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Could someone please do a production of Iolanthe in Washington?

I’ll buy tickets for all the members of Congress. They don’t have to be there for the whole show; they could skip the entire first act, if need be (though they’d miss the great Act I finale). As long as they are there to hear the last verse of Lord Mountararat’s song “When Britain Really Ruled the Waves”:

And while the House of Peers withholds
Its legislative hand,
And noble statesmen do not itch
To interfere with matters which
They do not understand,
As bright will shine Great Britain’s rays
As in King George’s glorious days!
As bright will shine Great Britain’s rays
As in King George’s glorious days!

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This one made me laugh

Newlapelpin

Story here.

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I hate spoofer spammers!

Several times over the last few weeks, I have received hundreds of “Undeliverable Mail” notices from all over the world. Some spammers are forging the headers of their emails to put my address in the from line, a process known as spoofing. What bugs me almost as much, though, is the fact that all these bounces and spam-blocker replies come to me, and I have to wade through them all trying to find my legitimate email. Isn’t there some way for postmasters to configure their servers to verify the sender before sending out bounces willy-nilly, which only compounds the traffic problem?

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Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Too lazy to link to the examples of this today, but, then again, the people making the arguments are too lazy to research their positions.

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Cato-at-liberty » The Helping Hand of Government . . .

Cato-at-liberty » The Helping Hand of Government . . .:

. . . strips away privacy before it goes to work.

Here’s a nice, discrete example: S. 2485, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, would require asset verification of participants in State Medicaid programs, exposing the personal information held by financial institutions to government access.

This privacy loss is a natural outgrowth of entitlement programs. It’s nearly mandated by the simple and warranted effort to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse.

My 2004 Policy Analysis, “Understanding Privacy – and the Real Threats To It,” explored how entitlement programs almost always carry with them a significant privacy-cost:

To provide benefits and entitlements—and, of course, to tax—governments take personal information from citizens by the bushel. Nearly every new policy or program justifies new or expanded databases of information—and a shrunken sphere of personal privacy.

POSTED BY JIM HARPER ON 04.12.08 @ 5:13 PM