Archive | October 20, 2008

Don’t Follow Leaders, Watch the Parking Meters

V for Vendetta

Anarchy is and always has been a romance. It is clearly the best way, and the only morally sensible way, to run the world – that everybody should be the master of their own destiny, everybody should be their own leader. This is something that I still believe; I think that even a cursory look around the world at the moment – particularly at the moment – would reveal that it is about .000001 percent of the world’s population that causes 99.99999 percent of the world’s problems. And that tiny percentage – it’s not the Jewish banking conspiracy, it’s not the asylum-seekers, it’s not the secret homosexual conspiracy running Hollywood, it’s not even the Scientologists: it is leaders. That what we need is an administration at most; we don’t need people to boss us about.

Alan Moore

Cave Canem

I’m back from the Austrian bash in Mississauga, where I heard some good papers and toured the nature trail along the powerful-purty Credit River (which despite recent unpleasantness has not dried up!).

Credit River

Inter alia I heard an interesting story about John McCain; apparently DC’s two airports used to have an agreement whereby Dulles would specialise in flights to the west coast while National wouldn’t fly any farther than Dallas. But McCain was unhappy about this, since he would fly frequently to Phoenix and didn’t like having to trek out each time to the inconvenient Dulles instead of the nearby National; so he sponsored legislation forcing the airports to change their policy. But it would have looked bad, i.e. too obvious (despite causing less bother to the airports), to make the change only for Phoenix, so he required it to be made across the board. Ah yes, country first.

Speaking electionwise, for years the Libertarian Party has fumed about the two 19th-century parties’ candidates’ refusal to debate third-party candidates. But now apparently the LP’s current candidate, Bob Barr, “has made it clear that he will only debate Mr. Nader and no one else” – thereby scuttling the LP’s nearly four-decades-old cavekid and dog policy and undermining its ability to argue for its own inclusion in debates in the future. Barr keeps finding new ways to be even more of a disaster than I had predicted.

In less annoying news, this story (conical hat tip to LRC) contains the following intriguing passage:

Ancient, 26,000-year-old footprints made by a child and a dog at Chauvet Cave, France, support the pet notion. Torch wipes accompanying the prints indicate the child held a torch while navigating the dark corridors accompanied by a dog.

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