Friday Highlights

Well, it’s good to be home. Links?

  1. Bouncing around on a mat.
  2. Humility and transformation.
  3. Outrage? Well, yes, because it wouldn’t be true.
  4. A little word play.
  5. On campaign finance, the regulations do the reverse of the intent, which is not an unusual situation I’d offer, e.g., affirmative action.
  6. Key matchups for Sunday.
  7. A questioned asked, namely “Is it true that the Inquisition was actually less likely to use torture than some secular courts of the time?” which if the answer is yes or “the same” would puncture a lot of preconceptions and stock arguments.
  8. Well, I looked but didn’t see either (a) the “filthy and inappropriate” implied joke or to be hones (b) any joke/humor at all. 
  9. Huh? Again, I don’t get it.
  10. Maybe this offers a hint as to why.
  11. If Google were government owned … 
  12. Flowers at the feet of the Virgin.
  13. Looking (back) at the Obama/Alito kerfuffle.

3 responses to “Friday Highlights

  1. A questioned asked, namely “Is it true that the Inquisition was actually less likely to use torture than some secular courts of the time?” which if the answer is yes or “the same” would puncture a lot of preconceptions and stock arguments.

    The link here seem to be broken but a serious issue would remain. The problem with the inquisition wasn’t just that it employed torture, its that it violated religious freedom and imposed punishment for belief (or belief about someone’s beliefs). Criminal courts shouldn’t torture either but that is a statement about acceptable tactics. No one disagrees that criminal courts need to exist. On the other hand, few would agree to a new inquisition with more modern limitations on torture!

  2. Huh? Again, I don’t get it.

    I think the idea is that they suckered people into voting against their own interest by convincing them that the wealth would “trickle down.”

    Of course, Reaganomics was bad even for the wealthy, so they suckered themselves too, but that’s neither here nor there.

  3. JA,

    Reaganomics was bad even for the wealthy, so they suckere

    Yah, the recession didn’t end until Clinton … oh wait that’s not what happened. And when the recession ended … only the wealthy benefited. Riiiight.

    Boonton,
    I’m not making a point that religious freedom not a good thing, but only that a lot of people preconceptions of the Inquisition is that they were both involved great numbers of people (which they didn’t) and that they were considered for the time horrible. If they were in fact by comparison more modern in their treatment of prisoners, i.e., less inclined to torture or maltreatment, that would exactly the reverse of the common opinion.

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