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By lm (Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 07:10:56 AM EST) (all tags)
This week, I did a bad job at trying to point out an inconsistency that arises if a Libertarian holds to social contract theory. If my argument fails, I blame the local library consortium which has failed me twice in getting my hands on Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia. The consequence is that I'm kind of shooting in the dark and hoping I'm not taking down a straw man.

David Brooks wrote a decent column on the present fiscal crisis and concluded:
This is the test. This is the problem that will consume the next president. Meanwhile, the two candidates for that office are talking about Bill Ayers and Charles Keating.
It seems to me with regards to the current financial crisis involving federal bailouts of banks, one of those topics the two candidates are talking about is relevant and one is not.

Thomas Friedman takes Palin to the woodshed over Patriotism: Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Not to mention that I have doubts over the appropriateness of someone who cheers secessionists as American patriots making claims about what it means to be patriotic.

And thanks to tf, we can all see why it is that McCain isn't really a maverick

I missed most of the debate last night. But from what I've read I have to give McCain props for going back to the New Deal to put forth a resurrection of something like the  Home Owner’s Loan Corporation. I think it's a good idea. But what's that thudding sound? It's the sound of all the die-hard conservatives hitting the ground as they jump off the McCain bandwagon as he starts arguing that we should socialize the mortgage industry.

I wish MSNBC would can Olberman and put Rachel Maddow in his spot. As is, if I watch Maddow, I miss The Daily Show. And that assumes that I'm not falling asleep while trying to watch the dodo.

I started increasing my distance on my morning run. I want to get to the point where I'm running fifteen or twenty minutes per day. Today, I was -> this close <- to running an 8 minute mile counting the first 3/4 mile and the last 1/4 mile of my run. Weight is clocking in between 176 and 177. So close, so far away.

I had a big breakthrough in my class on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason last night. A good deal of what his point is just kind of clicked into place. A fun paper to write would be how to contrast Kant's distinction between imagination and understanding with the medieval starting point for philosophy, if it's possible in thought, it's possible in act. But that is too ambitious for me at present.

And I should rumble on out of here.

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Libertarianism by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 07:24:00 AM EST
I could comment at length, but unlike my time on alt.politics.libertarian in the early '90s, I am not currently babysitting scripts that take an hour to run. Sigh...
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Thus proving my theory that by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 11:05:16 AM EST

the faster machines perform routine tasks, the lesser the quality of Internet Argument.

You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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Proving? by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 12:55:14 PM EST
I think it's mere evidence in favour.

Also, I submit that maybe your scripts are running a little too quickly.

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OBVIOUSLY UR AN 1DIOT LOLZ! by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 0) #4 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 01:09:17 PM EST

Oh, sorry, wrong script...

But I assure you, my shell scripts are mainly sleep statements, so they take forever to run.

You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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there is no such thing as evidence in favour by codemonkey uk (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 02:53:55 PM EST
 only  a lack of evidence against

--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.
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In my watchlist, by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 02:48:08 PM EST
this appeared to be "Your weekly dose of poo."

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well, it might be your weekly dose of poo by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 05:04:49 PM EST
While I wouldn't quite call it poo, it's not much above.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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