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This year we begin to earn our spacewings

Burt Rutan looks like he is about to accomplish his dream without the government preventing him yet he might be beaten to the prize by one of the other teams around the world. These are acknowledged at the end of this article from Space.com via The United States of Earth. Read more »


Like taking candy from a baby

Plenty of demonstrations and marches last week in Europe, as governments are starting to realize that the welfare state is keeping their economies stuck firmly in the mud, and are looking for ways to cut. As to be expected, out came the swarms of red flags in the streets at the slightest hint of scaling back nanny-state policies.


Six Mistakes

Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great Roman orator who died in 43 B.C., recorded what he considered to be the six most drastic mistakes made by humans.

Some things never change:

1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.

2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed.

3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot do it ourselves.

4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not aquiring the habits of reading and study. Read more »


As Professor Farnsworth Would Say...

[irs]http://www.cio.com/archive/040104/irs.html
[pl]http://www.sniggle.net/Experiment/index.php?entry=07Apr04&showyear=2004
"Good news everyone!":irs Read more »


Regarding votes for President

The wisdom of he who authored Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy knows few bounds:

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

- Douglas Adams

(I have collected more quotes than you could possibly imagine. I used to have a quotes site.)


Situated Software

[shirky]http://www.shirky.com/
[ss]http://www.shirky.com/writings/situated_software.html
[fileshare]http://www.shirky.com/writings/file-sharing_social.html
[grouppolitics]http://shirky.com/writings/group_politics.html
[weblogs]http://shirky.com/writings/weblogs_publishing.html Read more »


So Which Box Are We On?

p(quote). There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order.

p>. --Ed Howdershelt


A Libertarian welcomes the Democrats into Opposition

The Libertarian Party is the penultimate opposition party. By its nature, it will always work to keep itself from becoming the dominant party in government. I know this is not even a possibility right now, but consider how it could play out eventually. Regardless of the flavor libertarianism to which one adheres, success can be finitely achieved politically. Success would also shift the social focus from government to culture hopefully permanently. Social conservatives and social liberals would then be battling it out in the cultural arena. Read more »


Political Refuse

[pi]http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/8236380.htm?1c
[fark]http://www.fark.com

"This is great":pi!

p(quote).. HARRISBURG - On the day Gov. Rendell unveiled his budget to a packed House chamber, Rep. William Rieger voted in favor of all six bills that came up.

But Rieger wasn't there. The Democrat was home on Feb. 3, 100 miles away in Philadelphia.

A wad of paper shoved into his electronic "yea" button atop his desk did the work for him.

p. Personally, I am in favor of replacing *all* state and federal legislators with small wads of crumpled paper.

Link via "Fark":fark


Walmart Music Store, Shmalmart Shmusic Shtore

[emusic]http://www.emusic.com
[walmart]http://musicdownloads.walmart.com/catalog/servlet/MainServlet

Everyone is all excited about the "Walmart online music store":walmart. Many people seems to be laboring under the misapprehension that Walmart has the lowest price-per-track of all the pay-for-download music services. They don't, not by a long way. Read more »


Not offending the offenders

Despite knowing that a heinous, dangerous act physically carried out usually gets one thrown into a maximum-security prison in the first place...

Corrections Canada won't let guards at maximum-security prisons wear stab-proof vests because it sends a confrontational "signal" to prisoners, says a department spokesman. "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by (a stab-proof vest), you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person," said Tim Krause.

"[H]e?s one of the most intellectually dishonest people I?ve ever come across."

[waves]http://www.sellingwaves.com/
[shonk]http://www.sellingwaves.com/archives/000355.html
[noam]http://web.mit.edu/linguistics/www/chomsky.home.html
Over at "selling waves":waves, "this post by shonk":shonk reminds me of a joke.

Q: How do you get Noam Chomsky to shut up?

A: Ask him a question about "linguistics":noam.


Album Review: Nellie McKay's <i>Get Away From Me</i>


Welcome to the Transparent Society

[fundrace]http://www.fundrace.org/
[neighbor]http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php
[geekpress]http://www.geekpress.com
[dad]http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=bush&fname=george+h&search=Search+by+Name
[mom]http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=bush&fname=barbara&search=Search+by+Name
[self]http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=edwards&fname=john&search=Search+by+Name Read more »


Good to Go

We are completely moved over to the new hosting service as far as the blog is concerned.

Authors: please post!

Commentators: please comment!


You, Too, Can Clone Mimi. Sort of.

[clone]http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/units/cloning/clickandclone/
[bbspot]http://www.bbspot.com/
Courtesy of the Genetic Science Learning Center at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Utah (whew!) comes this bizarre yet charming (and educational!) Flash animation, "Click & Clone":clone.

Link via "BBSpot":bbspot.


Finally!

[onion]http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?i=1&n=1
"Citizens Form Massive Special Disinterest Group":onion


Download <u>Man, Economy and State</u>

[nt]http://www.no-treason.com/weblog.php
[lvmi]http://www.mises.org/
[mes]http://www.mises.org/rothbard/mes.asp

The "Ludwig von Mises Institute":lvmi has made Murray Rothbard's "+Man, Economy and State+":mes available for download.

Link via "No Treason!":nt


Bob Murphy's <u>Minerva</u>

[minerva]http://www.strike-the-root.com/archive/murphy.html
[str]http://www.strike-the-root.com/

I am very much enjoying reading Bob Murphy's novel "+Minerva+":minerva, serialized on "Strike the Root":str. Read more »


When it rains in Spain, it pours

First, terrorists make innocents pay for the government's support of the Iraq War, then - based on mortal fear - citizens decide to vote a band of socialists into power. A literal one-two punch in the groin for freedom-loving Spaniards.