Monthly Archives: November 2012

Cuba Before Castro

A long time ago, on a previous blog, I presented this translation. That blog is no more but fortunately I backed it up before nuking it. I’m pretty sure I originally came across it via the ever-so reliable Kim at … Continue reading

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The Curley Effect

Through a long, tangled web of references, the Curley Effect is explained thusly. As defined by Harvard scholars Edward L. Glaeser and Andrei Shleifer in a famous 2002 article, the Curley effect (named after its prototype, James Michael Curley, a … Continue reading

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The Poor Children

The following is translated from the Danish website Uriasposten. The post itself is an excerpt from the original post at another Danish website Tidehverv. I will, at least for now, limit the translation to a portion of that seen at … Continue reading

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Google Chrome Zombies

Generally speaking, I’m pretty happy about using Google’s Chrome browser. It works when visiting almost any website which is pretty impressive because almost no website indicates it is supported. I really like the fact that the address box is also … Continue reading

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The One and Only Political Question That Matters

In trying to understand the perspectives of anyone’s politics, there is only one question that matters: How do you react to the statement “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? There are less provocative ways to ask this, … Continue reading

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Becoming Root On a Sudo System

I find the use of sudo to be annoying (if you have to ask, you can skip this) and it seems that most sudo-systems don’t provide a root login by default. This demonstrates how to overcome this. prompt> sudo su … Continue reading

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Starting a New Debian Installation

There are a whole bunch of Debian Linux distros that are available. On an EeeBox I bought some years ago that was using the out-of-date (and not being updated) Eeebuntu, I managed to get a Debian-based distro called SalineOS to … Continue reading

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de Toqueville Explains the Most Recent Election

Alexis de Toqueville was, much like Ayn Rand regarding the march of modern socialism, eerily prescient in his observations of the experiment that is the United States. A few items extracted from a treasure trove of quotes that explain the … Continue reading

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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. H L Mencken

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Reynold’s Law

Someone was nice enough to note and coin the term, Reynold’s Law: The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle-class people go to college and own homes, then … Continue reading

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