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An easy question
Aug 24th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Where are the anti­war pro­test­ers now that we real­ly need them?.

Anti-war protests in all 50 states and in front of the hat­ed King Bush II”s Tex­as ranch were a fix­ture in Amer­i­can life and news­pa­pers from 2003 through mid-2008. The protests seem to have dis­ap­peared yet the ills of war remain. Let’s look at what is bad about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

  • Amer­i­cans are being killed
  • Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers are being improver­ished
  • lim­it­ed Amer­i­can resources are divert­ed to unpro­duc­tive activ­i­ties (bomb­ing an opi­um fac­to­ry in Afghanistan is not like­ly to lead to long-term growth the way that build­ing a fac­to­ry in North Car­oli­na would)

All three of the­se things were bad in 2004 when the U.S. was rich and get­ting richer. They are even worse now. We have had a decline in birth rate and pop­u­la­tion growth due to the eco­nom­ic col­lapse. This makes the death of an Amer­i­can sol­dier if any­thing more cost­ly becuase there are few­er chil­dren grow­ing up to replace him or her. We have less mon­ey now, so what­ev­er it is that we’re spend­ing on our adven­tures amongst the Jihadis is less afford­able (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html shows that spend­ing is high­er than ever and con­tin­u­ing to grow).

Given that the cost of the wars in Amer­i­can life and tax­pay­er funds is less bear­able now than before, how come the anti­war pro­test­ers seem to have melt­ed away?

[Philip Green­spun Weblog]

The answer to that is real­ly obvi­ous: those pro­test­ers were nev­er real­ly anti-war, only anti-a Repub­li­can being the one in charge of the war. Now that a Democ­rat is in the White House, the war is fine with them.

It’s a good idea to be prepared
Aug 15th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Hot­lined. Hot­lined [Pro Lib­er­tate]

Mr. Grigg’s sto­ry shows an excel­lent exam­ple of a sort of pre­pared­ness that most peo­ple over­look: what to do if you’re a par­ent and gov­ern­ment thugs threat­en to kid­nap your chil­dren. This is a dan­ger that any­one with kids should be ready for, and it’s prob­a­bly even more like­ly to occur some­day than many of the oth­er things that sen­si­ble peo­ple take pre­cau­tions for, like earth­quakes and fires.

I’ve suspected this for a while
Aug 9th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Dogs As Intel­li­gent As Aver­age Two-Year-Old Chil­dren. Pon­ca City, We love you writes “The Telegraph reports that researchers using tests orig­i­nal­ly designed to demon­strate the devel­op­ment of lan­guage, pre-language and basic arith­metic in human chil­dren have found that dogs are capa­ble of under­stand­ing up to 250 words and ges­tures, can count up to five and can per­form sim­ple math­e­mat­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions putting them on par with the aver­age two-year-old child. While most dogs under­stand sim­ple com­mands such as sit, fetch and stay, a bor­der col­lie test­ed by Pro­fes­sor Coren showed a knowl­edge of 200 spo­ken words. ‘Obvi­ous­ly we are not going to be able to sit down and have a con­ver­sa­tion with a dog, but like a two-year-old, they show that they can under­stand words and ges­tures,’ says Pro­fes­sor Stan­ley Coren, a lead­ing expert on canine intel­li­gence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Columbia in Van­cou­ver. Dogs can tell that one plus one should equal two and not one or three,’ says Coren, adding that dogs ‘can also delib­er­ate­ly deceive, which is some­thing that young chil­dren only start devel­op­ing lat­er in their life.’ Coren believes cen­turies of selec­tive breed­ing and liv­ing alongside humans has helped to hone the intel­li­gence of dogs. ‘They may not be Ein­steins, but are sure closer to humans than we thought.’”

Read more of this sto­ry at Slash­dot.

[Slash­dot]

Of course this also means that the aver­age two-year-old child is as stu­pid as a dog, which doesn’t sur­prise me in the slight­est. It’s pret­ty obvi­ous that humans don’t real­ly become intel­li­gent life forms until well after birth 

Cable modem outages are really…
Aug 4th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Cable modem out­ages are real­ly annoy­ing, espe­cial­ly when it’s the mid­dle of the day and you work from home.

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