Archive for August, 2008

Biden good, Palin bad

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Predictably, all of my friends, acquaintances, and co-workers whom I've heard express their thoughts and opinions about Obama/McCain running mate choices enthusiastically approve of Obama's selection of Joe Biden and speak badly or neutrally of Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate. This is because they are all hardcore liberal Democrats. (By ...

The-e-e-e-e-e-e Yankees suck!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The patriotic correctness bellowing blowhard bully brigade is in full force at Yankee Stadium, where no one is allowed to move or talk very much, much less go to the bathroom, during "God Bless America" in the 7th-inning stretch. Bradford Campeau-Laurion violated that ludicrous rule, unknowingly, and suffered the consequences, ...

Cypriot cynical wisdom

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

My college friend who is from the Turkish side of Cyprus currently has a Facebook status that reads: "is bewildered by the amount of hot air generated at political party conventions in the US. He bets you could run a steel mill with it for a year!" Amen. I just ...

Michigan government tries to fix problems it caused

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

In recent months I have heard about two economic developments in Michigan that have been facilitated by the Michigan state legislature, to benefit the state's struggling economy, which had been in its own mini-recession for years before the rest of the U.S. caught up. The legislature passed movie-filming tax breaks ...

A glimpse of anarchic rights, laws, and socioeconomic organization in online communities

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

This is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking news articles I've read in a while: Rights like free speech don't always extend online. It is about the different rules and restrictions established and enforced by online companies (Yahoo!, YouTube, MySpace, GoDaddy, etc.) and the consequences of their actions, their ...

David Theroux on Olympic nationalist-Statism

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Naturally, a professional writer says many of the same things I said better than I did.

Jury nullification protects people from the State

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Prosecutors and judges have an alarming tendency to empower the State over individuals. Tim Lynch of the Cato Institute reports on a juror who was removed from a jury by the judge, against the protests of the defense, for attempting to protest the very law the defendant was accused of ...

Children, forward to the Glorious Green Future!

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Unsurprisingly, quite a few radical environmentalists are escalating their alarmist/propagandist efforts and trying to turn children into snitches on their parents and blind servants of the Glorious State. I'm pretty sure most people who call themselves "environmentalists" and embrace the term would find this brand of brainwashing and family-destruction very ...

Drug War atrocities

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Radley Balko blagged about Charlie Lynch, a Californian who smoked marijuana for medicinal purposes, which is now legal in California, but who was arrested anyway by federal thugs and now faces 100 years in prison for violating federal laws. Please read his post; it's short. I can't add much to ...

The behavioral psychology of lotteries

Friday, August 15th, 2008

In the August 15, 2008 issue of Science, in the Editors' Choice section of the journal, highlighting recent scientific articles the editors of Science found interesting, a study on the psychology underlying socioeconomic trends in lottery-playing was summarized: ... The low chances of winning life-style-altering prizes are prominently posted, yet many ...

Staggering ignorance 2

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Unfortunately, the greater the humanitarian outreach, the greater the violence required to achieve it.—Ron PaulAt lunch today I overheard people talking about the ridiculous sums of wealth that athletes and entertainers accumulate, and they wondered what in the world those hundred-millionaires and billionaires do with all that money, and why ...