From my pile of interesting things and Business Insider, a look at the impact of the iPad on the PC industry, courtesy of Jefferies analyst Peter Misek and Dan Frommer of SplatF: Check it out.
Ace: Where right meets left →
From Ace of Spades HQ: Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee Approve the ISP Snooping Bill, HR-1981. On Thursday legislation was approved that would force internet service providers to save information on customer usage for twelve months on the chance law enforcement might want to look at it sometime. The bill was mislabeled the “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of...
Vatican Radio: Do not forget Somalia →
From an editorial by Fr. Lombardi: The drought in the Horn of Africa has created a dramatic humanitarian emergency and the Somali people are its main victims. Hunger and thirst are pushing countless people to a desperate search for help, many fleeing to neighbouring countries, to refugee camps, at a rate of almost two thousand people a day. There are reports of exhausting marches on foot under the...
Cracked.com: The 8 worst types of blog in the... →
Okay, so I’m guilty of #5, but take a look at all eight: … One trick about writing for the Internet is remembering how little most of your readers give a f*ck about anything. At all times, they are a second away from every other site on the Internet, 75 percent of which have boobies. So don’t try entertaining them with one side of a pedantic argument. Make your case, in all your...
Berlinski: How strange America looks →
Cultural differences abounding. From Claire Berlinski at Ricochet: . . . You’d wait to smile until the customer, also known as the patient, took the lead. If the customer’s expression suggested terror, grief, pain or fury, you would not smile: That would not be understood as an empathic response. In fact, it would be seen as a reaction somewhere between inappropriate and...
The great debate ongoing →
Love the Teaching Company. Currently listening in the car to The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution: It was an argument that would result in not only the ratification of the Constitution but also of what that Constitution would become—and the finished document was a testimonial to the contributions of the “victorious” Federalist side and the...
The meme is the message
(Join the discussion on my article over at Ricochet.) “If George Bush had done [this] or said [that], do you know how the media would have reported it?” Well, yes, I do, and you do, too. But we’re now over two years into the presidency of Barack Obama and I think it’s time to retire this particular meme. Of course, the media doesn’t play fair—it never has and it never will. Part of Media...
Punching a hole in time →
emergentfutures: A robber breaks into a bank safe and returns home, where he activates a device that conceals his earlier burglary, making it look like he never entered the bank in the first place. Such a “time cloak” is still a long way from reality, but researchers have now made an important first step, demonstrating a cloaking device that can hide for a fraction of a second an event that...
Barone: Will the college bubble burst from public... →
And they wonder why California’s broke. From Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner.com: When governments want to encourage what they believe is beneficial behavior, they subsidize it. Sounds like good public policy. But there can be problems. Behavior that is beneficial for most people may not be so for everybody. And government subsidies can go too far. Subsidies create incentives for...
From CBS News: Brian [Bunting] was home on a so-called rest and recreation tour in February of 2009. Shortly after he returned to Afghanistan he and three others were killed by a roadside bomb. “At the time he was killed we didn’t know we were pregnant,” Nicki says. “Four days after I was notified of his death is when I found out that we were pregnant - so it was just...
Emery: A fling with the welfare state →
From Noemie Emery at the Weekly Standard: … Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt linked “freedom from want” to “freedom of speech” and “freedom of worship,” the left has been talking of everything that it thinks would be nice to have in terms of an utter and absolute right: a right to a job and a right to an income, a right to retire in comfort in Florida, a right to the most advanced health...
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t...– Saint Augustine of Hippo
Motherhood is a calling (and where your children... →
From Rachel Jankovic at desiringGod: Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen. The truth is that ...
Hanson: The demagogic style →
From the inimitable Victor Davis Hanson, read it all: Under a more skilled practitioner such as Barack Obama, the arts of demagoguery have become somewhat more refined in our time, but they nevertheless follow the same old patterns…
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York: Some... →
Very thoughtful comments on the attempt at the re-definition of marriage that the State of New York legislated several weeks ago
“6 Lies about the human body you learned in... →
From the guys at Cracked.com: When we reach the age of two, we start to have a few questions about our bodies. At first they’re simple. ‘Will that toy fit into the wet hole in the middle of my face?’ But as we mature, the questions become more complex and too numerous for any reasonable human being to answer. It’s no coincidence that around this time, your parents ship you off to school where...
First Things’ new video: The Creed →
First Things presents its first video, The Creed: What Christians Profess, and Why It Ought to Matter. Produced by actor, director, and writer, Tim Kelleher, The Creed is a remarkable film about why the radical claims made in the Nicene Creed are so important to all of us… Take a look at the trailer.
The curse of hyper-fragmentation →
“We need to come together” goes out the cry from (almost) every side. “We’re too extreme; there’s too much partisanship” continues the lament, on everything from whether or not to increase the debt ceiling to which side to support on same-sex marriage to what is the most appropriate parenting style. But what did we expect? In the interest of increasing “productivity,” we have bit by byte...
Something to check out →