Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at
10:17 pm by Mark O.
So. Back to work tomorrow.
- Carnegie-Mellon puts PV=nRT to the test.
- No prejudice in the alteration of data.
- Methane for vehicular fuel, exhibit a and exhibit b.
- School hi-jinks.
- Corruption in (a) government noted.
- Someone on the right praises Ms Obama.
- With the common practice of security free medical devices, do you think security will be a primary concern for its use.
- Very cool. Wonder what it would be like to play with that on at the same time.
- 200 million? That seems not very much, it’s likely they lost more than twice that from employees borrowing pencils and office supplies.
- Unemployment and welfare.
- Military aid for families takes an ironic turn.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at
9:58 pm by Mark O.
- Still seems like mental illness to me. The dysphoria <->BIID comparison seems to make that clear. It might be that the best available treatment is to live with it, but that doesn’t make it not a mental illness.
- Not unrelated, Mark Daniels on addiction.
- Nutt’n better to do I guess than pretend to know about that which you don’t.
- “Digitally faked”. Now that’s just wrong (and embarrassing to own up to I’d think).
- An animal with a backpack.
- A use for old hard drives.
- “Everywoman” … isn’t.
- Extra-terrestrial taking a leak.
26 days to (Western) Lent. 31 Days for the Eastern Church (for which there are 10 days to the Triodion … this Sunday is Zacchaeus Sunday).
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at
9:36 pm by Mark O.
New Tablet … an attempt to see how android 5.01 works with WordPress for creating links posts.
- Oh. It’s a race!
- Color me unsurprised.
- I am not unsympathetic to the notion that at some point in end of life, end is inevitable and pain and loss of dignity is the only thing left. However, I also think euthenasia should be illegal and a likely jail term in the offing. That isn’t to say, if push came to shove and the hard choice was mine to make, I think if you love your parent or spouse, isn’t that love great enough to go to jail for your beloved? *That* will prevent abuse. It is often the error that illegal=immoral (hint: it isn’t. And furthermore, when given the choice, moral wins, not legal).
- I use LastPass. How ’bout y’all?
- Fiction, Fact, stranger than … Raiders of the Lost Arc edition.
Well, that wasn’t impossible. I need to figure out how to create enumerated list in the android wordpress app.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at
11:45 pm by Rusty
This is one reason why SSM is not, objectively, marriage. As a rule*, marriage is a culturally and societally managed institution which, through natural processes, results in the next generation being produced. The protection and perpetuation of the next generation is something which society (whether tribal or governmental) has historically been deeply interested in. Rest assured that there is no natural way in which an SSM couple can contribute to producing the next generation. While virtually any relationship between two or more humans can be recognized and, therefore, named “marriage”, “marriage plus surrogate”, “grouping”, “shacking-up”, “brotherhood”, “sisterhood”, or whatever, only a relationship minimally limited to a male – female arrangement can in and of itself produce the next generation (I know, that last part is pretty obvious). As such, marriage between a man and a woman should be recognized as an institution which, as a rule and by design provides for the perpetuation of society; and not as, for example, an arrangement which provides one with governmental benefits.
* By “as a rule” I’m referring to an anomaly free, unencumbered, and properly functioning system. (thanks to Stand to Reason for pretty much everything I just said)
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at
10:53 pm by Mark O.
Links with remarks?
- My, uninformed guess, would be that this liberal disaproves. Alas, he’s only half right. “Hate crime” are apparently committed when you do a criminal act and the jury decides you have ideological motives. Seems to me that a crime against police may very well fit into this category. Alas, after all, turnabout is fair play, which in this case means if the ideology is one you approve it still makes it a “hate crime”. And the scare quotes are intentional, for the real way clear out of this mess is to remove all traces of “hate crime” from the books.
- So. Are you the kind of person to laugh at the misfortune of someone young, inexperienced and clumsy? I certainly am.
- The west coast liberal anti-vaccine crowd gets a wonderfully apt acronymic sendoff. (HT)
- Look, when you read some statistical result you have don’t have to google for opposing studies. The first thing to do is the Fermi test, do a back of the envelope estimation of the numbers and figure out if you think it is a reasonable quantity. 1 in 30 homeless. No freaking way.
- So with Ferguson, the kerfuffle (I don’t recall names) in New York and the movie Selma, much ado has been made about how nothing has changed and things are still horribly racist and wicked in America. Alas, this isn’t actually true. As this post points out, things in the 50s were very very bad, but guess what? Things are very very very different now. Why does lying about the current state of affairs help? Everybody actually knows they are lying. How does it help to destroy your credibility on the outset.
And … Ant-man? Is it too late to change the name?
Monday, December 29th, 2014 at
7:34 pm by Mark O.
Ok. Back to it, after all, I haven’t stopped reading and saving links, just reporting them. So, what’s in the backlog.
- 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).
- Mr Degrasse’s 8 “books everyone should read“. Yikes.
- 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.
- Here is another equivalence, possibly slightly less morally suspect.
- Yet again, repeat ad infintum, the argument against torture is not gotten via consequentialism.
- 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.
- 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?
- Union labor and why it sucks so often.
- Very cool.
- Graft and equalite, liberte, fraternite (and buckets of blood).
- A gun (which is sort of on my wish-I-had-one list)
Monday, December 15th, 2014 at
10:07 pm by Mark O.
One reflection here. For myself, I think a more succinct way to put it is, the meaning of Christmas is Easter and the Resurrection.
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at
9:52 pm by Mark O.
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.