January 2008

Over at Talking Points Memo Josh deflects the kind of shrill anti-Clinton stuff we’ve been hearing from Andrew Sullivan et al, and gets the three points about the current Obama-Hillary contest. First, it isn’t a question of the substance of what’s being said: [T]here’s very little I’ve seen from the Clinton camp that would seem…

Read More Obama, Hillary, and Bill: Josh nails it

On the one hand: UK astronomers will lose access to two of the world’s finest telescopes in February, as administrators look to plug an £80m hole in their finances. Observation programmes on the 8.1m telescopes of the Gemini organisation will end abruptly because Britain is cancelling its subscription. This is a program that the UK…

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Via Greta Christina, here’s a nice piece by the Chaplain entitled: What’s So Bad About Religion?. Here’s the central idea: Even though the vast majority of believers apply rational thought processes in most areas of their lives, there is a corner of their minds, especially for religious conservatives, in which they refuse to shine the…

Read More Pre-rational filtering and foundational beliefs

Larry nails big-Ell Libertarians: Libertarians tend to be upper-middle-class professionals. What these Libertard upper-middle-class professionals fail to realize is that their status and wealth is protected by un-Libertarian law and custom (i.e. requiring law degrees and bar examinations; why not let the market decide who should be a lawyer?) The truly wealthy realize they don’t…

Read More The inherent contradiction in Libertarian thinking