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March 13, 2010
  • The Handicapper General may have found his tool. The life of Harrison Bergeron is closer than you think. “George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.”
  • Bankrupt Greeks demand positive rights: “Vasia Veremi may be only 28, but as a hairdresser in Athens, she is keenly aware that, under a current law that treats her job as hazardous to her health, she has the right to retire with a full pension at age 50.”
  • Newsweek revisits Amy Chua’s World on Fire: How democracy dies in the developing world. “They saw democracy as just semiregular votes; after they won, they then used all tools of power to dominate their countries and to hand out benefits to their allies or tribe.”
  • Wyoming governor signs sovereignty resolution.
  • Garage Bio-Hacking in Silicon Valley. I remember Peter Thiel saying biotech would never take off until people without PhDs were hacking in garages. Who will be the Steve Wozniak of DNA?
  • Nature’s Toilet: the largest meat-eating plant in the world is designed not to eat small animals, but small animal poo.

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