Archive for February, 2013

TSA Breaks Cello Star’s Bow

Saturday, February 16, 2013 16:27 1 Comment

Alban Gerhardt, an international cello performer, has been in the news this week, and not for his cello playing. Gerhardt was on his way from Berlin to Madison, WI to perform with the local symphony orchestra when the thugs at Dulles Airport decided to search his luggage. The barely functional TSA goons probably thought that [...]

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Facebook, Tax Dodgers, and the Political System

Saturday, February 16, 2013 16:04 1 Comment

A curious individual asked me, via Facebook, what I thought about this Bloomberg article on Facebook’s “multibillion-dollar tax break.” Even though Facebook (FB) reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from U.S. operations in 2012, it will probably pay zero federal and state taxes—and even receive a federal tax refund of about $429 million—according to a [...]

This was posted under category: Tax Tyranny

Surprise: Raytheon Devises Technology to Monitor Serfs

Monday, February 11, 2013 22:01 2 Comments

Shocking news from the Washington Times: Defense contractor Raytheon has developed software that tracks people online through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The Rapid Information Overlay Technology (RIOT) software uses location data embedded in photographs and other Internet postings to track users’ movements and personal activities, according to Brian Urch, Raytheon’s principal investigator. [...]

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From Obese to Caveman

Monday, February 11, 2013 21:42 No Comments

Another paleo-primal success story, and with great photos.

This was posted under category: Paleo/Primal

“Fruit Juice” and Prohibition

Sunday, February 10, 2013 12:54 No Comments

Sunday is always a good day for blogging about wine. During the course of reading the book, Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink, I have come across so many interesting facts, theories, and anecdotes. The author, Tyler Colman, writes about the paradox of Prohibition, and how Hoover’s “Noble Experiment” [...]

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Detroit’s Anarcho-Parking Garage?

Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:28 No Comments

The city of Detroit is getting what it deserves: a privately-funded parking structure to suit its renaissance personality. Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is tired of the same old crappy structures, and like any good entrepreneur, he is doing something about it. Rock Ventures is going to build a 535,000-square-foot, Z-shaped parking garage and retail [...]

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Kobe Bryant Turns Federal Food Pyramid Upside Down

Saturday, February 9, 2013 7:32 1 Comment

I’ve been reading lots of great stories about one of the great athletes of our time, Kobe Bryant, who recently went paleo-primal. Or, as this author puts it, a traditional diet of … real … food. Grass-fed beef, raw butter, real (non-industrial) eggs. LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says that the staples of Kobe’s diet [...]

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New Book From a Great Austrian Economist

Thursday, February 7, 2013 18:31 No Comments

Ask anyone who went to Walsh College or the University of Detroit … who was the greatest teacher they ever had? So many come back and say “Harry Veryser.” You’ll hear students say that for the first time ever they understood and became interested in the dismal science. Harry assembled an entire department, at Walsh, [...]

This was posted under category: Economics

Butter, Eggs, and Meat: Wins Wars

Thursday, February 7, 2013 7:10 No Comments

Or so stated the US government in its WWII propaganda pre-federal food pyramid days. What’s funny is that the message is not “lean” meats or “egg whites.” Just meat and eggs. Fat for victory? According to many recent stories, the state’s paid killers are too fat to fight, thanks to decades of the government’s food dictates, hyper-promotion [...]

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Beethoven and Bonaparte

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 20:28 No Comments

As I prepare to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform all nine Beethoven symphonies during the next 2 weeks, I am reminded of the great stories behind the composition of Beethoven’s 3rd symphony (Eroica). Legend goes that Beethoven had originally composed the symphony in dedication to his political hero Napoleon and titled the piece Bonaparte. However, [...]

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