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- Housing. It’s double-dipping. Anybody here surprised?
- “Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse.” Arthur Laffer says the illusory recovery of 2010 will go blooey on January 1.
- Bounty hunter offers Colton Harris-Moore $50,000 to surrender. Don’t fall for it, Colt.
- The secret wars expand. “Special Operations commanders have also become a far more regular presence at the White House than they were under George W. Bush’s administration … ‘We have a lot more access,’ a second military official said. ‘They are talking publicly much less but they are acting more. They are willing to get aggressive much more quickly.'”
- Forget the RIAA and MPAA. A law firm has now figured out how to make P2P filesharing lawsuits downright easy and automated. Eew.
- Has anybody read this book? Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws by Mark Mirabello. Seems a very odd book for a college professor to write. But then, he sounds like quite an odd professor. If you’ve read it, let me know in the comments section what you think about it.
- Had to laugh when I read the reference to my late, great publisher “Loom Panics” in one of the reviews on that book’s Amazon page. Everybody thinks the name Loompanics Unlimited came from looming and panicking; the stuff they published certainly supported that assumption. But — straight from the horse’s mouth (that is, Mike Hoy, founder and publisher) — the company name was actually a play on the word “lampoon.” Mike’s first product was an index to the National Lampoon. Thus “lampoonics.” Thus “loompanics.”
- Back when I was freelancing in the corporate world, my heart would sink if anybody on a project started talking about the importance of “teamwork.” It’s not that I Didn’t Play Well With Others. I did. It’s that the people most likely to talk about “teamwork” were the ones least likely to practice it. What they really meant — invariably — was, “I demand that everybody do everything exactly my way, or else. I can ride roughshod over you. And I will. Cheerfully. But if you so much as disagree with me, you’re not only wrong. You’re disloyal and you’re selfishly harming every other person here.” I never could get along with one of those people. Never did. But I don’t doubt that they sincerely believed the crap they were peddling. I think Obama is very much like that when he talks about non-partisanship. I don’t think his talk of “non-partisanship” is mere political BS. He sincerely believes it. He meets with Republicans, but his only goal is to get them behind his own agenda. When that doesn’t work, they’re “partisan.” But he’s not. He’s simply right and reasonable. Anyone who can’t see that is a selfish obstructionist. Similarly, how often has Obama said, or implied, that if he merely communicated something better — his gawdawful health-care bill, for instance — everyone would automatically get behind it? Like the “teamwork” tyrants, the very concept of different points of view is off his radar. Small, narrow man. No different than George W. Bush nattering on about “freedom” while taking freedom away. But pathetic.