Michael B. Duff

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links for 2010-07-31

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July 31, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-07-30

  • As we said before, if you have gold in an 'unallocated account' , be aware that the bank can do with it whatever it likes. Your gold is often simply not 'there'. What there is instead, is a piece of paper that 'represents' your gold. Many gold depositors probably know this, if they have bothered to read the fine print – but many may not be aware of it, and simply have opted for unallocated accounts because they are cheaper than allocated ones. It seems unlikely that the banks pay their gold depositors one red cent for the privilege of doing whatever they want with their gold – but in all likelihood they continue to charge storage fees for it, whether it is or isn't physically present.
    (tags: economics gold)
  • We waited 12 years for Starcraft II, but it feels like they put 12 years of effort into it. Ebert’s quote came back to me because Starcraft II feels like a work of art like a painting or a sculpture. It feels “crafted” — like every detail has been tweaked and shaped and agonized over until some insane perfectionist finally let it out the door.

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July 30, 2010 at 23:02

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links for 2010-07-29

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July 29, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-07-27

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July 27, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-07-25

  • Forgive us for being so cynical about the political and bureaucratic classes – but the best way to describe their dilemma is probably by comparing them to a parasite apoplectic about the unexpected, but suddenly seemingly possible, demise of its host. The slightly frightened emotional state of law makers was palpable throughout the proceedings. They are facing a (s)election in November, and it doesn't look good for incumbents, to put it mildly. You have to also keep in mind that most Congressmen are economically illiterate and are hoping for miracles from the Fed chief…
  • (tags: iphone apple)

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July 25, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-07-24

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July 24, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-07-23

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July 23, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-07-22

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July 22, 2010 at 23:02

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Starcraft II available for early download

Blizzard is trying something strange and clever. The client is not available for digital purchase until June 27, but you can start your download of it now.

They’re basically letting you download the client in advance so you can beat the rush. They’re making digital downloads available on the same day as the retail release, a nice change from the Lich King download, which lagged behind the retail release by a week or two.

I’m starting my download now, and I’m glad I’m starting early. My estimated time is sitting at 12 hours. If I had to wait 12 hours on launch day, I would be…annoyed.

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July 22, 2010 at 21:36

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links for 2010-07-21

  • The proposed "Cordoba House" overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.
  • NEW YORK—At a press conference Tuesday, the NBC television network unveiled its new fall lineup of programs that will be canceled almost immediately after airing. "We could not be more excited for this season of soon-to-be-absent shows," said NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin, standing beneath an oversized "Must-Miss TV" banner. "Joining our Thursday night comedy lineup is the can't-win Father Shane in the 9:30 slot, followed by the never-going-to-be-given-a-chance news magazine Insight. And if you like drama, you're going to be crushed when we unfairly yank our critically acclaimed supernatural thriller Dark Riders after only four episodes." Gaspin added that fans would also be surprised by changes in store for some of their old favorites, specifically that all of them would be canceled.
    (tags: tv humor nbc)
  • Investors are understandably scared of the sovereign debt crisis unfolding in Europe. Amid their angst, however, they are ignoring a more likely, and significantly larger, debt catastrophe that is about to hit the nation with the second-largest economy in the world — Japan. Two decades of stimulative, low-interest-rate fiscal policy have made Japan the most indebted nation in the developed world, and as new Prime Minister Naoto Kan recently said, in his first address to Parliament, that situation is not sustainable. Japan has little choice but to raise interest rates substantially, with dire consequences far beyond its shores.
  • This makes me grin every time.
  • "We're not sure what the ultimate result will be, but it's clear that with new information through the full speech, a longer look needed to be taken," a White House official told CNN Wednesday. "The White House contacted the department last night about the case and agreed, based on her evidence, that it should be reviewed."
  • This is the kind of perfectly obvious thing that gets ignored in discussions of education policy.
  • Shirley Sherrod is not, by this accounting, a person out of touch with the racial history of America. Listen to her speech and it's clear this history is something she remembers vividly; her message to the NAACP audience seemed to be that if she can move past it, so can anyone else.

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July 21, 2010 at 23:02

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