Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

R. I. P. Leonard Nimoy, 1931 – 2015.

February 27th, 2015 by Bookslinger

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February 27th, 2015 12:10:52

Salt Lake Cop Fired

February 26th, 2015 by Man SL

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February 26th, 2015 14:06:51

Kevin Williamson Acquitted of Brutal Manslaughter Charges

February 26th, 2015 by Man SL

Jury foreman: They had it comin’.

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February 26th, 2015 14:05:48

The School for Grievance

February 26th, 2015 by Vader

Appears to sit alongside something resembling the old liberal tradition.

And by “old liberal” I mean something a lot closer to classical liberal.

His Majesty: “Bah. Don’t be deceived by what appear to be hopeful signs. Resistance is futile.”

 

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February 26th, 2015 11:18:04

Fishy laws

February 26th, 2015 by Vader

Make for strange bedfellows.

Just look at which justices were on each side of this split decision. You could have rolled dice for this result.

Incidentally, the decision strikes me as wrong. Though I think the law itself is an abomination.

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February 26th, 2015 10:26:30

Franciscan friars in Jerusalem have a snowball fight

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

Cute. Except they remind me too much of Jawas.

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February 25th, 2015 12:23:04

“Santa Claus is preferable to God in every respect except one”

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

— P.J. O’Rourke

All thirty minutes are worth listening to.

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February 25th, 2015 11:36:14

“Homosexuals don’t recruit”

February 24th, 2015 by Vader

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February 24th, 2015 10:15:23

Love Makes for Hard Justice

February 23rd, 2015 by G.

Justice is what God expects of us. Justice is the standards he holds us to.

The standards he holds us to are impossibly high. We cannot satisfy justice.

Why? (more…)

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February 23rd, 2015 13:00:49

“Was Jesus Ginger?”

February 23rd, 2015 by Inigo Montoya

“Evidence.” I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

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February 23rd, 2015 12:35:54

A Secular Theodicy

February 23rd, 2015 by Man SL

Life has taught me the importance of exclusion and boundaries. A thermodynamic system with poor borders (less insulation), will have greater thermal conductivity. It may do more work initially, but it will also move at maximum speed towards that final resting state where all energy is evenly distributed. Such a state is peaceful in precisely the same way as death; for without flows of energy, there can be no life (in vivo or in silico – as no computation is possible). I suppose those who think human extinction is fair or just will consider this the state of ultimate fairness. I don’t particularly care for that final solution.

So if you even care about life existing – let alone the infinite diversity possible therein – then (contra Caplan), boundaries (such as national borders) are an absolute necessity. No differences, no energy flow, no (thermodynamic) work, no life. As in the stars, so on the earth: romance flows from polarity; trade from comparative advantage; thermodynamic work from heat differences; evolution from variation; economic competition from competing alternatives. All progress is driven by differences; so to erase differences is (counter-eponymously) to end progress.

thus Patri Friedman.

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February 23rd, 2015 11:39:53

All in a day’s work

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Mormon missionaries held captive for three hours in Albuquerque.

It’s one reason why they work in pairs.

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February 23rd, 2015 11:25:59

Lileks on social media

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.

While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.

–James Lileks

This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.

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February 23rd, 2015 10:17:37

Freedom is Responsibility

February 23rd, 2015 by G.

Freedom is responsibility. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2015 08:29:15

Angina Monologue 9

February 22nd, 2015 by Vader

So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!

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February 22nd, 2015 19:43:20