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William Greider\'s Truth Deficit

This was a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

To the Editor: Read more »

Spot The Fallacies!

In the comment thread to my Turtles post below, Platypus concentrated more economic fallacies into a shorter space than I thought possible. Let's take each fallacy one at a time.

[A] government program actually will receive more scrutiny from more divergent parties than individuals’ purchasing decisions. When you bought your last car, how many people got to vote on your decision? How many even had a chance to comment?

Happy Hour

The Catallarchy-Liberteaser-Liberty Belles Happy Hour will be at Cafe Saint-Ex tonight at 6 pm. Drink specials until 7 pm. Hope to see you there.

Political Hypocrisy: Who\'da Thunk?

I'm off to see Wedding Crashers in a few minutes, and I'm not expecting much. But this op-ed caught my eye. Apparently, John McCain makes a cameo - the same John McCain who scolded the movie industry for producing the same sorts of movies he now appears in: Read more »

Bring Back the Breakfast Drink!

I love Jeffrey Tucker:

A final note on a frequent objection: morning drinking diminishes one's productivity during the day. This is true, of course, but particularly for adults who process liquor more slowly. This underscores a point that cannot be emphasized enough: like smoking, morning drinking is particularly suited for the young, meaning under the age of 25. Their systems are robust and can handle it better. Don't waste your youth: it is up to you to bring back the breakfast drink!

But the truth is that it was not for us, for Africa, that the musicians at Live 8 were singing; it was to amuse the crowds and to clear their own consciences, and whether they realized it or not, to reinforce dictatorships. They still believe us to be like children that they must save, as if we don't realize ourselves what the source of our problems is.

Anarchist Dress Code

B.K. Marcus spots a trend.

The Economics of Gettin\' It On

The Liberty Belles use economics to understand the dating market. And they have fancy graphs.

Go read them. And my roomate's follow-up.

Far Out, Man: A Natural Solution To the Middle East Conflict

CNSNews reports:

In a sideshow on Sunday outside a previously abandoned hotel in Gush Katif, which was recently reoccupied by settlers, activists from the Green Leaf Party urged Jewish settlers to use cannabis during the evacuation of the Gaza Strip, scheduled to begin in August.

The Green Leaf Party, which won 1.2 percent of the vote in the last national elections (not enough for admittance to the Knesset) is promoting the legalization of marijuana.

Unfalsifiable War

The first thing I thought when I heard about the London bombings was whether this was a mark for or against the administration and its war on terror. I quickly realized that, regardless what happens, events will be spun

Defining Deviancy Down

John T. Kennedy coins a new term:

Raimondo’s Razor: When multiple explanations are available for a phenomenon, the version which implicates Israel is preferred.

Riddle Me This

When it's one, it's too much; when it's two, it's just right. What is it?

Answer follows the jump. Read more »

Cannibal! The Speech

I'm giving a speech tomorrow. Here are the requirements:

Speeches should be limited to 5-minutes. Presentations must be serious and relevant. The subject matter should either be about something you have a strong view on (policy-related) or, a bit less satisfactory but acceptable, about yourselves.

Chutzpah Defined

chutz·pah also hutz·pah (KH?t'sp?, h?t'-)
n. Read more »