sights & sounds

June 10, 2010

I really want some of what Cathy Young is smoking.

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..if she seriously thinks the following is a remotely accurate description of Sarah Palin’s politics:

“Yet the audience for a different kind of feminism — one that seeks individualistic and market-oriented solutions, rather than big-government-driven ones1, and focuses on women’s empowerment rather than oppression — is clearly there. The women who embrace it are likely to transform both feminism and conservatism. The feminist movement ignores them at its peril.”

The above is a particularly smarmy excerpt from a piece of shit that Young wrote for the Boston Globe on Sarah Palin’s new brand of Totally Revolutionary right-wing ‘feminism’. Major problems with the article are as follows.: (more…)

June 7, 2010

the authoritarian’s trump card

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 6:50 pm
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Just as any lengthy political discussion will inevitably involve a Godwin, any lengthy debate on anarchism must involve Somalia – just as your opponent must resort to ‘But that’s what Hitler would say!’ when he’s run out of arguments, the empty-headed statist who hasn’t bothered to engage in any independent research or critical thinking will say, “We can’t get by without the state! LOOK AT SOMALIA!”, and then smugly stew in his own ignorance, as though invoking Somalia automatically wins the debate. However, the seemingly self-sufficient ‘wut about Somalia, guise’ point actually rests on several assumptions, all of which are either highly dubious or blatantly incorrect.: (more…)

May 18, 2010

“incorruptible politicians”

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Much like ‘government organization’ or ‘unbiased opinion’, the very idea is (oxy)moronic and worthy of nothing more than ridicule2. An ‘honest politician’ is as much a mythical beast as the elusive jackalope; but somehow, I think I have a far greater chance of stumbling upon an antlered bunny in the woods than finding an honest man in Washington. (more…)

April 30, 2010

on conservative groupthink

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 12:14 am
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From the NY Times:

It is hard to believe that a phrase as dry as “epistemic closure” could get anyone excited, but the term has sparked a heated argument among conservatives in recent weeks about their movement’s intellectual health.

First used in this context by Julian Sanchez of the libertarian Cato Institute, the phrase “epistemic closure” has been ricocheting among conservative publications and blogs as a high-toned abbreviation for ideological intolerance and misinformation.

Conservative media, Mr. Sanchez wrote…have “become worryingly untethered from reality as the impetus to satisfy the demand for red meat overtakes any motivation to report accurately.”

As a result, he complained, many conservatives have developed a distorted sense of priorities and a tendency to engage in fantasy, like the belief that President Obama was not born in the United States or that the health care bill proposed establishing “death panels.” (more…)

January 4, 2010

your ideas are silly and so are you

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 7:21 am
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people who never fail to deliver the lawlz:

atheists who believe in fate.

anarcho-primitivists who use technology to argue in favor of anarcho-primitivism.

libertarians who get more pissed off about the fact that the government steals their money and gives it to poor people than they are about the fact that the government steals their money and uses it to murder innocent people abroad.

anti-choice atheists

people who think natural selection implies social Darwinism.

there are probably more; but I’d be typing forever if I didn’t stop at five.

stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 6:55 am
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something odd: why do so many people who claim not to believe in free will spend time arguing with other people about why free will doesn’t exist? …or arguing about anything, really?

After all, when you make an argument to me, you’re assuming that I can look at your evidence and decide whether to accept it or not. But if my decision-making process weren’t consciously guided by me, what would be the point of arguing with me to try to convince me of something?

So, it’s pointless for people who don’t believe in free will to try to argue/debate with anyone about anything, yet they all inevitably do. Of course, this is silly; but when they’re arguing against the existence of free will, it’s downright hilarious.

(Of course, one could argue that someone is deterministically-compelled to argue with me over free will, and that I’m deterministically-compelled to accept their arguments; but this is…weird.)

1. I know ‘weird’ isn’t any substantive criticism, but there’s something wrong with it that I can’t quite place. I might say more about it later.

won’t someone please think of the children?

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‘ABORTION IS MURDER!’ screams the ham-faced Christian lady outside the Planned Parenthood clinic, wielding a homemade protest sign covered with icky photos of late term abortions.

‘LIFE IS SACRED!’ whines some inconsistent so-and-so while munching on a chicken sandwich.

So for the next few moments, I’ll believe them. I’ll assume for a moment that abortion is murder and should be treated as such. A few wacky conclusions that logically follow from this position: (more…)

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