Well, work tsunami almost overwhelmed. I was almost out from under … when I found out I have to be up at 4am to start work tomorrow … after which I should be back blogging again regularly.
So, anything happen when I was gone?
I did, btw, blow off a bit of steam this weekend and read the Jonathan Maberry Rot and Ruin series, a Y/A non-mystical post zombie apocalypse coming of age story in several volumes.
G’day. I left my laptop charger @ the job site .. and had work to finish. We’l see how far this gets.
- If you see nothing else, see this. Charity in action.
- Not a fan of Polish video games (and the novels from which they were based). If you don’t know which one, and you ask, I’ll tell you in the comments.
- Blogging insurance?
- Kurds in action in Syria.
- For a country formerly named Burma.
- Libertarian reading likely more palatable and thought provoking than Ms Rand.
- Timescales and the market.
That’s all I found so far.
- Syria and Rwanda … and remember … non-uniformed combatants are war criminals. If you want sympathy for a rebel, ask yourself … is he wearing a uniform?
- My wife and kids, who are all very ticklish, always have felt it unfair that I am not at all ticklish.
- Syrian Christians, y’a know, the kind found on that street called Straight — A discussion.
- I suppose it was supposed to be secret, but that sounds like the sort of thing spelled “sooper sekret no gurls alloud” or from a Calvin cartoon.
- Speaking of Calvin …
- “I have known …” read it.
- Men and women. My theory is white collar labor has made it possible for people to suspect that men and women are interchangeable. Watch an NFL game. Consider the possibility of replacing some linemen with woman if you think men and women are alike.
- Stating the obvious.
- Incan economics.
- To keep that Marines fighting spirit high.
- I remember making up stories for my kids. It was fun. I remember a version of #2 daughter and the beanstalk in which some salesman came by selling magic beans and she gave away her mom’s car keys (when mom was gone) in return for some beans. There was some shock and awe involved in considering a realistic view of mom’s reaction when she came home (“You did what?!”) And of course, the always awful pun, when the giant caught them “for dinner” … meaning, to join the very lonely giant at the table cause he had no friends.
- A book noted for your book inbox.
- Belorus hard man and age defeats youth.
- The exceptionalism gambit turned.
- And that same essay through other eyes.
- Criminals and crime.
- Speaking of which, … how about in verse?
- Memory and charity. Our parish had a memorial liturgy to remember.
- Acting ability noted.
- That’s a request that should be ignored.
- Another version of realpolitik.
- Gas methods
Woo. Three days in a row … and three and a half weeks to go and busy busy busy season might be over (except for the clean up).
- Guns and the racist race baiting left.
- Here’s a likely suggestion (with material to back it up) … the biggest NSA problem has been journalists and the FISA court judiciary. Another question that came to me is if NSA has cracked https … banking is not secure … and how much money has been stolen?
- On the other hand, there is likely good fallout from the NSA kerfuffle, to whit codes are always easier for the code users than the breaker from a computability standpoint. Piss off the crypto-crowd and the encoding standards will be computationally safe in the next round.
- ’cause there’s no there there, allegedly … but if that’s the case, why hide?
- The way of winning that was left to non-sprinters like me, but rarely ever got … ’cause I sort of sucked.
- Three words and the pretty much empty set of people who know the meaning of all three (I was not one of those who knew those words, btw).
- Teuthidian tech.
- Mr Obama’s speech summed up from the left.
- A question raised by the same.
- Explaining the non-existence of philosophers teaching ethics.
- A tweet noted.
- A photo.
- For the time traveling Obama (not?) fan. (Tip ‘o the hat)
- Truth to power, 4th century style.
- Racism and hate crimes.
- Grist for the abortion debate.
- A good idea noted in the sporting world.
- How did it happen? Elysium suggests lax immigration policies … although factors leading to the fall of the two parent household and the rise in divorce figure greatly.
- Syrian notes from the guy who predicted the Russian response several days before it happened.
- A dog with a drinking problem. Glub glub.
- Some damn fine sports reporting.
- Of interest.
- For the Biden home defense network.
- Infrastructure spending.
Scattered thoughts. Mr Obama has apparently (I’ve been busy … I haven’t read his transcripts) … so, what is the basis of his moral/ethical argument for killing bystanders to send a message to Mr Assad?
- An analogy for Syria .. consider bullying the moral schoolyard equivalent of gas warfare. You put a red-line in the sand to the school-yard bully. He is seen bullying some people, so … you beat up his sister, who may or may not be able to convince him to stop in ways you cannot. But, is that ethical?
- This passage can be said to argue that state violence is in some cases permitted, to as it were, send a message.
- Some differences between gas and military vs civilian targets and modes of delivery. But … if the reason you are against gas is that it is a thing killing civilians why aren’t people speaking even more strongly against practices that kill far more civilians. The biggest killer of civilians of all, the tacit acceptance by everyone (but me apparently) who fails to call committing violence for political purposes without wearing a uniform a war crime which should invalidate both your cause and any claims for mercy.
- The Volokh link I posted earlier tonight highlights the real-politik position on the matter.
- What motive did Mr Obama have in denying “I never said red line” … does he not realize that statements he makes are not in a vacuum and he indeed did say red line?
- Speaking of gas, the Germans manufactured several tons of ClF3 intending to use it. Yikes. That stuff seems as dangerous for the caster as the castee. It does on the other hand make light of typical protections like gas masks.
- Would a limited token bombing discourage or encourage another totalitarian ruler to use Sarin on his people?
A week in the middle … the last few weeks big push is over … and I’m in cleanup mode for traveling to Alabama next week and the next push.
- Jesus’ maternal grandparents noted.
- Badum, bing.
- I’m missing where this is a problem.
- This is not unrelated.
- Zombies and brainz.
- Hum drum home drone.
- A book list.
- A fistful of (not dollars) but something else mindful of dirt.
- The last frame is the kicker.
- A teaching method with results.
- A question, the answer … ambition.
- A question regarding Syria.
- A protestant (I think) sees an Eastern Paschal celebration.
- Not just one “red line” in the Middle East.
- Israel not the only frakking country in the Middle East either.
- Three essays on Syrian intervention: here, here and here.
- On scientific malpractice.
A few weeks past, Mr Krugman (and I’m not linking him) noted that contrary to popular beliefs (and cited some polls) deficits have not increased in the last few years. We are also told by similar sources that inflation is not occuring.
Yet. we need to keep raising the debt limits to keep the government solvent. If it was true that the deficits were not still increasing then we would be lowering not raising the debt limit. Somebody is not being honest.
- Recounting Mr Obama’s shifting sands and the Middle East. Even if you don’t know what we should vis a vis Egypt and Syria, what we did do remains amazingly stupid.
- Speaking of Syria … somebody needs to update their RSS/news feeds, ’cause that criteria touches not a single comment on the matter that I’ve read anywhere.
- Oh, welcome back Mr Schraub … even if you abandon the Constitution in the name of defending it. A fourth of the colonies at the time of ratification felt that “Freedom” meant the authority to make local decisions about how to order their life (reference, “New England folkway and the section on “Freedom ways” in Abion’s Seed by David Hackett Fisher). My guess is that Mr Schraub knew that because he has a keen interest in American political history, so he has to have read that seminal book. It seems incoherent to argue that what is meant by freedom held by a quarter of the founding population is actually not Constitutional.
- Slick gun tech.
- For your failing memory, future promise.
- Killing “to make a statement” seems on its face unethical. Yes or no?
- Epic fantasy ranked. I’d move #3 up … possibly to the top. I’d move down #4 … don’t know how far. #17 shouldn’t even be on the list, it was so bad.
- Uh, what the heck?!
- This not news, guy works at spy agencies … and, erhm, spies.
- That. Is. Amazing.
- Discussing racism.
Still busy, but trying to make time for y’all
- Hmmm, two ways to go on that … yes censuring both is in order, but only one was a family hour/children’s TV hostess/actress.
- Here, however, is a third way you probably haven’t considered.
- “I have not yet made a decision” and the subtext is that we all remember “I’m the guy who spent knew for 9 months where Bin Laden and it took all that time for me to make up my mind to go after him.” Somebody should remind him, not to draw a do not cross line if it is just a bluff. Like the bin Laden attack, we’ll have to wait for a wag-the-dog domestic prompt to get us to move.
- Related to the above. So, prior to being elected President, Mr Obama was firmly against Presidential unilateral military action, now he’s for it (indeed done it). Stupid or evil (that is, was he so dumb he didn’t anticipate reasons for doing so, or was he lying when he said he was against it?) Liberals keep telling how smart they are, which alas, leaves the “evil” alternative.
- I think this belief noted (that racism is the motive) is common on the left. It remains interesting (ironic?) that that assumption is itself the essence of bigotry.
- Guns and legal control. Back when I was in school, a very good cartoon was on a door in our dorm … “People don’t kill people, Toasters kill people.” with the image of a guy falling down dead with toast impaling his back and another holding a toaster like a mortar.
- “Noble cause corruption” isn’t noble but it is indeed corruption.
- Chemicals to leave for the professionals.
- Academic potential.
- Who done it?
- A short way from surrealism is hyper-realism, both I will admit to liking.
- A mistake I’ve made.
- Foreign policy excuses.
- Coming to the dance, and darn it all, but someone else has the same dress.
- And then … have a cup.
- Oddly enough, I have an LED bulb in my bathroom because it is brighter than the incandescent (the fixture limits because of heat to 60 watts, I put a liquid cooled LED 75+ watt equivalent which draws under 20 watts … and voila … more light than ever).
- Them folx are serious about their drinking (and avoiding taxes).
- Syria and gas … and who dun it … so cui bono? Al Qaeda or an equivalent?
- Sweets and athletes.
- Anti-Semitism as proof of the devil.
- Rape and vigilantism.
- One explanation …
- Luxury and academe.
Mr Taranto highlighted a Yglesias post in which Mr Yglesias opines against educational meritocracy. Mr Yglesias is wrong in assuming that “white people” would have problems with Asians getting more places in higher education based on their higher grades and test scores. I offer myself as one white person who sees nothing at all wrong and a lot right with more people with better grades and test scores regardless of the color of their skin getting into the better schools. Furthermore he concludes:
But rather than dedicating the most resources to the “best” students and then fighting over who’s the best, we should be allocating resources to the people who are mostly likely to benefit from additional instructional resources.
I wholeheartedly agree. We should allocate more of our educational resources to those who are most likely to benefit from additional instructional resources. Who are those people most likely to benefit? We call them the gifted students (at least those gifted students who are also willing to work hard).
- Now there’s an amusing analogy.
- The scandalanche.
- And the same as above, just very early.
- Stimulus not stimming.
- OK, then, but even if statistically sound, it won’t change anyone’s positions today.
- Where you go when you don’t have a sound argument.
- Or one of these.
- If one was racist, oddly enough … I’d think that the Democrat’s pet race/economic policies would be exactly what I’d support, e.g., aff action, pc speech suppression, and so on.
- Ages of famous men in a remarkable time.
- A book is noted.
- Public works art is often regrettable. Or should that be normally?
- “Marriage” !?? … child abuse by any other name is … still.
- Doing the damning with faint praise to the max.
- Education and Poverty.
- Consequences of raising minimum productivity bounds.
- 5 years of blogging … gets results.
- Ah, memories of high school reading habits.
- Well, to be honest a lot of the knowledge brought West reportedly from Islam came from sacking Constantinople.
- Feeding the wrong wolf.
So … do you like puns?
- Fiction and the White House.
- Obamacare bungling continues apace.
And .. I deleted too many recent links so .. from earlier this week ..
- About time, literally.
- Drink, drank, drunk.
- Brings to mind the first paragraph of Anna Karenina, eh?
- Given not taken.
- #1 daughter and my, ahem #1 (and only) wife, are seeing this tonight. I wish I could be there.
- Spam as policy?
- Dumb? Well, if “not remembering to exhaustively look up every term you use casually is dumb” (or using twitter at all), then yes.
- Well, correlation is not causation … but on the other hand the Cemocrat impulse to note (or overlook) the correlation and infer the opposite as cause is even more wrong.
- A consequence of being Jewish on marriage, i.e., view essentially as a contract.
- Onion-ish, except it’s not fiction.
- Some suggestions for big Pharma. Of course, the policy take away is that one good way to remove the high level of caution would to remove some of the legal risks.
- On secular celibacy (HT)
- Open systems, of a sort, and why light security interfaces on your pacemaker remain a really horrible idea.
Good, well, day.
- Help or harm?
- The other third who are ag’in it are college administrators and Democratic politicians, and journalists. Recall yesterday’s equal protection quotes from Mr Jackson.
- Perhaps confusing anesthesia with the agents blocking the formation of long term memory.
- The carbon-is-bad crowd is surely very excited about developments like this. If they aren’t they are very confused (or hypocrites).
- The important funding for healthcare is of course, the perks for the big wigs. Some things never change.
- Given that the “Hebrew OT” used in many modern translations was collected in the 9th century AD and the Greek OT (Septuagint) was tranlated in the 3rd century BC by 70 (many?) rabbis … the calls of which was more “genuine” get somewhat confused.
- Politicians lie. Constantly.
- A really strong argument against the wisdom of ACA/Obamacare. (see #5 above and perks).
August continues, in a few weeks #1 daughter will give college the old college try.
- Teleos and man.
- Sodding Sod?
- Obamacare consequences.
- In a post on implicit bias … not noticing other implicit biases, like that women in philosophy (and in academia in general) are likely more common than conservatives.
- Oh. Yech. Yech, yech, blech. Don’t even think of the word smell when you read that.
- In the news.
- Obama’s government, standing firm against equal protection, wasn’t always that way though.
- Advice for the week.
- An application of the above.
- Of God and man.
- It’s not working, so keep it up, eh?
Good day … in pairs.
- Questioning premises, public education (here too). Here’s a hypothesis, public support for education should be weighted by measurable talents demonstrated by the child.
- There’s a good idea and a reading suggestion.
- A thought to gnaw upon … and some more to get grumpy ’bout.
- Noble savage … not exactly … and a better microscope.
- Various thoughts … and (nothing).
- I don’t think that’s true … and sharing life with introverts.
- More than meta-data … and (nothing).
- The mid-East and … pipelines.
- Well, yes, but we are also basically evil at heart (remember the “line between” quote) … and prosecution for what?
- Memories of the past in these waning Weiner days (recall Ms L is in her 40s now) … and apparently order matters in the acquisition of dogs and kids.
OK then. Enjoy
- Feminism ala Rome.
- Not a quiet ride.
- How the Vickie’s live (differently).
- On altruism.
- Cinema. And … I wonder if it’s less a “strength” vs timescale thing here, that temptations work on a fast timescale, while the other two take commensurate (slower) times to work.
- Scandal and the treasury.
- Looks like that’s in the “doesn’t work yet” category.
- Whence went shame?
- I’m missing the reason why that’s awful.
- Sort of binary sandpiles.
- Detroit … although how many of the 25 apply just as well to other urban centers?
- Advice for your booklist inbox.
- One left wing radical unashamed of her bigotry.
- So do you think he’s guilty or just a dupe?
Good, well, evening
- Well, students of politics (not theology), might point out that is obvious, central and government power has been steadily on the rise again since, well, Rome fell (further reading: Bertrand de Jouvenel “On Power“, which is a good book if you prefer the sort that encourages you to stop every page or so and ponder what you’ve just read).
- It is, admittedly, easier to see other’s blind spots than your own.
- Dead man walking perhaps not so dead.
- Storage hints.
- Interesting, but translate that to the beltway and BS …. yikes.
- Talking virtue again.
- Not a neo-nazi skinhead.
- Lessons from the liberal press on how not to retract.
- When putting a blog post “unclear on the concept” normally one should try to refer to something other than yourself. To whit “more likely” has very little to the running of one experiment. When I roll a die, I am more likely to roll a number of spots greater than 2 than I am a number less than or equal to two. That I did roll a die and get a one (and therefore have 100% chance I did roll a 1 is not relevant to the prior probability estimate). Mr Schilling, it is alas, you who are unclear on the concept.
- Evil witches.
Good … well, whatever. Links?
- A career suggested.
- Or … addicts don’t stop being addicted after public exposure . Surprise, well, not exactly.
- This brings to mind the science fiction-like novel I’be been plugging, in its consderation of hate. The novel Vita Nostra ultimately connects note hate but the conjunction of love and fear in the context of education.
- Irony in recent Obamacare moves, in which Mr Obama’s very likely Constitutional unilateral decision to not enforce a law is ratified by the House and a veto is threatened.
- Small mammal with impressive spine strength noted.
- Arrest? That seems extreme if was an emergency thing or in a very rural area.
- Pacifism and cinema.
- Grist for the “if he was a black man shooting a white one (hispanic?)” things would have turned out differently mill.
- He blinded me with science.
- Things to appall JSM.
- Ya think there’s some backstory/history going on behind there?
- Headline stating the obvious.
- Oh, he’s likely a racist, just not in the expected way.
- Ice down under.
- Is this the “See I’m such a blatteroon that I should have been killed prior to birth” argument for abortion?
- Whence the Zimmerman/Martin outrage?
- One more on the above trial.
- And Mr Zimmerman back in the news.
- Keeping it classy in Ohio, or not.
- Chicago politics norms.
- It’s (h) a Lucy Nation (that’s supposed to be a pun).
- And … its a blech response.
- The Apostles’ Creed for the modern liberal.
- Playing games with the high speed camera.
- Advertising and the sublime.
- Reviewing drone studies.
- Well, there’s an (unintended) argument for drone use.
- A maths trick in narrative form.
- About that pope fella.
- Cinema: Pacific Rim and a litmus test.
- Detroit, one in 100? The first penguin to test the waters for whales and seals?
- Scrubbed from Mr Obama’s past by a friendly press perhaps?
- Climate, crises and costs. Compare/constrast with this (and don’t ask if the climate change is just the el Nino/Nina cycle).
- Ah … a last line, I still think Mr Wilde’s was better (“on his deathbed reputedly he said, “Either that wallpaper goes or I go … and died.”)
- Manners and (just as importantly) … some interesting words I didn’t know. So now your task for the week is to use “blatteroon” in a sentence.
- Hmmm, I hit #1 and #4. Re #1 without the “droopy oversized” that’s regular summer wear for me and I no longer own any blue jeans having replaced them all with #4, which is all about the pockets (and not having to sit on my wallet).
- Promises, promises … footnote clarified.
- (more) Detroit chapter 9 notes here (soon to be followed by Illinois and California perhaps?).
- The opposite of eutrapelia is … (find out here).
- My wife’s patron saint noted.
- Sticking to the party line without thinking has consequences.
- So …. the IRS scandal does reach the white house. Woops.
- Of nekkid and the nood.
- Some notes on free will from someone likely allergic to Polanyi (esp the book Personal Knowlege).
- So that jet setting SUV driving green activists can use even more energy zipping about the world telling us all we are horrible wasters of resources.
- Of feasting and fasting (although not using those words).
- Mr Biden skewered by his own words … compare this and this.
OK ok … a little late but better than not, eh?
- After 5 decades … that’s likely an import, eh?
- Mr Obama said regarding the Zimmerman trial …. “we are a nation of laws” , which I guess falls under the “do as I say not as I do” category.
- Oh, and the left (ignoring the fact that “stand your ground” was actually not part of the Zimmerman defense) thinks that this case is similar to the Zimmerman one … except that it isn’t apparently. The only actual parallel might be that this case and the Zimmerman one where both non-white on non-white violence.
- One more on the above … and seriously … if point 8 is a problem then we don’t need a new justice system, we need a new party representing the left-of-the-aisle.
- Improvements when your soldiers can innovate.
- Arwen and the Virgin.
- Overseas remarks on Mr Morsi and his ousting (Hat Tip).
- Irony and the EPA.
- For the silver screen viewer.
- When imminent domain (or the equivalent in China) doesn’t work …
- This might be related.
- Wish I was there.
- Character. Kinda Romans 5:3 ish, eh?
- Big brother and the X-One.
OK. Back to it.
- A counter example for the “there are no stupid questions” hypothesis.
- A passing noted.
- Academic bigotry on display.
- Flaming taillights … somebody needs to make that a feature not a bug.
- Advice for those doing civil patrols or community watch services.
- Lewis Carroll and CEO publicity statements.
- Chutzpah defined.
All about the continuing Zimmerman kerfuffle, post verdict.
- You can be amused by Mr Obama’s upside down metaphor (stop the tide of gun violence) … which gets it exactly backwards. You don’t want to stop a tide when it’s going the way you want, and gun violence has been dropping for two decades, i.e., the tide is receding. Apparently Mr Obama is either unaware of that or wants more violence (more stupid or evil … pick one).
- The Congo-Somali problem, that is that which gets press isn’t the matters which more deserve the same.
- Grist for the discussion.
- What would have happened if? Well, you wouldn’t have the President trying to influence the case to the prosecution, nor the State of Florida switching to one of their top prosecutor teams, and so on.
- And when what you know about Public defenders comes from Law and Order … keep quiet.
- Some technical notes on self defense law.
Work started off at a gallop this morning … and an old buddy from my undergraduate collegiate days is in town (1980-84) … so nothing will come tonight. Tomorrow should be more normal.
I tell my kids that I went to college back when dinosaurs roamed the planet, but this being the Interwebs and all, it’s likely I’ll be corrected by someone pointing out that no, dinosaurs weren’t alive in 1980.
- Better late than never (… is that Shakespeare too?).
- Journalism, moving into used car salesman and politician territory.
- Flap flap.
- Police misconduct (or not) and the Bill of Rights.
- A lot more impressive 3d printing project than crappy single shot pistols.
- Sorry, I’d agree most of the time it isn’t a disease.
- Not getting the dilemma here.
- Failure modes will be so incredibly impressive … which is just one more reason to build it, eh?
- Pride of place is a common trait, lots of southerners have conflicted feelings about the Civil War. So what?
- I’ll bet Mr Begin had no public criticism of Ms Clinton’s Senate run. Hmm.
- Faith, prison and healing.
- A progression, which follows alongside a reduction in gun violence nationwide during the same period.
- The world and abortion.
- A cool toy.
- Yikes or idiots abounding.
- (said in growly voice) “Grrr… killn’s too good fer em“
- Variants of bike.
- Kinda a straw man … nobody’s arguing against discrimination, just that there are unwarranted basis for the same, such as the left’s insistence that discrimination based on race is warranted (or their even less logical insistence that once one agrees that race/gender are a valid criteria at which point apparently the specifics of the criteria are the loci of their dispute, i.e., their religious beliefs are OK but yours are not).
- Hacking and damages.
- Not an accident … so was it a green terrorist or a for-the-pipeline terrorist? Which dya think?
- Well, yes it was. So? All those drone attacks on neutral nations are also acts of war. We do it all the time.
- Murdering, uhm, princesses?
- Mr Obama and Being There.
- “every child is subject” … huh? Doesn’t that sentence imply the speaker thinks every child has been abused? And seriously, “gosh, let’s troll the nearby trailer park for our nanny.” I realize former Presidents liked to troll trailer parks for date prospects but really … the things people do to avoid raising their own children.
In which “great” probably requires a random meaning not normally associated with the term.
- Markets for everything or is it the other way around?
- A taste of the descent.
- FISA and adversary … mark and remark. Seems to me ripe for regulatory capture … but that might be better than than the alternative.
- Skewering the Times for its racism vis a vis the Zimmerman trial, here and here.
- News and Mr Gore’s board seat.
- Liberal notions of penal practice applied.
- Mr Reid gives advice while failing to notice he never follows same.
- Liberte, egalite and envy.
- A record of sorts.
- A likely omission noted.
- I’d suspect the effect is unlikely to be that noticeable this soon.
My parents arrive this afternoon from New Jersey …. but in the meantime, links?
- The notion that the delay is about anything but votes is hard to imagine. Kinda like imagining an honest politician, eh?
- A not impressed movie review.
- A protest.
- I understand “it’s all about the bike” … but really … it isn’t. Speaking about “the bike”.
- Middle class and market democracy … chicken and egg.
- Those vanishing bears.
- Lighting tech and green energy.
- Tips for the ammo buyer.
- Some book suggestions for your summer reading. I should make a list like this.
- Oooh, someone say “open borders” … so they can be mocked for their stupidity.
- Where to follow the Zimmerman trial if you are so inclined.
- More climate model watching.