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Michael Stone
An ex-limey living in the U.S.A.
Interests: Programming, Philosophy, Soccer, Movies,Computer Games
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Mar 15, 2010
What the fuck happened to the America I came looking for? I've just started the EF diet (thanks for the tip) and I'm feeling better than ever. The high grain, high carb, low fat diet I'd been on was causing all sorts of gastric problems for me and I didn't even question it until I read Art's work. Ony when I did so did I realize that it just happened to be what the goddamned government have been pushing for the past 50 years or so. How long until the EF diet is simply banned? It's already illegal for me to drink raw milk. As in I'll-be-shot-by-the-pigs illegal. For my own good, of course. Fuck, I'm pissed off with this place. The scary thing is that this is still the best place there is on earth...
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I was going to comment on this but I realized that there was nothing more I could add. Very well said, sir. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2008 on Roots of Destruction at Free the Animal
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Also, from your own blog: "A few of the questioners do not merely ask a question. Instead, after Dr. Peikoff's answer, they persist in trying to discuss or even debate his answer. The error here is an instance of context-dropping. In particular it is dropping the law of identity as applied to the Q&A sessions. A question-and-answer period is a question-and-answer period. A question-and-answer period is not a discussion period. A question-and-answer period is not a debate forum. Dr. Peikoff rightly refuses to allow individuals in the audience to draw him into either discussion or debate."
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2008 on Radical at Philosophical Detective
Evidence? How about the fact that no one got to ask a genuine question in more than two hours of 'question and answer'? I thought he was simply letting them hang themselves with their own rope when he let the first person rant for more than 15 minutes. That was sufficient to get such a point across. When the 5th and 6th person did the same it was way past enough. I have no idea what Dr. Lewis's intentions were during all this. Maybe he should have voiced them rather than allowing audience members who were genuinely interested in his ideas be marginalized by thugs.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2008 on Radical at Philosophical Detective
All right. You bring the Bratwurst and I'll bring the Lederhosen!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2008 on Hier bin ich at Philosophical Detective
I shouldn't have read your comment while eating. I've got to clean up food spray now! :D
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2008 on Comrade J at Philosophical Detective
Oh, I see! Freedom is childish. Yes, it's all clear to me now. I'm glad you explained it so eloquently for me.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2008 on The Wrong Question at Philosophical Detective
Aye, you're right. I don't view Libertarians as the enemy or anything like that. I just find them bloody frustrating sometimes. Mind you the same could be said for Objectivists. Or maybe even people in general...
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2008 on Heard on the Radio at Philosophical Detective
How about you address the concepts rather that trying to intimidate me with authority, sneers and name dropping? Obviously my idealogical purity is in question and needs to be corrected.
Yes, with it being lefty and all I would expect the High Priest of Global Warming to be absent but they really dropped the ball with the other omissions. So many idiots, so few lists...
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2007 on Damn Funny at Philosophical Detective
Sure it was. Still, since they're both wrong they sometimes correctly point out the ways in which the other side is wrong.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2007 on Damn Funny at Philosophical Detective
I've only lived here since '98 and the place is often unrecognizable for me. I sometimes get lost when I drive somewhere I haven't been in a couple of years because all the landmarks have changed. Still, the growth is certainly good for my job prospects. Yay!
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2007 on Cheers 2.0 at Philosophical Detective
Exactly. It doesn't even have to be gold. In the days before fiat money it was also silver, tobacco, coffee, whatever. The point is that it should be up to individuals what medium of exchange they wish to use. When it's government paper money they are doing exactly the same as any counterfeiter does. They're simply stealing value by producing tokens that are supposed to represent value (i.e. unconsumed produce) without producing anything that those tokens are supposed to represent.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2007 on The Source of Inflation at Philosophical Detective
Wow! Spambots are getting quite sophisticated these days. That almost sounds like a human being.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2007 on The Source of Inflation at Philosophical Detective
Hey, feel free. The word needs to get out.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2007 on Good Summary at Philosophical Detective
I thought the images were very fitting. The focus I got was “sacrifice” not “pacifism”. We've fought altruist wars for almost 100 years now and, not coincidentally, lost every one as a result.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2007 on Uplifting at Philosophical Detective
What did he do that was "out of control"? He merely asked why he was being arrested. I understand that the left are out of control. I also understand that security is required at these events because people are likely to get violent. This guy threatened no-one. He attacked no-one. He was asking a question and a thug in the background made a signal to one of the cops. The cops then grabbed him and started to herd him away. When he asked why, things got violent. The cops introduced the violence, not the kid. I heard him repeatedly state that if they let go of him he'd walk out of the place. I don't care what leftists call anything. There's no other way to describe these people. The fact that they enforce victimless "crimes" is their fault, no one else’s. "Just following orders" is not a valid defense. As soon as they do something that is unjust, _they_ are the problem, not the ones creating the "laws".
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2007 on The Pig State Continues at Philosophical Detective
I understand the impulse. I just can't help but think of it as futile. Worse than futile because, as long as we "participate", they will continue to think they have our approval. The only way I'd ever vote is if they always had a "none of the above" box I could check. If "none of the above" got the majority then all the other contenders should be barred from ever running for that office again and there'd be another round with another set of looters. If, after three such rounds, "none of the above" still won then obviously the post isn't required so it should be abolished. Even as I type this, however, I realize that even this is futile. In the worst case, they'd never implement this and if they did they'd find ways around it. In the best case, I'd still be subject to the whims of others. At the point of a gun. No, I simply cannot justify wasting even a second on their game.
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2007 on Enough Already at Philosophical Detective
Yes, that's where it was. The quarry certainly made the airport easy to find. That and the big mountain!
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2007 on Biggles Learns to Fly at Philosophical Detective
Amundsen used this to his advantage during his Antarctic expedition. Rather than beat them off he let the dogs clean out the make-shift latrine after the men had used it. Scott had his men clean it out. Not very British to have doggies eat poo, see? Guess which team's morale was higher... I love my pooches but it's things like this that remind me they're only animals after all.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Din Dins! at Philosophical Detective
Of course. Every dictator will become our friend if we just hug them and understand their pain. And send them billions of dollars in "aid". Soon the world will be a peaceful place. I know because our masters have said so.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2007 on The Peace Loving French at Philosophical Detective
Thank you, sir! I love wearing fedoras. I need to get a brown one now for the new suit. It's a shame it's so hard to find a milliner these days...
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2007 on Suit Pics at Philosophical Detective
Yes, I was disappointed. Then I realized that the culture has yet to have a renaissance. I sometimes forget how large a cultural swing the ideas of the renaissance were. Since I realized I've been on the lookout for any evidence of another one, anywhere across the globe...
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2007 on Pretense at Philosophical Detective
Reading through this is amazing. So many people are able to completely skip over the fact that the burglar is committing violence and then proceed to pick over the actions of someone defending against said violence. If a burglar initiates the use of force against someone, a defender is merely granting him his premise that force is a valid method of interaction. If they don't want to be on the receiving end of such force, all they have to do is refrain from breaking in to someone's home. How much force is a detail that is irrelevant. The principle is either true or it’s not. Why is this so hard for some of you to grasp? At first I put it down to the mental meanderings of the concrete-bound mentality but then it would be random. The desire to ignore the violence of the *attacker* and only focus on the violence of the *defender* is not random. It's consistent throughout this thread. It's simply the desire to get away with the unearned, adorned in 2,500 years worth of philosophical justification. A tantrum dressed up in verbiage.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2007 on Guns and guitars at Majikthise