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Forum: Diavlog comments 09-29-2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 16,519
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Experiment vs. simulation

There is a simplistic belief out there that asserts that since the basic equations of fluid dynamics have been known for a century or so, it must be straightforward to model fluid dynamics on a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-28-2011, 07:22 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 16,519
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Experiment vs. simulation

Do you have any evidence that a "significant fraction" of skeptics make statements like this?



Which one is which? I'm sensing you think that climate change presents some unspecified "danger",...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-28-2011, 03:47 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 16,519
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Experiment vs. simulation

I think the point is that any computer simulation on which any substantive decision depends should be verified and validated. Verification means showing that the simulations are solving the input...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-21-2011, 08:33 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

This comment is best addressed by Lord Caradon. Immediately after the Indian remark, he said...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 06:43 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Let's see if we can address the confusions in your several references from Wikipedia here. The problem before the Security Council in 1967 was that Israel had responded to Arab preparations for war...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

This is exactly where you are mistaken. There is no controversy among diplomats over the meaning of 242 and the significance of the elided definite article. What diplomats have been doing for the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 08:29 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

You keep saying that the sentence is not ambiguous. But if two different English sentences, meaning two different things, map to the same French sentence, then this looks like ambiguity, at least...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 01:24 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Well, since Florian is insisting that no French sentence is ambiguous, that would seem to preclude using French as a language of diplomacy, now wouldn't it? ;-) Or course, I don't actually believe...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-18-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Well, I thought this was the most likely sentence to be the source of your confusion, but I wanted to allow you to be specific.

I can't say with assurance what Kessler had in mind, but as I read...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-18-2011, 05:02 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

I would say your premise, that less ambiguity is better for diplomacy, is mistaken. I'm not saying that more ambiguity is better for diplomacy, either, only that there are circumstances that require...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-18-2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Perhaps I should reiterate that at this point we've drifted far afield from whether David Corn is justified in his hyperventilation on Middle East policy.

But I find this edifying in its own...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 11:51 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Thanks. I was unsure of the Google translation, which translates all three to "Il a peint des portraits." But your translation makes the point as well, which is that "He painted the portraits" and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Good. I could use a lesson from you. How would you translate the following English sentences into French?

(1) He painted the portraits.
(2) He has painted portraits.
(3) He has painted...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 01:35 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Heh. "We don't need no stinkin' sources!"

The French text was the direct idiomatic translation of the English. The alternatives you propose would not have been. The English text was the one voted...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Not that this is an important point at all, but the only things you mentioned were (a) she doesn't go to class much, (b) she thinks she's above the 90th percentile in intelligence of MIT students,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Well, as I said to Ocean, I'm not familiar with the economic literature on this topic. And to invert the negative, I would be surprised if there weren't a number of studies supporting this, since it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 11:05 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

I don't think it's "wild". I would say it is a plausible hypothesis based on the principles of a mainstream economic school. I'm not familiar with this part of the economic literature but it wouldn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 03:16 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Well, I hate to intrude when you and Sulla are doing such a bang-up job of mangling the critique of Perry's jobs statement. But I think you missed the boat on the premise of the statement.

"Net...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 01:03 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Good for her. Why don't you ask her to drop by Lincoln Bloomfield's office and ask him to explain the significance of the missing "the" in 242?




And your point is? Kessler was your link, not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 12:32 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

On the contrary, English affords a precise expressive range that most other languages lack. For example, Russian does not have articles ("a", "the"), either definite or indefinite. So there is no way...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Mr. Goldberg is a columnist. Being a partisan of Israel does not mean you understand diplomacy. There is a lot to be impressed about in his resume but I don't see any specifically about diplomacy in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Don't feel bad... if everyone went to MIT it would be really crowded.

I think the salient point here is that you and Stephanie, despite being very intelligent people, still don't quite "get" what...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

That's your story. According to them, they did say what they meant, and the negotiations leading up to the approval of the UK draft were explicit about the meaning of the text. And it isn't just what...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

I understand how these juxtapositions happen. I wasn't trying to needle you; I just wanted to clarify why I was talking about Dan Murphy and not Jeffrey Goldberg.

And with all due respect to Mr....
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2011, 02:03 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By bbbeard
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Thanks, I was unaware of this post. It seems to track what I've been saying.



Well, I like a lot of what Walter Russell Meade writes, but he does not speak for the Bush administration. In...
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