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This is wonderful.
 
Good show, +Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."
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“One might translate what the editor is really saying as ‘the concept of being a woman is now utterly meaningless but we have decided to preserve the fiction at those points where it is politically convenient for us to do so.' Notice the editor's use of the vague term feel and the slippery adjective appropriate. As ever, in our aesthetic age, it is impossible to argue against a feeling.”
An editor's comment points to the ridiculous linguistic gymnastics the New Left is now inflicting . . . .
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David Koch & Dick Cheney supported SSM before Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama did. You learn something new every day.
The Supreme Court on Friday struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, bringing the United States one step closer to the freedom-loving utopia envisioned by right-leaning philanthropy baron David
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“When the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat asked the comedian Bill Maher to locate the source of human rights, he simply shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘It’s in the laws of common sense.’”

“Unable to make sense — as Alasdair MacIntyre says — of the mutilated philosophical traditions that once gave our now everyday language its meaning, we curl up into our little corner of history and — fingers crossed behind our backs — resort to wishful assertions. As a classic sentimental nihilist, Stephen Fry, says: ‘I know that lies will always fail and indecency and intolerance will always perish.’ Really? On what evidence?”

“Far more likely to perish, unfortunately, is the ‘open society’. As the philosopher Leszek Kolakowski wrote: ‘the extension and consistent application of liberal principles transforms them into their antithesis . . . [A]mong the dangers threatening the pluralist society from within . . . what seems to bode most ill is the weakening of the psychological preparedness to defend it.’ Perhaps he had in mind Bertrand Russell’s boast ‘I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong’, which is today echoed by Ricky Gervais: ‘We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.’ Will history be kind enough to let us get by on that alone?”
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Finally, it seems to me that there is one respect in which Darwin's dangerous idea is vastly more dangerous than Dennett realizes. According to Richard Rorty,

 “The idea that one species of organism is, unlike all the others, oriented not just toward its own increased prosperity but toward Truth, is as un-Darwinian as the idea that every human being has a built-in moral compass–a conscience that swings free of both social history and individual luck.”

Rorty's pronouncements do not always inspire maximum confidence, but here he seems to be on to something (although like Dennett he fails to see the real danger here). He says that two ideas are un-Darwinian: that we have a mind oriented towards the Truth and a conscience that puts us in touch with right and wrong.

– Alvin Plantinga
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“I have my (now more libertarian) social views, which I express in social media and elsewhere but I am constrained as a minister not to seek to use my office to achieve my social goals (to be left alone). This is not to say that the Christian faith has no social implications. It does but I am not free to use the pulpit or the congregational prayer to impose my social views on the congregation. When it comes to social issues, like everyone else I must compete in the marketplace of ideas, I may persuade but I may not claim the sanction of the Christian faith or the authority of the Christian church for my interpretation of current events. The history of the church is clear. It is not possible to harness the Christian faith or Christ to some social agenda without imperiling the fundamental message, doctrines, and practice of the church. Such a harnessing has always threatened the mission of the church: the pure preaching of the gospel of free acceptance with God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; the pure administration of the sacraments, and the use of church discipline.”
– R. Scott Clark
Like Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834) before him, Rauschenbusch's Pietism had not equipped him to address the challenges before him. Like Schleiermacher, Rauschenbusch turned to the liberals fo...
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Difficult (for me) to see the obvious take-away (don't corrupt the pulpit with politics) and not feel concern about the other side of the coin (a changed heart will care about victims).

Side A: don't say (from the pulpit) "thou shalt not have an abortion"

Side B: changed hearts will care about unborn children and their parents

A watered-down gospel easily accomplishes "A".
A genuine Gospel leads to "B".
Gotta be tough for a pastor to preach what leads to "B" and still restrain himself w/r/t "A".

You won't hear this in the media ... won't get it from either side.
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There was a great Marxist called Lenin
Who did two or three million men in
    That’s a lot to have done in
    But where he did one in,
That grand Marxist Stalin did ten in.

Robert Conquest (1917-2015)
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“Arizona, unlike the other states in the Mountain Time Zone, does not adopt this adjustment, called daylight saving time, presumably as an expression of independence from the federal government. The Navajo Indian reservation, located within Arizona, does use daylight saving time, perhaps to be different than Arizona. And the Hopi Indian reservation, which is completely surrounded by the Navajo Indian reservation, does not adopt daylight saving time, perhaps to differentiate themselves from the Navajos. So you can drive a few hours in Arizona and go in and out of daylight saving time four times.”

– Richard T. Snodgrass: Developing Time-Oriented Database Applications in SQL (Morgan Kaufmann: 2000), p. 29
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Around the world there are a total of 7,102 known languages, of this gargantuan amount twenty-three remain popular enough to be considered…
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“Zantovsky’s book is not primarily about Havel’s thought, though it gives an expert and reliable account of the principles that guided his thought and action. Its treatment of his seminal 1978 essay ‘The Power of the Powerless’ is superb. Havel’s genius was to locate the specific features of the ‘post-totalitarian regime’—ideological to the core but no longer relying on mass violence in the manner of a classic Leninist-Stalinist regime. Like Solzhenitsyn before him, Havel saw the ideological lie as the glue holding together a totalitarian or post-totalitarian regime. The green grocer who thoughtlessly raised the sign ‘Workers of the World Unite’ above his produce stand was ‘ritualistically’ reinforcing the hold that the regime of the lie had on human souls. The spiritual decision ‘to live in truth’ could break the lie’s ritualistic stranglehold and open up a space for personal integrity, human rights, and even a nascent civil society. The ‘power of the powerless’ lay precisely in the ability of truth to break through the ‘automatism’ of the lie.”
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In my exhaustive research for today's comic, I read that John Steinbeck often signed his books with a drawing of the Pigasus, a mythical flying pig. He also included the Latin motto "Ad astra per alas porci": "To the stars o...
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The invocation of "states rights" among those waving the Confederate flag while fighting for the evils of slavery and segregation has been devastating to the cause of limited government.

Not only were the institutions themselves an affront to liberty, but in fighting to defeat the institutions, the federal government claimed more power. And to this day, when any conservative tries to make a principled argument in favor of returning more power to the states, they have to grapple with the fact that for many Americans, such arguments are tainted by their historical association with slavery and segregation.
The tragic massacre at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has re-ignited the debate over the legacy and meaning of the Confederate battle flag, which still flies on the grounds of the state capitol. I'll shelve the separate discussion over the relevance of the flag to the motivations of Dylann Roof, the prime suspect in the fatal mass shooting, and focus on a different point: why conservatives should hate...
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