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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-16-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,041
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Words Are Wind (Robert Farley & Michael Cohen)

Black swan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory) events? We have enough trouble doing what we know we're supposed to do.[/QUOTE]

Most economists thought the financial crisis was a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-16-2011, 12:08 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,041
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Words Are Wind (Robert Farley & Michael Cohen)

So US squeamishness about Japan's colonial adventures was an emotional response. Rather than put an oil embargo upon them, we should have remained friends, because that would be rational. We didn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2010, 07:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,939
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Communitas: Rethinking Scarcity (Glenn Loury & Sendhil Mullainathan)

How much did you pay for that metaphor? At that price, are your quality expectations reasonable?

It was not such much metaphor as an illustration of alternative approaches to harm reduction. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,939
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Communitas: Rethinking Scarcity (Glenn Loury & Sendhil Mullainathan)

A person can get into a situation where body heat is a critically scarce resource. Once you are cold enough, you may behave in a way that makes the problem worse. Understanding this pattern may...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-07-2010, 11:26 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 20,211
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Blue Suede Diavlog (Robert Wright & Mark Alan Stamaty)

Khalid "Shake" Mohammed's dancing will offend the squares at first, but the younger jurors will love him, and the others will be won over by his charisma.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-24-2009, 03:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 18,189
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Let's Talk About Talking About Race

I could listen to many people talk about the culture war if I so chose, but few of them would bring up Hunter and Bismarck. This is why I'm a BHTV fan.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-17-2009, 04:56 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

To paraphrase and extend Megan, if the jobs are created to vacuum up workers, and the government has to borrow their salaries, those jobs are relief. Yes, some fraction of all jobs are like this,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-17-2009, 01:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

Megan's point about unemployment statistics wasn't that hard to understand. Had Dean accepted or bypassed it, Megan would have had time to complete her point about the experience of other...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-11-2009, 07:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,410
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Young and Irresponsible Edition

I don't see the Phelps/Kellogg issue as that hard to understand. Kellogg gave him a pile of money because some people prefer to buy cereal featuring his picture. If anything changes cereal buyers'...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-22-2008, 04:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,346
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Intellectuals in the Age of Obama

So Steven is amused by conservative attempts to keep their team together, given that his team agrees on all substantive issues. Has he been paying any attention to politics? Most of the shifts in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-15-2008, 12:37 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 29,481
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Welcome to the Jungle

I don't know enough of the relevant history, but I think law enforcement was almost entirely a state matter back then. Extradition worked when two states had similar views of a given offense.

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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-13-2008, 12:50 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 29,481
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Welcome to the Jungle

If Bob could find an example of a centralized legal system backed by decentralized power, or perhaps just a feeling of legitimacy, it would help his argument.

I disagree with Megan that Bush would...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2008, 09:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 21,404
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: The Shooting of Brian Beutler

In the historical period Ta-Nehisi refers to in Mississippi, the situation was a greatly magnified version of the one sealrock described. A white person could approach any black person and treat...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-13-2008, 10:52 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 31,390
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: The Age of Obama

I suspect John is right that peer pressure against academic achievement among middle and upper middle class blacks will be less effective now. Otherwise, I doubt that our next president's name or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2008, 05:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 29,037
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Performed Intelligence

We are about to hand the presidency, along with a strong congressional majority, to a guy who sounds intelligent without saying smart things. Glenn, and others, understand that there is risk...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-07-2008, 05:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 19,195
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Expert Failure

I used to be a hang glider pilot. Several other pilots were smokers who quit when they started flying in order to carry their glider up the hill and still breathe. They never noticed withdrawal...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-02-2008, 01:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 18,422
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Special Bailout Edition

God created Bloggingheads for discussions like this. Stuff this episode and put it on the wall.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2008, 09:46 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 26,813
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Rank Punditry Edition

This pairing is of course different from a McWhorter-Lowry session, but has some of the same virtues. They know the issues and each other well enough not to waste much time on exposition, or in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-13-2008, 12:37 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 42,854
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: S.P.O.D. (Sarah Palin Obsession Disorder)

I held my fingers last week when Bob said that it would set a bad example to have a child concieved out of wedlock as a VP's grandchild. I figured that Bob would soon see his error, but here he is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-09-2008, 03:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,619
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: The State of the Race

Nice to see these two again.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-27-2008, 12:03 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 79,431
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Reunited

People only pray for relief when there is some hope that their prayers can be acted upon. I assumed that our Mickeylessness was unavoidable, and simply waited.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-16-2008, 02:04 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 57,897
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: Realism Island

A gracious host allows a guest to feel at home; a good guest makes the host glad to have invited them. Bob and Jonah did a great job. It's not the gently bickering married couple bit that Bob and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-08-2008, 12:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,954
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: The Audacity of Glenn

I think the idea of relieving the pressure on Iran is a good one. If people stop hassling them about Hezbollah, and if Israel reduces its military power until it is no threat to Iran, peace will...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-16-2008, 12:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 38,117
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: John Yoo's Haircut

Gee, Glenn sure is a good person. Better yet, he's a political journalist, possibly the most important job there is, and he takes the responsibilities of that job more seriously than just about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2008, 06:38 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 20,867
Posted By Dee Sharp
Re: The Israelis are capable of keeping themselves secure

It would depend on the circumstances. If the invading army was part of the Islamic or Spanish conquests, I'd accept their claims to the land. I'd consider any later conquest to be illegitimate.
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