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The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy
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Wallwritings Top 5 Pens — The Pen Addict (Updated 10/14/2013) I get asked what my favorite pens are all of the time. While that is generally an easy question to answer, what the reader often means is "what pen should I buy?" That is a much more difficult question because of the sheer number of variables involved. With my Top 5 lists, I try to capture what pens I am currently using the most in each category. Use these lists as guidelines. Top 5 Pens - Overall (Updated Oct. 2013) TWSBI 580 - Hard to beat the value and versatility.Sakura Pigma Micron - My go-to Field Notes pen.Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38 mm - Vibrant, smooth, and consistent.Ohto Graphic Liner - Still amazed how good this pen is.Uni-Ball Jetstream - The pen of the people, and me if it is 0.5 mm. Top 5 Micro Gel Ink Pens (Updated Oct. 2013) Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38 mm - More consistent than the Hi-Tec-C.Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3 mm - The finest, crispest lines going.Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.4 mm - Super sharp lines, great clip. Top 5 Pens In The Store Top 5 Plastic Tip Pens

DRUDGE REPORT Gasland: Dick Cheney Poisons Your Drinking Water Too Just in case you thought Dick Cheney’s culpability for environmental destruction was limited to offshore drilling and the Gulf oil spill, here is Watergate II. Only this time, it’s literally about water, specifically how Dick Cheney and Halliburton poisoned our drinking water. Dick Cheney’s American Water Gasland, a documentary about the hidden dangers of the Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, debuts tonight on HBO. Playwright and now documentarian Josh Fox and his family were offered 100,000 dollars plus royalties in exchange for the right to mine for natural gas on their land on the border of New York and Pennsylvania, on the Upper Delaware River Basin. Fox took his camera and started interviewing other people around the country who had leased their land for natural gas drilling, and the things he learned more than justified his reticence. What no one told Fox is that the U.S. Earthworks reports: “In 1997, the U.S. Oh, Dick.

TaxProf Blog The Institute for Social Ecology 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren't exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What's happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. Read award-winning novelist Teju Cole's funny and insightful parody of this article, "9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask 1. Syria is a country in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Syria is in the middle of an extremely violent civil war. 2. 3. 4. 5. Oh man, it gets so much worse. 6. 7. 8.

The Superficial COINTELPRO The Naked Truth -In the Southwest, paid informers infiltrate the church services, Bible classes and support networks of clergy and lay workers giving sanctuary to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala. -In Alabama, elderly Black people attempting for the first time to exercise their right to vote are interrogated by FBI agents and hauled before federal grand juries hundreds of miles from their homes. -In New England, a former CIA case officer cites examples from his own past work to warn college students of efforts by undercover operatives to misdirect and discredit protests against South African and US racism. -In the San Francisco Bay Area, activists planning anti-nuclear civil disobedience learn that their meetings have been infiltrated by the US Navy. -The FBI puts the same "terrorist" label on opponents of US intervention in El Salvador, but refuses to investigate the possibility of a political conspiracy behind nation-wide bombings of abortion clinics. 1. 2. 3. l. 2. 3. 4.

PrawfsBlawg Unqualified Offerings Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk - James Fallows Many times I've mentioned the foreign-policy assessments of William R. Polk, at right, who first wrote for the Atlantic (about Iraq) during Dwight Eisenhower's administration, back in 1958, and served on the State Department's Policy Planning staff during the Kennedy years. He now has sent in a detailed analysis about Syria. Polk wrote this just before President Obama switched from his go-it-alone policy and decided to seek Congressional approval for a Syrian strike. Overview of Developing Applications with Visual Basic Express On Startup When you first open Visual Basic Express, you see that most of the IDE is filled with the Start Page window. The Start Page contains a clickable list of your recent projects, a Getting Started area with links to important Help topics, and a list of links to online articles and other resources. Figure 1: Solution Explorer Across the top of the IDE are a menu bar and a toolbar. Design Mode When you open or create a project, the appearance of the IDE changes into design mode. Figure 2: IDE in Design Mode In design mode, the Start Page is covered by another window known as the Form Designer, which is basically a blank canvas that represents the user interface for your application. Run Mode When you run or debug your application, the IDE changes into run mode. Figure 3: Visual Basic form in Break mode Additional windows for watching the value of variables, viewing output, and other debugging tasks can be viewed at run time by selecting them from the Debug menu. Other Important Windows

The Truth Behind the Coming “Regime Change” in Syria After meeting again to decide Syria’s fate, the Arab League again decided to extend its “monitoring mission” in Syria. However, some Arab League nations under U.S. diplomatic control are clamoring for blood. These countries — virtual sock puppets of U.S. foreign policy — want to declare the Arab League monitoring mission “a failure,” so that military intervention — in the form of a no fly zone — can be used for regime change. The United States appears to be using a strategy in Syria that it has perfected over the years, having succeeded most recently in Libya: arming small paramilitary groups loyal to U.S. interests that claim to speak for the native population; these militants then attack the targeted government the U.S. would like to see overthrown —including terrorist bombings — and when the attacked government defends itself, the U.S. cries “genocide” or “mass murder,” while calling for foreign military intervention. “Mr.