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Charles Stross Scores on Libertarianism

December 20th, 2013 Comments off

Charlie Stross, quoted in Hullabaloo:

I tend to take the stance that Libertarianism is like Leninism: a fascinating, internally consistent political theory with some good underlying points that, regrettably, makes prescriptions about how to run human society that can only work if we replace real messy human beings with frictionless spherical humanoids of uniform density (because it relies on simplifying assumptions about human behaviour which are unfortunately wrong).

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Cheap…but this is ridiculous

December 19th, 2013 Comments off

I just received some Iphone styluses that I bought through Amazon Marketplace.  Their advertised price was — free!  12 rainbow-color styluses (styli?) for just shipping–which was like $1.76.

Don’t know how they could do it:  came from “Vincent”  who is in Block B in Hongli Road, Shenzhen Guangdong, China.  Came to me via airmail; though I was told it would take over a month, they arrived in about two weeks.

Can’t help but wonder…what else did I supply of value?  My email address (everyone’s got that);  my home address?  What’s valuable here?

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