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by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 19:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling out J sub D - Gulf Oil Spill
Replies: 190
Views: 7347

Re: Calling out J sub D - Gulf Oil Spill

The best argument for gutting over a clusterfuck like this is simple:

Pour encourager les autres
by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 18:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3018
Views: 119518

Re: What are you reading?

You have a perfectly fine argument here, and I think I would like to agree: Somebody experiences what Susan went through, but then suddenly decides, with seemingly no motivation, that boys and makeup and typical girly things (that's almost a direct quote) are more interesting than having an adventur...
by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 17:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3018
Views: 119518

Re: What are you reading?

Hmm, now that you mention it I DO remember that story. Though taken on its own, you could make an argument he was only criticizing one certain type of woman (who really does exist); it's like me making fun of the type of man who decorates his whole house with NASCAR memorabilia and bases his politi...
by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 13:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 4216

Re: The Libertarian Party

You mean we could have a real, live elected official in our midst?

I knew this place would eventually go to hell and be populated by all the wrong types.
by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 13:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3018
Views: 119518

Re: What are you reading?

Stevo Darkly wrote:I would like to read a Catcher in the Rye-type teen's-view-of-the-world novel written from the viewpoint of Eddie Haskell.
I can think of only one man capable of writing that novel:

Stevo Darkly
by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 13:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 298201

Re: OFFS

I would offer to chip in some money for that guy to get on a boat, but I'm worried they'd put me in jail for sending money to a guy on the watch list.
by thoreau
16 Jun 2010, 12:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Celebrities who are libertarian
Replies: 123
Views: 5789

Re: Celebrities who are libertarian

Hugh- Creating a default that can be circumvented by a contract isn't about substituting one's judgment for the judgment of the individuals involved in the situation. It's a necessary process if you're going to have law. Whenever an agreement is silent on a matter, and then that matter comes up in a...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 20:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antics of stupid people or WTF were you thinking?
Replies: 15
Views: 677

Re: Antics of stupid people or WTF were you thinking?

I once calculated that Bill Kristol is so full of shit that you could burn his fecal matter to light the Vegas strip:

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archi ... 5/19/11137
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 15:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Celebrities who are libertarian
Replies: 123
Views: 5789

Re: Celebrities who are libertarian

Technocratic market liberals: rules and defaults matter. Market organizations matter. The question of "should insider trading be legal/allowed on our exchange" is a technocratic one. The question of "what rights should a renter have in his/her lease [possibly changeable if the contract specifies]" ...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 14:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Celebrities who are libertarian
Replies: 123
Views: 5789

Re: Celebrities who are libertarian

Yeah, I'd say that simply having a preference based on evidence and consequences (as opposed to philosophical or ethical concerns) is not enough to make one a technocrat. Now, given that even a bottom-up approach can take more than one form in response to policies and defaults (e.g. if nothing else ...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 14:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 298201

Re: OFFS

But again, as DAR said, the real problem is that we're spending money we shouldn't be spending in the first place. The fact that we're spending it with the credit card rather than paying in cash is entirely beside the point. From the standpoint of libertarian political theory about the proper role ...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 13:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

BTW, I've said before that I'd like to see less reliance on gatekeepers in medicine. I don't think you should have to see an MD for every condition when an experienced nurse or PA would do just fine. I'd even be fine with it if a hospital or clinic picked their doctors (or experienced nurses and PA'...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 13:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

The fact that he had to get his wife to be the VP, rather than finding another ophthalmologist, tells me something. Do I know for 100% certain that it's as shady as it sounds? No. But the evidence is quite a bit stronger in one direction than the other, you know? Shady? I dunno. Shady implies an un...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 13:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

The fact that he had to get his wife to be the VP, rather than finding another ophthalmologist, tells me something.

Do I know for 100% certain that it's as shady as it sounds? No. But the evidence is quite a bit stronger in one direction than the other, you know?
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 13:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

So, let's suppose that I and 200 other scientists revolt against a professional society or journal or whatever other gatekeeper. Suppose that we have legitimate grievances, and vow to set up a better system to replace the one that we're revolting against. However, suppose that the other 199 scientis...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 12:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

I, along with 200 other young ophthalmologists formed the National Board of Ophthalmology to protest the American Board of Ophthalmology's decision to grandfather in the older ophthalmologists and not require them to recertify. Sounds more like an alienated faction than "Me and My Wife". How many p...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 12:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

fyodor, OK, so our difference is on how we judge his actions here. I doubt that he's transparent about what he's doing. DAR, I think he has good reason to be critical of ABO and its rules and processes. Fair enough. But you have to replace that with something better than "The National Board of Me an...
by thoreau
15 Jun 2010, 11:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

That said, as long as his patients know exactly how he's certified, I feel (in opposition to thoreau, IIUHC) that that's entirely between him and his patients (thoreau has the right to seek his medical care elsewhere). (And I mean this in an ethical sense, not just legally.) And whether his patient...
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 19:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

Irrespective of whether harm can be shown, as a matter of character I do not approve of self-certification. I don't get to referee my own journal articles or do my own teaching evaluations. I'm doing a good job, but we have external validation for a reason.
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 19:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Can you still pass a (written) driving test?
Replies: 36
Views: 1537

Re: Can you still pass a (written) driving test?

I am self-certified in driving by the Walden Driving Board. I sit on the board, as does Rand Paul, and I got 100% on our written test.
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 19:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

To dip my toe one bit deeper into legal waters for which I am not certified by any board, I still think he'll be in trouble if he ever winds up in a major malpractice case. I don't know whether his self-certification would matter in the eyes of the law, but in the court of public opinion it would be...
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 19:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

I think that in English you're saying that somebody has to deliberately lie and get somebody to believe the lie and act in accordance and then get hurt. If Rand Paul hasn't hurt anybody, or at least has had the same success rate with patients as any other doctor in his specialty, it's hard to argue ...
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 18:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1146
Views: 49803

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

Turns out that Rand Paul is not board-certified, but is rather certified by his own organization: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason/2010/06/14/rand/index.html http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20106140307 This is one of those things where I suspect that perfectly good objections can...
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 17:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Celebrities who are libertarian
Replies: 123
Views: 5789

Re: Celebrities who are libertarian

Jadagul wrote:I mean, I don't think anyone should "run the economy." But if we're going to have someone do it, I'd prefer Larry Summers to Sarah Palin.
Sexist!
by thoreau
14 Jun 2010, 17:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 298201

Re: OFFS

Indebtedness should not be a way of life, but the same moral argument weighs against default as much as indebtedness. In the long run, I would like to see a move toward zero debt, but that will probably happen on the 32nd of Neverember, or maybe the 35th of Abigfool. Even if it does happen, it will ...