Morning Links

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

I’m back in the U.S., now, and should be back home in Nashville this evening. Many, many thanks to my guest-bloggers, who did a fantastic job. They may (or may not) be putting up sign-off posts throughout the day.

By the way, if you plan to fly internationally anytime soon, you might avoid coming back through Atlanta. You’ll actually have to go through the full TSA theater after you’ve de-planed and gone through customs. That’s right. Nudie scanners, take off the shoes, pat-down, the whole routine, even though you aren’t boarding another plane.

Here are some morning links for you:

  • Mother Jones criticizes Ron Paul for wanting to end the federal war on drugs, and for not voting to require ISPs to monitor users’ Internet activity.
  • Another odious IP bill moving through the Senate.
  • Sister Wives vs. Police Women of Broward County
  • The company formerly known as Blackwater is building an army for the United Arab Emirates government.
  • Cliche tourist photos.
  • Jon Stewart at his best, slamming Fox News over the dumb Common controversy.
  • Some public sector lifeguards in California are pulling in $200,000 per year.
  • Honolulu city council also now considering a law that would make it illegal to use a cell phone while walking.
  • The sacrifices a good socialist makes for a life in public service: A half-million dollar (tax free) salary, an open-ended expense account, first class travel, and, at least until this week, a “get out of jail free” card for rape. There’s been justifiable condemnation of Strauss-Kahn’s behavior toward women, but I doubt we’ll see the sort of outrage over his lavish, taxpayer-funded lifestyle that we saw over, say, Jack Welch’s lavish but privately-funded lifestyle, despite the fact that Welch actually created jobs and wealth, while Strauss-Kahn only redistributes money, and usually in ways that have made developing countries poorer. The reason is all about intentions. Jack Welch is a greedy capitalist. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been staying in $3,000/night hotel suites, flying first class, and sexually assaulting women in service of the world’s poor. So hey, cut the guy some slack.

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63 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    Boyd Durkin | May 17th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Paying Pam Anderson $200k to slowly jog the beaches in my town is one of the FEW things I would vote to pay for with taxes.

    On the one hand, that would save lives because none of the guys on the beach would go into the water.

    On the other hand, probably 20 fat old farts per day would drop dead of heart attacks as they tried to jog along with her.

  2. #2 |  Zeb | 

    OK, I understand that if in ATL you have to re-enter the sterile part of the airport after clearing customs, then the security checks are in some sense necessary. What I don’t understand is why the fuck did they design the airport that way? Every airport I ahve ever been to sends you right out to the public/non-secure part of the airport. Designing the airport so that people have to go through security after completing a 8 hour flight is just fucking cruel and thoughtless. I will be sure to avoid the Atlanta airport.

  3. #3 |  Aresen | 

    BTW: This week’s Economist has a good essay about the erosion of Civil Liberties in the USA.

    It mentions the Institute for Justice but not Radley.

  4. #4 |  Zeb | 

    I don’t think that there is anything “ultra-libertarian” about thinking that people should be responsible for themselves while swimming. If someone drowns while at a beach, that is sad and unfortunate, but it is not everybody’s problem. Swimming is a dangerous activity, to some extent, and you must accept the dangers before you do it. If you feel a need for a lifeguard, then you can seek out a beach that has life guards and pay for that service. Or not go to the beach. It is an optional activity.

  5. #5 |  John C. Randolph | 

    SamK, socialists have always been real big on fighting with socialists of rival franchises. Just look at how the bolshies and the brownshirts used to duke it out in the streets back in the 1920s.

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    #46 Cyto

    We used to joke about all the managers with 9 people looking to hire one dipshit. Guess who’s getting axed?

    #47 | DarkEFang
    …The above posters are suggesting that his work with the IMF points to his being significantly more economically conservative than one might expect from a French politician

    This goes without saying. Most socialists (most politicians) have beliefs that can be bought and sold. In other words, if you can’t call a card-carrying member of the Socialist Party of a socialist state a socialist…who the flip can you call a socialist?

  7. #7 |  Robert | 

    I suspect it’s like this. “So-and-so isn’t a REAL because they don’t support my favorite cause.”

  8. #8 |  Robert | 

    That should have been, “So-and-so isn’t a REAL *insert ideology here* because they don’t support my favorite cause.”

  9. #9 |  scott | 

    Welcome back, Radley!

    Because I’m a team player and in order to help your transition back to the real world, here’s a little outrage for you: Former NSA scientist tried to blow the whistle, now faces multiple felony counts.

  10. #10 |  skunky | 

    #54 Zeb: So swimming is dangerous, I agree. So is driving. Are you suggesting that the appropriate libertarian position is the abolition of traffic lights? That drowned swimmer could do a lot for society. Dead, not so much.

  11. #11 |  GÄC | 

    Living in southwest Germany and having family in Alabama, I routinely fly from Stuttgart to Atlanta. On the last flight, we were deposited in immigration/customs and then had to go through the whole re-check baggage/go through security again to exit the airport. When we got to the main baggage claim, we ended up waiting for an hour for our bags to make the same journey across the airport that we just made in about 10 minutes.

    It was funny listening to all the Germans (mostly engineers from Mercedes) who were on the flight discussing the design of the airport and the security we had to go through. My wife had to translate some of it for me – my German profanity isn’t quite up to par just yet…

  12. #12 |  JOR | 

    A socialist working to destroy welfare state policies and subsidize capitalism in third world countries is not that odd. The USSR deliberately starved millions and imposed totalitarian state capitalism. It’s a mistake to see capitalism (in the strictly economic sense of capital accumulation, i.e. centralization and mechanization) or economic “conservatism” as the opposite of socialism, just as it’s a mistake to see “green” as the opposite of “tall”.

    (Compare the arguments in the healthcare debate: There were some progressives making arguments that centered around pity, or fairness – making sure everyone gets adequate healthcare, etc. – the naive goo goo liberals. And there were some progressives making arguments that centered around the brokenness of healthcare as America had it, the overconsumption, the need for stricter rationing and greater efficiency, etc. – the aristocratic lifestyle nazis, the technocratic liberals. Both were perhaps arguably ‘socialist’, but they had very different – indeed, diametrically opposed – values and approaches to the problem.)

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