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I have a few favorites when it comes to science fiction. I have very few absolute favorites from the golden days of science fiction when Asimov was at his strongest. Note: Asimov is good, but he’s not on that list. No, today I want to talk about Cordwainer Smith and his unique work including today’s […]
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Last night President Trump gave his much anticipated speech to a joint session of Congress. So what did you miss? Well, the speech was on the more restrained end of the spectrum, but there were some interesting things going on.More
I know. Ya gotta be [expletive] me. But forget it, Jake. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. From the WaPo: More
I just came across a bit of disappointing news this evening via SteynOnline: The Mark Steyn Show, which had been broadcast on CRTV since its inception on December 21, 2016, has been cancelled. Mark Steyn writes:
In less congenial telly news, today was perhaps the most sobering and humbling day since this poor old Canadian came to the United States many years ago. I had only been doing the show for a little over a month, and had hoped to be doing it for a long time to come. There is always a story between the lines, and everyone of course is free to speculate. I hope to be able to say more in the days ahead.
Please note that I wrote get rid of, not just get out of, the United Nations. Yes, I know we’ve talked about making this move for years, but it’s way past due to act. Let’s do a quick review of this feckless and inconsequential organization. Since many people have written so cogently on this topic, I have let them speak for me to a great extent.
To provide background, the U.N. was formed after World War II:More
Well, don’t keep it a secret. Please pass it on. OUT OF ORDER More
I’ve been reflecting on the readings from last Sunday’s Mass — the last in the sequence from the Sermon on the Mount prior to the beginning of Lent tomorrow. The holy Gospel according to Matthew (6:24-34) Serving Two Masters 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the […]
.. is the new meme floating around, at least in my libertarian circles. Here are a few examples:
Housing policy has become yet another flashpoint in these highly polarized times. Much of the controversy swirls around President Donald Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson, a distinguished neurosurgeon, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. HUD operates a wide range of subsidized federal housing programs that impassioned critics of his nomination are sure Carson will dismember. His chief vice in their eyes is his lack of direct experience working in the housing area. In a real sense this is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, these programs must be managed—and, ideally, by someone competent and somewhat knowledgeable in the field. On the other, his greatest strength is that from an outside perspective he understands that many of these programs must be cut back or shut down. There is some overstatement in the charge that HUD is a socialist program. But there is much truth to the claim that many of its programs have seriously aggravated housing difficulties around the country, especially for the most vulnerable groups.
The key challenge is to choose the correct path for housing reform. Many of Carson’s critics think the proper line is to require new developments to save a proportion of units for low-income residents, which will ensure, they claim, “that economically diverse neighborhoods and housing affordability will be preserved for generations to come.” The implicit assumption behind this position is that government agents have enough information to organize complex social institutions, when in fact they are slow to respond to changes in market conditions and are often blissfully unaware of the many different strategies that are needed in different market settings. No one wants to say that governments should not lay out street grids and organize infrastructure. But they operate at a huge comparative disadvantage when it comes to real estate development on that public grid.
Actually any economic policy we have will fail. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has stated that Social Security and Medicare won’t be touched now but that the regulatory reform and tax cuts will stimulate business, thereby helping with our debt long term. The surge is supposed to make all the Mnuchinkins happy in Lollipop Land.
I am positive that Trumponomics will be massively better than whatever the socialist party would have given us so I do expect short term gain but also the usual avoidance of needed pain. No one meaningful is willing to take one on the chin so our enormous economic mess will be another four years down the road until someone discusses fixing it.More
I’d prefer exposing the Obama scandals now instead of using them as leverage but that’s not the wise move. Eric Holder and Barack Obama are of course unhappy with republicans in charge. Their goal will be to destroy the president in such a way that democrats are in power in the near future. How they […]
GLoP… it’s quickly deteriorating. Please fix it. THE PROBLEM: Rob and Jon can’t stop speaking over each other. Jonah barely gets a word in. The depth of the discussion suffers. More
[RESOLVED] Increased Error Rates for Amazon S3
Just peeking at the CNN website headlines. I hate to give then a click…it only encourages them. But it is instructive to see first hand how they operate. Headline: More
The last Quote of the Day for February has been posted, so let’s present the roundup: 01-Feb nikadimuz—John Emerson Fosdick on a Life with Mystery More
“…a monkey!” I screamed.
“Naw,” Buster said, squinting at the small, dark creature climbing through the Tesla’s moon roof. “I think it’s Muhammad al-Mahdi, the twelfth imam. I recognize him from my studies of Shia eschatology. The Tesla floating in the troubled waters of Arthur Kill is a symbolic representation of the well at Jamkaran, Qom.” He paused for another look. “Or it could be Keith Richards, co-founder of the Rolling Stones.”More