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Forum: Diavlog comments 01-05-2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,174
Posted By laura
Re: Images On Your Eyeballs (Noam Scheiber & Megan McArdle)

Yes but Baileys Irish Cream? It might be Megan's tipple but I wouldn't have thought it was Hitchens' style, unless he was really that thirsty.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-06-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 15,327
Posted By laura
Re: Values Added: Porktastic Edition (Sarah Posner & Michael B. Dougherty)

Speed the day that the Catholic Church loses its tax exempt status as Michael predicts.

He regrets that Catholic institutions are forced to finance what he sees as abhorrent - contraception...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 16,612
Posted By laura
Re: Darwinism and Libertarianism (Matt Welch & Robert Frank)

Er, not the UK either. Enabling legislation has been passed but Royal Mail plc has not yet been sold, so still plenty of time for the randian hellhole to develop. Talk seems to be of selling it by...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-23-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,095
Posted By laura
Re: Depressing and Grim Edition (Daniel Levy & Aaron David Miller)

It's tough because the Faustian pact that his wing of the party made has clearly been an electoral success. The cost is to all of us.

As for not talking about it, I think this is very wise. I lose...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-22-2011, 10:38 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,095
Posted By laura
Re: Depressing and Grim Edition (Daniel Levy & Aaron David Miller)

How does he feel about the seeming evisceration of his party by the believers? Who would he choose for president? Romney might appeal except for the small issue of the gold tablets and the undies.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2011, 12:38 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By laura
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

I haven't followed Jim's writings to know, but that would appear to be evidence enough! Though it is unclear that one would choose McCain with Palin as his muse over Obama with a mythical bogeyman as...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By laura
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

I agree with you but unfortunately this happens in election cycles. Jim can be entertaining and even wise (if you ignore his outer space cadettery) away from an election, but the closer we get, the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-12-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,654
Posted By laura
Re: Evolution theory has Gaps

Why did Glenn launch into this diatribe here?

One wonders if it is an attempt to rehabilitate John after his fawning over Behe. If it was, it was fairly effective. John was pretty reasonable...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-09-2011, 11:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,093
Posted By laura
Re: Who Regulates the Regulators? (Glenn Loury & Ross Levine)

Good diavlog.

I don't know the wider story of Sheila Bair but it is worth bearing in mind that the FDIC is one of the "umpires" for commercial banks. To the extent they are still separate,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-02-2011, 10:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,533
Posted By laura
Re: Dog Days of August (Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

Dan, Hurricane Katrina was category three at landfall in Louisiana.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-20-2011, 08:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,418
Posted By laura
Re: The End of (The News of) the World (Felix Salmon & Alex Massie)

These two are excellent. Felix is smart and manages a balance between interviewing and debating, I hope we see both of them again.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-14-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 23,511
Posted By laura
Re: What People Know About Drugs is Wrong (John McWhorter & Mark Kleiman)

I used to like McWhorter before his appalling toadying to Behe. Even in this diavlog it is rather depressing to compare his skepticism to Kleiman's (at least somewhat) evidence-based approach to the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-26-2011, 02:38 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 35,256
Posted By laura
Re: Hmmm

Israeli driving is consistent with a short term view of the world.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-24-2011, 11:48 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 28,987
Posted By laura
Re: Cosmopolitan disdain

Brilliant! We are lab rats and Bob is collecting the data. Your observation must mark the end of the experiment because now the rats know they're in a lab.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-20-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 25,632
Posted By laura
Re: Values Added: Queasy Alienated Despair Edition

Indeed it is.

One cannot be too rich or too thin or heap too much praise upon Mr Wright.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-19-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 25,632
Posted By laura
Re: Values Added: Queasy Alienated Despair Edition

Mollie needs to re-read her Moral Animal. Marriage is to protect the interests of low status men by sharing out the women, thereby buying some peace in society.

One might have thought familiarity...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By laura
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)


Price Discrimination.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-01-2011, 12:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,545
Posted By laura
no blue

With the exception of comments, almost every word on the page is a link so, no, we all know they are links.

You should get Brenda on, she has great advice.

Thanks for noticing my post!
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-08-2011, 03:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,028
Posted By laura
Re: Strong Bonds (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

I don't know why BHTV worries so much about this 60 minute business. If longer is inconvenient we can simply turn it off and start again when it is convenient. Content and the natural flow of it is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-02-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,210
Posted By laura
Re: The Wit and Wisdom of the State Department (Robert Farley & Matt Duss)

The historical precedent for British kings named Charles has not been inspiring. Indeed it is odd that Elizabeth chose that name for her first born son.

Charles is certainly odd and it would be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-25-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,588
Posted By laura
Re: Science Saturday: Mystery Science Theater 2010 (Robert Wright & Lee Smolin)

Is it a little ironic that a physicist doesn't have better equipment for converting sound to electicity?
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-05-2010, 01:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 22,255
Posted By laura
Re: Writing in the Digital Age (Susan Orlean & Kurt Andersen)

Uncanny. Whenever I finish an article in the Newyorker I am struck by quite how many words it took to cover the subject. No surprise then that these people talk the way they write.

Forum: Diavlog comments 12-04-2009, 12:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,385
Posted By laura
Re: Special Wood-Themed Edition (Hanna Rosin & Ann Althouse)

You are so right.

So far neither has numbered amongst BHTV's clearer thinkers and this diavlog did nothing to change that.

While we were spared seeing Ann forcing herself to defend an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-04-2009, 11:07 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,385
Posted By laura
Re: Special Wood-Themed Edition (Hanna Rosin & Ann Althouse)

In a familiar fashion, Ann laments the infidelity of high status men and uses Prince Charles and Lady Diana as an example. If I recall correctly, she was squiring around quite as much as he was and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-01-2009, 10:04 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,655
Posted By laura
Re: Clearing up a confusion from pro choice people and abortion

Bad idea, it would just make them more cantankerous than they are already.
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