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 goneā€¦ 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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