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Forum: Diavlog comments 07-06-2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 23,511
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: What People Know About Drugs is Wrong (John McWhorter & Mark Kleiman)

Well, it was intended to be a further clarification of Mark's position, but I guess it did end up being a non-sequitur.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-05-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 23,511
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: What People Know About Drugs is Wrong (John McWhorter & Mark Kleiman)

No, the current drug regime isn't logically consistent. Alcohol and tobacco are certainly more harmful than marjiuana. However, Kleiman is in favor of restricting alcohol and tobacco use through...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-28-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,489
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Welcome to Adam and Dan's Nerd Box (Adam Serwer & Dan Foster)

I enjoyed the diversion about A Game of Thrones too. Hopefully, the HBO series keeps up the same level of quality.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Seconded, I stop watching twenty minutes in. Both them presented weak arguments for their points as well as talking past each other...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,123
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: The Tunisian Revolution (Ussama Makdisi & Stephen Kinzer)

Good discussion, Ussama gave a perception from the Middle East that I haven't seen as strongly represented in other DVs. Did anyone else think it was fanciful of him to imagine Americans at large...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-06-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,141
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Loury vs. Lowry (Glenn Loury & Rich Lowry)

First, I'll agree with most of what you say as to why Glenn is hesitant and that root causes should be discussed, whatever they are and whether or not there is a clear solution. I didn't mean to say...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-06-2011, 03:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,141
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Loury vs. Lowry (Glenn Loury & Rich Lowry)

This is the same point Lowry misses. Its not a matter of discounting it; it is important. However, there are no worthwhile solutions. The only one anyone seems to advocate is public moralizing, be it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-13-2010, 04:12 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 18,140
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Important and Surprising Edition (Josh Cohen & Glenn Loury)

I don't disagree; in fact, it does seem that inflation is needed. If wages are sticky and the overall economy is smaller because of decreased consumer leverage, then it is impossible to avoid high...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-13-2010, 02:38 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 18,140
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Important and Surprising Edition (Josh Cohen & Glenn Loury)

This is mostly conjecture, but given the way Glenn talked about it, I figure he has an instinctual worry about 80s style hyper-inflation or something of the sort. It was before my time, but the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-08-2010, 02:34 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 9,025
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: All About Barack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I started watching blogging heads because I was looking for stuff from Loury on on hyper-incarercation. I have a lot of respect for him, but his anger toward Obama does seem to be biasing his...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-26-2010, 11:56 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 24,502
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Magic Asterisks (Daniel Drezner & Megan McArdle)

Of course, since Obama has caved under liberal pressure and has reversed all of Bush's policies and ended drone strikes.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-26-2010, 10:33 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 24,502
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: Magic Asterisks (Daniel Drezner & Megan McArdle)

I'm not sure how sarcastic you were being, but Stuxnet itself poses no threat of coming back to haunt us as a cyber-threat (assuming of course, that the US put it out). Its not like a design for a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-23-2010, 10:31 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 20,943
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: The Super-Rich Are Different From You and Me (Annie Lowrey & Reihan Salam)

He pointed to a competitive bidding system proposed by the AEI, not a cut. Could that entail cuts? Quite possibly, but I haven't looked at the proposal.



As I said above, the stratification...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-23-2010, 09:04 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 20,943
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: The Super-Rich Are Different From You and Me (Anni Lowrey & Reihan Salam)

While it is fixed at any given point in time, the general point that the an increase in wealth at the top doesn't necessarily come at other's expense is correct. I would also suggest that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-23-2010, 12:22 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 20,943
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: The Super-Rich Are Different From You and Me (Annie Lowrey & Reihan Salam)

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/31121?in=14:34&out=14:47

Assuming the $400,000 income mentioned and a move from 36% to 39.6%:
.036*$150,000 = $5400

I generally agreed with what was said about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-22-2010, 10:30 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 20,943
Posted By RandomAmber
Re: The Super-Rich Are Different From You and Me (Annie Lowrey & Reihan Salam)

Long time lurker - I'm in NJ and also have no trouble viewing it.
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