Here are the Blogs in the z - John Derbyshire category.
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Friday, 6 July 2007
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On the broad issue of suicide bombers, a friend in Japan sent me his link, which I found quite fascinating.  It concerns the kamikaze pilots of WW2, and current and past perceptions of them at the time and subsequently.   A kamikaze pilot is of course not the same thing as a jihadi terrorist.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2007 11:16 AM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 6 July 2007
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Tomorrow is, as readers of NR will know, thanks to John J. Miller's piece in the current issue, the centenary of the sci-fi writer—and, in his later years, libertarian conservative—Robert A. Heinlein.  ("Taxation is theft, the federal income tax is grand larceny."  "An ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2007 11:03 AM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 5 July 2007
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——Papa Doc Duvalier ——Bashar al-Assad     ——Hawley H. Crippen   ——Jack Kevorkian   But then, on the other hand:   ——Ron Paul ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2007 2:10 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 5 July 2007
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This Pinker-Kass bout is fun. I'm a bit surprised to see Kass being so nasty, though—don't recall seeing that side of him before.I'm mainly with Pinker on the matter under debate, in spite of his blooper about "our inability to visualize four-dimensional spacetime." Four-dimensional ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2007 1:55 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 5 July 2007
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Spent Tuesday at Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey, as birthday present for son.  Last time we went there he was too small for the most exciting rides.  Now he is totally qualified.  Did 'em all.  Easy favorite:  Kingda-ka.It's a funny business—ambling round all day ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2007 9:34 AM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 5 July 2007
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A couple of times recently, in regard to (a) Islam, and (b) Christianity, I've passed comment on the distance between the doctrines of religions, and the understandings of ordinary believers. Charles Murray has a relevant footnote on this in the exchanges over at Commentary about his "Jewish ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2007 9:32 AM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 5 July 2007
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I'll confess I'm getting a bit of cognitive dissonance with all this comment about how astounding it is that the latest batch of Brit Islamo-terrorists should be doctors.  Barry Rubin in the NY Post:  "Consider ... the kind of people who become doctors—relatively intelligent, well-organized, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2007 9:28 AM by John Derbyshire
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Wednesday, 4 July 2007
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Posted on 07/04/2007 2:56 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 2 July 2007
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Among the innumerable crimes on the charge sheet against Political Correctness is the gutting of the discipline of physical anthropology. There is still an American Association of Physical Anthropologists, but they are as race-panicked as the rest of the academic world, and strive mightily to keep the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2007 3:42 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 2 July 2007
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People keep trying to convert me to it, and I keep resisting. Most recently, a dear friend passed me an advance reader copy of a 224-page book titled The Submission of Women and Slaves, published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam.I gave the book an honest try, but it is stupefyingly dull ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2007 3:35 PM by John Derbyshire
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Monday, 2 July 2007
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Worry all you like about those crazy jihadis, guys; the REAL threat to Anglo-Saxon civilization is this appalling resurgence of Dianysteria . In my opinion.   Prince Philip: [discussing the guest list for Diana's funeral, in the movie The Queen ] A chorus line of soap stars and homosexuals. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2007 3:20 PM by John Derbyshire
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Friday, 29 June 2007
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Immigration, Tony Blair, and more......Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2007 2:23 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 28 June 2007
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No, I haven't contributed to the blogging on this latest round in the immigration wars.  In part that's because I'm going through a very time-demanding phase of an unrelated writing project; in part because I feel (perhaps optimistically) I've written and posted enough on this topic over the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/28/2007 1:51 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 28 June 2007
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For adherents of the theory that Englishmen are all nuts, the mid-20th century novelist Evelyn Waugh is a prime exhibit.   In the current (July 2) issue of The New Yorker, Joan Acocella reviews a new book by Alexander Waugh, Evelyn's grandson.  Alexander has written up the entire dynasty, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/28/2007 12:25 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 28 June 2007
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In America's Newspaper of Record this morning (p.11 of the print edition), one of those stories that, if read by a visiting Martian, would deliver only half the necessary information:  A Brooklyn high school student was fatally shot on a crowded subway train yesterday by a rival gang member ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/28/2007 12:20 PM by John Derbyshire
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Sunday, 24 June 2007
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Starting at the bottom (with politics) and ascending upward through the solar system....Read More...
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Posted on 06/24/2007 1:17 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 21 June 2007
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OK, getting close here.   "Derb—-The names chosen for operations generally incorporate the nicknames of the units involved.  3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (the 'Arrowhead Brigade') is the lead element in Arrowhead Ripper.  Follow-on operations in Diyala ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2007 3:33 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 21 June 2007
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This week's big military operation north of Baghdad is named "Operation Arrowhead Ripper."  Can anyone tell me why?  Is it just a random name, or does it have some historical significance I don't know about? ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2007 2:27 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 21 June 2007
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Matt Frei, the BBC's Washington correspondent, captures several aspects of the lunacy of current U.S. immigration practice in this dispatch.      As a legal resident, here on an "I" visa ("Foreign media representatives"), Frei follows proper procedures, which involve ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2007 12:03 PM by John Derbyshire
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Thursday, 21 June 2007
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In college courses on applied math (and possibly physics) there is a topic called "Fluid Mechanics," widely—but falsely—regarded a a soft elective because it is all governed by just one equation (given a plural here, but basically just one).  It's the study of how fluids move ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2007 9:32 AM by John Derbyshire
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