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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 05:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,806
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Where Fun Goes To Die (Harold Pollack & Donald H. Taylor)

In the short run, that is a likely result of removing the tax benefits of employer-based health insurance. I think it would be prudent for lawmakers pursuing a reform that would break up the current...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 05:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,806
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Where Fun Goes To Die (Harold Pollack & Donald H. Taylor)

Yeah, I think employer-based coverage is one of the roots of all our healthcare evils. Removing the tax benefits that employers get for providing health insurance would cause an immense amount of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 04:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,806
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Where Fun Goes To Die (Harold Pollack & Donald H. Taylor)

This will reveal some heresy in my thinking, but my fundamental attitude towards rights is that they are fictions, but sometimes useful fictions. In terms of healthcare, unless we are talking about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-02-2011, 03:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,806
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Where Fun Goes To Die (Harold Pollack & Donald H. Taylor)

South Park commentary on the NCAA:
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/387407/stu-dent-ath-o-leets
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-02-2011, 03:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,806
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Where Fun Goes To Die (Harold Pollack & Donald H. Taylor)

I think that it shows that in terms of cost control, our system is the worst of both worlds. The health care sector is heavily subsidized, but there is little control from the government to ration...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-27-2011, 01:37 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 33,027
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Science Saturday: Sexist Skeptics (Ann Althouse & Rebecca Watson)

The thing that strikes me is that Rebecca's goal of bringing more women into the active atheism movement is that it seems to be a rather quixotic quest. I'm an atheist and I've spent a good deal of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-02-2011, 05:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,496
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Humanitarian Nonintervention (Robert Farley & Daniel Larison)

More seriously, having just finished watching the diavlog, I want to echo some of the previous commenters that were pleased with the discussion and want to add my name to the list of people who'd...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-02-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,496
Posted By Meng Bomin
What, no hat?

This may be the first time that I've seen Robert Farley in a diavlog without a hat.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-17-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,652
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Science Saturday: Existential Angst and Twitter (Robert Wright & Carlo Strenger)

+1

There are many coherent permutations if ideas that jibe with one's experiences, but that doesn't necessarily imply that they are a reflection of reality.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-31-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,859
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Legitimacy Promotion (Hussein Ibish & Eli Lake)

Honestly, I see this Libya war as a manifestation of liberal interventionist buffoonery, just as the Iraq war was a manifestation of neoconservative buffoonery and it's convenient that we have...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-26-2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,549
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Science Saturday: Science Fact and Fiction (Michio Kaku & Jennifer Ouellette)

Wow, I'm really not used to seeing a television narrator-type guest. Listening to Kaku really reminded me of a presentation by Phillip Zimbardo I saw in the past few years that was either a TED talk...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-23-2011, 06:13 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,724
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Exquisitely Civil Edition (Adam Serwer & Dan Foster)

I disagree on the point about actors and professional athletes, though I agree about CEOs, which is in part a function of the principal-agent problem and in part due to other human biases. Most...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-12-2011, 01:39 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Perhaps I, unlike you, prefer to watch conversations between ideological opponents where both participants are familiar with the debate before entering. It's not a platitude to hope that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2011, 01:12 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

It's an interesting observation. I suspect that part of the reluctance of Mac Donald's part is a general antipathy toward religion. She is one of the Secular Right (http://secularright.org/)...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2011, 01:04 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Honestly, I agree. Weaver clearly wasn't ready for this exchange. While I have strong doubts about the merits of Mac Donald's position, she clearly had the better arguments of the two. I found...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2011, 11:32 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,970
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Values Added: Light Bulb Revolution (Amanda Marcotte & Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway)

Sure, it's a PR term (as are many of the terms used in the debate), but using a term that is flattering to one's opponent is good debate etiquette and I don't think that anti-abortion would be bad...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2011, 05:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,970
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Values Added: Light Bulb Revolution (Amanda Marcotte & Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway)

Again, I'll reiterate that it's bad policy. However, I am always hesitant to term the denial of a subsidy (even if, as in this case, it's a well-placed subsidy) as egregious. There is a distinction...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2011, 01:55 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,970
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Values Added: Light Bulb Revolution (Amanda Marcotte & Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway)

I said that I didn't think it would be egregious if such abortions weren't funded. I don't think that it's good policy not to fund them, but I don't think that it's egregious. Banning such...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,970
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Values Added: Light Bulb Revolution (Amanda Marcotte & Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway)

Since I believe the topic was funding, I'm not sure it's that egregious. If indeed we're saying that abortion should be illegal even in cases of "statutory rape", where we have a consenting female...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2011, 01:10 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,970
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Values Added: Light Bulb Revolution (Amanda Marcotte & Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway)

You probably got more of a zing from Amanda's position than a pro-choicer would. I thought that she was pretty emotionally detached from the issue and had a degree of ideological tunnel vision and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2011, 01:00 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,970
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Values Added: Light Bulb Revolution (Amanda Marcotte & Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway)

I'll start by disclaiming my own political position on this: I do not favor the banning of abortion. Restrictions are fine, especially in the second trimester and beyond, but abortion should remain...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-19-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,009
Posted By Meng Bomin
Regime change

It seems to me that Eli is overly invested in the deus ex machina of Iranian regime change. Alas, if we could only get rid of this evil Khamenei the most evil Ahmadinejad and all their minions, we...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2010, 09:11 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 28,354
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Science Saturday: Child-Free Edition (Nina Paley & Mike Treder)

I finally got around to watching this discussion. I whole-heartedly agree with Ocean that this did not belong in the Science Saturday slot, as not only was this an ideological issue, not a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-28-2010, 02:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,356
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Communitas: The Hungry American (Kate MacKenzie & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

That is a fair point. Perhaps I could amend the statement by removing the words "and hardest", but I think it should also be pointed out that thinking about a topic is not equivalent to thinking...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-27-2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,356
Posted By Meng Bomin
Re: Communitas: The Hungry American (Kate MacKenzie & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

I'm really a fan of Katherine as a Bloggingheads participant. She's patient, letting her opposite flesh out their argument in full, but still asks the piercing questions that get to the heart of an...
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