rantings of a random scrub...
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. --H.L. Mencken
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Add this one to the "No Shit, Sherlock" Files; a headline from the New York Times:
Monday, November 27, 2006
I agree (and yes, I'm an engineer):
The Romance of Engineering:
I loved this Popular Science article on designing a more hurricane-resistant nail, which Orin pointed to below. And if you can't see the romance in this, then you aren't my kind of romantic.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Trent Lott has won the number two job among Republicans in the Senate! Whoopee! If there’s one message that the electorate sent the Republican Party last week, it’s that we hadn’t given them enough of Trent Lott. I cannot adequately express my delight that Senate Republicans have moved with such expediency to right this egregious wrong.
Is it just me, or is it becoming increasingly apparent that the Republicans and Democrats are determined to engage in a two year dumb-off?
Friday, November 10, 2006
Good election commentary from Bill Whittle:
I wish to tell my friends to be cheerful and especially to be of good will. Disappointments come and go, but moments of courage and integrity in dark hours will be there when the stars grow cold. We have lost the election, so let us maintain our determination, our dignity and our sense of humor, and let us take this moment to reflect upon how our actions have fallen short of our ideals. And then, finally, let's act like the Americans we are, roll up our sleeves and start rebuilding. We who have survived Civil War, the Nazis and the Communists can probably manage to find a way to preserve the Republic in the face of Speaker Pelosi.
America is not only much, much stronger than you imagine; it is stronger than you CAN imagine.
To those who have written me in anger over the years, I say sincere congratulations to you on a big win, and I genuinely hope it will remove some of the bitterness in your hearts and restore some belief in a system that was never broken.
As for me, I pledge to re-enter the fight with more energy, not less, and to continue to try to make the case I think needs to be made. I'll start on that tomorrow.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Now this is the type of Global Warming solution we should be investigating, not the economically crippling Kyoto variety.
I know many of you won't be familiar with the situation he's alluding to, but Arnold Kling is articulating my position far more clearly than I could in his discussion of the current "scientific consensus" on global warming:
Hat tip: Free Exchange (from The Economist)
My concern is with how "scientific consensus" is reached. In economics in the 1960's, there was a "scientific consensus," embedded in sophisticated macro-econometric models, that inflation reflected a competition over income shares, and that government policies to interfere with wage- and price-setting were the solution. Milton Friedman's contrary views were outside the "scientific consensus."
By 1985 or so, the "scientific consensus" had shifted, in part because policies based on that consensus were tried in the 1970's, leading to the worst macroeconomic performance of the post-war period.
By the 1990's, large macro-econometric models had pretty much disappeared from the economics literature. The problem with macro-econometrics is that the models continually broke down out of sample. That is, a model estimated through 1969 would work terribly in predicting the early 1970's. A model estimated through 1975 would work terribly in predicting the late 1970's, and so on.
Milton Friedman's dissenting views of 1967 are close to the consensus views today.I wish that climate-change models did not remind me so much of macro-econometric models. I wish that the contempt that the Left expresses for dissenting views in climate science did not remind me of the contempt that the Left expressed for Milton Friedman. And I wish that the debate over climate change were being waged over substance, rather than with [arguments about people's motivations] and on film. Movies are a propaganda medium, not an information medium.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot...
It is the route to nowhere. Council workmen have built a huge roundabout and placed "no exit" signs before every turn-off, meaning that once you're on, there is no way out.
Motorists following the instructions have ended up going round in circles.
The signs went up five weeks ago but such is the polite demeanour of British drivers that no one told the council until now.