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FCC enacts new anti-piracy 'flag'

The FCC is going to force manufacturers of hardware such as computers and consumer electronics to equip their products with technology that would recognize a 'flag' embedded in broadcasts to prevent online distribution of entertainment products. Read more »


Medved on libertarians

Michael Medved thinks libertarians are losers for not helping his gang gain power. [via Unqualified Offerings]

John Hawkins: Now you have a big problem with "Libertarians" or "Losertarians" as you call them. Why is that?

No consequences for speech?

The blogosphere has been a-buzz about the firing of blogger and Microsoft worker Michael Hanscom for posting a picture of Macs being delivered to the Microsoft campus. What initially caught my eye is the sheer venom expressed in the comments to Hanscom's post toward Microsoft. Read more »


Nothing more than feeeeeeelings

In another display of preferring style over substance, E. J. Dionne refers to Gray Davis as a "hero" for how he handled California's fire crisis.

Then came Southern California's wildfires, and suddenly Davis was everywhere. The buttoned-up guy was unbuttoned. He appeared in open-necked shirts, reached out to those who had lost everything, urged firefighters on and cooperated visibly with Schwarzenegger.

Carnival of the Capitalists


We will protect this house!!!

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Update: I'm going to use this space to create a personal record of one of the biggest wins in school history.

Student spell out Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on their chests. Read more »


Quote of the Day


Eat the rich

Since we're on the topic of big business and ethics, a post about an opinion column by Masha Lipman in today's Washington Post seems appropriate. I first heard the story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky earlier in the week as Moscow Times Index has basically been in free fall. Read more »


The 'real agenda' of libertarians?

From a letter to the editor in today's NY Times, about the Free State Project:

To the Editor:

Re "Libertarians Pursue New Political Goal: State of Their Own" (front page, Oct. 27): Elizabeth McKinstry, a spokeswoman for the Free State Project, says, "Many times government gets in the way." In this, she echoes the political sentiments of many conservatives and Republicans in addition to libertarians.


"We as a nation..."

An excerpt from a letter to the editor from today's Washington Post by Canadian Chris Hounsome:

I have followed The Post's articles about the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and elsewhere by Americans looking for bargain prices. As The Post pointed out, the main reason drugs are cheaper in Canada is that we bargain with the drug companies collectively, as a nation. [...]

Carnival of the Capitalists

I forgot to post the link Monday, so here it is: This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is posted at The Noble Pundit. Check it out.


The Burnt Window Fallacy

It is said that forest fires are nature's way of making new growth possible. They clear old growth, causing organic matter to decay and decompose into mineral components. These compounds serve as the building blocks for the fuel that replenishes essential nutrients for future flora. And some trees cannot survive without period blazes, the exposure to which is required for the opening of cones and germination of seeds. In this manner, fiery destruction kindles rebirth as the germ of new life. Read more »


Friends of George

The NY Times has an editorial in today's paper about the big bucks being earned by friends of New York Governor George Pataki. Read more »


Advertising new money

Why is the government spending $32 million to advertise the appearance of the new $20 bill? Rob Walker of Slate raises that question.

I don't know about you, but after seeing these ads, I'd be willing to pay up to $20 for one of those hip new bills.

Walker eventually comes to the conclusion that the purpose of the ads is to raise awareness about the changed appearance. Read more »