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False dichotomies

Virginia Postrel points to an article from the Long Beach Press Telegram showing the false dichotomies presented by modern liberals like Calpundit between government programs and 'vital services'.

"I can accept higher state taxes if it means preserving my police services and educating my children."


QOTD - Security

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of humankind as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.

Helen Keller


Let the games begin

An 'independent' central bank and a new currency will be created for Iraq.

"The officials who used to steal most of Iraq's resources, and misuse what little was left have gone," [L. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. administrator in Iraq] said in a radio and TV broadcast outlining the economic plans. "All of Iraq's resources will now be spent on you, the Iraqi people, and on projects which directly benefit you."

Why am I skeptical?


Liberty vs. Equality

Val, from Val-e-Dictions, has a wonderful post responding to Richard Dawkins' "Brights" meme (as the newspeak word for Atheist), and in the course of the response makes an excellent statement on the consequences of the social engineering impulse: Read more »


Democracy overdose

The impending recall election of Gov. Gray Davis of California has many people excited and dismayed.

Jonah Goldberg is dismayed, believing that if the recall goes forward, democracy and republicanism will be damaged greatly. Read more »


The Registry of No Authority

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(Tip of the hat to Patrick Nielsen Hayden) Read more »


<i>Order of the Phoenix</i> = <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>?

Brian and Natalie Solent aren't the only ones who see libertarian themes in the latest Harry Potter book. Mindles H. Dreck compares it to Atlas Shrugged, and likens Dumbledore to Hank Rearden.


N. Z. Bear now has traffic stats

For any blogs that use SiteMeter, N. Z. Bear now has blog rankings based on daily traffic. I'm not sure how accurate the actual site visit numbers are. Our webhost has a control panel which (I think) uses two separate stats services - Awstats and Webalizer stats. Awstats has our visits as being more than double Sitemeter's statistics, and Webalizer is almost triple. Read more »


What is the endgame?

From the Denver Post:

The War on Drugs is confusing for the soldiers fighting it. The local warriors made a bust here a couple of years ago, and they wanted to keep it secret. I don't like secrets, especially when someone has been thrown in jail. I wanted to know who was arrested and why the person was arrested. The old undersheriff was reluctant to share that information with the newspaper.


Government information awareness

In response to the US government's Total Information Awareness program, a professor and graduate student at MIT have created Government Information Awareness. [via The SmarterCop] Read more »