Quote of the Day
Jul 31st, 2012 by Ken Hagler

The men the Amer­i­can peo­ple admire most extrav­a­gant­ly are the most dar­ing liars; the men they detest most vio­lent­ly are those who try to tell them the truth.

H.L. Menck­en

Corporate “emergencies”
Jul 15th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Com­ic for July 15, 2012

[Dil­bert Dai­ly Strip]

I’ve found that this sort of thing is extreme­ly com­mon in some soft­ware com­pa­nies.

Voting with their feet
Jul 9th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

The Week­end Inter­view with Joel Kotkin: The Great Cal­i­for­nia Exo­dus. And things will only get worse in the com­ing years as Demo­c­ra­t­ic Gov. Jer­ry Brown and his green cadre imple­ment their “smart growth” plans to cram the pro­le­tari­at into high-density hous­ing. “What I find rep­re­hen­si­ble beyond belief is that the peo­ple push­ing [high-density hous­ing] them­selves live in single-family homes and often dri­ve very fan­cy cars, but want every­one else to live like my grand­moth­er did in Brownsville in Brook­lyn in the 1920s,” Mr. Kotkin declares.

The new régime”—his name for pro­gres­sive appa­ratchiks who run California’s government—“wants to destroy the essen­tial rea­son why peo­ple move to Cal­i­for­nia in order to pro­tect their own lifestyles.”

Hous­ing is mere­ly one front of what he calls the “pro­gres­sive war on the mid­dle class.” Anoth­er is the cap-and-trade law AB32, which will raise the cost of ener­gy and dri­ve out man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs with­out mak­ing even a dent in glob­al car­bon emis­sions. Then there are the renew­able port­fo­lio stan­dards, which man­date that a third of the state’s ener­gy come from renew­able sources like wind and the sun by 2020. California’s elec­tric­i­ty prices are already 50% high­er than the nation­al aver­age.

Oh, and don’t for­get the $100 bil­lion bul­let train. Mr. Kotkin calls the runaway-cost train “clas­sic Cal­i­for­nia.” “Where [Brown] with the state going bank­rupt is even think­ing about an expen­di­ture like this is beyond com­pre­hen­sion. When the schools are falling apart, when the roads are falling apart, the bridges are unsafe, the state econ­o­my is in free fall. We’re still doing much worse than the rest of the coun­try, we’ve got this grow­ing per­ma­nent wel­fare class, and high-speed rail is going to solve this?”


Accord­ing to Mr. Kotkin, these upward­ly mobile fam­i­lies are flee­ing in droves. As a result, Cal­i­for­nia is turn­ing into a two-and-a-half-class soci­ety. On top are the “entrenched incum­bents” who inher­it­ed their wealth or came to Cal­i­for­nia ear­ly and made their mon­ey. Then there’s a shrunk­en mid­dle class of pub­lic employ­ees and, miles below, a per­ma­nent wel­fare class. As it stands today, about 40% of Cal­i­for­ni­ans don’t pay any income tax and a quar­ter are on Med­ic­aid. [The Wall Street Jour­nal]

A good arti­cle from a few months ago on the exo­dus of the pro­duc­tive class from Cal­i­for­nia, and why it’s hap­pen­ing. I’m look­ing at leav­ing myself in the not-too-distant future.

Quote of the Day
Jul 8th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Chil­dren are like lit­tle drunks.

Sara Bareilles

Kabuki politics
Jul 5th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

The Great­est Trick the Repub­li­cans’ Anti-Government Belief Ever Pulled Off Was Con­vinc­ing Us It Actu­al­ly Exist­ed. In the styl­ized but pho­ny Kabu­ki the­ater of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, the Dems and their town cry­ers such as Pur­dum pre­tend to believe that the Repub­li­cans are or will shrink the state, since that belief helps (sup­pos­ed­ly) ener­gize the Dems base to come out against the GOP even as the lie ener­gizes the GOP’s own base. But no mat­ter who wins elec­tions, big gov­ern­ment wins. [Hit and Run]

Quote of the Day
Jul 4th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right, is of no con­se­quence.

New MacBook Pro
Jul 2nd, 2012 by Ken Hagler

My new Reti­na screen Mac­Book Pro arrived today. I’d been plan­ning to buy one even before they were announced, on the assump­tion they would come out some­time this year, and my old Mac­Book Pro (an ear­ly 2008 mod­el) died just as they were being announced.

Although the improved screen is notice­able, the biggest improve­ment to me is how much lighter it is than the old mod­el it replaces. On the oth­er hand, all was not perfect–for some rea­son, it came with­out a recov­ery par­ti­tion. Since this mod­el doesn’t have a DVD dri­ve and didn’t come with a sys­tem disc, this would be pret­ty bad for any­one who got it as their only Mac and then had a prob­lem. It also kept me from turn­ing on Fil­e­vault, which requires the pres­ence of a recov­ery par­ti­tion. For­tu­nate­ly, some search­ing turned up instruc­tions on how to cre­ate a recov­ery par­ti­tion on a sys­tem that didn’t have it.

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