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Forum: Diavlog comments 06-03-2010, 10:53 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 17,211
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Dan is Wrong on Korean Unification

Well, people said the same thing about German unification at the time.

Isn't the present unified Germany vastly preferable to the old East Germany? And North Korea is worse than the old East...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-03-2010, 10:16 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 17,211
Posted By Tim_G
Dan is Wrong on Korean Unification

I think that Dan is very wrong when he says that Japan and the US prefer the status quo to a unified Korea (under South-Korean auspices of course).

If that's what you think, you don't understand...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2010, 12:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 12,777
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Chess Moves (Glenn Greenwald & David Frum)

I like this conversation because these are two very rare individuals who actually believe what they say and speak frankly without party-hackery.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-06-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 54,455
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Parting Ways With the Right (Charles Johnson & Conn Carroll)

If there's a good case to be made against allowing euthanasia in some cases, I don't think that Conn did a very good job of making it.

I think that we can all agree that a broken-hearted teenager...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2009, 11:03 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 44,406
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Valley of the Dudes (Will Wilkinson & Kay Hymowitz)

Whoa. Hi Tim G. My user name is the same except with an underscore instead of a space. I was trying to figure out if I had somehow posted in this thread by accident. Welcome to the forum.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-15-2009, 11:26 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,200
Posted By Tim_G
"Creepy Utilitarianism"

Jim Pinkerton kept insisting that Americans don't like "Creepy Utilitarianism."

As someone sympathetic to utilitarianism myself, I ask: what's so creepy about utilitarianism? Do most Americans...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 09-08-2009, 03:57 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,114
Posted By Tim_G
Re: McWhorter Made a Mistake, Jeff.

I hate to pile on, but this perspective is the same as mine. I don't often comment here lately because these days I listen to BHtv as a podcast during my commutes, but I was really appalled by the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-04-2009, 08:14 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 118,585
Posted By Tim_G
Would Ahmadinejad have won anyway? Wrong question.

In this bit (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/20873?in=29:01&out=30:16) Mickey and Bob ask whether Ahmadinejad would have won anyway.
Who knows. But it seems irrelevant because there is indeed...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2008, 10:23 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By Tim_G
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

So was the government of South Vietnam. Did you think it was a democracy?

The point is that our involvement in Vietnam, whatever the motives, did more harm than good.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2008, 01:00 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By Tim_G
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Superb debate. I'm actually a big fan of both of these men. Hitchens makes the best argument for the war in Iraq that can be made. I still agree with Alterman that on balance it was not worth it....
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 11:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Skeptics on Tibet

Be that as it may, here's why I'm skeptical:

It's not for nothing that they say that "power corrupts."
It's very easy for a regime in exile with no actual power to say nice things about freedom...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 11:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Re: A Skeptic Confronts Pop Culture

OK, so there may be conflicting reports on the yield from organic farms.

The podcast says:


Wikipedia says:


So, different studies say different things. But if we can agree that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 10:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Re: A Skeptic Confronts Pop Culture

Brian is definately a genuine skeptic, as are Penn & Teller (not saying they are right about everything!). By that I mean that they are clearly capable of critical thought, something which...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 10:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Skeptics on Tibet

So if a group of monks declared somebody to be a spiritual descendant of Louis the 16th and he wanted to "free France," this would be legitimate grounds for claiming the right to rule a country?
...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 04:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Skeptics on Tibet

I'm sure they say all the right things that liberal westerners like to hear, but I wonder what would happen if they were actually in power. I doubt we'll ever know in any case. But they are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 03:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Hoping to see more of Brian in the future

I hope Brian becomes a regular on BHTV.

Keep up the good work Brian. Love the podcast!

My only problem is that I'm already a skeptic. I already don't believe in Bigfoot, crop circles and UFO...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2008, 03:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,009
Posted By Tim_G
Re: A Skeptic Confronts Pop Culture

I'm a long-time listener of Brian's podcast. My own political bent is center-left (I support Obama, for example).

Skeptics are allowed to have opinions. If you think a "true critical thinker...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-07-2008, 11:42 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 57,383
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Cheap Shots

Maybe Corsi should start a new 527?

Swift Boat Veterans for 9/11 Truth

Has a nice ring to it :D
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-07-2008, 11:37 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 57,383
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Cheap Shots

Here's what Corsi said on the Alex Jones radio show. Judge for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yCfI3VmL88&eurl=http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=121359
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-07-2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 57,383
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Cheap Shots

Jerome Corsi? 9/11 conspiracy theorist kook?

Bob! Why are you giving a platform to this lunatic?
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-16-2008, 10:37 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 49,914
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Scarlett Johansson Edition

If the Israelis want peace they should make it happen on their own initiative. They shouldn't wait for an American president to do it for them.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-16-2008, 04:22 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 49,914
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Scarlett Johansson Edition

Sure there are limits to their power. And there are other constituencies that none dare offend. We may not know the answer for sure unless a serious candidate for president actually doesn't genuflect...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-16-2008, 01:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,688
Posted By Tim_G
Oil in the ground is oil that will be there tomorrow

One for the problems with election cycles is that the policy focus is always on the immediate future, not on the long term. I don't think the price of gas is too high, people just aren't used to it....
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-16-2008, 12:50 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 53,428
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Love Him, He's A Liberal

Great diavlog.

Liberalism is indeed a great tradition. It is the intellectual tradition of the Enlightenment. It includes people like David Hume, Adam Smith and John Locke.
...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-13-2008, 12:49 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 49,914
Posted By Tim_G
Re: Scarlett Johansson Edition

I agree. Pandering to AIPAC is a political necessity. He's running for president of the US, not France. Kerry said something equally obsequious to AIPAC when he ran (don't recall the exact words, but...
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