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Nov 30, 2007 by DaveC
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A humongous list of catastrophes caused by Global Warming is here:
I'm most concerned about attack of the killer jellyfish, monkeys on the move, and cockroach migration.
Nov 30, 2007 by OCSteve
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Continuing from the ObWi thread...
Continue on with President Gore, or consider this:
The 1960 Presidential election was one of the closest in history. Kennedy won with a .2% lead in the popular vote. That sounds familiar, except that the Democrat pulled it out in the end.
Question: If Nixon had won would the Cuban Missile Crisis have ended with nuclear war or would it have worked out much the same way? I contend that it would have ended much the same way, or at least there would have been no war, nuclear or otherwise. Remember that Kennedy was the hawk in that election. With Nixon I suspect it would have been handled in a similar way but with a lot more secrecy.
I believe that events shape the man more than vice-versa...
Nov 28, 2007 by libjpn
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I'm reading an excellent book, Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become, which has a great discussion about Mooers' Law, which is 'an information retrieval system will tend not to be used if it is more painful and troublesome for a customer to have information than for him not to have it.' As the author, Peter Morville points out, this is not simply an discussion of the relationship between obtainability of information and its use, it explains why we often ignore information. I would extend that to say that it explains why information takes the forms that it does.
All this is a long introduction for why I'm explaining about how my daughter fell ill 4 years ago and what we did. I find myself wanting to read narratives of other parents wrestling with their children's health problems. Sometimes, I think that I am being morbid, but after my daughter's illness, whereas before I might not be interested, I now find myself compelled to read about them. I think this is because the parent's narrative of a child's illness or hospitalization not only can convey the correct path, but can warn us away from dead ends or actively dangerous decisions. Anyway, it begins below the fold. Read More...
Nov 26, 2007 by libjpn
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from this comment
"if you don't try to slyly suggest that people here in general (and Gary in particular) are bigots."
Perhaps you missed the sentence preceding the one you quoted:
"Now I don't know you at all, so I don't know if you have contempt for any of the groups I listed. But I am certain there are people reading this that are bigots, just not the kind you think."
And let me make another thing clear. "But I am certain there are people reading this that are bigots," would be true regardless of where I posted it.
Have at it.
Nov 16, 2007 by libjpn
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I put this over here because I don't want to do like the scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, where the guy who has been chasing the Jade Fox finally catches up with her right when Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is fighting her.
My observation is that any argument with Patterico is problematic from a meta-discussion sense. If I remember correctly, Patterico seems to have little problem with revealing true identites of commenters he doesn't agree with. The case of Hiltzik is perhaps justifiable, but Patterico's attempt to out TBogg was slimy. As a commentator noted, Patterico's spats with Radley Balko suggest that he doesn't have problems with SWAT interdictions and search and seizures that are of constitutional dubiousness. My point is that I don't think Patterico is an honest interlocutor, and he is not going to grant the other side fair points, which is necessary for any kind of dialogue to emerge. Thus, the only one would could deal with him is another conservative. Someone else mentioned overton's window, but the metaphor is like a basketball game. No one on the bench who espouses liberal beliefs can go in to cover Patterico, because the ref is going to let him get away with murder. So, we have to recruit some conservative to go in, but at that point, we accept the fact that the game is rigged. So we get told that preventing torture is a great conservative principle, when it really is at the heart of the notion of liberal progress. This is not to dismiss Sebastian's efforts, it would be a lot easier for him to just shut up and not take this on. But the situation is that Sebastian is, as 'another conservative' the only one, as he notes, who can argue with Patterico on this. At this point, liberals and the principles they bring to the table are relegated to the cheap seats.
Nov 15, 2007 by libjpn
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Things seem to be getting altogether too something, though what that something is, I don't know, but DaveC pointed out that one faithful commentor recently underwent surgery, so consider this a front page post a get well from the TiO. And since everyone likes talking about their physical ailments and offering advice about others, this thread is to shamelessly target that.
I'll go first. I passed my 4th dan iaido test last weekend, despite what seems to have been a muscle pull in my left shoulder and arm that had me constantly putting salon pas, a Japanese muscle relaxant pad, on my arm and shoulder. A large part of the muscle pull was psychological, because it started when I was in the States in August looking after my mother, and has only now started to let up after getting home from the memorial service. But there is a physical component to it, and I'm sure that it is flexibility. Also, after passing the test, I now want to kick my iaido up to the next level to get to 5th dan, and the thing that is holding me back is the aforementioned flexibility, of which I have none.
So, how do I get more flexible? I will restart my weekly Tai Chi either this week or next week, which I started in June, but I didn't see much improvement in the two months, though weekly is probably not going to do it. I read an article about the Inflex system, so this is my next option.
How do I get more flexible? How does your back feel? Pull up a chair and tell us about it.
Nov 14, 2007 by libjpn
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Wow, the mothership is on it"s way to becoming a big bust. First, soap dispensers and now Publius raises the biggest booby of them all, Ronald Reagan.
This thread is for my colleagues for the spillover in defending Reagan, cause you just know it's gonna happen.
Nov 11, 2007 by libjpn
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Open as per Jes' request. However, Since this will be about Jes' view of me, something which seems to be of infinite importance to her and has become, at least recently, of absolutely no import to me, I'm not going to be reading it but everyone else is welcome. Have at it, Jes and anyone who wants to tangle with her.
(lest I be accused of setting TiO up to enable supporters of the patriarchy to rant and rave, I again invite any regular at ObWi to come here and be a front pager. At this point, a regular is anyone who has commented over there, but I am willing to open this up to regular readers of ObWi. How I figure out who is a regular reader is a bridge we can burn when we get to it. Operators are waiting at libjpn (at) gmail )
Nov 11, 2007 by OCSteve
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Retire the shorts and flip-flops. Check.
Bring out the heavy sweat suits and sweaters. Check.
Take the parkas to the cleaners because even though you did that in the spring before you put them away the wife still thinks they need it. Check.
Change the filter in the furnace. Inspect and test. Check.
Put up the storm windows. Check.
Try for the third year in a row to block the breeze that comes in around the pipes. Check.
Crap. May is almost 6 months away...
Nov 07, 2007 by libjpn
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At the risk of derailing all of the high quality discussion that's going on below, the LibJpn family got back from Mississippi after a 10 day trip for my mom's memorial service and everything else. At the risk of talking about motes, when there are logs about, what's on my mind is that from November 20th, Japan will start demanding that all foreigners, even one's like me with permanent residence, submit to fingerprinting and retinal scans. There is some questions whether once we have submitted once, we will need to continue to or if there will be some special processing line.
So my response? Get the papers for Japanese citizenship. Of course, this is not a strict causation. We are going to have my father come over here for 2 to 3 months, and there is a chance that he might relocate here. I'm not going anywhere, I'm definitely not looking for work in the states. Daughters.
Still, why does it feel that I am affirming the government's decision rather than opposing it?
Nov 07, 2007 by DaveC
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My son, My dad, My niece, my great nephew, and my daughter.
I love Thanksgiving at my sister's house.
My daughter's play, Cats, went well.
My wife, shortly before she was my girlfriend.
My first girlfriend, in the Kitchen, and cooking up some psilocybin mushrooms. I think that she was wearing flip-flops, and not technically barefoot. She's an M.D. now, I should blackmail her with pictures like this.
Girlfriend 3 passed away in late October.
From her Obit:
Susan spent her entire career in the service of others both in her professional and private life. Initially, working in women's health as a clinical nurse practitioner, for a fledgling Thompson Cancer Center Mammography program, where she even drove the Mobile Mammography Bus to many remote locations throughout East Tennessee which at the time was the only way rural women had any hope for access to this invaluable screening tool. She was one of a core group of Nurse Practitioners serving women at Planned Parenthood of ET and also served as an instructor for UT's FMP program, all the while championing women's health issues...throughout her all too brief life.
One thing her obituary did not explicitly point out was that her first husband, Bert, died of cancer a little over a year after they were married. After that, Susan committed herself to counseling and helping cancer victims, survivors and families for the rest of her life. It seems unfair that she would herself succumb to cancer at such an early age. (Her daughter, pictured here, is the same age as my own.)
Rest in Peace, Susan and may God bless your family.
Nov 06, 2007 by OCSteve
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Unless LJ objects, I'll probably put one of these up as events warrant in what seems clear (to me anyway) to be the lead in to war with Iran.
NORFOLK, Va. - Nearly 7,500 sailors will leave their East Coast homeports Monday when the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman's strike group deploys.
Monday being today... This is a huge strike group.
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
USS Hue City (CG 66)
USS San Jacinto (CG 56)
Guided Missile Destroyers:
USS Carney (DDG 64)
USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79)
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)
HMS Manchester (D95)
Guided Missile Frigate:
HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339)
Fast Attack Submarine:
USS Montpelier (SSN 765)
Combat Support Ship:
USNS Artic (T-AOE 8)
Early in 2008:
HMS Illustrious (R06)
Guided Missile Destroyer:
HMS Edinburgh (D97)
HMS Westminster (F237)
"Also involved in Operation Orion 08 will be two minesweepers..."
Very handy for the PG.
Now all of the above will be joining the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group already there. 3 carriers, lots of AEGIS, a slew of guided missile destroyers, anti-submarine and minesweepers...
I really hope this is just a big stick to be used as part of a diplomatic push. But somehow I doubt it.
Nov 05, 2007 by OCSteve
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may need a place for people to express themselves more, ah, freely.
Nov 03, 2007 by OCSteve
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One thing that baffles me about the left/right divide is how both sides can both be convinced that the media favors the other side. It's been clear to me for years that the media pushes a liberal agenda and favors Democrats overwhelmingly over Republicans. Yet I can't name a liberal I know (even in the online world) who would agree with this. Online folks whose opinions I respect are equally convinced that the media favors Republicans and pushes a right-wing agenda.
Their main argument seems to be that media companies are business and Republicans favor business therefore of course the media favors Republicans. This makes sense by itself but it ignores the fact that by far most journalists and newsroom staff are left of center. I don't know whether it is self-selection in hiring or a difference in career choices that tends to fall along party lines, but only a small minority of journalists self-describe as conservatives - 7% in the national press. 34% describe themselves as liberal. Of the 54% who say they are moderate I'm sure some are Republicans, but I suspect more are Democrats. Those numbers are far out of alignment with the American public where one in three identifies themselves as conservative and only one in five identify as liberal. The same study notes that most journalists believe that focus on profits hurts their coverage and BTW they weren't being tough enough on Bush in 04.
They want us to believe that their ideology does not influence their reporting - that they can remain neutral. They may even really believe that. I don't. I'm not saying it is always intentional. It may be very subtle in most cases but its there, impacting what stories get reported, and how they get reported. Bias manifests itself in several different ways.
The Power of the JumpTM
For those of you not familiar, Patterico is a public prosecutor from the LA area who has for years documented what he considers to be bias at the LAT. "The Power of the Jump" is his term for the paper's habit of putting that part of a story that might make Republicans look better or Democrats look worse after the jump. Article continued on A21. Many readers don't bother to turn to A21 and read the rest of the story.
More generally, if there is good news for Democrats or bad news for Republicans you tend to find it on the front page above the fold. If there is good news for Republicans or bad news for Democrats you tend to find it buried deep in the paper.
He's the expert on this one so I'll just point you his way.
Name that Party
If there is bad news to report about a politician and a Republican is involved their party affiliation is almost always identified very early in the story. If the culprit is a Democrat readers may not learn that until deep into the story, or not at all. Journalists know that many people do not read the entire story. That is why the inverted pyramid style is most often used for hard news articles. The most important and relevant facts should appear very early in the story. But if the culprit happens to a Democrat, not so much.
Word Choice and Framing
When is an increase not an increase? When reporters refer to the amount of an increase being reduced for programs favored by Democrats they often refer to it as a "cut". Say that a program budget was originally supposed to increase by 10%. The increase is later lowered to a 5% increase. This gets reported as a "cut" for the program's budget.
Even when they admit their bias that doesn't seem to be enough evidence for many people.
NYT Ombudsman admits that liberal bias permeates his paper.
15 points for Kerry.
Nothing to see here, move along.
So now we have a new study and some evidence.
Full study here (PDF).
There were some recent comments on a ObWi thread about how Obama has got to fight the MSM and the RW smear machine.
"Obama's front page coverage was 70% positive and 9% negative"
He has to fight that? You can't buy that kind of advertising.
"How dominant were Clinton and Obama as newsmakers? Together, these two candidates commanded essentially the same amount of coverage as all the of the GOP hopefuls combined."
Yeah, the MSM is just mean to the Democrats.
This study is pretty clear. It backs up what most of us on the right have known for years. The MSM is an unpaid advocate for Democrats and liberal causes. I wouldn't have a problem with that if they would just admit it. My problem is that they try to convince us they are unbiased. NPR is the worst IMO as they get my tax dollars. I'm paying for liberal propaganda with no choice in that matter.