Call Out For Awesome

I’m going through my old blog commenting haunts and discovered Dr. Free-Ride has put out a call to help a group of high school science students fund their trip to CERN. The group is called BACON, an acronym for “Best All-around Club of Nerds”.  They have a long way to go, yet.  Come on, who…

Komen v Planned Parenthood

Since everyone in the League had the good sense to avoid this story all week, I thought I’d ruin our Friday.  (edited to add)  Well, not everybody.  (/edited) Today, the Komen Foundation retracted its retraction of funds to Planned Parenthood.  Their statement, replicated here. Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and…

Look, Ma… I’m a Terrorist!

The FBI guidelines for spotting suspicious activity in an Internet Cafe: Are overly concerned about privacy, attempts to shield the screen from view of others Check! Always pay cash or use credit card(s) in different name(s) Usually pay cash, check! Apparently use tradecraft: lookout, blocker or someone to distract employees Have small children, check! Act…

The Problem with IT, Part I

There have been a number of comments on a recent post that have glanced sidelong at a problem domain with which I’m reasonably familiar… and since we have a number of digital gearheads who comment frequently on this blog, I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to start a series of posts about technology.…

Comment Rescue: Stereotypes

Joey Jo Jo says in two comments: In my opinion, some stereotypes are cheered here (including heroic contortions to portray them not as stereotypes) while others are roundly rejected.  this is fine.  the issue is the unequal application of the rudeness standard. … Sure, any sweeping generalization or stereotype against libertarian(ish) positions are dealt with…

Montana Dissed Citizens United

Law.com reports (registration required, but it’s free).  FTA: In Citizens United, the Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibited government from limiting the independent spending of corporations and unions on “electioneering,” or communicating about a particular candidate. The Montana court, reversing a lower state court that struck down Montana’s law as unconstitutional, cited Montana’s unique…

Costs on the Books

In Jason’s recent post on Waste and Abuse, Density Duck writes: Ask your husband to explain how SpaceX can build a rocket for half as much as NASA.  Then get back to me on how “waste” is a meaningless term for a nonexistent problem that’s just Republican rhetoric Okay, some background for those who haven’t been…

Epidemiological Politics

MSNBC reports “Pelosi fires back at report on ‘insider trading’”. A television report that questioned whether members of Congress are making investment decisions based on insider information drew a heated response from former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of those highlighted. A report on CBS’ “60 minutes” on Sunday said Pelosi was among several lawmakers…

Veterans Day

On January 23rd, 1941, Ory and Ethel (Lettie) Freeland signed the following: “We the undersigned, being the father and mother of Maurice H. Freeland, a minor, an applicant for enlistment in the United States Army, do hereby give our consent to his Enlistment therein.  We further certify that we are not dependent upon him for…

Sound Off

Koz has made an assertion that the League is overwhelmingly in favor of PPACA. I found this odd, since it seemed to me that the members who most frequently comment were at best “not fans”, with the exception of Erik. So, a poll. Regardless of whether or not you believe that PPACA is Constitutional or…

Digging in the Dirt

Todd recently asked where everyone came from and how they wound up being part of the League. My first comment is apparently this one. I admit I didn’t remember precisely when I started reading the League, but if the back-end database is accurate, I have 53 comments as “Patrick Cahalan”, and 2,058 as “Pat Cahalan”.…

Comment Rescue: Mike & The Police

Mike asks: > Absolute power corrupts absolutely – > or is it more complicated than that? It’s more complicated than that. Social organizations of any type represent aggregated power. This is true whether you’re talking about a tribe in pre-history Europe, a community organization in the modern first world, a government, or an international corporation.…

Pop Quiz

Article Five: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…”

All Things Nuclear, Part I

This is the first post in a series. This took a significant amount of time to write (most of the research had been done previously), so don’t expect these to come with a low delta between posts. We’re going to start with The Bomb, we’ll get to Nuclear Power in subsequent posts. First, an important…

24,887 To Go

Members of the League occasionally ask about nuclear power (or muse as to why the U.S. doesn’t seem to have a well thought out energy policy including nuclear power). Go here and “sign” (registration required):

Using a Phone

Dear Everyone in the First World: Since many of you seem to have a small difficulty with the use of telecommunications devices in spite of their ubiquity, I’m going to offer two pieces of advice that will greatly enable your ability to use these devices in a manner that does not infuriate the rest of…

Coercion (again) and Power

On the recent coercion follow-up thread to an earlier thread that was itself a response to two earlier threads (I’m now officially going to make you backtrack on that if you want more context)…62 across said, in response to the question “How does one determine what is private coercion?” I’d really appreciate the League diving…

For the families

In July of 2001, I was in New York working on decommissioning a regional office.  Shutting down the phone switch, helping pack up the expensive network gear, bemoaning the fact that the UPS at this facility would never be removed, things like that. Like anyone else who takes their first trip to New York City…

Ben & Jerry’s

Will be producing Schweddy Balls ice cream.  I personally checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. Still one of the better parodies of NPR: SNL’s Schweddy Balls sketch.