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by thoreau
28 Feb 2011, 22:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: heroes of the day
Replies: 456
Views: 24329

Re: heroes of the day

Assuming that at least some of the post-revolutionary governments do in fact turn out to be stable (questionable) and more liberal than their predecessors (a low bar, but it's not like revolutions have never backfired before) I wonder what the implications will be for Middle Eastern higher education...
by thoreau
28 Feb 2011, 21:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 339868

Re: OFFS

As well as an orbit to make sure it's always 4:20. Monsieur Lagrange says that you have a point! Regarding Zeno: I don't know what the philosophers have concluded regarding his alleged paradox, but in math the topic of infinite sequences and series can be rather subtle, so I actually cut Zeno a lot...
by thoreau
28 Feb 2011, 18:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 339868

Re: OFFS

That asteroids-violating-people's-rights crap reminds me of Zeno's Paradox -- the Achilles and the tortoise story -- which annoyed the hell out of me when I first learned of it at 18 and continues to annoy me now. It's not a profound profundity but semantic bullshit, mysterious only if think there'...
by thoreau
28 Feb 2011, 16:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 339868

Re: OFFS

(See, for example,Sasha Volokh's recent argument that if an asteroid is heading for the earth and will destroy all macroscopic life and the government has the ability to stop it, it would be wrong for the government to do so: taxation is extortion, so only permissible to prevent rights violations, ...
by thoreau
28 Feb 2011, 02:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Wisconsin Death (of public unions) Trip
Replies: 163
Views: 8589

Re: Wisconsin Death (of public unions) Trip

The formula was "negotiated" by a labor monopoly that is also a massive political front using taxpayer dollars. Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break. I renew my objection to the "using taxpayer dollars" rhetorical point. If it doesn't stop being taxpayer dollars once it's used to pay perfectly legal salary ...
by thoreau
28 Feb 2011, 02:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 339868

Re: OFFS

My solar panels, by themselves, can't power my home. I spent $1,000 on the generator, money that would have gone into my 13-year-old son's college fund. I've expanded my definition of how best to plan for his future. Jen's how-to-plan-for-your-child's-future tip #1: Don't raise him in a city where ...
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 22:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 339868

Re: OFFS

Hmm. If you seriously expect to see food riots within the Beltway within your lifetime, wouldn't "moving out of the Beltway" make more sense than "staying there and buying a generator?" Yeah, if I expected food riots I'd move to a place where land is cheap, neighbors are few, and rain is abundant (...
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 21:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11981
Views: 712812

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Credit where credit is due: This Drugmonkey post on hipster science is hilarious. http://scientopia. org/blogs/drugmonkey/2011/02/27/hipster-science/ enniscath: Positive controls are waaaaay too conformist #hipsterscience superkash: I use my own heirloom goat’s milk for blocking buffers. #hipstersci...
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 14:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: ThunderDOMA
Replies: 25
Views: 1907

Re: ThunderDOMA

On a different note, I want to give Randolph Carter mad props for the thread title.
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 13:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 339868

Re: OFFS

To be honest, I think that if an adoption agency has the choice between placing a non-white kid with white parents, or placing the kid with parents of similar background, and both parents are otherwise similar in their means and abilities, go with the parents of the same background. There are things...
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 13:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: ThunderDOMA
Replies: 25
Views: 1907

Re: ThunderDOMA

I think we should keep the institution for the sake of reliability. If every couple negotiated their own contract, then in any dispute that contract would have to be adjudicated on a case by case basis. Much better to have a well defined set of rules in place, when you can get them. But you know, s...
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 13:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: ThunderDOMA
Replies: 25
Views: 1907

Re: ThunderDOMA

The only argument I see for defending DOMA is that if there's an argument that can be made for it in good faith, then the executive should be defending laws passed by Congress and signed by a predecessor. However, that is not the argument that Ron Paul made.
by thoreau
27 Feb 2011, 02:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

On several occasions he has traveled to the corners of the globe and brought seemingly intractable adversaries to the table. I think he is unequaled as an ambassador of peace. He speaks softly and thoughtfully. And contrary to the image DAR is promoting, Carter more than any other politician I can ...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 18:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

I understand the reasons for wanting a former president to not speak out: When the former president speaks out, it might make it harder for the current president and his foreign policy establishment to do their jobs. Well, my response to that is too bad. The interests of the president and the State ...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 14:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

I'm a little uncomfortable with the idea that a person's freedom of speech can be permanently limited by virtue of the job they do. Once you're out of the job, you should be able to say what you want as long as its not going to get someone killed. Besides, having a President out there talking helps...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 14:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

Shem wrote:I still maintain that Ronnie Raygun belongs in this discussion for, if no other reason, pioneering the "halt taxing, but continue to spend, spend, spend" mantra that has become the guiding force of the Republican party.
As somebody who makes his living by working with numbers, I second that point.
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 14:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

Well, no, we most certainly do not all agree to that and that is not the question on the table. Members of the armed forces are properly forbidden to speak as freely as they could if they were civilians. And while it is not a matter of law, the tradition of former presidents -- good, bad or indiffe...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 14:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Wisconsin Death (of public unions) Trip
Replies: 163
Views: 8589

Re: Wisconsin Death (of public unions) Trip

Regarding the filibuster issue, there is one aspect of this that is different from most of the clashes over filibusters in the US Senate: The US Senate no longer has an old school filibuster where somebody pops some stimulant pills and stands up there in diapers to talk for 36 hours without a bathro...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 13:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

Thanks to his egomaniacal sense of infallible rectitude, Carter has routinely abused his standing as a former president by opening his big mouth in criticism of subsequent administration policies and actions. Whether you agree on a case by case basis with his doing so or not, the longstanding tradi...
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 12:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

Warren wrote:Yeah see. I think it's an absurd overreach to claim that a failed helicopter raid resulted in 9/11 a quarter century later.
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As an ex-president he has been an outstanding representative of the US. Has there been another to put their passport to better use?
Here here!
by thoreau
26 Feb 2011, 12:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2012 for Obama
Replies: 2336
Views: 55151

Re: Calling 2012 for Obama

Not that I can imagine a viable candidate for the GOP-ists. 2012 they may run their version of John Kerry and then Obama will win by default. I don't see Obama winning so much as the GOP losing. If they ran a sane, credible candidate who could manage to not look like a captive of the lunatics, they...
by thoreau
25 Feb 2011, 17:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: villians of the day
Replies: 158
Views: 10616

Re: villians of the day

Being Jewish and being an Israel agent are not the same thing.

But, yeah, it would be hilarious if he claimed the right of return.
by thoreau
25 Feb 2011, 16:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: We can win the war in Vietnam!
Replies: 1190
Views: 48824

Re: We can win the war in Vietnam!

A senior Al Qaeda leader has choked on vomit of unknown origin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12581313

An ad has been put out for his replacement. Al Qaeda is looking for a motivated self-starter who can drum in a heavy metal band.
by thoreau
25 Feb 2011, 13:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4745
Views: 214039

Re: Food

Ellie wrote:venison salami (eh), mule deer salami (yum yum yum!) and garlic bear salami (tasted like ... garlic). Good stuff.
Wait, what is the difference between venison and mule deer? Does the word "venison" only refer to white tail deer or something?
by thoreau
24 Feb 2011, 23:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11981
Views: 712812

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

U.N. Weapons Inspectors Thoroughly Unimpressed With Yemeni Weapons SANAA, YEMEN—U.N. inspectors assigned to evaluate the threat level of weapon caches throughout Yemen reported Sunday that they were "underwhelmed" and, "to be honest, a little embarrassed" for the Yemeni army after observing firstha...