I can definitely see DOMA getting struck down. Prop 8 seems less likely - it's hard to get rid of it without legalizing gay marriage in all the states and I don't see the Supreme Court doing so just yet. But it's very surprising how fast public opinion has been moving on this in the past 2 years. Opposition is crumbling fast.
I was planning on walking to campus today, but lost track of time and didn't have time to make it before my class. However, I also didn't have time to catch the bus, so I walked and was late. It takes, like, 35-40 minutes at a normal walking pace. I plan to do this a bit more often now that the weather is getting better. It takes maybe 15 minutes by bus, so if I have to kill much time to wait for the bus, this is approx equivalent. But I don't want to do this on days where I'm carrying my gym bag in addition to my backpack.
Nozick abandoned his extreme Wilt Chamberlain libertarian argument by the 80s - are there any real libertarian moral philosophers anymore? I don't mean to imply that dmg's assertion that he is an island is in any way disreputable without an argument to the contrary, as Nozick's arguments are still popular even if he didn't like them anymore by the time he died, but is anybody significant still championing the idea?
Took a prospective student to lunch the other day. She's choosing between here and a couple other places - frankly, with her other choices, I'd think hard about choosing the one that starts with M over this one, but that's just because they are working hard on the machine learning/statistics interface. I probably should have applied there last year, but I heard that last year they essentially didn't accept anybody and I think the deadline was wrong for me. And I'm happy here - familial considerations were also a concern. But her interests might be different from mine, so, you know, there you go.
http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/03/24/nebraska-police-chase-down-man-video-recording-their-abuse-while-second-man-video-records-it-all/ "Regardless of who knocked her over, police had no right to chase Juaquez into the home without a warrant when all he was doing was video recording them from across the street." If whatever the guy was doing was enough for the police to arrest him, they could certainly follow him into the house without a warrant when he fled.
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