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Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2011, 01:50 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By formivore
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

It was the smug smiling that got to me really. I don't care if your entire profession considers this right-wing think tanker beneath respect or whatever. You agreed to sit in for a 1 hour diavlog...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2011, 01:44 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By formivore
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Tell me, which arguments that I listed did you find compelling? When under fire you can't just say "well B is bad, but A explains B" without any kind of evidence to back it up. People are rightly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By formivore
Angry Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

I'm a liberal and think many of McDonald's arguments are bunk, but Prof. Weaver is not doing her side any favors. Her arguments include:

1)immediate retreat to nebulously defined root causes...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-20-2009, 08:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,735
Posted By formivore
Re: The Week in Blog: Wrapped Up With a Bow (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

Forum: Diavlog comments 09-28-2009, 12:49 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 19,506
Posted By formivore
Re: Less Crime and Less Punishment (Mark Kleiman & Reihan Salam)

I just want to shout out that Kleinman did what was perhaps the best bloggingheads ever (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/7422) with McArdle a couple of years back.

Mark is so fascinating its hard...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2009, 10:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,529
Posted By formivore
Re: A Satisfying Deliverance (Dana Stevens & David Edelstein)

Anyone who trashes La Vita e Bella has points in my book. Most excruciating cinema experience ever, disregarding certain middle-school date movies. I am still struggling with the lifelong antipathy...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-03-2009, 12:43 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 43,545
Posted By formivore
Re: Packing Heat (Michelle Goldberg & Megan McArdle)

If the Ivy League taught me anything, its that glib, superior, I-Know-Basic-Probability-And-Rhetoric-So-Who-Needs-Expert-Knowledge argumentation beats overenthusiastic hysteria every time. It...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-23-2009, 01:42 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 21,647
Posted By formivore
Where can I find people who know what they are talking about?

It would be wonderful if BhTV could put up a diavlog between two health care economists. These political bloggers are smart enough point to intriguing studies, but I do not have confidence that they...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-15-2009, 02:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,070
Posted By formivore
Re: Science Saturday: Frakkin' Edition

Re Battlestar Galactica:

If science fiction was not a pretty wide tent, I would almost hesitate to call it that. SF is supposed to imagine different worlds, BSG makes a point not to do so. The...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-23-2009, 11:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,749
Posted By formivore
Re: Science Saturday: Cook me my supper, woman! edition

Richard has developed a grand unified theory of charismatic megafauna, fad diets, and the differences between men and woman => New York Times most emailed list gold!

I wish he had expanded a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,956
Posted By formivore
Bizarre Pakistani inaction

I have heard this question of why a powerful military seem uninterested in defending it's own territory raised many time now by people from all over the political spectrum. I have yet to hear anyone...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2009, 12:29 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 30,866
Posted By formivore
Re: Percontations: Humanity's Primate Heritage

I clicked on the link "Why not have sex at every opportunity?" but was disappointed to find that de Waal did not seem willing to engage Schloss on this important question. I think this would be a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-15-2009, 01:36 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 31,089
Posted By formivore
Re: God and Man on the Right (Heather Mac Donald & Ross Douthat)

I just have to say, I thought Heather's story about the family and the SUV is a pretty devastating challenge to the idea of God. When she raises the contrast between the (mysterious? farsighted?...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-19-2009, 09:41 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 54,513
Posted By formivore
Re: Acting Now to End World Poverty

Not to get all hedonist on ya'll, but an important element of happiness is counting your blessings. This diavlog is one of them. Keep up the good work.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 43,238
Posted By formivore
Re: Who's Even Winning This Thing?

to state the obvious... nobody wins in Mutually Assured Destruction
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-25-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 29,441
Posted By formivore
Re: The Week in Blog: Energy Madness

The USA consumes 20.3 billion barrels of oil per year. So offshore drilling and ANWR could provide one year's worth of oil.
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