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The Boy Scouts Ban Squirt Guns. What Should We Do About It?

May 20th, 2015 by Vader

The Boy Scouts of America are slowly succumbing to modernity.


According to recent BSA policy, the above picture is unkind and unsafe, unless the boy is wearing safety glasses and only pointing the super soaker at an approved target on an approved range.  Grinning while doing it has not yet been explicitly banned.

 

The BSA policy is being understandably mocked in the press. (more…)

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May 20th, 2015 08:44:13

Angina Monologue 15

May 17th, 2015 by Vader

Sometimes I wonder if there is really any hope for His Majesty.

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May 17th, 2015 13:59:08

Goethe’s advice on attracting women

May 13th, 2015 by Vader

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May 13th, 2015 11:08:24

Angina Monologue 11

March 06th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty was wearing a sour face when he came out to breakfast this morning.

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March 06th, 2015 13:04:36

The perils of novelty

March 04th, 2015 by Vader

New ideas that are also good are pretty hard to come by, given how long humanity has been gleaning the vineyard.

New ideas that are bad are a dime a dozen.

Therefore, most new ideas are going to be bad ones.

Therefore, the taste for novelty is a destructive thing.

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March 04th, 2015 12:38:24

“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

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

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

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.

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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

I believe most Muslims are not ignorant savages.

February 18th, 2015 by Vader

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February 18th, 2015 18:57:50

Angina Monologue 8

February 08th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has found a new way to eat his porridge: Flavored with shredded ham and Swiss cheese, with a fried egg on top.

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February 08th, 2015 15:19:44

Jane Austen is Satisfactory

January 29th, 2015 by G.

I just discovered that Rex Stout, the Nero Wolfe writer, was an avid Austenite. (more…)

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January 29th, 2015 09:40:42

Communities

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

— Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29

Angina Monologue 5

January 03rd, 2015 by Vader

As I mentioned to Bruce Charlton in the comments section of a previous post, once you get His Majesty monologuing, you can’t get him to shut up.

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January 03rd, 2015 13:50:16

Angina Monologue 4

January 02nd, 2015 by Vader

Sometimes I think His Majesty has become a bitter old Sith.

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January 02nd, 2015 12:59:34