Confusing Tactics

So, the Grey Lady has decided enough water has passed under the bridge to have an article pointing out that … indeed there were WMD in Iraq. I guess they figure the “lied/died” meme is entrenched.

I remain confused on two points. Why release this now? And, why did (apparently) the Bush admin hide information about the WMD during the last years of his Presidency?

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    Links: 2015-02-12

    So, what have other people been talking about, eh?

    1. Well, that’s true, … but actually just about everyone toward the top of the world-class game is effing hard core. The exception is the few who are not.
    2. Hmm. (if true) Don’t worry that’s matched by the liberal intellectual and political elites who underestimate it.
    3. There is a serious problem when people who give voice to the cry of “teh racism” don’t bother to deny the actual fact that there was cheating involved. Is your race supposed to give you license to cheat? Or what?
    4. Now that’s very cool. On the not-very-cool and not completely unrelated news, my Christmas present for my daughter (glow in the dark plant seeds which were (supposed to be) genetically modified with jellyfish DNA to glow) … haven’t arrived.
    5. Speaking of very cool. Bet you could shoot planes with that. Somewhere recently I read that many many inexpensive drones with explosives would make tanks and capital ships like the one carrying ordnance linked obsolete, forget both sides have drones. You’re going to have a bloody war (as it always) with defensive and offensive drones fighting. That is just another front. You’re still going to need ships to carry troops, ships to protect those ships, tanks to protect infantry, and as always … infantry. I don’t think that’s changed yet.
    6. Speaking of unrestrained power in motion. This is interesting to watch.
    7. What passes as liberal labor theology is just out of my site racism. Until the minimum productivity/wave fanatics stop talking about US wage laws and start pushing for global wage standards … it’s just racism of a different sort.
    8. A very strange architectural wonder. My sweet wife has a fascination for very small houses (I think there is a movement, but don’t recall the phrase). I think the about 100 sq foot houses require a warm climate where you can do much of your living outdoors. Which is nice. It just isn’t where the thermometer reads single digits for much of the year (if at all).
    9. So, Mr Obama opened a can of stupid and declared that the Crusades were a Christian war of aggression in which atrocities were committed. Here’s as close as an even handed look at that point of view as you’ll find. I mean, if “because it was war and all wars contain atrocities” and Christianity was involved (just as Islam is involved in ISIS, which he denies (keeping that can open)) therefore … uhm. Isn’t this supposed to be a “smart” President. Why such a simplistic shallow view of the Crusades? Hmm?
    10. University budget cuts and how it is pointed out how an argument of this hardship is not made correctly.
    11. If true … the President should be excoriated for many lifetimes.
    12. Who is paying for ISIS/ISIL? (who is playing their video?) Answer should be nobody. Why isn’t it nobody?
    13. An economic indicator of hard times ahead. So, optimists, ‘xplain why that’s not a problem.


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      Just Asking

      So. As the Roman Empire got too large and complex they went to a Eastern/Western Empire situation. If you take as given that the job in front of today’s US executive is too complex to be handled by one man, would instead of a geographical a similar separation of responsibilities might help allow someone with who could be more expert in the area and a smaller contingent of responsibilities make sense? For the following take it as a given (as in we won’t argue that point) the job needs to be broken up and concentrate instead on how to do so.

      This question it seems has two parts. The first is, wow to best break the job up. Foreign/domestic seems an obvious choice, but there may be other ways. Bertrand de Jouvenel suggested in his political philosophy that there were two types of leadership, one that drives forward toward a goal and one that can reconcile differences between people. Perhaps that would be another way to divide the two. Any other suggestions?

      The second part is, how to implement this? Could this be done by dogmatic precedent (like the two term limit which followed Washington’s example for so long)? Could a President announce at his inauguration that he was doing this, and his vice President was going to, say, handle 100% of foreign affair issues and he would 100% concentrate on the domestic affairs.  The titular President would promise to rubber stamp any decisions made by his VP as if he were signing them as long as there were in the foreign affairs sphere and vice versa. Would this fly? If not, why no? Or would a full Constitutional amendment process be required to effect this?

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        So. Vaccinations?

        Some ground rules should be established in these conversations. Everyone should agree:

        • Vaccines greatly decrease the chance of contracting the disease which they target.
        • If a significant proportion of the population is vaccinated, then epidemics are unlikely.
        • This “significant” number does not have to 100% to be effective. Flu shot vaccination rates hover around 50% for the last few years according to the CDC, and no epidemics have occurred.
        • Vaccines are not 100% risk free, although globally speaking the benefit outweighs the risk. This, of course, does not help either the person getting sick or having an allergic or auto-immune reaction.
        • All currently required childhood vaccines are for horrible illnesses. Measles for example “Most patients with uncomplicated measles will recover with rest and supportive treatment.” (from the wiki). Like chicken pox, in childhood in the 50’s and earlier .. almost all kids got the Measles. Oddly enough people survived.

        My question is, if you think measles vaccinations should be mandatory, why don’t you think flu shots should be mandatory?

        If you think free riders are a problem and deserve active censure, should childless middle age adults (or older) be similarly censured?

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          Is Islam the “Problem” or Not?

          Many of our intellectual elite keep (White House, others) keep repeating that Islam is “not the problem” behind the terrorism, violence and so on in the Middle East and elsewhere (France for example). What is not said in those pronouncements is, if Islam isn’t the problem, exactly then where does the problem lie? It seems likely that the statement Islam is not the problem is only half right. People who claim “Islam is the problem” (or not the problem) can be compared with people who claim “germs cause disease” (or that they don’t). Stating that Islam is or isn’t “the problem” isn’t useful. What are some more useful remarks or questions that might be raised instead? Such as, what does a more complete story/picture look like? What are useful ways of approaching this matter, not that the President and the left elite don’t have a useful way, they just are very very coy about what that way is, as “it’s not X” does not explain “it is Y”. Read the rest of this entry

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            Color Me Confused

            So, the left has gotten unhinged about Mr Christie offering that vaccinations for kids be voluntary. This isn’t an “anti-vaccination” position, as he hasn’t said not get them. If you need evidence that they have gotten unhinged, the proof is in the conflation, equating “anti-vaccine” with “optional”.

            Look. I’m not getting the kerfuffle. Explain to me the difference between optional flu shots and optional measles shots (hint: “It’s about the children” or “‘cause they are minors” earns you a dunce cap and won’t be considered a response). So why are flu shots not required for everyone? Hmmm?

            Or is this just the purely partisan stupid hacking like it looks like?


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              Links: 2015-01-17

              So. Back to work tomorrow.

              1. Carnegie-Mellon puts PV=nRT to the test.
              2. No prejudice in the alteration of data.
              3. Methane for vehicular fuel, exhibit a and exhibit b.
              4. School hi-jinks.
              5. Corruption in (a) government noted.
              6. Someone on the right praises Ms Obama.
              7. With the common practice of security free medical devices, do you think security will be a primary concern for its use.
              8. Very cool. Wonder what it would be like to play with that on at the same time.
              9. 200 million? That seems not very much, it’s likely they lost more than twice that from employees borrowing pencils and office supplies.
              10. Unemployment and welfare.
              11. Military aid for families takes an ironic turn.
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                Links: 2015-01-22

                Linky link.

                1. 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.
                2. Not unrelated, Mark Daniels on addiction.
                3. Toyz.
                4. Nutt’n better to do I guess than pretend to know about that which you don’t.
                5. “Digitally faked”. Now that’s just wrong (and embarrassing to own up to I’d think).
                6. An animal with a backpack.
                7. A use for old hard drives.
                8. “Everywoman” … isn’t.
                9. 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).

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                  Links: 2015-01-21

                  New Tablet … an attempt to see how android 5.01 works with WordPress for creating links posts.

                  1. Oh. It’s a race!
                  2. Color me unsurprised.
                  3. 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).
                  4. I use LastPass. How ’bout y’all?
                  5. 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.

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                    SSM Surrogates



                    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)

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                      Links: 2015-01-20

                      And nonsense.

                      1. Heh. A history lesson of sorts.
                      2. The sooner people figure out that human value is uncorrelated with salary, the better.
                      3. Conservative vs Liberal Supreme Courts (by a paint by numbers metric) measure with respect to freedom of religion.
                      4. Seems I grew up in a transition period. I think A grades are exceptional, but that as well, Failing means you were also exceptionally unexceptional.
                      5. Church and men.
                      6. Snipers and public perception.
                      7. Heh.
                      8. Security and Progressive. In a word, yikes.
                      9. If Picketty is right (capital trumps salary) then gosh, you’d think the President would be proposing policies that encourage investment in markets. Not the reverse, ah, our moron-in-chief.
                      10. Great muscular strength helps sometimes.
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                        Links: 2015-01-19


                        1. Ms Warren (is probably not running).
                        2. Macular degeneration and a possible cause.
                        3. Bake your own energy bars, with some help.
                        4. State solvency and some suggestions for the basket case states. (earlier post here)
                        5. Snail poisons.
                        6. Almost sounds like the “cafeteria Christianity” heresy is enshrined in American common law.
                        7. Damned lies and statistics.
                        8. So. We all try to empathize and understand those on the other side of the aisle (or we should). But I completely strike out here. I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would utter the phrase “That is irrelevant”. Because, no. It! Is! Not! I fail to understand any circumstance in which that would not be the only relevant factor.
                        9. Somebody else here mistakenly assumes the result of the Habermas/Ratzinger debate. Uhm, the argument isn’t as cut and dried as you pretend.
                        10. Bang for beginners. (if you have bucks)
                        11. Backwoods epicurean delight?
                        12. And .. I bought the book. Haven’t read it yet though.
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                          Links: 2015-01-15

                          So, what do we find?

                          1. Consider the hypothetical
                          2. Innocence and loss.
                          3. Snow.
                          4. Yikes!
                          5. Where accuracy is king.
                          6. Your administration, restricting liberty every which way it can.
                          7. Of income and nation.
                          8. Camouflage.
                          9. It looks like a case of overhype. In which “Potentially leading to a solution” actually means potentially maybe leading to something, but … maybe not.
                          10. The response by Ferguson police examined.
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                            Links: 2015-01-11


                            1. Socialism, the goal of the American left is not what it is cracked up to be. (HT)
                            2. Also on the left, an odd remark. Let’s see, Picketty recently wrote a book offering that investment trumps salary. The left loved it, but seems to fail to notice that SS is salary, not investment, based. Odd that.
                            3. Economics for our times.
                            4. An Advertising suggestion.
                            5. Apparently the right defends Charlie Hebdo, the left does less so. This is strange for a very left wing satirical mag, the actual publication it is unclear why anyone would buy a copy for any reason with attitudes like this.
                            6. And the American left, trying to distance themselves from freedom of expression, succeeds.
                            7. Legal PED? Tylenol?
                            8. On military service.
                            9. Here’s a stupid idea fronted by Mr Obama.
                            10. Here is a less stupid idea that Mr Obama might have said, but didn’t.
                            11. Hmm. So which study is more worthless this one or this one? Kinda seems a wash to me.
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                              Links: 2015-01-07


                              1. Hitting the nail with the noetic hammer.
                              2. We would be guessing alcohol was involved.
                              3. Energy weapons, … although the writer misses that one suggestion is that energy weapons are used in space because of the small momentum transfer (low recoil).
                              4. But those duecedly odd and uncouth chemical weapons can join the “Interwebs of things”. Reprising, I guess, Richard Stallman’s notion that every program grows until it can send email to, every houshold appliance gains intelligence until it can serve a web page.
                              5. So, Wooly mammoth got the flu?
                              6. I realize my very smart dietitian once said “cheese isn’t food, it’s a condiment” and that advice is very good for my cholesterol levels, but … cheese!!!! (grommit).
                              7. Ouch evolved.
                              8. Now, just apply that indemnity from suit to medicine, nuclear power, and other desirable technologies and we’d have more useful progress in other fields.
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