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Forum: Diavlog comments 02-23-2009, 05:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 20,118
Posted By matthawk
Re: Abominations, Cartoons, and Cowards

I can report from the "front lines," so to speak, that one of my classes (an undergraduate class in African American history) didn't like the Loury-McWhorter dialogue Obama, prophetic vision,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 05:52 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

The fact that Megan is a woman is, I think, incidental to criticism about her method of discussion which is to cut the other person off repeatedly, after having asked him a question and to constantly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 04:47 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

Creating "inessential jobs" was not "the whole point" of the New Deal, or any other large government investment to improve the efficiency of the national economy, whether one is talking about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 04:31 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

Yes, those beautiful stone walls up and the road where you live certainly do count, although I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that. Isn't it amazing that they still add to the quality of your...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 04:18 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

<<Are you saying that the jobs created by the WPA weren't inessential? Cause I kind of thought that was the whole point.>>

Creating "inessential jobs" was not "the whole point" of the New Deal, or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 03:44 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

I agree with the previous posts -- Dean has the patience of a Saint, for putting up with the constant interruptions and the off-hand dismissive "that's beside the point...." So, one criticism would...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 02:04 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

Is Megan actually arguing that the only "natural" jobs are jobs that are created by market demand, and that jobs that were created by the WPA were inessential? By that reasoning a "natural" job is to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 01:23 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By matthawk
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

I find it fascinating when people use the argument "Nobody could have possibly known that X would lead to disaster Y."

This is the argument that people who supported the invasion of Iraq used once...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-11-2009, 03:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,410
Posted By matthawk
Re: Young and Irresponsible Edition

Gee, I hope Ponnuru is right -- that Limbugh's ditto heads are the activist core of the Republican Party, and that the Party's taste, message and communications will continue to reflect the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2009, 08:47 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 32,885
Posted By matthawk
Re: McWhorter and Loury Strike Back

Ok, I'm back from my walk and the McWhorter-Loury dialogue was as mentally stimulating as ever. One of the things I like most about Bloggingheads is that the participants demonstrate what I am trying...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2009, 03:22 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 32,885
Posted By matthawk
Re: McWhorter and Loury Strike Back

Can't contain my excitement -- I have to post this even before seeing the vlog. McWhorter and Loury are two of my favorites. They're the reason I started watching Bloggingheads in the first place....
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-30-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 64,542
Posted By matthawk
Re: The Pinkie Finger Prism

I want to see bloggingheads continue; it is one of the few internet sites that actually lives up to the promises that we all held out for the internet when it was emerging. I'm in Western...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-30-2009, 12:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 31,972
Posted By matthawk
Re: Free Will: Good Cognitive Citizenship

After some reflection I guess I have come to the conclusion that the problem I have with Eliezer's analysis on religion is that he (and Wilkinson too) assumes that primary "pay-off" that people get...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-25-2009, 05:32 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 31,972
Posted By matthawk
Re: Free Will: Good Cognitive Citizenship

A Problem with setting out the standard for measuring "success" at the very outset of an administration is that it does not allow us to take into account things we couldn't anticipate.

For...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-22-2009, 06:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,556
Posted By matthawk
Re: Scarborough Fare

We are close on this one except at that stage Hillary was no longer the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party. But I agree that Scarborough was more interested in trying to help the Republicans...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-21-2009, 10:50 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,556
Posted By matthawk
Re: Scarborough Fare

[QUOTE=mvantony;101741]Yes, Brzezinski's line was a nice one for lighting up those brain regions that get activated when watching violent sports, but to me Brzezinski came off as an abrasive,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-21-2009, 10:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,556
Posted By matthawk
Re: President Barack Hussein Obama

Well that, indeed, is what the debate in coming years will be about -- "To what degree is it a trailing indicator and to what degree is it a leading one?"

In my post I acknowledged that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-21-2009, 05:39 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,556
Posted By matthawk
Re: Scarborough Fare

As a bit of a side note, while I am glad Brzezinski nailed Scarborough for being superficial, the Alterman piece is interesting because one of the charges he makes against Scarborough is that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-21-2009, 05:06 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,556
Posted By matthawk
Re: President Barack Hussein Obama

It feels kinda strange posting a comment before actually seeing the video clip but this is one of those times when I feel compelled to do it.

I notice that much tends to be made of the positive...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-20-2009, 04:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,207
Posted By matthawk
Re: Symbols and Significance

Seeing how that last post came out when it interfaced with Bloggingheads' word processing tool let me try to paste that again (hopefully more effectively this time):

Loury makes a very important...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-20-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,207
Posted By matthawk
Re: Symbols and Significance

Loury makes a very important point around 44:44 on the “Newspeak” being used in the United States today discussing issues concerning the Middle East, and climate of intimidation on University...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-18-2009, 03:28 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 60,756
Posted By matthawk
Re: Toward Mideast Peace

It seems that Atallah’s main point is try to figure out a way to get the two sides, the Israelis and Hamas out of the logic of the “death dance” (see Glenn Loury) in which each side believes that if...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-18-2009, 12:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 32,267
Posted By matthawk
Re: UN Plaza: Gaza and the UN

The Israeli's bomb a UN school in Gaza killing 40, then they bomb the UN compound itself and deny access for relief workers the Palestinian civilians suffering from the injuries of war and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-13-2009, 01:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,916
Posted By matthawk
Why There is No "Third Way"

Lake searches for a third way for the Palestinians, wondering why we don't hear clamoring from Palestinian mothers for an end to the leadership of Hamas, which, he says, only brings death and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-13-2009, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,025
Posted By matthawk
Re: UN Plaza: Fighting the Lord's Resistance Army

I really appreciate this video. Spiegel' s presentation was thorough and drew important distinctions between, for example, a surgical operation to take out the leadership as opposed to air bombing...
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