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Forum: Diavlog comments 07-19-2009, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,634
Posted By Eastwest
Re: UN Plaza: Passing the Baton (Mark Leon Goldberg & Matthew Lee)

It's always amusing and interesting to catch up on the latest in the UN circus.

M&M are one of the most consistently useful match-ups on BHTV.

Thanks, Guys.

Eastwest
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-17-2009, 08:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,470
Posted By Eastwest
Re: The Evolution of God: Jewish Edition (Robert Wright & Mark Kleiman)

With all due respect: You don't know what you're talking about. Neither of these conflicts have any Buddhist doctrine upon which they can stand. These examples you cite were / are purely political...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-16-2009, 09:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,470
Posted By Eastwest
Re: The Evolution of God: Jewish Edition (Robert Wright & Mark Kleiman)

1) Bob: Ignore the carping from folks hostile to your book and its ideas who grouse that it's just endless and shameless hawking of wares. I find this a welcome change of pace from the unrelieved...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-02-2009, 07:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,541
Posted By Eastwest
Re: UN Plaza: Somalia (Mark Leon Goldberg & Erin Weir)

Very informative and hence useful DV. Really appreciate UN Plaza, this even though the subject (the ever-more screwed up state of the world) is inherently depressing.

Ignorance is not really all...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-13-2009, 05:27 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 32,228
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Why We're Religious

Actually, that's not "religion" so much as just another form of species in-group self-cherishing.

On the contrary, from the standpoint of deeply reflective mystical gnosis one could just as easily...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-12-2009, 07:56 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 32,228
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Why We're Religious

Such a refreshing change from the endless hashing and rehashing of "the economy" blah-blah and the never-ending war between paid-to-lie ideologues from opposing think-tank noise-machine camps.
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Forum: Diavlog comments 04-09-2009, 07:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,050
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Breaking the Economic Oligarchy (Simon Johnson & Paul Kiel)

Stunningly fine DV. Finally: Somebody speaks the truth.

EW
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-29-2009, 09:47 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By Eastwest
Yudkowsky = What a Gracious Host!

Wow!

I've listened to and watched certainly hundreds of BHTV Diavlogs.

I've never heard a so-called host so consistently and obnoxiously arrogant, condescending, dismissive, self-centered, and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 07:48 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By Eastwest
Dean Baker: First Class Analysis

Ms. M. seems a bit heavy-handed with ideology, opinionation, and bluster, apparently scared to death to let Dean finish his sentences for fear the superiority of his reality-based stance,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-16-2009, 01:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,855
Posted By Eastwest
Carl Zimmer Rocks!

Wow!

Carl Zimmer just gets better and better every time I watch / listen to him here. He really should be a regular & I think John Horgan is his perfect pairing for bringing out the best.

I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-18-2009, 04:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 32,267
Posted By Eastwest
Re: At What Point is this "State Terror"?

Actually, that "point" was like 1948, if I recall correctly.

EW
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 16,242
Posted By Eastwest
What Will Change Everything?

Answer: Nothing.

Curmudgeons Rule!

EW
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-13-2008, 04:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,788
Posted By Eastwest
Re: The Week in Blog: Conn's Endless Dirt

I'd like to second this assessment: Conn may be plenty intelligent, but intelligence alone is not enough: Conn consistently uses his intelligence in the service of spewing polarizing ideology, taking...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-09-2008, 05:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,429
Posted By Eastwest
Just Get Over It. (The Clintonistas did...)

Gad, the HRC hatred in these two is just so pathetic.

Take a cue from Obama: Chill.

EW

PS: That said, I enjoyed both of them and would love to have them both back.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-07-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,598
Posted By Eastwest
Re: UN Plaza: Treaties of the Future

Nice get Mark.

Thanks to both.

EW
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2008, 06:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 22,876
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Obama's Thinking on HRC for SOC...

I've mostly just been riffing here on what's perhaps been going on in Barack's head in his doing the unthinkable, doing what for many of his young Lefty loyalists is surely appalling: Bringing on...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2008, 03:26 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 22,876
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Obama's Thinking on HRC for SOC...

Addendum: Also, what better way to destroy a political opponent than to put them in an impossible situation with heavy responsibilities where they're likely to fail most of the time? Nobody can make...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2008, 03:07 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 22,876
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Obama's Thinking on HRC for SOC...

It's just more good poker playing. Lieberman is of course a nauseatingly despicable person, the sort one would only shake hands with whilst wearing rubber gloves. But he can be useful. If publicly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2008, 02:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 22,876
Posted By Eastwest
Obama's Thinking on HRC for SOC...

Seems pretty obvious to me that Obama is just playing yet more of his strategic poker (an excellent & necessary political skill for which I give him much credit):

1) When HRC shines, she really...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-04-2008, 07:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,076
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Theocratic Boosterism

UB,

Glad you weren't offended by my overly-sweeping surmise about atheists. Actually, I find that a fair number of them abide in a deeply-mystical frame of mind, just one in which they refuse to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-04-2008, 02:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,076
Posted By Eastwest
Theocratic Boosterism

Now I tend to expect such abysmal and appalling ignorance about the World's major religions from Ann, but I am a little surprised that Emily, too, would be so defective in her understanding of those...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-01-2008, 02:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,498
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Is India capable of defending itself ??

So long as you're just guessing, you shouldn't be running your mouth off. You're completely wrong again.

End of discussion.

EW
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-30-2008, 08:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,498
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Is India capable of defending itself ??

A quote from the Wikipedia "History of India" page:

"Islam arrived on the subcontinent in 712 CE, when the Arab general Muhammad bin Qasim conquered Sindh and Multan in southern Punjab,[3] setting...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-30-2008, 01:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,498
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Is India capable of defending itself ??

This only goes to show that you are entirely ignorant of the history of India wherein the Islamic invaders swept across the whole continent putting men, women and children to the sword.

In the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-30-2008, 02:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,498
Posted By Eastwest
Re: Siege on Mumbai

Never looked at it (till now).

I've got a thing for Henry's sensibility, voice, and pleasant presentation manner, not entirely duplicable in blog-mode. But it's a decent way to deal with HF...
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