Monthly Archives: June 2014

Words worth repeating: Anti-semitism and apartheid

Anti-semitism is wrong. So is apartheid.

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Little known factoids on Bentham, minus the “oids”

From The Guardian, via marginalrevolution.com Bentham was the first major English philosopher of sexual liberty, and it’s about time we celebrated that. “If there be one idea more ridiculous than another,” he once wrote about the sexual prohibitions of his day, … Continue reading

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Drill baby no drill? Aka, Journey to the centre of the earth?

Sometimes I wonder if global warming is a good thing. Most of the standard reasons to maybe think global warming is a good thing turn out not to be very good things after all when you look at the big … Continue reading

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Map the seabed

Let’s map the seabed. Are we on the 20-year plan or the 200-year plan? I suggest that international frameworks could contribute to smooth evolution of the process. Presumably there would be much space for the private sector, but I imagine … Continue reading

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Prepared for public consumption?

Number of times I considered something I composed to be fully prepared for public consumption. Perhaps … 2? Once for my thesis, and enough close enoughs to be worth at least a second.

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Do as I say … or the boogieman will get you.

If you don’t do as I say, the boogieman will get you. The boogie man said so.   This assertion may be difficult to prove. But if you don’t do as the boogieman says, then his followers may try to … Continue reading

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Christian logic: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. You deserve it either way

If you suffer, it is God’s will. Since you suffer, and God is just, your suffering is proof that you are guilty. Since you are guilty you need Jesus. Jesus won’t cure your suffering, but knowing that you’re going to … Continue reading

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Freedom by the minute

Sometimes I bid for translation jobs as a part of looking for new clients. I’m sure anyone in any business these days knows that it’s not a good economy for drumming up new business. I came across one recently that … Continue reading

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Capacities and functionings, actualized for analytical purposes

Many years ago, Amartya Sen, Indian economist and Nobel Prize laureate, came up with something he called “capacities and functionings”. Rather than concerning ourselves about monetary poverty (where, by relativistic considerations, there will always be people who are poor in … Continue reading

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Theory on Jesus

Theory on what “Jesus” would say if/when he comes again. a) Exactly what he said last time b) Something else c) Something other than that d) All of the above e) None of the above

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