November 24, 2012

Required watching

From my friend Rachel Lucas comes this stirring speech by Bill Whittle. enjoy.

Wouldn't it be nice...

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November 20, 2012

Wasting precious oxygen

I think that I'll let Misha and the commenters at his site go to town the piece of human debris pictured below:

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I'm happy that the company she works(ed? he asks hopefully) for will decide to add her to the ranks of the Funemployed. Because she might as well have dropped trou and squeezed off a loaf onto the tomb. Really no difference.

Update: Best comment so far:

I had this on my Facebook, and one of my friends commented “I bet she’ll be running for office as a Democrat soon.”

Sandra Fluke/Lindsay Stone 2016!

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He's a witch! Burn him!

Ace has the lowdown from Slate on Marc Rubio, anti-science zealot extraordinaire.

Holy crap, there's no way Rubio can win in 2016. In fact, the only reason he won the last time out was because no one knew about his insanely stupid views. More below the fold.

The twist is that that isn't Senator Marco Rubio talking in 2012, that's Senator (and presidential candidate) Barack Obama talking in 2008.
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November 14, 2012

Well this is sucky news

Steven den Beste has suffered a stroke. Hat tip to the Instamonster.

Get better, Steven, or at least don't get worse. The world will be less without you in it.

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November 10, 2012

Anyone surprised by this? And is there anything we can do to prevent it in the future?

It's who counts the votes that matters. A lot. Excerpt:

Out of 175,554 registered voters, 247,713 vote cards were cast in St. Lucie County, Florida on Tuesday. Barack Obama won the county.

So a little over 72k extra votes appeared in one county in Florida. What was Barry's margin over Romney in the state again? Oh well, it's a good thing Florida and Ohio aren't important in the electoral scheme of things, huh?

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I weep for the future

I wasn't sure how to categorize this story. Suffice it to say that Darwin was horribly, horribly wrong.

Because We Can, That's Why: In September, the National Geographic cable TV show "Taboo" featured three young Tokyo partiers as examples of the "bagel head" craze in which fun-lovers inject saline just under the skin of the forehead to create a swelling and then pressure the center to achieve a donut look that lasts up to 24 hours before the saline is absorbed into the body. Some adventurers have injected other areas of the body -- even the scrotum. [Daily Mail (London), 9-25-2012]

Parts of my body are attempting to seek refuge inside the rest of my body after reading that last bit.

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This is what I fear most

Now that the election has been decided, it's time for people to honestly examine the fiscal future of this country. Short analysis: we're boned. For a more thorough analysis, and the birth of an ulcer, check out this deeper analysis from den Beste. Excerpt:

I think the dollar is going to crash.

There's a story told about a man who fell out of a window on top of a skyscraper. As he passed the 20th floor he was heard to mutter, "Well, I'm OK so far." This country is falling, but hasn't hit the ground yet. When it does, things get very ugly, very fast.

The problem is the deficit. Three kinds of deficits, in fact. There's our cumulative national debt. No nation in history has ever owed $16 trillion. The second is the budget deficit, which has been over $1 trillion per year for the last four years. The third is our trade deficit.

The only reason that debt service on that $16 trillion hasn't destroyed us already is that the Fed is holding interest rates down. The reason the annual deficit hasn't destroyed us yet is that the Fed is "running the printing presses" (only they call it "quantitative easing") to cover it. But neither of those is sustainable in the long run. The ground is still waiting for us, and we'll know we've hit it when a T-bill auction ends up with a lot higher interest rate than we've been paying so far.

It'll be a cascading failure, once it begins. When T-bill interest rates begin to rise, confidence will begin to fail. The rise will accelerate as bond purchasers begin to price in increasing degrees of risk.

Read the rest. Currently, I'm going long on Maalox futures. And dried beans and rice. And ammo. Lots of it.

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