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Human capital lacking in Energy infrastructure

(via Asymmetrical Information)

No Watermelons explains that simply "investing in the infrastructure" isn't going to get quick results, because most of the physical and human support infrastructure for energy generation has either been scrapped, gone to other fields, or retired/died. Oops. Read more »

The value of a written constitution

Continuing a train of thought regarding constitutions that I'd written about back in June, I point everyone to Randy Barnett of the Volokh Conspiracy, who writes about why a written constitution is valuable, from a legal perspective: Read more »

Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

I met a traveler from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,

And on the pedestal these words appear:

Apologies for the Aesthetics

A chain of events starting with a new browser making the blog look 'odd' to me at work led to my fiddling with font sizes, which led to the dates going screwy, which led to my bright idea of reloading a backup- which was out of date, which leads us to today's aesthetic mishmash of yesterdays and today's templates. Read more »

The Scholastics on property rights and emergencies

Apropos of our earlier discussion on the Spanish Scholastics and Rights in an Emergency, the Mises Institute has another serendipitous post on the original economists' views on what happens when property rights and extreme need intersect: Read more »

The death of albums

Over at Nepenthe Island, Kevin is distressed over the potential death of the album as a carrier for music (with the industry seemingly gearing up for singles-on-demand as the new paradigm): Read more »

Civil society in Afghanistan

The Instapundit shares some good news from Afghanistan via one of his correspondents, showing that civil society is rebounding despite the non-efforts of NGOs and the UN, with the help of US security.

Having it both ways, pt 2

With the latest news from Iraq that the twisted and evil sons of Saddam were killed by US forces, the response from many leftists has been scorn and conspiracy theorizing- that somehow "Bush Knew", and waited until his poll numbers were down to off the gruesome twosome. Read more »

Allende & Cybernet

Keeping with the Allende theme, Bernhardt Varenius over at Anti-Socialist Tendencies relates the interesting story of Allende's quixotic project to actually realize the "omniscient central planner" in the form of a huge computer system (called 'Cybernet') linked to every industry in Chile, that would constantly simulate the economy while recieving day old (or less) data as a tool for Read more »

Salvador Allende - Man, Myth, & Monster

Val at Val e-Dictions has posted a truly masterful work (scholarly, even) which critically debunks and destroys a major article of the Marxist faith- the Allende Myth.


The Den Beste dossier

Amid charges of "Bush Lied!" and that the UK government 'sexed up' its Iraq dossier, the left side of the blogosphere has been up in arms that somehow we've all been hoodwinked, flim-flammed, and bamboozled, and that the Iraq war is now, ex-post-facto, completely illegitimate and grounds for Bush's impeachment. Read more »

Who owns your kids?, pt 2

Eugene Volokh sheds light on some truly absurd goings on in New York City- a motivated, scholastic, and apparently highly intelligent young woman has skipped high school and gone straight to college, earning her associate's degree and is on her way to a bachelors, but the state law is that children must go to government school until age 16, and cannot get a GED until 17- and she is 15. Read more »

Is the right to bear arms conditioned on a Militia?

Randy Barnett, one of the Volokh Conspirators, wonders in a series of posts whether the right to bear arms depends on the existence of a militia (or, if I understand it correctly, your right to own a gun depends on your potentially being part of the general civil defense). Read more »

The Original Sin

Moral Hazards of Socialism

Ripped from the Samizdata headlines, a post commenting on the report that people who believe that the state should take care of them, don't take good care of themselves (and engage in riskier behaviors)- ultimately incurring more health care expense.

No! You're kidding me...