03 October 2007
To the Filing Cabinet #06

This week’s bunch of fileable stuff comes from here, there and everywhere.  In the Blogosphere, that is.


Oil’s Supply and Demand Curves
Robert Smithson, The Oil Drum, 19 August 2007
Although, as the name suggests, primarily about oil, it serves as an excellent primer on supply and demand in general. (Via Pajamas Media)

The Unintended Consequences of Foreign Aid: Theodore Dalrymple on how Western policies have poisoned the water supplies of 70 million in Bangladesh
Social Affairs Unit, 3 September 2007.
It’s UNICEF what done it.

Man of Steel, Re-forged
Andrew J. Bacevich, National Interest, 29 August 2007.
Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 by Geoffrey Roberts. 
In claiming that Stalin was a gifted supreme commander and a man of peace he has caused quite a stir.  So, we should be grateful for Bacevich’s partial takedown. (Via A&L Daily)

Scrap scalping laws
Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 8 August 2007.
AKA touting in the UK (via Pajamas Media)

William D. Rubinstein wonders how a nation came to be enthralled by a belief-system quite as insane as genocidal anti-semitism: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 - Saul Friedlander
Social Affairs Unit, 3 September 2007.
He wonders but fails to find an answer.

Blair talks Giuliani’s language but handcuffs cops
Julia Magnet, Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2002.
How they brought crime down in New York

Fight crime by stamping out the seedbed
Norman Dennis, Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2007.
Crime used to be much lower.


The End of Affordability
Save Our Suburbs, 2007
Get this, they’ve put a stop to urban expansion in Australia.  Australia, for heaven’s sake.  Oh and it puts up house prices, and even manages to use up more energy. (Via From the Heartland)

News Items

Canadian woman gives birth to quadruplets at US hospital because there were no suitable beds in Canada.
Tim Blair, 18 August 2007


“To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good…”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Yeah, I know he’s a bit of a whack-job nowadays but I think he was right on the money here.


“Guns don’t kill people, doctors kill people”
Something to Ponder, Theo Spark, 28 September 2007.
There’s a flaw in the logic somewhere.  It’s just that I can’t spot it.


A dreadful age
Brian Micklethwait, 30 September 2007
The dreadfulness and precariousness (if that is a word) of life in the time of Shakespeare.  Serves as a reminder (which increasingly seems necessary) that wealth and progress are good.

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