Thursday, May 20, 2010
"Advances in the technology have made it possible for military testers to shoot down incoming mortar rounds with land-based lasers, and military commanders are on the verge of being able to fire laser blasts from the air that could be aimed at tanks or mines." Or, of course, at volcanoes.
The bill goes on to mandate that customer addresses be geocoded for the collection of data on the census tracts of the residences or business locations of customers. The government is mandating that every cent any individual deposits will be linked to the census-based personal address of each customer and to their deposit at the corresponding financial institution. The bureau is permitted to share this data with whomever they wish.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Hard to tell if there's anything to this: Report: Nixon blocked Soviet nuclear attack on China in 1969.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Definition and discussion:
"A term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein government officials express adulation and have positive feelings toward unsustainable union contracts that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk posed by such contracts to the government."
Well researched article at Reason.org.
"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men, generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But is is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse."
"On Monday, the National Mediation Board changed a 75-year-old labor rule to make it easier for workers at U.S. airlines and railroad companies to unionize... The new rule will let workers form a union with a simple majority of those voting."
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
For last year's graduating Class of 2009, women dominated at every level of higher education. Here's the national breakdown: for every 100 men, 142 women graduated with a bachelor's, 159 women completed a master's and 107 women got a doctoral degree.
Chart at link.
Chart at link.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Joseph Postell of Heritage has an oped in the Washington Times on the rise of the administrative state and the decline of constitutional government.
"...the health care bill, like most major laws passed by Congress over the past hundred years, isn't really a law. Rather, Obamacare is a series of assignments to bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services. It is emblematic of what scholars call the administrative state, where legislative, executive and judicial powers are delegated to unaccountable experts sequestered in a fourth branch of government."
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
7 Scientific Innovations Held Back by Petty Feuds. Related, sort of: 6 People You've Never Heard of Who Probably Saved Your Life. (These may be NSFW for language)
Teen suspected of drinking drives away with cop inside car. One of those thing most people learn not to do when they get older. But then there's this guy: DUI Suspect Downs Drink During Traffic Stop. Also, Jim Beam Found Drunk In Public.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon, in case you think it was about "respecting beliefs".
Five students at a South Bay high school stirred up some controversy Wednesday for wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo.
School officials at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill told the students they had to go home if they wouldn’t turn the shirts inside out.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Bush would have been torn to shreds for reacting the same way and everyone, from the Times on down, knows it.