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Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-29

Listening to Alex Jones on Opie & Anthony. Wow! EVERYTHING is a conspiracy to this guy! #

Kagan vows to keep politics, judging separate. And you can believe as much of that as you please. #

Apparently, "Ur doin it wrong" fails as an excuse for iPhone4 antenna problems, so lawsuits begin brewing. #

If China negotiates a trade deal with Taiwan, is that a de facto recognition of Taiwan as an independent state? #

Kagan quickly backpedaled from her past call for nominees to speak more openly about their constitutional views. Haha! #

Kagan affirms her belief in a "living constitution", i.e., one that means whatever she wishes at a given time. #

Democrats seek "macaca" moments on Republicans. They're not even pretending to have plausible policies any more. #

Mayors Daley & Bloomberg read Supreme Court's 2nd Amendment ruling, shrug, and say "So what?" #

Meat-flavored vodkas? I thought fruit flavors were bad enough. #

Consumer confidence plunges in June, as Biden's "summer of recovery" begins. #

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7 Responses to Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-29

  • Lawmakers are now considering ending the $700 billion TARP program early and using some of that money to help fund the new financial overhaul bill, CNBC has learned.

    Accounting tricks … all that money was borrowed.

  • Kartik Athreya, senior economist for the Richmond Fed, has written a paper condemning economic bloggers as chronically stupid and a threat to public order.
    Matters of economic policy should be reserved to a priesthood with the correct post-doctoral credentials, which would of course have excluded David Hume, Adam Smith, and arguably John Maynard Keynes (a mathematics graduate, with a tripos foray in moral sciences).

    “Economics is hard. Really hard. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-boggingly hard it is. I mean you may think doing the Sunday Times crossword is difficult, but that’s just peanuts to economics. And because it is so hard, people shouldn’t blithely go shooting their mouths off about it, and pretending like it’s so easy. In fact, we would all be better off if we just ignored these clowns.”

  • Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!

    For the first time in the 21st century, it took an animated character, a fictional animated doll, to make Hollywood’s case for freedom and democracy (in this case, for toys).

  • Lawsuits over a phone’s antenna location?
    Wonder what the basis is? “I didn’t get five bars of reception everywhere on Earth, as I was never promised?”
    (And turns out, oddly, that as far as anyone can tell, bottom-antennas are an outgrowth of FCC regulation based on the “zomg cellphones are gonna kill you!” hysteria… and that <a href=””>Nokias, at least</a> have the same sort of <a href=””>issue</a>.
    So, I predict that lawsuit going nowhere, if it even gets far enough to go nowhere.)
    Also, as usual, reading PCWorld comments makes me feel stupider.

  • Ah, right. I always forget that web standards like “html” don’t work here, because of the widget that causes horrible formatting and breaks everything.
    Seriously, guys. Dump the editing widget. It’s bad.