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That's a bit of a reach, doncha think?

So now, everyone's a terrorist. Take a look at this quote from one Manuel Garcia, the "acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement" (my, what big titles you have!) after the arrest of 25 people involved in a Kennedy Airport drug ring. Read more »

At least they still have their culture

From the NY Times:

The number of hungry people worldwide swelled in recent years, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to war, drought, AIDS and trade barriers, according to a report released today by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.

Freedom from within

I'm sinking down
I feel like I could die
I'm falling off

I don't know why
I still believe it when you say,
It's another perfect day
another perfect day...

- American Hi-Fi Read more »

British docs call for smoking ban

Another Reuters article talks about the presidents of the British Royal Colleges of Medicine calling for a nationwide ban in 'public' places. Some of these quotes are so outlandish that it seems the entire concept of self-determination as a human trait is beyond their comprehension.

"If the government has rejected calls for a new law, then it must spell out what exactly it does intend to do about the problem," ASH director ASH Director Deborah Arnott said.

Gates on spam

Bill Gates has a column in the Washington Post today in which he calls for both legislation and technological innovation by the software industry to help fight email spam. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

The safety of home schooling

From a Letter to the Editor of the NY Times:

Blame Home Schooling?
Published: November 22, 2003

To the Editor:

Re "Make Home Schooling Safe for Children" (editorial, Nov. 15):

You imply that home schooling is the reason three boys in New Jersey were not rescued from starvation. But the family was not isolated from the community, and many people had the opportunity to get help for the boys.

Furthermore, many abused children attend public school without having their abuse noticed.

Tides of light

Brian Bergstein writes about a new technology for quantum encryption using photons. A company called MagicQ Technologies has just started selling this "Navajo" system, which supposedly results in an unbreakable code. Read more »

The mother of all book reviews

A book review? Or a book itself? Read more »

The Leave No Parent Behind Act

In today's Washington Post, E. J. Dionne proposes what he calls the Leave No Teacher Behind Act.

So I have come up with my Leave No Teacher Behind Act. In its roughest form, it means forgiving all teachers their federal income tax. For a married teacher with two kids under the age of 14, that would mean an additional $4,300 a year in disposable income. If states and localities joined in, the pot would be even richer.

The Blogosphere: a free-market anarchy

Jennifer Howard writes in the Washington Post that although blogs are democratic, they are too inbred. [via Instapundit]

It was a cool idea, a fresh kind of media democracy for a new-media world.[...]

But to get to the good stuff, you have to wade through more and more self-congratulation and mutual admiration. Call it blogrolling.

Sabine D'Arc

Delphine Soulas of the Washington Times writes about Catallarchy's favorite freedom fighter, Sabine Herold.

"Behind the fight against [genetically modified] food are concealed the reactionary ideas of a French far left that have nothing in its list of honors except the defense of all the bad causes of the 20th century, from Pol Pot to [Fidel] Castro and Mao [Tse-tung]," she said.

Carnival of the Capitalists

The negative effect of smoking bans

Not only do smoking bans violate the right of property owners to use their property as they see fit, they also cost them their income.

The restaurant association of Maryland reports smaller establishments have seen total sales fall as much as 30% during the week and 50% on weekends.