Daily Archive: December 16, 2010


What Can’t Congress Do Now?

If the federal government can force you to buy health insurance merely for being alive — on the theory that your inaction, while stubbornly remaining alive, has indirect effects on interstate commerce — then...



Peter Orszag’s new job at Citigroup is one of those under-discussed stories that makes me glad I read blogs. It also makes me depressed because I’m struggling to envision a plausible solution to the...


The Family III

The Serbian artist Marina Abramovi?’s performances suggest, to me, that performance art really isn’t a radical departure from plastic arts, but a return to art’s roots in ritual and religion. Her photography is sometimes more direct, but still retains the...


Links from the Blogroll

We haven’t done one of these in awhile. Patrick at Popehat takes a look at the latest frivolous-in-a-reasonable-world anti-McDonald’s lawsuit (a claim of emotional distress because the plaintiff’s daughter too-often asks her mother to...


Words To Live By

[F]or about thirty years I have been showing my respect for the established orthodoxy by skipping breakfast. Two cups of very strong French roast coffee will do nicely until the evening meal, and anyone...


The Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Blogger

Start here, because it’s the most personally damning. Saith Eliezer Yudkowsky: The first virtue is curiosity. A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning...

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