05
Oct
11

All linky, no thinky

There’s some wharrgarbl over at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen that’s annoying me — a few authors conflating private coercion under a simple-minded straw-man libertarianism with public coercion under a vaguely-described liberal democracy and arguing that “You can’t escape coercion, so samey-same, tax moar” — but I’m a bit preoccupied with paying work to write about it this evening.  It’ll keep, I’m sure.  Until then, here y’go:

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So under what type of ism do you have two cows but the government says that you can’t drink their milk? Whatever we call such an ism it may help to know that it is the one we live under.

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So MR readers, here is the challenge: You have two cows. The government says that you cannot drink their milk. What ___ism?

Given the breadth and depth of the dairy lobby in Wisconsin, I’m voting for crony corporatism.  If all milk has to be heavily processed, people who can’t afford (or don’t want to invest in) heavy processing equipment will have to patronize the companies that can and do.  Paternalism has a strong argument, though.

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Stingray and LabRat have been fighting a, er… kinetic pest-control action against a burrow-dwelling wasp colony.  Yes, there is fire.

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Finally, here’s an (apparently unembeddable) video of the 2012 Corvette ZR1 posting a 7:19.63 around the Nordschleife.  Not bad for a row-your-own car!  There’s some mildly enlightening commentary on tire development, but mostly you should pay attention to the G-meter in the lower right, and the way the test driver skirts around the very outside of the traction circle.

Trail braking: you’re doing it right.

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