We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
WaPo worries about the future of Jeopardy! and professsional baseball in a world of "statistically valid but unholy innovations" and "substituting cold, calculating odds maximization for spontaneous play." I'd say it's a funny attitude toward both games, neither of which would be described by a rational person as spontaneous play unsullied by filthy lucre.
Isn't this just the usual envy directed at those whose skills are so valuable to other people--for entertainment or other reasons--that they can easily get richer than a journalist? The complaint always is that society doesn't "properly" value whatever these envious people happen to want to do for a living. In a just world, comrade, journalists will be paid what they are really worth, because the state will take over from consumers the job of putting the right prices on everything.
WaPo's hate goes deeper than the "usual envy". It's what Ayn Rand called "Hatred of the good for being the good". From The Return of the Primative:
They do not want to own your fortune, they want you to lose it; they do not want to succeed, they want you to fail; they do not want to live, they want you to die; they desire nothing, they hate existence, and they keep running, each trying not to learn that the object of his hatred is himself . . . . They are the essence of evil, they, those anti-living objects who seek, by devouring the world, to fill the selfless zero of their soul. It is not your wealth that they’re after. Theirs is a conspiracy against the mind, which means: against life and man.
Re: WaPo Writer: James Holzhauer Has Become “A Menace”
Some people can't stand when somebody else is more clever than most of the rest of us. It reminds me of a group dynamic where if one member starts doing better than the others, the rest of the group resents him.
If there's anything that modern game theory teaches, it's that any system can be hacked, any game can be "gamed", provided that the rules are both constant and public.
The strategy of high-value questions in your strong subjects first becomes obvious if you play the electronic versions of the game hundreds of times, rather than just watching it a few times per week. The goal is to have the opportunity to answer as many of the high-value questions in your subject as possible, and ensure that any left over questions at the end of the round are both low-value and have the lowest probability of your answering them correctly. (yes, I have tried out for the show; no, I haven't made it on ...yet)
Now what I find interesting is that since there is apparently this institutional aversion to gaming games and hacking rules, the WaPo still denies that a group within the FBI and intelligence committee may have done just this FISA process to justify spying on the Trump campaign and transition.
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Re: Should Cory Booker Pay Slavery Reparations to Himself?
Determining descendants of slaves and slave owners is not an exercise in genetics (i.e. not all whites owned slaves, not all blacks were slaves, some blacks were slave owners, some blacks in Africa were slave sellers, etc.), but given the identity politics of the Democrats who are promoting reparations, that is likely how they will form their reparations scheme.
This is just another front on the campaign buy votes by taking from one group and giving to another. Schemes like this are never ending. If a reparations bill is finally written and eventually passed, there will be another attempt at the same scheme down the road.
The Fifth Amendment was supposed to prevent this sort of thing from happening.
It's also barred by the No Titles of Nobility clause. Rights and benefits from the government cannot be conferred on the basis of descent--which is what this is. As for the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, Rice v. Cayetano held that ancestry cannot be used as a proxy for race. People will bring up the AJA compensation, but that was to individuals who themselves were held in internment camps (and thus could how they were harmed directly by the government's actions), not their remote and hypothetical descendants.