Kim Jong Il is dead. Here’s hoping the Korean Peninsula doesn’t burn.
Archive for the 'Good Ideas' Category
[T]rue liberalism is still distinct from conservatism, and there is danger in the two being confused. Conservatism, though a necessary element in any stable society, is not a social program; in its paternalistic, nationalistic, and power-adoring tendencies it is often closer to socialism than true liberalism; and with its traditionalistic, anti-intellectual, and often mystical propensities, it will never, except in short periods of disillusionment, appeal to the young and all those others who believe that some changes are desirable if this world is to become a better place. A conservative movement, by its very nature, is bound to be a defender of established privilege and to lean on the power of government for the protection of privilege. The essence of the liberal position, however, is the denial of all privilege, if privilege is understood in its proper and original meaning of the state granting and protecting rights to some which are not available on equal terms to others.
-F. A. Hayek
“The law tells us: You will not marry your mother, and you will not kill your father. And we docile subjects say to ourselves: so that’s what I wanted! Will it ever be suspected that the law discredits — and has an interest in disrediting and disgracing — the person it presumes to be guilty, the person the law wants to be guilty and wants to be made feel guilty?”
– Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari – Anti-Oedipus
As the Space Shuttle Discovery left the International Space Station for the last time today, the crew and the ship received a tribute from William Shatner:
“Space, the final frontier,” Shatner said in a prerecorded message. “These have been the voyages of the space shuttle Discovery. Her 30-year mission: to seek out new science, to build new outposts, to bring nations together on the final frontier, to boldly go and do what no spacecraft has done before.”
Nepali Gurkha fights off 40 armed attackers with a knife, killing 3 and wounding 8, in order to prevent a girl from being raped during a train robbery.
Steampunk Sarah Palin comic book. Featuring “Robama” and John McCain with a cyborg arm.
I’m going to go huddle in a corner in the foetal position for a few hours and try to puzzle this one out.