“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Edward Snowden, the Canary in the Coal Mine


  1. What Was Once the World's Largest Building Has Now Been Completely Demolished
    It took five years, but the Manhattan Project's K-25 site is no more.

    Construction on the 44-acre K-25 Building started in November 1943 as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project and was finished in August 1945, about the time World War II ended. The K-25 site was used to enrich uranium for commercial use after the war. K-25 also worked with sites in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Paducah, Ky., to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

    UCOR is a partnership between URS and CH2M Oak Ridge LLC.

  2. Rufus:

    "Coach Kevin Kelley of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, instructs his players to never punt, never field punts, and only do onside kicks, and he claims that math backs up his innovative philosophy.

    Grantland spent some time with Kelley and his players to learn more about the coach behind the team that once scored 29 points before its opponent touched the ball. "

    1. "never field punts,"

      How's that one work? - Fewer turnovers?

  3. I love this place: Kid has known this beautiful lady since they both started working at Mauinet at 15-1/2.

    He announced his engagement to another beautiful lady with her folks in Honarooroo.

    You hoo!

    Wish his mom was here.

  4. Merry Christmas to all you abstainers, even Rufus!

    (We should be supportive of the mentally impaired.)

  5. I'm on the hunt for a hot 80yr old liberal chick.

    "With regards to income, there was no noticeable difference in maximum income earned by men with IQs in the 110-115 range vs. men with IQs above 150. With regards to sex lives, one of the most fascinating discoveries is that aging liberals have way more sex.

    Political ideology had no bearing on overall life satisfaction, but the most conservative men on average shut down their sex lives around age 68, while the most liberal men had healthy sex lives well into their 80s. Vaillant writes,
    “I have consulted urologists about this, they have no idea why it might be so.”