Recently a memorial was held on the one year anniversary of Jam Master Jay’s death. Hopefully the police will not give up on this case.
Archive for October, 2003
Alex Tabarrak points out that society is better off, if we spend more money on medical research as opposed to medical treatment. Quote:
The low value of medical spending at a particular point in time and the high value of medical research over time suggest that we would be much better off if we cut back on medical care spending and devoted the funds to medical research. We should spend less on Medicaid, Medicare, Prescription drug plans etc. and use the savings to better fund the NIH (or other methods of increasing medical research such as prizes etc.)
Tom Sawyer at The Rant has a post saying how gun control does work. It sounds like he might be on to something. Quote:
Gun control works! Six million dead Jews during the Holocaust can’t be wrong. Neither can the countless millions of others from Stalin’s purges, Mao’s Cultural Revolution and executions, or Pol Pot’s murderous regime or Castro’s revolutionary government, just to name a few.
“That board with a nail in it may have defeated us.But the humans won’t stop there. They’ll make bigger boardsand bigger nails, and soon, they will make a board with a nail so big, it will destroy them all!”
-Alien from “Monkey’s Paw” episode of The Simpsons.
Anil Dash has a review of a Justin Timberlake concert where he proves Justin Timberlake has talent. It is a pleasent realization that Timberlake has talent although I hate to admit this but I have always realized he had a little bit of musical taste since his beatboxing in the Pop Life video. Quote:
“What became quickly apparent was that Timberlake was actually leading this band. Giving cues, prompting for solos, extending improvisational riffs when they were succeeding, he may have been aping his influences, but if so, he was aping from the best. A short segment vamping on the main riff to “On Broadway” left Mayer weakly trying to be George Benson alongside some credible, if not particularly astounding, keyboard and vocal work by Timberlake. A nod to the band, and the keyboard part smoothly segued into the intro to “Senorita”. Staying largely faithful to the album version of the song, JT was rewarded with some enthusiastic audience participation on the singalong portion of the tune.”
As InstaPundit would say, read the whole thing.
Radley Balko reminded me of how Bill O’Reilly likes to attack rappers, such as Ludacris. Although, Bill O’Reilly claims to have a “no spin zone” and be on the network that is fair and balanced, O’Reilly repeatedly goes after hip-hop and specifically gangsta rap without mentioning any positivies. Ludacris for example runs the Ludacris foundation which
is an Atlanta based charity that Luda puts his whole heart into. “My foundation is geared towards helping kids help themselves doing a number of projects, not necessarily just one thing, but like feeding the homeless, going to rehabilitation centers for kids and visitin them, givin out free stuff, sponsoring boys and girls clubs, sponsoring trophies and uniforms, givin out turkeys at Thanksgiving, sponsoring families at Christmas.”
However, I don’t think you will ever hear O’Reilly mention this; so much for a no-spin zone.
Alex Singleton at the Adam Smith Institute Blog has a defense of our consumer society.
I rather like shops being open on Sundays, same day deliveries, and companies resolving problems quickly. I love sending documents instantaneously across the world by e-mail and watching 24-hour TV news. Consumerism lets us make more choices and puts us, rather than bureaucrats, in control of our lives. Yes, we may live in a more stressful society, but I’d prefer that to a more backward, less dynamic society
Newsday.com has an article by Bruce Schneier about how profiling for terrorists is near impossible. QUOTE:
Security is always a trade-off: How much security am I getting, and what am I giving up to get it? These “data-mining” programs are not very effective. Identifiable future terrorists are rare, and innocents are common. No matter what patterns you’re looking for, far more innocents will match the patterns than terrorists because innocents vastly outnumber terrorists. So many that you might as well not bother. And that assumes that you even can predict terrorist patterns. Sure, it’s easy to create a pattern after the fact; if something identical to the 9/11 plot ever happens again, you can be sure we’re ready. But tomorrow’s attacks? That’s much harder.
Even those who say that terrorists are likely to be Arab males have it wrong. Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, was British. Jose Padilla, arrested in Chicago in 2002 as a “dirty bomb” suspect, was a Hispanic- American. The Unabomber had once taught mathematics at Berkeley. Terrorists can be male or female, European, Asian, African or Middle Eastern. Even grandmothers can be tricked into carrying bombs on board. One problem with profiling is that, by singling out one group, it ignores the other groups. Terrorists are a surprisingly diverse group of people.
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Jesse Walker has a post up on his run for the Ann Arbor City Council. Walker gives a pretty good assessment of the Libertarian Party. Quote:
In retrospect, the fact that the Libertarian Party was willing to nominate an inexperienced 18-year-old who’d lived in town for only a few months may be the best argument yet against it. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best argument for it. But I’m biased.
Bully Magazine has an article on the stupidity of the celebration of many Americans of Che Guevara.
Equally disturbing about the Che-worship cult is the complete whitewashing of his more foul deeds (if his trendier fans are aware of them at all). In organizing the July 26 Movement with Castro, Guevara was in charge of the revolutionary troops. He had standing orders that all informants and deserters should be shot and even carried out the first execution himself, declaring, “I ended the problem giving him a shot with a .32 pistol in the right side of the brain.” The trail of bodies Guevara left through the Sierra Maestra has been well documented by many biographers; most of the victims of course were his own men. In addition, his own arrogance, in believing that revolutionaries didn’t need political nor social roots, led to the death of many men in both the Congo and Bolivia. Guevara failed to understand the local terrain, politics, and motivations, thus suffering heavy casualties because of his ignorance
For more on Che read this old post of mine.
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