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Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 12-26-2008, 10:21 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 43,188
Posted By Foobs
Old diavlogger I'd like to see (again)

Michael Lind. If he's too good for us, I'll try to improve. If we're too good for him, I'm totally OK with regressing :D
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-23-2008, 01:52 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 25,094
Posted By Foobs
Re: Special 100% Original Edition

I wasn't aware that being a death sentence and being a result of choice are mutually exclusive. I would think that the two go together quite easily.

My point is not about the degree of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-23-2008, 12:42 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 25,094
Posted By Foobs
Plagiarism

I served on Auburn's Academic Honesty Committee for a year.

1) Thank god for turnitin.com (I highly recommend it, guys)
2) Professors have a nasty habit of thinking "We covered how to properly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-21-2008, 02:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 21,357
Posted By Foobs
Re: The Week in Blog: Falwell Manque

It amazes me how Wikipedia doesn't seem to grasp that it isn't on paper, so it isn't bound by the same limitations as a normal encyclopedia. I mean, you would assume that the people running a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-21-2008, 12:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 21,357
Posted By Foobs
Re: The Week in Blog: Falwell Manque

1) Isn't picking Warren for the invocation the sort of thing that Obama telegraphed he would do? I mean, that was one thing I got from his campaign, that he would reach out to his opponents and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,198
Posted By Foobs
Re: Damn the Pundits!

Not Pinkerton's finest moment...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-01-2008, 04:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,009
Posted By Foobs
Re: Science Saturday: Dreaming of an Artificial Intelligence

I very much enjoyed the diavlog, and not just because I kept waiting for Lanier to launch into the scat part from "Freak on a Leash"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-28-2008, 12:29 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 54,738
Posted By Foobs
Re: Playing With Fire

I'm not sure what she's done to get the label of smart. She has certain political skills (a genuine folksiness, good at rallying a crowd). A lot of people consider her attractive (she does nothing...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-27-2008, 10:30 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 54,738
Posted By Foobs
Re: Playing With Fire

McCain felt (rightly, I think), that to win he needed his VP pick to be (1) a woman and (2) a conservative. A woman would help him grab some moderate female voters (and dampen the historic quality...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,437
Posted By Foobs
Taxes and Spending

I guess it is nice that conservatives care about government spending again. There are two problems with the "If too few people pay income taxes, then too few people will care about limiting...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-24-2008, 04:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,109
Posted By Foobs
Re: The CLB Election Projection

I gather McCain is scaling back in Pennsylvania, which I think is an implicit admission of defeat. Obama has 286 basically in the bag. That means McCain could win every toss-up state and come up...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-24-2008, 03:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,109
Posted By Foobs
Re: The CLB Election Projection

It is certainly similar. I leave out a lot of his complexity where I don't think it helps. Frankly, I don't know enough about his algorithm to know how close it is, but it certainly is similar. ...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-22-2008, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,109
Posted By Foobs
The CLB Election Projection

My own creation...

Predicted State Margin = Predicted National Margin + National Random Factor + Predicted State Margin + State Random Factor

Predicted National Margin = 5% (based on current...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-17-2008, 05:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 38,563
Posted By Foobs
Re: WSJ vs. feministe

Cutting defense would be beyond prudent.

The United States has no peer rivals. Of course, we very well may in 20 years. The key to improving the United States' position then isn't a bigger...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-17-2008, 02:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 38,563
Posted By Foobs
Re: The Week in Blog: The Elusive Plumbers' Vote

Full disclosure: I'm a neolib. I think the Reagan tax cuts were the right thing to do (speaking generally), as were the HW and Clinton increases, while the W cuts were wrong. I think the first Iraq...
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