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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Brilliance of Clint’s Empty Chair | The Ocean State Current

What Eastwood did, with his extemporaneous air and unfilled chair, was to call bull**** on the increasingly untenable narrative that the Left has been weaving through all of the public institutions that it has spent decades infiltrating. He elevated to TV Land the shocking breach of story line and etiquette that hit YouTube years ago when angry citizens shouted down their Senators at town hall meetings.


I don't know. I watched Clint live and just thought, that was weird.--TS

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Is Inflation Returning?" by Martin Feldstein | Project Syndicate

Inflation is now low in every industrial country, and the combination of high unemployment and slow GDP growth removes the usual sources of upward pressure on prices. Nevertheless, financial investors are increasingly worried that inflation will eventually begin to rise, owing to the large expansion of commercial bank reserves engineered by the United States Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB). Some investors, at least, remember that rising inflation typically follows monetary expansion, and they fear that this time will be no different.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The corporate law of Tolkien
Tom Smith

I just realized why it's called "The Fellowship of the Ring". The fellowship is a Genossenschaft, a very important concept in the history of German corporate law, translated as "Fellowship". It could be a Germanic household, clan or village, or, notably, a warrior band. As Berman puts its, citing Gierke (who was celebrated by Maitland) (Law and Revolution at 217) "the Genossenschaft derived its unity and its purpose not from a higher authority, whether divine or human, but solely from within itself, that is, solely from the voluntary coming together of the members to achieve an end set by themselves." In the LOTR story, the power that binds the Genossenschaft together is pitted against the evil power of the One Ring ("and in the darkness bind them") that seeks to unite itself back to the Dark Lord. The Fellowship is broken, but not really, as all its members carry out its purpose in different ways, while Frodo and Sam carry on its purpose directly and play out a tale of heroic warrior-friendship.

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Beware of Partisan Politics in the Classroom - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

As faculty members at Ohio State last week double-checked their syllabi, glanced at their rosters, and ran through the usual routines for the start of fall courses, some of them found a surprise in their e-mail in boxes. A senior English professor invited his colleagues to open their classrooms in the weeks ahead to organizers in the Obama campaign. They would first encourage students to register to vote and then, if the instructors were willing, encourage students to volunteer for the Obama campaign.


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The Corner - National Review Online

Desert Trails Elementary “has been classified as failing for six years in a row, with 70 percent of sixth-graders not proficient in English and math,” the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The good news is that last month, a California court judge ruled that the parents in Adelanto successfully had pulled the trigger to force change in their children’s failing school. In addition, the judge commanded the school board to let the parents take control of the school as stipulated by the 2010 law. But the school board has refused to allow the conversion into a charter school.


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Study: Death Row inmates pick comfort foods for last meals - CBS News

On death row, last meals tend to be high in calories and heavy on meat.

French fries, soda, ice cream, hamburgers, chicken, steak and pie are commonly requested items among inmates imminently facing execution, according to Cornell University researchers who studied 193 last meal requests in the United States.


For my part, I would be torn between a big rare steak and some fries, or just a gallon of high end chocolate ice cream. I am aware of fancier fare, but you would want to keep the limitations of prison cuisine in mind. A bad steak, and you would be wishing you had just chosen the ice cream. If you had been a model prisoner, maybe they would bring you both. --TS

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Vegas tourism ad tells naked Prince Harry exploiters to 'know the code' | Fox News

In a statement to, Cathy Tull, senior vice president for marketing at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said: "Las Vegas is a place to celebrate adult freedom, freedom that even celebrities and royals can enjoy," adding that "for everyone's sake, it's important that "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas."  The advertisement "was a cheeky reminder to all our visitors that it's important to 'know the code,' and, most importantly, 'protect the code'."


I guess a certain code of silence is part of Vegas history. --TS

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San Francisco archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone arrested for drink driving | GlobalPost

San Francisco’s Roman Catholic archbishop-elect has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving just weeks before he is due to take over the top job.

The Associated Press reported that Reverend Salvatore Cordileone was stopped at a police checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus in the early hours of Saturday.  

The 56-year-old was taken into custody and released after posting $2,500 bail, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.


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Bad Female Academic: Green-Eyed Monster | Inside Higher Ed

It’s happening again. My Twitter and Facebook timelines are lighting up with reminders about all of the happy professional news that was announced in the Spring over those same airwaves (I know, it’s anachronistic, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment). All of the new positions that are being taken up. All of the awesome classes that are about to be taught. All of the cool research being funded by grants and taking place within fantastic Institutes and research groups.

And I am filled with Envy.


Envy is much to be avoided. It's one of the deadly sins you know. Don't covet's get two of the ten commandments, at least as they were taught in RC schools back in the day. It can be useful as a motivator to get one to improve one's position, however. As the writer describes her position, it seems very unenviable. Observing the envy of others, even if not directed at oneself, can make one feel grateful. You can also look at the envy causing information as feedback that you are in the wrong line of work or otherwise not doing something you should be doing. E.g. he has so much more money than I do! Why? Because he works harder. Maybe I should work harder. And maybe you should. OTOH maybe you would rather spend more time with your family or with your model trains. In which case, envy is irrational. (Original link via Instapundit) --TS

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"You didn't build that"
Tom Smith

Jimmy would disagree.

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