Daily Archive: December 17, 2011

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Eating the Rich: By the Numbers

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.” Although Ben Franklin didn’t actually say that [it dates back only to the 1990s], it’s already a familiar American truism....

33

Costs on the Books

In Jason’s recent post on Waste and Abuse, Density Duck writes: Ask your husband to explain how SpaceX can build a rocket for half as much as NASA.  Then get back to me on how...

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The Ambiguous Legacy of Christopher Hitchens

If you haven’t read Tod’s rumination on what Christopher Hitchens meant to him and how he will be remembered, I recommend you do so now. As is always the case with Tod’s front-page work,...

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The Best Of Days

Today is the first day of Saturnalia. I nominate Jaybird to serve as our Lord of Misrule. Eat, drink, and be merry, fellow Ordinaries! Gamble in public, sing naked, and clap your hands in...

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The unbearable weightiness of becoming.

On Thursday we got our plywood, and yesterday we got our second delivery of dimensional lumber. That means the boat is in the barn — plywood, epoxy, lumber, glass — now it’s simply a...