Too high, too low, whatever...
Minnesota is cracking down on underpriced gas.
blogjack - Life, the universe, and when to hit a soft eighteen.
Minnesota is cracking down on underpriced gas.
McSweeny's runs down the top 20 candidates with analysis here.
So, the California Senate actually voted to restrict gmail. To quote from the CNN article:
The bill by Democratic state Sen. Liz Figueroa would require Gmail to work only in real-time and would bar the service from producing records.What does it all mean? A lot of people are reacting as if the proposal were a well-intentioned mistake, a misguided attempt to help the public put forth by well-meaning politicians. What nonsense!
The bill also would bar Gmail form collecting personal information from e-mails and giving any information to third parties.
Here are a few modest proposals for more movies in a similar vein, including this one:
A ten-cent increase in the federal minimum wage casts millions of blacks and Hispanics into permanent unemployment and despair; all of these unemployed women scrape up pennies by offering themselves as prostitutes, while all of the unemployed men swarm to the suburbs to rape soccer-moms and then riot so violently in the cities that the Empire State building, the U.S. Capitol, the Sears Tower, and the Bank of America building all crash violently to the ground, killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians, including a kindly book-peddler specializing in works by and about Ayn Rand.
Wondering how to use a telephone? You're in luck; the rules are here.
Today, the New York Times apologised for having been fooled by the Iraq WMD hoax and having propagated misinformation on the subject.
[The Times] admits to having believed lies and not having checked out claims made by special interests. Just imagine what the Times would write if it offered an account and apology for 50 years of statist economic reporting. "We reported that fiscal and monetary [policy] could stabilize the economy; in fact these policies only lead to destabilization. We regret that we believed the self-interested statements of economists who work for the government, and we admit that we failed to seek independent verification of these claims."
David Bernstein is still wondering why Bush gets no credit from liberals for promulgating liberal policies. Bush has indeed done many things liberals ought to cheer, just as Clinton did many things conservatives ought to have cheered. Much anti-Bush rhetoric, like the anti-Clinton rhetoric before it, is pure irrational partisanship.
The doom-and-gloomers are out in force again, and the latest reason the sky is falling is called "peak oil". It's nonsense, of course. As soon as there is some prospect of oil actually getting scarce, it will get more expensive and this will prompt subsitution. Higher prices send a message to everyone in the economy: use less, and find subsitute goods. Then we might see more power production using nuclear and coal and solar. What we won't see is massive die-offs and the end of civilization as we know it.
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Here's a parody of tinyURL: hugeurl
Here's a study worth revisiting: the stanford prison experiment.
Ogged of Unfogged writes:
Unfogged: Oh my Lord.The NBC article containing the offending quote has been replaced, but you can still find it in google's cache from several news sources. Here's one. And here's a UK news article containing the same quote.U.S. military officials told NBC News that the unreleased images showed U.S. soldiers severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi female prisoner and “acting inappropriately with a dead body.” The officials said there was also a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.This will define America for generations. (Note, please, that they "have sex" with the woman, but "rape" the boy.)
Do you really think it's alarmist to point out that Americans can be put away indefinitely on nothing more than one man's whim; that we have a collection of legal black holes: at Guantanamo, on ships around the world, in Iraq; that our soldiers blithely torture detainees; and that fully half the country still thinks the President is doing a good job? Do you wonder how totalitarian regimes come about? This is how: with the consent of the governed.
Look, I, and my friends and family, all live in urban areas, assuming our share of the risk of terrorist attacks. If this is being protected, I'll take my chances. I don't want to live like this, and I don't want these things done in my name. What happened to death before dishonor? Or is it already too late for that?
As a libertarian/anarchocapitalist, I expect political structures to be prone to corruption and abuse, so I shouldn't be shocked at any of this. But I am. War is the health of the state, and our state is way too "healthy" right now.
Obsidian Wings: "They Opened the Door to a Little Bit of Torture, and a Whole Lot of Torture Walked Through.": That's a quotation from Carroll Bogert of Human Rights Watch, in this Newsweek article.
Why am I so convinced of this, and that not only a few bad soldiers in the 372nd bear responsibility for Abu Ghraib? Not just because of this, this and this. There's also this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this....
(via too many people to credit individually, as well as Google News--this isn't original research on my part, just an effort to put as much of it as possible in one place.)
The characters are all stock. It's as if the writers were checking off boxes on a list. Love interest? Check. Comedy relief? Check...
Updated the site to use a new blogger style, with comments. Had a little issue that the new format doesn't allow for big inline images. Let's see how this works...
Just got the results back and - woohoo! - I passed the test. I'm now a Certified Software Tester (CSTE). Let the world bow down before my testing prowess, or something. I'll probably go after the CSQA next, but I've got a lot of reading to do first...
Joel Spolsky forwards a book recommendation, and writes:
There’s something weird about software development, some mystical quality, that makes all kinds of people think they know how to do it. I’ve worked at dotcom-type companies full of liberal arts majors with no software experience or training who nevertheless were convinced that they knew how to manage software teams and design user interfaces. This is weird, because nobody thinks they know how to remove a burst appendix, or rebuild a car engine, unless they actually know how to do it, but for some reason there are all these people floating around who think they know everything there is to know about software development.Read the whole thing..
In the good old days, counter-spotting was done from the pit. You could /see/ the people sweating your action and moderate your play accordingly. Nowadays counter-spotting is done by the Eye in the Sky, sometimes with the help of clever software. Your play can be closely scrutinized without your knowledge; play intelligently long enough and they will probably figure out what you're up to. The best casinos have computer software which can calculate the degree to which your bets correllate with the count and the degree to which your playing decisions help the house. (One such program is Blackjack Survey Voice). The ultimate result of a computerized "skills check" is a dollar estimate: how much per hour is the house likely to win from you?