Recursively On Virginia Tech

Via Wil Wheaton: It’s a feeding frenzy of demagogues and frauds from all sides, rushing like ambulance chasing attorneys to find some way to blame the tragedy on whatever they already hated the day before the tragedy.Reactions to The VT Shootings, Ed Brayton’s Dispatches from the Culture Wars

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More of Thomas Sowell

I’m with Robert Love: end those damned agricultural subsidies, and lower the prices of food. After all, it’s not like the U.S. has a tragic history with over-farming and both economic and ecolological destruction, all following the one-two punch of “market-oriented” economic policies and a hitherto unprecedented heat wave. In that vein, here’s Mr. Sowell […]

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The Witch is Dead! The Witch is Dead! Here’s a gentle fist in the air, dedicated to The Wicked Witch of the Midwest, the man who made it acceptable to say “democracy” when you mean “free-market capitalism”. One summary of his position on Chile described it as “freer markets led to free people, and that […]

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Dying Democracy and Dehumanization

Last Wednesday night, I was calling friends to try and do a little street theater downtown Chicago, in the hopes of providing a particularly gritty infomercial and generating pressure on the Senate to not pass S.3930 (aka the “Just Confess to Something Act of 2006″). It appears I wasn’t the only one with the same […]

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Threat Levels

From Wired, via Boing-Boing: Look closely at the “Green” threat level. Yes, you are reading that correctly. As a resident of America, you are more likely to be shot by a police officer than killed in any type of terrorist attack. Now factor in the well-documented racial bias in law enforcement strategies and arrest rates, […]

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Kabuki Dance

Friday, on the way home from work, I figured the U.S. would try to shoot down the North Korean missile test. The NPR story mentioned that possible outcome, and they wouldn’t do so unless one of their sources mentioned it. Further, since the sources for this story would come from the foreign policy establishment, AKA […]

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