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  1. I just noticed this and I have to disagree with the categorical approach. Coming to mind as an immediate counterexample is Ratatouille, in which Remy (a rat who, although he cannot speak to humans in the film, can communicate with them through signs and has an internal monologue audible to the audience) has a number of very positive things to say about humanity. The use of an anthropomorphized animal as a vehicle for the viewer's interaction with the principal human characters is not automatic proof of bad philosophy. There are a bunch of bad talking animal movies out there though - Garfiel
  2. Indeed. You have grossly misinterpreted Gattaca in the same way many modern bioethics professors have grossly misinterpreted Gattaca. Thread on the film here. I keep meaning to write a detailed analysis, but have been busy these past three years. Perhaps next month. I was offended by Crash (the Paul Haggis film, not the David Cronenberg film). Haggis also was lead writer for Quantum of Solace and is primarily to blame for that film's problems. He had less of a hand in writing Casino Royale, but his influence can be seen in that film too, specifically in Vesper's betrayal. I think Haggis har
  3. Marlene Duchard's metaphor-overloaded speech in Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective - "And it is a thousand candles that will burn for every brave soldier that marches to the steps of the drums of liberty...." Gattaca and Wait Until Dark have already been mentioned. Ada watching the tide rise around her beloved piano on the shores of remote New Zealand in The Piano. The library scene in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. (It's the only scene that doesn't take place on the four-part restaurant set.) (Just noticed that's three films with scores by Michael Nyman I've mentione
  4. For example, the federal sentencing statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3553, requires federal judges to impose sentences "sufficient, but not greater than necessary" to comply with these purposes: So the system we have, at least on the federal level, attempts to reach a mixed bag of retributive, restorative, deterrent, and correctional goals. ~Q
  5. Echo borrows Foxtrot's car (with Foxtrot's permission, creating a bailment and an accompanying duty to exercise reasonable care with respect to the bailed property). Echo then hires Golf to have Golf drive Hotel around in the car for a while. Golf drives Hotel to an exclusive Hollywood party, where Hotel makes an ass of herself by neglecting to wear proper undergarments commensurate with the length of her skirt, and a firestorm of paparazzi descends on the vehicle. Aggravated by Hotel's behavior and the unwelcome photographic attention, Golf negligently pulls out into traffic, colliding with a
  6. One can contract for indemnification as well, but that's not the same as "legal responsibility" the way I think you mean it. But even in the cases of parental liability for children's acts and employer liability for employees' acts, there are still requirements. In both cases, the parent/employer has to be somehow responsible in fact for the wrong committed by the child/employee. In both cases it amounts (in general terms) to a prior acceptance of responsibility for the acts of the other person, and in that way functions like indemnification (though not by the same mechanism). For example, res
  7. Except when Picard is Facepalm Picard.
  8. Package deal. Why can't proper services be voluntarily funded in a way that isn't "anarcho-capitalist"? Break apart the package - funding must be voluntary, and certain services are proper. But nothing in reality requires that the funding of those services be on a payment-for-service basis. Government can be funded, as a whole, by any voluntary system you can come up with. Then the money gets distributed to the police and military, who do their jobs instead of worrying about where the money will come from or who has or has not paid. ~Q
  9. Qwertz

    Dog Ban

    The American common law has long imposed strict liability on the owner of a domestic animal for injuries caused by the animal. E.g., Sandy v. Bushey, 128 A. 513 (Me. 1925) (concerning horses). Accord Restatement of Torts § 509(1). By "strict liability," we mean that no matter how careful the owner was, or how many precautions he took, if his dog injures someone, he is in breach of his duty of care. If the injured plaintiff proves that the dog 1) caused the injuries and 2) was the property of the defendant, plaintiff prevails. (In Sandy, plaintiff also needed to prove that the animal's disposit
  10. For a sardonic chuckle, check out Notice of Proposed Procedures and Requirements for a Commission Determination or Exclusion, 74 Fed. Reg. 2428-01 (Jan. 15, 2009) (proposing changes to, inter alia, 16 C.F.R. § 1500.90) to see the Consumer Product Safety Commission's proposed rules change for the procedures for obtaining an exemption from testing requirements: Still, preparing and filing such a request will probably end up being less expensive than testing and certification. Just better hope the people on the Commission aren't in a bad mood when they get your request. ~Q Fun Facto
  11. Is what typical of Objectivism? The existence of atheist articles, or the atheism itself? By way of a general answer, I point out that Objectivism's epistemology of reason and metaphysics of reality are diametrically incompatible with religion's reliance on faith in a supernatural creator-god. For this reason (and others), Objectivism is an atheist philosophy. I suppose that makes atheism "typical" of Objectivism in the sense that the alternative, theism, is wholly contrary to Objectivism. This may explain why God gets a fair bit of negative play in Objectivist articles. ~Q
  12. I have a solid opinion on FLCL. I once described it as "post-post-modern" because it recycles the cliches of an already very post-modern genre so heavily that it reads, in terms of style anyway, as a post-modern critique of post-modernism. There is almost nothing *new* in FLCL. It depends on the post-modernist aesthetic (nothing new can be done; the old can only merely be recycled and rearranged in new ways; self-reference is the ultimate in aesthetic value) in order to make fun of same. If you find watching things and trying to guess from where the creators stole each element, you may find
  13. It isn't quite that simple. The plates could be digitized, then interpreted using OCR, but the result would be far less than satisfactory. Even sophisticated OCR from pristine source material cannot reliably distinguish between, e.g., left- and right-handed quotes. Ligatures will create additional OCR problems. An OCR parse would require extensive cleaning in order to produce a text clear enough for publication. The cleaning process is very time and labor intensive. Based on my own experience cleaning up OCR, a cleanup of AS would take a professional several weeks to complete. And that's just
  14. The Ex Post Facto clause applies only to retroactive criminal laws. Calder v. Bull, 3 U.S. 386 (1798). Also, the Contracts Clause, which comes right after the Ex Post Facto Clause and prohibits the states from passing any "Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts", does not apply to marriage (as a contract). Which is why the states were able to enact laws allowing for divorce, even in marriages formed prior to such enactment. ~Q
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