Here's a really interesting article about Orcas (Killer Whales) in captivity. It traces the history of killer whales, focusing on Tilikum, the Orca that has killed at least three people (two trainers and one fool who jumped in the water after hours).
Synopsis: While "Conflict diamonds," the subject matter of the DiCaprio movie Blood Diamond and the Bond film Die Another Day, make for (potentially) entertaining movies, the reality is far more mundane. In fact, the whole idea is in reality nothing more than a protectionist scheme concocted by DeBeers to artificially restrict the supply of diamonds. Kieron Ryan explains.
From: Wallstreet Pit
Synopsis: Marc Faber, financial adviser who predicted the 1987 stock market crash discusses why most Americans should readjust their expectations of investments if not completely steer clear of the financial markets altogether.
From: Daily Wealth
Synopsis: From the United States inception until Roosevelt's illegal confiscation of gold in 1933, the dollar was defined as ~1/20 of an ounce of gold. Roosevelt changed the dollar's definition to 1/35 of an ounce of gold. The price stayed at this rate until 1972, when Nixon completely severed the dollar from gold. The moral of the story is that the free market in gold is relatively new (about 40 years) and has been highly volatile. Steve Sjuggerud describes an investing method that is very simple, reduces the volatility of gold, and increases the return dramatically.
From: City Journal
The author explains how compassion and well-meaning people can destroy the poor with their misguided actions. He illustrates the principle with his personal experiences and the history of Tanzania.
In his books Gatto concludes that America's schools are not defective and in need of fixing. The dysfunction present in America's schools is the result of the fundamental design of the system. In this article, John Taylor Gatto explains the true lessons of compulsory government schools.
From: The Wayback Machine
Synopsis: One of the weaknesses of the internet is its ephemeral, transient nature. Favorite articles and resources one day simply turn up missing. But if you're lucky, you can still find it on archive.org.
So it is with one of my favorite articles on the subject of nursing theory and research. Jef Raskins was a mathematician and computer scientist who wrote a fun article debunking at least one area of nursing theory and research. When he died, his website died with him, but is now preserved on archive.org and this website.
What I find so endearing about the article is that, unlike so much of nursing "scholarship", it is very readable. So, I'll let it speak for itself:
Synopsis: Gary North explains how Obama's own tactics took down ACORN and how Obamacare will take down the Democrats...and Republicans who do not chnage their profligate ways.
Synopsis: I have often argued that Jesus' crafty answer to a prickly political question can hardly be cited as proof that God considers not paying taxes a sin. Indeed a few days later, one of the Pharisees' charges against Jesus is that he advocated not paying the Roman tax. Jeff Barr goes into some historical and political context. An interesting probable interpretation might be that in saying give to Caesar what is Caesars' that we should give nothing to Caesar. As Dorothy Day is reputed to have said, "If we rendered unto God all the things that belong to God, there would be nothing left for Caesar."
From: The Observer
I've always found it odd that multicultural kumbaya liberal types are so anti other cultures. For example, they love Asian cuisine but want the very thing that makes it authentic outlawed—mono sodium glutamate, or MSG. Recently, the liberal onslaught against good taste has expanded to table salt with idiot-in-chief, New York Assemblymen Felix Ortiz's proposed bill to outlaw the use of salt in restaurants.
They tell us it's for our own good—for our health. And yet, those rascally healthy Japanese eat five times as much sodium as we do, and theirs is in the more evil form of MSG. So in that spirit, here's a British article about the wonders of MSG.