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Links: 2015-01-05

Hey. Weekend is done.

  1. Meta-linking (linking of links), and I will say, the point on the “trauma” is spot on.
  2. So, Christmas and Islam.
  3. Teh noodity meets the Constitution.
  4. One of those models looks like it’s still tracking the data, although it does it by predicting very little warming.
  5. Powder go bang.
  6. Obamacare and a twist.
  7. Nicknames and history.
  8. Danger! Danger! Danger!(Will Robinson?)
  9. Snarf.
  10. Click through, it’s worth your while.
  11. Oddly enough actual leadership involves people following your lead. Doesn’t matter what you say, if you can’t get people to follow your lead … and in fact they resist and go the other way either your a bad leader (and didn’t realize they’d not follow) or you intended the result that was achieved (the not following).
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    Links: 2014.12.30

    Last full day in Jersey.

    1. Of course, what he misses is that those millions would be captive Democrats.
    2. PC from the CP. Succinct.
    3. In that same vein.
    4. A suit that shouldn’t win.
    5. A question asked.
    6. Origen would not seen a difficulty and that was in the 2nd century.
    7. If anyone doubts modern liberals are clueless when it comes to Christian beliefs, doubt no longer.
    8. Tech and art working together.
    9. A very non-standard interpretation of Shostakovitch’s 7th.
    10. Uhm, some Duh Science. Stress impacts the immune system negatively. That isn’t news, everyone knows that.

     

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      Links: 2014.12.29

      Ok. Back to it, after all, I haven’t stopped reading and saving links, just reporting them. So, what’s in the backlog.

      1. Here’s a x-mas suggestion for the old-calendar practitioners who haven’t gotten anything yet. (For those who don’t know, much of the Easter Orthodox are still on the Julian calendar 13 days later than the Gregorian until the end of the century. This is why the Orthodox Easter/Pascha is so wildly different from the West, as both are based on the full moon after the spring equinox, but … when that equinox is changes by 13 days).
      2. Mr Degrasse’s 8 “books everyone should read“. Yikes.
      3. I haven’t a clue whether Mr Schraub disapproves or approves but, geesh, anyone who holds Israel and ISIS as morally equivalent is ethically blind and should be regarded functionally as a psychopath.
      4. Here is another equivalence, possibly slightly less morally suspect.
      5. Yet again, repeat ad infintum, the argument against torture is not gotten via consequentialism.
      6. I’m not up to speed on hate speech and the legal status of same, but as a layperson one would be lead to suspect that “hate speech” should involve in some way, you know, actual hate or even mild dislike.
      7. Speaking of which, there are plenty of liberals who clearly hate conservatives. I wonder if their hate-speech microscope will be turned on themselves in this regard?
      8. Union labor and why it sucks so often.
      9. Very cool.
      10. Graft and equalite, liberte, fraternite (and buckets of blood).
      11. A gun (which is sort of on my wish-I-had-one list)
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        Off the Cuff

        So, Dr Gruber, not a politician. Ya think? This gets much mileage in the press and the liberal politicians are going distance themselves from him as if he he were scalding acid. Abortion as eugenics, to be applied to minorities, hmm. That’s palatable, albeit Ms Sanger was in the camp too I think. Regarding Mr Gruber, the outrage is confusing. I mean, here is a guy who admits selling Obamacare on falsehoods. But I mean, why is the right acting all put out? Those lies were not believed by the right, but by the left. Why is the left not outraged that they were sold a bill of goods? Politics remains very confusing for me.

        Some IQ specialist thinks he has evidence that intelligence is not nuture but nature, which will alas irk the (mostly racist) race theorists no end (see this too). So, if it comes out that intelligence (and therefore success in school) are due to nature not nurture, can we stop with the stupidly high inheritance taxes that the left thinks are necessary to stop the “rich” from having unfair advantages?

        I wonder what this sort of graph but instead for the WWII Germany/Soviet Eastern front wars would look like. It would be appalling I think. Appropos of that and in the discussion which mention Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo. But like most of the Western canonical history forget that Russian led armies sacked Paris in 1814. The same poster (rightly) mocks those college students of today who are so so so ignorant of history it seems.

        Regarding Ms Feinstein and her “release” of CIA investigations on torture. The left’s thesis (which is badly flawed) is (a suggested thesis of her report) is that torture doesn’t work, ergo we shouldn’t do it. Actually historically it seems very very likely that when done efficiently with an understanding of what you are up to, it works and works very well. See Mr Fernandez excellent book  No Way In (or read about the Gestapo and well, anywhere they operated). Look. Every single time a resistance cell loses a member to the torture using establishment everyone has to find a new safe houses, move and so on. Why? This wouldn’t be so if torture was ineffective. But. It is. The argument against torture is not that it isn’t effective or cost effective but that is immoral. It is wrong. That is the only argument needed or which should be used against it.

         

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          Things Heard: e316n1

          At long last, more links.

          1. More CO2.
          2. Yikes.
          3. I have to say, vis a vis corn, that comparing corn grits and cream of wheat and how hungry I am four hours later in the morning, corn beats wheat hands down.
          4. The minority leader and doing self parody right. Man, she has teh stupid in buckets, eh?
          5. Some politicians around the globe, however, are make Ms Pelosi look less worse.
          6. Neat interior design.
          7. Tranadol found in trees, or more precisely, not found in trees. Interesting though.
          8. ‘cuse me, any “theory of tattoos” has to include “alcohol was involved in the decision making”.
          9. Heh.
          10. On banning prayer at games. Reminds me of the Soviet era story of the pols proclaiming to the crowd how religion in the USSR was dead and gone … somebody in the crowd shouted “Christ is Risen” and the whole crowd responded back automatically “He is Risen Indeed”.
          11. Looking into the near future crystal ball, optimistically.
          12. Relics of the Cross.

           

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            Things Heard: e315v2rds

            Whoo.

            1. Ms Bathory was close.
            2. Human’s are nothing if not adaptable.
            3. Remembering 9/11 and something about it you probably didn’t know.
            4. Max-Sec in the deep south.
            5. Yikes.
            6. More yikes.
            7. Constitutional authority … but don’t worry, Mr Yoo is for it.
            8. Unintended consequence (but … easily predicted consequences should not be unintentional. So is it an intentional consequence then?)
            9. The wrong air force.
            10. Mr Kerry, “if you don’t study” … comes back to haunt, eh?
            11. Let’s see, it is “regrettable” that a guy who thinks it OK to offer that the Israeli Prime minister would wear the teeth of Palestinian children publicly doesn’t get tenure … Hmmm. What’d that site offer on various conservative remarks that lost people jobs or positions?
            12. Incoherence from the left, noted.
            13. We’re waiting for the really really cool lightning bolt.
            14. Liberal much? Geesh. So, do you think that next week they write an essay comparing Mr Obama to Joseph Kony? ‘Tis about as logical and as outrageous.
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              Things Heard: e315v1

              Yet another hotel.

              1. Some theology.
              2. Some things the police has for which they have no reasonable need.
              3. Some history if you follow the linked link.
              4. Well, TR said (I think) “walk softly and carry a big stick.” Our knucklehead in chief has a variant of that phrase, which alas, is stickless.
              5. More here.
              6. Some jokes all with the same punch line.
              7. Crime and punishment.
              8. Global warming.
              9. Cool. (probably literally as well)
              10. Nature’s beauty (and the beast).
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                Things Heard: e314n2

                Good, err, day.

                1. A post sort of against profiling. Profiling is racist when the criteria chosen are inappropriate. if race is a factor predictive of crime then race is not an inappropriate criteria. In setting a defensive line, you put your forces where the bulk of the attacks are expected. This isn’t “profiling”.
                2. Rape culture.
                3. Scraping the ugly barnacles from the underside of civilization as a job.
                4. The prior reality is why “slower to draw” is a death sentence for many.
                5. Fun and snow.
                6. Somebody fulfilled their photographic bucket list.
                7. Government waste examined.
                8. ‘gainst mines and IEDs … a tool.
                9. The constitutional right to be an ass. Wonder if the left would be defending that U of I Urbana professor if he wore that in public (and not at work).
                10. Apparently 83% of American’s are out of their freaking minds. Or the poll is just another damn cricket race. I’d rather the law went the other way.
                11. Embrace your coming disrespectability. There’s even a beatitude about that.
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                  Things Heard: e314n1

                  G’day, hump day (of my 15 day workweek) is over.

                  1. More grist for the Ferguson discussion.
                  2. Here too.
                  3. Some silliness. Signs like this are pertinent, when people who accidentally do this roam the earth.
                  4. Film.
                  5. I’d go with #10, #9 and #1.
                  6. Some basic points in theology which everyone should agree, here and here … but a whole lot of people get stuck on them.
                  7. Piketty points.
                  8. Confused about the outrage. So ‘splain it for us, eh?
                  9. Well, you always have the two choices, are they stupid or evil?
                  10. I don’t see what’s wrong with being liked because you are smart. Do you?
                  11. Very cool.
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                    Things Heard: e313v1-3

                    Travel travel.

                    1. So. I sorta missed a lot of Ferguson kerfuffle. Aside from the “we’re angry, scared, and affronted … therefore let’s loot lots of innocent bystanders shops” logic fail. Very few facts are out so most noise and nonsense seems to me to be just that. This however, may give some useful information going forward.
                    2. In the context of Ferguson, liberals still striving to keep the black man down.
                    3. Of course, she’s waiting for the GOP field to flesh out. (or not)
                    4. Mr Perry was indicted apparently. So, if the GOP was not behind the indictment … explain why since everyone (pundits and others) “knows” that an impeachment of Mr Obama would (a) not lead to a conviction and (b) aid the Democrats in 2014 midterms, why do the similar (presumably Democrats) think that a weak indictment of Mr Perry which (a) would not lead to conviction and why the don’t think the “b” supposition is also not true.
                    5. The wisdom of our press.
                    6. An answer to the eagles in book one LOTR question.
                    7. ordered the book … (see item 2 above … alongside the why do liberals hate Asians?)
                    8. Well, guesses 1-10 are wrong, and likely somewhat bigoted. The right answer is “one who forgets (a) “judge not lest you be judged” and from which follows the question who is the righteous judge, to which we know the answer.
                    9. The greatest sentence? The Orthodox Christian answer would be the Jesus Prayer. A physicist would say Emmy Noether’s theorem.
                    10. Drones on the move.
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                      Things Heard: e312v5

                      Oooh. I get to work this weekend in the land of hot and dry.

                      1. Stupid human tricks.
                      2. Something about history and ignorance from the prior post is recapped here, uhm, Poul Anderson’s High Crusade comes to mind.
                      3. What to do if your car gets a browser.
                      4. Until a baby sitter attaches it to the family dog and lets it run.
                      5. Academics often tout “there are no stupid questions” … this blog site contradicts that premise with the “multiple attempts … (to ask the world’s dumbest question)”.
                      6. So. Is that a maxim? Is it true that “No coerced virtue is a virtue?” It’s true for charity?
                      7. $11 billion. Yikes.
                      8. Is real?

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                        Things Heard: e312v3n4

                        G’day.

                        1. Meta-ethics and theology.
                        2. He’s got the look. (had?)
                        3. Appropriate force, a suggested metric.
                        4. This is not unrelated. And besides, the way Palestine wages war is designed to increase Palestinian civilian casualties. Guess what? It works.
                        5. Ban having wrong effect.
                        6. So. Do you love it? My advice for people who hate exercise, is to use a rowing machine as it has the most bang for your minute giving you strength + cardio hitting all your big muscles at the same time.
                        7. Well, if the headline doesn’t take things out of context, that’s a self-refuting statement. I suspect however, it was merely a laugh line.
                        8. Slurp.
                        9. Unintended irony provided by government incompetence (or is it intentional malpractice?)
                        10. State and the 2nd.
                        11. With that in mind, it seems signs suggesting most efficient behavior would be better than just “merge ahead”.
                        12. A gadget to watch for.
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                          Things Heard: e312v1n2

                          Thumbs up on Guardians …  links?

                          1. In spite of? The rest of the sports world calls it a “contract year” and typically athletes (oddly enough) excel at such times.
                          2. disagree, lives both American, Japanese and others were saved. How about returning eastern bloc captives (to the Germans) in WWII to Stalin against their protestations or post WWII repairing Kolyma transport ships which we sold them in the first place as unforced “bad things” in our past?
                          3. Those many socialist medical advances.
                          4. Technology and the poor.
                          5. Good or bad?
                          6. Training. Which brings to mind the immortal Fausto Coppi quote on training for cycling, “Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike”.
                          7. Pretty.
                          8. If this administration (or other beltway knuckleheads) ask for “loyalty oaths” … grrrrr.
                          9. Possibly confused about the Michael Phelps set, which mixes strength and endurance leaning toward the former, not the latter.
                          10. Because our Administration and the Democrats are absolutely certain they don’t want another repeat of the Martin Luther King Jr debacle.
                          11. More on Piketty.
                          12. Democracy in a nutshell.
                          13. Stupid democracy tricks are not confined to this side of the pond however.
                          14. A pattern begun.
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                            Things Heard: e311v2n3

                            Well, worked hard enough that I think I can come home (sort of) a day early, Thursday night instead of mid-day Friday.

                            1. Our press missed another one. Or did I miss the flood of reporting and in depth analysis (I don’t think I did).
                            2. Spot on, for myself Cassian trumped Augustine and I crossed the Bosporus.
                            3. proposal. Comments?
                            4. So … do you think it worked or not?
                            5. Western Europeans should not be proud.
                            6. Speaking of which, … a suggestion.
                            7. A bad anti-gun argument, which makes a case for women to be armed and trained, which I’m (just) guessing wasn’t the point.
                            8. Boredom. Never a problem with the universe, which is endlessly fascinating, but with you. Kids don’t appreciate being told that however.
                            9. Liberals will never ever believe that even though true.
                            10. So, why illegal (besides government is up to it’s normal tricks, e.g., being stupid). And seems to me you should be signing things to get not refuse liability coverage. Our society has it bas-ackwards.
                            11. Hack. Spit. (all I have to say, except geesh Biden is contemptible)
                            12. No, no no. Democrats are the cargo cultists in that analogy, Kerry is the faux airplane.
                            13. Pride in your country, eh?
                            14. Love of sport.
                            15. Criticism of Pickety (HT).
                            16. A good response to the “plagarism because of PTSD” excuse.
                            17. If you didn’t think people were incredibly weird … just sayin
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                              Things Heard: e311v1

                              From the city of Henderson, affixed to the somewhat ghastly garish city of Los Vegas comes … links

                              1. Re Piketty.
                              2. Non-violence and guns, what you didn’t know, part one and two.
                              3. Ballet noted.
                              4. The unimpressive Mr Kerry’s impressively bad idea. The “bad” is the reason for the repeated adjective.
                              5. Foodly notions.
                              6. Surprise, not.
                              7. Diogenes failed to find an honest man. Liberal’s arguing that the “state” in the Obamacare mandate included the feds … are evidence he’d still be looking. Liberals who argue that way are impressively dishonest. Look when you specifically design a thing to exclude the fed subsidy as an incentive to get states to buy in … then you can’t down the road argue you mean to include fed subsidies. You just can’t, and retain any sense of respect.
                              8. Won’t end well.
                              9. A top ten headline.
                              10. What is it.
                              11. Failing, as so many do, to replace “terrorist” with synonyms like “mass murderers” and/or “serial killers”. Because that is what they are. And no, “this isn’t personal it’s political” doesn’t excuse mass murder. Sorry.

                              Gotta run.

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