Not getting a second date

Welcome to my world:

Dilbert.com

Fortunately my partner has reality-based beliefs.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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What will happen to your pet after the rapture?

I love this idea for making money from people who believe that the rapture is coming:

We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still

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A good question

Willem Buiter on the Christmas message from the Pope

What is it about the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religious tradition that leads so many of its most prominent spokespersons to make hateful, bigoted, life-diminishing and personal security-endangering statements when it comes to human

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Is God a Democrat?

I know that it isn’t nice to laugh at the misfortune of others, but you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at this.

First the religious right were asked to pray for rain during the Denver Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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One of Mr Blair’s successes

I’ve just heard Jack Straw tell the Today programme that one of Mr Blair’s great successes was to persuade the United States at Gleneagles to increase aid to Africa.

The transcript of the briefing by US officials on Air Force … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Farmers on welfare

It is good to see some American voices speaking out against farm subsidies.  Here is Jonah Goldberg in today's Los Angeles Times:

There are few issues for which the political consensus is so distant from both common sense and

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The future of the internet hangs in the balance

The US Congress is currently discussing an issue which sounds rather technical and dull but which could have profound implications for the future of the internet.  If you care about whether the internet remains innovative, vibrant and open you should … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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On animal testing

I have been a vegetarian since I was a teenager, and I wear plastic rather than leather shoes.  I do this because I believe that animals have a rights, and that it is wrong to kill animals simply for pleasure.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The consensus among econmics professionals on immigration

Alex Tabarook has written an open letter on immigration from the economics community:

Immigration is the greatest anti-poverty program ever devised. The American dream is a reality for many immigrants who not only increase their own living standards but who

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Linux at home

I installed the lastest version of SUSE Linux on my home computer last weekend. 

Linux is a free alternative to Windows.  For technically-minded people, it can be more powerful, safer and much cheaper to use than Windows.  It is now … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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KStars in Silicon Valley Half Marathon

A group of K-Stars ran the Silicon Valley Half Marathon this morning. All enjoyed it, and Tomas (1:29:53) and Dave O’Connor (1:24:50) achieved personal records. Christine (1:40:20) won her age group. Grethe ran 1:38:07 and I ran 1:21:49. Andy (1:22:56), … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Vaccination and growth

I’ve got a piece up at my Vaccines for Development blog which looks at a new paper summarizing the cost-effectiveness of vaccination as a development intervention.

I don’t normally bother to cross-post from here, but this is a very interesting … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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UK Smoking Ban Stumbles

fogel.jpgIt seems that the UK Government’s proposed ban on smoking in public places is faltering

Intellectually, I find it hard to justify a smoking ban in private businesses.  It should be for the owner of a bar or restaurant … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Aid, evidence and anecdotes

Tyler Cowen says that the debate about the effectiveness of foreign aid has improved in the last ten years. If so, then things must have been really bad a decade ago: it continues to astound me how many people are … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Your computer is at risk

There is now a 50% chance of being infected by an internet worm in just 12 minutes of being online using an unprotected, unpatched Windows PC, according to Sophos.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Running in Berkeley Hills

Grethe on Claremont CanyonWe did our usual morning run yesterday: up Claremont Canyon and down Strawberry Canyon. It is hilly, but rewarded by great views of the Bay on sunny days. One particular stretch of the trail is known as the "connector", because … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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What African bloggers say about Live 8

Global Voices Online has a roundup of what African bloggers are saying about the Live 8 concerts. Most of the African commentators are not complementary about the idea, or the way it has been executed. For example, Gerald Caplan, writing Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Legal guide for bloggers

legal guide for bloggersThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a guide for bloggers about their legal rights in the United States, including libel law, election law, privacy, labour law and copyright law. This BBC guide to defamation and libel is useful for … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Mr Blair’s adventure in America

All credit to Mr Blair for visiting Washington to try to persuade the US administration to make a substantial contribution to the G8 inititiative on reducing poverty. If this Reuters report is to be believed, the US is planning to … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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