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Monday, December 14. 2009
Monday morning links
Oopsie daisy. Story at Dr. X. Luckily, it wasn't occupied yet. Only 1 guy was killed.
Government vs. Markets: Q&O
Vanderleun defuses Gore's lethal poem
Diversity Infects Medical School. Brilliant!
Heather Mac Donald: The Bilingual Ban That Worked
Thomas Sowell dissects intellectuals
How Mossad hacked the Syrian computers for their raid on the mysterious facility
Teddy Kennedy From The Grave: Medicare As A Path To Single Payer
Jimmy Carter: Abuse of Women Including Genital Mutilation is the Fault of Catholics & Southern Baptists.Everybody knew that.
Mark Steyn: Obama goes from dazzle to drone. A quote:
David Horowitz on Better Red than Dead.
Related, from Michelle: Hollywood & Howard Zinn’s Marxist education project. Good grief.
Why docs and hospitals are wary of government medicine, via Marginal Rev:
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Good to see Jimmy Carter attacking Catholics and Baptists.
For a while there, his raving anti-semitism was getting to be a bit worrysome. It doesn't do to have a raving anti-semite for an ex-pres, you know.
The latest outburst now makes me understand that he's not really anti-semitic; it's just that he's an all-around A55hole, who seems to hate everybody who is unlike himself. Somehow, that's more comforting.
Somebody ought to just gently put Carter away in a home somewhere.
Jimmahh was never really normal. The rabbit attack pushed him over the edge, along with Billy Beer.
Craigslist vs ebay link takes you to Gateway Pundit Jimmah Carter story.
RE: China building falling over, "Only 1 guy was killed"...
I would amend that to read, "Only 1 guy was killed, so far."
Betting somebody will pay.
The fallen building in China showed that the safety factors used in the design of the building were not very rigorous, or if they were, the builders didn’t follow them. Which brings up some jokes about safety factors.
Years ago I heard a crack about precision and various engineering disciplines. I don’t recall the "precise" punchline but it went something like this. Mechanical engineers get precision to within 0.1% for a given part. Civil engineers are the least precise, because of the safety factor engineered in. Here are some more Engineering jokes related to safety factor, culled from the Net.
The accountant says, “What do you want it to be?”
The mathematician says, “I believe it’s 4, but I’ll have to prove it.”
The statistician says, “The sample is too small to give a precise answer, but based on the data set, there is a high probability it is somewhere between 3 and 5.”
The engineer says, “The answer is 4, but I’ll have to add a safety factor so we’ll call it 5.”
Civil Engineering axioms
1. If it moves, it's broke. (rather appropriate)
2. You can't push on a rope.
3. Water runs downhill and stands in low places.
5. Dirt plus water makes mud. (ditto)
6. If in doubt, increase the safety factor (ditto)
Jimmy Carter's Alzheimers is getting more and more obvious all the time. Reagan, always the gentleman, gracefully retired from public life before his dementia became obvious. Carter, like many Democrat politicians [Murtha, Pelosi, Reid leap to mind] will have to be hauled offstage bodily with the olde 'vaudeville hook,' much to the embarrassment of all.
What is an elephant? A mouse built to (military specs, OSHA standards, government contract, adequate safety factors...)
The lost worker is a tragedy. The image is amazing -- as one commenter at the original site said, like a slice of cake laid on a plate. I'm sure windows and things were shattered but I would have expected the facade to look like a "jigsaw puzzle with a coupla pieces gone..."
Michelle Malkin's piece on Howard Zinn's magnum opus propaganda, "A People's History of the United States", now an all-star, Hollywood lefty feature length film, brought back memories of Howard and many of my fellow students from my undergrad days at B.U. in the overly romanticized '60's. Howard Zinn arrived on the B. U. campus at about the time I matriculated in 1965. He quickly became a much lionized superstar of the emerging SDS-led student left, a movement which rapidly gained momentum and dominated the B. U. campus for the remainder of my undergraduate years, and far beyond.
Howard's government courses became a campus training ground for radicals as well as others enjoying a "gut" course to boost the old GPA while being serenaded by Howard's seductive talk of imminent revolution. Campus life really came to a boil in 1966-7 following the legendary B. U. News editorial advocating LBJ's impeachment for war crimes. Among other things, it precipitated the first SDS- led takeover of administration buildings on Bay State Rd., followed by endless vigils for draft resisters taking sanctuary in March Chapel, and teach-ins at Hayden Hall, usually with Howard playing the role of student advisor-hero.
By the end of his second or third year at B.U., Howard had become a charismatic, highly romanticized figure at B U, and thereby was able to convert many students to his cause by the time I graduated in 1969. But this was just the warm up to the fun as the plot thickened in 1971 when John Silber, a Philosophy Prof and Provost at the University of Texas, was named President of B.U. Silber was an old style, conservative Texas Democrat whose view of student minds and maturity was even less flattering than Kingsfield's "skulls full of mush".
And Silber loved to do battle with his intellectual inferiors, which he considered to be just about all faculty and students, and anyone else with the temerity to challenge him. When it came to radicals like Howard & Co, they were to be eliminated if possible, but of course Howard had become a sacred (and tenured) cow on campus so it was just not politically possible to show him the door. And so it remained for the next, oh, 25 years, while Silber continued to build B.U.'s reputation as a national university along with it's rather paltry endowment, all the while clashing with B.U.'s left dominated faculty.
Silber took a short sabbatical to run for MA governor and was narrowly defeated by Republican Bill Weld in 1990. His defeat is often traced to his trademark, unedited candor when he told a group of seniors: "Shakespeare was right when he said 'Ripeness is all.' When you've had a long life and you're ripe, then it's time to go," Silber came back but was eventually deposed as President in a coup d'etat in 1996, serving out several more years as Chancellor.
But Howard lived on, more revered, it seemed, by each successive generation of B.U. liberal arts undergrads and grad students. He outlasted Silber and therefore had his revenge, as it were, and is still enjoying it. As David Horowitz has pointed out about so many other campuses, the left dominated B.U. students and faculty without any significant countervailing influence from the center, or right of center. If a strong-willed President such as John Silber could not roll back the tide, it shows how formidable it was, and remains to this day.
SPLAT! A 12-story building topples over in China. (1) An underground garage was being dug on the south side, to a depth of 4.6 meters. (2) The excavated dirt was being piled up on the north side, to a...
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