Monday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Wind and the photograph. Blaarrrrgggh.
  2. Our government, standing firmly against free trade.
  3. “Strategy needs enemies” … uhm, a strategy is a broad plan and a goal. I think enemies are not required for either.
  4. The problem isn’t that Hobbes and Locke lead to unfortunate conclusions, it’s that their premises were wrong (read some Bertrand de Jouvenel … try On Power as a starter).
  5. Born in Kenya … why the lie?
  6. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. (and yes a few weeks ago, we watched The Shining for our Family Movie Night). This week we watched Say Anything.
  7. Economics and the cloud.
  8. Horses asses in space.
  9. Kierkegaard on confession. Oh, and Brandon has links too!
  10. The war on poverty.
  11. Flaunting IQ.
  12. A $64 fine?
  13. Another book to read.
  14. And one more.

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  1. Boonton says:

    5.Born in Kenya … why the lie?

    Most likely no lie at all. You had a sloppy agent who wrote up promotional pieces for a book without bothering to read it in detail and botched it. Have you never had the experience as a kid of reading a sci-fi book whose cover art only barely matched the story it contained?

    The alternative is just another variation on the implausible conspiracy theory…that Obama wanted some people to think he was born in Kenya, so he had a brochure for his book printed which said he was born there, but his book said he wasn’t born there. So by this theory Obama knew he was reaching two groups of people, one group who would read his book and another who would just read a brochure about his book….somehow these two groups are different in such a way that it would be to his advantage for the first group to know he was born in the US and it would be to his advantage for the second to incorrectly believe he was born in Kenya. Althouse speculates as to what advantage that might be but it does avoid the larger question….how exactly would Obama have known that second group would just read the brochure and not the book?

    This reminds me of Roger Ebert’s Fallacy of the predictable tree. In the first Rambo movie, cops are in the woods looking for Rambo. One stops under a tree. Rambo drops out of the tree and takes him down. Out of all the trees in the forest, how did Rambo know that would be one a cop would pass under and pause?

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