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Archive for December 14th, 2012

Irresistible force meets immovable object (China vs. Japan/US in Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute)

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2012

China violates airspace, claims Japan is intruding.

Japan tipped to elect bellicose PM.

What could go wrong?

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Tough market

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2012

Hope this isn’t an omen:


On a more serious note, Gillian Tett of FT talks about how computerization is leading to the end of work, in Jeremy Rivkin’s phrase. Exim Bank financing rose 25% (meaning that US exports are increasing), but the jobs behind those exports have actually fallen by 12%. So automation appears to be destroying more jobs than it is creating. She says that Brian Arthur of Palo Alto claims that computerization is responsible for 60-80% of productivity growth since 1995. Personally, that would be no surprise: comparing the work required to send 10 gifts by online shopping vs. six gifts by conventional shopping is enough to convince me that computers are a good thing.

But we have to come to terms with the end of work. As discussed in the thread below on guns, social violence rises when unemployment and hopelessness rise.

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Guns don’t kill people.

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2012

Gun manufacturers do.

It’s difficult to know exactly what the role of the manufacturers is in the current witches brew around the right to bear arms. There are so many paranoid people who fund organizations like Gun Owners of America and the NRA that the manufacturers probably find the work of stirring fear to be easy. But there is no doubt that they made their thirty pieces of silver off the sale of the weapons that killed 20 kids in Connecticut.. and that every time there is a mass murder, someone spreads fear that Obama is going to take your guns away–and the manufacturers make more money than ever.

I support the right of mentally-stable, non-violent people to own guns. I do not support the right of corporations to whip up mass fear or to buy legislation and elections. This country has a problem with young men who think that the way to resolve issues is through violence. We need to deal with it.
Update2: Ezra Klein has an article worth reading.

Update: We have a worst person nominee:

On Friday some pro-gun groups took to Twitter urging people to buy guns: Conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweeted “more guns, less mass shootings” in the wake of the event.

and Stormcrow adds a second:


And another:

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee attributed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in part to restrictions on school prayer and religious materials in the classroom.

“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News, discussing the murder spree that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, CT that morning. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”

and of course there’s famed author Travis McGee at Free Republic:

My guess is that the next phase is going to come and shockingly fast. Today already we have Obama weeping and choking up, and all flags at half-mast.

Next week will be 20 tiny tot coffins with precious teddy bears on top, and photos and home videos galore. It will be the most heart-wrenching show ever produced by the White House-Hollywood-MSM alliance.

A bill will be proposed. If it’s not this one, it may be worse. But this at least. A total ban on magazines capable of holding more than ten cartridges. (Or, ten may be one over the limit, with ten-rounders banned.)

No buyback, no compensation, no grandfather, no sunset. Instant felon if you’re found with an eleven-round “massacre magazine.” This is how Hollywood/MSM will produce this episode over the next two weeks.

Christmas Eve, with all of the tiny tot funerals. The tears will pour like Niagara.

Only a few weak-kneed RINOs in the House need to roll over, and they will. This bill will pass like lightning, we may be shocked how fast.

I thought it would pass in the year after Gabby Giffords, but I was wrong. Let’s see what happens now.

Posted in gun issues | 12 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on December 14, 2012

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging | 5 Comments »

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