Archive for June, 2007

New Liberals Need a New United Nations

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

while perusing some articles over at the seminal, i saw an interesting one on about being a “new liberal”. the story is interesting and does a good job of attempting to reclaim the term from the dirty connotations that have become attached to it. one part intrigued me most though and i wanted to write [...]

An Update on the Tax Dodging Browns of New Hampshire

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Well, it has been several days since i posted about the Brown’s and their silly ass attempt at avoiding paying federal income taxes and not a single person has bothered to make an argument for the illegality of income taxes. perhaps there are more rational people out there in the world than i thought. i [...]

Tax dodging Browns are brave, but likely wrong

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

i was pleased to read about the Brown family that is currently holed up in their private compound, all but daring police and federal authorities to “come and get ‘em”. i truly admire anyone who is willing to put his ass on the line for what he believes, however… People have been arguing for almost [...]

Purdue University posts World Trade Center animation

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

i have been over and over and over this topic with some of my more conspiratorial cohorts and i will admit I wanted desperately to believe in some of the early theories about 9/11. but, after careful consideration, i have given up on just about all of them. but, for those who still need some [...]

UN Secretary General blames Darfur violence on the weather

Monday, June 18th, 2007

defying the USA’s stance on global climate change, the united nation’s head bureaucrat Ban Ki-moon stated today that ecological problems have at least contributed to the violence in darfur. i can not wait to see how the powers-that-be react to this one. the idea that environmental conditions can affect political and social cohesion is not [...]

An example of shoddy reporting

Friday, June 15th, 2007

here is a link to a world tribune article about how American citizens feel about China’s growing influence on the world stage. the content itself is fine and interesting; i would expect that most people would be shitting themselves considering the aura of fear that has been thrust upon us by the bushies. what i [...]

Outsourcing, the end of work and United Auto Workers

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

CNN is reporting on negotiations that are or will take place soon between the big 3 USA auto makers and the united auto workers union. of course the automakers are attempting to slash wages more and the union is trying to keep jobs here in the US. i am really interested in the current global [...]

Your taxpayer money at work in hidden budgets and locales

Friday, June 8th, 2007

foxnews is reporting on a European study that alleges illegal, secret prisons located in eastern europe. these prisons were (allegedly) used to circumvent human and civil rights laws that would apply if the prisons were either public knowledge or located inside USA territory. well, i did a little looking around and found some other uses [...]

Comparative advantage aka Why the Mid-East is so messed up

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

an in-depth look at comparative advantage can be found here, but the basics are this: two countries should trade goods (rather than both produce them) when one actor has a relative advantage over the other. the classic example is you have a roommate and he types really fast, but irons clothes really slow. You are [...]

Quick shoutout to my cohorts in Rostock

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

wish I could be there! read and see photos about the mass protests at the Germany g8 meeting here

Follow up on previous post “Why Energy Independence is Bad for the USA”

Monday, June 4th, 2007

A reader, J-Ro, made the following comment after my original post (just scroll down a little). Interesting theory, but I don’t think I can agree. In my view, the Middle East is such a mess because oil is SO important to America. So important that we have to have our hands in everything, constantly intervening. [...]