A Working Class Bully is Something to Be

When is politics not allowed in literary criticism? When it acts like a filter, that’s when. If, upon encountering so much as a hint of a political theme you dislike, you instantly shut down and refuse to look further, then you have a little homunculus censor living in your brain who is interfering with your…

A Deflation Primer

Probably THE thing I’m most interested in in my hobby field of Economics at the moment is Deflation – which most economists think of as a general fall in prices (probably owing to waning demand), and which Austrian and Monetarist Economists think of as a drop in the money supply (the amount of money and…

Lift the Disco Ban

We’re getting on December, which means Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting time. Not that I should care – but this year I kinda do, and that’s because I notice that Chic has been nominated again. Actually, this makes the 5th time. They were also up in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008 – which…

Programming – Year One

On the way to the office this week I’ve been listening to the Stack Overflow podcast – a podcast by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky to discuss and promote their programming knowledge exchange site stackoverflow.com. So far, I guess my snap review would be to say yeah, OK, its reputation for pointlessness is not entirely…

Flashy Math and Civil Rights

Today I ran across an excellent example of how percentages can be used to mislead on Obama’s Civil Rights Agenda page. If you scroll down to the very bottom, there is a bullet point called “Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS:” In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the…

Rights for me and … well, mostly just for me

Lest anyone think that the lawsuit that spawned Prop 8 was an isolated incident, recent news brings us eHarmony’s capitulation on same-sex subscribers. Eric McKinley, a homosexual man who finds property rights a challenging concept, sued eHarmony in New Jersey on the basis that it discriminates against him by not offering a “man seeking man”…

Historic IDS Great Reportings from Glorious Newspaper

A double helping of Political Correctness from the IDS. First up, Wildermuth name change to be tabled after questioning. “Wilbermuth?” you may be asking yourself. Yes, it turns out the HPER is actually named after someone. Someone from Gary who might once maybe have advocated segregation back in the 40s. You know, like pretty much…

Consistency IS a First Principle!

Alright, I know that complaining about C++ is something of an industry, and kind of an annoying one. All things equal, I’m one of those dusty people who actually likes C++, so I don’t want to contribute to this overly much. That said, I think if there’s one thing everyone – lovers and detractors of…