Here are the Blogs in the z - John Derbyshire category.
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Thursday, 22 June 2006
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The last time I was in Scotland for any length of time was 20+ yrs ago when I spent much of a summer in a converted crofter's hut way up in Caithness, on the far north coast of Scotland.  Strange, empty country.  The people speak with much less of an accent than the lowland Scots, in spite ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2006 12:02 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
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I am, as Radio Derb fans know, a huge fan of Stephen Hawking.  This, however, I am not getting.   The guy has been quadriplegic for decades.  He communicates by twitching the one muscle that still works (in his face—the muscle is connected to a voice synthesizer).  He breathes ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2006 4:25 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
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As the English fans sing (to the tune of "Camptown Races")  at matches against Germany:  "Two world wars and one World Cup, doo-dah, doo-dah." (article here) ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2006 1:49 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
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Maggie Gallagher has words on immigrants and the socialization of their kids.  Yes!—illegal immigration and group socialization, all in one column!...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2006 8:12 AM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
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Japan pulls out of Iraq. The last report I read about the Japanese contingent was that they were going to be put under Iraqi control.  Possibly this had something to do with this withdrawal decision.    Or perhaps North Korea is concentrating Japanese minds.  Red-state ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2006 8:08 AM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 16 June 2006
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Since Rebecca is speaking of metaphysics, I'll confess I've always been attracted to the school called Australian Materialism, which, IMS (this was back in the 1950s) claimed that absolutely everything was solid matter, including virtue, truth, and beauty.  But I wouldn't swear I haven't misremembered ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2006 6:25 AM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 15 June 2006
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Iran has banned The Economist for printing a map in which the blue blob between Iran and Saudi Arabia is called "The Gulf" rather than "The Persian Gulf."  The latter, according to Iran, is the only permissible name.   Here's my question.  Since only about ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2006 2:58 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 15 June 2006
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To Prof. Conversino I can only say what I say to anyone who draws analogies between this Iraq war and the Civil War, or WW2:  Are you willing to do to Iraq what Sherman did to the South?  Are you willing to fire-bomb their cities, or drop atom bombs on them?  If not, why are you making ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2006 8:35 AM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 14 June 2006
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Ann Compton: Is this Vietnam? Bush: No. Compton: Why not? Bush: Because there's a freely elected government. 12 million people went to the polls. If that's a strong moment, my wee hamster Hilbert could power the house central a/c system by working his little wheel.  Whatever position you ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/14/2006 11:58 AM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
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A couple of readers ask if I would expect negative reviews of my math books based on the fact that most of Academia is politically Left, & so they would not say anything nice about a book by a person from the Right. I suppose such a thing might happen, but it hasn't happened to me yet.  In ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/13/2006 6:53 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
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There's a long & critical review of Unknown Quantity in the current (June 9) issue of Science.  You can't get at it without a subscription, so I've put it (intact, I swear) on my website here.   The reviewer is Prof. Victor Katz of the University of DC.  A lot of his criticisms strike ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/13/2006 6:50 PM by John Derbyshire
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Saturday, 10 June 2006
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See if you can figure this out.   (Answer's at the bottom of the piece.)   Not only are both numbers irrational, like love, the first one is actually transcendental, like marriage.   What's that?  You don't know the difference between "irrational" and "transcendental" ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2006 7:31 AM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 5 June 2006
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It is now pretty much a staple of sites like ours to lament (with a frisson of superiority) the aging and graying, and the plummeting birthrates, of Europe and Japan.  "These nations are dying out," we say.  "They don't stand a chance against more philoprogenitive nations like ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2006 8:16 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 5 June 2006
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Tomorrow is 6-6-6 (if you ignore zeros).  Here is the entry for 666 in David Wells's Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. 666 The 36th triangular number (666 = 1/2 x 36 x 37) and the Number of the Beast in the Book of Revelation:  'Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2006 8:15 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 2 June 2006
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A cynical reader channels Country Joe and the Fish: Well come on all of you big strong men,Uncle Sam needs your help again.Got himself some terrible flak,Way over yonder in Iraq.So put down your books and pick up a gun,We're gonna have a whole lot of fun. [Chorus] And it's 1, 2, 3 what are ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/02/2006 2:26 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 2 June 2006
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ParaPundit (Randall Parker) links to a piece on Basra in the Christian Science Monitor.  He comments: "Democracy in Iraq leads to the winners handing out contracts to their allies while the defeated factions take up arms to fight against a corrupt spoils system that doesn't give them ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/02/2006 12:59 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 31 May 2006
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A pal clues me in: "Derb—-This is actually the big thing for yuppie Anglos, Derb. And it is being done in other languages, though the only other languages I'm aware of children being raised in (where the language is not the native language of the parents) are French and Hebrew (and Hebrew ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2006 3:52 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 31 May 2006
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A nearby family has a sweet little girl aged 6 or 7, currently attending kindergarten or 1st grade (I'm not sure) in the local elementary school.  She's taking all her lessons (except English) in Spanish.  It's an option the school offers.  Her parents are pleased:  "She can ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2006 2:13 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 30 May 2006
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I picked up this item via Larry Auster's blog:  "The director of the Center for Equal Opportunities and Opposition against racism (CEOOR), a governmental agency in Belgium, has told the press that the stigmatization or discrimination of majorities is not real discrimination.  These ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/30/2006 6:30 PM by John Derbyshire
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Saturday, 27 May 2006
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The sheer staggering awfulness of CIRA (the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday) is just beginning to dawn on me.  Heritage's Robert Rector, who knows what he's talking about, called it "the worst bill I have seen in 25 years."  The only thing ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/27/2006 8:22 AM by John Derbyshire
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