Archive for March, 2008

Not a sleeping giant

Monday, March 31st, 2008

After September 11, 2001, I remember callers to talk-radio shows (probably Boortz and Hannity) and possibly online columnists (perhaps at or World Net Daily) using the old phrase "they've awoken a sleeping giant" to refer to the crimes committed against Americans and the wrath they were about to incur. ...

Government funding of science

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Obviously the main problem with scientific research across the world today is the fact that it is funded primarily with tax money. The main problem with scientific research, according to most scientists, is that not enough tax money is given to scientists. Bruce Alberts, lead author of one of the most ...

The ice cream of the future

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I've raised this point several times over the last several years: Dippin' Dots, that delicious iced cream product found in shopping malls, amusement parks, and occasionally other places, has claimed it is "the ice cream of the future" for at least 15 years. Come on, it's the future by now. ...

Stocks before whore, everyone’s poor

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

The March 17 Daily Show had a great couple of segments on the idiotic federal government and Federal Reserve and the recession the United States is in. A rerun of this ran tonight at 8:00, which is why I'm blagging about it now. Talking about the $600 tax refund the State ...

Grade-A tirade

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Mark Morford of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an absolutely fantastic tirade about the complete embarrassment and failure of the Bush regime. Some highlights (the majority of the article, perhaps): You are not paying taxes merely to fund torture and bomb-dropping and the killing of countless innocents in Iraq in ...

Staggering ignorance

Friday, March 21st, 2008

In this week's issue of Nature, John Browning reviews Nicholas Carr's latest book, The Big Switch. I like reading Nicholas Carr's blag, Rough Type, for its insights and commentaries on the computer/technology industry and its future. This post isn't really about Carr or his book or his blag or the future ...

Bar-stool economics

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The tax system of our country analogized to pub-goers. Kelly: To discover the only reason I deemed this link worthy of posting on our blag, notice who its author is. Hat tip: Radley Balko.

‘Speak English’ signs allowed on private property

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Well, that's good because DISCRIMINATION ISN'T A VIOLATION OF RIGHTS, you self-righteous, brain-dead busybodies. Article from MSNBC.

R.I.P., Arthur C. Clarke

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The author of Rendezvous With Rama, Childhood's End, The Fountains of Paradise, and 2001: A Space Odyssey and one of the "big three" Grand Masters of science-fiction (Heinlein, Asimov) has died at the age of 90.

Corporate-State Socialism in action

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Sheldon Richman wrote two posts in the last two days that are great examples of blag posts about libertarianism and economics for non-libertarians. They are very instructive because they mention ways in which specific State actions help the rich and powerful and screw the little guy. In this case the ...

Libertarians and Godwin’s Law

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Libertarian writers need to learn Godwin's Law. It states that as a discussion on an internet forum grows longer, the probability of someone comparing another group or ideology to Hitler or the Nazis approaches 1. It might be more appropriately called Godwin's Rule nowadays, because the rule is that you ...

Unintended consequences in agriculture

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Jack Hedin, a farmer from Minnesota, tells his story of how the United States Department of Agriculture prevents local growers from expanding to more than just farmers' markets. This is the result of coercive policies whose stated goal is to promote agriculture and help farmers. Since it must necessarily be ...