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Monday, April 2. 2012
If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?
Attractive women should not include a photo with a job application
Britain Has Finally Rejected The Bogus Economics Of Climate Change
Is Romney too square?
Storm clouds gather over Monti's Italy reform drive
Swing States Poll: A shift by women puts Obama in lead
"what Republicans call Obamacare was a strategic vehicle to defuse resistance to a systems overhaul and to lay the groundwork for an inevitable realignment of healthcare into a largely government-centric machine."
University echo chamber drowns out diverse voices
Here is the wack job who thinks you need medical treatment for climate denial
Isn't it about time to admit that Bonfire has turned out to be, just as Wolfe bragged, the Great American Novel of our lifetime?
VDH: Beware of the Mob
Biden on Trayvon: Let's Crack Down on Guns
Says the guy who does not go out in public without armed guards
"Truly, we Progressives are the scourge of liberty, but, then, what good has liberty ever done?"
60% of docs are salaried? No wonder they quit making house calls.
Biden: "I never had an interest in being a mayor 'cause that's a real job. You have to produce. That's why I was able to be a senator for 36 years."
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Biden on 'gun control' --thanks, now we know the Gambino position --
Biden is a man who had the best of intentions, who seriously believed in his own good nature and brilliance and who, at one time, may have had a quick wit and reasonable view on how politics works.
Sadly, he has grown into the Grand Dad who once had a mind like a steel trap only somebody left it out in the rain and it rusted shut.
Ah well, too many depressing links this morning - too much idiocy in the world - screw it - I'm going fishing.
You're more than welcome to join me. :>)
Of idiocy, Tom Francis sez he is bored,
and so seeks the river, or sea, lake, or fjord,
to wet a new reel, hooking, fishing the bait,
to whet anew, real-looking, vision debate.
"Skillet filets will kill the malaise," sez Tom, "...rest a-shored!"
(groan. i mean reallly groan)
No offense Buddy - BUT THAT WAS FREAKIN' HORRIBLE!!
Good lord man, have you no mercy?
yep --i know. I can't believe that a limerick-lover could do something that bad. And worse, i sent it --must be something i et
They're Made Out of Meat
"Neutrino 'faster than light' scientist resigns "
Einstein's Theory of Relativity (and Darwin's Theory of Evolution) has been overthrown hundreds of times. It's almost an everyday occurrence.
Wrong again Zach. There IS something faster than the speed of light - that being the jokes that flew across Twitter in an expansion of laughter rivaling that of the Big Bang. To wit:
We don't allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.
Neutrino. Knock knock.
Hipsters liked neutrinos before they arrived.
I wrote a speed of light joke...but a neutrino beat me to it.
A. To prove particles can travel faster than light
Q. Why did the neutrino cross the road?
I'm going to tweet my neutrino joke yesterday.
"Britain Has Finally Rejected The Bogus Economics Of Climate Change"
Of course. It's a tragedy of the commons.
Only you would make a point by quoting the title Garrett Hardin's white paper who believed genocide was justifiable on the grounds of ecological balance and that the donating food to Ethiopians during Ethiopian Famine was not justified because it would contribute to additional population which couldn't be sustained - in other words, let them starve for the sake of the ecology.
He was also a closet eugenicist but that's a different subject.
Tom Francis: Only you would make a point by quoting the title Garrett Hardin's white paper who believed genocide was justifiable ...
The tragedy of the commons is a commonly cited concept with wide currency. Nor does his crank views in some areas change the validity of the concept, something you failed to address.
No it isn't - it is widely accepted currency in the eugenicist and genocide community, but no where else.
You can't change the facts. Oh wait - you're an alarmist. You think you can change the facts.
Sorry - lost my head there for a second.
Tom Francis: No it isn't - it is widely accepted currency in the eugenicist and genocide community, but no where else.
More ad hominem diversions? There are more than 1200 articles in the journal Science, 200 in the journal Nature, and hundreds more in environmental and economic journals that reference the "tragedy of the commons". A perusal of such articles and authors contradict your claim. The "tragedy of the commons" is a very straightforward result of game theory, and has important applications in ecology and economics. It's not an inevitability, though, with reputation being one of many countervailing influences.
Another benefit of coffee was the introduction of the coffeehouse. These were the first real meeting places for the brightest minds in the world. Coffee replaced other drinks, such as 'small beer' - a watered down version of beer, as the morning wake up drink.
Once we were given a kick of coffee in the morning, people were ready to roll, the mind was active (rather than dulled by 'small beer'), and people with great ideas were all going to coffeehouses to chat. Many of the world's great ideas grew from discussions shared in coffeehouses.
Coffee was the wake up call for the Age of Enlightenment.
Wasn't there a song about that?
"This is the dawning of the Age of Enlightenment - Age of Enlightenment....."
Oh wait - that was Aquarius - my bad.
Alinsky in action: Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn at Occupy in New York yesterday to invite participants to Chicago for demonstrations when NATO convenes May20.
Biden on guns: it doesn't strike me as a contradiction. Of course he wants to limit gun ownership to the political leaders and their guards. What gun-control nut doesn't?
Climate-denier disease: if I need medical treatment for it, then we really do have to get Obamacare, because I'll never be able to afford the radical treatment it would take to get me to swallow such crappy science.
Is Romney too square? Depends on which Romney you're talking about. Personally, I think the wrong Romney is running for office. I would be happier with the Mrs. as the candidate instead of the Mr. However, I suspect women voters would not be as pleased (read the story at the link advising attractive women not to include a photo with job applications and you'll understand why---think Palin).
There was more to the Palin debacle than good looks. While she is a successful woman based largely on her innate intelligence and political instincts (on a local level), she has a horrible speaking voice which sounds shrill and strident, she had a real lack of background information on which to present her side of the national issues, her "support" staff was more interested in making sure she didn't overshadow McCain (which happened anyway) and her own stumbles and naiveté' about how she was going to be treated by the liberal press. In that sense, Palin was her own worst enemy.
And, as much as I hate to say this, Trig was a major issue because it brought to mind the very nature of motherhood and mothering - which Palin pulled off magnificently much to the chagrin of the liberal abortion oriented feminists, but it made other women, including conservative women, think "what if it had been me?" and they probably came up lacking in the courage department to do what Palin did.
Lastly, a woman will never be elected to VP or President in our lifetimes. Women have too many issues with other women (even those who are friends) and the distaff electorate is not of a single opinion on other women. Even in Maine where you would think that RINOs Snow and Collins would be friends, they were barely colleagues and in fact really didn't care for each other at all - even though they voted the same on almost every issue.
And that's my screed for the day. :>)
You know Tom, you have commented that you and I share little, but I've always felt we're closer than you realize.
I've always said Palin was her own worst enemy. I don't think she was the wrong choice, but she certainly wasn't prepared for what she ran into. She didn't have a good staff who knew her and knew how to prepare her for it, and they gave her horrible advice (to protect McCain), and it all wound up biting them in the ass.
To make matters worse, she adopted the caricature of herself that the media created. I'm not sure why, but I guess in the end she figured "If you can't beat it, you may as well make money off it." And why not?
All in all, she's done well for herself despite those who hate her. I don't hate her. I do feel sorry for her, in a way. But she's got plenty going for her so she doesn't need my pity.
I think we're on the same side of a lot of issues, but our approaches are from the opposite sides of the coin as it were. :>)
I actually guess right when McCain was looking around for a running mate. I have a good friend who moved to Alaska 20 something years ago, works in the marine construction industry. Knows Todd Palin pretty well and was very high on Sarah Palin when she was governor. I guessed right on Palin as McCain's pick based on what my friend said - what I didn't know was that she was vulnerable in a lot of different ways.
Don't get me wrong - I like Palin. Liked her even more when the story of her life became known. But I think she can do more for the Republican party being it's conservative conscience and constantly needling the party establishment. In my reality, she's the one we need to lead the party and win everything back.
How can I NOT get you wrong?
Palin was not the perfect candidate, but so have been almost all the men who have ever run for the office. John Kerry was perfect? Barack Obama had no faults? Bill Clinton wore an angel's halo? Don't even mention Michael Dukakis.
I'll say it again: Palin had a major "trust" problem with women voters because she was too damned pretty for her own good. The rest of the baggage she carried just helped the women who wanted to vote against her to rationalize their prejudice and jealousy.
I liked her, still do, but I wrote her off as a serious office-seeker when she resigned as governor. I don't see how she can ever get over that. I still value her as a party voice.
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Re: Swing states poll: women put Obama in the lead.
My take from this is that women vote the way they play chess: defensively. Playing it "safe" is not the way pioneering women helped to build this country. The problem with America today is not the feminization of its men, but the feminization of its women. Whatever happened to Mary Tyler Moore's "spunk"?
When Palin was tapped for VP, she flew down to DC (iirc) and made her first big speech to the nation, live on TV across the nation. I'm not ashamed to admit, halfway through the talk i sprung a leak and the tears started dribbling down my old hardworn saddlebag-looking face. About that time my youngest strolled over --took a look --and asked "Is that Sarah Palin?" I nodded, still a little choked up. "I know you're not crying," she said (i shook my head vigorously 'no'), "...but if you were, it would be because she can save the country?" I shook my head again, grinning like a wave on a slop bucket, pumping a thumbfist backwards at the Rand globe on a table behind us. "Ohhh," she slowly intoned, wide teenage eyes getting even wider, "...ohhh, oh, OH!"
(...we'll have such moments to ree memmm brrrr!)