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Sam Peltzman on School Choice

The Latte sipper, your typical Greens voter…

Iain Hall's SANDPIT

One of the things that I have long delighted in is taunting the lefties with the epithet “latte sipper” and boy do they hate it! They hate more than anything because they know that that there is some truth in the suggestion that they are wealthy  dilettantes who make a big show of the righteous solidarity with the poor and downtrodden, although they really have nothing but disdain for those who are really doing it tough. You know the ones that our Latte sipping friends would call “Bogans”, or Westies .  Latte sippers are generally university educated, they are quite often members of the cultural  elite they just love their  overseas holidays, they always have the latest phones, the flashiest lap tops, an Ipod (never one of those very cheap generic MP3 players), they wear nice designer clothes, live at a fashionable address, but perhaps one of the most defining…

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The richest voters in Australia are not Liberals but Greens.

Iain Hall's SANDPIT

I heard a great interview on the ABC’s counterpoint program the other day about the demographics of your average Greens supporter.

Former ALP Senator John Black suggests that green voters don’t conform to the popular stereotype. His research company has studied the demographic data and he offers a radical reappraisal of their attitudes and voting preferences. The richest voters in Australia he says are not Liberals but Greens.

ABC Radio National

It certainly made me feel that my characterizing  them as “latte sippers” or as “Silvertail socialists” is entirely right and proper.

Anyway it is worth a listen, especially for  any Labor voters out there who feel the need to jump ship (in the voting sense) because or the ineptitude of the current government. You can be sure that despite their rhetoric the Greens will always serve their own constituency (the rich) before they serve the the needs of the…

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Kittens and dogs

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Climate alarmists made some unwise predictions about never seeing snow again

250MB Hard Drive, 1979

Richard Posner on academic moralists

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Richard Posner on the shortcomings of behavioural economics

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Richard Posner on warrantless surveillance

CATHY YOUNG ONLINE

Judge Richard Posner, an esteemed jurist and author, defends the NSA warrantless wiretaps program in The New Republic (registration required).

If I understand the judge correctly, he says that the program may well be illegal if it violages FISA, but that the important issue is whether it is effective and necessary.

Writes Posner:

Lawyers who are busily debating legality without first trying to assess the consequences of the program have put the cart before the horse. Law in the United States is not a Platonic abstraction but a flexible tool of social policy. In analyzing all but the simplest legal questions, one is well advised to begin by asking what social policies are at stake. Suppose the NSA program is vital to the nation’s defense, and its impingements on civil liberties are slight. That would not prove the program’s legality, because not every good thing is legal; law and policy…

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