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- Paul Bonneau tells philosophical libertarians they should “Become Dangerous.”
- Jim Bovard sez it’s time to get rid of the phony-baloney federal privacy board.
- I don’t have any advice for anybody, but I do have a question. I’ve found that, when it’s the right time for me to do something (make a decision, write an article, or whatever), suddenly that thing will come easy. In fact, a decision I’ve struggled with or an article I’ve been banging my head on or avoiding will abruptly just fling itself into my face, ready-made. But — even in small things — if the time isn’t right, it’s almost as if a physical force is holding me back. If I attempt to do something “before its time” I may become sleepy, clumsy, angry, stupid, or just generally frustrated. I’ve been experiencing a lot of that as I deal with all the house move-in stuff. I’m used to it on big decisions, but I’m noticing lately that even on the smallest things (e.g. giving people my change of address or new phone number) … when the time’s not right, I just plain can’t do it. But then, a moment comes (usually out of the blue), and it’s easy. Five minutes worth of work. So the question: Does anybody else deal with this kind of mental resistance as a regular thing?
- Via Joel, a nicely brain-enhancing essay: “Underwear, bleach, and the rise of Sarah Palin.”
- And finally, here’s another of my favorite (as well as one of the most remarkable and most sad) historic “footnote people”: William James Sidis. The Wikipedia entry doesn’t really convey just how remarkable or how sad his life was. For that, you’d need to read the excellent biography The Prodigy by Amy Wallace. (Here’s a review that also gives a good overview of Sidis’ life.)