Friday Morning Ramble: The ‘Who Is Spying on You Right Now?’ Edition
Just Who Is Spying on You Right Now? Who the hell knows. But what a comprehensive grasp of detail on this issue the Prime Minister showed the other night, especially when he’s otherwise managed to forget every detail of who he’s ever met and when, and what he promised them.
Fluency, ease of manner - and Norton Antivirus – Russell Brown, HARD NEWS
Key pledges to restrict spy agency's probe rights – Audrey Young, NZ HERALD
All glory to the hypnotoad – DIM POST
GCSB Bill remains flawed despite proposed changes – LAW SOCIETY
Key vs Campbell: the transcript – THE STANDARD
Just Who Is Spying on You Right Now? American Edition.
The NSA: And Who Will Watch the Watchmen? – Doug Hornig, CASEY RESEARCH
They Know Much More Than You Think – James Bamford, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
We couldn’t persuade a National Government to do it in a Christchurch that desperately needs it, but an Australian Labor Government wants to give it a crack. “Speaking in Darwin, [Kevin Rudd] unveils plans for a special economic zone in the Northern Territory.”
Labor pledges lower company tax in new Northern Territory economic zone – THE AUSTRALIAN
Supplementary Question: How do you think Christchurch would be doing now if this had happened thirty months ago?
Make Christchurch an Enterprise Zone not a Ward of the State. – NOT PC, Feb 2011
So, how is that great National-led Government policy to encourage first-home buyers into affordable housing going to work out? “It will have an entirely predictable outcome: higher house prices and higher debt.” Oh dear.
First home buyer help – lets repeat others’ mistakes – Shamubeel Eaqub, THE VISIBLE HAND
"Ah, if only all of life were like the first sip of your second martini."
Is Macroeconomics Really Economics? – Robert Higgs, CIRCLE BASTIAT
Did the Soviets have a man in the White House during the War and the Great Depression?
FDR's Traitor? – Andrew Bostom, AMERICAN THINKER
An Unambiguous Example of Harry Hopkins’s Pro-Soviet Perfidy, Revealed – ANDREW BOSTOM
Diana West’s Attempt to Respond – Ron Radosh, FRONT PAGE
Fresh from discovering Amanda Palmer has breasts, the UK Daily Mail has been plagiarising articles on a regular basis without consent.
A quick story about plagiarism, starring the Daily Mail! – BRANDON SNEED
So, let’s get this right. All scientists agree that mankind is responsible for global warming and that it will be catastrophic. Well, except for the overwhelming majority of earth scientists, engineers, meteorologists, geologists… Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis – James Taylor, FORBES [Turns out on closer investigation the survey is unreliable. My apologies for wasting your time.]
Because the earth has experienced massive CO2 pulses and recovered before.
An illustration that CO2 won’t roast the Earth in a runaway tipping point… – WATTS UP WITH THAT
“I was a denier, before denying was cool.”
- Sen. Frank Nicely
Hydraulic fracturing has been one of the most remarkable innovations in recent decades. Yet so-called environmentalists and hardcore progressives are still determined to take as gospel the deliberately misleading documentary Gasland.
Another nail in the Gasland coffin – HOT AIR
Brain scans reveal all that right-brain left-brain mumbo jumbo has about as much credibility as the science of phrenology.
Researchers Debunk Myth of 'Right-Brained' and 'Left-Brained' Personality Traits – SCIENCE DAILY
The Darkest Day in Australian Sport, courtesy of the Essendon Football Club? Whose only defence against doping their players in last year’s AFL season—creating what their own internally commissioned report called “a pharmacologically experimental environment—is going to have to be based on their (intentionally?) sloppy paperwork. “We didn’t know what was going on, guv”? Please.
Words of defiance baffling – Caroline Wilson, REAL FOOTY
Admission may have saved Hird's mates – Caroline Wilson, REAL FOOTY
'It's tough to break people's hearts' – Adrian Proszenko, BRISBANE TIMES
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Peter Baulderstone, FOOTY ALMANAC
John Harms on AFL Round 21 – John Harms, TATTS
Wasn’t Microsoft’s dominance of the operating system market supposed to control for ever its share of the browser market? So much for the mainstream theory of monopoly, I guess.
Is Nevil Shute’s Jean Paget one of the most admirable female characters in fiction? [spoilers]
Trade Is Made of Win – THE FREEMAN
Like optical illusions? Like graffiti?
The 20 Best Graffiti Optical Illusions – NOAH TUNES
Healthy Living: How To Maximize Napping – APARTMENT THERAPY
The stiff upper lip in action.
18 Ways British People Have Of Saying “Go F**k Yourself” – BUZZFEED
Just some of the shit you’ll find in bad beer.
CHEMICAL vs ORGANIC: Wine & Beer - CONSCIOUS LIVING ACADEMY
So one can only celebrate.
Profits dip at DB – NZ HERALD
And finally, a message to Egyptians from Friedrich Hayek’s generation of Austrians:
Thanks for reading.
You have a great weekend, now.
PS: Go the ABs.