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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-31-2011, 01:54 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 19,188
Posted By Otto Kerner
Jeremiah Wright vs. racist newsletters

On the contrary, what Obama did is less excusable than what Paul did. If you've read Obama's first book, you'll know that he chose Jeremiah Wright's church very deliberately on the basis of Wright's...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-23-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,149
Posted By Otto Kerner
oldest president

Harrison was 68 when he became president. Reagan is the oldest person to become president so far. If Biden were elected, he would be the oldest on inauguration day. Reagan would still be the oldest...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-26-2011, 12:29 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,693
Posted By Otto Kerner
kookiness

I think Ron Paul makes a lot of sense on most of the issues he talks about. On the other hand, I agree with Conor Friedersdorf that mainstream Republicans like Romney or Pawlenty often don't make any...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-18-2011, 03:34 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 32,882
Posted By Otto Kerner
dating advice

I'm not sure where Ms. Marcotte gets the idea (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/35528?in=16:23&out=16:52) that pick-up artists think men are less shallow than women are. My impression has been that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-08-2011, 02:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,571
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: How to Run the World (Robert Wright & Parag Khanna)

I agree that that's the real challenge. I'm making a pretty high-level hypothetical point: law enforcement solutions can involve killing the dude as one of the possible outcomes if he resists...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-08-2011, 01:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,571
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: How to Run the World (Robert Wright & Parag Khanna)

Well, if we're talking about a consensus among the people who run the world now, then that would be awful. I think you could make a strong argument that that's roughly what we have now. There's a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-08-2011, 01:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,571
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: How to Run the World (Robert Wright & Parag Khanna)

Question: Wonderment, how would you propose to respond to a violent criminal who cannot be arrested because he is willing and able to resist arrest by attacking anyone who tries to arrest him?
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2011, 11:33 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,674
Posted By Otto Kerner
No benefit of doubt for SSPX, that's for sure

"That society, they're basically holocaust deniers", apparently.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-28-2010, 08:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,566
Posted By Otto Kerner
who is Dougie?

The Cali Swagg District version is pretty good, but it can't compare to Girl Talk's use of same toward the beginning of All Day.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-24-2010, 02:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 20,993
Posted By Otto Kerner
Default rates

By the way, you have to be careful when anybody starts talking about the stats for default rates on student loans. One of the most common measures shows the percentage of loans that have defaulted...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-24-2010, 02:18 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 20,993
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: I don't understand how this has become a problem

I was quite confused by this part (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/33128?in=27:45&out=27:59) of the conversation. I work for a student loan company, and my understanding has always been that no...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-05-2010, 04:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,007
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: Values Added: American Apocalypse (Michelle Goldberg & Sally Steenland)

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/30689?in=05:49&out=06:29

Yeah, well, you know, these are mostly people who paid in to Social Security and Medicare their whole lives, so naturally they expect to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-05-2010, 12:35 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 15,036
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: A Conspiracy So Vast (Robert Wright & Robert Kagan)

Wow, I had no idea that Bob Kagan was this crazy and/or immoral. "Intended to provoke a violent reaction". As if the flotilla people were in control of Israeli soldiers' arms and trigger fingers and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-24-2010, 07:58 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,909
Posted By Otto Kerner
Petraeus

Question: does the appointment of David Petraeus to head the war effort in Afghanistan harm his chances of becoming president in 2012? Leaving aside his eventual success or failure, it seems...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-20-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,602
Posted By Otto Kerner
Do Jews and Muslims worship the same God?

I'm afraid that the question, "Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God?" evinces some serious confusion, if it's to be taken literally. All current Jews, Christians, and Muslims are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-27-2010, 11:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,203
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: "one big piece of territory"

At about 46:30, Bob, suggesting an approach for Palestinians to take says, "We're not saying you have to give us back any particular land, or anything ... we concede this is one big piece of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-08-2010, 07:39 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 35,898
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: The Evolution of Punditry and the degeneration of Science Saturday

Nicholas Wade is a journalist who writes about science. Why isn't that good enough? It's not called "scientist Saturday", is it?

Razib Khan is a genius. Your implication that he is some sort of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-16-2009, 02:07 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 39,632
Posted By Otto Kerner
Many Worlds?

Can someone explain this "many worlds" thing to me? What does it explain? What do we do with it? An explanation, as I see it, is an analogy which relates a posited underlying reality to my observerd...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-09-2009, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,840
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: The Week in Blog: Smooth Segue Edition (Brian Beutler & Matt Lewis)

Well, I know very little about the specific legal issues involved, so I'll take your word for it. The main question that I was raising is whether anyone actually believes that Sotomayor has anything...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-09-2009, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,840
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: The Week in Blog: Smooth Segue Edition (Brian Beutler & Matt Lewis)

The problem with Sotomayor's Ricci ruling is not that it was or wasn't a case of judicial activist, but that she is a giant hypocrite. If it's true that she would have ruled the same way regardless...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By Otto Kerner
anatta

I was surprised to notice myself conclude, after thinking about it for a while, that Buddhism is in complete agreement with Yudkowsky when he argues that consciousness is not a special province...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-07-2009, 05:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,772
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: The Much Too Promised Land

"wouldn't it be nice if Jordan's Hussein should regain control of Mecca?"

I agree. A Hashemite Mecca is better for mostly everybody than a Saudi Mecca, and Hussein is the heir of the Sharif. If...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-29-2009, 11:16 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 31,972
Posted By Otto Kerner
Re: Free Will: Good Cognitive Citizenship

This was a fine talk, but one nettle nettles me. I found the several instances of the term "reality-based community" fairly cringeworthy. It was not at all clear to me what the speakers meant by it....
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