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I think there's a corollary to Rule 34 for open source projects.
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I dunno, you'd be surprised the number of times I go looking for a library to do X and can't find anything. Sometimes it's because I want a library to do X in language Y, but not always.
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A spot-on analysis of of the NYPD corruption trial from my favorite and most snarky human rights bloggers at Wronging Rights. Love the imagined dialog at the PBA. A sample:

"PBA Official 2: You know what else I like about this slogan? It implicates other, as-yet-unindicted officers in the crimes too. By having a large number of officers hold signs that say "just following orders," we imply that this was a well-organized, top-down conspiracy. Perhaps one orchestrated by the PBA itself!

PBA Official 1: You're right! And that's pretty neat, because this union has been under investigation recently on the theory that our involvement in the ticket-fixing scam might rise to the level of criminal racketeering. I like how these signs would tend to support that theory.

All Officials Together: Neato! Swell!"
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You know you're headed off the deep end when you use Godwin's Nuremberg defense.
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"these First-World food fetishes are positively terrible for the world's poorest people. If you want to do the right thing, give up on locavorism and organics über alles and become a globally conscious grocery buyer. This should be the age of the "cosmovore" --cosmopolitan consumers of the world's food."
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For some reason, even though I don't watch much TV, I've become a fan of a number of artists from tracking down music used in ads. Some of these, such as Röyksopp, The Knife and Ratatat have acted as "seeds", pulling in a bunch of other stuff I'd never heard of, via Last.fm, Pandora and the like.

Here are some notable examples:

Asteroids Galaxy Tour (Apple)
New ipod touch 2G commercial- Around the Bend
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Around the Bend (with download tips) (full version)
(this is probably Matilda's all-time favorite song, no idea why -- she just goes nuts, running around and jumping like a crazy thing)

Röyksopp (Geico)
2006 - Geico commercial - Caveman at the airport
Royksopp - Remind Me (full version)
Röyksopp - Remind Me (interesting remix + video)

The Sounds (Geico)
THE SOUNDS "HURT YOU" - NEW GEICO CAVEMAN MOTORCYCLE COMMERCIAL
The Sounds- Hurt You (full version)

The Knife (Sony Bravia)
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats, Sony Bravia (original ad, w/cover by Jose Gonzalez -- one of my all-time favorite commercials)
Heartbeats The Knife (original song, full version)

Matt and Kim (Bacardi)
New Bacardi Mojito Commercial
MATT AND KIM - "DAYLIGHT" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) (full version)

Ratatat (Anti-advertising Agency -- ok, not a commercial, but still..)
http://vimeo.com/14050409
Ratatat - Tacobel Canon (full version)
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I did the same thing with that Geico commercial. I also did it with a Tina Turner song in an episode of Airwolf three summers ago.
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Amanda knocks it out of the park again.

"Welcome to Crazy Bob's House of Tantalum! What can I do you for today?"
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The damning point is that the (corrupt) government of the DRC instituted their own mining ban (Sept. 2010 - March 2011) causing much of the disruption long before the Dodd-Frank provisions took effect... but that is glossed over in the NYT OpEd that is apparently the center of this.
http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=10423
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/opinion/how-congress-devastated-congo.html

So are the same SEC fearing companies then going to refuse to purchase products from Chinese/Japanese companies that contain goods manufactured with minerals that come from DRC? Really? Or not, because once it's been manufactured it doesn't matter? It's all just an excuse... The primary use is Tantalum Capacitors, and I can't find an American manufacturer for them (all Japanese or Chinese). I'm kinda in that business.

Looks like an excuse for banks to bash the broader Dodd-Frank bill in some rather odd ways... (I would rather congress just brought back Glass–Steagall and put Phil Gramm and his friends up on spikes to remind people of the consequences of opaque markets and bad lending practices, but they're all owned by bankers so what's the use). Europe will detonate soon enough anyway on the back of CDS.

The article implese the Chinese are getting the commodity Ta at a significantly reduced price when there are no planes flying, and individuals are digging Coltan ore out of the ground with hand tools, but Congo accounts for 80% of the world supply? It's a commodity, doesn't that mean that there are many other starving people with hand tools digging similar holes that are now more busy? I don't really know enough about the business, but it certainly doesn't sound efficient to me (if it requires airplane transport to extract the ore and support the "mining"). Just what are the external costs? Do they matter? Why did many other commodities (like iron etc) also have a boom bust cycle over the last couple of years, when they aren't controlled by warlords and produced with hand shovels?

Re: The OpEd - What is being discussed is an "obscure section" of Frank-Dodd, but it's all caused by the "Obama Law"? WTF? This looks like a political scam on so many levels. It a game played by both sides against the middle. "John Prendergast is an "intelligence" agent causing poverty and disruption with the help of ENOUGH...??? Where does this come from.... oh the blog comments. I don't trust any of these sources. What else has David Aronson published?

I found this:
http://www.international-alert.org/resources/publications/complexity-resource-governance-context-state-fragility
Seems rational enough, but doesn't support the thesis very well.

And this:
The organization ENOUGH, has this to say, "On March 1, 2010, the Congolese government issued a traceability manual backed by several national stakeholders. This move puzzled many North Kivu civil society groups who questioned the need for new regulations, as opposed to the enforcement of existing laws. Some groups saw this as an implicit admission that the Congolese government was unwilling to enforce its own laws, and there was suspicion that the government would continue to fail to uphold its commitments."

Sounds a lot like what I was talking about before I even read on the subject... It doesn't matter what laws you have if you don't enforce them. They don't, we don't, and it's all just politics... global and local.
What a scam.
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I defended against a #zergrush on Google Search.
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"If EU economic policy were a soap opera--and apparently, it is--Greece would be the sultry, irresponsible beauty in a tumultuous love-hate relationship with rigid, authoritarian Germany. Obviously after years of tumultuous breakups and teary reunions, this is the season finale where he finally beats the hell out of her during a screaming fight over thier impending bankruptcy, and in despair, she drives both of them, and his prize Volkswagen, off a cliff."
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I love short blog comments that point back from the Daily Shock ("the only newspaper many of us ever read") to deep structure: "How much of the increase in spreads is due to the bond market realizing that CDS protection is virtually worthless when a sovereign can just impose a "voluntary" 50% haircut on you without triggering a credit event?"

Basel II, by standardizing the rules, made it possible to befuddle the regulators once.
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It's difficult for me to determine the provenance or authenticity of this.
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A pleasant surprise from Gov. Brown. "Not every human problem deserves a law."
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My phrasing is "not everything I disapprove of should be illegal."
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Flashback to 1995: "The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works." (h/t to Radley Balko)
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lol
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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Humanities, 1985 - 1989
  • University of Texas School of Law
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  • Colorado State University
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