Wednesday, September 2, 2009

HOT5 Daily 9/2/2009

1. "September 1, 1939" The outbreak of World War Two, seventy years ago yesterday.

Representative Sample: There are two sorts of people in the USA today. A tiny minority who are very interested in military history and know a lot about World War II, and a vast majority who can barely even tell you who was in it (”was that the one with Hitler?”), when it occurred (”the Seventies?”), or what it was about, or even who won (”Japan?”).

2. "What rationing is…and isn’t" Debunking nonsense about "rationing."

Representative Sample: One of the statists’ favorite memes in the health care takeover “reform” debate has been that care is already being rationed, by the inhumane and depraved evil of the marketplace.

3. "The internet turns forty" I'm old enough to remember the lack of internet access or even computers for the general public. 

Representative Sample: think about what someone from 1985 would say about pretty much everyone carrying tiny devices that combine cordless phones, mini-televisions, the internet, etc. Put their jaw back in place and go to hoary old desktop computer with a broadband connection.

4. "Nanny States" When does a reasonable concern for safety morph into nanny-statism?

Representative Sample: The “nanny” agent treats an adult like a child – overriding decision processes that are perfectly capable of making a rational choice.

5. "I can't tell if you're doing that ironically" I haven't linked this site in awhile. It's pretty funny. (NSFW language, including site name.)

Representative Sample: What's with the stupid pose, Cat? I'm sure you think you are just headed for the Sears catalog now... or you are making fun of people who are headed for the Sears catalog.

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