Monthly Archives: October 2004

Product Safety & Socialism

Socialists would have you believe that government safety regulations lead to higher safety standards than a free market would provide. The reality however, is that the agencies responsible for product safety are quickly captured by the parties they are intended to regulate – and then used to socialize costs and restrict competition. Regulating safety standards causes them to become too high, too low – or both at the same time, since different markets and different consumers are willing to pay different prices for safety.

As Creekstone farms recently found out, attempting to independently certify goods at a higher standards than the regulatory agency is a threat both to the regulatory agency’s legitimacy and an opportunity for competition – something not tolerated in our mixed-economy society. (From Mises.org)

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NPR: Jesus HEART Bush

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Picture this tv ad:

A kid is going around an inner city school cafeteria collecting scraps of food from various plates. He then goes outside and gives the food to a bum. Prompt: “What do you want to be?” Next shot: the kid is dispensing food for an international aid agency.
What agency is this? The United States Army.
What values do you expect from our military -honor, courage, commitment, discipline, integrity?
Forget it – in the 21st century, global welfare, altruism, and sacrificial offerings of both looted aid and soldier’s lives are the new standards for our military.

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364,000 feet

SpaceShipOne wins the X-Prize! Virgin Galactic, here I come! (Photos)

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Overclock your router

While surfing the HowStuffWorks website, I discovered that my wireless router, the Linksys WRT54G runs Linux, and is therefore very hackable. I proceeded to find a firmware update that gave me shell access and installed a bunch of tweaks – such as the ability to boost the signal 900%, function as a range extender, VPN, web server, and a ton of other tweaks. Just download the firmware, flash, and you’re set. You can then boost the signal strength and double the WiFi range.

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