Sunday, October 21, 2012

Links Parade!

New Policy: I will no longer be saving links for certain days. Instead I will post links whenever my browser starts running slow.
  • PRIORITY ONE: If you read only one more thing for the rest of your life, you probably shouldn't waste that on this. If, however, you are a normal person, you should read this now.
I was saving these for when I do the Romney examination, but here they are now.
  • The magnificent Vodkapundit attempts to make the libertarian case for Romney.
  • Some guy I have never heard of rebuts.
  • I find the rebuttal fairly weak, but Vodkapundit does not quite sell me either. More next week(?)
And now, links:
  • A description of socialist experiments before Marx even began theorizing. Spoiler: they all collapsed in poverty and suffering.
  • Tyler Cowen on California's Prop 37.
  • Absolutely brilliant something from Hark, A Vagrant. Warning: contains Canadian Themed humor and therefore not suitable for Real Americans.
  • A history of the scientific and human benefits of the Redbull Stratos Jump and the previous attempt fifty years earlier.
  • The EPA conducted experiments on people. Heck, I remember having to get IRB approval to do a Facebook study, and the EPA can't even live up to that standard.
  • The most cogent defense of the electoral college I have ever heard.
  • Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz (a name which belongs on a Bavarian Countess, not a Congressperson, IMO) feigns ignorance. I say feigns because the alternative, even for a hippy California politician, is really too depressing to contemplate.
  • This is being spun as an "endorsement" of Obama by the Iranians, but what it really sounds like is the administration continuing to leak highly sensitive material for naked partisan political gain right before the foreign policy debate. Not that Obama hasn't been endorsed by dictators, as well as the UN, but I always wonder with people who know they are disliked if they are truly hoping to convince Americans to vote for or against the endorsed candidate.
  • An anecdote relating to the very difficult question of how many and what sort of rights do severely mentally impaired people have. Too little and you risk dehumanizing them. Too many and you risk allowing suffering. Any restrictions imposed on the mentally deficient must respond to the Szazian critique. And, of course, we can never forget how psychiatry was used in the Soviet Union.

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