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Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 12,604
Posted By travis68
Re: Leaving Afghanistan (Robert Wright & Matthew Hoh)

@nikkibong: Hoh did say that he was only temporary and *not* a career foreign service employee. I wish I had the dingalink, but it's in there if you listen to the first half.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-30-2010, 08:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,370
Posted By travis68
Re: Yemen: A Total Mess

Illuminating diavlogue. I have a sense that Al Qaeda is pretty unique in its global goals for terrorism. Given the terrorism that has existed in the world, how much has stretched beyond the areas...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-22-2009, 08:40 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By travis68
Re: Salvaging Religious Spirituality

I have two suggestions for Eliezier. One is don't talk for X minutes and then interrupt the speaker after the speaker has responded for X/10 minutes. It's rude and unenlightening.

Two is don't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-19-2009, 02:05 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 54,513
Posted By travis68
Re: Acting Now to End World Poverty

Great interview by Tyler. I didn't find Singer that impressive. I found it very telling that he didn't think it necessary for us to get richer as a country, except to get back to where we were a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-07-2009, 05:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,993
Posted By travis68
Re: Science Saturday: Bonobo Nature

Blogginheads financial advice. (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/18197?in=45:26&out=46:10)
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-26-2009, 07:45 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 17,073
Posted By travis68
Re: Bob's comments monovlog - 2-26

Bob, you might like this post by Paul Graham. I think it is a good example of the broken windows theory to comment sections:

http://www.paulgraham.com/hackernews.html

A good solution might be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-02-2009, 03:24 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 24,554
Posted By travis68
Re: Free Will: Saving Room for Desert

Will continues to get better and better. I'm really glad that he talked with someone with whom he had major disagreements. It was greatly informative.

Just as some constructive criticism, Will...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-30-2009, 04:44 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 64,542
Posted By travis68
Re: The Pinkie Finger Prism

Hey Bob,

Have you looked into some sort of micropayments method? Being able to give $1 at a time might make the audience feel that they have more control over the process. Good diavlogs can be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-13-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,776
Posted By travis68
Re: Special Envoy Edition

I don't think that the war with Hezbollah was a mistake. The proof is that Hezbollah hasn't been lobbing rockets at Israel and there haven't been border attacks. Farley (in the Eli Lake dialog from...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-11-2008, 04:18 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 29,481
Posted By travis68
Re: Welcome to the Jungle

Bob has a good point about using the ICC to try cross-border terrorism cases. Countries whose nationals commit cross-border terrorism can save face, so they are more likely to cooperate. We can...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-26-2008, 05:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,462
Posted By travis68
Re: Precedent-Setting Edition

Great diavlog. Unfortunately Wright must not have gotten enough sleep the night before. Kagan is ferociously smart. He is tough to tangle with so you have to be at the top of your game.

Wright...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2008, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 17,765
Posted By travis68
Re: Even Further Beyond the Hart-Dworkin Debate

@Tyrell: Thanks for the explanation. What you say makes sense.

Any idea on how the positivist framework would handle the New Deal court decisions?
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2008, 03:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 17,765
Posted By travis68
Re: Even Further Beyond the Hart-Dworkin Debate

Great debate. The civility and courtesy are a model to follow for everyone.

Many of the summaries were magnificent. I still am unclear why Brian thinks the theoretical disagreements are not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-26-2008, 07:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,859
Posted By travis68
Re: Free Will: You Should Dance If You Want To

Nice diavlog. It's great to have Will to abstract out the various arguments since he brings such clarity.

There are two parts that I don't get:

1) The first part where the moral reason to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2008, 10:14 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 20,157
Posted By travis68
Re: Crystal Ball Gazing

How good is Bob? The civility and good humor defending his ideas is a joy to watch. Kudos to Pinkerton too for strongly supporting his ideas but avoiding repetition and listening politely.

Bob...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-16-2008, 11:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 25,766
Posted By travis68
Re: Bob's comments monovlog

I love Bob. Bob is great. But Bob definitely needs someone to argue with. Maybe he should give Mickey a larger share of Bhtv as payment to suffer through Bob's reading of the comments. Mickey can...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2008, 05:19 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By travis68
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

I admire the heated but civil manner in which they debated each other. It was fun seeing Alterman back on his heels trying to maintain his rhetorical equilibrium in the face of Hitchens' voluble...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-13-2008, 05:29 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 29,037
Posted By travis68
Re: Performed Intelligence

Glenn is wrong about one thing. Although the Fannie and Freddie debacle as it relates to those two firms alone can be fully blamed on their strange gov't-private nature, the current financial crisis...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-03-2008, 06:31 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 37,105
Posted By travis68
Re: Hip-Hop Revolution

Great diavlog. True mensches, both of them.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-02-2008, 04:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 17,095
Posted By travis68
Re: The Sadness of Conservatism

I wish Jonah were right and that we could blame gov't for this crisis. Unfortunately we can't and as a former libertarian that is painful to admit. I'll agree that the collapse of Fannie and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-01-2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 18,422
Posted By travis68
Re: Special Bailout Edition

Assume that housing prices fall another 10-20%. Is it better for the economy as whole if the Federal government takes this loss on the mortgages or is it better for the banking system to take the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-27-2008, 08:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 40,442
Posted By travis68
Re: Hot World, Cold Cash

Jim,

Wouldn't it be better to base more of our tax system on fossil fuels rather than other sources (such as income taxes, corporate taxes, etc)? If you are going to suffer a deadweight loss...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-21-2008, 07:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,614
Posted By travis68
Re: Free Will: The Virtues of Hypocrisy

I'm not sure that the proper hypocrisy is a sufficient criterion for supporting a candidate. I wonder how Nixon fits in Runciman's theory. In some sense, he was a proper Hobbesian hypocrite. The...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-04-2008, 03:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 27,752
Posted By travis68
Re: Free Will: The Grow-the-Economy Fan Club

Will is really becoming an excellent interviewer. Probably his greatest quality is clarity. He's really straightforward at drawing out the ideas of his interviewees and posing devil's advocate...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-29-2008, 03:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,350
Posted By travis68
Re: The Cold War, Iraq, and Pink Floyd

First let me congratulate both Eli and Peter for an in depth discussion that was extremely detailed and civil. They both got to make their points and counterpoints. Well done.

I agree with...
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