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  1. "Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods." - H. L. Mencken

  2. 99% of treatises about how politics corrupts science (or anything else) advocate more politics to fix the problem.

  3. "Laura turned her head away again to take in more of the view below."It really works, doesn't it," she said thoughtfully after a while. "What does?" "Science. It works." ... "It's just that . . . well, everything I've seen since we came here . . . it's all too incredible to be real, but it is. Whatever people had to learn to build something like this, they had to get it right. Know what I mean, there's no room to fool yourself when you take on this kind of thing. There are so many other 'olog...

  4. Another State Science Institute debacle. Government and science don't mix! http://ksj.mit.edu/tracker/2012/10/did-texas-cancer-research-institute-medd

  5. "No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path but Buddhas [enlightened ones] clearly show the way." - Gautama Buddha, from the Dhammapada

  6. Elections are basically a debate about whether the State ought to rape and pillage group A or pillage and rape group B. It doesn't matter who you vote for because politicians will just rape and pillage whomever they want. But they desperately need your vote because it gives sanction to the State's mass violence. The ceremony of elections breeds a sense of distance from moral responsibility for the State's theft and murder and a sense of duty to be enslaved or destroyed in turn when it is...

  7. “Milk doesn’t really “do a body good.” Objections include lactose, casein, hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, and high-temperature processing methods, while the calcium benefits are overstated.” - Mark Sisson I haven't had milk in 2-3 years and don't miss it at all. I do eat minimally-processed fermented milk - cheese and yogurt - every day.

  8. 8km in 40 minutes 20 seconds today. 7 days to go.

  9. Ugh, election season. That annoying time when everyone thinks that they have a right to impose their opinions on others at gunpoint, that the mass use of violence will make everyone better off if enough people agree on the choice of victim, that there is any difference between their pet candidates, and that their vote makes any difference. If only I could filter the idiocy from my news feeds.

  10. Words are a very imperfect means of conveying our thoughts. The original idea is distorted by a vague and stereotyped vocabulary, ambiguous grammar and meaning. And then it is distorted again by the different definitions and mental models of the recipient. Meaning is in people. Words are very imperfect symbols for communicating an idea. When we speak, we take an enormous set of abstractions linked with sensorial associations in our mind, distill them down to a short set of symbolic associations which are then re-linked with an entirely different set of associations in someone else. It is a lot to ask of an animal brain evolved to convey data about a hunting and gathering lifestyle to fit all the complexity of modernity into that medium. Sometimes we can accompany our words with body language and pictorial imagery, but the modern civilized lifestyle demands more and more abstract and hypothetical thinking. It stretches the limits of verbal communication. It is possible for two people to have a conversation about art or theology or politics with both thinking that they had a meaningful interaction without a single idea ever being shared. Two brains expressing, but never really communicating. It is for this reason that I like science, engineering, and programming. When we repeat experimental results, or implement a blueprint, or collaborate on software, the result is unambiguous. The unity of a shared reality confirms the tie between our minds. Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TruthJusticeAndTheAmericanWay/~3/0xGObxVAQNs/
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  12. I need several assistants to help me record audio and video for the Shanghai Austrian Economics Summit this weekend. If you are interested, contact me.

  13. Installing Windows XP 32bit because apparently it's too much to ask for Windows 7-64 1394 drivers for a Canon MiniDV video camera.

    1. Dániel Boros

      Dániel Boros

      Why not use virtualbox?

  14. I'm going to Thailand for two whole weeks in September!

  15. In China, reasonably-priced nice shoes are harder to come by. After I started using shoe glue (a kit of three compounds), cleaners, waxes, and waterproofers, I've managed to keep my old pairs going way longer than I thought possible.

  16. Trying to design a heatsink for my NEX5 digital camera to extend video recording time using RAM heatsink and thermal tape.

  17. Any recommendations for a good guide/book on domain-driven-design?

  18. Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly. — Cicero

  19. DavidV

    Wrongful Imprisonment

    Read my One Minute Case For Strict Civil Liability of the Justice System.
  20. USA annual GDP is about $15 trillion. USA nuclear weapons program: total cost about $10 trillion dollars. USA aircraft carriers: $22 billion lifetime cost * about 80 since 1922 = $1.7 trillion Apollo program: $170 billion (2005 dollars)
  21. The Large Hadron Collider cost $9 billion USD and was built specifically because physicists expected something like the Higgs to be discovered. It's sort of like making a giant effort to land on the moon - while relying only on mathematical models to predict that the moon will be there to land on. It's quite possible that this will be the only fundamental particle to be discovered in our lifetimes.

  22. "A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points." - Alan Kay

  23. What would the world would be like if we did not expose minors to any politics or religion before 18?

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