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On Torture: Disarming the Ticking Time Bomb Argument

June 3, 2011


I haven’t done a proper take-down in a while, so when Peter Worthington wrote this disturbing little piece justifying torture, I couldn’t resist. Here’s the most pertinent quote: “The great human rights lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, startled his fans after 9/11 when he endorsed “non-lethal torture” (like extracting fingernails), in certain extreme case where vital information […]

Election Issue 2: Crime and Victims’ Rights

April 10, 2011


The Opposition Socialist Separatist Just Visiting Coalition are soft on crime! If they are given any power, then we will be swiftly overrun by hordes of drug dealers and human smugglers! We need to get tough on crime! I don’t think I need to point out the party on which I have based these only slightly exaggerated statements. A […]

Ethical Oil? Not Really.

January 18, 2011


Well, it looks like things are about to get a lot more exciting around here. The liberals are rattling their sabre, the Conservatives have responded the only way they know how, and it is starting to look more and more like we are headed for an election. I know it’s a long shot, but I […]

Peak Oil, Peak Travel, Peak Food, and why Innovation will not Save us

January 12, 2011


Today, the Freakonomics Blog published an interesting story on what its author calls peak travel, and it has some good news for tree-huggers like myself. It seems that we maybe, possibly, could actually be reducing our reliance on motor vehicles: I can’t imagine why it would be the case. Perhaps the recession drove more people […]

Book Review: Economyths, by David Orrell

August 20, 2010


I picked up this book because I realized that I hadn’t read anything that wasn’t on a computer screen in over a month, and I love to read anything that critiques mainstream economics, which I have always held with a high degree of suspicion. The book, which promises to “reveal…ten ways in which economics has […]

My Thoughts on the Census

August 8, 2010


We can either have a violation of privacy, or a government plagued by statistical blindness. Which is worse?