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Quote of the Day
Apr 20th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

A lot of Americans aren't interested in debating or thinking about policy. They just want to blame someone, preferably someone they've already been socialized to despise, be they the rich, the poor, the white, the black, as long as there's no blame left for them.

Ed Krayewski

Google Fiber
Apr 14th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

My apart­ment got Google Fiber yes­ter­day, so I got it set up last night and can­celled my Time Warn­er inter­net ser­vice today. I get twen­ty times the band­width for $50 less per mon­th. Google also allows their cus­tomers to plug in the box them­selves instead of mak­ing them wait at home all day for an “installer” as cable com­pa­nies do, and they even let peo­ple pick up the box from their office if they wish. That was a par­tic­u­lar­ly nice touch, as I live just a few blocks away and nor­mal­ly walk past it a few times per week.

In addi­tion to get­ting an Inter­net con­nec­tion just as fast as my giga­bit Eth­er­net wired net­work, I get about a 166 megabits per sec­ond over WiFi, which my AppleTV uses. The dif­fer­ence is pret­ty notice­able with Net­flix and YouTube.

There is one aspect that could use improve­ment. The Google Fiber net­work box doesn’t have a bridge mode, which means I couldn’t use my old router. That required a cer­tain amount of has­sle with updat­ing things on my net­work.

Cops being cops
Apr 11th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year. Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week. [Washington Post]

I remember when bandits in uniforms were something you read about being a problem in particularly nasty third world hellholes. This also reminded me of the Utah study that found that you're more likely to be murdered by the police than by (private sector) street criminals.

The real shariah threat
Apr 7th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

In recent years it’s been com­mon for neo-Nazis to oppose Mus­lims liv­ing in the US by claim­ing that they want to impose shari­ah here. How­ev­er, that’s just an Ara­bic word for laws inspired by religion–what used to be crit­i­cized here as “leg­is­lat­ing moral­i­ty” before most of the crit­ics start­ed doing it them­selves. The truth is that the US is already dom­i­nat­ed by shari­ah laws, many of which have the full approval and sup­port of the neo-Nazis. Not a sin­gle one of them was inspired by Islam, though–in the US they almost all come from Chris­tian­i­ty and Envi­ron­men­tal­ism. I decid­ed to keep a list of every news sto­ry I saw about a shari­ah law in the US for a mon­th, and here it is:

Amusing Easter Egg
Apr 5th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

This week­end I was play­ing Cru­sader Kings II, a his­tor­i­cal strat­e­gy game cov­er­ing 769 to 1453. While play­ing a Norse ruler, I dis­cov­ered a mys­te­ri­ous met­al box while sack­ing a French city. Short­ly there­after, this event hap­pened:

The key fits the lock, and you slow­ly open the chest. It con­tains noth­ing but dust! As you run your hand through it, strange lights begin to man­i­fest in the room and you close your eyes when the first ghost­ly appari­tions appear. You hear the screams of your guards, and when you final­ly open your eyes again, the specters are gone… and your guards have been reduced to ash.

So, appar­ent­ly I found the Ark of the Covenant.

Quote of the Day
Apr 4th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

When one per­son doesn’t under­stand eco­nom­ics, we call it igno­rance. When mil­lions don’t, we call it a polit­i­cal move­ment.

Scott Adams

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