Monthly Archives: September 2013

The American Media–Sucky as Usual

The stupidity and shallowness of the media make me want to scream on a regular basis, which is why I pay far less attention to it than most other politically aware folks. I try to grab the info I need … Continue reading

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More Bad News from “Doing Bad by Doing Good”

Christopher Coyne writes; [A] study by the economist Jakob Svensson found that foreign aid, on average, is associated with an increase in corruption in the recipient country as various groups seek to maximize their shares of the windfall profits associated … Continue reading

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Seth McLaughlin, Your Teachers Are Hanging Their Heads in Shame

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin says “Polls tend to show that a plurality of voters disapprove of Obamacare.” Then he mentions “A Pew Research Center poll released last week that showed more Americans disapprove than approve of the law by … Continue reading

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Clinton: Young Must Subsidize Elderly

In a rare moment of clarity in the Obamacare debate Gormer President Bill Clinton bluntly admitted that PPACA (Obamacare) requires the young to subsidize the elderly. “I think it’s important for you to tell the people why we’re doing all … Continue reading

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Humanitarian Aid

I’m currently reading Christopher Coyne’s Doing Bad By Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails. It’s a good critique, and I thought I’d just drop this nugget of knowledge for consideration. [A] study of drug donations in the post-tsunami Banda Aceh … Continue reading

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Germany’s Economic Anti-Miracle

The Financial Times suggests Germany is losing its edge as an economic powerhouse. The facts they give are a bit disconcerting. Germany’s path to competitiveness: cutting the cost of labour. Make no mistake; that has been the basis of the … Continue reading

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Things that Make Me Laugh: House Republicans Edition

So the House Republicans passed a continuing resolution to keep the government open but defund PPACA (ObamaCare). They know it can’t conceivably pass in the Senate, and assuming they can count–which grows ever more doubtful–they know they’re not even within … Continue reading

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The New Educational Model?

Information Week reports on Duke University’s experiment with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and the effect it may have on other courses. The big shift: far fewer in-class lectures. Students will watch the lectures [on-line, and] “Class will become a … Continue reading

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City Hall

Went downtown this morning for the annual Artalicious Street Fair, and captured this man smoking a cigarette outside City Hall. The photo has been cropped and had some adjustments to the sharpness and lighting (with the guidance of my wife, … Continue reading

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Your Free Speech Time Slot is Friday, October 11

This story, via Popehat, is so mindboggling I even found myself doubting Ken White’s veracity for a moment. But there’s actual video footage (below). A student at Modesto Community College wanted to hand out copies of the Constitution on Constitution … Continue reading

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