Category Archives: Corporatism

Sarah Palin Benefits From Subsidy Enacted By Sarah Palin

Yesterday, our friends at the non-profit Tax Foundation noted that Sarah Palin’s show, the inventively titled “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, received $1.2 million in subsidies from the state. Mark Robyn opined: The show spent $3.6 million on production in the state, meaning that Alaskan … Continue reading

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David Brooks World Stupidity Tour: NPR Edition

Are you an American? Are you engaged with the common culture of our country? What do you read? What do you listen too? What do you think about? Because if those answers aren’t The New York Times, NPR, and Whatever … Continue reading

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Wither Boing Boing? Or; Even Technocrats Get The Blues

During the recent kerfuffle in Wisconsin, tech/nerd/intelligentsia blog Boing Boing, and in particular Science Editor Maggie Koerth-Baker, have devolved into the worst stereotypes of online ‘journalism’. As a longtime Boing Boing fan, it’s been rough to watch. Her headline for … Continue reading

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Openness: Slate’s Alternative Present

Slate has an interesting thought-experiment; what would the internet be like today if the FCC had regulated it from the start? Citing software development problems, the online services ask that the deadline for framework specs get pushed back from July … Continue reading

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What Market’s Aren’t; Why “Business” Doesn’t Mean “Your Business”

Seems we’re building quite a collection of vaguely left-leaning readers named Jason. Welcome, guys. “Different Jason” makes the point that left to it’s own devices, markets created bad things like Collateral Debt Obligations. Outside of the specifics of CDO’s which I … Continue reading

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Liberty Up In Smoke

The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. – Frederic Bastiat As most people are aware there is a proposition on California’s ballot in Novemberto legalize, regulate and tax the use of marijuana for recreational use. Most … Continue reading

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Pledge To … Yawn

I didn’t find anything particularly exciting in the Republican “Pledge To America” released yesterday. Slate and Reason did excellent jobs covering the highlights, such as they were. Good Ideas: – Forcing Congress to cite specific constitutional authority for acts. Damon … Continue reading

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What 90 Years Of Failure Can Teach Us: (Not) Learning From History

The Huffington Post is a like an oil-drum chock full of stupid, and somewhere inside are some tiny grains of good writing and reporting. Regina Weiss saw a big ocean of dumb and decided “I CAN DO THAT! I CAN … Continue reading

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Cash For Clunkers Big Success, For Rich, Politically Connected Folks

via Radley Balko: Cash for Clunkers fallout: Price of used cars jumps 30 percent. So we have a government program whose stated aim was to shore up huge, failed corporations by giving public money to mostly upper-income people that in the … Continue reading

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It’s okay, I’m a professional.

Recently in California, a bill died in committee that would have allowed “a school district… to provide school personnel with voluntary medical training to provide emergency medical assistance to pupils with diabetes suffering from severe hypoglycemia.” Why didn’t the bill … Continue reading

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