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Entries from February 2008

Damned Lies and Statistics

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Damned Lies and Statistics

Almost everything about this new survey on wiretapping conducted by Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions is a lie. Details here.

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Video Fisking

February 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I’m a little put off by the minimization of U.S. abuses in Iraq, but this is a handy reminder (if one were needed) of how obnoxious, annoying and tendentious Naomi Klein is: Update: Ok, the commenters have a point on second viewing: the commentary is approximately as annoying and tendentious as Klein. You can probably […]

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Tags: Stupid Shit

Law and Empathy

February 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’m fairly sympathetic to Stephen Bainbridge’s critique of Barack Obama’s conception of what makes for a good Supreme Court justice. According to Obama: We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, […]

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Tags: Law

Vertigo’s Secret Origins

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Vertigo’s Secret Origins


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Tags: Art & Culture

Rough Justice

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Rough Justice

They may get legal immunity, but they won’t be immune from the judgment of the Billboard Liberation Front: (Hat tip: Brian Doherty)

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

“In the Tank”

February 28th, 2008 · 26 Comments

Anyone out there happen to know the etymology of the expression “to be in the tank for”? As in “Fox is totally in the tank for Bush,” or “the friendly coverage suggests a lot of reporters are in the tank for Obama”? It’s apparently a sufficiently wonky (or recently minted?) expression that the usual online […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Separateness of Persons

February 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but this paper on how Rawls and Nozick’s inferences from the fact of the “separateness of persons” derive from differing conceptions of personhood. I’ll note in advance, though, that as a partisan of the later-Rawls’ program for a neutralist, political-not-metaphysical theory of justice, I would far […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

When Kathleen Hannah Activates Her Hologram Earings…

February 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Awesome. Via Feministing:

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Tags: Random Cool Link

A Sudden Attack of Elitism

February 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Frank Luntz is running some absurd focus group on Fox and all I can think is: “Jesus Christ, none of you people are qualified to vote…”

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Tags: Uncategorized

High Weirdness by Mail

February 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I haven’t been paying a *huge* amount of attention, but I have been trying to suss out precisely what is supposed to have been so terrible about those “shameful” mailers the Obama campaign has circulated criticizing Hillary Clinton on trade and health care. One seems to have accurately reported that Hillary has praised NAFTA, but […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics