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The "letter to the editor" model appeals to me. A like/dislike or other voting input could be free. Perhaps cost is a function of comment length. The first 100 characters are free. More than that, buy a stamp.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2015 on How to Beat the Trolls at Cobb
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Western secularism lacks the will. But in a long war between Christianity and Islam, the Jesus people have plenty of will. But first the Christians have to get the secularists out of the way. Islamism will actually help reframe the conflict as a religious one which Christians (without leftists) can win.
Don't you see too many factions in the #BlackLivesMatter movement to ascribe such blame to all of them? In MN, the Mall of America event was entirely non-violent, without any chanting for the scalps of cops. They broke they law by trespassing on MOA property, and were prepared to be arrested. That is exactly what the MLK model of disobedient protest looks like. It seems silly to say they're responsible for the acts of a mentally ill person half a continent away.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2014 on Oh, Yes, It’s Fair! at I Want a New Left
I see righties echoing the belief that black people are inclined to criminality and lesser disappointments. It's old-fashion superior race jabber. The food, the music, the styles of black culture are associated with being a lowlife. I'm actually kind of shocked at how much this has come out thanks to Ferguson. It is a minority attitude (heh) among righties, but is more than a fringe, and is not called out very often by the non-racist majorty.
The messages in Brown's milieu are supported by righties as well as leftists. There's not many paths out. While I understand your theme of self-critical leftism, a self-critical rightist would also see a huge waste of not just and individual life, but of all the lives hindered by the right's inability to break into the negative messaging that lets kids grow up to be killed by cops.
Disparate impact is evidence of racism even if every race is not equally impacted. The attitudes of different minorities toward authority also matters. Somalis do not have a couple of generations of family history getting jobbed by the system. East Asians do a great job taking care of their own as means to overcome racism against them. To count only murders is to miss the much larger and more subtle problems of systemic racism.
Christians have engaged in a thousand years of debate to settle these questions and forestall the relativist tendencies you call out. Yes, there are and always will be fringes of belief. But the large and enduring main factions of Christianity have volumes of apologetics that normalize the faithful.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2014 on Creating a Moderate Islam at I Want a New Left
The trajectory of the head wounds is still a problem for Wilson. Brown was shot in the top of the head, but his body was not abraded as one would expect from a runner falling forward. The shot inside the car almost certainly rendered both men temporarily deaf. If Wilson gave any warning or command, or if Brown offered a surrender, neither would be heard. More evidence may come out, clarifying one way or the other. What troubles me greatly is that exonerating Wilson changes nothing about the horrendous responses by Ferguson PD in the days after. I see much chatter trying to use this autopsy to sweep the other half of the tragedy under the rug.
Those meters represent a petty failure of leftism. Requiring someone with reduced ability to walk half a block to pay for parking increases the suffering of the people for the convenience of the meter maids. The new meter system is very confusing to new users, too. The govt claims parking revenue is up with the new meters. From what I witness, that’s not due to better compliance, but to suburbanites and tourists overpaying. The machine will take your money even when parking at a given space is supposed to be free. It's a racket.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2014 on Some Short Items at I Want a New Left
I still enjoy argument for argument’s sake. And being quippy is good practice for writing ad copy. So I see similar things, but have different preferences. Several of my FB pallys are threatening to quit that habit because of their concerns (and illusions) about privacy. I find it uplifting to see someone quitting FB for what seems a much better reason: Because of how it affects its users, and who they then tend to become. I’ve been an earnest and active player on several fora over the years, and quit them when I realized they were no longer serving me. Since FBing has essentially replaced the blogging I used to do, I lament all the insights and enjoyable quips that are essentially lost to me because they’re made on FB’s servers and on other people’s territory within Facebookland. Keeping the bulk of your output in your own space makes all that output searchable and referenceable, more useful to build upon. Not does FB lack depth, it lacks permanence. At least in a user-friendly way…
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2013 on The Long Form at Cobb
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There must be some limit to immigration. Add too much rice to the gumbo and you don't have gumbo anymore. If we can agree on that, we can argue about how much of which kinds of additions the polity can embrace without changing its essential character. If we cannot agree, then I say unfettered immigration is just slow-motion invasion and conquest. I would repeal the 17th Amendment, to remind us all to focus on the State governments which created the FedGov. Power is not created from above, it is delegated upward. My position would probably apply the 14th a little differently. The points where it was written "Congress shall make no law" have less breadth than "right shall not be infringed".
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2013 on The False Majority at Cobb
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We need a nation as part of the means of determining which are "us" and which are "them". Any political experiment that doesn't enforce borders will not endure. The Constitutional US of A was probably federal enough to administer an even larger territory and population than it now does. It was empowered to oversee only truly nationwide concerns. But since the democracy fetishists have led to centralizing power in one FedGov (instead of manifold StateGovs), the administrative entity is so big it must fail. Since I hold the Framers' vision in such high regard, I get called both a LINO and a RINO by those respective opposites.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2013 on The False Majority at Cobb
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#9: A person recommending an economic policy is not practicing economics.
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Funny, I wish I *could* erase the Krofft puppets from my memory.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2012 on Bugs Bunny Pwns Big Bird at Cobb
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“Walking, talking, chess playing automaton” reminded me of Moxon’s Master, by Bierce.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2012 on A Task for the Humanities at Cobb
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The anti-IP faction would say the inventor should just keep his new mousetrap mechanism a secret. And/or the inventor can still profit by building a brand for his traps. Misrepresenting the origin of a thing (making a knock-off) is actionable in libertopia under the rules for fraud. Next time I get into one of those arguments, I will have to test them on the fraud angle. If there is no IP, does anyone own their own identity? If I start pretending to be Elvis Presley, the real Elvis is still Elvis and loses nothing according to the “non-scarcity of IP” argument.
I went to a few games, and one or two after the move to the Metrodome. Even if the Kicks didn’t have any superstars, I never got tired of saying, “Ace Ntsoelengoe” in the local accent. Goalkeeper Tino Lettieri still sells a line of gas-station food with his name on it.
I have argued this many times with my libertarian and voluntaryist friends. The anti-IP faction relies on the assertion that copying doesn’t take anything from the creator. There’s a particular Jefferson quote they cannot repeat often enough. I have a counter-argument (©): Exclusivity is itself a value. When a work is copied, exclusivity diminishes. Something is taken, and taken without permission, which constitutes theft. My friends in particular are devout evangelists of Austrian economic theory. There is no objective value, and all interactions are measured by their trade value, implicitly subjective. There is no requirement that a thing to be traded exist in the material realm. A secret can be traded. Or stolen.
It gets worse if you go into downtown Minneapolis. The City is trying several different schemes attempting to create safer bike lanes. The confusing and inconsistent markings not only decrease safety, they snarl traffic.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2012 on Driving in Minneapolis at I Want a New Left
Even to a non-fan, that was a nifty shot.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2012 on Soccer: What a Curve! at I Want a New Left
Who said anything about white people? If we’re working the stereotypes, black people are supposed to be threatening to everyone. If you’re not doing anything special by wearing a hoodie, are you really showing sympathy and concern, or free-riding on the media windstorm? Integrity.
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The calls for arrest are a red herring. Zimmerman was indeed detained at the scene. The PD knows where he is, and he appears to be a low flight risk. If charges are brought, he will be issued a notice to appear. The rabble wants to see a perp walk. That serves the media, but is not necessary to achieve justice. The combination of ignorance and rage work better than chains ever did.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2012 on Obligatory Seriousness on the Trayvon Martin at Cobb
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You imagine the sweatshirt and the black man are threatening. Neither actually are, together or separately. What does anyone have to fear from a bunch of whiners led by a charlatan with a megaphone? Cries for justice are cries of “wolf”. Y’all might as well be protesting about Kony. Same dance, different song.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2012 on Obligatory Seriousness on the Trayvon Martin at Cobb
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Oh, I do see you. That is why I mock you. What you really mean is that I don’t see you as you wish to be seen. I know I am not welcome in your club. We’re both fine with that, right? Your only relevance derives from your ability to threaten. But the Trayvon Hoodie Soldiers are all soft. They’re not NO_LIMIT_ like little T was. Let me know when you start setting things on fire. That’s where you want to go. Get there already, or get back in line.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2012 on Obligatory Seriousness on the Trayvon Martin at Cobb
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Nobody knew the kid three weeks ago. There’s no tribal or familial kinship. The hoodies are a social signal between people serving their own egos. It’s another tiresome instance of whining about “justice” as evidence of virtue. Where is the integrity? Will any of them keep wearing hoodies until justice is achieved? Johnny Cash always wore black. Team Trayvon are chumps being played as puppets.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2012 on Obligatory Seriousness on the Trayvon Martin at Cobb
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