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  • Archive for November, 2009

    The Public-Health Fallacy

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd November 2009 (All posts by )

    The discussion at this otherwise-good Instapundit post is typical.

    The discussion is misframed. The question isn’t whether a specific medical procedure is a good idea. The question is who gets to make the decisions.

    This is a comment that I left on a recent Neo-Neocon post:

    It’s the public-health fallacy, the confusion (perhaps willful, on the part of socialized-medicine proponents) between population outcomes and individual outcomes. Do you know how expensive that mammogram would be if every woman had one? The implication is that individuals should make decisions based on averages, the greatest good for the greatest number.
     
    The better question is, who gets to decide. The more free the system, the more that individuals can weigh their own costs and benefits and make their own decisions. The more centralized the system, the more that one size must fit all — someone else makes your decisions for you according to his criteria rather than yours.
     
    In a free system you can have fewer mammograms and save money or you can have more mammograms and reduce your risk. Choice. In a government system, someone like Kathleen Sebelius will make your decision for you, and probably not with your individual welfare as her main consideration.

    Even in utilitarian terms — the greatest good for the greatest number — governmental monopolies only maximize economic welfare if the alternative system is unavoidably burdened with free-rider issues. This is why national defense is probably best handled as a governmental monopoly: on an individual basis people benefit as much if they don’t pay their share for the system as if they do. But medicine is not so burdened, because despite economic externalities under the current system (if I don’t pay for my treatment its cost will be shifted to paying customers) there is no reason why the market for insurance and medical services can’t work like any other market, since medical customers have strong individual incentive to get the best treatment and (in a well-designed pricing system) value for their money. The problems of the current medical system are mostly artifacts of third-party payment and over-regulation, and would diminish if we changed the system to put control over spending decisions back into the hands of patients. The current Democratic proposal is a move in the opposite direction.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, Medicine, Rhetoric, Science, Statistics | 7 Comments »

    The Cutters

    Posted by Lexington Green on 21st November 2009 (All posts by )

    These guys are so good. It is amazing that they were so little known.

    complete works are here.

    I wrote about them way back when.

    Something got me thinking about them today, and especially Angela’s voice, and how great it is to find that these songs are still just sitting there on the Internet to bring happiness to the lucky few who know about them.

    (Check out “Type A Girl”, “Postcards”, “Verucca Salt” and (a slow, sweet one) “Where in the World” — but they are really good.)

    Posted in Music | Comments Off on The Cutters

    WSJ and Music

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 21st November 2009 (All posts by )

    A recent WSJ article about Tom Petty and how he is perceived relative to his rocking “peers” caused me to instantly grimace thinking about the time a couple of years ago when I saw The Strokes open for Tom Petty in Chicago at Northerly Island and The Strokes just blew Petty off the stage. We left after a couple of Petty’s songs… it was about as exciting as watching paint dry.

    Well then the WSJ put together a matrix ranking Petty’s peers that made me almost throw up in my mouth a bit. Everyone on that list was ancient, and very few were even creating new music anymore (or at least music that anyone was listening to). Of the individuals on the grid I wouldn’t even cross the street to see 90% of them for free. And this is “rock”?
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    Posted in Music | 17 Comments »

    Real Medical Innovation, and Closed Systems

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 21st November 2009 (All posts by )

    One of the biggest follies in the health care legislation is assuming that America is a “captive system” or a “closed system”. In these sorts of models (probably Hawaii is a good example) you can implement change and individuals don’t have a lot of choices and thus fees or taxes can be used to subsidize wholesale change.

    The truth is much more complex; individuals are intelligent, many choices exist, and people respond to incentives. In addition, companies and even entire countries take different approaches to profit from opportunities that arise from these sorts of captive assumptions.

    This article from the Wall Street Journal titled “The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery” analyzes a company in India that is pioneering economies of scale in heart surgery by 1) building huge facilities, 2) focusing on reducing all costs throughout the system from medical equipment to sutures, 3) hiring surgeons and having them perform the same types of complex surgery over and over to become experts on that specific task and 4) changing the hours of use and of doctors so that expensive medical equipment has a higher utilization rate which reduces the average cost / use.

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    Posted in Economics & Finance | 9 Comments »

    The Return of the Blob

    Posted by David Foster on 21st November 2009 (All posts by )

    Ever see the 1958 movie The Blob? Commenter George V, at this Neptunus Lex post, watched it during Halloween, and wrote a pretty funny comment.

    In the movie, quick-thinking citizens use CO2 fire extinguishers to freeze the outer-space blob which is threatening humanity, after which the USAF flies it to the arctic and drops it on an ice floe, where it will stay forever…”As long as the Artic doesn’t melt” says Steve McQueen’s character.

    Today, of course, citizens would never be allowed to react to the threat in such a direct and immediate fashion. Either OSHA or CPSIA..probably both..would object to the use of fire extinguishers in a way not specifically authorized…amateur blob-suppressors would also get in trouble with several unions which would assert blog-freezing as their exclusive territory. Not to mention EPA issues with all that CO2 release.

    People would be told to leave the matter in the hands of the authorities, namely Homeland Security…which would tell Congress they needed more money if they were to be expected to add blob-fighting to their mission. Congress would still be debating the matter (especially which extinguishing/freezing agent should be used instead of CO2 and which companies get the enormous fire-extinguisher contracts) when the blob reached Washington DC.

    Posted in Environment, Film, Humor | 1 Comment »

    “You Got a License For That Toy?”

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 21st November 2009 (All posts by )

    Some criminals in Australia are using toy guns to rob people.

    Well, why not? Gun control laws in Australia are, to my American eyes, rather severe and draconian. Only about one-in-twenty people own guns for hunting or sport shooting. No one is allowed to carry concealed for self defense.

    This means that there is pretty much no risk, either to the criminal or victim, if someone paints a toy gun black and uses it to hold someone up. The victim might get scared, but they are certainly in no danger from the gun. The criminal, on the other hand, is also operating without risk of getting shot by any law abiding citizen who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm. Which means this particular crime should prove to be extremely popular.

    But that isn’t good enough for government in Australia. It seems that they are now planning on banning toy guns! There will be exceptions if those who want toy guns first get a license.

    This paragraph blew my mind…

    NSW Police Minister Michael Daley said new national minimum standards affecting the possession, penalties and safe storage of imitation firearms were at a meeting in Perth yesterday.”

    WTF? “…safe storage of imitation firearms…” Does that mean they are planning on locking people up if they don’t lock up their toys?

    So what do you think the safe storage criteria would be for the slick, dangerous piece of hardware below?

    Clown Gun

    I know what you are thinking. The cops are worried about imitation or replica arms, stuff that can easily be mistaken for the real thing. The gun above looks like something a circus clown might use, and is not a serious example.

    The only thing I can say in my defense is that the Australian government is beclowning themselves without any help from me.

    (Cross posted at Hell in a Handbasket.)

    Posted in Crime and Punishment, RKBA | 6 Comments »

    Industrial Park Wildlife

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 20th November 2009 (All posts by )

    I have written many times about how amazing I think it is that wildlife can thrive in urban settings. In my industrial park I have seen all types of crazy things that seem certainly out of place. This time of year the geese show up, migrating from the north. We are near several bodies of water and I think they use this area to take a break from flying.

    I have seen woodchucks, skunks, tons of rabbits, squirrels, racoons, coyotes, deer, ducks (etc.) and just last week a couple more (big photos under the fold).
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    Posted in Environment | 12 Comments »

    “An Evening of Counterinsurgency at the Pritzker Military Library”

    Posted by onparkstreet on 19th November 2009 (All posts by )

    Hearts and minds? Overrated. If you want to run a successful counterinsurgency, it all starts with the person at the top.

    On Thursday, December 3rd, Mark Moyar will appear at the Pritzker Military Library to discuss his new book, A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq.

    Small Wars Journal

    I’m not sure that I’ll be able to make this program at the Pritzker Military Library (Chicago). It’s always touch-and-go with me and early evening talks – work and all that. Hopefully, some of the chicagoboyz readership will be able to attend!

    Update: Thomas Rid reviews the book here, “Mark Moyar pitches his book as a challenge to that thesis. Counterinsurgency must not be just population-centric. Nor can it be merely enemy-centric, as conventional wars against opposing armies were. No, successful counterinsurgency is “leader-centric.”

    Posted in Book Notes, Military Affairs | Comments Off on “An Evening of Counterinsurgency at the Pritzker Military Library”

    The “Complex” Left vs. the “Simple” Right

    Posted by Shannon Love on 19th November 2009 (All posts by )

    Over at Hit&Run, there is a thread about how simplistic and empty Sarah Palin is compared to Obama or previous conservatives. Leaving out the fact that both Reagan and Goldwater suffered the same contempt in their time that Palin does now, it does raise the issue of whether it is important that leftists do in general produce much more complex and “sophisticated” explanations of political ideas than do conservatives.

    The major reason that non-leftists’ ideas look “simplistic” compared to leftists’ ideas is that non-leftists’ ideas are usually nothing but statements about the limits of human knowledge.

    For example, all arguments for the free market can be distilled to something like:

    No human or group of humans has a predictive model of the economy. As such we cannot predict the consequences of economic actions we take. This is especially true of large-scale actions. Therefore, the best policy in the overwhelming majority of case is to not attempt to use the coercive power of the state to try and steer the economy, because the we cannot predict the results and we are more likely to do harm than good.

    By contrast, leftist arguments are statements about the possession of knowledge by some elite group of human beings. The “complex” leftists arguments are detailed elaborations of what they think they know in each particular case.

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    Posted in Human Behavior, Leftism, Political Philosophy | 23 Comments »

    Since When Do Prosecutors Decide the Type of Trial?

    Posted by Shannon Love on 19th November 2009 (All posts by )

    In his post, “Why Has Holder Decided to Try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a Civilian Court?” [h/t Instapundit], Eric Posner says:

    Then what is the answer? It is surely this: the Obama administration has decided to offer a two-tiered system of justice. We might call them the “high-quality” (civilian) tier and “low-quality” (military) tier. The high-quality approach offers greater accuracy; the low-quality approach offers less accuracy. The Obama administration will use the high-quality system against people when it has a strong case, and the low-quality system against people when it has a weak case.
     
    This approach makes sense. Endless detention without trial is no longer a politically viable option. The government will make a judgment as to whether a suspect is dangerous or not. If the case is good, the high-quality system will be used. If the case is bad, the low-quality system will be used. In this way, the government can ensure that people it thinks are dangerous will be locked up.

    What the hell? Since when do we allow the executive branch to decide the type of trial a defendant receives based on the quality of the evidence the executive branch decides to use? Since when do we give the executive branch any say in how trials are conducted at all?

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    Posted in Crime and Punishment, Law, Leftism, Politics, Terrorism | 7 Comments »

    The Entire Jury Will Have to Be in Witness Protection

    Posted by Shannon Love on 19th November 2009 (All posts by )

    On the subject of the civil trial of KSM, Trochilus raises a point I hadn’t considered:

    Given the nature and depth of Islamo-facist enmity toward all Western institutions, including all faiths other than their own, toward all our democratic institutions, including our judicial system, and finally toward most Americans; and given their willingness to act on that hatred — who in their right mind would willingly consent to serve on such a jury?

    This will be a trial watched by the entire planet. Millions of Islamist fanatics will be watching. There is a good chance that several thousands of those fanatics might decide to exact revenge on anyone involved.

    Anyone who sits on that jury will have to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder worrying that they will be the target of a revenge killing. They will become participants in a war with no boundaries and no end.

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    Posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics, Terrorism | 26 Comments »

    Hatin’ on Palin

    Posted by David Foster on 19th November 2009 (All posts by )

    In George MacDonald Fraser’s picaresque novel Flashman (which is set in 1839-1842), the hero (actually more of an antihero) marries the daughter of a very wealthy Scottish mill owner. This creates problems with Lord Cardigan, the commander of the fashionable regiment in which Flashman is serving–indeed, Cardigan has insisted that Flashman leave the regiment. Here’s Flashman, trying to get the decision reversed:

    Just the sight of him, in his morning coat, looking as though he had been inspecting God on parade, took the wind out of me. When he demanded to know, in his coldest way, why I intruded on him, I stuttered out my question: why was he sending me out of the regiment?

    “Because of your marriage, Fwashman,” says he. “You must have known very well what the consequences would be. The lady, I have no doubt, is an excellent young woman, but she is–nobody. In these circumstances your resignation is imperative.”

    “But she is respectable, my lord,” I said. “I assure you she is from an excellent family; her father–”

    “Owns a factory,” he cut in. “Haw-haw. It will not do. My dear sir, did you not think of your position? Of the wegiment? Could I answer, sir, if I were asked: ‘And who is Mr Fwashman’s wife’ ‘Oh, her father is a Gwasgow weaver, don’t you know?'”
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    Posted in Book Notes, Britain, Civil Society, Politics | 18 Comments »

    A Profoundly Depressing Book

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 17th November 2009 (All posts by )

    I enjoy perusing bookstores and recently saw this book that caught my eye – The “SAS Urban Survival Handbook”. Readers of the blog know that the SAS are the British equivalent of the US special forces military units.

    Since the book’s theme is intentionally downcast and “worst case” (i.e., urban survival) I was prepared for a list of disasters and potential bad things that could happen to you. The book spares no situations, focusing on getting attacked and what to do when everything goes awry.

    Through the book they also offer “sensible” solutions to avoid getting in harms way in the first place, such as not frequenting dangerous areas and particularly for women and the elderly, who are likely to lose in a typical encounter with an angry urban male, to practically stay at home or only go out in groups. And why is this? Because no one is armed, so in Britain if something goes wrong and you are smaller or outnumbered you are in big trouble. There are certainly clubs (the mayor of London recently went after someone with an iron bar) and knives and similar-type weapons but no firearms.

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    Posted in Britain, International Affairs, RKBA | 10 Comments »

    State Tax Policies

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 17th November 2009 (All posts by )

    Tax rates vary significantly by state. The states with the lowest income tax rates, and most importantly the lowest “marginal” rates (the tax rate on your last dollar of income) tend to attract the wealthy and entrepreneurs and have higher rates of growth. Florida, Texas and Nevada in particular benefit from this type of tax regime. As an Illinois resident, virtually the only positive element of the tax situation in Illinois is that we have a “flat”, non-graduated state income tax rate at 3%. In all other areas (property taxes & sales taxes in particular) our rates are onerous and damaging to the business community. To see the income tax rate on a state-by-state basis, check out this site here and put in your state to see the tax brackets and the marginal tax at the highest income rates.

    As states get into financial trouble, the situation is getting even worse. California has very high marginal rates, and continuous attempts to raise taxes (although the fact that tax increases must be approved by 2/3 of the legislature gives Republicans some say in that state), at a top rate of 10.3%! Admittedly this is a bit of a simplification, because states with progressive tax brackets like California typically allow for more deductions, while Illinois at 3% pretty much just takes your Federal taxable income and applies the rate with few distinctions. Changing Illinois to a graduated rate requires changing the state constitution, which is a big barrier to never ending schemes to move to this type of arrangement. Another factor on state taxes is that they are deductible against Federal taxes, although in fact the amount of the deduction is lower than it may appear because you have to cross the standard deduction before you can deduct the taxes, and there may be other income limits on deductions.

    For wealthy individuals, the problem is acute. If you live in California, you may be taxed at up to 10.3% on your last dollar of income, while across the state border in Nevada you face ZERO state income taxes. This can be a big difference.

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    Posted in Taxes | 4 Comments »

    Mathematics versus The Blob

    Posted by David Foster on 17th November 2009 (All posts by )

    (…and so far, the blob seems to be winning)

    Here’s a New York Daily News article on mathematical ignorance among City University of New York students:

    During their first math class at one of CUNY’s four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn’t solve a simple algebra problem, the report by the CUNY Council of Math Chairs found. Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal.

    And here’s Sandra Stotsky, discussing some of the reasons for poor math performance in America’s schools:

    But the president’s worthy aims (to improve math and science education–ed) won’t be reached so long as assessment experts, technology salesmen, and math educators—the professors, usually with education degrees, who teach prospective teachers of math from K–12—dominate the development of the content of school curricula and determine the pedagogy used, into which they’ve brought theories lacking any evidence of success and that emphasize political and social ends, not mastery of mathematics.
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    Posted in Economics & Finance, Education, Science, Tech | 15 Comments »

    Green vs. Green

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 17th November 2009 (All posts by )

    It has been written here many, many times that is getting more and more difficult to build base generation power plants in the USA. I can’t imagine what it would take to actually start up a nuclear power plant right now. Besides the billions and billions of dollars your company will spend, it will be dragged through the courts over and over and over again by land owners, environmentalists and others. I simply don’t have the stones for that constant harassment.

    Today I heard a story about a proposed wind farm in West Virginia. Seems that the environmentalists there are trying to stand in the way of the wind farm to save a bat – the Indiana bat to be precise.

    So I guess I am wondering that if WIND isn’t even clean enough energy, where would the environmentalists say that we should get our energy from? Electricity doesn’t exactly just drop out of the sky (unless you could harness a lightning bolt somehow). Or is the end game simply the destruction of any and all forms of commerce as we know them? All in the name of a bat that may or may not be harmed. Hard for me to tell what the real agenda is anymore.

    Posted in Energy & Power Generation, Environment | 6 Comments »

    Legal Question

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 17th November 2009 (All posts by )

    Long time readers know that I am an accredited self defense and home security expert with close to two decades of experience. Ever since my state legalized concealed carry, I am routinely armed not only with a concealed firearm, but also a variety of less-lethal self defense devices.

    Lethal force is considered to be a reasonable response to a threat of grievous bodily harm or death. At least it is here in Ohio.

    So what presents this threat? When would a reasonable person think that they are in danger of losing their lives, or becoming disabled or disfigured? Easy enough to determine if the criminal attacker is armed with a knife or gun, but it can be tricky if they aren’t.

    Interesting video over at Gateway Pundit, where two people were the victims of an unprovoked attack by protesters taking part in a sidewalk chant organized by ANSWER, the Communist group.

    Notice that the victims are outnumbered, and the attackers are using the wooden shafts of their protest signs as weapons. Also note that one of the victims was young and fit, and was smart enough to use the tripod of his video recorder as a makeshift self defense device against the perps.

    Am I suggesting that the victims should have shot their attackers? No, and not least because I agree with comment #16 at the GP post. But I am wondering if it would have been legal.

    Any lawyers amongst our readers want to tackle this one?

    Posted in Crime and Punishment, Law | 35 Comments »

    A Planned Society and the Rule of Law

    Posted by onparkstreet on 15th November 2009 (All posts by )

    To say that in a planned society the Rule of Law cannot hold is, therefore, not to say that the actions of the government will not be legal or that such a society will necessarily be lawless. It means only that the use of the government’s coercive powers will no longer be limited and determined by pre-established rules. The law can, and to make a central direction of economic activity possible must, legalize what to all intents and purposes remains arbitrary action. If the law says that such a board or authority may do what it pleases, anything that board or authority does is legal – but its actions are certainly not subject to the Rule of Law.F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom.

    Health Choices Commissioner, “pay czars”, the Kelo decision, bail outs! To this layperson all of it seem so, well, arbitrary. It’s as if we in the U.S. are moving toward a system where just about anything can be justified because some government official says that it should be so. It’s all for the greater good, right? What are pesky little things like individuals and predictable rules in the face of all that wonderful greater goodness?

    Posted in Political Philosophy | 4 Comments »

    How Obama is Bringing Martial Law to America

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th November 2009 (All posts by )

    In my previous post, I listed some (but far from all) of the practical problems presented by trying in a civil criminal court an individual (1) who was captured overseas, (2) had evidence against him collected using covert means, with (3) no chain of evidence or custody, and (4) was harshly and physically interrogated with (5) all witnesses and methods being secret.

    The greatest danger posed in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) isn’t that he will go free. The greatest danger is that he will be convicted and that during his appeals the courts will ratify all of the extraordinary measures used to capture and convict him. The great danger is that the courts will ratify the rough, inaccurate and ambiguous norms of martial law as applying to all civil criminal trials.

    After a couple of decades of these court decisions reverberating throughout the legal system, we could end up living under de facto martial law.

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    Posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Law Enforcement, Leftism, Terrorism | 50 Comments »

    The Worst Kind of Trial

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th November 2009 (All posts by )

    “Men, we’ve got to give this man a fair trial before we hang him.” — attributed to Judge Roy Bean.

    Finding an impartial jury for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) is the least of our worries in President Obama’s decision to try him in a civil court. Our greatest concern is that it will be a shambles of a show trail that ignores all established legal precedent. The ramifications of that could be worse than terrorism itself.

    What Obama the law professor fails to grasp is that none of the prerequisites exist for a fair civil trial in the case of terrorist captured overseas by intelligence agents.

    For example, just for starters, what objective proof do we have that the individual who will show up in the courtroom is actually the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who planned 9/11? What do we do if he simply asserts he is not the person the government claims he is?

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    Posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Law Enforcement, Leftism, Terrorism | 2 Comments »

    Management Advice From George Eliot

    Posted by David Foster on 13th November 2009 (All posts by )

    Fancy what a game of chess would be if all the chessman had passions and intellects, more or less small and cunning; if you were not only uncertain about your adversary’s men, but a little uncertain also about your own . . . You would be especially likely to be beaten if you depended arrogantly on your mathematical imagination, and regarded your passionate pieces with contempt. Yet this imaginary chess is easy compared with a game man has to play against his fellow-men with other fellow-men for instruments.

    –George Eliot, in Felix Holt, the Radical (1866)

    Lots of political leaders and their academic advisors, and also more than a few business executives, fail to understand this point about the kind of “chess” that they are playing.

    See also investing advice from George Eliot.

    Posted in Book Notes, Britain, Business, Economics & Finance, Management, Political Philosophy | 4 Comments »

    [photo:] Flowers

    Posted by Jonathan on 13th November 2009 (All posts by )

    flars

    Chicagoboyz like the flowers.


    (Click the image for a larger view.)

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Coincidence?

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 13th November 2009 (All posts by )

    It is pretty well established that Maj. Hasan, the person captured while engaging in a murderous shooting spree at Ft. Hood, was well known to coworkers and the FBI as a potential terrorist. He was trying to contact al-Qaeda and members of other terrorist groups, but nothing was done about this. It would be accurate to say that a fair amount of pressure is going to come to bear on the authorities for their inaction.

    Federal prosecutors moved to close down four mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper that is allegedly a front for Iranian organizations that funnel funds to terrorist groups. Big money is involved, and there should be headlines for weeks.

    When it comes to operations of this scale, it obviously takes a great deal of time to investigate and collect enough evidence to prosecute. It isn’t like some cop on the beat who stumbles across a jimmied lock and catches a thief red-handed. But I do wonder if things weren’t speeded up a bit in order to provide some good press for the Feds in the midst of their performance with Maj. Hasan.

    Posted in Crime and Punishment, Iran, Law Enforcement, Terrorism | 3 Comments »

    Power: Mechanical, National, and Personal

    Posted by David Foster on 11th November 2009 (All posts by )

    James Boswell is of course best known as the great biographer of Samuel Johnson. But Boswell didn’t spend all his time in Dr Johnson’s company. In 1776, he visited the Boulton & Watt steam engine factory. Showing Boswell around, Matthew Boulton summed up his business one simple phrase:

    I sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have–POWER.

    Fast forward to 2009. In the United States as in Western Europe, politicians are conducting a vendetta against the energy industry. See for example this, which describes the closure of an aluminum smelter in Montana–because it can no longer obtain affordable electricity–and the probable exit of much of the nonferrous metals industry from Western Europe, for the same reason. (Link via MaxedOutMama)

    So, was Matthew Boulton wrong? Have we finally found a group of humans–our present-day political leaders–who are NOT interested in power?
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    Posted in Britain, Energy & Power Generation, History, Politics, Tech, USA | 7 Comments »

    10 Failed Doomsdays

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 11th November 2009 (All posts by )

    I posted here last week about how doomsayers always get it wrong. It seems that Livescience beat me to it by a day.

    Worth a read. Interesting stuff.

    (Hat tip to Glenn.)

    Posted in History, Human Behavior | 4 Comments »