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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

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

“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

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

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

Today, Sat Feb 21 only, free Kindle book: Obedience in the faith-versus-works discussion.

February 21st, 2015 by Bookslinger

An interesting read, by Andrew Murray, written in the 1800’s. A Life of Obedience. The Kindle edition is free for today only.

Kindle books don’t require an actual Kindle device. Free Kindle reading apps are available for smart phones, tablets, and computers.

I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but wanted to make a shout-out due to the temporary nature of the free e-book.

The books starts by quoting both Old Testament and New Testament passages that illustrate that the need for obedience surmounts the need for faith.

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February 21st, 2015 11:22:37

Everyone is Indispensable

February 20th, 2015 by G.

There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.

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February 20th, 2015 13:21:57

What Does 50 Shades’ Popularity Tell Us?

February 20th, 2015 by Nathaniel Givens

Note: this piece is cross-posted at Nathaniel’s home blog DifficultRun.

964 - 50 Shades Teddy Bear

Almost all of the many articles and blog posts in the lead up to the 50 Shades of Grey release last weekend have been negative, so I had some hope that better sense would prevail and people would stay home rather than prove that controversy and porn are quick and easy paths to profit. That just goes to show you that my sense of cynicism has room to grow. (more…)

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February 20th, 2015 09:18:40

All Fail, Some Succeed

February 19th, 2015 by G.

The basic problem with all mortal lives is death – and that is why from a purely mortal perspective all lives must be seen as a failure.

Some lives are a success when considered from the context of eternity.

-thus Bruce Charlton.  If you limit yourself to only one internet read this week, make it the essay I pulled that from.  It captures the mix in life: how sometimes we seem to be living in the middle of light, and sometimes it all seems like dirt and unhappiness.

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February 19th, 2015 12:11:15

The problem with ceasefires

February 19th, 2015 by Vader

We cease, they fire.

–Bernard Lewis

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February 19th, 2015 11:20:28