The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

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Quote of the day

Posted by rantingkraut on June 18, 2007

Just in case anyone needed proof that economic theory can be applied to (almost?) all areas of life, but probably shouldn’t be, here is David Friedman on sex:

“…one can plausibly model the process as a rising intensity of pleasure up to the point of orgasm, with total utility equal to the area under the curve.

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Just say Yes!

Posted by rantingkraut on March 6, 2007

Who would have remembered that the Reagans were as enlightened as that.

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Chris Woodhead remembers Noah

Posted by rantingkraut on September 5, 2006

“It is the year 2001 and Noah lives somewhere in New Labour England, the Lord
speaks to Noah and tells him within a year he is going to flood the world but
Noah is to save the righteous people and two of every living thing on earth. He
is to build an ark ‘remember’ said the Lord to Noah ‘you must complete the ark
and bring everything aboard in one year.’ So exactly one year later, as you are
all very well aware fierce storm clouds circled the earth and the seas went into a
tumult. The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping. ‘Noah’ he shouted
‘where is the ark?’ ‘Lord please forgive me’ cried Noah ‘I did my best but there
were big problems, first I had to get a permit for construction, and your plans
did not comply with the codes, I had to hire an engineering firm to redraw the
plans and then I got into a fight with the health and safety authorities over
whether or not the ark needed a fire sprinkler system and floatation devices and
then my neighbour objected claiming I was violating planning regulations by
building the ark in my front yard, so I had to get special permission from the
city planning department. I had problems getting enough wood for the ark,
because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the spotted owl I finally
convinced the forestry commission that I needed the wood to save the owls but
the conservation people wouldn’t let me catch any owls – so no owls. The
carpenters formed a union and went on strike, I had to negotiate a settlement
with the TUC I know have 16 carpenters on the ark but no owls. And when I
started rounding up the other animals I got sued by an animal rights group –
they objected to me only taking two of every kind aboard, and just when I got
the suit dismissed the deputy prime minister popped up and notified me that I
couldn’t complete the ark without filing an environmental impact statement on
your proposed flood – he didn’t take very kindly to the idea that he had no
jurisdiction over the conduct of the creator of the universe. And then the army
called in engineers demanded a map of the proposed new flood plain – I sent
them a globe! Right now I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal
Opportunities Commission, that I am practising discrimination by not taking
godless, unbelieving people aboard. The Inland Revenue has seized my assets
claiming that I am building the ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid
paying taxes and I have just got a notice from the state saying that I owe them
some sort of user tax and have failed to register the ark as a recreational water
craft. Now at this point the skies began to clear, the sun began to shine and the
seas became calm. A rainbow arched across the sky, Noah looked up hopefully,
‘you mean you are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?’. ‘No’ said the Lord
sadly, ‘ the government already has!’”


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Dave & Tony for Change

Posted by rantingkraut on August 11, 2006

There is an amusing video of David Cameron and Tony Blair preaching ‘change’ to their parties and saying little besides. Just why the fcuk should any audience be willing to accept ‘change’ as a political objective? Why in particular without being told who should change into what. To see what a useless criterion ‘change’ is simply remember that food changes on its way through the digestive system –we all know what comes out at the end.

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