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by Number 6
13 Sep 2019, 20:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Long Tale
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: The Long Tale

No link. But does the article reveal the secret?
by Number 6
04 Sep 2019, 18:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1221
Views: 51771

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

I wouldn't try to justify my position on whatever "first principles" means. Practically and politically, American society and government is what it is today because of America's past and I have no interest in tearing down the social order to begin at Libertarian Year Zero. Nor, in my opinion, is th...
by Number 6
28 Aug 2019, 14:28
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1102
Views: 75120

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Talk you out? Hell, I'm buying tickets. I have the DVD, but it's just not the same.
by Number 6
25 Aug 2019, 17:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6945
Views: 253473

Re: Orange is the new President

Eric the .5b wrote:
25 Aug 2019, 17:38
...Damn.

I just wonder how many idiots still fall for this.
About 40% of those polled.
by Number 6
25 Aug 2019, 09:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6945
Views: 253473

Re: Orange is the new President

Today, I learned a new word.
by Number 6
22 Aug 2019, 21:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 995
Views: 62124

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

When Jeff and I first moved here -- after living in Virginia or Connecticut locations also in the eastern zone, but much further east than we are now -- we were initially astonished by how very, very late sunset came here. Especially since we moved in summer close to the solstice, when the further ...
by Number 6
17 Aug 2019, 23:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

Meaning in the human sense is constructed not derived or even discovered. The nature of meaning is facts contextualized and given narrative significance by a set of values - hopefully values with some kind of internal consistency. Also I’m drunk so ... I kinda don’t remember why I said that. Pretty...
by Number 6
17 Aug 2019, 22:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

Painful as it may be, it's hard to justify rights arguments on anything other than utilitarian and/or preferential grounds. It's not that it's painful. It's unsatisfactory. I want my rights though they have no utilitarian value. Well, your rights exist either because we* all agree to pretend that t...
by Number 6
17 Aug 2019, 20:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

Painful as it may be, it's hard to justify rights arguments on anything other than utilitarian and/or preferential grounds. It's not that it's painful. It's unsatisfactory. I want my rights though they have no utilitarian value. Well, your rights exist either because we* all agree to pretend that t...
by Number 6
17 Aug 2019, 20:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

Painful as it may be, it's hard to justify rights arguments on anything other than utilitarian and/or preferential grounds. It's not that it's painful. It's unsatisfactory. I want my rights though they have no utilitarian value. Well, your rights exist either because we* all agree to pretend that t...
by Number 6
17 Aug 2019, 19:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

But if you ain't got anything better, and you don't, whadda we talking about? We're talking about fundamental flaws in the myths underlying the social institutions that fail in their ostensible functions. It's either naive or intellectually dishonest to reject critiques of those myths and instituti...
by Number 6
17 Aug 2019, 13:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

As opposed too recognizing that there is no basis for believing in such things.
by Number 6
16 Aug 2019, 22:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3137
Views: 161458

Re: What are you reading?

I started George F. Will's The Conservative Sensibility , but I'm frankly bogged down by his reliance on natural rights arguments to make his case. That said, Will's writing is always pellucid if a bit precious for my tastes. Strange that anyone as educated as Will takes the notion of natural right...
by Number 6
10 Aug 2019, 20:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 761
Views: 46435

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

It’s not that crazy. It’s near term pain to reduce more significant long term pain. If there’re no actions against the employers, I would consider that theory more likely than not. Based on the stories I've heard from my SO, who used to work in a meat packing plant, that sort of thing is par for th...
by Number 6
10 Aug 2019, 18:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263717

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I have nothing useful to add, but I will say that gun culture in America makes me want to melt down the couple of rifles and shotgun I have. Glob knows, I won't go anywhere near firing ranges because...well, gun wanks.
by Number 6
01 Aug 2019, 18:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 265
Views: 34574

Re: On the modern electric guitar

After a certain point, high end acoustic guitar prices are a function of cosmetics, e.g., exotic woods and inlays. Below a certain point, otoh, though with rare exceptions, cheaper guitars are simply unplayable. Yeah, a Martin D-28 will set you back a couple thousand dollars, but you'll never be ab...
by Number 6
01 Aug 2019, 12:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 265
Views: 34574

Re: On the modern electric guitar

Reason addresses one of our favorite topics, foreign-manufactured guitars: https://reason.com/2019/07/31/elizabeth-warren-hates-your-cheap-foreign-made-electric-guitar/ Nothing really new or surprising there, but it's nice to see them mention it. "No mass-market American guitar company exclusively ...
by Number 6
30 Jul 2019, 13:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1222
Views: 69473

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

Dude has been kind of a general tool lately. He was one of two Senators to vote against reauthorizing the 9/11 first responders healthcare bill. Even if you are concerned about Federal spending (and there are plenty of bills he's voted for that indicate otherwise), that is not the bill to make your...
by Number 6
30 Jul 2019, 13:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Groping Resistance - Pfft.
Replies: 1095
Views: 50191

Re: Groping Resistance - Pfft.

That case is halved, you can see the other half in the right side of the picture. IIRC they break down. TOW is now a class of weapon, you can see the man portable units being used in videos from Syria and a person can easily carry one. The oldest generation were vehicle mounted and larger I think. ...
by Number 6
30 Jul 2019, 13:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Groping Resistance - Pfft.
Replies: 1095
Views: 50191

Re: Groping Resistance - Pfft.

It looks like a spent (empty, used) case from a TOW missile, or similar system. They are loaded onto launch platforms, then discarded like a spent shell casing once the missile is fired. So, no more harmful or dangerous than a used case from a rifle or such, but it's probably completely coated in a...
by Number 6
30 Jul 2019, 13:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Groping Resistance - Pfft.
Replies: 1095
Views: 50191

Re: Groping Resistance - Pfft.

First of all, military weapons are allowed in checked baggage. There's paperwork involved, and something like a missile launcher, which would have an explosive component, would not be allowed on a commercial flight. But people deploy with personal weapons all the time, and do send them via checked l...
by Number 6
29 Jul 2019, 23:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 901
Views: 53892

Re: Putin on the Writs

Dr T: I don't think you should drop any subject. I just think that you could benefit from cooling off a bit and remembering that we're all friends here.
by Number 6
29 Jul 2019, 20:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 901
Views: 53892

Re: Putin on the Writs

Dr. T: I say this as someone who has been reading your posts since the beginning, who has met you IRL, and who regards you as among my favorite people on the planet- I think things are really starting to get to you. The things getting to you are, without a doubt, worthy of disgust and outrage. But I...
by Number 6
29 Jul 2019, 18:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 161
Views: 18714

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread

Ellie wrote:
15 Jul 2019, 18:19
I'm very much enjoying Blown Away on Netflix. It's a glassblowing competition show and it's lovely.

Although I do laugh EVERY SINGLE TIME they say each artist has their own personal glory hole.
Agreed in full.
by Number 6
17 Jul 2019, 12:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1634
Views: 70621

Re: Inequality

While I'm not familiar with the individual childhoods of rock stars, bands like Pink Floyd and Rush (or for that matter every Prog Rock band ever) weren't selling themselves as underdogs. Keeping in mind Rush first got themselves on the map with a song called "Working Man". Don't make me tell their...