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Tuesday, January 29. 2008
Doom update. Am. Digest. Repent! The end is near!
Hitchens on the Clintonian history of playing the race card
The NYT finally admits that the economy has been great.
About those Polar Bears. EU Referendum
All about The Jazz Singer
A sedentary life may speed up aging.
This WSJ page is a great daily read.
Minivans. Insty said this:
How to invest in this market. Kudlow
A good point, from Attack Machine, quoting Ted Kennedy:
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Thanks for the link, guys- we always appreciate the high caliber Maggie's readership!
By the way RE: Kennedy's Endorsement. The Now chapter in his state is repudiating Kennedy saying he has turned his back on women by not backing Hillary. I think we are seeing what happens when a party caters to many special interests instead of trying to represent the people. When those interest conflict, in absence of reason or the common good, they turn on each other. It's like watching a civil political war going on. This, my friends, is the logically end result of identity politics.
Obama bin lottery
What do you do with your last dollar when you are flat broke? You might as well buy a lottery ticket. Putting your last silver dollar into the slot machine with a million-dollar payout is a rational decision after you've
gambled away your whole stake. Absent a miracle, you're going to walk home anyway.
The Democrats of South Carolina chose a miracle over a manager, for the same rational reasons that a down-and-outer spends his last dollar on the lottery.
Obama's South Carolina victory speech was the economic equivalent of a carnival snake-oil pitch . He promised to "stop giving tax breaks to rich companies and instead put the money in the pockets of struggling homeowners
who can't pay their mortgages", and at the same time stop the export of American jobs overseas, while raising everyone's wages.
The crowd chanted, "Yes we can! Yes we can!" Excuse me: No, you can't . You can't keep inefficient American factories open without massive tax breaks to corporations, in the form of tariffs or otherwise.
Decoupling Big talk in Davos
Judging by the recent mood swings, the global economy can be diagnosed as manic-depressive. Through the haze around the markets last week, a clear reason for this bipolar condition emerges. On the one hand, the United States, the world's largest economy and the destination of many of the world's exports, may be on the brink of recession. But at the same time, the global economy—after a remarkable five-year period in which almost every major economy has been growing in concert—is showing signs of what economists call "decoupling ." What decoupling means is this: even as the globe's economic engine, the United States, has stalled, optimists believe the train cars it has been pulling for the last several decades—especially emerging markets like India and China—may finally be able to chug along under their own power.
Re: Hitchens on the Clintons....
the bloodhounds link articles about the Arkansas prisoners blood sold to GB and Canada.
McCain's ACU Ratings
By Randall Hoven
Senator John McCain's lifetime rating of 82.3% from the American Conservative Union is often cited as proof that he is conservative. Here is a closer look at that 82.3 rating.
First, a rating of 82.3 is not really that high. It puts Senator McCain in 39th place among senators serving in 2006, the latest year for which the ACU has its ratings posted online. For that most recent year in particular, McCain scored only 65, putting him in 47th place for that year. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), for example, scored 64 and 75, respectively, in 2006.
Generally, McCain has voted less conservatively in more recent years. His average for 1990-97 was 88, but was only 74 for 1998-2006. Below are his yearly ratings since 1990.
Chinese already warring on US..a rethink of the realities
In thinking over the Chinese vs. USA military challenge a key component is already being employed by the Chinese.
Several months ago the Chinese targeted one of their aging weather satellites and blew it up. The natural result of this was the creation of a huge debris field.
This past week the US was forced to maneuver two satellites around this debris field. This causes the finite fuel aboard our satellites to be used more rapidly than the syllabus calls for. This shortens their useful life by a huge factor and is very costly.
The Chinese HAD to know the orbits of these US satellites and what blowing up their weather satellite would do to their efficacy.by creating a debris field in their path. It was basically an act of war.
Should the Chinese continue to blow up aging satellites and create larger and larger debris fields our satellites will be eventually trashed.
Washington issued to the Chinese at the time a very stern warning about their "test" of blowing up satellites, but for now the one debris field is costing the US millions.
This could explain the premature degradation and decaying orbit of one of our spy satellites .. knocked out by Chinese created space debris. Very subtle and with built in plausible deniability, the Chinese are at minimum twisting our tail.
from a Japanese news service:
Minivans are fine if you don't mind driving what looks like a suppository.
Hitchens nails it....as usual. Can you imagine if he had Dana Perino's job.
Every week there's something about how to slow the aging process. I read that naps were good for that. I'm going for the nap instead of the exercise. I think aging is more a part of your genetics than anything else.
better --oh, FAR better -- a van like a suppository than a suppository like a van.
Naps are great.
I get to see my friends and improve longevity.
Speculative and interesting...
Appalachia to the rescue
Could Devonian shales deep under the Appalachians supply trillions of cubic feet of much needed natural gas for the U.S.?
Loved the Doom Update at the top of the links. Especially their video.
Do you think Teddy ever thinks before he speaks? And if so, does this mean he'll retire--finally?
Dear Retriever: I would like to have your thoughts on the Alberta Human Rights document. From where I sit the line far down on the form that says "If not white male then please explain . . " is a terrifying statement of discrimination. Assault on the white male ine very aspect of life is a very real thing. Young women in college are being given clear instruction that they are not to support any white male in any effort! Our daughters are being taught to destroy is ok. To steal is fine. To pretend to be something you are not is an acceptable position on the road to a leadership/management position. I want to hear from the women at Maggie's Farm--what strategy do you see that we need to implement to effectively counter this strategy?
I have a daughter in college, and I think the best thing to do is leave it up to them. We didn't bring our daughters up to do any of what you listed: I think upbringing wins out over this pap.
To address/include with your query, the post about extended adolescence: I think these kids, by extending their independent, years are a heck of a lot smarter than their boomer parents who lived by the zeitgeist of greed is good and whoever dies with the most toys wins. Our offspring watched the divorces and the crash of 2000, so they've got a lot to keep them from following in our footsteps. "Be young, be foolish, but be happy.." is their motto and wiser they will be than we were. Including being able to see through some of the establishment foolishness.
Meta... I'm quite sure the women of this blog, as you say, didn't raise their daughters up to pay attention to any such list as the Alberta HR document which AP speaks of.
Fortunately there are still many such as you and AP who see the world for what it is... and not as others would prefer us to see it.
As I mentioned in another thread, I tend to agree that kids today are pretty smart and can see through this kind of maniacal raving. And if they are lulled in, they soon see reality as they leave school and enter the 'real' world.
I'll never forget this Barone essay from a few years ago, re "the kids":
Pretty insightful analyses... always the delicate mix of hard and soft... but as a country I think that's existed since our birth. Different players, but the same game. Thanks for the link.