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Hello, LiveJournal.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:51:56 GMT

Anything still happening here?

Must watch -- Hilarious!

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 07:05:21 GMT

Americans' Tax dollars fund Taliban

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:10:50 GMT

I'm sure this is both necessary and good as part of the larger picture:
79-page report, entitled "Warlord Inc," faults the US military for making trucking companies who deliver goods to US military bases in Afghanistan responsible for their own security. It details how eight trucking companies that share a $2.1 billion contract are forced to pay warlords and Afghan officials to pass unhindered with their convoys. In some cases, the companies pay as much as $150,000 a month for protection, or as much as $1,500 per truck, according to internal memos and other documents reproduced in the report. The report accuses the military of turning a blind eye to the problem.

For the last 25 or so years, the US government has operated like it's part of a Peter Sellers movie.

Make it stop

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:23:54 GMT

Soccer: Performance Art not Sport


Fri, 18 Jun 2010 07:32:35 GMT



Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:23:30 GMT

Conservatives and Libertarians who think that as long as the US has a massive welfare state, it needs to regulate the borders heavily are missing the point: the government is incapable of doing this efficiently and effectively.

The Recession has Ended!

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:31:17 GMT

My latest post about the incredible upswing in the job market:

The Libertarian Standard

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:06:40 GMT

A new libertarian blog which I have been invited to write for. If you favor justice, individual liberty, civilization, prosperity, and property rights, and if you oppose war, mercantilism, fascism, protectionism, and militarism, you might enjoy reading it. Some high quality writers there, and also me. Enjoy!

Which Horseman of the Apocalypse is this?

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:06:47 GMT


Who Dat?


Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:59:10 GMT

I have a new blog that I use for more "polished" commentary. If you're interested in following me, you can read me here:

Also, if you have a "serious" blog for discussing politics, economics, finance, culture, science, specific fields of interest -- not so much a personal blog if you know what I mean -- go ahead and link to it in the comments and I'll check it out and add it to my blogroll if I like it.

Greetings for our Villa in Palermo overlooking Mondello Beach

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 11:43:54 GMT

I'm holding my 1-year-old daughter in our pool and showing her, the future Empress of Sicily, some of the lands she'll rule over one day.


And here is the future Empress of Sicily herself.



Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:39:57 GMT

If anyone wants to connect, my Facebook is:

Lots of photos of my new life here in Sicily and frequent blog-like updates and stuff.


Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:40:58 GMT

Apparently, it's civil war in Iran. Follow this guy:

Looks like there's a fight for control of Iranian internet going on too. Good luck to the Iranian people as they fight their government.


Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:49:08 GMT

I have a Twitter account but don't really use it. If you have a Twitter account, you should add Lew Rockwell:

Infant, 5 others shot near Mardi Gras parade route

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 23:18:48 GMT

"I'm off to Afghanistan this summer. Damn, this is more dangerous than Afghanistan," Parry said.
NEW ORLEANS – An infant and at least five other people were shot Tuesday along a parade route packed with Mardi Gras revelers, police said. Two suspects were in custody and the victims were recovering. The shootings happened near the Garden District about 1:40 p.m. after the last major parade of the celebration, Rex, had ended. Hundreds of truck floats that follow the parade were passing when gunfire broke out.

"It sounded like a string of fireworks, so I knew it was more than one shooter," said Toni Labat, 29, a window company manager. She was with her two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. "Everybody was petrified. They hit the ground, the floats stopped, everybody on the floats ducked," Labat said. Labat said one man dragged himself on the ground screaming for help after being wounded and another man was gasping for air and bleeding from his mouth. Police spokesman Bob Young said the victims were taken to local hospitals. The infant was grazed by a bullet and not seriously hurt, Young said.

Dr. Jim Parry, 41, a surgeon who was with a gathering of doctors near the shooting site, ran over to tend to one man who he said had been shot in the abdomen. "He kept asking me, 'Was I shot? Was I shot?'" Paramedics arrived and took over for the Air Force reservist.

"I'm off to Afghanistan this summer. Damn, this is more dangerous than Afghanistan," Parry said.

Two male suspects, ages 18 and 20, were in custody and three weapons believed used in the shooting had been recovered, Young said. The violence along the oak-lined Uptown streetcar line marred what had been a generally peaceful day of revelry in which hundreds of thousands of people partied in the streets on the final day of Carnival. Another shooting was reported on Friday night after an argument, but otherwise, the event was generally problem-free. Beau Beals, 45, said he was outside a house party on St. Charles Avenue when the shooting erupted. He said he and other revelers tossed children over a metal fence to get them to safety, but others kept waiting for beads and other trinkets being tossed from the floats as if nothing had happened.

"They had an ambulance out here picking the guy up off the street and people didn't stop vying for throws," Beals said.

New Orleans is still a war zone.

Mumbai News Coverage

Sun, 30 Nov 2008 16:07:15 GMT

Twitter and Flickr replace "official" news outlets in Mumbai

Posted by Ryan W. McMaken at 12:23 AM

Alexander Wolfe of Information Week notes that the largest and most timely source of information coming out of Mumbai was from amateurs using social media like Twitter:

I'd add that Mumbai is likely to be viewed in hindsight as the first instance of the paradigmatic shift in crisis coverage: namely, journalists will henceforth no longer be the first to bring us information. Rather, they will be a conduit for the stream of images and video shot by a mix of amateurs and professionals on scene.

36 hours ago, a look at Twitter postings about Mumbai revealed some of the best on-the-ground information about what was going on. The news channels offered nothing but the usual endless chit-chat about President Bush and other irrelevant topics.

The Wired blog also has an interesting entry on the role of social media in the crises.

The first instance? Sure, if Hurricane Katrina and this blog don't count...