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Links for Selection Sunday March 15, 2009

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Go Terps!

Better control of Safari through Saft.  We’ll see what happens with Safari 4.0.

I need to start researching Wikis for the SEVIS II working groups.

The case for due diligence in research.  In particular, around climate research and the public availability of data and code used to perform analysis.

How Harding fought off the Depression of 1920-22.  And it wasn’t through massive government expansion.

Privacy settings everyone should use in Facebook.

Normblog:  One-eyed in Gaza.  Once again, all of the international outrage has been reserved for Israel in its attempts to defend itself.

Reason magazine on Liberaltarianism.  As I stated in a comment on VodkaPundit–why the hell should Libertarians be trying to tie themselves to either of the big parties?  They’re both corrupt to the core.  “Sleeping with lepers only makes your penis fall off.”  I think that’s one of my funniest lines ever.  But that’s just me.

Steve McIntyre, at Climate Audit, has some choice words over the use of principal components in the temperature analysis of the Antarctic.  I can’t say I have a real deep understanding of the concepts, but it seems to be related to eigenvalues (and eigenvectors), and the attempt to create “virtual” representatives of larger datasets.  Here’s a long article on Principal Component Analysis, which is a huge deal in statistics and analysis.  I need to read it.  Here’s a book written by one of the big minds in the field.

The risk analysis formula that destroyed Wall Street.  There’s an old adage–“if everyone else is doing it, you’d better start running in the opposite direction.”  A definite truth for the current crisis.  Everyone started using this formula to analyze their level of risk regarding the derivatives that were ubiquitous in the markets.  Which pretty much made them all subject to any gaps or flaws that existed.

Boyd on Strategy.

Bloggingheads TV on the Stimulus.


Atlas is Shrugging March 15, 2009

Posted by nukemhill in Constitution, Politics (Ghahh!).
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And Ayn Rand is rolling over in her grave:

Tim Neal of Miller County was shocked recently when he heard a radio program about a strategic report compiled by state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat terrorism.

Titled “The Modern Militia Movement,” the report is dated Feb. 20 and designed to help police identify militia members or domestic terrorists. Red flags outlined in the document include political bumper stickers such as those for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, talk of conspiracy theories such as the plan for a mega-highway from Canada to Mexico and possession of subversive literature.

But when Neal read the report, he couldn’t help but think it described him. A military veteran and a delegate to the 2008 Missouri Republican state convention, he didn’t appreciate being lumped in with groups like the Neo-Nazis.

“I was going down the list and thinking, ‘Check, that’s me,’ ” he said. “I’m a Ron Paul supporter, check. I talk about the North American union, check. I’ve got the ‘America: Freedom to Fascism’ video loaned out to somebody right now. So that means I’m a domestic terrorist? Because I’ve got a video about the Federal Reserve?”

Wow.  Just … wow.

We are marching down the path to fascism.  And it is truly of Leftist origins.

I didn’t support Ron Paul.  I think the guy’s a wack-job with respect to foreign policy.  I absolutely agree with much of his domestic and economic policies though.  And I certainly entertained voting Libertarian or Constitution Party last November.  I have enormous concerns about the abrogation of our Constitution by government officials in the name of “internationalism”.  Or worse, “domestic safety”.

Further, rumor has it that President Obama is voicing support for the ICC.  That immediately puts our military at risk of being brought before international courts for “war crimes”, said crimes being determined by people most definitely not supporting our national self-interest.  Which means that any military action contemplated by us will necessarily be viewed through the prism of international “political correctness”.

Where do we go from here, people?