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A Liberal Decalogue - by Bertrand Russell

1: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2: Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3: Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.

4: When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6: Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8: Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9: Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.


The article this is taken from is well worth reading: http://www.openculture.com/2013/03/bertrand_russells_ten_commandments_for_living_in_a_healthy_democracy.html
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Agreed, although in context I suspect Russell meant "liberal" in the classical sense (as would apply to, say, Hayek).
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The national news media -- television networks, newspapers, opinion magazines, and the most popular news bloggers -- have an ideological bias.

All of these sources draw far more heavily from people with college educations, especially college educations from the most prestigious schools, than does the population at large. But we know that education increases ideological orthodoxy. This is likely because the features which make a good student are also those which make a good ideologue. Moreover, an ideological frame is almost unavoidable in the humanities, helping students learn to discuss topics in ideological terms and creating the expectation that they are the right terms.

So the media has this ideological bias; it favors ideological explanations over other kinds. This is a significant problem because the world is strongly biased towards heterodoxy, most especially the world of personal opinion. Ideologues tend to miss this point and, in its place, build an ideological misinterpretation of the world around them. When I read FiveThirtyEight discuss how a third of all primary voters throw a wrench into the predictive works, I wonder how big a role ideological framing plays. How does it influence the categories, questions, and coding? 

This isn't a quibble. For many years, studies showed that conservatives had a better understanding of economics. They would, contrary to their liberal counterparts, correctly identify supply-and-demand problems, where economic gains could be found, and so on. It turned out, however, that this was a problem with the researchers' perception of economics. Polling the issues which are ideologically coded as economic -- regulation, wages, etc. -- showed conservatives have a better understanding. But once you polled based on issues considered by economists -- regulations and wages, yes, but also prison, war, and so on -- the differences evaporated. Liberals and conservatives understood economics insofar as their ideologies happened to line up with it and, really, no further.

The lesson here is simple: people discuss topics in the frame they are most comfortable using; if that frame is not large enough, they will be wrong more often than they should be. The ideological frame is rather small.
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It's a shame for the current employees, but this is unambiguously good news for air quality in the Pittsburgh region. Shenango is one of the largest point sources of air pollution in the region, and (according to the Clean Air Council) frequently runs outside the legal emissions limits.

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In yet another casualty of the struggling steel industry, DTE Energy Corp. said on Thursday it will close its Shenango Inc. coke plant within the next month, leaving 173 workers looking for other work. The Detroit-based energy company said in its announcement that it decided to close the Neville Island plant, which produces blast furnace coke and related products for steelmaking, “in response to a sharp downtown in the North American steel indust...
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Tried out Hyper-V on Windows 10 today.  A Debian VM boots and runs just fine, and successfully persists its state basically no matter what.  I can sleep, hibernate, or even shut down the host machine, and when it comes back everything continues to work fine.

On the same machine, a native Debian install can't even manage to wake up from hibernate more than about 50% of the time - the other half the time it ends up rebooting from scratch.

It's 2015.  Why is Linux power-management still nearly as badly broken as it was back in 2001?

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+Thaison Tranhuynh​ Debian uses the same kernel as everybody else, and as far as I can tell most of the problems can be traced to the kernel itself (and the drivers embedded within it).

(I suppose it's possible that the particular bugs I've observed are in the init system, but Debian is moving to systemd - and what's the point of that if it doesn't fix what's broken?)
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Ordered: two identical SSDs from +Amazon.com.

Received: one SSD and one copy of The River by Gary Paulsen, with a packing slip clearly indicating two SSDs.

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I don't know what they do to get their reps and train them, but Amazon's customer service department is seriously the best thing since sliced bread. They should teach that shit in business school. The number of times I've paid extra money simply to not have to deal with any other company's terrible phone tree and some pre baked, soul crushing script...

Now if only they could get their search and sort functions fixed for electronics...
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Burned out a microcontroller while testing a circuit I thought I had already checked, then struggled in vain to remove it without damaging the rest of the board. Ended up burning off half a dozen solder pads, so gave up and removed the rest of the components and rebuilt most of the circuit from scratch. By the end of the evening I was back to where I'd been as of Thursday.

Yep, this hobby is pretty much an exact substitute for playing KSP...
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I voted. Not for your candidate, of course - no matter who your candidate is. I'm registered independent, and Pennsylvania has closed primaries.

I voted anyway. What's the point of a protest vote if you don't cast it?
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Hurray for voting!
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Why is it so cool when someone takes something easy and makes it ridiculously complicated? I don't know either, but it is.
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Pittsburgh has its own Grinch. City police this morning are asking for the community to help replace at least 383 presents stolen in the last day from an East Hills community center. Zone 5 Cmdr. Jason Lando said about 200 underprivileged children who live in area of Homewood, Lincoln-Lemington and East Liberty were to each get two gifts. "It's disgusting. We never condone theft of any kind, but three days before Christmas and you're stealing fro...
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Thanks for all the smog Volkswagen. Also worth a read: http://www.wired.com/2015/09/epa-opposes-rules-couldve-exposed-vws-cheating/
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation, accusing VW of installing software known as a “defeat device” in 4-cylinder vehicles.
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A song for the day.  Hooray for equality!
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"(This is why, despite my reservations about libertarianism, it’s not-libertarianism that really scares me. Whenever some people without skin in the game are allowed to make decisions for other people, you end up with a bunch of elderly doctors getting together, think “Yeah, things do seem a little classier around here if we make people who are not us pay $200,000, make it so,” and then there goes the money that should have housed all the homeless people in the country.)"
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One could say that about a kindergarten education, too. But really understanding things can take more maturity than a high school student has.

Certainly, a high school education should provide somewhat of the "modern liberal education" (that's the part of your education that is for you, rather than for your employer). But what makes you think this is easier or less important stuff than work-related skills?

I'm on my third career now, you know. I learned a lot of Physics once upon a time, and unless/until quantum computers happen, it doesn't count as a work-related skill for me any more. The stuff that really matters in the long run is learning how to think and how to learn; and good universities teach that fairly well, but it's a bit hard to put those topics convincingly on a syllabus.
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