Archive for November, 2006

Boston Legal

Sunday, November 19, 2006 23:15 Comments Off

Since everybody is allowed a deviation or two, I don’t mind that I’ve gotten hooked on my first TV show I’ve watched since M*A*S*H* and Northern Exposure (early 90s). Boston Legal is simply the smartest, most creative TV show I have ever seen since the aforementioned shows. The writing is absolutely brilliant, the acting is [...]

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Movies – Must They be “Libertarian?”

Sunday, November 19, 2006 22:40 Comments Off

On the blog, Huebert says: As the much-anticipated Casino Royale opens today, I wonder why it is that many libertarians — perhaps even a disproportionate percentage — like James Bond so much, even though he’s a cold-blooded killer for the state? Some of us may have gotten started with Bond because Ian Fleming was [...]

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All Hail Payday Lending

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 21:08 Comments Off

The heat has been on the payday lending industry for some time now. Payday lending is, of course, a form of subprime lending wherein the interest rates, when annualized, can be very high. Anti-payday lending busybodies that claim consumer advocacy play their “taking advantage of the poor” angle, as they work to strictly regulate – [...]

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 21:00 Comments Off

This comes from a post made by GB on a particular Austro-Financial list I belong to: “None of us entirely understand the process by which the process of inflation is generated” – Bill Cheney, Chief Economist at John Hancock, CNBC November 15, 2006 2:03pm What a twit.

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Accounting for Austrians: Fannie Flap and Cookie Jars

Friday, November 10, 2006 22:15 Comments Off

Fannie Mae, my favorite government-sponsored entity, is currently in the process of completing a nearly $10 billion restatement. For a 6-year period (at the minimum), Fannie execs were not guilty of “faulty accounting” – as the mainstream press terms it – but in fact they were blatantly cooking the books for fun and profit. Fannie [...]

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When Dads Suffer

Friday, November 10, 2006 19:55 Comments Off

Talk about some great toys. The National Toy Hall of Fame is paying homage to the electric age. The Easy-Bake Oven and Lionel model trains joined Mr. Potato Head, the Frisbee and 32 other classic but watt-free toys Thursday in the Strong-National Museum of Play’s eight-year-old hall of fame. Longevity is a key criterion for [...]

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Big Pharma Loses with Dems

Thursday, November 9, 2006 21:08 Comments Off

According to the November 9th Investor’s Guide Daily, “the major indices finished lower today as sliding pharmaceutical companies and some more negative economic reports ended the market’s three day positive momentum. Drug companies like Merck and Pfizer dropped because many analysts believe the new Democratic congress will have a negative affect on the industry.” The [...]

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Board Games for Bears and Austrians

Monday, November 6, 2006 18:36 Comments Off
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Sunday, November 5, 2006 7:55 Comments Off

I need to start giving out this occasional award. My first winner is a commenter on this Business Week article called “Detroit’s Temporary Turnaround?” I have left his grammatical incoherence entirely intact: Nov 3, 2006 7:02 AM GMTWe buy fuel efficient cars to conserve gasoine only to be wasted by the SUVs and PickUps?? Someone [...]

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The New Internet Explorer

Sunday, November 5, 2006 7:47 Comments Off

Business Week’s technie says that the new Internet Explorer features are ok, and security is improved, however, he makes the point that these features have long been available on Firefox and Opera.

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