There was an armed cop and Pittman doesn’t understand the words he writes

Interesting two bits from Eschaton: That there already was an armed cop means the people crying for there to be authorities with guns lurking in schools don’t really have a point here. Unless they want a bigger presence. I guess as long as we keep the prison model of primary and secondary schooling we may as well have armed thugs to really stay true to … Continue reading There was an armed cop and Pittman doesn’t understand the words he writes

When did freezing people become okay?

Sometimes people create and freeze embryos. Often these people are married. Sometimes they divorce after the creation but without bringing them to term. Then sometimes one partner wants to bring them to term and the other wants them destroyed. Courts get involved. The arguments made for leaning towards the one favoring keeping them alive invoke the personhood of the embryo. This strikes me as rather … Continue reading When did freezing people become okay?

I’m guessing the growing awareness of sexual assault problems on college campuses needs no introduction. Nor does the zeal that is leading the charge. In recent news, a guy was accused of sexual misconduct, but he made a case for asymmetry in application of the rules and won. I am, at least at this initial stage without that much information, pleased to see this. The … Continue reading

Occupy Democrats, being dishonest makes everything you say suspect

Popular Facebook page Occupy Democrats posts a video slamming the Trump tax scam. It begins with some stores closing. Second and third on the list are Sears and K-Mart. The problem is those two have been on the decline for years. The stores were closing either way. The new command of the businesses has been pretty transparent in his plan to gut them. To blame … Continue reading Occupy Democrats, being dishonest makes everything you say suspect

More reason to decimate nonprivate evaluation

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò wrote a great piece on how he’s a teacher, not a job trainer. I commonly complain about liberal arts institutions being co-opted as job training centers. Táíwò’s article takes the individual perspective, and gets a better personal angle on why this is bad. My usual argument is primarily that life has a lot of awesome stuff to it, and making money really isn’t that much … Continue reading More reason to decimate nonprivate evaluation

We need to figure out what parties are supposed to be

This article really, indirectly, highlights a fundamental disagreement about the role of parties in US politics. The side the article is on sees the parties as these independent groups that back people running for office. Which is descriptively true. That’s what they are. Private clubs that try to get people into political offices. The other side sees them more for their functional role in the … Continue reading We need to figure out what parties are supposed to be

The poetry aisle at Wal-Mart is awful

I read this article to make sure I wasn’t missing something. But, no, it’s indeed the case that finding anyone who seriously cares about poetry or creative writing generally has anything good to say about Kaur’s work. It’s pretty transparently vapid. What’s left me at a loss is why I actively dislike it. Sure, it’s a bunch of platitudes published by a major publisher and getting … Continue reading The poetry aisle at Wal-Mart is awful

Saving the discussion for another day is just a dishonest way of supporting the status quo

Pretty much anyone who’s paid attention to a few meetings has enough information to notice the status quo is generally easy to hold, and the easiest move to hold it is to delay change. Fighting change is risky. To fight change to have to open the floor to discussion. If a case is presented, it gets at least thought about. If I talk about how … Continue reading Saving the discussion for another day is just a dishonest way of supporting the status quo

An interesting post regarding the death tolls of communism and capitalism

An interesting post regarding the death tolls of communism and capitalism. (Usually the counts of the former assume the count of the latter is 0. So any lives cut short by (the implementation of) communism count, but any lives saved are not subtracted.) I remain convinced the word “communism” should be thrown out, except perhaps in technical contexts. In popular contexts people associate it with … Continue reading An interesting post regarding the death tolls of communism and capitalism