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Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 11:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

I want to make a public apology to Harkin for going ad hominem on him, a few months ago. He knows when.

KD
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

)-smile-(

I'm talking about people organizing when they are not beholden to do so by anything other than their own vision. It would seem likely to me that, given a problem of a global nature, it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 03:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

"Central governing body" might have been a poor choice of terms. "Committee of Visionaries with Authority" might work better....

Whether or not people or communities become more and more...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 03:09 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

But it isn't so hard to know what is going to happen, generally. There is no rosy scenario with rapid warming.

Think of a set of scales, the iconic type. Equilibirium is balance. Things have been...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-01-2011, 05:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,125
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: John Rawls in the West Bank (Robert Wright & Fadi Quran)

The American people carry out the will of the American government when it selectively uses international law to achieve its political & geostrategic goals. At bottom, international law serves the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-01-2011, 03:40 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,125
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Water in the West Bank

Goldstone has, effectively, recanted. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/01/AFg111JC_story.html)
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-20-2011, 07:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,154
Posted By Ken Davis
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-20-2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,154
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Live From the West Bank (Robert Wright & Younes Arar)

This term has been used repeatedly by Israelis of a variety of political persuasions. As Norman Finkelstein writes, "Outside the never-never land of mainstream American Jewry and U.S. media[,] this...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-20-2011, 02:26 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: The absurdity of liberal internationalists

The reason for your apprehension is unclear, given your citations. Might "Islamic" be the key word?

Can you conceive of the possibility of the existence of fundamental ideals of justice in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-18-2011, 10:17 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Creation of Terrorists (Robert Wright & Scott Atran)

As I understand it, and I can't cite it at the moment, Middle Eastern Muslims were eager to defend Bosnian Muslims from the git go, and then particularly in Srebrenica, but were repulsed by NATO. It...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-18-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Creation of Terrorists (Robert Wright & Scott Atran)

The question here is whether or not the problem was approached in an efficient and economical way. It would seem, to those who opposed the invasion of Afghanistan, and perhaps to others, with...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

All, simply, "respected" hearsay, emanating from Hishām ibn Urwah, Aisha's great-grand nephew. But you are a man with a mission. Fuck off.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-03-2011, 11:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Science Saturday: Black Martian Linguists (John McWhorter & Joshua Knobe)

Thanks for the absorbing conversation. T'wasn't long enough.

What is it called when a word is coined by combining two (or more) words?

Here's my contribution to the vocabulary: alactric. Means...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-01-2011, 03:19 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

Can you cite the evidence for your allegation?
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-01-2011, 12:14 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

I use the word 'mythology' to refer to a traditional story. A la Joseph Campbell.

The sense of my comment that your sentiment is empty was that if you had been a part of the community of Mohammed,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-31-2011, 10:29 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

It is easy to wax indignant about 14-century-old mythology. It is actually a rather empty sentiment.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-30-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

Do you think "marry" equates with "have intercourse with"? Or "live with"? In some cultures children marry children. Do you think that means they screw? What's your point here? Are you pushing a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-12-2011, 12:38 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

If it were 50,000 Kias I wanted to deliver, cargo ship would definitely be the mode. But I don't know of a practical water route from Detroit to the West Coast.



People have been free to live...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-11-2011, 09:08 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-11-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

I can't really say. I have few worldly goods. But if my worldly goods consisted of 50,000 Fords to ship to the West Coast, I'd say rail might be more reasonable than trucking.

How much social...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-11-2011, 08:05 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-10-2011, 12:16 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

Hit don't matter now whether Todd Willingham was innocent or not (I happen to believe he was). What matters is that Perry justified allowing the execution to go forward by saying that because...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-10-2011, 12:04 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

Williamson: "Profit is the measure of social good you do. Profit creates things that people actually care about".

I'd say that more often than not profit creates the care that people feel for ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-09-2011, 11:46 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Ken Davis
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

It would be better if there were an elaborate rail system in this country instead of what we have now. It would save us so much. But it wouldn't be quite so wonderfully egoic or phallic as our...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-01-2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 31,872
Posted By Ken Davis
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