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Can I borrow this? by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 04:03:10 PM EST

By all means by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 06:36:58 PM EST
Credit is appreciated. I sourced the story; I just did the research / fact-checking.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

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You've made some definite improvements by marvin (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 06:18:02 PM EST
But in my experience, the electorate rarely lets facts stand in the way of voting for the wrong candidate, even when the wrong candidate clearly possesses a demonstrable lack of ideas or vision. Too many idiots vote.

paraphrased by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 07:37:39 PM EST
"Republicans say that government doesn't work - so we elect them, and they prove it."

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

VS2FP interesting by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 10:17:42 PM EST
Of course, the fact that these things happened through government action, doesn't mean they had to happen through government action.

For instance, most of the UK's rail network was built by private industry, but that doesn't prove all rail networks have to be built privately, or that that's the best way to build them.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

Rail by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 07:37:25 AM EST
I don't know much about UK Rail, but US Rail (back when it was big for passengers, and still today when it's big for freight) was built by private companies. It's just that the land they got for building the rails was nearly a giveaway by the government (either through cheap as dirt leases, or by eminent domain seizure). So, yes, it was built privately, but it's not at all clear it could have been done without government intervention on their behalf.
The three things that make a diamond also make a waffle.
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UK railways by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #10 Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 01:20:34 AM EST

Each new line required an enabling act from Parliament, land ownership was far less fragmented than it is now so the space for the trackbed could generally be aquired from a few estates. There are (or were pre-Beeching) a number of lines that took odd diversions round certain blocks of land.

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I'm /almost/ tempted to forward this to all by lm (4.00 / 1) #6 Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 03:35:40 AM EST
must. resist. temptation.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Temptation rocks. by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 10:34:56 AM EST
Satisfaction is even better.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

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The most addicting satisfaction by debacle (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:39:36 AM EST
Is that of successfully resisting temptation.

How does one, then, successfully resist the temptation to resist temptation?


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I was sure I'd read this on by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #8 Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 07:38:17 AM EST
But couldn't find it when I looked just now. Still, it would be interesting to see what they thought of a fully annotated version.

Oh, and Britain's clean air can be fairly clearly attributed to the Clean Air Act after the unusually toxic London smogs of 1954(?), which precipitated 1000s of deaths.

I thought I read this first by Herring (4.00 / 1) #11 Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 02:01:21 PM EST
in an Al Franken book. I could go and check, but it's a long way to the bookshelf.

You can't inspire people with facts
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