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  • What You'll Wish You'd Known

    “The important thing is to get out there and do stuff. Instead of waiting to be taught, go out and learn.”

  • The Muddle Machine

    “Every time a friend with kids in school tells me textbooks are too generic, I think back to that moment. ‘Who writes these things?’ people ask me. I have to tell them, without a hint of irony, ‘No one.’ It’s symptomatic of the whole muddled mess that is the $4.3 billion textbook business.”

  • A priori induction? brilliant!

    “So, what Iíve given thus far is yet another convoluted explanation of mathematical induction. The real point here is that this stuff is weird and takes some real thinking to get used to, and even then you donít feel like you are completely comfortable with your understanding until youíve spent some time with it.”

  • Football players are needy

    “The NFL is like a big respect black hole, in which all respect is sucked into a negative zone and therefore everyone feels disrespected.”

  • Iraq's Elections

    “There are several problems. The first is the fact that, technically, we don’t know the candidates. We know the principal heads of the lists but we don’t know who exactly will be running. It really is confusing. They aren’t making the lists public because they are afraid the candidates will be assassinated.”

  • Two liters of vodka and I'm ready for the night

    “A male resident of Bulgaria from the town of Plovdiv hit all world records on the blood-alcohol level and stayed alive. Doctors determined that the man had drunk 9.14 pro mil of alcohol [=0.914 BAC].”

  • The Classics in the Slums

    “I’ve noticed frequently that among middle-class party people that I’ve worked with, over the years, that there’s an idea that workers will accept anything, providing the message is OK. The quality doesn’t matter, the form doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we agree on the correct slogans.”

  • Bloggers' Bill of Rights

    Like Beck, my only response was hysterical laughter.

  • Judicial Insanity
    "So, apparently, women don't have the right to freedom of association, since if they get pregnant, they can't leave abusive husbands."
  • How to Build a Global Internet Tsunami Warning System in a Month

    “We don’t need governments and huge sensor arrays to warn people on the beach about the next huge wave approaching at 400 miles-per-hour. Thanks to the Internet, we can probably do it by ourselves.”

  • Drink to your health

    “And protecting bones may not be the only health benefit of beer. Another recent study found that moderate consumption of dark beer – which contains antioxidants that help prevent clogged arteries – may reduce risk of heart disease.”

  • Sin Tax

    “Democracy means being crazy because of demons!”

  • One nation, purple or maybe plum, with goofiness for all

    “Well listen up, ‘Department of Commerce,’ and listen good: I have no idea what was in my federal tax return. Like 93 percent of all U.S. taxpayers, I just sign it and send it in. For all I know, it states that I am a professional squid wrangler.”

  • “Lobsters”

    “Let me get this straight. You’re the KGB’s core AI, but you’re afraid of a copyright infringement lawsuit over your translator semiotics?” Manfred pauses in mid-stride, narrowly avoids being mown down by a GPS-guided roller-blader.

  • Another Iraq Exit Strategy

    “Stuff [the troops] in American Airlines coach and send ‘em back to their South Bronx slum and their subsidized Appalachian farm. If they don’t like that, ditch their asses in the desert.”

  • Colorful math

    “It’s a weird, collapsed sphere that can’t properly live in three dimensions, but I imagine it as looking a bit like a seashell, all curled up on itself. And pink.”

  • Gay Marriage and Polygamy

    “Feminist opponents of polygamy in fundamentalist religious communities will find, soon, that the ‘living tree’ bears bitter fruit.”

  • “You Don't Have To Be A Weatherman...”

    “So don’t go thinking that you can just publish books if you feel like it, on some God-damned whim or something, like you own the joint. Unless, of course, they’ve been pre-approved by the proper authorities.”

  • Journey into Kimland

    “This was obviously a car reserved for the elite, capitalist oppressors, not some common car for the masses.”

  • Tense Present

    “Like many forms of Vogue Usage, [Politically Correct English] functions primarily to signal and congratulate certain virtues in the speaker — scrupulous egalitarianism, concern for the dignity of all people, sophistication about the political implications of language — and so serves the selfish interests of the PC far more than it serves any of the persons or groups renamed.”

  • Ashcroft v. Raich

    [Justice] Stevens: If you reduce demand, then you will reduce prices? Wouldn’t it increase prices?

    [Randy] Barnett: No, if you reduce demand, you reduce price.

    Stevens: Are you sure?

    Barnett: Yes.

  • Bad Writing's Back

    “Stuck in an attitude that combines the adversarial with the self-congratulatory, [theorists] mingle avant-garde visions with a protest conception of the university, turning crisis, notoriety, and alienation into a triumph and ignoring the diminishing status of the humanities.”

  • Something Borrowed

    “The final dishonesty of the plagiarism fundamentalists is to encourage us to pretend that these chains of influence and evolution do not exist, and that a writer’s words have a virgin birth and an eternal life.”

  • Cops Are Tax Collectors

    “So the next time you see a cop stopping traffic to make sure you have your seat belt on, just remember he doesn’t give a damn whether you wear one or not. He’s just there to collect the ‘no seat belt tax.’ Next time you hear about some ‘deadbeat Dad’ getting arrested, realize that the State doesn’t give a damn about his kids, just that they collect the parent tax (child support) when its due.”

  • The Serpent's Wall

    “60 years ago a Kiev’s area witnessed ones of the most severe battles of WW2. Covered with earth from explosions the humans, arms and ammunitions was left on a battlefields.” — New pictures and commentary from the woman behind the Ghost Town Chernobyl pictures.

  • Google Scholar

    “Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.”

  • Liberals and Conservatives: Fundamental Common Ground

    “Coerced charity is not charity. Coerced tolerance is not tolerance. Coerced morality is not morality. Coerced values are not values.”

  • Jesus was a loser and a coward

    “Frankly, I’m not sure these horrible passages in Matthew are even real. (Well, ok, they’re in the other Gospels too, but they probably just copied from each other. Doesn’t mean a thing.) I think they were probably put there by Satan to try to weaken us, and our true Christian resolve.”

  • The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy

    “The odds against all three occurring are 250 million to one. As much as we can say in social science that something is impossible, it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual vote counts in the three critical battleground states of the 2004 election could have been due to chance or random error.”

  • Buckshot and Designer Water

    “When you have seen a thousand impassioned sheep waving witless placards at a political rally, you realize that facts don’t matter. Look and feel are everything. Bush and Kerry are both pampered ineffectual rich brats, one a drunk, the other a gigolo. Kerry comes from Massachusetts, though, and you just know he eats curious salads with strange names. By contrast, Bush has a certain ferret-like pugnacity to him and a low-wattage mind that people between the coasts are comfortable with. He isn’t going to use any of them high-falutin’ words, because he honestly doesn’t know them. He won’t confuse anyone.”

  • “They Fought For Our Freedom”

    “Undoubtedly, you’ve heard or read those words this Veteran’s Day. Before you go off and join the chorus of folks repeating that phrase, though, ask yourself this:

    ‘Did they win?’”

  • "Moral Values" an Epiphenomenon?

    “The seemingly deep divisiveness of the Red State/Blue State sham may be nothing more than a hiccup of demography, and all this hair-pulling clamor about learning to talk to the churchy folk may be beside the point.” (see also Colby Cosh’s take)

  • Joining's easy, eh

    “As Canadians, you’ll have to learn to embrace and use all the products and culture of Americans, while publicly bad-mouthing their way of life.”

  • Beautiful Agony

    Facettes de la petite mort

  • Election cartogram (a.k.a. that funny-lookin' purple map)

    An improvement on the omnipresent red-and-blue maps, which are doubly misleading, in that they take into account neither margin of victory nor population density.

  • MC Squared

    “You say your skills are infinite - well that ain’t shit
    I’m a transfinite hero and you’re not even aleph-zero”

  • Vote or Die

    “People tell me sometimes, ‘If you don’t vote, don’t complain,’ but it would seem to me the people who don’t vote are precisely the ones who should be complaining; after all, they’re the ones who never gave anyone permission to exploit them.”

  • Or It Could Be Because You Have a Really Crappy Candidate

    “Or maybe Kerry is a blowhard elitist who has the charisma of August roadkill on Texas asphalt.

    The incumbent has, with a friendly Congress, run up a massive deficit; trampled on civil liberties; taken us to war under false pretenses, with no fall-back plan, and alienated from the world in the process; broken countless campaign promises; run the most secretive administration in history; and after the biggest mass murder in U.S. history, done very little to make us safer.

    And your guy is barely tied with him.

    Shouldn’t that tell you something?”

  • Who are you scared of?

    “How ironic it is that of the business ideas mentioned - prostitution, gambling, recreational drugs, banned medical research - the one that struck the student as most likely to provoke a response was media piracy. As Mike says ‘I guess that’s the kind of image one obtains by persecuting one’s customers.’”

  • Dear comment spammer

    “Whoever you are, may neighborhood kids steal the hood ornament off your car. May you get inflamed ingrown hairs inside both nostrils. May you have uncontrollable diarrhea, and run out of toilet paper this afternoon. May you advance medical science by having a particularly personal, embarassing, and incurable fungal infection named after you. May your servers be infested by a thousand worms. May your spouse find your porn directory when [s]he is having a particularly bad day and is holding a heavy, blunt instrument. May all your toenails ooze pus, turn greenish-black, and fall off.

    I hope you get eaten by alligators.”

  • Sincerely, etc., etc.

    “Dear Guardianistas,

    For all my life, I have been inviolably dedicated to principled non-voting.

    However, I would sign up and vote for George W. Bush with all the frequency of a Cook County dead man, if it would crash your Common Dreams, you rat-fuck commies.

    Piss off.”

  • Give 'Em The Bird
    "As you attempt to clean the various household surfaces that were soiled during the night, reflect on your vote. Did you really vote? Did it matter?"
  • Misanthropic Bitch: Never Forget
    " 'Never forget' is more empty jingoism ('Let's roll; Support the troops') meant to invoke a sense of outrage and moral superiority in Americans. We're better than them because we honor our politically convenient dead again and again and again -- to the point that, three years later, we demand 'proper burial' for microscopic dust that may or may not contain what passes for human remains."
  • Michael Mann on Democracy and Fascism
    "[V]iolence used to drive an ethnic group out of a state, or to destroy it, [is] a relatively new thing in history — and one closely associated with the emergence of democratic forms of political organization."
  • Numbers Stations
    Shortwave freaks, conspiracy nuts and people who just want to know where that creepy sample on Wilco's album came from get some answers.
  • Home Sweet Home
    Celebrating Brooklyn
  • Knockdown News Network coverage
    ...of the DNC. Live on the web via the miracles of software delay, the KNN has you covered as the horseshit flies fast and furious in Boston. Exclusive coverage of Hillary's speech and Bill's speech.
  • What's your fetish?
    Most ridiculous item on the list: "Melcryptovestimentaphilia - Attraction to women's black underwear. "
  • Vegans should eat beef
    The consequentialist Least-Harm Principle used by moral vegans (note the irony) to justify their diet would actually be served better by consuming beef and other ruminant livestock.
  • Hacking Las Vegas
    Dumb name for an otherwise interesting article about the infamous MIT card-counting team. Gambling: it's so hot right now!
  • On Censorship Public, Private, and Self
    Loompanics founder Mike Hoy discusses some of the more pernicious forms of censorship in our society.
  • Taste of Africa
    Documenting the experiences of a development worker in Somaliland.
  • The Wisdom of Crowds
    A new book talks about how groups can be smart. If you take the economic perspective, it sounds like an excellent justification for free markets.
  • Hard facts about offshoring, imports, and jobs
    Brink Lindsey talks sense about globalization and trade
  • Cinema of cynicism
    "Our challenge is to come up with an alternative to the sorry excuses for politics that are on offer from Michael Moore and George W Bush alike." Like avoiding politics, period.
  • Saving feminism from the hijackers
    Is feminism bad? No. But it can be taken too far.
  • The World's Foremost Authority
    Official website of Professor Irwin Corey. Be sure to check out the audio samples.