Random Links IV

Foreclosure Benefits, Reduxhttp://angrybear.blogspot.com/2009/02/foreclosures-are-not-problem-those-who.html

PC Run Amokhttp://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1047979

Morality in Warhttp://pajamasmedia.com/2007/08/christianity_good_islam_bad.php

I’m no longer quite sure his assessment of Islam is correct; but his take on the (possibly hindering) influence of Christian ethics is interesting.  As someone who long ago rejected just war doctrine, and more generally the application of moral principles to foreign policy, I found that notable.

Hetracil:

http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/12/family_planning.php

http://juliansanchez.com/notes/archives/2007/12/hetracil_for_real_this_time.php

http://www.juliansanchez.com/notes/archives/2005/11/ask_your_doctor_about_hetracil.php

http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2007/09/gay-by-choice.html

A while back, I ran across the “gay germ theory” (i.e., that homosexuality is the result of infection by a pathogen), and found myself speculating on what the social implications might be if 1) such a theory were proven true; and 2) a reliable way of killing said pathogen could be found.  Then, years later, I read these posts….

Illiberal Democracy:

http://dir.salon.com/story/books/review/2003/01/13/democracy/

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people4/Chua/

http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=5771

Echoes of Zakaria’s “Illiberal Democracy“, not to mention the Federalist’s “tyranny of the majority”.  Race & ethnicity merely spices things up.

Carbon Tax and Tariffshttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/16/business/16view.html

…Which could be an interesting way of preventing mass offshoring (and hence job losses) in response to the imposition of energy taxes in the US.  Worth comparing with #9 in Pournelle’s take on tariffs.

Another take on Hadithahttp://pajamasmedia.com/blog/post_234/

Barbarian Mindsetshttp://yementimes.com/article.shtml?i=1117&p=community&a=6

When I first read this, I wondered if it was a parody.  I have a special dark place in my heart for “men” who do such things.

And speaking of male scumbagshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/25/AR2007112501720_pf.html

Why homeownership is not an unmitigated goodhttp://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200712/real-estate

Racial complexitieshttp://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200801/jena6

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-dreher_10edi.ART0.State.Edition1.452f78f.html

http://theupsidedownworld.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/desmond-tutu-on-race-in-america/

http://theupsidedownworld.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/black-white-conversations-were-afraid-to-have/

http://theupsidedownworld.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/transcending-race-and-dellusional-conservatives/

http://theupsidedownworld.wordpress.com/2008/05/03/conservative-delusions-about-race-part-ii/

Postmodern Dating File, Settling Editionhttp://www.theatlantic.com/doc/print/200803/single-marry

Risk Mismanagementhttp://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/1118

Humorhttp://www.abyssandapex.com/200710-wikihistory.html

Courtesy of a good and dear friend.

Legal Layoffs: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202428296289

Legal profession meets the Great Recession.

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