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Archive for February, 2010

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Friday, February 26th, 2010

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    Whose Body Is It? Democracy imparts partial ownership of everyone to everyone else and so on. John Stossel relates this through the paternalism of the FDA. Another reason for anarchy/minarchy.

    Cutting Up Your Credit Cards Innovation of distributed, cellular systems can destroy monolithic systems. We are hearing the death-rattles of semi-centralized banking.

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College tuition in GA set to rise again

Friday, February 26th, 2010

BWAHAHAHAHA…

I go to a public university in GA. The comments on the Augusta Chronicle’s page are, as always, worth the read. One of the commentrs sounds suspiciously like one of my professors from last semester (and the fact that he hints at the fact that he has his doctorate).

Chapters 6 & 7 of Lonergan’s Insight has only solidified my stance on public education being one of the few responsibilities of the government outside of the minimal state proposed by the strictest of libertarian viewpoints. Yes, I’m in favor of free higher-education. I think that even ditch-diggers and janitors ought to be able to dissect Plato’s Republic, discuss literary theory, comprehend economics, do calculus or any other of the number of “useless” skills one picks up at a university. It should be their choice though – and not billed only as the means to a higher paying job.

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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World largest lightsaber battle

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Ironic for a country that has a serious problem with people regularly being stabbed?

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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People don’t like these “facts” you speak of, please refer to them as “educated opinions”

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Don’t confuse them with facts

To listen to talk radio, to watch TV pundits, to read a newspaper’s online message board, is to realize that increasingly, we are a people estranged from critical thinking, divorced from logic, alienated from even objective truth. We admit no ideas that do not confirm us, hear no voices that do not echo us, sift out all information that does not validate what we wish to believe.

That is pretty amusing, though I doubt this is a new trend; humanity has suffered long bouts of ignorance (Medieval times, for example). I suppose it really comes down to recognizing it in others and becoming aware of it.

In addition, certain things will not be disputed with certain people, regardless of the facts – they are just not open to your “facts.” They never will be, and even if you prove them wrong in an argument, it is unlikely that you’ll change their mind. It’s more likely that you’ll force them to create a new argument full of logical fallacies and emotional hangups. Just look at what PZ Myers puts up with on a daily basis.

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Tips for writers…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

10 tips on writing fiction from some big names in writing

The biggest one I took away from this is that I need to actually do the damn thing. Which is something I’ve been overlooking for too long now, aside from this bloggy-blog thing. I love writing and used to plop down and write a story (at least one) every day, whether it was good or not. Sometimes I’d also rewrite stories that I found lacking. Lately, though, I’ve just made a lot of excuses about being too busy. I don’t even remember what it really feels like.

Tomorrow is relatively open for me – I suppose I’ll sit down and write something.

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

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Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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That’s what she said

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

That’s What She Said from Megan Mullally

I say it at least a few times a week, sometimes to strangers in the line at the grocery store. Always good for a laugh.

2nd best: “Your X is a Y,” where X is either mom, sister or girlfriend and Y is whatever inane object of the sentence the person just said to me.

You have most of my jokes now.

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