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Lies, Damn Lies, and Drug Warrior Statistics

One of the reasons why I love to debate online - but hate to do so in person - is because, online, I have access to the ultimate weapon: Google.

Google is like a nuclear missile: it can decisively win the battle for you in one fell-swoop. But be careful: your opponent may have it too, and may use it against you if you're not careful.

I'll get to why Google is the cat's meow in just a moment; first, some background. Read more »


The World's Worst Dictators

The cover story for this week's issue of Parade Magazine is a ranking of the world's 10 worst dictators. Unfortunately, the article is not yet available online, although they do offer a ?Dishonorable Mentions? list of dictators who were not quite evil enough this year to make the top 10.

I'm glad to see they included Castro at number 9, despite the fawning over Fidel exhibited by many shameless leftists.


Ways to make modern life harder than it needs to be

Here are some of my favorite entries, guaranteed to make Nicols Fox and other inefficiency-worshipers of of the world euphoric:

  • Marc Leibert of New York reports that he knows a woman who programmed all the phones in her house to speed-dial 911: "So to dial it now," he writes, "you have to hit Memory-1-6. She doesn't understand why this is funny."

That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen

"Very well," the critic of outsourcing concedes, "Perhaps current levels of unemplyment are only temporary, and displaced workers will find new jobs elsewhere. But where, oh where will these new jobs come from? [I]n what sectors of the economy are we likely to see enough job-creation to take up the slack?"

Virginia Postrel attempts to answer this question in today's New York Times:


Week-Late Valentine's Day Poem

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
All my base
Are belong to you.


Next week will be interesting...

I just sent the following email to the College Libertarians at Georgia Tech:

From: Micha Ghertner
To: College Libertarians
Subject: Drugs

Hey everyone,

Exciting news: Dr. Mark Thornton, a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, will be the guest speaker at our next meeting. The title of his talk will be: "Why we need to sell hard drugs to little kids."

This talk will include a discussion of prohibition from a libertarian perspective and some of the distinctive features of Austrian economics.


Just when I had given up on the left...

They pull me back in.

I've noticed lately that it's a lot easier to argue about the benefits of free trade with left-liberals than it is with conservatives, primarily because left-liberals do not tend to be rabid nationalists who care only about their fellow countrymen, let the rest of the world be damned. Read more »


Wardrobe-Related Program Activities

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The <i>Real</i> State of the Union

This is pretty funny.


The Economics of Religion

Economics, like Darwinism, is a universal acid - "it eats through virtually every traditional concept it touches," to borrow a metaphor from Daniel Dennett's Darwin?s Dangerous Idea. Read more »


The Iowa Car Crop

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, and nothing is more beautiful than a succinct and flawless argument. A few lines of reasoning can change the way we see the world.
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What You Don't Know Can Kill You


Justice and the Rule of Law

Radley Balko asks a difficult question: What should we do when our conception of justice differs with the rule of law? Specifically, the Mayor San Francisco recently violated state law by broadening the institution of marriage to include homosexuals. Read more »


Jenny, don't change your number

For the low, low price of $200,100.00, you can buy 867-5309 on eBay. And if you purchase right now, you will also receive "an average of five stupid messages every day on [your] machine, in addition to a slew of hang-ups."

Whatta deal.

[via shonk]


Simulacra and Simulation

In a move that would rival even the most strident postmodernist, Will Baude interviews himself.

Okay, that's not quite fair. Maybe Amy Lamboley really wrote the questions. But still.

On another self-referential note, Will writes: