Archive for February 6th, 2012

Things Heard: e207v1n2

Well, morning it ain’t. Hope y’all had a good day.

  1. A shot across the bows?
  2. I can’t imagine how anyone thinks that is a good policy.
  3. The Sec Council vetoes and why.
  4. A book noted.
  5. Another, very different.
  6. And speaking of books, I read these all when I was younger.
  7. More unanticipated consequences, green this time. Probably in more ways than one.
  8. Data sets and warming.
  9. Interesting tech? This is also interesting.
  10. Midgely and another book to read (and re-read).
  11. font?
  12. Assisted suicide, the B/P pair here and here.
  13. Violence, America and numbers.
  14. Whoops, Coptic variant.

Rusty Nails (SCO v. 51)

Adoptions? That would be 0.26% of your business – that’s Zero-Point-Two-Six-Percent.


Afghanistan – it’s over
From Michael Yon,

This war is going to turn out badly. We are wasting lives and resources while the United States decays and other threats emerge. We led the horse to water.

Importantly, there is no value in pretending that Pakistan is an ally. We should wish the best of luck to the Afghans, and the many peaceful Pakistanis, and accelerate our withdrawal of our main battle force. The US never has been serious about Afghanistan. Under General Petraeus we were starting to gain ground, but the current trajectory will land us in the mud.

The enemies will never beat us in Afghanistan. Force on force, the Taliban are weak by comparison. Yet this is their home. There is only so much we can do at this extreme cost for the many good Afghan people. We must reduce our main effort and concentrate on other matters. Time to come home.


The Information Age, swallowed up by the Entertainment Age


What?! Apple is greedy?


Yes, Apple is greedy. And Ed Bott thinks they’re also saboteurs.

A Quick Question

Recently jobs numbers came out … two data points are of interest and can be used, perhaps, to judge the bias of the sources. One set, points out that January job numbers are up and by one metric unemployment has dropped to 8.3%, getting firmly below 9. The other set, which is new as well, points out the divergence between two proxies which normally track but recently have diverged. Unemployment, as tracked by those applying for unemployment benefits and jobs, normally tracks well with the number of unemployed. Yet in the last 18 months this tracking has diverged. More and more people have (according to the second unemployment proxy) have given up seeking work. By that second metric, unemployment is above 10.5%.

Honest reporting would, I offer, report both points. There are many, who for political reasons, decide on or the other figure is more significant. Are there good reasons besides the nominally “bad” political partisanship ones for not noting both?

Oh, by the by, I’ve got to run early to get to a job site about an hours drive north. My links post will go out tonight.