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[snip] Conservative evolution. A lot of liberals may assume that because conservative, patriarchal families are reproducing faster than liberal secularist ones, America's headed back to the Dark Ages. But as sociologist Kieran Healy writes at, "the terms 'conservative' and 'liberal' are moving targets. Even assuming all the kids of conservative parents grow up relatively conservative, does this mean they'll hold the same substantive views as their forebears? Insofar as there has been any drift in generally shared ideas, it seems to have been in the direction of adopting views that would have been considered liberal or radical in previous generations."

[snip] "Seventy per cent of mergers fail," writes Simon Caulkin at, summarizing the new book Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense. "In most organisations, financial incentives cause more problems than they solve. There is no connection between high executive pay and company performance (well, there is--the wider the pay differentials, the lower the commitment of the less well paid). The main result of many consultancy assignments is another consultancy assignment. All 'silver bullet' or 'big ideas' on their own are wrong."

[snip] Yes, there is a difference. Illinois' most conservative Democrat in Congress (suburbanite Melissa Bean) is more liberal than 59 percent of her colleagues in the National Journal's 2005 vote ratings, while our most liberal Republican (suburbanite Mark Kirk) is more liberal than 49 percent.

[snip] Told ya so. In prodecentralization testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute said, "Hurricane Katrina might as well have read my 1981 finding for DoD [Brittle Power] that a handful of people could cut off three-fourths of the Eastern states' oil and gas supplies in one evening without leaving Louisiana." --HH

[snip] "Of course Jerry Falwell thinks that Jews and Muslims are going to hell," writes Lindsay Beyerstein at, surprised that anyone would be surprised. "I mean, RTFM, people. You know, the part where the Jewish carpenter says 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.' . . . Yes, it's silly to think that a vengeful god sends his own followers to hell because they don't also believe in the divinity of his son (who's actually him anyway). But that is the party line."


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