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Superbowl Sunday Links February 1, 2009

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Evolution: Not Just a Theory.

Robert Kiyosaki:  Conspiracy of the Rich.

Apple’s AppStore:  Will it change the desktop market?

Tech Soup:  Not just for kids!

Manning Early Access:  ASP.Net MVC In Action.

Michael Yon:  Irregular Warfare.

Belmont Club:  Fun with maps.

Speculation (US Army War College, Winter ’92):  The Military Coup of 2012.

MacObserver Forums:  The House That Steve Built.

Omnivoracious:  Ranking The Classics.

Calvin and Hobbes:  Modern Day Capitalism.

Reason:  The Libertarian Moment.

IBD:  Drilling Down the Deficit.  And HotAir’s take.

Popular Mechanics:  New Green Homes.

Web 2.0:  Ten Insightful Books (video).

T.J. Rodgers on PajamasMedia:  Why Financial Statements are so Screwed Up.

Minneapolis Fed:  Myths and Facts about the Financial Crisis of ’08.

Economist:  Blockages in the money supply.

Armed and Dangerous:  Timing the Entitlements Crash. Also:  Why Alt-Energy Isn’t (yet, in my book).

Cato:  On the Market.

Forbes:  Does Stimulus Stimulate?

Michael Totten @ Winds of Change:  Who Really Won the Second Lebanon War (and it wasn’t Hizbollah!).

ASP.Net:  Strongly-typed DataSets.

Bush in 2006:  Creation of Military Commissions to try Suspected Terrorists.

Wiki:  Business Process Management.  This may be the core of what we’re trying to accomplish at AIPT.

Google Search:  Ethical Capitalism.

Wiki:  Schrodinger’s Cat.

Professionals for Cyber Defense.

Technology Review:  Sun + Water = Fuel.

Yes, I’ve been hoarding.  Why do you ask?

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Time for a Link Dump September 10, 2008

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Too many open windows in Safari, so it’s time to clean up.  Here are some of the things I’ve been interested in:

  • Unlocking the Auction-Rate Mess at Barron’s:  “Retail and institutional investors alike loaded up on auction-rates in recent years, assuming they were almost as liquid as cash. Generally, investors can opt to sell such securities at weekly or monthly auctions — or at least they could until the investment banks stopped bidding on them last winter. The result: Holders of $330 billion of securities quickly found they had no buyers, and no way of unlocking their money.”  Much more where that came from.
  • Alt-Energy ETFs.
  • A look at the Annenberg Challenge, which is still causing quite the controversy.  Stanley Kurtz over at The Weekly Standard is still digging around.  I’m actually thinking he won’t find anything, but Obama and his clan certainly didn’t do themselves any favors by trying to bury the data.
  • Should Google Go Nuclear?  A video of a presentation done at Google by Bussard.
  • Articles, at The Economist and The Wall Street Journal (here, too), on the Russian invasion of Georgia.
  • Houston Chronicle on Sarah Palin’s knowledge of the energy industry.  Bottom line:  a lot.
  • Liberal Arrogance at Bidinotto.
  • How The Surge Worked.  And, uh, for the few clueless wonders who still believe otherwise?  It did.  Even Obambi is grudgingly admitting to it.  Months and months after the rest of the world got it.
  • The best gaming-PC money can buy.
  • Omnivoracious:  The Best Business Books Ever.

Interview with Bing West September 7, 2008

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CBS News does an interview with Bing West.  The soldiers won the war in Iraq.  Kinda “duh”, but interesting nonetheless.  Sounds like General Casey didn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground wrt actually fighting to win.  The Strongest Tribe is the written account of the time West spent in Iraq (20 months) studying the situation.

Douglas Feith Testifies Before Congress July 16, 2008

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Got this by way of Power Line.  They summarize it best, so I’ll quote the beginning:

This morning [yesterday], former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This is Feith’s opening statement as prepared for delivery. It is long, but worth reading in its entirety for the light it sheds on various misconceptions surrounding the Bush administration’s treatment of terrorist detainees.

They then quote the entire opening statement presented by Feith.  They have a follow-up blog entry indicating that they’ve not been able to get the actual Congressional testimony.  I’d be very interested in reading that, if it ever appears.  Feith spells out, in great detail, as is usual for him, how the President, and the Pentagon, approached the treatment of prisoners captured during the ongoing battles with al Qaeda and the Taliban.  I am growing to admire that man more and more.  He has a steal-trap for a mind, and seems to have a real strong ethical streak.  The decisions made by this administration may have produced the wrong results, at times, but not for lack of moral fiber from the people advising them, like Feith.

It’s a Linky-Dinky Day June 24, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL, Environment, General Interest, Investing, Politics (Ghahh!), WoT.
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Yet another (in no particular order) collection of links, read and unread:

  • Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Less.  American Solutions website (and petition) to ask Congress to lift the moratorium on off-shore drilling.  Sign it!
  • Interesting white-paper by Intel on the new Quad-Core Xeon processor.  Not overly technical.  A decent read.
  • Smart Energy Views, a blog on energy, how we use it, alternative sources, etc.  A somewhat related site:  Americans for Prosperity.  Calling BS on AGW.  Also, Lithium-Ion battery research.  Finally, Cringely on SwiftFuel, a potential replacement for ethanol.
  • Juan Williams:  It’s time for a new Obama race speech.  Maybe one that a little more honest and “nuanced”?
  • Web Objects Community.
  • Heinlein quotes.  Amazing stuff.  Time to start re-reading him.
  • Roughly Drafted article on Snow Leopard.  Sounds fascinating.  If any company could say “Stop, we’re going to take a year+ off and clean up our code.  Oh, and we’re going to give you some under-the-hood enhancements that will blow you away!”, it’s Apple.
  • Excel Spreadsheet analysis tools for options.
  • Peter Robinson’s “Uncommon Knowledge“.  Just watched most of his interview (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) with Douglas Feith regarding “War and Decision“.  I think Robinson was initially perhaps a little too sycophantic towards Feith (although Feith certainly deserves praise for what appears to be an extremely honest and well-documented book).  However, Robinson comes down hard on Bush more than once, which was a surprise to me.  I think that’s a good thing.  Feith is taking questions at NRO.
  •  Don Surber on McCain’s recent energy announcements.  If McCain gets ahead of the curve on this, he wins in November.
  • Bostom’s lecture:  “Jihad and Islamic Antisemitism“.
  • Earmarks by state. Maryland is middle-of-the-road.

Energy Politics June 12, 2008

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Some musings on a Thursday evening.  I was listening to Cramer on the way home this evening (I know, I know.  Why?!).  He was going on about how he didn’t believe the Saudis wanted oil to be as high as it is ($136.50 according to the Bloomberg website this evening).  He voiced the opinion (I was going to say he believes, but I can’t make that assumption) that the Saudis are actually tapping out, and that they really can’t pump any more oil.  The basis for his argument is that, because oil is so expensive, we are actively exploring alternative sources for energy, and that it would break the back of OPEC if we actually followed through.  The Saudis wouldn’t want that, so they’ll pump more oil if they have it.  I think that’s a fair argument, but it may be a little short-sighted.

My thoughts:

First, I have heard, rather reliably, that the Congressional committee (which one I can’t remember) that voted on ending the drilling moratorium for our shores and in Montana/Idaho/Wyoming voted on party lines.  14 Republicans for ending the moratorium, 15 Democrats against.  That vote happened.  It was in the news.  What I heard off the record, but from several sources, is that the 15 Dems all recently received campaign contributions from?

The Saudi ruling families.

Hmm.  I’m not usually big on conspiracy theories.  I always left that to my dad.  But this one seems a little too convenient.  If they are playing for world domination (Wahabis anyone?), then restricting the oil supply and jacking the prices up makes sense.  They’re pulling in 100s of billions of dollars every year on oil revenue.  That’s waaaay more than enough to fund their fundamentalist sects around the world, let alone funneling cash to any particular terrorist organization (al Qaeda anyone?) that they want.  I’m not about to assert that they’re funding al Qaeda, but I think the circumstantial evidence raises some questions.  And they’ve certainly not been friendly with Israel.  There’s plenty of evidence that they’ve funded Hamas.

Something to think about.  I’m not quite sober at the moment, so maybe I’m just channeling some paranoia at the moment.  And this certainly is a theme that deserves more contemplation.  Perhaps Stephen Green would be better suited.

Comments welcome.

Link Mecca for a New Week May 27, 2008

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Links for perusal:

  • Talk to the Taliban?  Hmm.  What corner to we have them backed into, first?
  • Sam Harris:  Losing our Spines.  We’re not standing up to Radical Islam, and are losing ground.  Interestingly, this is on Huffington Post.  Not exactly a bastion of Classical Liberalism.
  • How Stuff Works:  3G Cell Phones.  Part of a larger discussion on cell phone technology.
  • A primer on RSI.
  • Mark Steyn:  Obama an appeaser?  That would be “Yes!”
  • The Neocon Madrassa:  The Very Big War.  A pretty scary take on the next phase of the war between Western Civilization and Radical Islam.  Hizballah, Hamas, Iran, and Syria pretty much are the away team.  Who knows who’s going to back up Israel….
  • Commentary Magazine:  1948, Israel, and the Palestinians.  An annotated look at the birth of Israel and the lies told about it.
  • The Weekly Standard:  A Theme For McCain’s Pudding.  I’m not the most conservative person, but I can get the gist of this argument:  McCain can steal Obama’s thunder (Hope and Change) by demonstrating that he (McCain) has a history of reform in the Senate, and using that as the basis for his campaign.  I like the idea of reform, and McCain is enough of an establishment outsider that he could just pull it off.
  • Modafinil at Wiki.  Shows promise for treating ADHD.  Here’s the original article at JohannHari.com.  Viagra for the brain?  I’m liking that!
  • MIT News:  Hope on the Horizon.  Potential economy-boosting techs.
  • Status Screen Saver.  Provides status updates in your screen saver on the Mac.
  • MacPilot:  GUI for Terminal commands.
  • Round-up on Fusion Power Research at Instapundit.
  • Smoking Gun on Iraqi WMDs.
Update (2008-05-27; 5:50pm):  
Courtesy of M. Simon in the comments, a link to his blog with some interesting details on the fusion work Bussard has done.  I also ran across this video, about which I know nothing, as I’ve not watched it yet.  I don’t know if it is related to Bussard’s research, at least directly.  But any work that gets done on fusion is good work.

Post-Return Links April 12, 2008

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I’m planning on posting a rather extensive letter to Dad shortly, but in the meantime, I’ve got a collection of links I want to save for the future.

For your perusal:

  • Interesting training schedule for new joggers.  Got this from Omer on theaaplinvestor egroup.  I’ve started something like it on the treadmill.  We’ll see how it goes.
  • Couple of links to Robotics jobs:  1 & 2.  I need to meditate on these.
  • The iPhone Dev Center.  ‘Nuff said.
  • CrackerJacks fireworks club here in Reisterstown.  Link from Andy Webb of theaaplinvestor.  May hook up with them.
  • Broken Windows Fallacy.  Useful to know.  This may be relevant when discussing some of the Green technologies that are being bandied about as solutions to AGW.  I don’t know.
  • Scientists taking brain-boosting drugs.
  • Primer on Javascript 2.0.  Sounds really interesting.  Bringing true OOP to Javascript.
  • Youtube video on Laffer Curve, Part 1.  Links at site for parts 2 & 3.
  • What the Pentagon Report Missed, at Pajamas Media.  About the report on links between Saddam and Terrorists.  And, in spite of what the press mis-stated before the report was released, the report did describe extensive connections between Iraq and many different terrorist organizations.  Read the whole report, and then read the PJM article on even more extensive ties.
  • The Book Thing, in Baltimore.  Free book exchange.  Heard about this from Alicia.  Thanks, Alicia!!!
  • The Sun is Freaking Out!
  • Intelligent Options, also from Omer.  Supposed to be very high percentage of returns when playing different options markets, including futures on commodities.
  • eBook on Permissions on Leopard.

Christmas Links December 25, 2007

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Some things I’ve been reading/contemplating:

  • What Options Volatility is: TradeKing
  • Black-Scholes applet used to calculate future Option prices.
  • CSIS came out with a report claiming that Israel would weather a nuclear confrontation with Iran. I wonder at the motivations of the author. Is it:
      – firing a warning shot across the bow for Iran to pay close attention to? or
      – an attempt by someone to downplay the threat to Israel, so that more heat can be applied to Bush to ‘play nice’ with Iran?
  • Clayton Cramer has more on Nanosolar. I want stock, I want stock, I want stock.
  • Must-read book: Energy Victory. Here’s a blog analysis of it.

Links November 13, 2007

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Various links collected over the days:

  1. Glenn on Reforming the Nomination Process
  2. Claremont Institute: Tribes of Terror, the ongoing problem in Waziristan.
  3. Hivelogic: Installing MySQL on Leopard. It’s really about Unix hacking in Leopard, using MySQL as the target.
  4. The New Atlantis: Achieving Energy Victory
  5. The Long War Journal: Why the violence has decreased (in Iraq)