Teaching Pigs to Sing

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 26 Dec 2005 13:00:00 GMT
From cafe:
"The conventional view of Santa Claus posits a centralized operation run by a bearded fanatic in an undisclosed Arctic location. His agents are everywhere, and this spy ring provides the raw data that allow him to calculate the details of each year's mission. He then enters America illegally, plants packages in homes around the country, and returns to his base, from which he issues occasional communiquès urging peace, good will, and our presence at various post-Christmas sales." --Jesse Walker

From lew:

"Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." -- H.L. Mencken

# Yours Truly - Einstein's Puzzle - I didn't invent the puzzle, but this is my solution to an old logical puzzle attributed to Einstein. [clairefiles]

# John Lopez at No Treason - Why I'm Not A Libertarian Activist - attempting to change the government through the government is like teaching a pig to sing. It wastes your time and only annoys the pig. That's Mr. Lopez' conclusion from an Illinois man's fight against a $25 parking ticket. The jury ruled against him, and the judge ordered him to pay the $25 and serve 100 days of probation. Yet, he claimed victory because he "was able to get the word out, and educate the jury and even the judge about cases she had never heard of." Yeah. Right. [notreason]

# Ben Goldacre at The Guardian - What is science? First, magnetise your wine ... - how to find out, cheaply, whether magnetizing cheap wine makes it taste like expensive, aged, wine. Simple really. Perform an experiment. [lew]

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