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The Onion Can Make <i>Anything</i> Funny

[onion]http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?i=1&n=2

"Urban Planner Stuck In Traffic Of Own Design":onion


How Vague Can You Get?

[attacks]http://www.washtimes.com/national/20040309-112643-5367r.htm
I read this article in the Washington Times about CIA Director George J. Tenet warning The Nation that al Qaeda is planning "spectacular attacks":attacks.

Director, when can we expect these attacks?

"I think it's too early to make judgments about what happened to Iraqi arms stockpiles," Mr. Tenet said.


I Can't Decide Whether This Is Inspiring or Creepy

If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men.

--Chinese proverb


Perverse Incentives in Action

[wendy]http://www.ifeminists.net/index.php
[fox]http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,113734,00.html
The always-interesting "Wendy McElroy":wendy writes on "Fox News":fox about how HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus)-infected children in the New York City foster care system were allegedly used as test subjects for experimental AIDS(Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) drugs.

It's obvious this could never have happened if the State did not have custody of thousands of children. My question is, would it have happened if it were legal for people to voluntarily participate in medical experiments?


Did the Devil Invent Limited Liability?

Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual reasponsibility.

-- Ambrose Bierce


Take Down a Website, Go to Jail

[article]http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11065695&BRD=988&PAG=461&dept_id=141265&rfi=6
[slahdot]http://www.slashdot.org

This "article":article reports the case of Patrick Arthur Richard, who created a web site for his local sheriff's department. Big mistake. Read more »


Supply Can Create its Own Demand

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things bought and sold are the legislators."

-- P.J. O'Rourke


YeeeeeeeHAH!

I shout out my rebel yell to the residents of tiny Killington, Vermot, who have voted to seceed from Vermont and join New Hampshire. Their next step is to get support from New Hampshire.


"Unbiased Government Science" is a Contradiction in Terms

Over on Reason, Ron Bailey explains some of the reasons those who expect unbiased information from State-funded scientific research are bound to be disappointed—unfortunately, many people's definition of "unbiased information" seems to be "information which supports my bias". Read more »


Prior art? You're soaking in it!

It's almost as though the universe is conspiring to provide me with endless examples to illustrate the insanity of the patent system. A little while back, I told you about a man who tried to patent the Internet domain naming system. Now Microsoft is trying to patent the virtual desktop pager, a technology which has existed for at least 20 years. In fact I'm looking at one right now, on my Gnome desktop.


Yet Another Unelectable Third Party Candidate

Robert Anton Wilson's Guns and Dope party, the one party which imbues politics with the gravity it deserves, has nominated a presidential candidate I could really get behind.


Grand Theft Culture

Here's an interesting little article on video games breaking into the ivory tower. They call it "ludology" from the Latin word "ludus", which means "game" and also, interestingly, "school". Read more »


Cory Doctorow: Intellectual Pioneer

Cory Doctorow, editor of Boing Boing and science-fiction author, distributed the full text of his first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom freely on the internet: hundreds of thousands of people downloaded it. In total defiance of what any intellectual "property" hysteric would predict must happen under these circumstances, the first dead-tree print-run of the book promptly sold out. Read more »


Is Your Grandma Packing Heat?

According to this article on Fox news, 37% percent of Americans over 65 keep a gun for self-defense. The article states seniors are "more likely to own a gun than any other age group", but it's hard to evaluate that statement without knowing what the other "age groups" are. Perhaps the appearance of growing gun ownership among those over 65 is a mere statistical artifact caused by the fact that the "age group" of "over 65" continues to grow as life expectancy lengthens. Read more »