Sunday, November 12, 2006
Wow. Grab some popcorn and check out some real philosophical debate. It's great because it's the same guy who's willing to go argue with those guys in person too. This is what intellectually engaging the enemy looks like. Look at the comments too.
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Public Service Announcement: It is actually possible to overbrush one's teeth. This seems counter-intuitive. How can my toothbrush be bad for my gums? The bristles aren't frayed willow twigs, they're soft nylon. It's not as though I'm putting elbow grease into my scrubbing.
Apparently medium bristles aren't gentle enough for me though. So the dentist gave me a smaller toothbrush with softer bristles. It's quite nice. (It helps with that whole fliptop head problem too.)
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Well that's probably a good thing. Of course, tax cuts for people making more than $100,000, as one of the first orders of business, does make the corners of my mouth twitch just a bit. (I don't yet see how they propose to replace that trillion dollars in the budget, especially with the new prescription drug benefit and all the other underfunded obligations.)
People do tend to treat new tax breaks as found money though, and so rush to spend them. Since consumer spending is the main engine of the economy, it may be a smart move to offset a slowdown in refinancing related spending. (The next few years are going to reveal an almost unbelievable amount of fraud and shoddy construction.)
Simplification of the tax code would help reduce the opportunities for accounting irregularities and improve transparency.
byzantineIf that doesn't make you laugh then I say you have no sense of humor.
A term describing any system that has so many labyrinthine internal interconnections that it would be impossible to simplify by separation into loosely coupled or linked components.
The city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople and then Istanbul, and the Byzantine Empire were vitiated by a bureaucratic overelaboration bordering on lunacy: quadruple banked agencies, dozens or even scores of superfluous levels and officials with high flown titles unrelated to their actual function, if any.
Access to the Emperor and his council was controlled by powerful and inscrutable eunuchs and by rival sports factions.
[Edward Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"].
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"All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Confound those who have made our comments before us."
- Aelius Donatus
"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it."
- Oscar Wilde
"More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
- Mother Teresa
"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."
- George Orwell
"Who shrinks from knowledge of his calamities aggravates his fear; troubles half seen do torture."
"We often despise what is most useful to us."
"Please all, and you will please none."
"Play so that you may be serious."
"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
- Mark Twain
"Calvo turpis est nihil compto."
There's nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.
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Oh man. If you haven't watched Dr. Strangelove recently, you should. I just fell in love all over again.
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