The Distributed Republic - Personal http://distributedrepublic.net/taxonomy/term/11/0 Private posts will be published only on your personal blog. en Old Thread: Subjectivity and Justice http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/10/08/old-thread-subjectivity-and-justice <p>This thread was inspired by <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2004/01/23/dvd-movie-review-open-range">a review of a cowboy movie</a>. Continued <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2004/01/25/subjectivism-in-ethics">here</a> and <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2004/01/28/objective-justice">here</a> and <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2004/01/28/many-kinds-of-objective-justice">here</a> and <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2004/01/29/is-justice-real">here</a> and <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2004/01/30/circle-the-wagon-train-boys">here</a> (need to review the order). Later discussion <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2005/03/19/consequentialist-rights">here</a>.</p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/10/08/old-thread-subjectivity-and-justice#comments Personal Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:29:18 +0000 Mark 12683 at http://distributedrepublic.net Old Thread: Deficits versus spending http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/10/08/deficits-versus-spending <p>Comment on <a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/03/18/on-democrats-republican-and-voting-%E2%80%93-127th-edition#comment-93074">Ideology</a></p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/10/08/deficits-versus-spending#comments Personal Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:16:23 +0000 Mark 12682 at http://distributedrepublic.net Old Thread: War Posts http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/10/08/war-posts <p>Here are links to my posts and comments on war following the release of the "Collateral Murder" video:</p> <p><a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/05/video-us-military-gunning-down-civilians">Video of U.S. Military gunning down civilians</a></p> <p><a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/10/america-contested-legacy">America: the contested legacy</a></p> <p><a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/05/11/individualism-collectivism-and-war">Individualism, Collectivism, and War</a></p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/10/08/war-posts#comments Personal Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:12:11 +0000 Mark 12681 at http://distributedrepublic.net Using Beer to Determine the Value of Mustard http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/09/03/mustard <p>Paul is hosting George and his dog, Alan, for lunch at his apartment.</p> <p>The available lunch fixings are as follows:</p> <p>2 plain hot dogs with buns<br /> 1 raw hot dog for Alan<br /> 1 empty dog's dish for Alan<br /> 1 sealed foil pak of mustard, enough for only 1 hot dog<br /> 1 16 oz unopened can of beer<br /> 1 empty 16 oz plastic cup</p> <p>Assumptions : As soon as Paul has poured a measured amount of beer from the can into the plastic cup, the rest of the beer in the can will be poured into the dog dish. If there is no beer remaining in the can, the dog dish will be filled with water from the tap. Neither the cup nor the dog dish can be shared.</p> <p>Paul has no idea what George's food preferences are. Alan's preferences are beyond the scope of this problem.</p> <p>All of Paul's actions shall be assumed to be in his own short term self interest.</p> <p>Plot :</p> <p>Paul sets two places at the table. Each place has a hot dog with bun.</p> <p>One of the places has the foil pak of mustard and the other has the plastic cup containing beer.</p> <p>George is allowed to choose where to sit.</p> <p>Question #1 : What have we learned about George's preferences?</p> <p>Question #2 : What do we know about the quantity of beer in the cup?</p> <p>Question #3 : What do we know about the economic value of the mustard pak?</p> <p>Question #4 : George has been snooping in Paul's kitchen cabinets and, just before Paul pours the remaining beer into Alan's dish, George finds a second 16 oz plastic cup. How does this change the process above and what is the effect on the answer to question #3?</p> <p>Regards, Don</p> <p>end</p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/09/03/mustard#comments Personal Fri, 03 Sep 2010 16:33:39 +0000 Don Lloyd 12662 at http://distributedrepublic.net Free Ed Hardy Tattoo http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/free-ed-hardy-tattoo <p><a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/free-ed-hardy-tattoo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/free-ed-hardy-tattoo#comments Personal Mon, 12 Apr 2010 03:06:15 +0000 12562 at http://distributedrepublic.net Healthy Weight Gain Men http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/healthy-weight-gain-men <p><a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/healthy-weight-gain-men" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/healthy-weight-gain-men#comments Personal Mon, 12 Apr 2010 02:29:52 +0000 12561 at http://distributedrepublic.net Free Coats And Clark Crochet Patterns http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/free-coats-and-clark-crochet-patterns <p><a href="http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/free-coats-and-clark-crochet-patterns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2010/04/11/free-coats-and-clark-crochet-patterns#comments Personal Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:05:06 +0000 12557 at http://distributedrepublic.net Ron Paul on Secession http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2009/04/21/ron-paul-secession <object width="580" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jvliy8rEJDQ&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;color1=0x234900&amp;color2=0x4e9e00&amp;border=1" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jvliy8rEJDQ&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;color1=0x234900&amp;color2=0x4e9e00&amp;border=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="580" height="360"></embed></object><p> Rambles a bit, but it's refreshing good sense on secession. I've posted this to experiment with the colored border option.</p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2009/04/21/ron-paul-secession#comments Personal Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:46:26 +0000 Constant 11395 at http://distributedrepublic.net Style and Substance http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2009/01/19/style-and-substance <p>Due to the limited creativity of journalists, the temporal proximity of two events, and the melanin content of certain epidermises, we are bound to be treated to comparisons between Martin Luther King and Barack Obama over the next few days. </p> <p>But to compare the two is to elevate symbolism to the level of substance. King and his generation did the heavy lifting to eliminate racism codified into law and deal a fatal blow to racism in the American mind. They risked their lives and livelihoods for their beliefs, and often spent time in jail for opposing unjust laws. </p> <p>How does Obama's election compare? If he had lost to Clinton or McCain, would America be more racist? </p> <p>Perhaps he may do good things once in office to leave a respected name and legacy. But his election itself means little. On the eve of a "historic" inauguration which will see millions of people flood DC for a glimpse at Dear Leader, I am having a hard time getting excited.</p> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2009/01/19/style-and-substance#comments Personal Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:13:54 +0000 Jacob Lyles 11169 at http://distributedrepublic.net Optics and Astro-physics Make Me Vote for Obama http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2008/10/25/optics-and-astrophysics-make-me-vote-obama <p>Seen in a <a href="http://spectator.org/blog/2008/10/24/attack-hoaxer-blames-media">blog commen</a>t:</p> <blockquote><p> TO THE NEXT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NEW PRESIDENT:</p> <p>SIR:</p> <p>"MAY I CALL YOU "O" ?"</p> <p>Because of MAIN STREET !</p> <p>Because of WALL STREET !</p> <p>Because of the final electoral sprint - ending soon next coming november 2008 - while THE WHOLE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has its eyes on YOU.</p> <p>Everyone expects You to be democratically elected and see that something happen in America.</p> <p>In March 1983, one of humanity's most famous spokesmen, Pope John Paul II, came to our country - 'Haîti' - and loudly proclaimed what each and every one of us had been whispering:</p> <p>"Something must change here !"</p> <p>Today, more than ever, a lot of people of The United States of America stand up, longing for something and working to make something happen.</p> <p>"Go thou America ahead and show us thy true countenance in a positive light.' It is up to everyone to play his or her part in order to let thee regain thy mark of excellence !"</p> <p>With this letter, I am communicating with You, SIR, and with the whole people of The United States of America.</p> <p>You offer this country what it takes to be a 'Wonderfull Land.' Yes, let us say 'with a great people living and working together.'</p> <p>Go thou, America, go ahead, following in the footsteps of one of thy sons who is now becoming one of thy statesmen.</p> <p>With this in mind, to whom else could I entrust this letter sent to his Holiness Pope John Paul II when he set foot on Haitian soil for the first time, as well as its acknowledgment by the Vatican?</p> <p>That letter to Pope John Paul II is intended to draw attention to the problem posed by anti-Black discrimination and its negative repercussions on the advancement of scientific progress in the West, and more precisely in the realm of Optics.</p> <p>In the Western world, according to Newton's widely accepted theory, white is considered to be the synthesis of all colors. Actually, the opposite is true. White constitutes the analysis or 'visible' decoding of light or color, whereas black is its synthesis or 'invisible' composition.</p> <p>In other words, darkness or blackness and, we might add, "Black Holes'" - a scientific misnomer designating invisible stars or 'Black Suns' - are a source of energy and light. Scientifically, Industrially and Economically speaking, what an asset !</p> <p>That basic raw material of light energy culminates, in its most radiant form, in the neutralization of all the colors of the spectrum in the form of usually called "white light."</p> <p>Therefore "absolute blackness", the absorption of all the colors, is a divisible component of light. Needless to say, Newton's theory gives only a partial interpretation of the notion of light, by excluding black. Our contribution aims at demonstrating that the black color is not only an integral part of the color process, but its true synthesis. Light is therefore shown to be a divisible whole comprising an intensity or color scale in which black is the invisible or 'absorbed' form of the energy in question.</p> <p>Allow me, SIR, in order to support my statement concerning Black Holes and radiation, to pose a question asked by Hubert Reeves, Doctor of nuclear astrophysics and Scientific Consultant to NASA:</p> <p>"What would have become of the Sun, if it were plunged into a high temperature radiance like the one that existed at the beginning of the Universe? [our translation]"</p> <p>"Instead of emitting light, it would absorb it and, in the end, it would be completely reabsorbed into the cosmic fluid."</p> <p>The cosmic fluid is what, due to an "optical mistake", is called "darkness" or the "blackness of Space". We are talking about the electromagnetic flux, that immeasurable ocean in which the planets and stars are bathed, like the sea which links all the continents together. Darkness is thus "The Sea of Space."</p> <p>"What would have happened if, instead of an ordinary star like the "White Sun", a Black Hole or "Black Sun" were injected into that primordial radiation?"</p> <p>"According to Einsteinian Physics, a Black Hole is a place where gravity is so formidably intense that nothing can escape it, not even visible light. Such a hole should suck in and absorb radiation and increase its own mass: E=MC2, always."</p> <p>"But after Einstein came Bohr, Heisenberg, and Quantum Physic. From then on, nothing was the same as before."</p> <p>"The Einsteinian version of the Black Hole is equivalent to a statement that the matter inside the Black Hole is definitely there to stay, in that volume of space. Let us quote Hubert Reeves: "Such an absolute statement is thus contrary to the "Quantum spirit", affirming that nothing is definitely localized in one place. There is always a probability of escape. If the enclosing wall is too high, a tunnel will be dug; if the prisoners are patient, they will escape. One has only to wait." [our translation]</p> <p>"According to that principle, Black Holes "evaporate". Matter constantly escapes as radiation. Black Holes "shine!" Their surfaces behave like those of any body heated to a certain temperature and that radiation endlessly feeds that marvelous "Cosmic Fluid" which, wrongly and in bad faith, people keep calling "Darkness."</p> <p>Nigra sum "sed" formosa!</p> <p>Yes, but should we not say instead, I am black "and" comely?</p> <p>Darkness, which is both source and vehicle of light, does not have to defend itself for being the beautiful and infinitely discreet raw material of the Universe. Darkness is the "Mother of the Universe."</p> <p>Also, beautiful and discreet art thou, Haiti. Discreet, yes, but never outshone! Just like the Black Virgin who inspires and sheds her love on thee from the hilltop and even beyond Cité Soleil (Sun City).</p> <p>Our purpose was to offer a more constructive approach aiming at correcting the abusive traditional, so-called scientific, theories of Optics.</p> <p>It’s like to say that in the exceptional circumstances in which we live today - in the point of view of FINANCE and ENERGY - no exploration in the mid or long term, by the american expertise , of an additional source of energy, at the same time safe and economically profitable, should not be ruled out.</p> <p>That is why, we wrote to that authentic witness to the signs of this age, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the prophet of the new era.</p> <p>Congratulations to You, Sir, and congratulations to the PEOPLE of The United States Of America - for having made it possible for this day of November to come - to mark the beginning of a "New Era of Hope !"</p> <p>Lucien Bonnet</p> <p>PLease, SEE :<br /> LETTER TO POPE JOHN-PAUL II<br /> in 'BILL A RI AND THERE WAS LIGHT !<br /> http://www.contact-canadahaiti.ca</p> <p>The author<br /> of this book entitled<br /> "BILL A RI AND THERE WAS LIGHT !" :<br /> Lucien Bonnet<br /> loubonnet@sympatico.ca</p> <p>"O" Movie Review<br /> Review of the romantic drama, O, based on Shakespeare's Othello, starring Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, and Mekhi Phifer.<br /> movies.about.com/library/weekly/aa083001a.htm - 29k - Cached - Similar pages </p></blockquote> http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2008/10/25/optics-and-astrophysics-make-me-vote-obama#comments Personal Sat, 25 Oct 2008 05:56:31 +0000 Theophanes 10963 at http://distributedrepublic.net