Archives October 2009

Technical difficulties

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Our server has been locking up repeatedly over the past few days, apparently because our spam filter was consuming an obscene amount of memory. I have (probably) fixed the problem, and if it weren’t less than an hour before sunset on Friday, I would have an extensive and geeky rant about what happened, but instead ...

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Bad advice costs nothing, and it’s worth the price

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Republicans in the House of Representatives have invited Iran-contra conspirator Oliver North to advise them on foreign policy. Colonel North’s chief foreign-policy accomplishment, as you may recall, involved a clandestine sale of arms to Iranian “moderates” in order to release American hostages being held by Hezbollah, with some of the profits being diverted to ...

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Think of it as evolution inaction

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Stephen Stearns, an evolutionary biologist at Yale, believes that human evolution is still happening because, after all, some couples have more children than others, thereby changing the frequency distribution of alleles in the gene pool. So he and his colleagues went over some statistics from the Framingham Heart Study (going back to 1948) and discovered ...

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The future of S/M (hoisted from comments)

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

rm linked to a NYT article on how shouting is the new spanking, i.e., parents who diligently avoid hitting their kids are feeling guilty that they can’t also keep from yelling at them.

One of her commenters wondered if, now that spanking children is less common, the next generation of adults will be less ...

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Pornonomics

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The authors of Freakonomics, pimping their next book, regale Sunday Times [UK] readers with the heart-warming tale of Allie, a prostitute with a heart of gold and a Visa card to match. The authors mention the precautions she takes to keep herself safe from her clients, her frustration with keeping her occupation secret from her ...

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If this is “Chicago-style politics”, let’s have more of it

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

House Judiciary Committee to insurance industry:

Nice antitrust exemption you’ve got there. It would be a shame if anything… happened to it.

Cain’s best friend

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The author of the “Everyone Needs Therapy” blog informs us that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and highlights a program, co-sponsored by the American Humane Association, to help abused women take their pets with them into shelters.

And just a few days ago, in synagogues all over the world, we read Bereshit, which describes ...

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Teach the children well, and maybe they won’t fall for this when they grow up

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The entrepreneurs who founded Absolute Best Care have come up with a brilliant business plan—or possibly a brilliant grift—and the New York Times doesn’t understand it.

…To that end comes the Absolute Best Care Learning Center, scheduled to open Oct. 26. For a mere $4,000 — $2,040 if you act now — aspiring nannies who ...

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Grand Old Pluralism

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Grand Old Party has a Grand New Web Site, which includes a helpful graphics-rich page listing the Republican Party’s noteworthy accomplishments.

From this, you can learn that

  • the Republicans in Congress emancipated all of the District of Columbia’s slaves in 1862
  • the Republicans passed the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments to the Constitution ...

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See it in the new feature film, “Twilight of the Goths”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

One of the perks of working in the geography biz is the trivia I pick up. For example, there is a place in Italy called Villa Emo.

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