn’t like the way you use its services, it might ding you on the price or even sever ties and send you elsewhere. If the public agency doesn’t care for your interpretation of the arrangement, it has the power to throw your ass in jail. Which is how Diane Tran, a Houston-area high school honor student who takes advanced placement courses, gets straight-As and works full-time to support herself and two siblings, found herself in jail for “truancy.”

 

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Sex-Selective Abortion in America

29th May 2012

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Not just a Third-World Problem any more.

And Planned Parenthood is involved, of course, as you might expect. I’m waiting for them to tell the truth and change their name to Planned UnParenthood, since they seem more focused on helping people plan not to be parents.

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The Power Pot: Thermoelectric Power … and Soup

29th May 2012

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We have the technology.

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Four Men and Two Women Sentenced to Death for Dancing at Pakistan Wedding

29th May 2012

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Your life under Islam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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Tool-wielding Robots Crawl in Bodies for Surgery

29th May 2012

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Scientists and doctors are using the creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer, and other diseased organs. The snakebots carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps, and even more advanced sensors are in the works. For now, they’re powered by tethers that humans control.

We have the technology.

But experts say the day is coming when some robots will roam the body on their own.

Rather like herpes.

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Plans for Islamist Breakaway State Within Mali Collapse

29th May 2012

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Back to the drawing board.

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Kenya: Bomb Blast Injures 33, “Arabic-looking bearded man” Suspected

29th May 2012

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Careful, now: might have been an Amish extremist.

Yeah, they’ll sneak up on you. It’s not as if he’s a ‘North African youth’, after all.

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Birds May be Paedomorphic Dinosaurs

29th May 2012

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Paedomorphosis is the evolutionary process in which a descendant retains the juvenile state of an ancestor, retaining certain juvenile features of the ancestor into adulthood and reproductive age.  Paedomorphosis is one example of heterochrony: the process (discussed by Steve Gould in his book Ontogeny and Phylogeny) whereby evolution operates by changing the timing of development.

Bet you didn’t know that.

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Researchers Find Back Door in MILSPEC Silicon

29th May 2012

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A pair of security researchers claim to have found a back door in a commercial field-programmable gate array (FPGA) marketed as a secure tool for military applications.

Ruh-roh.

On the other hand, maybe not.

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Australian Mom Says Kangaroo Stalked Her for 2 Days Then Attacked

29th May 2012

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Global Warming Skeptics as Knowledgeable About Science as Climate Change Believers, Study Says

29th May 2012

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No! No! That can’t be! What about The Consensus?

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UK: NHS Removes ‘Dad’ From Parenting Leaflets to Avoid Upsetting Same-Sex Couples

28th May 2012

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When the government provides a service, every aspect of that service becomes a political question to be settled by political means. Therefore the nature of the service and its provision will be in accordance with the dominant political agenda, regardless of what the recipients either want or need.

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George Lucas, Facebook, and the Crisis of NIMBYism

28th May 2012

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Dumb rules prevent Silicon Valley from building the houses and offices we need to power American innovation.

Apparently even Left Coast ‘progressives’ get tired of their ideological fellows from time to time.

The stretch of the United States running from San Jose, north through Silicon Valley, up to San Francisco and into the North Bay suburbs is the one of the most prosperous places in the history of humankind. But for the dynamic enterprises in that part of the country to live up to their full potential—and for Americans as a whole to benefit from them—we need to combine innovation, talent, and venture capital with old-fashioned things like buildings and people. And right now, idiotic land-use policies are restricting the area’s growth.

When Matthew Yglesias starts sounding like Newt Gingrich, you know it’s gotta be bad.

George Lucas currently stands accused of “inciting class warfare” by Caroline Lenert, head of the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents in Marin County.

In other words, intending to build housing for poor people in a rich people’s neighborhood. (If the government were doing it, perhaps under a DOJ mandate, presumably they wouldn’t have a problem with it. It certainly wouldn’t stop them voting fascists like Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer into Congress.)

Pass the popcorn.

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France: Muslims Stone Christians in Church During Mass

28th May 2012

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

Another pointed reminder that freedom of religion is NOT a Muslim value.

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

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Fine the Best Wireless Carrier in Your Area

28th May 2012

OpenSignalMaps is a new service that appears to be very handy.

It told me something I already knew — that Verizon has the best coverage in my area — and something I didn’t know: That AT&T actually has better reliability (by about 5%; the reason Verizon beats them out overall is because AT&T’s upload speed sucks).

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New Sensory Organ Discovered in Whales

28th May 2012

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I think Congressmen ought to be tested for this new organ. They certainly have the ‘special, accordion-like blubber layer that goes from the snout to the navel’ that ‘expands  to allow the whales to engulf large quantities’.

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The Vegetarian Personality

28th May 2012

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I have trouble accepting the idea that Hitler was a vegetarian. He just didn’t seem that pushy.

It’s not pretty.

Of all the annoying identity movements under the giant rancid rainbow, what is it that causes militant vegetarians to be the most obnoxious? What is it about the Vegetarian Personality that makes me wish someone would cannibalize them? What is it about being lectured by vegans that makes me want to drive straight to Wendy’s and order a Classic Triple?

Because they are the most irrationally self-righteous, which irritates the living shit out of normal people, even if they can’t articulate why.

Human beings evolved to, among other things, eat meat. Modern ‘progressives’ delight in forcing people to acknowledge moral superiority for things that are against nature (‘gay marriage’ comes immediately to mind), all the while proclaiming that their adversaries are ‘anti-science’. This hearkens back to Tertullian’s famous dictum ‘Credo quia absurdam’ and just reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun.

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