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  1. 9thdoctor

    Prison Reform, Finally

    I asked if you were concerned that companies operating for-profit prisons make campaign contributions to the more "tough-on-crime" candidate. This ties in to your first numbered point, specifically when you wrote "On the government side, this con need laws and aggressive cops on the take to put as many people away as possible. When no crimes are committed, they need laws that will make crimes out of thin air." Grok now, water brother? There might be data available on who these companies direct campaign contributions to, and in what kind of volume. I seriously doubt they're even remotely as influential as say, the NRA. Clarification: when I wrote that "we'd argued about this some years ago" I meant there'd been a discussion on OL. But there hadn't, I'd taken part in a discussion on OO, where it was me vs. everyone else. FWIW, I haven't boned up on the latest reform proposal, but if it's simply a matter of preventing miscarriages of justice like these: http://reason.com/blog/2016/08/30/obama-commutes-sentences-of-111-more-fed then I'm all in.
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    Prison Reform, Finally

    Sticks and stones... Funny thing, I saw your post and recalled that we'd argued about this some years ago. Turns out no, it was on another site. You can preview the rebuttals I might be likely to employ: http://forum.objectivismonline.com/index.php?/topic/23506-self-labeled-objectivists-and-private-prisons/&do=findComment&comment=293155 IMO politicians have been running in a "tough-on-crime" arms-race since Dukakis (probably forever); it's all about persuasion, narrative control, and ultimately getting votes. Private prisons aren't a serious causal issue, IMO. You're concerned that these companies make campaign contributions to the more "tough-on-crime" candidate? I expect they direct their contributions to the more "private prisons are ok" candidate, whichever party they belong to. Is there data on the subject?
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Had me fooled, good job. Jeff Riggenbach seems to have gone silent for years now. Anyone done a welfare check on him recently?
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    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Roland, is that ewe?
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    Rape scene in the Gospel of Luke

    More from the front lines of the War on Christmas, this time the belligerent is Amazon: A mother sent her five-year-old to his school nativity with a 'shepherd' costume she bought online - before realising it came with a blow up sheep sex doll. Helen Cox, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire, bought her son Alfie the £16.99 fancy dress costume on Amazon for his play and he was delighted it came with a blow up sheep. But she was puzzled when a teacher told him to take the sheep home - until she blew it up and found it had a huge hole in its bottom - as well as red lips and eyelashes. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6470809/Boy-unwillingly-takes-blow-SEX-DOLL-sheep-school-nativity.html
  6. Dr. Eric Sprankle, a professor of clinical psychology, wrote that "the virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays." http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/06/mark-steyn-blasts-sprankle-saying-god-impregnated-mary-jesus-without-consent My copy of the Bible (King James Version) has the Angel Gabriel telling Mary she “shall” conceive; there are quite a few “shall”s, so it hasn’t happened yet. She finally replies with the bit about being the handmaiden of the Lord. Sounds like what Rand might have called an engraved invitation, no? Though with the unequal power relationship between the parties, Almighty God compared to helpless teenage girl…I suppose it would have to qualify as statutory rape at least. Indeed, the Holy Spirit ought to be on the sexual predator's registry, for life. This goes under the heading of the War on Christmas that Fox News always finds a way of rehashing every December.
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    GHW Bush, RIP

    So, what to say about him? NPR is keeping it positive, repeating (repeatedly) that he was responsible for the smooth ending of the Cold War. Things certainly could have gone much worse back then. In any event, 94 years is quite a good run.
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    The Eggheads’ Dilemma Conundrum Paradox

    Non-Euclidean geometry?
  9. One of the less-discussed reasons for leaving the foreskin intact: it can serve as a natural hiding place. https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/24/man-pulled-back-foreskin-to-reveal-bag-of-cocaine-during-strip-search-8174589/
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    Interesting factoid?

    I bet you'll get a kick out of this book: https://www.audible.com/pd/What-If-Audiobook/B00LV6V4UW?qid=1543259710&sr=sr_1_2&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=937185ZF6VDX1DS4PPHC& Here's a sample:
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    Donald Trump

    Notice that the Broward recount resulted in more votes for Scott (the Republican). If there were a conspiracy afoot, with Snipes using incompetence as cover, wouldn't there have been lots of new votes found for Nelson? Like, the 12K that were needed? OTOH, they submitted the new totals, with the higher vote numbers for Scott, 2 minutes late, making it so the extra votes didn't count. Scott’s campaign charged that Snipes intentionally submitted late results so that they would be invalidated. In the recount, Nelson, lost more votes than Scott -- meaning Scott would have seen a net gain of 779 votes if Snipes hadn't been late. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/broward-counts-the-wrong-ballots-as-florida-races-to-finish-manual-recount-ahead-of-sunday-deadline So once again, her incompetence favored the Democrat, as you say. Heuristics, such as Hanlon's Razor, don't provide certainty.
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    Donald Trump

    And it's all over, both Democrats lost. Concerning the elections official in Broward County, now is a good time to review one highly valuable heuristic: Hanlon's Razor. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Or in this case, incompetence. Not that I'd put it past her to steal an election, but the fact is that her most outstanding characteristic is incompetence. This heuristic also applies to the recent mail-bomber, none of whose bombs went off. Sure, there was a certain probability that it was a false flag operation, but the more likely explanation always was that the perp didn't know how to make a working bomb. Even the Unabomber batted far less than a thousand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon's_razor
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    Robert Bidinotto and Lee Child

    I only took that shot because I saw the story (about a new series without Cruise) and remembered there'd been a discussion here, so I thought I'd append it to the thread. Then I got a big reminder of what a pointless asshole Phil was. I wasn't even knocking Tom Cruise that hard, and I get this kind of reaction: "Nihilist Dipshit", I mean really. At this point it's safe to say I've been proven right. Though I saw both of the movies with Cruise, and thought they pretty good. I particularly liked Werner Herzog in the first one. I liked Night School.
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    Robert Bidinotto and Lee Child

    I think I saw an episode of this, I was just flipping channels and stopped when I saw him. It wasn't a comic role at all. It seemed good to me, though. But as a comic actor he's simply off the charts, IMO.
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    Robert Bidinotto and Lee Child

    The author said he “really enjoyed” working with the “Top Gun” actor but wanted to be true to the character. “But ultimately, the readers are right,” he said. “The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality,” he continued. https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/tom-cruise-too-short-to-be-jack-reacher-lee-child-says Anyone miss Phil? No.