Thursday, October 8, 2009 13 Comments

UR postponed due to BTD

UR will be delayed until this Sunday on account of baby-transmitted disease. (At least this time I know it's not the swine flu - she already gave me that. Sometimes I think children are just a virus's way of making more little viruses.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor thing!
Get well soon.

October 8, 2009 at 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well soon. Her, of course.

October 8, 2009 at 6:36 AM  
Anonymous tenkev said...

You get sick too much. You must not be getting enough Vitamin D.

October 8, 2009 at 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The heart gently weeps.

October 8, 2009 at 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Willow said...

You get sick too much. You must not be getting enough Vitamin D.

Well, he does live in the bug chasing capital of the world.

October 8, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger newt0311 said...


Oh god... that's disgusting.

October 8, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Zimri said...

That's a UR comment thread for you, newt: half incubator for the Great Reaction, half support group for Asberger's.

Here is a political idea, if I may: to institute a Council of Guardians as part of the judicial branch. Like Iran, but atheist.

This council would be tasked with defining the physical assumptions of the State. It would be elected by the universities and civil service. To balance, the franchise for Senators and the like would be stripped from anybody taking a paycheck from USG. An elected official fron the Senate etc has the right to challenge any given "scientific finding" of the Guardians; but said challenge must itself be falsifiable.

The physical assumptions of the State are then consulted in all policies and jurisprudential decisions. The Council itself, if consulted directly, may say "this will happen if you do / don't do X" or "if you want us to study Q then we need $y million". However the Council may not itself suggest policy, let alone give orders or levy taxes.

This maintains representative government; while keeping the masses from instituting something popular and stupid, like creationism. Civil servants and policy-making humbug-mongers get an outlet for their primate urge for status, but it's channeled into a separate track than the popularity contest of politics. Stupidities beloved of the Left, like carbon credits or race quotas, are subject to challenge from elected officials; but a rule is in place to prevent bogus challenges from a non-scientific background.

And MM, hope you and yours get well soon.

October 8, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger newt0311 said...


Your system will work for the five minutes it takes progressives to capture it.

In reality, we already have something like your "Council of Guardians" -- the universities through the academic peer-reviewed press. However, since this has to exist in the real world, it cannot follow your idyllic assumptions.

Oh BTW: provable falsity: I will accept that my claim here is false if you can demonstrate that it is in the best interest of all the individual actors to comply with your stated guidelines.

And finally, Aspergers? could you find anything more sophomoric?

October 8, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Leonard said...

Newt, you're assuming that Asperger's is a bad thing.

Zimri: I'm with Newt on this one. You would formalize the Cathedral. Now, I suppose that making it more explicit might be an improvement in some way, but I'd be afraid that establishing the Cathedral officially would make its lysenkoism even harder to overcome than it already is. For example, why do you believe the Guardian Council would believe what you believe about race quotas?

October 9, 2009 at 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Jack Burton said...

How about a comment on today's beatification?

October 9, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Anonymous josh said...

It was silly and probably a minor tactical mistake.

You were talking to me, right?

October 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

Wasn't formalizing the Cathedral the founding mission of UR?

October 9, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger newt0311 said...


If we replace the current (failing) formalization with one that is just as screwed up, I don't really see the point of the whole exercise. Zimri's formalization wouldn't align the interests of the progressives better with the interests of the entire state. I am almost sure that that is not even possible considering how many progressives there are.

Besides, all the current UR proposals to reboot the country seem to include removing all progressives from positions of power and destroying the universities. That doesn't seem like formalization to me.

October 9, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

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