Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shea on the evils of torture

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

War on Accidents

more people died in the United States in September 2001 from car accidents than from terrorism, but we have no Global War on Accidents. By contrast, the practice of labeling political opposition as "terrorists" and using supposed "anti-terror" laws to infiltrate and sabotage their activities, threatens democracy everywhere.

Richard Stallman, speach at ITU Kaleidoscope 2009, as quoted in Feb 2010 IEEE Communications.

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The evils of thrift

I'm not convinced by a long shot, but interesting points are raised in this paper which should be chewed on.

The basic argument is about how people not spending money results in the economy freezing up and people suffering. Still, I'd rather eat at the diner than at Babbo.

HT to y combinator.


When does the day start?


I still don't understand why Evening Prayer I of Sunday is on Saturday night if the liturgical day starts at midnight, though. That seems a bit like saying that all payments are due by midnight, except you better have them in by 6pm.

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Lent humor

Classic indeed.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Hayek vs. Keynes

And rap. How can you beat that. It's the perfect medium for the times.

The comments are even better than the video. Apparently Youtube is now a valid venue for economic debates.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Debt Never Looked So Pretty

The New York Times has some nifty interactive graphics accompanying this article, including a breakdown of the budget, and a graph of the wayward predictions of the directions the deficit was heading. Shockingly, analysts have historically been too optimistic and general tended to underestimate the depth of the deficit.


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