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Carnival of the Capitalists

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Now, on to the main event. We have 20+ outstanding entries in this week's carnival.


Food Basics describes the hustle and bustle of the winter harvest that breaks the normal tranquility of a place called Yuma. Read more »

What the...?

From the Associated Press:

A school board member arrested after dousing an assistant superintendent with ice water called the move justified, likened herself to Rosa Parks and threatened to attack anyone who questioned her mental fitness.

Quote of the Day

Martha Stewart Found Guilty

She knew stuff before other people knew it, and we can't have any of that.

The Politicization of Science

Henry Farrell and most commenters at Crooked Timber take exception to David Bernstein's and Juan non-Volokh's suggestions that it's no surprise that science becomes politicized when it is funded by politics. Read more »

More Letters

Along the lines of Micha's post below, this is what I just received:

Hello user of e-mail server,

Our antivirus software has detected a large ammount of viruses outgoing
from your email account, you may use our free anti-virus tool to clean up
your computer software.

For further details see the attach.

For security purposes the attached file is password protected. Password is "02357".

The team

Ya. Sure. Nice try. Read more »

Virtual Relationships

Business consulting, commitment ceremonies, and even sadomasochism happening over the internet without any physical contact? So says this Wired article by Jason Silverman. Read more »

Technical Difficulties

Apologies - the server seems to have been having some problems over the past week.

When is the market not the market?

Godless Capitalist of Gene Expression writes that "nonmarket influences" often have strong play in Hollywood.

To reiterate the bottom line: Strong nonmarket influences determine what is shown in Hollywood. Capitalism alone is not the rule - the Passion is breaking box office records (117 million in its first weekend), but it was almost strangled in the cradle!

Chavez Video

Val Dorta provides a streaming video of a montage of clips reportedly showing (I don't understand Spanish well) Hugo Chavez's troops killing and wounding opposition marchers.

Chavez has been yukking it up with Robert Mugabe recently, calling the Zimbabwean dictator a "freedom warrior".

Carnival of the Capitalists

This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is up at Daniel Moore's blog.

Next week's edition will be hosted here at Catallarchy.

Beam me up

From the Washington Post:

A flourishing trade is transforming cars sold as junk in the United States into cherished gems on the streets of Central America. Tens of thousands of damaged cars written off for a few hundred dollars in the north find a new life here to the south, arriving via a network of middlemen and often repaired by mechanics in backyard workshops. [...]

The Consequences of One's Own Behavior

foodhorizon.jpgAny free society requires an individual to bear the consequences of his behavior; otherwise, it's not a free society. This simple fact escapes the logic of most government intervention.

Radley Balko makes this point in his latest Foxnews article: Read more »