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  1. Yesterday I watched most of the video debate here between Yaron Brook and Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan was pretty bad.
  2. “My heart cannot help pumping my blood around my body provided it is working properly. In contrast, the power to act that animals possess is associated essentially and constantly, so I would insist, with a simultaneously-possessed power of refrainment” (A Metaphysics of Freedom, p. 156). Yes, my heart does not choose to pump blood or not. I do have some control over how fast my heart pumps. I can do some exercise and more than double my heart rate. I have even more control over what I see. Wherever I am looking, I can open and close my eyes. I can choose to look elsewhere by mov
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20150929111330/http://newbooksinphilosophy.com/2012/07/15/helen-steward-a-metaphysics-of-freedom-oxford-up-2012/ The page includes an audio interview (1 hr, 7 min) about her book. I haven't listened yet, but plan to.
  4. When I search for "one-way" the results include p. 156 as a location, but I can't see the the full text of p. 156.
  5. Thanks, Stephen, for posting about the book. I requested it via inter-library loan, whereby it usually takes several days to receive a book. The most intriguing part of the description for me was the ‘two-way’ powers. Using Amazon’s ‘Look inside’ feature, I search for “two-way.” The results indicated what she meant by “two-pay” powers was an animal’s power to move its body one way or another or not. Beforehand, I had wondered if she might mean an animal’s control of its attention, such as where to look or the source of a smell. So I searched for “perception” in the book. The pages returne
  6. Coronavirus -- NY Times biased statistic #2
  7. Most Obamacare health insurance co-ops shut down
  8. Correcting my last post: The term "public" as you used it is fine for some contexts. For example, there is stock which is publicly-traded versus not publicly-traded. Neither means the stock is government owned. Publicly-traded means the stock can be owned by members of the general public (generally in the private sector). The opposite means only a select few can own it.
  9. You are not using "public" in the sense I did, and probably Stephen did. I was using it to distinguish between the government and the private sector. The term "public" as you used it is fine for some contexts. For example, there in stock which is publicly-traded versus not publicly-traded. The latter does not mean the stock is government owned, but (partly) owned by the general public (people in the private sector).
  10. [1] Obviously. You omitted private ownership and private control. [2] I believe you have much to learn about the principle of insurance. Why would an insurance company underwrite any business, no matter how poor its prospects? Bankruptcy might be a free market proceeding. However, government overseeing or conducting a bankruptcy proceeding is needed much of the time. The alternative is a chaotic free for all by insiders, all creditors, and others with a reasonable claim on the bankrupt company’s assets. Such assets are clearly inadequate to satisfy all claims, else there is no need f
  11. Coronavirus -- HCQ, RCT and politics
  12. I don't know exactly what Biden said to denounce violence. Anyway, the Wall Street Journal criticized Biden for not denouncing Antifa and Black Lives Matter people who led the protests and riots. (The WSJ said Biden did denounce violence by right-wing militias and white supremacists.) The leftist Los Angeles Times, reacting to the WSJ, said, "Joe Biden denounced violence. He doesn’t have to say the magic word ‘antifa’." That's quite a double-standard coming from a leftist media outlet. About 3 years ago when President Trump criticized violence on both sides -- not merely right-wing m
  13. Coronavirus -- NY Times biased statistic
  14. Coronavirus - Sweden Coronavirus - remdesivir
  15. That seems fine in some contexts. But there is a bigger difference in business corporations with publicly-traded stock ("public" meaning general public, not government) between ownership and control. The outside owners own part of the corporation, but the only control of the corporation they have is to elect the board of directors or, rarer, on some other matter put to them. If the corporation pays dividends, the outside owners are owed the dividends. I wouldn't call receiving dividends "controlling." Amazon does not pay dividends. Jeff Bezos owns about 11% of the stock. His control of A
  16. A distinction between ownership and control is common. It's probably more common about business, e.g. corporations with publicly traded stock, than about politics. Ayn Rand did make the distinction in politics (link). Regarding your land, I believe "public control" fits better than "public ownership."
  17. He did write, "I have much more in savings than I invested." Common advice in cases like this is to not invest any more than you can afford to lose.
  18. He did a little -- outdoors -- in another thread.
  19. Berman uses randomized clinical trials (RCT) as a favorite "weapon" against Dr. Risch. The first comment on article linked in my previous post is: "So, where are the randomized clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of masks and social distancing? If an RCT is required before we do interventions why haven't we done an RCT for that?" 🙂
  20. There has been and is a good example of non-experts deciding what experts to trust with regard to hydroxychloroquine and Covid-19. Hydroxychloroquine became big news when President Trump announced in April he had taken hydroxychloroquine. The anti-Trumpers went beserk. There had been some clinical trials, but they had been with low-risk people or patients with Covid-19 bad enough to be hospitalized. Dr. Fauci and others based their opinions on such clinical trials. Other experts, especially Dr. Harvey Risch, said the clinical trials were conducted with the wrong set of patients. The Tragic Hyd
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