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Post by Jennifer » 22 Apr 2011, 01:55

Link leading to my latest British blog post concerning the TSA's foray into child pornography.

http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/04 ... sited.html

I deliberately kept the video description straightforward and emotion-free, to avoid accusations of manipulating the facts.
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Post by Wixenstyx » 06 May 2011, 18:15

I've been kind of head-in-the-sand about this TSA business. I knew it was 'getting bad', but to what extent we've been defining 'bad', I was not sure.

Now I'm sure. MY daughter is six years old. If this happened to her, I'd be horrified.
Perhaps the greatest loss of all is that we may never again live in a world free of hyperbole. --JasonL

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Post by Jennifer » 06 May 2011, 21:22

Wixenstyx wrote:I've been kind of head-in-the-sand about this TSA business. I knew it was 'getting bad', but to what extent we've been defining 'bad', I was not sure.

Now I'm sure. MY daughter is six years old. If this happened to her, I'd be horrified.
And if you let on that you were, you'd be arrested.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 26 Jun 2011, 18:04

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Post by JasonL » 27 Jun 2011, 09:47

That McCumber piece was horrible beyond words. He started with rational choice theory, then kind of stuffed everything else he didn't like about capitalism into a blender, hit pulse 10 or 20 times, and arbitrarily called the result "rational choice philosophy". Was he really meaning to attack the self interest theory of rationality as an ethical construct? Because he didn't. Was he attacking choice as a value among competing values in such a way that we could see how he'd trade choice for something else? Not really. All we know is he doesn't like a philosophy he made up that apparently calls the aggregation of power the definition of ethical behavior.

The hilarious part is when he invoked the dreaded quantum uncertainty monster. Sounding just like Deepak Chopra, he's all "rational choice implies that reason permits you to analyze unbreakable causal chains, which quantum science (ugh!) clearly says is impossible." Sure, if you are an electron.

I also liked the sublimely abusurd "the world today is infected with this product of the RAND corporation, as evidenced by institutions that grow wealth ... having wealth. And power. Ha! I've dealt capitalism a fatal blow!" Because, you know, nobody in history had ever thought of power enabling them to do more stuff than no power. Nope, that's RAND and the Kochtopus baby.

I'm not an ethical rationalist. I don't think you can get ought from is, and I don't think it is reason that tells me I should suffer a single paper cut if it saves 10 million babies somewhere. If that's what he was getting at, he should just refer people to Hume. This piece was a jumble of poorly argued philosophy with social activism and honest to golly hegelian marxism thrown in. Zoiks how did that make it past the editor ...

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Post by Hugh Akston » 27 Jun 2011, 11:36

My first attempt at addressing him went about three times longer than what I ended up actually posting. There's so much wrong with his original piece that it probably would have been shorter to say "he's right that rationality can't fully account for ethics" and leave it at that.

I had the same thought about Hume, who argued for skepticism about causality and the inadequacy of rationality as applied to ethics. But of course Hume wouldn't have gotten homeboy to the promised land of peace and love where we transcend the petty interests of the individual in pursuit of the universal Will.
JasonL wrote: Zoiks how did that make it past the editor ...
1) I have my doubts that the editor knew what a Hegel was, let alone what to do with it.

2) There doesn't seem to be any coherence or plausibility requirement to publish a piece in the NYT Editorial pages.
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Post by dhex » 27 Jun 2011, 12:03

editorials are like that. they check them for libel and other actionable shit. beyond that it's, uh, an editorial.
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Post by Kolohe » 27 Jun 2011, 15:29

JasonL wrote:Sure, if you are an electron.
I'm pretty sure I'm not an electron. Actually, I'm positive.
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Post by Stevo Darkly » 27 Jun 2011, 17:23

You people are strange, yet charming. But I guess we all have our own little quarks.
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Post by Jennifer » 15 Jul 2011, 16:05

Americans and TSA: A Call for Sacrifice

http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... ifice.html
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Post by Aresen » 21 Jul 2011, 23:31

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Post by JasonL » 22 Jul 2011, 09:56

This is part of what I'm getting at in the 2012 for Obama thread. Expressions of doooommm make it seem like nothing could possibly be worse than this. That's fucking crazy talk. Almost everything else that has ever happened in human history is considerably worse than what we have going on now. To hit the reset button in a fundamental way ... I don't get it.

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Post by Jennifer » 23 Jul 2011, 15:21

Call your congressman, and urge him to vote in favor of passing Jennifer's Law! It's for the children, or public safety, or something.

http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... orism.html
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Post by thoreau » 24 Jul 2011, 19:03

Just for dhex, I discuss "Stupid party vs. evil party"

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archi ... 7/24/13280
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Post by Sandy » 26 Jul 2011, 11:49

thoreau wrote:Just for dhex, I discuss "Stupid party vs. evil party"

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archi ... 7/24/13280
I think you're overlooking the fact that Republicans were bending over backwards themselves to defend a president who was not-very-conservative on many issues. When your team is in power: it must win no matter how dumb it acts, less the other guys get in power. When your team is out of power, it's RAH TEAM RAH. STOP THE OTHER TEAM AT ALL COSTS.
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Post by Jennifer » 26 Jul 2011, 16:25

The Department of Homeland Security is hiring staff writers.

http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... tizen.html

As the ad says, "Our services touch every US citizen."
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Post by Jadagul » 27 Jul 2011, 05:32

Jennifer wrote:The Department of Homeland Security is hiring staff writers.

http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... tizen.html

As the ad says, "Our services touch every US citizen."
See, this is why they need better writers.

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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 27 Jul 2011, 06:00

Jadagul wrote:
Jennifer wrote:The Department of Homeland Security is hiring staff writers.

http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... tizen.html

As the ad says, "Our services touch every US citizen."
See, this is why they need better writers.
Or better graphic artists:

"Our services touch every US citizen."
Image


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Post by Jennifer » 27 Jul 2011, 14:25

I am rewriting my resume and applying for the job; I also sent a pitch to the British blog about it, and if they don't buy it (they probably won't, cause their budget is shit until autumn), I'll post it myself.

It's my standard resume, except each job description is tweaked to emphasize my qualifications for the job. Specifically, my willingness to tell bald-faced lies completely at odds with reality. Jennifer the high school teacher: taught certain courses, rewrote curriculum, "Lied to parents when necessary to be optimistic about offspring's future prospects: 'Your child is destined for a happy competent adulthood characterized by wise, intelligent decision-making, all thanks to your excellent helicopter parenting'."
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Post by Jennifer » 27 Jul 2011, 17:32

This is the first draft of my job application letter, which I actually intend to send off:
http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... t-job.html
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Post by Hugh Akston » 27 Jul 2011, 18:04

Jennifer wrote:This is the first draft of my job application letter, which I actually intend to send off:
http://feralgenius.blogspot.com/2011/07 ... t-job.html
Brilliant.
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Post by Jennifer » 27 Jul 2011, 18:15

If they actually called me in for an interview ... oh, man, that would be sweet.
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Post by thoreau » 27 Jul 2011, 19:12

I am in awe. Your cover letter shall be remembered as one of the great pieces of snark, ranked alongside Electron Band Structure in Germanium My Ass.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 26 Aug 2011, 20:10

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Post by Sandy » 26 Aug 2011, 22:12

Like.
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