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by thoreau
09 Jun 2010, 15:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I'm thinking "Is this worth a Grylliade thread"
Replies: 26
Views: 4552

Re: I'm thinking "Is this worth a Grylliade thread"

Yes, but what's a million bucks to someone with as much money as Elton John? We're not talking a struggling singer, here. The habit of accepting high-paid gigs doesn't die easily, I'm sure. And rich people who live in expensive homes and travel and have fun don't stay rich by turning down work. Plu...
by thoreau
09 Jun 2010, 15:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I'm thinking "Is this worth a Grylliade thread"
Replies: 26
Views: 4552

Re: I'm thinking "Is this worth a Grylliade thread"

I don't think it's any great mystery why Elton John took the gig. If some idiot offered me a million bucks to lecture on physics for an evening, I'd take the gig, no matter how repugnant the idiot might be. I can think of a lot of people I wouldn't so much as piss on for a million bucks. OK, fair p...
by thoreau
09 Jun 2010, 14:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I'm thinking "Is this worth a Grylliade thread"
Replies: 26
Views: 4552

Re: I'm thinking "Is this worth a Grylliade thread"

I don't think it's any great mystery why Elton John took the gig. If some idiot offered me a million bucks to lecture on physics for an evening, I'd take the gig, no matter how repugnant the idiot might be.
by thoreau
07 Jun 2010, 20:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12462
Views: 961241

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Idiots protesting the "ground zero mosque" get pissed off at some Egyptian Christians who also wanted to protest against the mosque: At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims. "Go home," several shouted from t...
by thoreau
07 Jun 2010, 12:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Physicians for Human Rights on torture experiments
Replies: 1
Views: 925

Physicians for Human Rights on torture experiments

If the allegations in here are accurate, we're talking Mengele-style stuff:

http://phrtorturepapers.org/

I won't bother saying what I think, because you already know.
by thoreau
07 Jun 2010, 00:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3200
Views: 241043

Re: What are you reading?

I'm reading Nixonland. Right now I'm on the summer of 1967, and all the many, many lies told during Vietnam. And I keep wondering whether the author got his dates and countries confused and meant to write about Iraq in 2004-2005. They've actually got dumbfucks saying "Look! Painted schools!" No doub...
by thoreau
06 Jun 2010, 14:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: News of the weird
Replies: 8
Views: 2148

News of the weird

A thread for weird stories. I'll start: Pr0n actor is accused of going on a stabbing rampage. Police find him in the hills, threatening to kill himself with a samurai sword. In the end, he goes off a cliff. http://latimesblogs .latimes.com/lanow/2010/06/death-of-fugitive-porn-actor-capture-on-distur...
by thoreau
05 Jun 2010, 00:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Leaps of Illogic That Leave You Powerless to Respond
Replies: 34
Views: 5514

Re: Leaps of Illogic That Leave You Powerless to Respond

Tweeting from class? Somebody on Rate Your Students will gripe the next day "Some little snowflake who thinks he's all that because he used to have a real job spent the whole damn class tweeting!" :)
by thoreau
04 Jun 2010, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: "Scientific conservatism suggests . . . ."
Replies: 19
Views: 3490

Re: "Scientific conservatism suggests . . . ."

Looks like pretty thin stuff to me. Yeah, if there is life of some sort on the surface then I would expect some atmospheric gases to be consumed on the surface, especially something reactive like hydrogen, but there are plenty of non-biological processes that could give the same result. A sample ret...
by thoreau
04 Jun 2010, 13:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Leaps of Illogic That Leave You Powerless to Respond
Replies: 34
Views: 5514

Re: Leaps of Illogic That Leave You Powerless to Respond

Timothy wrote:Although I am probably going to drop, "look everything good about this place came from Mexico" when immigration comes up.
Invite SoloWacko to class on the day you plan to say that.
by thoreau
03 Jun 2010, 16:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 357
Views: 46931

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

As a bribe, let the Mormons rename their half Deseret. I'd even be willing to divide Utah into 4 states. 2 go to the Israelis, 2 go to the Mormons, and since I'm sure each group has its own internal divides that I'm not aware of each group can decide who gets which of its 2 pieces. That way each gr...
by thoreau
03 Jun 2010, 16:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 357
Views: 46931

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

We could just designate Utah as a place for religious groups who want to live together in the desert. Oh so you'd want a Mormon refugee camp in your backyard? Yeah, that's what I thought. 1) It's a big state. There's room for all of them. 2) It wouldn't be a backyard refugee camp. It would be a bac...
by thoreau
03 Jun 2010, 16:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 357
Views: 46931

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

We could just designate Utah as a place for religious groups who want to live together in the desert.
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 17:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11694

Re: The Libertarian Party

Having said something about what "viable" means, let me expand on what I would be willing to call modest success for a third party in the US: 1) Periodically elects mayors of municipalities with more than 100,000 people and county executives/board members for counties of similar size. 2) At any give...
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 17:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11694

Re: The Libertarian Party

In 2010, where are the Whigs? Or the Know-Nothings, or the Anti-Masons? The fact that your party doesn't have long-term staying power doesn't mean that it somehow wasn't a viable party in its time. What does "viable" mean? (Paging fyodor! Semantic dispute in aisle 10! :) As I see it, Perot had 3 im...
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 16:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11694

Re: The Libertarian Party

Perot shows the near-term influence that a well-funded celebrity candidate can have if he focuses on issues that resonate among a sufficiently large group at that point in time. However, a third party is an institution, with multiple candidates, insiders who will be around when a candidate departs ...
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 16:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 357
Views: 46931

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Whatever the merits of our policy toward Israel, I'm not sure that it has been successful in diminishing the appeal of fundamentalism in the region....
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 13:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11694

Re: The Libertarian Party

Perot shows the near-term influence that a well-funded celebrity candidate can have if he focuses on issues that resonate among a sufficiently large group at that point in time. However, a third party is an institution, with multiple candidates, insiders who will be around when a candidate departs t...
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 13:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread
Replies: 357
Views: 46931

Re: the entirely civil and thoughtful israel thread

Thanks dhex, the title of this thread is so self-contradictory that it will cause the universe to collapse upon itself. Betelgeuse is just the beginning. It did suck that the Spaceraelis photon torpedoed the fleet of cargo ships bringing aid to refugees on Betelgeuse-4. The United Star Systems will...
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 12:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Leaps of Illogic That Leave You Powerless to Respond
Replies: 34
Views: 5514

Leaps of Illogic That Leave You Powerless to Respond

While arguing the case for non-interventionism with some friends, I noted that Muslim fundamentalists aren't very interested in attacking Switzerland (or at least they weren't before the minaret thing). Now, there are many responses that could be made, but one of my friends is fixated on the fact th...
by thoreau
02 Jun 2010, 00:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11694

Re: The Libertarian Party

For all it's faults, the LP is still a bizzilion times better than any other option. If you're not part of the solution, you are the fucking problem. I'm not aware that they're part of any solution. Yep. Colloidal silver is a suspension, not a solution. Now, if we were talking about silver ions, th...
by thoreau
01 Jun 2010, 21:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Choking on vomit of unknown origin
Replies: 6
Views: 1768

Choking on vomit of unknown origin

The number three guy in Al Qaeda is dead!

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld ... 0644.story
by thoreau
01 Jun 2010, 17:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11694

Re: The Libertarian Party

I don't think any third party can become a force for real change in a system of single-winner elections where each voter only gets to vote for one candidate. If we had approval voting, or instant runoff, or proportional representation, or something else where the game theory works out to make it via...
by thoreau
01 Jun 2010, 14:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?
Replies: 356
Views: 146005

Re: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?

So I laid out the stances that I care strongly about, and concluded that there's plenty of libertarianism in there, and also plenty for the left to like. Thoreau, you concluded more or less that you weren't either , at least reading this at face value: So, add it all up and I’m somewhere between li...
by thoreau
01 Jun 2010, 14:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?
Replies: 356
Views: 146005

Re: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?

Now that I said something nice at UO, I'm going to take you to task, Thoreau. :) You're starting to get really whiny and hyper-sarcastic again, to the point that I'm honestly not sure whether that blog post was serious or an ironic send-up of the Red-issue-favoring "libertarians" in the H&R comment...