Posted by on 6 February 2009 at 12:01 am  Link-O-Rama
Feb 062009
  • Ari Armstrong says Free Our Beer from the inanity of government-imposed “choice” in an op-ed in the Colorado Daily. Here’s my favorite bits:
    The point of the free market is not to maximize choices in beer or any other item, but to protect liberty. If having the most beers available was the goal, the state could force all liquor stores to carry every single beer brewed throughout the world. State law could also force existing brewers to expand tenfold the styles of beer they produce. …

    Free markets do offer consumers vast choices by protecting their right to exchange on mutually agreeable terms. People naturally seek a wide variety of goods and services. When politicians attempt to ensure “choice” by forcibly intervening in trade, they destroy people’s choice to buy and sell as they see fit.

    Choice does not justify force. For example, we have fewer choices today in horse-drawn buggies, hand-sewn clothing and pet rocks. If politicians tried to force us to buy more of those things, they would undermine our choice to shop for other goods.

    Go read the whole thing.

  • I have no idea what to say about this new book: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers–and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans.

    Um, okay. (Via Neatorama.)

  • Very clever-funny: the Pac Man pain chart.
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