Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Kind of Protest

A homeowners association in South Africa , after having been ignored by the local government, has taken to planting trees in the potholes of the road next to the neighbourhood.

Simply brilliant.

And The Lion Shall Lie Down With The Lamb

I found this article in the British newspaper The Guardian fascinating. Some of my readers know that the British government has been rocked by an ongoing scandal concerning Members of Parliament (MP's) being reimbursed for expenses that have nothing to do with their jobs.

What makes this article special is that the scandal was broken by the Telegraph. British papers have strong party identifications. The Telegraph is the paper of the Conservative Party, now in opposition. The Guardian is the paper of the Labour Party, which is currently the government.

I think you can stick a fork in Gordon Brown. He's done.

And lest the Guardian be accused of being nice to the opposition, notice the fifth paragraph: "The Daily Telegraph's coverage of the expenses scandal boosted its circulation in May compared with April by an average of nearly 19,000 copies each day, but failed to halt a year-on-year decline of 3.08%."

Sometimes I really wish we had newspapers on the British model.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pre Convention Piskie Propaganda

There's a cameo from the recently famous Katherine Ragsdale!

The video was funded by Integrity, of course, and the Arcus Foundation. Here's the Arcus Foundation mission statement:

The mission of the Arcus Foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the great apes.

The Arcus Foundation works around the globe in two areas—human rights and conservation. Within those areas, we focus our work on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights and preservation of the world’s great apes and their habitat. By focusing our efforts in this way, we can use our resources to achieve an impact in each of two critically important yet under-funded areas.

Gays and apes, so many possible jokes that it made my brain hurt.


Today is going to be a good day! A new Weird Al Music video.

{H/T Russell}

Monday, June 15, 2009

What I Am Reading

A novel by Russell Roberts: The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance. I've just finished another novel by him, The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity. If I had my druthers, the latter book would be required reading of every high school student in the land. Certainly if more people knew more about economics, there would be less tolerance for the political manipulation of the economy.

In any event, both books are well worth reading.