Monday, January 31, 2005

The Global Test... 

...has been passed. France is hailing the Iraqi election as a success. They've surrendered once more!

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Condi Rice for President 

Having a smart person in the big chair would be a 'good thing', as they say.

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Men are Funnier than Women 

I was arguing about this with my girlfriend Natalia right after I heard about the Harvard President's remarks concernign women in science. Now a piece comes out on it that seems to sum up my views pretty well. While there are a lot of funny women, there are loads more funny men. Why? I don't know (it'd be a damn interesting subject to research if I was a sociologist or something like that), but it seems to be generally true that men are funnier than women.

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Kerry in '08 

Now that would be amusing...and it might just happen.

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Realism is Bunk 

So says Mark Steyn (via The Corner):
The Western press are all holed up in the same part of Baghdad, and the insurgents very conveniently set off bombs visible from their hotel windows in perfect synchronization with the U.S. TV news cycle. But, if they could look beyond the plumes of smoke, they'd see that Iraq's going to be better than OK, that it will be the economic powerhouse of the region, and that the various small nods toward democracy going on in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere suggest that the Arab world has figured out what the foreign policy ''realists'' haven't: that the trend is in the Bush direction. When Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, warned that the U.S. invasion of Iraq would ''destabilize'' the entire region, he was right. That's why it was such a great idea.

The ''realpolitik'' types spent so long worshipping at the altar of stability they were unable to see it was a cult for psychos. The geopolitical scene is never stable, it's always dynamic. If the Western world decides in 2005 that it can ''contain'' President Sy Kottik of Wackistan indefinitely, that doesn't mean the relationship between the two parties is set in aspic. Wackistan has a higher birth rate than the West, so after 40 years of ''stability'' there are a lot more Wackistanis and a lot fewer Frenchmen. And Wackistan has immense oil reserves, and President Kottik has used the wealth of those oil reserves to fund radical schools and mosques in hitherto moderate parts of the Muslim world. And cheap air travel and the Internet and ATM machines that take every bank card on the planet and the freelancing of nuclear technology mean that Wackistan's problems are no longer confined to Wackistan. For a few hundred bucks, they can be outside the Empire State Building within seven hours. Nothing stands still. ''Stability'' is a fancy term to dignify laziness and complacency as sophistication.

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Influential Evangelicals 

An interesting summary of some big figures in the Evangelical world.

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Thought of the day 

"Scrubbing public discourse of religious ideas would remove one of the main sources of social justice in our history." - Michael Gerson, former chief speechwriter of President George W. Bush

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Man urinates his way to safety 

You can't make this stuff up...

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Friday, January 28, 2005

What's left? 

Glenn Reynolds unloads both barrels at the Left of the political spectrum and demolishes all in his wake. It's so harsh that it borders on the sublime.
There was a time when the Left opposed fascism and supported democracy, when it wasn't a seething-yet-shrinking mass of self-hatred and idiocy. That day is long past, and the moral and intellectual decay of the Left is far gone.

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Have several kids... 

...because global population aging and contraction is a bad, bad thing.

UPDATE: Here are the cold, hard facts from a census bureau site with population projections for 2025 and 2050, as well as the numbers from 2000, of each nation of the world.

Another UPDATE: Here's an old BBC article on population over the next century as well.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson on Neoconservatism 

I think I'll take being called a neocon as a complement.

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This is a really cool blog.

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Be happy 

Apparently, tomorrow, January 24, is the most depressing day of the year.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Advice for college students... 

...that looks more like advice for anyone who has a desire to live a life they can be proud of.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Is the President cool? 

Well, this picture is pretty flattering.

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Smaller Deficit 

A strong economy will make the deficit smaller, if not erase it. I guess Bush's policies weren't so wrong after all...

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Private giving is the way to go 

Individuals will always be more generous than governments, even though it's quite easy for a government to spend money that isn't its own. That's why I'm glad to hear Bush is starting a drive, lead by former Presidents Bush and Clinton, to collect money from private individuals for Tsunami relief.

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Satellite photos from before and after the disaster.

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The walls are down 

Jack Kelly: "But there is not much future in being a gatekeeper when the walls are down."


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