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    Poet and gadfly, WSS has been: - HR manager of a year-round silviculture company in the great white north - singer. songwriter, frontman - painter - sculptor - reporter - cook - janitor - editor - filmmaker - actor - amateur psychologist - web maven May he be all these things
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  1. I can't. Perhaps you can describe what you see, detail the worsening where you live. Is it those darker, sneakier and more corrupt southern Italians creeping in?
  2. presidential debates

    What is the verdict?
  3. ?
  4. On the trail of What Art Is Not, another rider weighs in ... This is Number 4. Art, because not abstract, which criteria means it qualifies for Objectively-Approved? "References reality" seems to be a zone beyond which is decor, design, fun, props, intangibles, architecture, Cy Twombly ... But, ride on, game on. What reality is referenced in this public sculpture, fellow riders?
  5. Forfeited its right to exist? Torture is morally obligatory? Being a terrorist and being caught on a battlefield makes you automatically guilty with no further need for proof? What kind of battlefield does a terrorist fight on and how do you determine he is actually a terrorist? I see some heavy-handed conceptual package dealing going on here. Michael raises some interesting issues. -- I have always thought that there are very good reasons for Western nations not to torture. The first and foremost in my mind is that doing so 'allows' or justifies the 'other side' to do the same to American/Canadians, military or civilian. It is, as Brant points out in his opinion, also of dubious effectiveness. One can always assume going in that 'the other side' has done spectacularly ugly things, criminal things, war crimes, bestial offences against humanity -- as with ISIS in Syria/Iraq. The other side is thus morally corrupt, monsters or fiends from the point of view of basic humanity. Giving anyone 'carte blanche' to react to the inhuman monsters with torture ... results in that action becoming a norm, justified because of 'the other guys.' "We" become the same kind of "beast." (built from some blocks of understanding of the Syrian state and its gruesome torture machine. )
  6. I am going to London to meet with the Queen. Back in a week or so ...

  7. persuasion

    I am out of the country for a week (in the UK). What with all the visiting and sight-seeing, I won't likely be active. See you after the 7th here ... -- Thanks for the links and additional commentary. I think of you as Luke ...
  8. Bob, I will get back to this exchange ... over in the thread on my blog: http://www.objectivistliving.com/forums/index.php?/blogs/entry/660-placeholder-for-gwcc-how-i-got-here-thread/#comment-543
  9. persuasion

    More from a newish thread touting a CATO publication ... knocking on with Bob and William. (I'll be editing this over the afternoon so ... no need for alacrity) I will have to check that, Bob. Can you add some details, please? At which time, and compared to where else and who? I will have to go digging ... but just to be sure of what you mean, what was 'really great' in terms of climate at that one time, what's the difference from today? The Little Ice Age came ... during a time of reduced insolation of the earth? Contemporaneous with significant volcanic eruption? Because magic dragons were decimated by pneumonia? Can you put some numbers/estimates to that, for contrast? Are there any temperature series or reconstructions that show the non-jiggered numbers? \ \
  10. I will have to check that, Bob. Can you add some details, please? I wonder if there is a difference between an 'open' Northwest Passage traversed by (this year) a luxury cruise line ... and an earlier traverse or navigation. I know about the St Roch and its mighty months-long traverses in the 1940s -- but I don't remember offhand an earlier 1800s completion. The High Arctic in Canada is getting mixed blessings from regional warming, one of which is luxury cruises bringing moolah to the teeny communities that have something to sell to the visitors. There really aren't a lot of visitors, looking back. Looking ahead to a warmer Arctic, there would be more, all things being equal. Arctic warming bringing capitalism, commercial exploration and resource extraction, though there may probably be some significant downsides. Riches! Arctic icy cruise porn: At which time, and compared to where else and who? I will have to go digging ... but just to be sure of what you mean, what was 'really great' in terms of climate at that one time, what's the difference from today? The Little Ice Age came ... during a time of reduced insolation of the earth? Contemporaneous with significant volcanic eruption? Because magic dragons were decimated by pneumonia? The Little Ice Age came and went. I wonder who agrees why it came and why it went, where OLers find decent information and analysis about this time and extent. As far as I understand without looking deeply, there are causes for what can seem a dramatic surge of coldness spanning half a millenia. Little Ice Age porn! Can you put some numbers/estimates to that, for contrast? It was nearly as warm as now leaves lots of room for uncertainty. But, while I am waiting, a magic carpet ride to the Internets: "Roman Warm Period" ... Roman Warm Period porn! Are there any temperature series or reconstructions that show the non-jiggered numbers? There are surely a few questions to be answered: What was the 'Little Ice Age"? What were its causes? How long did it last? What parts of the world did it effect? Was it a world-wide phenomena, or evident in regional measurements? What was the 'Medieval Warm Period'? What were its causes? How long did it last? What parts of the world did it effect? Was it a world-wide phenomena, or evident in regional measurements? -- where do you go, or what sources do you consult when exploring the questions, Bob? More cruise porn. The Crystal Serenity and a shore party at Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
  11. persuasion

    The Gettleman-Rood book is starting off brilliantly for me. In the time before I report, there are some interesting things climate-related posted in Front Porch Threads. I include here a block of text from Bob.
  12. I would think it always smells a bit funny in New Jersey. But yeah, by my lights an election is a good election when there is fear, excitement, uncertainty, and an outcome that seems utterly distasteful to at least one major party. However, that an election 'costs' (spends) near four billion dollars, the various media must put forth material. The intense and volatile coverage of a campaign, I call this Hoopla, and Grand Hoopla in this stretch, in the final turns. A fearsome amount of TV adverts, talking heads, controversies of the hour, punditry, analysis, opinion, misinformation, rumour panic and so on ... What does Anticipating Victory smell like, anyway?