Jonathan

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  1. Jonathan

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    I get it. And often times that gotcha style intentionally ignores context which explains where the target of his gotcha was coming from, and is therefore unfair. But, generally, this dude is on target. Hicks's work is tainted by his Randian Objecti-goggles and his sloppy scholarship. He just seems to interpret things how he wishes or feels, and doesn't seem to have any curiosity to verify if he has understood things correctly. He trusts other Rand-zealots opinions and interpretations, also without bringing any critical thinking to the task. He totally blocks out informed criticism -- I've experienced that firsthand. Which isn't to say that I think that postmodernism, or anything else that Hicks attacks, is good or valid. I just don't get into the straw man mindset. I can't appreciate or identify with someone who gets so much wrong, and is so hellbent on attacking that he can't properly identify what he is attacking or why. Hicks gets everything so twisted around that he is the one who is exhibits the mindset that he claims that the postmodernists advocate: He interprets texts however he wishes to interpret them so that he can condemn the author. J
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    Yay! Public opinion is very important to you on this issue, isn't it? Meanwhile, my questions from long, long ago remain unanswered. Remember the "show me the science questions," the "postponed or dog-eaten homework" that you've promised to turn in, but have yet to do so? J
  3. Yes, I've seen Rodman's shows. The thing is that caricatures aren't good or funny when the artist draws everyone the same way regardless of their actual characteristics or personality. "Who's that supposed to be, Walter Matthau?" "No. It's Audrey Hepburn." "But in reality she doesn't have a huge nose or gigantic, old-man ears." "Yeah, but that's how I draw caricatures. I draw big noses and ears on everyone. I have rules that I follow. It's not a caricature if it doesn't have a big nose and big ears." ??? Um, you're projecting again. I've said nothing even close to indicating that I fantasize about others' suffering. I wish the best for everyone. But let me see if I understand the "logic" that you're using. Is the idea that if I don't go along with your beliefs of what you should be allowed to force other people to do and pay for, then you think that it logically follows that I have contempt for the people that you pretend to want to help? If I'm critical of your primitive urge to control other people, then I'm sadistic? Silly twit. You should stick to sharing your opinions about literature. It's the only thing that you actually know. On every other subject, you're just dumb. I don't remember: Were you a school teacher? J
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    The key sentences in the above: "That at some point this chronic reality do reach a breaking point and I think for our generation it reached that, I wished I didn’t have to be doing every post, but sometimes I just feel like people aren’t being held accountable. Until, we start pitching in and holding people accountable, I’m just gonna let them have it.” Yup, we need to get down to the business of punishing the Others™. Gaia thirsts for blood. Violence is virtuous in the name of stopping climate doom. Killing is the cure. J
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    OCASIO-CORTEZ ON MILLENNIALS: ‘WE’RE LIKE THE WORLD IS GOING TO END IN 12 YEARS IF WE DON’T ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE’ ‘At some point these chronic realities do reach a breaking point’ Jan 21, 2019 10:17 PM By Tom Elliott Play Video The world is going to end in 12 years unless the government takes action, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Monday at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City. Here’s an excerpt from her interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates: “And I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change. You’re biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II. And I think for younger people looking at this are more like, how are we saying let’s take it easy when 3,000 Americans died last year, how are we saying let’s take it easy when the end person died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system? How are we saying take it easy, the America that we’re living in today is dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without healthcare and we’re told to settle down. It’s a fundamental separation between that fierce urgency of now, the why we can’t wait that King spoke of. That at some point this chronic reality do reach a breaking point and I think for our generation it reached that, I wished I didn’t have to be doing every post, but sometimes I just feel like people aren’t being held accountable. Until, we start pitching in and holding people accountable, I’m just gonna let them have it.”
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    Fake News

    It really is stunnng that in today's world, people have still not learned to shut the f up until the facts are in. Especially since they've burned themselves so many times over Trump and MAGA issues. Wait before you open your mouth to express your seething hatred of Trump and his supporters. Give it a day or two to see if your hatred has distorted your interpretation of events, and that your hatreds have been fueled by others hatred-driven misinterpretations and outright lies. You're making fools and assholes of yourselves and accomplishing the opposite of your goals. J
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    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    The section that you watched is indeed about misattributions of quotes, etc., but that's just the beginning. Farther in, it gets more serious and identifies Hicks's misattributions of the positions advocated by philosophers and their motives and goals. Perhaps the critic should have began with the biggest blunders first, but he chose to follow the structure of the book Anyway, I know you agree, MSK, that it's not acceptable when others do it to Rand -- when they claim that she supported something that she actually opposed -- so I think it's only fair to apply the exact same standard to Hicks's criticisms of other philosophers. He does falsely claim that they held beliefs that they did not. I myself have confronted Hicks with proof of his falsehoods in the area of art and aesthetics. He did not respond to the substance, but attacked my character and banned me from his blog. It's what you call putting the normative before the cognitive. It's the act of going into research with the mindset of vindicating Rand, regardless of whether or not her judgments of others were mistaken, and then misreading/misunderstanding everything that one reads, and arriving at the predetermined conclusion. J
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    Fake News

    I've been observing a variety of lefties online today. They are super pissed that smirky white boy is being given a chance to explain himself. They're saying it ain't fair, because non-whites would not be given the same chance. Once a whitey is accused of something, that should be it. Guilty. You don't get to change the Narrative™ with facts. They already judged him, so there's no going back, and you don't get to take away their enjoyment of punishing him. J
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    Fake News

    They are SOOOOO excited about destroying this kid and his classmates. J
  10. Jonathan

    Mechanical Reasoning 101

    The slightly more complex, adjustable variation isn't a "do-nothing," but a nifty router jig: J
  11. The pins are rigidly affixed to the rod. They cannot slide along the rod, nor can it slide through them. The crayon is held by a cylinder welded to the end of the rod. One pin is closer to the crayon than the other. The pins are mounted to the sleds via the sleds’ collars. The pins are limited to rotating in the collars on their vertical axes. Grooves X and Y are perpendicular to each other. Sled 1 is limited to sliding in groove X, and sled 2 is limited to sliding in groove Y. The crayon is in constant contact with the surface beneath its tip. When horizontal force is applied to the crayon’s holding cylinder, perpendicular to the rod, what shape will be created by the crayon’s path once it has completed a full cycle?
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    Fake News

    Fake News and Fake Social Media went apeshit over their Narrative™ that a "smirking white kid" led his gang of haters to surround and taunt and harass a victim of their racist Trumpist fascism. Yeah, so, smiling while a protestor walks up to you and gets up in your face is now an act of mockery and superiority, and of getting up in the protestor's face, and that smug little shit white punk should be killed for the racist crime that he committed. Well, after days of this type judging before knowing anything, and not wanting to know, the kid is now responding and giving his side of the story: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S MARCHSMIRKING MAGA HAT STUDENT RESPONDSTo Accusations of Harassment 492.8K 8,072 1/20/2019 4:17 PM PST Smirking MAGA Hat Student Responds to Accusations of Harassment 1/20/19 -- The student who came face-to-face with Nathan Phillips has released a statement to the media about what he claims actually happened Friday. Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, says he and his classmates were waiting for their busses to arrive at the Lincoln Memorial when a handful of African-American protesters began shouting "hateful things" at the group of boys. Sandmann says that he and his classmates were given permission by their adult chaperones to sing their school spirit chants in response. At some point during this chanting, Sandmann says a separate group of protesters from the Indigenous People's March approached his group, and claims that Nathan Phillips then "waded" into the crowd with his drum. Other videos that have surfaced online appear to show Phillips doing exactly that... --- All of the above may be true, but, fuck it, let's crucify the smirky bastard anyway. He got played, and didn't realize at the time how the left would destroy him for being peaceful and pleasant, so he deserves to have the rest of his life destroyed. J
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    Donald Trump

    Obama is way more unbelievable than Trump. And Hillary is way more unbelievable than Obama. Oh, wait, you weren't talking about reality, though, were you? You were talking about the hate-fantasy version of Trump that you've invented. If so, then, yes, you're correct that no one is as unbelievable as your hate-fantasy version of Trump. J
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    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    Yeah, when reading Hicks, I experience a lot of "HUH?!! WTF?!!! ARE YOU JOKING?!!!" Amateur hour. Sloppy and imprecise. Wrongheaded and embarrassing. J
  15. Weird. First you invented a hate-fantasy version of Trump, but that wasn't enough, so now you're inventing a hate-fantasy version of Rodman? Do you know anything at all about the man in reality? Apparently not. J
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    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    Ouch is right. This criticism reminds me of my own of Hicks's sloppy dabblings into art history and aesthetics. He practices the exact methodology that he accuses postmodernists of advocating: Bring your own personal biases and grievances to reading a text, interpret it however you feel, and arrive at you predetermined conclusions, reality be damned. My only complaint of this critic of Hicks's work is his valley girl upward-inflecting. J
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    All possible outcomes are proof of man-made global warming. It's settled fucking science already, so there's no need to keep talking about it. We're doomed. It's an emergency. We need the Vancouver city council to save us all. J
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    Ohmyfuckinggad! Weather in Nukualofa, Tonga Now 77 °F Partly cloudy. Proof of climate doom! If this keeps up at the current rate, Tonga will melt into glass and be completely underwater in three weeks. It's settled science. The only cure is to create a one-world government with absolute power and then to immediately begin torturing and killing deniers and skeptics and their children and pets. J
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    Mechanical Reasoning 101

    Thanks, Darrell, and thanks, Jon, Mark and Max, for sharing how your mathy minds work. J
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Btw, I like the nickname that you've given him: "Mernlin." J
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Okay, thanks. J
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Would you mind posting the still frame that you used as reference? Is the one that I posted earlier, or did you do your own screen-capture of a different frame? J
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    I understand. I just wanted to point out a very relevant issue about perspective. It's more complex than people tend to think. And it's MUCH more complex than Mernlin thinks. J
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    So, as your stardard of measure, what you call a "shrink factor," you used a measurement from one axis and applied to another? In other words, you took the HEIGHT of the left post, compared it to that of the right post, and the applied the same "shrink factor" to the WIDTH of the wheel? In perspective, height and width (and depth as well) do not stay proportionate to one another's "shrink factor." J