You Wanna Bet? Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-16).
Betting is the replacement for dueling. It’s not a perfect replacement, of course. (Nothing is a perfect replacement for anything else.) It only applies in certain cases. But what it has in common with dueling is the challenge either to back up one’s opinion or retract it. In that sense,...(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-17.)
Comment on Viking Cinema, Part Tveir by Roderick. Roderick, Comments for Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-16).
Spoilage ensues: Asgard and Jotunheim have been at (uneasy) peace for a thousand years. Then some frost giants slip into Asgard to steal a Frostee MacGuffin, but after whacking a couple of guards they are killed by Odin’s automated defenses. Thor wants to go to Jotunheim to smash all the...(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-17.)
28 Years Later; or Hey Hey Goodbye. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-17).
Explaining why this is such a good thing would take a post far longer than I have time for right now.(Linked Tuesday 2011-05-17.)
Fall Right, Swing Left. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-05-15).
“I don’t try to make you believe something you don’t believe, but to make you do something you won’t do.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein “Over and over, you’re falling, and then catching yourself from falling. And this is how you can be walking and falling at the same time.” — Laurie...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
Stress, Labor & Play. rechelon, Human Iterations (2010-05-14).
There’s a lot of talk in anarchist circles about abolishing work. Some of it in line with the dream of a high-technology path to post-scarcity. But a lot of it takes an alternative route and settles for simply building a ludic society — that is to say a culture that...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
Heartwarming marsupial of the week. Jill, I Blame The Patriarchy (2010-05-14).
What a darling fellow! This gentle furry woodland creature comes around every night at 8 o’clock to frolic amid the rotting kitchen waste in my compost bin, at which point our nightly staring contest commences. He growls at me, inch-long fangs dripping with disease, for as long as I care...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
You're not giving me that option. An Act of State is an Act of War (2010-04-24).
In matters of state, when an agreement cannot be reached, often the other person will say, “lets agree to disagree”. This is impossible. If the person you are talking to is in the same state as you (Phillipines, United States, etc.), and that person supports the state, then he is...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
Ambivalent Sexism. experimentaltheology.blogspot.com (2010-05-15). This is useful: "Ambivalent Sexism Theory, as articulated by Peter Glick and Susan Fisk, suggests that while sexism is a form of prejudice it is marked by a deep ambivalence. That is, sexism is a unique and particular sort of prejudice. Generally, we think of prejudice as being characterized by strong negative feelings (and stereotypes) directed at a despised group. And, of course, many attitudes toward women are overtly derogatory. Glick and Fisk call this hostile sexism." Which they distinguish from paternalistic or "benevolent" [sic] sexism. I'd just add that these are really two sides of the same coin, practiced by the same men towards different women, or the same woman in different contexts. The point is that the pedestal is always conditional, and the social carrot is very easily replaced with a social stick when a woman steps outside of the narrow requirements of the pedestalized role. (Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
INSTEAD OF A POST ABOUT EPISTEMIC CLOSURE: If I were ever to. Jesse, The Perpetual Three-Dot Column (2010-05-07).
INSTEAD OF A POST ABOUT EPISTEMIC CLOSURE: If I were ever to join the big epistemic closure debate, the points I'd want to make would be:1. Ideological in-groups have always been able to construct cocoons in which their own favorite sources take precedence over the mainstream media. The Internet may...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
The Myth of the Menacing Militias. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-05-05).
Flash back to the end of March, when the authorities hauled in nine members of the Hutaree, a Christian paramilitary group, and charged them with plotting a mass assassination of police officers. The media quickly added the arrests to the ongoing narrative of "rising right-wing violence," with the Michigan-based militants...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
On Enewetak (from The Distributive Passions) Shawn P. Wilbur, Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth (2010-05-15).
[This immediately follows the section I posted May 2. It originally appeared on the defunct Distributive Passions blog. Bradford Peck was the author of The World A Department Store, and prime mover, along with the Vroomans, in the cooperative movement in New England. Much of this has already taken another...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-15.)
Amant ou mari? Shawn P. Wilbur, Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth (2010-04-24).
Proudhon (in)famously wrote, in What is Property?:On distingue dans la propriété : 1° la propriété pure et simple, le droit dominal, seigneurial sur la chose, ou, comme l'on dit, la nue propriété ; 2° la possession. « La possession, dit Duranton, est une chose de fait, et non de droit....(Linked Sunday 2010-05-16.)