Thursday, September 30, 2010
I have only three questions: Who? Why?
Update: The Economist has some more clues.
Update: ESR wonders, hackers or crackers?
F Washington Chris Gregoire (D) 39Way to go, Ted. Bottom of the class, and by a significant amount.
F Wisconsin Jim Doyle (D) 35
F Colorado Bill Ritter (D) 35
F Illinois Pat Quinn (D) 30
F Connecticut Jodi Rell (R) 28
F New York David Paterson (D) 25
F Oregon Ted Kulongoski (D) 19
1640s, a legal word, "held through the favor of another," from L. precarius "obtained by asking or praying," from prex (gen. precis) "entreaty, prayer." Notion of "dependent on the will of another" led to sense "risky, dangerous, uncertain" (1680s).I never knew that.
If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? &mdash John 18:23Yes, indeed: why smitest thou him?
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. — Matthew 18:15-17You heathen publican, you.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy camera forbid not to take thy vote also. — Luke 6:27-29See you in November, Kitz.
In 1880 the Remington-Keene Frontier Rifle cost $22.00, or an ounce of gold. In 2010 a Remington Mountain Rifle and Scope costs about $1250.00, or an ounce of gold. The value of gold has not changed.A number of people found that interesting. I've been on about gold a few times. In March I told a little parable.
Suppose you went down to your local currency store with a pocket full of shiny gold coins to purchase an engraved portrait of Grover Cleveland printed on high quality paper with the finest of inks....A year ago December I quoted Doug Casey.
It's an unfortunate historical anomaly that people think about the paper in their wallets as money. The dollar is, technically, a currency. A currency is a government substitute for money. Gold is money.And before that Ludwig von Mises.
Gold is not the standard money solely on account of its brilliance or its physical and chemical characteristics. Gold is the standard money primarily because an increase or decrease in the available quantity is independent of the orders issued by political authorities.There's a reason I'm going on about this.
CBS News reports that Sen. Liza Makowsky misspelled her own name in a campaign ad--and she's running a write-in candidacy! "[The ad] told viewers to visit LisaMurkwski.com." That site actually belongs to a supporter of Joe Miller, who beat Muchoskey in last month's Republican primary.
More good news for Miller: A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows him leading the three-way race with 42%, vs. just 27% for Mussolinowski and 25% for Democrat Scott McAdams.
The Associated Press reports that Mysteriowsky "said Monday she feels that Republican leaders have turned their backs on her as she mounts a write-in bid to try to hold onto her seat." She "told The Associated Press that the focus in Washington seems to be more on 'adding numbers to the team' and less on the quality of a candidate."
But wait. Party leaders are supposed to support their party's nominee, and defeated incumbents* are supposed to step aside gracefully. Apparently nobody bothered to tell that to Mickeymouski.
In the face of 35 years of failed incentives, Japan’s fertility rate stands at 1.2. This is below what is considered “lowest low,” a mathematical tipping point at which a country’s population will decline by as much as 50 percent within 45 years. This is a death spiral from which, demographers believe, it is impossible to escape. Then again, that’s just theory: History has never seen fertility rates so low.It's a voluntary human extinction movement.
...let me set the record straight on Whitman's charge that Brown was getting an allowance from his parents until well into his 50s — he's still getting it.
returning to roseburg in 1960. one year after the roseburg disaster of 1959. my father purchased a small 25 seat restaurant for $10,000 which was why we all moved back to roseburg. this restaurant became my father's dream business. he named it chin's restaurant. so original.Ah, yes. I have many happy memories of Chin's Restaurant. John and I used to go there at 2:30 in the morning, order a Family Style for Four, and eat everything down to the fortune cookies. Oog.
Christine O'Donnell has won the Delaware GOP Senate primary, defeating Mike Castle, Allahpundit, Charles Krauthammer, and Jim Geraghty. With 75% of precincts reporting, O'Donnell leads 53%-46%.I've added him to the News Bath, at least through November.
If the president and the mayor and the imam sound bitter about the 71% of New Yorkers who would like to see the Islamic Center moved, we shouldn't be surprised. It's what happens to folks who cling to their liberalism and their antipathy to people who aren't like them.
Biologically speaking, we were not made for work. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors back in the Paleolithic didn't work much. "If they had full stomachs and their tools and weapons were in good shape... they hung out: They talked, gossiped, and sang." (Cochran and Harpending, The 10,000 Year Explosion.) Real hard work came in with agriculture — and stayed with it, to judge by the still-current saying that "if you've once worked on a farm, nothing else ever seems like work." With industrialization came the alternative of a twelve-hour day at the mill or down the mine....Well, I still believe in the value of hard work, but four or five hours a week ought to be sufficient.
Now work is ebbing. As machines get smarter and more productive we are slipping back to Paleolithic standards of idleness. Certainly the dignity of labor is a long-lost concept...
A federal judge in Hawaii ruled last month that a man claiming to be addicted to a videogame can sue the game's maker for gross negligence in not warning him he could become a joystick junkie. Craig Smallwood alleges in his lawsuit that, as a result of playing the online game "Lineage II," he has "suffered extreme and serious emotional distress and depression, and has been unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing, or communicating with family and friends."There's more snark. Read on.
Mr. Smallwood did not specify how this differs from the condition of the average video-game aficionado....
Mt. McLoughlin = 3 × Nugget Butte