Friday, 12 November 2010

Clipfile

Clipfile - November 12, 2010

“When the right-thinking folks get it wrong, it’s never their fault.” - Glenn Reynolds

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Linkage

Smitty gets called up



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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

In Passing

Would it were so...

Porcine airforce sighted  Dept
Rich Galen has hopes that with a new congress:
...that pesky Article I of the U.S. Constitution might be given a shot of adrenaline.

Article I begins thus:
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Not in the Oval Office; not in the Departments and Agencies; not in the offices of the many Czars within the Executive Office of the President, but in “a Congress of the United States.”
But that would mean congress taking responsibility and accountability for government actions!  As the Brits say, not bloody likely...

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Monday, 08 November 2010

In Passing

Jeffrey Goldberg stumbles over the obvious

Mysteries solved, while-U-wait!  Dept

Goldberg:
It is a source of continual astonishment to me that pilots — many of whom, it should be pointed out, are military veterans who possess security clearances — are not allowed to carry onboard their airplanes pocket knives and bottles of shampoo, but then they’re allowed to fly enormous, fuel-laden, missile-like objects over American cities.

Dear Jeffrey:
That’s because Security Theater is all about the Theater, and nothing about the Security.
Cheers,
O.G.

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Clipfile

Clipfile - November 8, 2010

“‘Ethics’ in modern practice has simply become a method of evading actual ethical behavior by creating a checklist of Don’ts which are almost entirely unrelated to the actual ethical transaction; compliance with this silly list of Don’ts allows actors to violate the real ethics of the profession like there's no tomorrow.” - Ace

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Sunday, 07 November 2010

In Passing

My biggest problem with daylight savings:


Convincing the cats to reset.


Previous grumbles:

Last March (with a chart for this year)
Last year:  1.2

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Friday, 05 November 2010

The Press

So MSNBC bounced Olbermann for donating to Democrats...?


Big deal.  He can always go to work at NPR.  I bet Vivian would just love him.

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In Passing

Mark Twain on mathematical extrapolation


Roberta has put up a post in which she marvels at

...how short a time it took for statistical analysis of mass behavior of large groups to be considered with an eye to predicting and possibly manipulating the outcome.
Her citations of a couple of pre-World-War-II projects give me an excuse for hauling out this 1883-vintage example of mathematical prediction which still should stand as a lesson to us all.

(As Mr.Clemens spends a couple of pages setting things up, you’ll find it all  below the break.)

more...

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Thursday, 04 November 2010

Meta

They’ve moved

Please adjust your bookmarks  Dept

The gang at doubleplusundead is now here

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Tuesday, 02 November 2010

In Passing

Do I detect a sign of celebration?



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