Here are the Blogs in the z - John Derbyshire category.
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Monday, 16 July 2007
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Following my venture into Country music over the weekend, my phone's been ringing off the hook with calls from Nashville begging for recording rights. Well, heck, while I'm on a roll:HELP ME GET BACK TO THE RIGHT(with apologies to Sammi Smith and Kris Kristofferson) Take the W from my car.Peel ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2007 9:23 AM by John Derbyshire
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Sunday, 15 July 2007
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Posh and Beck can smile and glitter all they like, they won't get Americans to like soccer. Yesterday morning my son's football training season started. Yep, the Huntington Bulldogs.We began with a mass meeting, parents & kids, on the field, addressed by Bud Willie, chairman of the Bulldogs board. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2007 5:04 PM by John Derbyshire
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Sunday, 15 July 2007
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From Peggy Noonan's column on the president: "Her email reminded me of another, one a friend received some months ago: 'I took the W off my car today,' it said on the subject line. It sounded like a country western song, like a great lament."How fortunate NER is to have an accomplished songwriter ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2007 10:53 AM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 13 July 2007
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I have no liking for population control.  Just yesterday on this site, I  was saying that people should be left alone to regulate these things for themselves. Populationwise, I'm a libertarian—more of one than most of my National Review colleagues, since I would allow "regulate" ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2007 2:45 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 13 July 2007
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Iraq, Live Earth, Sicko, and much more here....Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2007 1:43 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 13 July 2007
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Of course numbers matter, and of course aesthetics is important (I argued that point in a previous post).  A thousand people living on a one-sq-km island is not at all the same thing as a million people on a 1,000-sq-km island.  Let's crunch the numbers on China. That densest quarter of ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2007 1:08 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 12 July 2007
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What I get from Nick Eberstadt's paper on population is that this is a REALLY knotty issue & that nobody has much of a clue what drives changes in population growth rates, one or two obvious factors—e.g . female education & employment—aside.   With such a bouillabaisse ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/12/2007 12:33 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 11 July 2007
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You know you want to watch it...  Yes!  The Redneck Games VIDEO "A bug zapper an' a sixpack—you got entertainment for hours."...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2007 6:07 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 11 July 2007
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Last time I sang the praises of Literary Review on The Corner, I got an angry email from a reader who'd got hold of a copy & was scandalized to find that some of the contributors were LIBERALS. I am sorry to have offended that reader's sensibilities.  To less fastidious NER readers, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2007 4:30 PM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 11 July 2007
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Discover magazine runs a feature named "Save the Date," listing odd events and celebrations around the world.  This month brings a particularly rich crop.  Who knew about the Redneck Games, held in East Dublin, Ga., on July 7?   "Events include the hubcap hurl, Dumpster ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2007 11:18 AM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 11 July 2007
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In my NRO Summer Books selections, I said I probably wouldn't be opening any of the recent batch of hate-God books, since I already knew what I would find, but that if I did venture into them I would go for Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, just because I so much admire Dawkins books on evolutionary ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2007 11:15 AM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 10 July 2007
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This Detroit Free Press article about Republican candidates not going to the NAACP bash, was depressing.  Not so much the fact of the candidates not wanting to attend (with the apparent exception of Tom Tancredo), as the dishonest weaseling about "scheduling conflicts."   I'd ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2007 12:40 PM by John Derbyshire
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Tuesday, 10 July 2007
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Some impertinent readers, to this effect:  "Derb—You say in your May Diary, of GWB, that 'The man's an idiot.'   Then in your June Diary you tell us that 'W is an intelligent man.'  Well, which is it?"[Me]  Pah!—everybody's a critic.  I plead being ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2007 10:42 AM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 9 July 2007
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The other day, by way of commemorating the centenary of the sci-fi writer Robert A. Heinlein, I posted Heinlein's contribution to the 1950s radio series “This I Believe.” Eschewing any religious or metaphysical affirmations, Heinlein laid out his social credo: “I believe in my neighbors... ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2007 8:59 AM by John Derbyshire
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Sunday, 8 July 2007
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Ever keen to improve my understanding of world music, I have been exploring didgeridoo culture—at any rate, I have read the Wikipedia article on the noble instrument.  What riches!A mysterious etymology, for example:"'Didgeridoo' is usually considered to be an onomatopoetic word ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2007 11:12 AM by John Derbyshire
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Saturday, 7 July 2007
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Michelle, poking fun at the Global Aid concert—who can resist it?—highlights a performance by some Australian Aborigines.    Now, I don't want to go all multi-culti on youse, but way back in my college days—i.e. mid-1960s—I was browsing in one of those specialty ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2007 10:56 AM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 6 July 2007
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This week's Radio Derb on London, Heinlein, and much more here....Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2007 4:13 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 6 July 2007
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An arresting sentence in this BBC report on Pakistan President Musharraf's latest troubles: “‘The turning point clearly was the abduction of the Chinese massage parlour girls,' says a senior diplomat in Islamabad." This is all to do with Musharraf having finally authorized ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2007 4:08 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 6 July 2007
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Along with that booted cabbie who tore a tendon, another hero has emerged from the Glasgow Airport terrorist incident:  baggage handler John Smeaton.   In the true Scots spirit, John has now been celebrated in verse.  Rabbie Burns would be proud!...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2007 1:58 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 6 July 2007
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Some readers have commented on my Heinleiniana post to the general effect that reading Heinlein's little credo, the 1950s seem like an awfully long time ago.   It had that effect on me, too.  I am in broad sympathy with the many people who have observed that the 1950s were, with numerous ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2007 11:25 AM by John Derbyshire
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