Links found around and about those interwebby things.
- Of Mr Obama and Mr Trump.
- Social or geographical structures and people living in them.
- Cute and effective, which probably means Roger Goddell wasn’t involved, heh.
- Not held back by Star Trek (bad) doctrine.
- Yah think?
- So the clerk arrest is “bad optics” … speaking of which …
- A drone meets its match.
- A subtitle for the “Black Lives Matter” crowd.
- Or your dating methodology suffers a systematic error (like you got the age of the parchment not the text).
- Ms Clinton’s email problem.
- Cruz gets it wrong. Look if you call one side hypocritical, don’t turn around and do the “other sides” version of the same hypocritical nonsense.
- On the county clerk … seems to me if she wanted to do what she is doing and avoid the legal problems, she should have read more Kafka. Bureaucratic runarounds have been around a long time. In some place they are probably an art form (see Havel).
Around and about (from North Las Vegas this week)
- Trump and verse in the context of the Stasi.
- “Science” figures out repentence and forgiveness are useful. How clever.
- But, don’t dismiss science, they give you 6 foot scorpions to dream about.
- Of word vs deed. Gosh, I hope there is a place to spit when I actually hear someone use a term like “xe” or “zir”.
- Sometimes I wonder if it is the error of Star Trek and their “Prime Directive” crap that keeps us from actively opposing ISIS with little more than harsh words.
- This post, reminds me of an anecdote set in British colonial India. A Brit military chap is arresting some blokes for burning a woman after the death of her husband. He is informed by the outraged locals that “we have an ancient custom of doing so”. He replies his people too have an ancient custom of arresting people who burn women. Multicultural-ism is all well and good. It’s useful to understand the ways of thinking of the other guy. Doesn’t mean however, that your way of thinking isn’t actually wrong or even not better.
- Micro-aggressions noted. Those who promote a “theory” of micro-aggression may want claim that saying “affirmative action is racist” and/or “I believe that the most qualified person should get the job” are racist, wrong and “micro-aggresions”. They’d be 100% completely wrong. If you want to claim something true is false, go right ahead. But you’d still be wrong.
- Speaking racism of a more obvious sort, one of the main organs of the left gives a good one example of that.
- I remain confused about the Senate vote/non-vote for the Obama/Iran “deal”. If it isn’t ratified by 67 Senators, it’s not a treaty and isn’t binding. It’s not law and it’s not going to survive a President who doesn’t support it.
- On the basis of this, I’ve started reading this. Coincidentally I’d also picked up and started reading another book by the same author, Rob Roy.
- Your President’s (likely racist) legal eagles in action.
- An “ethical” question. My answer is no. And that the only person you can ethically suggest to sacrifice for her sake is your own.
My excuse these last weeks is my schedule, work about 11 hours, drive (60 minutes round trip) to swim, swim (about 90 minutes total), eat, sleep and so on leaves, will no time for much. Anyhow, I’ve been reading (audio tapes driving to/from Illinois to Ohio has included a Vaclav Havel biography, a Dan Simmons Sherlock Holmes story, and the Zombie book “Warm Bodies” which made for a fun film and an ok book). As for Mr Havel, I might have to read a play or two, but I thought his observation regarding foreign policy apropos for the recent Iran “treaty” (scare quotes required, oddly enough). Mr Havel pointed out that if a government lies consistently to its own people you can’t trust it not to lie to foreign powers, in fact it is less likely to be honest with foreigners. Oh, and Katie Ledecky is completely amazing.
- Some guy killed a lion. I think I overheard that lawmakers were suggesting new laws. Wonder if they realize prize hunting in much (most/all?) of Africa normally goes to supporting their habitats, so making that illegal will be less good, not better for lions and such.
- Convenience is not always your friend … as long as you really trust everyone you come in contact with the unimportant things like continued living.
- Saving money or not … A question asked and another answered.
- And our government remains clueless about so so much.
- Why exercise is necessary.
- Public schools do indeed waste stupendous amounts of money.
- Ok. Fine. He wasn’t a “hero” but he was the most interesting character in the story.
- If this statement “Does the fact that every US ally in the Middle East, Arab and Jew, opposes this deal mean anything ?” is true, the deal should die. (more here)
- What makes an author great?
- Ms Clinton and her bad investment advice.
- Displaced humans, not just in abundance in Syria.
Question? Why do people think this Iran deal is going to be part of Obama’s legacy if, because it is not a treaty, it will only survive on the forbearance of his predecessor (as it is sustained only by Presidential executive order). To be a treaty which would in fact bind future Presidents it would require ratification by two thirds of the Senate.
Haven’t done a links post in a while.
- Exhibit A, why ivory tower eggheads get ignored. Want to stop it, stop suggesting stupid things.
- Answer, … confiscation.
- So, GPS mistakes have in the past, by saying “turn now” convinced people to drive into lakes and such. Doctors and nurses sometimes don’t ask “is this reasonable” when a computer error occurs either. Consequences can be deadly to ignoring common sense.
- Not fossils.
- Guns and society. If you think you can’t trust your neighbor with guns, why trust the state? The state is comprised of people like your neighbors.
- Hard to believe.
- A statistic to start a conversation.
- “Vampire Squid”
- Why? Seriously? Answer: Unions.
- This is making the rounds (here too). Comparisons to Hitler’s Germany are not apt. But then if the motivations are political then there is also no defense. And … what the heck? You can’t talk about this! That doesn’t sound legal. More importantly, it doesn’t sound ethical and ethics trumps law.
- Well that’s because the slaves aren’t homosexuals.
So. Working out of a Hotel.
- For the “regulation doesn’t impeded development” crowd. It does. Lots.
- Don’t worry, Obama and the left already are figuring out how to give ISIS it’s own state and seat at the UN. ’cause like Palestine, legitimizing their desire kill Jews and destroy Israel will somehow weaken them. Whatever happened to “don’t negotiate with terrorists”?
- From a time, apparently, when the press was somewhat more reputable and not so dominantly ideologically bound to one point of view. Wonder if he’d have said that if the press was 98% pro-British tories?
- Mr Cruz and reasons why the left hates him. I read the transcript of his speech announcing his candidacy. Looked OK from my end.
- German civil disobedience.
- I am woman, hear me roar. Or not. Y’all do realize, either feminism mean’s women are capable, strong, and all that. Or they need safe rooms and play-do. Not both. Pick. I’m going with the empowered, for my vote, arm your daughters. Which is to say, I concur. I fail to see how anyone would disagree. This too is not unrelated.
- That reminds me, #1 daughter recently got us to watch a Luc Besson film, Adelaide Blanc-Sec, The Adventures of. Watch it. Very amusing and cute … and quite the stick poked in the eye of those that thing “female heroines” are just women how act like male action heroes.
- In that vein … man-alive “doofus” doesn’t begin to describe it. Infantile stupidity squared.
Well, post swim lactic acid and endorphin levels have ruined my chance to offer a intelligent essay. So … on to links.
- A middle ground? You mean like where people who want guns can get them and those that don’t don’t. Sounds like a middle ground to me.
- So the left has been full frontal attack mode on Mr Walker. They’re making him a more and more attractive candidate from where I sit. I mean, for example, when you demonize a guy for “gosh he’s making it illegal on Wisconsin campuses to report rapes and assaults” … uhm, dig just a little bit and you find he’s doing that at the effing request of the University (not a hotbed conservative place, btw). And the whole, “he’s clearly unqualified” after giving reasonable responses to stupid/unreasonable questions. Uhm, no. That’s not unreasonable, but hey, the questions were.
- On speaking truthfully, unless you are a politician. (for a prime example see our President), in which case (to borrow from Shania Twain) as we know politicians only lie when they’re breathing.
- On the IRS and Obamacare.
- On the IRS and their breathing thing, or lying thing .. whatever.
- Tech for the plant floor.
- Cool image.
- Evil and consequences.
- A school (down under) getting it all wrong.
- Left wing boorish bullying, an example.
- So, Obama vetoed Keystone, because he things rail is much cleaner safer way to transport oil. Teh stupid, it burns.
- So, will the Rubicon be crossed in the next decade or two? Wonder if anyone is laying odds.
So, what have other people been talking about, eh?
- 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.
- Hmm. (if true) Don’t worry that’s matched by the liberal intellectual and political elites who underestimate it.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Speaking of unrestrained power in motion. This is interesting to watch.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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?
- University budget cuts and how it is pointed out how an argument of this hardship is not made correctly.
- If true … the President should be excoriated for many lifetimes.
- Who is paying for ISIS/ISIL? (who is playing their video?) Answer should be nobody. Why isn’t it nobody?
- An economic indicator of hard times ahead. So, optimists, ‘xplain why that’s not a problem.
So. Back to work tomorrow.
- Carnegie-Mellon puts PV=nRT to the test.
- No prejudice in the alteration of data.
- Methane for vehicular fuel, exhibit a and exhibit b.
- School hi-jinks.
- Corruption in (a) government noted.
- Someone on the right praises Ms Obama.
- With the common practice of security free medical devices, do you think security will be a primary concern for its use. (Update: I hadn’t checked past the headline when I linked this. Apparently it’s a security update that makes this a possibility. I’d still be concerned however, I think if you were installing a hackable device on my heart).
- Very cool. Wonder what it would be like to play with that on at the same time.
- 200 million? That seems not very much, it’s likely they lost more than twice that from employees borrowing pencils and office supplies.
- Unemployment and welfare.
- Military aid for families takes an ironic turn.
- 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.
- Not unrelated, Mark Daniels on addiction.
- Nutt’n better to do I guess than pretend to know about that which you don’t.
- “Digitally faked”. Now that’s just wrong (and embarrassing to own up to I’d think).
- An animal with a backpack.
- A use for old hard drives.
- “Everywoman” … isn’t.
- 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).
New Tablet … an attempt to see how android 5.01 works with WordPress for creating links posts.
- Oh. It’s a race!
- Color me unsurprised.
- 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).
- I use LastPass. How ’bout y’all?
- 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.
Hmm, lactic acid abounds from tonight’s workouts.
- The President pushes wants to persuade/pressure journalists to moderate their criticism of Islam.
- His supporters in the press apparently fear for their safety.
- But it would seem one should perhaps instead do something material to discourage this sort of thing and this.
- Encourage this and this.
- Technology and impressionism.
- Biologists and their passions.
- That is what I’d expect, although those in the wake of Ferguson expect the reverse.
- Two notes on the European response, here and here.
Links with remarks?
- My, uninformed guess, would be that this liberal disaproves. Alas, he’s only half right. “Hate crime” are apparently committed when you do a criminal act and the jury decides you have ideological motives. Seems to me that a crime against police may very well fit into this category. Alas, after all, turnabout is fair play, which in this case means if the ideology is one you approve it still makes it a “hate crime”. And the scare quotes are intentional, for the real way clear out of this mess is to remove all traces of “hate crime” from the books.
- So. Are you the kind of person to laugh at the misfortune of someone young, inexperienced and clumsy? I certainly am.
- The west coast liberal anti-vaccine crowd gets a wonderfully apt acronymic sendoff. (HT)
- Look, when you read some statistical result you have don’t have to google for opposing studies. The first thing to do is the Fermi test, do a back of the envelope estimation of the numbers and figure out if you think it is a reasonable quantity. 1 in 30 homeless. No freaking way.
- So with Ferguson, the kerfuffle (I don’t recall names) in New York and the movie Selma, much ado has been made about how nothing has changed and things are still horribly racist and wicked in America. Alas, this isn’t actually true. As this post points out, things in the 50s were very very bad, but guess what? Things are very very very different now. Why does lying about the current state of affairs help? Everybody actually knows they are lying. How does it help to destroy your credibility on the outset.
And … Ant-man? Is it too late to change the name?
Ok. Back to it, after all, I haven’t stopped reading and saving links, just reporting them. So, what’s in the backlog.
- Here’s a x-mas suggestion for the old-calendar practitioners who haven’t gotten anything yet. (For those who don’t know, much of the Easter Orthodox are still on the Julian calendar 13 days later than the Gregorian until the end of the century. This is why the Orthodox Easter/Pascha is so wildly different from the West, as both are based on the full moon after the spring equinox, but … when that equinox is changes by 13 days).
- Mr Degrasse’s 8 “books everyone should read“. Yikes.
- I haven’t a clue whether Mr Schraub disapproves or approves but, geesh, anyone who holds Israel and ISIS as morally equivalent is ethically blind and should be regarded functionally as a psychopath.
- Here is another equivalence, possibly slightly less morally suspect.
- Yet again, repeat ad infintum, the argument against torture is not gotten via consequentialism.
- I’m not up to speed on hate speech and the legal status of same, but as a layperson one would be lead to suspect that “hate speech” should involve in some way, you know, actual hate or even mild dislike.
- Speaking of which, there are plenty of liberals who clearly hate conservatives. I wonder if their hate-speech microscope will be turned on themselves in this regard?
- Union labor and why it sucks so often.
- Very cool.
- Graft and equalite, liberte, fraternite (and buckets of blood).
- A gun (which is sort of on my wish-I-had-one list)
At long last, more links.
- More CO2.
- I have to say, vis a vis corn, that comparing corn grits and cream of wheat and how hungry I am four hours later in the morning, corn beats wheat hands down.
- The minority leader and doing self parody right. Man, she has teh stupid in buckets, eh?
- Some politicians around the globe, however, are make Ms Pelosi look less worse.
- Neat interior design.
- Tranadol found in trees, or more precisely, not found in trees. Interesting though.
- ‘cuse me, any “theory of tattoos” has to include “alcohol was involved in the decision making”.
- On banning prayer at games. Reminds me of the Soviet era story of the pols proclaiming to the crowd how religion in the USSR was dead and gone … somebody in the crowd shouted “Christ is Risen” and the whole crowd responded back automatically “He is Risen Indeed”.
- Looking into the near future crystal ball, optimistically.
- Relics of the Cross.
G’day, hump day (of my 15 day workweek) is over.
- More grist for the Ferguson discussion.
- Here too.
- Some silliness. Signs like this are pertinent, when people who accidentally do this roam the earth.
- I’d go with #10, #9 and #1.
- Some basic points in theology which everyone should agree, here and here … but a whole lot of people get stuck on them.
- Piketty points.
- Confused about the outrage. So ‘splain it for us, eh?
- Well, you always have the two choices, are they stupid or evil?
- I don’t see what’s wrong with being liked because you are smart. Do you?
- Very cool.
Well, the startup push is still on after working the weekend. So posting yesterday (and comments responses have been slow). Sorry.
- A big bug.
- She blinded me with “science”.
- An approach to Jewish/Christian communications.
- Of schooling and culture.
- The flexibility of Obamacare exchanges … or not.
- The poster also notes the number of people beaten and/or mugged “for being not-black” right? Oh. No? Hmm.
- Paul Krugman is an idiot. Seriously, … he actually pretends to think that the “cost” of bureaucracy and regulation is the salary of the bureaucrat(s). Man that’s top fuel stupid.
- Terrorism is best defined by the method not the motive.
Oooh. I get to work this weekend in the land of hot and dry.
- Stupid human tricks.
- Something about history and ignorance from the prior post is recapped here, uhm, Poul Anderson’s High Crusade comes to mind.
- What to do if your car gets a browser.
- Until a baby sitter attaches it to the family dog and lets it run.
- Academics often tout “there are no stupid questions” … this blog site contradicts that premise with the “multiple attempts … (to ask the world’s dumbest question)”.
- So. Is that a maxim? Is it true that “No coerced virtue is a virtue?” It’s true for charity?
- $11 billion. Yikes.
- Is real?
Thumbs up on Guardians … links?
- In spite of? The rest of the sports world calls it a “contract year” and typically athletes (oddly enough) excel at such times.
- I disagree, lives both American, Japanese and others were saved. How about returning eastern bloc captives (to the Germans) in WWII to Stalin against their protestations or post WWII repairing Kolyma transport ships which we sold them in the first place as unforced “bad things” in our past?
- Those many socialist medical advances.
- Technology and the poor.
- Good or bad?
- Training. Which brings to mind the immortal Fausto Coppi quote on training for cycling, “Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike”.
- If this administration (or other beltway knuckleheads) ask for “loyalty oaths” … grrrrr.
- Possibly confused about the Michael Phelps set, which mixes strength and endurance leaning toward the former, not the latter.
- Because our Administration and the Democrats are absolutely certain they don’t want another repeat of the Martin Luther King Jr debacle.
- More on Piketty.
- Democracy in a nutshell.
- Stupid democracy tricks are not confined to this side of the pond however.
- A pattern begun.