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Archive for July 2009

Libertarian takedown of the day

July 30, 2009

Thought I’d throw a log on the pyre (does one throw logs onto pyres?…) on which I’ve been burning libertarianism’s corpse. Thomas Levenson, do your work: I don’t read McArdle much because I know she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and the glibness of her ignorance and the infantile quality of her ideology (that […]

Thesis extention means lockdown extention

July 30, 2009

… probably for the next two days. Sowy. To learn about the shitstorm that is partially contributing to my opting to hold off on submitting, check out this link (it’s encyclopedia dramatica, so again, if you’re at work… click at your peril).

The unreason of rational overreach

July 29, 2009

Neat entry on the Plank comparing Romney and MacNamara. Sample: As Nicholas Lemann once wrote in a New Yorker piece about the consulting business, the “metrics” and methods used by companies like Bain endow their employees with the sense that they can solve any problem, no matter how shallow their understanding of the industry they’re […]

Post-rationalist, pop spiritualist, and Norse mythical defenses of the birthers

July 27, 2009

This is pretty awesome: There is no question that the evidence points to the conclusion that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is therefore a “natural-born citizen.”No question, that is, if you accept the dominant paradigm of metaphysical realism. That is, the idea that things exist independent of the mind and that those things […]

Thesis lockdown

July 27, 2009

No more posting until Thursday. If I do, kick me in the mouth.

Turtle-gasm (quasi-SFW)

July 26, 2009

Via Digg

Basketball Jones

July 26, 2009

Apparently it was still cool in the 70s to draw black people such that their lips take up half their faces. That aside, quite the video. Fav detail: the crazy old lady ironing her cat. From wiki: “Basketball Jones” is a 1974 animated short film based on the Cheech and Chong song, “Basketball Jones featuring […]

Blog war: escalation

July 25, 2009

I wrote a diss rap in response to Tom’s latest salvo but have a crappy delivery. So anyway, I hired Nas to read it, but he would only do it if he could call Tom “Jay-Z” (whatever that means…). Anyway, here’s what we put together: (I) Fuck with your soul like ether (Will) Teach you […]

Playing a libertarian’s game: Radley Balko’s “State your limits” challenge (UPDATED)

July 24, 2009

This post is dedicated to Dane who clued me into Radley Balko’s blog, and originally told me about Balko’s “State Your Limits” challenge yesterday afternoon. The challenge in general terms is as follows: …Every initiative announced by the Obama administration pushes us further into uncharted territory on both fronts [“the growth and size of government”], […]

Earth and a terraformed Mars

July 24, 2009

Via Reddit Mars is smaller than I thought it was.