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Comment How is visiting ISIS different from KiddiePorn? (Score 1) 563

The precedent is already set: visit child porn sites, you go to jail. Any protests against that policy are tepid. Regarding communications with enemies of the state, we have treason laws which ought to apply without irrationality: TO WIT: U.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 115 2384 If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.) (Taken from the website of the Legal Information Institute, )

Comment My iTunes Library Disappeared (Score 1) 360

On Saturday I noticed the new "Rainbow" iTunes icon on my MacBookPro apps line. The next day I was missing all my music/recordings except what I had bought from Apple, and is ready to be downloaded from the cloud. With a little searching, I found that the recordings are probably all there in my hard drive--probably. I've *VERY* reluctant to reinstall those recordings into iTunes. I'm very close to bailing out on Apple--even though I'm a diehard longtime Apple fan. Highjacking my desktop with yet another rainbow, and then messing with my media libraries. Not good, not good at all.

Comment Re: Oh, he's back from his tour of the universes? (Score 1) 233

Question: would this count as another universe?: Go to the edge of the cluster allegedly started at the Big Bang; go out another distance equal to the diameter of our present universe which we suppose to be empty space; and find there the "easternmost" edge of another cluster centered on its own Big Bang. Or would another universe be something overlapping us as in Marvel/DC comics, with its own vibrational (?) character or whatever. Just asking.

Comment Don't murder or bear false witness (Score 1) 774

It's always been as easy as pie to plausibly slander or libel someone, just as it's always been relatively easy to murder someone. An intelligently done murder ought to be as easy to do as an intelligently done character assassination. I don't far do we have to go before people will accept restraints without a "sez who?" response. (The short answer to "sez who?" is first one's own guilty conscience and second is God. Not necessarily in that order.)

Comment Fallacy Alert!! Fallacy Alert!! (Score 1) 484

I teach philosophy at a state college. My favorite section is a hefty compilation of material fallacies, which are different from logical fallacies. Material fallacies are misuses of content and logical fallacies redirect the flow of argument like a bug in a logic tree chewing on the limbs, to mix metaphors. The book I use which treats this well is Peter Kreeft's Socratic Logic. Unlike most academic books, this one is only about $40, last I heard. Worth getting and reading just for fun. I actually thought about doing some presidential campaign work using every single material fallacy Kreeft lists. I stopped when it was clear that no one would be able to tell the difference between the ironic exercise and an actual campaign.

Comment See this as a growth experience with boundaries (Score 1) 695

Pretty girls have the problem that guys think they deserve sexual favors just because, because. Friends think they deserve to use your computer just because because. Because they want it. Sexual favors and laptops are both the kinds of things that anyone should say no to friends about, because the owner knows what they are worth, and the friend doesn't. This is just about saying no and staying relatable and friendly anyway. After the initial shock, you and they get used to the idea.

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