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Jun 17, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on The Way Computers Should Work (When They Work).
Savvy computer users don't use Macs.
Jun 12, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Officer Outrage.
Folks might not remember, but in the 1960s the SPD was essentially the enforcement arm of a criminal syndicate that ran the rackets in the city -- cards, prostitutes, cabarets, drugs. Fifty civil servants, mostly police officers, were indicted before the decade was out. Check out William Chambliss' book On the Take for the whole story.
May 25, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Looks Like Sarah Palin Is Probably Running for President.
As much as people say Palin is over-exposed (and she is, to the nth degree), many liberals don't seem to have read any of the deep pieces on her and her coven of die-hard followers. Palin is, by all accounts, sincere in her convictions; if she sees herself as the huckster she is, it's almost certain that she sees herself a huckster for the cause. This is a woman who preferred reading messages from fellow "prayer warriors" than getting briefed on the issue of the day. People who've interpreted her resignation as an embrace of Palin the Profitable ignore Palin the Pious (Palin the Presidential), at their peril. She believes God and the ghost of Ronald Reagan want her to be President. I'd be more than happy to see her try and take on Obama. If she does, it'd be a national repudiation of movement conservatism that the wingnuts would take a decade or more to recover from.
May 24, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Every Child Needs a Mother and Father, Tim Pawlenty Edition.
Huckabee and Pawlenty seem like two peas in a horrible, horrible pod with respect to pardons.

Human depravity can be astonishing. One must remember that the most of men find this repulsive. That's why the law (ostensibly), punishes such crimes severely. I assume that Pawlenty, in pardoning the rapist, drew inspiration from Biblical reference to the rightness of rape and the conciliatory effects of society. This what happens when the laws of four thousand years ago trump the laws of today: catastrophe and injustice.
Mar 3, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Ideology Today: Superintendentgate.
While it's clear that many banks violated the law through deceptive advertising and robo-signing of mortgages, it doesn't follow that CEOs removed by layers of corporate bureaucracy from the actual criminality. Corporations, like most large institutions, are structured so that culpability and responsibility are diffuse. I'm not saying it's right, far from it, but having read all the literature on the subject I'm just not convinced that what went on amounted to anything more heinous than greed writ large in am environment of inscrutable license. If you disagree, show me a smoking gun and I'll reach for my pitchfork as quickly as the next man.

It's not that I'm some kind of blind sycophant for plutocrats like the business desk at Fox News. I'm angry; what happened wasn't right. People ought to pay. I just think that a billionaire perp walk is a Quixotic goal that distracts from more substantial remedies, like a robust consumer finance regulatory apparatus.
Mar 3, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Ideology Today: Superintendentgate.
I'm so tired of the "no CEOs are in jail'" gripe. People go to jail when they break they law. The CEOs of the failed financial institutions took huge, unjustifiable risks; they behaved like drunken gambling addicts on payday. They risked the financial security of the entire country. By and large, hhowever, they did so within the law. There's no law against being stupid.
Feb 22, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Veroli the Virtual Philosopher.
If you accept the premise that Marxism is the most robust interpretation of the world-text of human affairs, then it follows that only Marxists can be called philosophers. This position doesn't deny that the philosophers of previous ages were unimportant, or even wrong, merely that their contributions are, as it were, concluded. In this era, the reasoning goes, any philosopher who isn't focused on the material conditions of human life in this world is focused on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
Feb 7, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Screw as I Say, not as I Screw.
Why don't Republicans have bigger families? Because the man of the house is too busy being balls deep with his piece on the side to knock up the missuz. And that piece on the side does tend to have a penis.
Feb 3, 2011 thursdaydynamo commented on Live on the InterTube: Tonight's SPD Forum.
I loved it when the union guy was like "As long as we're recruiting from the human race, we'll have imperfect officers."

Was... was he suggesting robots? Because I think we all know how well that would go. *cue Robocop theme*
Dec 11, 2010 thursdaydynamo commented on Laughter and Screams.
Only the most frothing Objectivist or a terminallu ignorant Tea Partier would suggest that capitalism is perfect. Show me the working alternative! Show me an economic order that works better, that provides better material conditions of life. And of course, you can't. Capitalism is the worst form of economy, except for all the others. The best that can be hoped for is a robust social safety net, but as is on display on Europe, those safety nets are inctreasingly hard to maintain.