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The "Holdout Problem" For Private Roads Nov. 28th, 2005 @ 09:05 pm
In response to this blog on Mises.org about Walter Block's response to the holdout problem for private roads, Jim Bradly had various objections (you can see them by clicking on the link). My response is as follows. Read more...Collapse )

Frostburn Oct. 18th, 2005 @ 05:10 pm
I've just been handling stuff at -80 degrees Centigrade for a minute or so. We have shelves in our fridge, and one of them got jammed, so I was trying to put it in. Now, my first three fingers on my left hand have an intense burning sensation. Really, an interesting feeling. I wonder why it is that we find pain painful, and something to be avoided, and not just another feeling?

Why do I get wireless connection in my room Sep. 20th, 2005 @ 01:28 am
A question to anyone reading...I'm currently in my room. My laptop is not plugged into my cable-modem router. I have a LinkSys router, but it relies on EtherNet jacks to rout my cable-connection; that is, it's land-line. Yet, I'm up in my room, with my laptop not plugged into anything except the outlet for power, and I'm getting a 1.0Mbps (albeit, low-strength) wireless internet connection. What's going on here?

As far as I know, the closest wireless connection is at work, which is a 5min drive. Is it possible the router has some secret wireless capabilities? Could I be tapping into a possible wireless router of a neighbor. I don't think that's likely, since the neighbors outside my window are exceedingly elderly people.

So, what's up? Maybe I should just count my lucky stars.

LIVE from New Orleans with Michael Barnett Sep. 1st, 2005 @ 09:26 am

Michael Barnett, son of William Barnett II, is sticking it out in New Orleans. He's keeping a livejournal blog about what's going on, and Mises.org is running a live feed of his webcam. As someone who's friends with Michael, I know him to be a great person, and a hard-core Austrian, a supporter of the free market and libertarianism. Right now, he's exposing the fraud of State-management, and of State "protection" of private property.Read more...Collapse )

pictures of Mises University 2005 Aug. 10th, 2005 @ 04:06 pm
David Veksler was kind enough to publish the pictures he took at the Mises University 2005. There are a few of me and various other people in there; most of the pictures, I look rather silly in. One of them is downright laughable. Read more...Collapse )

Beethoven's a hit Jul. 27th, 2005 @ 10:41 am
From BBC's website, there were 1.4 million downloads of Beethoven in an online experiment. The music industry is now shaking in their boots, so to speak. Although the downloads were free and new songs from the music industry cost a small (cents) charge, it's still an overwhelming disparity. Troubling, is that BBC thinks that many downloading the symphonies were "coming to Beethoven for the first time". In any event, the music industry is really worried, you see. Their crappy worthless modern trashy music...well, just can't compete. There's a reason Beethoven's work has endured for hundreds of years, and why the junk put out by the music industry can't last more than a few years, if that.

The Iron Time Bomb Jun. 16th, 2005 @ 09:50 am
Fascinating article on an Overlooked Cancer Cure from Japan by Bill Sardi, who has numerous health-related articles on LewRockwell.com. Summary: A natural chemical called IP6, found in rice bran, exceeds the effectiveness and safety of many anti-cancer drugs. The author has an e-book on the topic, The Iron Time Bomb available for download for $16. He also has a free e-book available for download if you sign up for his newsletter, The Collapse of Conventional Medicine.

Detroit Pistons' "strategy" Jun. 5th, 2005 @ 08:12 pm
The strategy of the Detroit Pistons: same as the old strategy. Put together by Dumars -- who apparently has an eye for punks -- you get a rough squad, with talent evenly distributed. Then, you play really dirty basketball. Because you don't have "star" players, but rather a collection of above-average players, the risk to your team of playing this way is minimal. However, the risk to other teams -- who do have star players -- is severe. Hence, see the Miami Heat and their situation with Wade. Throw that in with a whole bunch of whining, and you have a "team". You see, when the Piston's lose, it's "the refs that beat them" (not a combination of poor play on their part and good play on the part of their opponents). But, when they win, well, "there's no excuses -- it's the playoffs". What a bunch of worthless hypocrites.

Detroit Pistons: A bunch of team whiners and sore losers Jun. 3rd, 2005 @ 09:23 am
I keep hearing about how the Detroit Pistons are a "real team". Teamwork, etc etc. Well, they must be a bunch of team whiners. Almost every game, they've bitched about the refs, despite the fact that fouls were called pretty evenly between the Pistons and the Heat. Their coach, Brown, has shown himself to be nothing more than a hypocrite, who talks the talk about playing a "team game", but is in the meantime negotiating the Cleveland for a position. And these guys are dirty players, just like the late 80s championship Pistons. Rather than saying the Miami Heat played a good game, and deserved to win, they say, "it was the refs". Following in the "tradition" of Isiah Thomas, perhaps:
When the Pistons were eliminated in a four-game sweep by the Bulls in the 1991 Eastern Conference final, Thomas organized a walkout in which the Pistons refused to shake hands with the winners.
Just like Very poor sportsmen, and self-absorbed, too. All season long, they've been talking about all they've had to overcome, like the brawl, and whatnot. Now, they're probably going to talk about how they have to "overcome" Brown's stunts. Quite frankly, it would be a real shame is punks like these went to the NBA Finals. Despite Miami clearly being the better team, the Pistons might have a better chance, if Wade can't rebound quickly from the dirty-play of Pistons players.

You wanna talk about a "real team", fine. Talk about the Spurs. A real team. A real class act. Miami is also a "real team" and a real class act too. When they lose, they say it was because they played poorly, and the other team played well. Their coach doesn't blame it on the refs. But the Pistons? If you consider whining a "team activity", yes, they do that as a "team".

Corby Convicted of "Drug Smuggling", Sentenced to 20 years May. 27th, 2005 @ 02:44 am

Following up on a previous blog, Australian Australian Schapelle Corby was convicted of drug-smuggling in Bali, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Breaking down in tears, embracing her family, before leaving, Ms. Corby embraced her family before Bali thugs took her to a prison cell. Ms. Corby prays for justice every day.Read more...Collapse )

Post comments here.

Mises.org Radio! May. 25th, 2005 @ 11:09 pm
This is truly amazing. Mises.org now has an online radio station, with three channels. Mises.org also offers podcasting, a service that allows you to automatically download the latest audio items placed on Mises.org using an RSS program (see Wikipedia for a description of podcasting. Mises.org also has Live Listening and Live Watching streaming media features. Check out their list of Upcoming Webcasts on Mises.org. Talk about service with a capital "S".

what's going on May. 25th, 2005 @ 06:30 pm
Well, it's been a while since I've updated my LiveJournal. Here's the latest news. I got accepted into the Simon MBA program at the Univ. Rochester. Now, I'm trying to plan out my courses. Here's my preliminary plan of electives to take:

1. Financial Statement Analysis
2. Auditing
3. Taxes and Business Strategy
4. Financial Reporting I
5. Financial Reporting II
6. International Financial Statement Analysis
7. Basic Business Law
8. Advanced Business Law
9. Investments
10. Corporate Finance
11. Corporate Financial Policy and Control
12. Cases In Finance
13. Investment Management and Trading Strategies
14. Organizational Governance and Control

15. Supply Chain Management
16. International Manufacturing and Service Strategy
17. Process Improvement

They also have a course on macroeconomics, and one on international economics and finance, but I figured those would be mostly mainstream humbug, thus largely a waste of time.

Other news. I'm looking for a car. The car I've honed in on is the Hyundai Elantra. Nice little car. Great warranty, and lots of features. I'm trying to decide whether to get the GLS or GT version (GT version has lots of extra features, including MP3-player and leather-seats). Because the GT version is more than $1000 more than the GLS version, I'm looking at having leather upholstery installed after-market, as well as a car MP3-player.

I'm just finishing up with this semester of courses. Finals in 2 weeks. This summer, I'll be taking Basic Business Law and Capital Budgeting & Corporate Objectives. If anyone has any suggestions.

Bali prosecutors demand life in prison for Corby, alleged drug-importer Apr. 21st, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

Apparently, in Bali, one can get the death penalty for importing drugs. Bali prosecutors, however, have been "merciful", and only asked for life in prison for Schapelle Corby, an Australlian beauty therapist accused of smuggling 9lbs of marijuana into Bali.

Although no-one should be imprisoned for selling, importing, exporting, or using drugs in the first place, Corby claims that someone placed the drugs in her bag after she checked in at the airport. Ms. Corby believes that her life is over.

Do you know what the alleged reason is for such barbaric punishments in Bali? According to Prosecutor Ida Bagus Wiswantanu, the reason is:

"The defendant's actions can ruin the image of Bali as a tourist destination," he told the three judges who will determine her fate. "The defendant's actions can make Bali look like a drug haven and affect young people's lives."

Of all the worthless utilitarian arguments to justify life in prison, or death, for drug-use, that's one of the most atrocious I've heard. Because the prosecution thinks that Corby's actions "make Bali look like a drug haven", that justified life in prison, or even death. I'm sure similar arguments are used to "justify" stoning women to death for infidelity. Bali's punishments for drug-related crimes challenges the punishments given in the Middle East for adultery in terms of injustice and cruelty.

Incidentally, I don't think that sentencing women and men to life in prison, or possibly death, for drug "crimes" has a positive effect on tourism. It seems more likely to make Bali about as attractive as a tourist spot as Afghanistan. Post comments here.

on nuclear weapons Apr. 12th, 2005 @ 11:27 pm
To anyone who would argue that it is ever permissible to use nuclear weapons, for their only meaningful purpose: murdering hundreds of thousands (or millions) of people. If those people living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- those people who were murdered by the atomic bombs -- would have been justified in shooting down the bombers, to defend themselves, how can one say the use of nuclear weapons is justified? If the use of force is justified, then the person it's being used against isn't justified in defending himself. It seems to me that the only logical position those defending the use of nuclear weapons could take is that the victims of them aren't justified in defending themselves. In that case, they would have to explain why innocent people (at least people innocent of crimes that would justify death) aren't justified in defending themselves from death. Post comments here.

URLs and Property Rights Apr. 1st, 2005 @ 01:08 pm
In this post, K. Chris Caldwell discussed a censorship law which forces ISP's to block access to IP addresses because a website under that domain may contain child-pornography. This blocks access to thousands of unrelated websites, which are separate domains under the same IP address. Pensylvania attempted to justify this, saying that individuals could move their website urls to different IP addresses. Aside from the property-rights that are obviously being violated, there is no way to determine the destructive impact (economic or otherwise) this may have. Read more...Collapse )

The Diamond Fallacy (from Mises.org) Mar. 28th, 2005 @ 01:36 pm

By Gene Callahan

[Posted March 28, 2005]

Jared Diamond's book Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years is a fascinating and quite readable speculation on the relationship between geography and history. He has assembled a cornucopia of interesting facts and plausible insights concerning the course of events over the last 13,000 years. The result is well worth reading, despite the fact that I think the ambition of his main thesis reaches well beyond his actual achievement. That discrepancy is due, I believe, to Diamond's having little understanding of what history actually is. Read more...Collapse )

My last wishes... Mar. 22nd, 2005 @ 12:42 am
From Rachel Mills' LiveJournal:
All this talk of Terry Schiavo, and how squirelly husbands can be, has prompted me to want to declare publicly my wishes regarding life support should something awful happen to me. Read more...Collapse )

Tip on Retirement Savers Credit: The Difference Between an AGI of $15,000.50 and $15,000.51 Mar. 6th, 2005 @ 08:17 pm

The Retirement Savers Credit can be claimed using form 8880. Depending on one's marital situation and income (no-more than $50k), one may be able to obtain the savers credit. This credit can reduce the taxes the State will steal from you to $0, but it cannot get you a subsidy (State-payout). It can be used whether or not you itemize your 1040 or 1040A, but cannot be used with a 1040EZ. However, there are a few snags to think about when planning ahead. Before explaining them, let me briefly over-view what is required to be able to claim the credit: Read more...Collapse )

Our Fascist State and Martha Stewart Mar. 6th, 2005 @ 07:18 pm
Now that the State has finished the fascist imprisonment of Martha Stewart for engaging in non-crimes, they've committed her to house-arrest, as if she's some kind of dangerous criminal. This is clearly a ludicrous attempt by the State to embarrass, humble, and humiliate Ms. Stewart. However, she is apparently of such high dignity that she apparently let this atrocious miscarriage of justice depress her spirits. Much has been made about the treatment Stewart has received upon being released from prison: having a chartered plane ready for her, having more latitude than most criminals under house-arrest, etc. Of course, regarding her jet, she's earned that by providing value to millions of people; as for her relative freedom on house-arrest -- having a "longer leash" than most on house-arrest -- such ignores the fact that Ms. Stewart hasn't harmed anyone, and is not a dangerous person who needs to be monitored.
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