Archive for June, 2005

AMD takes antitrust case to the masses

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AMD launched an anti-trust lawsuit against Intel for “strong-arming major customers to accept exclusive deals.” AMD is taking the unusual step of using a public campaign asking consumers to “demand innovation.”

Well, congratulations AMD –- your campaign is working. After using four generations of AMD processors, I bought my first Intel chips -– a dual 3.2Ghz Xeon 7550i Alienware workstation. As your campaign says, I “demand innovation” –- not lawsuits against the competition.

The Lost Liberty Hotel

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I was pleased to find this press release floating around the blogosphere:

Weare, New Hampshire – Developer Logan Darrow Clements filed papers with the Weare, New Hampshire code enforcement officer to get the ball rolling on a hotel project on property owned by Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court.

Souter voted in favor of the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision that “allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.”

According to a press release from Clements, he states, “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Café” and include a public museum featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

Clements says, “This is not a prank. The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter, we can begin our hotel development.”

EU-crippled XP not a hit

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Gee, you mean that forcing a company to release a crippled product isn’t going to be a big seller?

PC makers and distributors are holding back from buying the new alternative version of Windows XP that Europe’s competition commissioner ordered Microsoft Corp. to offer as part of the punishment in the software maker’s long antitrust battle with the European Union…
Microsoft initially wanted to call the new version of its consumer operating system “Windows XP Reduced Media Edition” but EU regulators said that name would discourage sales.

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World’s first bionic man gets mind-controlled limbs.

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Property Wrongs
(From Cox and Forkum)

U.S. votes for socialism and censorship

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Freedom-loving Americans suffered a major defeat today, and they face another blow to liberty next week. In Kelo vs. New London, the Supreme Court voted that local governments can seize private property for private uses, so long as it serves the “public benefit.” The ruling legitimizes the already common practice of coercively redistributing private propery to maximize tax revenues. (Which are ultimately the only standard of the “public good” local governments recognize.)

According to the majority ruling of Justice John Paul, “economic development” qualifies as “public use.” Is there anything that qualifies as “private use?” Clearly not, since even the private production and consumption of marijuana can be regulated under the commerce clause, according to the June 6 ruling of Gonzales vs. Raich.

After repudiating property rights, our politicians voted for censorship today, when the House passed a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. The vote is scarier than ever because it stands a good chance of passing the Senate next week, opening the way for ratification by the states. The consequences of the ban are much more serious than a ban on the single incident of flag burning recorded last year. Senator Orrin Hatch thinks that “acts of flag desecration are offensive conduct [that] we ought to ban in the interest of protecting the greatest symbol of our country.”

Senator Hatch is a fundamentalist Mormon. What “offensive conduct” will he vote to ban next?

(Not that it will do any good, but complaining to my congressmen made me feel a bit better.)

(Crossposted to the Egosphere)

crimethink

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ThoughtCrime in Australia:

A Christian pastor found guilty of vilifying muslims says he is prepared to go to jail in protest over Victoria’s racial tolerance laws.

Two pastors involved with the Catch the Fire Ministries were last year found to have vilified Muslims at a Christian conference, and on a website, by suggesting the Koran promotes violence and terrorism.

The tribunal says an apology is appropriate.

It has ordered the pastors to publish a statement acknowledging their legal breach and has requested an undertaking the comments would not be repeated.

Credits to Felipe

A Nagasaki Report

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Interesting read:

American George Weller was the first foreign reporter to enter Nagasaki following the U.S. atomic attack on the city on Aug. 9, 1945. Weller wrote a series of stories about what he saw in the city, but censors at the Occupation’s General Headquarters refused to allow the material to be printed. Weller’s stories, written in September 1945 [and recently discovered], can be found here.

PETA charged with animal cruelty

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I kid you not:

Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been charged with animal cruelty after dumping dead dogs and cats in a shopping center garbage bin, police said.
Police found 18 dead animals in the bin and 13 more in a van registered to PETA. The animals were from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties, police said.

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Great article on mises.org: The Myth of the Cell-Phone Addiction.

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