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  • Archive for March, 2007

    My Investment Advice

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th March 2007 (All posts by )

    Buy goats.

    My niece paid something like $2500 for her goat “Cash.” Last Friday she won the 2007 Grand Champion Junior Market Goat at the Houston Rodeo.

    The goat went at auction for $108,000! That’s a Clintonesque rate of return!

    In any case, I hope she will remember her loving and supportive uncle and forget last summer’s unfortunate attempt at barbecued goat.

    Posted in Diversions, Personal Finance, Personal Narrative | 4 Comments »

    My Week Gets Weirder

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th March 2007 (All posts by )

    One of my guilty pleasure is “City Confidential” a true-crime documentary show on A&E. Today I sat down to watch episode 41 – Ruthton: Tragedy in the Heartland which concerns the murder of two bankers in Minnesota during 1983. As the story progressed and they began to show pictures of the suspected murderer, a creepy feeling came over me. A little Googling confirmed my suspicion:

    I knew the guy!

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    Posted in Crime and Punishment | 1 Comment »

    Hanging George Washington

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th March 2007 (All posts by )

    So Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, stated in his tribunal that:

    His actions, he said, were like those of other revolutionaries. Had the British arrested George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Mr. Mohammed said, “for sure they would consider him enemy combatant.”

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    Posted in Civil Liberties, Crime and Punishment, Terrorism | 26 Comments »

    How I Learned to be the Adult – And Why I Often Forget – 1 –

    Posted by Ginny on 14th March 2007 (All posts by )

    This afternoon, while I was grading, I looked up, hearing in the background the great speech at the end of The Caine Mutiny, addressing the Fred McMurray character. He’s a writer – one of those articulate intellectuals Shannon describes. I wouldn’t argue that Shannon doesn’t have a point, but I think that speech points to what lies beneath the weakness of such men’s arguments. The writer is an observer, a voyeur, in the world of the Navy. He posits theories, in this case condescending toward the Humphrey Bogart character, clearly of a lower class and with limited education, but a man who has been willing to act in the Navy when few did. Applying the fount of so much theory of a half century ago (Freud) to him, McMurray found him inadequate. But the writer wasn’t even willing to take responsibility for those words. On the stand, he hemmed and hawed – and lied. Neither the men who mutinied nor the captain escaped because they made decisions – some wrong-headed. They were accountable. He was not: except in one brief, drunken speech by the defendant’s lawyer, a man who is ashamed to have made the ship’s commander come apart on the stand, but who realizes that is his responsibility to get his client acquitted.

    Words were once commitments – our integrity rode on our ability to live up to those words. This is no longer true – that movie of a half century ago followed in the path of those like Prufrock, who see their lives as revised and revised again. We are not committed by our vows, by our loyalties, by our words.

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    Posted in Academia, Business, Iraq | 13 Comments »

    Thought for the Day

    Posted by Shannon Love on 14th March 2007 (All posts by )

    “Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end.”

    Attributed to Stephen Hawkins

    Posted in Science | 2 Comments »

    The Adventures of Leisure Time Larry

    Posted by Shannon Love on 14th March 2007 (All posts by )

    From Slate comes an article pondering the strange mystery that lower-income people now seems to have significantly more leisure time than do upper-income people.

    Will the harsh inequities of free-market capitalism never end!

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    Posted in Economics & Finance, Human Behavior, USA | 8 Comments »

    Thinking Your Way Out of a Paper Bag

    Posted by John Jay on 14th March 2007 (All posts by )

    I’m a bit surprised that no one has commented on Zenpundit’s recent post about creativity. This is one of the most important issues facing our society, because it calls into question our will to innovate, which has propelled the West along our current trajectory. As a society we don’t appreciate creative people or the wellsprings of creativity enough.

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    Posted in Academia, Education, Human Behavior, Society | 6 Comments »

    The Inevitable

    Posted by Ginny on 13th March 2007 (All posts by )

    How many times, now, has this been followed by this.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, History | 5 Comments »

    “Then we shall fight in the shade.”

    Posted by Zenpundit on 12th March 2007 (All posts by )

    I watched the much anticipated 300 at a sold out local IMAX theater. While some critics are, to put it mildly, less than enthused about this latest Frank Miller film that portrays the Battle of Thermopylae, the positive reaction of the audience was unqualified. Of course, this may be an example of self-selection bias or it could also be that Miller has succeeded in tapping a touchstone narrative and executed it well enough that 300 attracts or repels on a visceral level.

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    Posted in Arts & Letters, Diversions, Film, History, Media, Society, War and Peace | 20 Comments »

    In Our Small Worlds: We Are, Thus, We Choose

    Posted by Ginny on 12th March 2007 (All posts by )

    George Eliot’s Middlemarch & Jane Austen’s Emma seen through the prism of Himmelfarb:

    Lydgate fails in his moral ambition to do “good small work for Middlemarch, and great work for the world,” because he is inadequate to the small world in which he finds himself, whereas Dorothea is fulfilled as a moral being precisely because she is content to do good work in her small world, thus for the world as a whole. (33) (bold added)

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    Posted in Arts & Letters, Book Notes, Morality and Philosphy | Comments Off on In Our Small Worlds: We Are, Thus, We Choose

    A Humorist Walks Among Us

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th March 2007 (All posts by )

    Con Chapman shares his distinctly U-of-C-tinged take on things with readers of the Chicago Boyz Forum.

    Posted in Humor | 2 Comments »

    It’s a Small, Small Internet

    Posted by Shannon Love on 9th March 2007 (All posts by )

    My daughter sent me the following email:

    i thought you’d like to know one of my co-workers was reading your blog and taking to me about it, without knowing who you or I were. Then yesterday your blog posting was sent to me on myspace. You’re all over the web and in the middle of the lancet study debate still. Just thought you would find it funny.

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    Posted in Blogging, Iraq, Personal Narrative, Science, Society | 6 Comments »

    Some Neurocognitive Implications For Nation-Building

    Posted by Zenpundit on 7th March 2007 (All posts by )

    Perhaps my favorite entirely apolitical blog is The Eide Neurolearning Blog run by the Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, two physicians who specialize in brain research and its implications for educating children. With great regularity I find information there that either is of use to me professionally or has wider societal importance.

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    Posted in Civil Society, Education, History, Human Behavior, International Affairs, Iran, Military Affairs, Science, Society, War and Peace | 11 Comments »

    The Great U-Turn and the Three Who Made It

    Posted by James C. Bennett on 6th March 2007 (All posts by )

    The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World, by John O’Sullivan; Regnery, 448 pages.

    Cross-posted at Albion’s Seedlings

    John O’Sullivan is a journalist with a fine sense of history. Thus it is appropriate that he should write a book about a time, and a set of people, who are now crossing the threshold between being the subject of journalism, to being the subject of history. Of the three — Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and John Paul II — two belong now to the ages, and Lady Thatcher has become less and less active as health issues reduce her speaking schedule. The students who will be entering university this year were born in 1988 — Reagan’s last year in office — and were two when Margaret Thatcher left government. They were sixteen when the white smoke heralding John Paul II’s successor issued forth over the Sistine Chapel; if they were not Catholics, and were incurious about current events, they might have barely registered his passing.

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Book Notes, History | 14 Comments »

    Thinning the Herd

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 6th March 2007 (All posts by )

    Scott Burgess has an op-ed in the UK Times today. He talks about how the National Health Service in Britain is in the midst of a financial crises so severe that they are removing every third light bulb to try and keep their electric bill down. Yet the government agency still funds alternative medicine as a viable option for their patients, even going so far as to shell out the cash for five homeopathic hospitals.

    Scott wonders how this can be, and seems to think that it is an unnecessary drain on an already tottering system. I disagree, and I think that it is a very clever way for the British government to relieve the pressure.

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    Posted in Britain | 3 Comments »

    A Brilliant Analysis of Chicago Politics

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th March 2007 (All posts by )

    Michael Barone’s recent post on Mayor Daley’s re-election is a must-read.

    (Via Lex, who is taking a break from blogging.)

    Posted in Chicagoania, Politics, USA | 3 Comments »

    How the Left Gets It All Wrong

    Posted by Shannon Love on 5th March 2007 (All posts by )

    Some long-time readers may have noticed that I am often more interested in intellectual methodology, i.e., the means by which people arrive at certain conclusions, than I am in the conclusions themselves. Methodology trumps conclusion in my view because only by understanding the quality of the methodology can we hope to understand the quality of the conclusions. We evaluate the quality of a methodology by the accuracy of the predictions the methodology produces. Science works this way, and that same concept applies to all other fields of endeavor (albeit with far less precision.)

    Working from this perspective, what do 30 years of hindsight about the Vietnam war tell about leftist methodology? In turn, what does that tell us about the quality of leftist policy recommendations in Iraq?

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    Posted in Iraq, Leftism, Middle East, War and Peace | 36 Comments »

    And Then, There Will be No Critics

    Posted by Ginny on 5th March 2007 (All posts by )

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Posted in Europe | 1 Comment »

    Sticky Posts and More

    Posted by Jonathan on 3rd March 2007 (All posts by )

    I’m experimenting with ways to make it easier for occasional readers of this blog to quickly find the weightier posts here, without compromising readability for people who read more often. That’s why I’ve been sticking selected posts to the top of the page.

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    Posted in Announcements, Blogging | 1 Comment »

    Colonel Kilcullen, the “Surge” and The Guardian

    Posted by Zenpundit on 1st March 2007 (All posts by )

    The major Left-wing British newspaper, The Guardian, published an unflattering ( surprise, surprise) article – ” US commanders admit: we face a Vietnam-style collapse” about the new counterinsurgency-oriented “surge” strategy being employed by the Bush administration in Iraq. LTC. David Kilcullen, the special adviser to the State Department for Counterinsurgency, strenuously disagrees. Well, I infer Kilcullen believes that The Guardian’s article is cross between shoddy journalism and a politically motivated “hit piece” but holding an official position, he’s too reticent to blast The Guardian that explicitly.

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    Posted in International Affairs, Iraq, Military Affairs, Terrorism, USA, War and Peace | 9 Comments »

    Searching for Options

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 1st March 2007 (All posts by )

    It is said that few things in this life are perfect. Remember that because we will be getting back to it later.

    Back in the 1990’s, a series of high profile lawsuits prompted many police agencies to rethink their use of traditional tear gas as a way to subdue suspects. Some suspects had died after being sprayed with CS or CN tear gas agents. The reasons for the deaths could hardly be attributed solely to the use of chemical agents, but that had little bearing when a government agency is looking to reduce their chances of getting sued. Switching to pepper spray from the tried-and-true tear gas agents seemed to be a way to head off legal action while still providing a way to control violent suspects.

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    Posted in Law Enforcement | 2 Comments »

    Where Motley is Worn – And Where it Isn’t

    Posted by Ginny on 1st March 2007 (All posts by )

    In a post a couple of weeks ago, I linked to Michael Yon’s moving report of a heroic Iraqi who thew himself on a suicide bomber, taking the thrust of the bomb and saving the group of women and children standing outside the mosque toward which the bomber, dressed as a woman, was headed. Such self-sacrifice, unlike that of the martyr he died with, is one for life rather than death.

    Today, Dan Henniger describes a similar heroism, this time in Viet Nam, in the acts of Maj. Bruce Crandall, who was awarded the Medal of Honor. As with so many commendations, he is praised for the lives he saved in a war zone. Henniger also notes this was buried in the New York Times.

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    Posted in Terrorism, War and Peace | 1 Comment »

    Checking Their Credentials

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 1st March 2007 (All posts by )

    The United Nations has once again criticized the United States for our treatment of enemy combatants held at Gitmo. They claim that we are violating their “fundamental human rights”.

    The UN’s opinion means so much to me right now.

    Maybe we just don’t agree on what the word “violation” means.

    Posted in United Nations | 19 Comments »

    Das — India Unbound: From Independence to the Global Information Age

    Posted by James McCormick on 1st March 2007 (All posts by )

    Das, Gurcharan, India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age, Penguin, New Delhi, 2002. ppbk edition.

    [cross-posted on Albion’s Seedlings]

    Recently, a friend with Gujarati origins returned from visiting his relatives in northwest India and brought me several books on the Indian economic renaissance. This particular book is part biography, part business tutorial, while effectively illustrating the dramatic challenges faced by India over the last century. Gurcharan Das is a former CEO of Proctor & Gamble India, sometime columnist for the Times of India and frequent commentator on Indian economic affairs. Educated in India and the US, and spending his formative business years in many countries, he’s the perfect intermediary for the general reader. After taking early retirement, he switched his focus to business consulting. That varied background has made a big difference to the quality of India Unbound. His experience bridges the generations, bridges East and West, and reflects experience with many facets of the Indian economy. It is a well-written book, a bit dated by the very rapid change in both India and the global economy (his Foreign Affairs article is a wonderful update), but all-in-all this book is an excellent introduction to India’s past, present, and potential future.

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Book Notes, Economics & Finance, India | Comments Off on Das — India Unbound: From Independence to the Global Information Age