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Things Heard: e304v4

Yo. Without much ado … links?

  1. Family matters and geography.
  2. ’cause doing that sort of thing what politicians like she do all the time, you’re just supposed to pretend it’s not so.
  3. A policy and the effect as predicted.
  4. The part that claims to be “friendly to women” isn’t. If one suspects the primary reason that party claims the other party is unfriendly to women is to provide cover for their own sins … you’d be right (oh, the other reason is that they, to paraphrase Mr Obama figure little girls grow up dreaming they will kill their babies and that sort of thing is women-friendly).
  5. My #1 daughter bought some ghost-pepper salsa. I’m not a fan. But, it makes for interesting viewing.
  6. I had a joke in mind when I saved this link. But I forgot it. You can roll your own.
  7. That probably goes the other way too.
  8. Dubious claims noted.
  9. In the “say something positive even if it makes no sense” mode, the President claims the GOP electoral results likely to stiffen House Republican’s willingness to compromise means they will be more willing to compromise. Riiiight. One wonders if he even read the statement before he made it.
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    Things Heard: e304v3

    And another day done.

    1. Go. My one intuition from playing a little Go in high school is that it teaches you recognize a  non-winning position and abandon that before losses mount. Looking at Japan in WWII, playing the game doesn’t translate that skill to real life.
    2. It was a liberal tenet that fighting terrorism was a legal not military matter. To bad that presumption is both wrong and one held by an administration for almost a decade. (stupid or evil, eh)
    3. Why the left large brained administrators like euthanasia. Solves the GOMER problem.
    4. For the carbon entranced.
    5. Piketty problems.
    6. Taiwan and Tiananmen (HT)
    7. Color me unsurprised.
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      Things Heard: e304v1

      Well, links?

      1. Stupid scholastic tricks.
      2. In a barely comprehensible move, an openly sexist site bemoans sexism.
      3. This is not unrelated, i.e., sexism noted.
      4. Obamacare continues to be a disaster.
      5. Just think some publisher paid her money to write that tripe. As for myself, it would take a great deal of money to convince me read even a little bit of it. I suspect that is true of a lot of people. Which makes it confusing why a publisher would want to publish such things. She is however, quite color blind when it comes to money.
      6. This book however, looks interesting.
      7. Speaking of books, this is what happens when two administrations in a row ignore David Petraeus’s book on counter-insurgency. Particularly the importance of other governmental agencies and specialties be engaged in rebuilding and enriching the country in question.
      8. Ice sheets melting, CO2 not implicated, oops.
      9. So I missed this when I sojourned in the wilderness. Did you?
      10. Medical ethics.
      11. Stupid liberal reactions noted.
      12. Two speeches.
      13. Screw the nanny state. Just stop it now!
      14. Why not “and”?
      15. Awesome illustrations.
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        Things Heard: e303v3-5


        1. Economic considerations for net neutrality.
        2. So … yuck or not?
        3. Crystalline structure and permanence.
        4. Government leads to wickedness. Why the left wants more of it, is the mystery.
        5. Well, he hasn’t … but the reason isn’t laziness. There’s no constituency at risk … that is the impact on the midterms is minimal if it doesn’t become a scandal. So, ergo, it doesn’t matter.
        6. How supporters of aff action and other less good ideas (reparations) justify racial barriers against Asians.
        7. Bang bang she said.
        8. Huh?
        9. The Crimean prize.
        10. Fair play.
        11. Choices and life.
        12. Journalists being dumb, noted.
        13. I’m pretty sure they all knew what was going on. I keep hearing “I thought they were looking out for me.” This is a lie. You, they, and everybody else around were focused on getting you back in the game. It’s what you wanted. It’s what they wanted. It’s what you got.
        14. Inflation.
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          Things Heard: e303v1n2


          1. Ms Palin makes a point, highlighting those on both sides of the aisle as hypocrites (those on the left who went after Ms Palin but find this abhorrent when aimed at Ms Clinton and the reverse on the right).
          2. “Deep concern”.
          3. Uhuh.
          4. Let ‘em run free, get hurt and all that.
          5. Drones.
          6. Top speed vs cornering, … recall the Zero in WWII, eh?
          7. The elderly.
          8. demographic prediction charted.
          9. India, anointing and international elite opinion.
          10. Bad science.
          11. Smash, bang, hack.
          12. On Piketty.
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            Things Heard: e302v2n3

            Wooh. Light at the end of the tunnel … one more day of silly hours (then travel and work Saturday). Ain’t life grand?

            1. Unemployment measured before the thought police got put in charge of the government. Kinda like how the census just “happened” to change how it measured important Obamacare metrics so the next data set will not be comparable with past ones for judging the effectiveness of the program (or should that be programme).
            2. Speaking on Obamacare, here’s how it’s bending that cost curve. First of many would be my prediction.
            3. Other news on that front here.
            4. Two on the Sterling kerfuffle, here and here.
            5. Wonder why bike racing is awesome? Go no further and just watch.
            6. Oy vey! The mountains are moving because of global warming  (Yikes! Catastrophic! Skary!)…. uhm wait. A 6000 foot mountain has a measureable .. 1-3 millimeter height variation (out of a seasonal 2cm shift) and that’s something that is …. well, move on. Nothing to see here (literally). (and by the by, the “human” cause of that  … just unsubstantiated rubbish).
            7. More climate news here.
            8. Country or not-country?
            9. Yikes.
            10. Drug tests.
            11. “Russia had serfs long after everyone else had abandoned serfdom” … uhm, Russia freed the serfs concurrent with the start of the Civil War. I mean, there are lots regrettable things that you can pin on Russia in her history (see 20th century) but the mock serf thing at a time when you had slaves? That makes no sense.
            12. Well, to be honest, physicists have been returning (absent evidence) to super-symmetry for 50 years so far … not because of new evidence but because it is (a) cool and (b) solves a lot of vexing problems.
            13. Hmm. I thought the saying was “out of the mouths of babes … come all manner of things.”
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              Things Heard: e302v1

              So. I’m East of Atlanta … alas I think I won’t have time for anything but work.

              1. So, I’m thinking that the missing prelude to Brave New World is how did they get to a seemingly benign completely autocratic regime … seems our rulers figure if you toss a frog in boiling water it will object (jump out) but if you slowly heat the same water …. (case in point) (and yet one more)
              2. Yikes.
              3. A truly weird portrait .. oh, and they ride bikes.
              4. Da science is settled, just hold that thought, even if causes dissonance. Oh, and one more on climate.
              5. Embarrassing for the science educator establishment. Akin to a Natural History museum putting cavemen and T-Rex in the same diorama.
              6. From the loony left.
              7. Calling them!? Call a spade a spade doesn’t make it a spade. It was a spade before it was called out.
              8. Speech police continue. Don’t worry about actions. Just the speech.
              9. This is not unrelated.
              10. Corrosion resistance put to the test.
              11. Leadership and culture (compare to our President and his failed ‘teaching’ moments)
              12. question asked.
              13. And some of us voted for him. Who is he? Well, he (and she) is in the beltway and there are hundreds of them.
              14. My #1 daughter would strenuously disagree with the message on this sign. Her sister might concur however.
              15. Added to my reading inbox.
              16. The end of (your) days and … a homily for those around those at the end of their life.
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                Things Heard: e301v2

                Hmm. Feels like Wednesday already. Yikes. Must have been a long day.

                1. Ms Clinton on guns. So, what does one of these liberal chuckleheads say when asked, “So, over the last 20 years gun ownership has steadily risen and gun violence has steadily fallen. What is this thing you think you need to fix?” Seriously. Why do they push this nonsense?
                2. The beltway gets the press it deserves.
                3. For the dirty deed’s done dirt cheap as a long term job opportunity.
                4. But here’s how not to do it.
                5. Exactly. Actually the PC speech thing is an interesting paradox. Those PC speakers typically despise the Victorian and the Victorian ethos. Yet they have appropriated their methods. A primary thesis behind the Victorian emphasis on manners (and if you don’t see a parallel between manners and PC speech rules you aren’t watching) was that correct the manners and the thoughts and interior ethics will follow the habits so engendered. How many PC speech enthusiasts like those applauding the Eich/Sterling/&c kerfuffles also reject that same Victorian thesis.
                6. picture perfect illustration why “education” on contraception isn’t the fix it is pretends to be.
                7. Moving on up, err, out.
                8. Oh, please. Get real.
                9. Freedom of speech is not (not not not not) a “collective” right.
                10. Which is why laws like this likely will not stand.
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                  Things Heard: e301v1


                  1. or go play soccer. Sounds like the right answer.
                  2. Foreign policy.
                  3. Deontology (I think) and lying.
                  4. So, being incredibly stupid can be illegal.
                  5. Sooo soo shtupid. The Palin haters probably are cringing.
                  6. Demographics.
                  7. Guess I’ve gone over to be part of the problem, eh?
                  8. Heh.
                  9. This is in the news. On the other hand, if something which occurs is easily predicted that means it’s not exactly an unintended consequence.
                  10. Going back the bandwidth question … it the internet faster than a station wagon of (these or 128gig micro-SD) driving to the West coast faster or slower than the Internet.
                  11. Booze.
                  12. Forgetting he murdered young girl(s?) by burying them alive.
                  13. Hamster fun.
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                    Things Heard: e300v3n4

                    So dinner was late (after the evening workout) … and subsequently my blog-read time before bed became read-a-little. Anyhow, links?

                    1. Some more thoughts on the NBA/Clippers kerfuffle.
                    2. Betcha he muffs it.
                    3. “Improve the current process” uhm, ever heard of a gun? They are quite reliable and inexpensive.  And, while I proposed this somewhat in jest years ago, I often think it might be the solution. Who about a federal statute limiting the applicability of capital punishment to those who profess belief in the afterlife.  (more on that here … including some background on the inmate for whom a botched execution is something of a logical consequence of his crime).
                    4. Speaking of legal issues. This vid has been making the rounds. And it highlights a need for caning or whipping for people who pull crap like that (see also “depends on what the definition of what “is” is”). How about a statute, you pull that crap and you get a dozen with a cat-o-nine. After you’re out of the hospital you can return to your deposition.
                    5. Location, location, location. Heh.
                    6. So. If that descriptions sounds like a job you’d love, come on in. It is in fact the job I love.
                    7. That looks like a very cool idea, until you realize storage/transmission losses probably are higher than mechanical ones.
                    8. Speaking of cool …
                    9. A loss of one of the great ones.
                    10. A voice returns to the blogosphere. In an (alas) interesting place.
                    11. The only thing strange is how much you liberal big government types misunderestimate how much many hate the welfare state.
                    12. Libertarian stupid notions (the open borders nonsense) meets the real world consequence of same.
                    13. Oh. Joy.
                    14. Against puzzles for the ageing brain.
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                      Things Heard: e300v2

                      G’day. Links?

                      1. So. The Sterling kerfuffle moves into the second stage, here are two view (one and two). I’m a little concerned about the notion that you can have that much damage done by having a private conversation recorded, sans context, and voila. Ruination. Seems to me public actions should have those kinds of consequences, not private conversation. Just never argue a devils advocate position … ever.
                      2. Well, I live in Chicago .. and while I don’t follow basketball, for what it’s worth in January they were expected to finish last in the East after losing Deng and Rose. They finished far ahead of expectations. That remains true.
                      3. Wind.
                      4. How the President should not argue.
                      5. A public service reminder.
                      6. The Benghazi cover-up … and it’s a success. Why was it a success? Because, I think,  the “video” story was believed by the gullible, the tribal, and the wicked. So if you bought the video story, which were you?
                      7. A school to notice.


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                        Things Heard: e300v1

                        So. How about some wordy links?

                        1. Teh racism. Or not, eh? So, this Sterling fella. Apparently for 10-15 years, “everybody knew” he was prone to make similar remarks (source: ESPN radio Mike/Mike this morning). The recording the NBA will “announce their actions/sanctions” was illegally made. Which is apparently not important to the left. At least this time, unlike the last with the Wisconsin Sentator’s remarks, they aren’t claiming teh racism for comments which were basically exactly the same thing as the President’s own remarks. Somebody smarter than me can tell me how/why those who think taboo’s in general are bad and should be tested at the same time are busy erecting new taboo’s?
                        2. Speaking of making words taboo. The UK doesn’t like freedom of speech.
                        3. Oh, it’s not misanthropic. That’s the wrong word. It’s elitist.
                        4. I have to say there’s a critical flaw in Mr Martin’s thesis. He asks whether Gondor after defeating Sauron went on to kill all those “baby orcs in their baby orc cradles”. Orcs are monsters. They aren’t men. Solzhenitsyn coined the phrase that the line between good and evil goes though every man’s heart. That doesn’t hold for orcs (and other monsters). No good there. Just evil. Killing baby evil monsters isn’t morally tinged with doubt whether they will grow up to be a good orc or not. There is no doubt.
                        5. Here’s an example with by itself disproves its thesis. Kinda like a Barack Obama speech.
                        6. Mr Challies is wrong yet again. That’s both far too complicated and just plain wrong. In this book, it is recounted that Father Arseny had a vision during some torture. He could see all those around him, with a flame inside them which represented the “light of Christ”. A church which fails is one that forgets fostering that light in all around you isn’t everyone’s job is one that fails. It’s as simple as that.
                        7. For the Palin fans, this time with a twist as most of my “Palin fan” remarks go to reasonable things Ms Palin has said. This time, what she says is unreasonable. Recently I was part of a discussion, in which my interlocotur painted himself in a position vis a vis euthenasia in which his opposition to torture is no longer tenable. That is to say if you think dehydration of the infirm is an acceptable way to kill your beloved parent (which by the way is the law of the land), then your objection to waterboarding becomes incoherent. Unless you figure Jesus injunction that we love our enemies as a corollary means we should treat as enemies those who love and are loved by us.
                        8. So, up north the ice is melting … finally.
                        9. For the gun control crowd. The masters have different rules than us plebes, eh?
                        10. So, by the Gini metric income inequality has not increased apparently. So, sounds like those who find this a problem might be in the Mark Twain “lies, damned lies, and statistics” camp.
                        11. An interesting case to foster ethics discussions.
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                          Things Heard: e299v4

                          So, my daughter got me using (with her “my fitness pal” a phone/web app/site) so that both of us can lose some weight and get fit. I’ve “configured” it to get me to lose .5 lbs per week for a year or so to get to a nice weight … and I’m getting back to biking and still swimming. I’ve gone to it being hard to eat as little as needed to the other side of the coin, on  a good (exercise) day it’s hard to eat enough. But enough about me … links?

                          1. A look inside the liberal echo chamber (aka mainstream news media).
                          2. I’d say the surprise would be if it was otherwise.
                          3. Mr Bundy’s recent remarks are loudly touted (on the left). Why? As a distraction is the probable cause.
                          4. That rising tide, which liberals wish to slow to foster inequality … and why that’s a bad idea.
                          5. Obama contra Obama (yet again).
                          6. Of church and society (or the Ratzinger/Habermas debate resurfaces).
                          7. Fine advice, oddly enough.
                          8. Bureaucracy and self-discipline.
                          9. Hope (apparently) springs eternal.
                          10. Some things have always been important.
                          11. As a general rule, none (and drop the “other” variants as well). Look at War and Peace or the Brothers Karamazov and see how much of any sort they had.
                          12. Too bad the state department’s main export isn’t slapstick comedy.
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                            Things Heard: e299v3

                            Bright week (what the East calls the Paschal week), halfway done.

                            1. Yur friendly neighborhood faux-Cherokee is “surprised”. Yah, right.
                            2. This is not unrelated.
                            3. Some maths for your entertainment.
                            4. Feels good vs actually looking at the data. Someday soon the same crowd will do the same thing with all the climate noise.
                            5. So what’s that mean? Gender was kind like pirate rules, i.e., guidelines or that they don’t have earlier data?
                            6. One pointer at dark matter.
                            7. Who pays, well the victim pays more it sounds like.
                            8. Conventional wisdom puts fascism on the far right and communism on the far left. Conventional wisdom, historically speaking, is usually wrong.
                            9. Government, as Mr Schraub noted, is uniquely situated to make fair judgements. Alas, more commonly they are uniquely situated to make stupid decisions have dire consequences, which by dumb luck didn’t actually transpire here.
                            10. Judging not by the content of your character … but the color your skin or the contents of your pants.
                            11. This it seems is a pattern.


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                              Things Heard: e299v2


                              1. Ambrose lives on.
                              2. So, we’re all failing to see the strategy here.
                              3. Trying the “I’m not trying to make money, I’m just delusional” gambit.
                              4. Not unrelated to the above.
                              5. So. Will that support evaporate or not? If you were Ukrainian would you bet on more support than we gave Hungary in the ’56?
                              6. Temperature fluctuations show correlations with … hmm, solar output.
                              7. All of course explained by recent fluctuations in gun control legislation … oops … what do you mean there haven’t been any changes!? Never mind then.
                              8. The response should have been, “Dear, data entry is not math, that is preschool level arithmetic.” If you say anything at all.
                              9. Yikes.
                              10. Looks like a place for those with money to burn.
                              11. Doesn’t look “irreverent” to me. It looks like a darn good time is had by all … and quite festive.
                              12. What we used to call “binge eating” has a new euphemism.
                              13. So why aren’t math professors sociopathic … but why on the hand, do we find that Disney writers are?


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