Friday, February 24, 2012

Less a strategy than a prayer
Tom Smith

Very well worth reading piece by Leslie Gelb on the Washington-Tehran-Israel manuvering.

February 24, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

One-armed man sues Starbucks for not hiring him

A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista.

Eli Pierre sued the company in San Diego two weeks ago for unspecified damages.

via www.sfgate.com

February 23, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Crazy cool cloud computing for your iPad
Tom Smith

This may be the excuse I need to get an iPad when the new one comes out in March or April.

February 23, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The rule of the single ladies
Tom Smith

Discussed with links here.  Below is the video referred to.

You may need to cleanse your palate. This may do the trick.

February 22, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Go to the gym, eat a banana, think deep thoughts
Tom Smith

Exercise and carbs are good for your noggin.

February 22, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"The Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans"
Tom Smith

Whales are people too.  I think it's entirely possible.  My older labrador is clearly smart enough to be considered some sort of person, albeit a fairly sneaky and spoiled one.  My other lab is dumb even for a dog.  His stupidity just makes him more lovable, however.  His state of constant bafflement and indignation is highly entertaining.

February 21, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Double standards
Tom Smith

This is interesting, not as more conservative whining, which I think is justified, but futile, but because it makes the observation of how complex signaling is in a political environment.  I think it gets it exactly right, that while both Santorum and Obama say that marriage is between a man and a woman only, everybody knows that only Santorum actually means it, and Obama is just saying so. Quite curious.

Also curious is the suggestion, which I find plausible and suspect is just flat out true, that the promotion of artifical birth control in all of its multifarious glory has actually had the consequence of increasing the prevalence of the "women's health issues" one should think they were intended to mitigate, namely catastrophically disordered family situations.  Thus recently our republic passed the evidently significant threshhold of a majority of children born in the country being born outside of what we quaintly call wedlock.  And yet, birth control has never been more widely available financially, morally, and in many restrooms at gas stations and night clubs (NTTAWWT).  It's as if the (one hopes) unintended consequences of birth control are far more powerful than the intended one of preventing unintended procreation -- obviously I'm assuming here that contraception plays some sort of important causal role in the sociological, uh, evolution that has led us to our current state of advanced liberation.  Well, I guess as long as it works out well for the lower middle upper class (B.A. Swarthmore, MPH, Harvard, $245K annual income), it's all good.  

We seem to have discovered a moral hazard that is really, really hazardous and arguably not very moral either.  It would be funny if it weren't so sad that the descendants of the people who brought us prohibition should now have done so much to create a society where the men sit around and play video games and the women work and have babies the fathers of whom are long gone (see above) in ever increasing numbers.  And the solution to this is somehow that we all should subsidize the already dirt cheap Pill (presumably because cigarettes and lottery tickets are so expensive).  And all this somehow follows from hygiene.  Very strange.  It's all as clean and sterile as a condom still in its foil wrapper and as pastel as diaphram case and yet it ends up with a 4 month old whose daiper hasn't been changed in two days.  Go figure.  But here I am being naive.  I am forgetting that the solution to failed policy is always more of the same.

February 21, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (5)

Monday, February 20, 2012

malcolm x revisited
Timothy Gordon

Interesting new take on "x": http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1917/article_detail.asp

February 20, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Will Israel attack Iran?
Tom Smith

Financial Times op-ed piece.

I agree that if Israel were in fact going to attack Iran, it would not be talking about it so much.  Such attacks are meant to be a surprise.  Thus if they were to attack, it would be most unexpected.

February 20, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A moon base would be a better idea
Tom Smith

Update on the multi billion dollar high speed train from Fresno to Bakersfield.

February 18, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (2)