July 4th, 2009

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Bad Headline, No Kookie....

Rumsfeld Says He Made A Mistake On Scrapping Geneva Conventions. Sort Of.
What an interesting idea - since it argues that the implementation specific details in american law, that take the 'geneva convention' from being some nice to think about ideas, to that legal standard where they are on par with the Berne Convention for copyright protection, were, well, not really like, uh, law. Or at least not really like the sort of law that criminalizes crime.

Hum.... What if americans were to adopt the idea that law were something of some value slightly greater than playing dungeons and dragons in daddy's basement, all dressed up, and ready to chill....

What if a structural problem in this whole GrindHouseMythos of the anti-hero who works outside of the law, is, well, a bad framework for DOING governmental work! If one wanted to be the next GrindHouse Sartana, should Rummy have at least learned about fashion, and the need to be his own man... rather than a mere corporate flunky, in his own little socialist welfare state HELL.

The whole Geneva Convention thing is not really that complex and complicated.... So what really was Rummy's Problem? Was he too focus'd on his real concerns? Maximizing his profit margin? Or What?

What if it were more than a simple Process Error...
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But Education is a mamby pamby liberal Thingie...

The Texas Bush left behind leads the nation in crime, pollution and poverty. It trails the nation in education, quality of life, and the environment. American education has deteriorated inversely with the rise of right wing politics! An example is 'Texas' and every child that Bush left behind. Texas beats out Mississippi for DEAD LAST in high school graduations at the same time that it LEADS the nation in executions due to the state's extremely high crime rate!

This, I believe, is due to the neglect given a fact-based, a science-based liberal education. This is, I am convinced, the result of the influence of fanatics and 'religionists' upon education. This, I believe, is a medieval triumph of superstition over science, of claptrap over logic, bullshit over verifiable fact, ideology and nonsense over inquiry and good sense.

[ cf Texas: The Gulag wasteland Bush left behind ]
What the existentialist cowboy needs to put into play to help ground this, is the wider context in which science and technology got merged in the american memeOsphere, and then the failures of various technologies, in the corporate culture, would lead to a backlash against science as well... One of those cases of liberals throwing out the bathroom with the bath water.

It was in the context of getting in touch with one's inner navel lint that helped the religious organizations get their toe hold into the end of education. In like manner so many neoCons devolved from marxianista into authoritarians with a cheap grace complex, as the way to weasle their way to saying what ever will get them paid enough....

So while I agree with the general theme and conclusion, we need to work on making sure we are dealing with the right frameworks, and not merely wasting our time in themBashing. What will it take to retake the american framework and return the debate about whether america to a real historical discussion of the over arching progressions....

What we can do, as we go through the wreckage of Texas, is work out how the various parts got Enronized, and how that process is tied to which meme set. We may even be able to arrive at a place where we can speculate about testable hypothesis, and from there to moral evaluations, and if we get really Power Motivated, to the requisite laws that will make it clear that in america we do not support the enronizations of our american way of life.
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That Venn Diagrame Thing...

I am rather pleased to see this up again
I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

- John Stuart Mill, Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March 1866)

[ cited in Diagrams on Conservatism ]
Wow, what if teh democratic party were stuck with it's own collection of Conservatives who are impeding the government from doing what must be done...
Oh i so love the libertarian paradise video, and some fun semantic arguments from vagabondscholarCollapse )
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that law meme again

I think this is a natural outgrowth of the example the US has set over the past few years. People no longer believe that the rule of law is something they must adhere to as long as they can justify their actions as being done to "protect the country." I suppose it was always so, but America has made a fetish out of this excuse through this decade so I think it's taken on a new veneer of legitimacy. Certainly, it has made it impossible for any American leader to condemn this sort of thing with even the slightest bit of credibility.
[ cf For Our Own Good ]
Hum...
What if one of the BigUglies of americana is that we allowed Rex Lex to degenerate into merely the Sloane Rangers who could slouch around waiting to collect their title, and return to the privacy of their estates....

what if there were some utility in restoring the rule of law, as a practical matter, and not merely as a fashion trend.

Even if that would mean ending the TortureState for a land where laws were the only Monarchy and Royalty allowed.

How ever would we go about such a horror story....
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THEY say that like it is a bad thing, but isn't that what socialism is about?

How Sanford spent state money on last year's Argentina trip
Clearly when you let Socialists Nationalize State Stuff, then of course they become the sort of Evil Doing Evil Doers like the Evil Anti-Family PinkoRedChiCommRatBastard Sanford, who is the walking talking illustration of how Gay Marriages Attack Family Values...

Can there be any doubt that only the TeaBaggers will be able to Militarilly Protect Us from these types of Radical Hard Leftists!!!
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got ArmyOfGod...

“Roeder has also been corresponding with Rev. Donald Spitz — whose Army of God group’s Web site celebrates Hill and who says he sent Roeder seven of the pamphlets at Roeder’s request — and Linda Wolfe, an Oregon activist who has been jailed about 50 times for anti-abortion activities and who is close friends with a woman convicted of shooting Tiller in the arms in 1993. She says Roeder mailed her one of the pamphlets,” the AP adds.
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Army of God member Kopp was convicted in 2003 for the fatal sniper-style shooting of Dr. Barnett Slepian in 1998, and is a suspect in other abortion doctor shootings.

The NFA site states, “Wolfe was involved in maintaining the ‘Prisoner’s of Christ’ network, which offers emotional and financial support to those in prison for committing acts of violence against abortion providers as well as for their families.”

According to a blog called Abortion Is Murder, before retiring, “Linda’s idea was to send each one $100 on his birthday and another $100 at Christmas.”
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The AP, in an update adds, “No one has accused Roeder of breaking any laws because of his jailhouse correspondence. But local and federal law enforcement agencies took seriously a threat Roeder made during a June 7 interview with The Associated Press that there are ‘many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.’ A judge raised Roeder’s bond to $20 million, citing his comment to the AP, after a prosecutor argued Roeder’s ability to get his message widely disseminated should lead a reasonable person to believe he is engaged in ‘alleged acts of American terrorism.’”

[ cf Jailers let Tiller shooting suspect mail pamphlets justifying murder ]
What if the big problem in a principled democracy is how to deal with the armed and dangerous religious types.

Clearly if we can not resolve that problem CONUS, how are we going to export our non-solutions?

What will it take for folks to work this stuff out?
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Coding Context Quandery...

After kvetching Hard yesterday, and freaking the nice chap next to us, I started to wonder about the three basic code contexts:
* Expand around the language
* Conventions in lieu of changing the language
* Constitutionalisms that change the language
I find it interesting that the slightly longer and more complicated political process in Java, allows the core changes to be made to the langauge, and teh constraints therein. Which is an interesting approach that I will really need to think more about. Since it may not be a simple one-to-one and onto mapping that people with strictly typed languages have an urge to support burningShrubbery...

As an argument of working around the process of actually changing what is allowed in the language is the discussion about Objective-C's approach, in which there are conventions, that are not constrained at the compiler level, and so can be, well, skipped over in a whole lot of ways.

Then there is the problem of allowing a CPAN madness - where there are all of these modules that solve various issues. Some of them become 'dual life' modules, in that they are delivered with the core modules, just like java and Objective-C do, but they can also be released on their own... But in the Perl Culture, there is this allowance for more than one way... Which leads to multiple ways of adding functionality, since you can just add one more module to the CPAN....

What I do not find in this simple outline of the topology, is the knee jerk response as to which is teh oneTrue and only way that bettyBowers would code... Since clearly if bettyBowers supports it, God will support ONLY that way....

While I think that these three different approaches to the problem DO help define a part of how different coders look at the problem of why they fit and play well with their 'language fetish', unlike those who are clearly in league with the EvilOne...
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Oh GOD, they did give that power to HitlaryUndtHerRadFemiSurfNazi

The Death of Macho: Manly men have been running the world forever. But the Great Recession is changing all that, and it will alter the course of history.
One has to wonder what took so long, I mean The Terror of the Klintonesta Regime under Dubya.... and it's immasculation of our American America! What by giving all of the good welfare state jobs in teh DOD to gays and grlz....

It is an interesting read, and it makes for an interesting conjecture to paint the New Deal as the last desparate effort to keep Machismo Male Enough... rather than that it was about building infrastructure that would provide for a better return on dollar, than can be found in various of the short sighted short run get rich quick skeems... So yes, it may well be time to wonder which agenda is really in play in the middle of this metrosexual moment...