The Big Think

April 11, 2013

Bury the Lede

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:44 pm

We’ve forgotten what belongs on page One

April 10, 2013

Smoked

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:58 pm

The District of Columbia’s Obamacare czars — the board that sets rules for the phony insurance marketplace, or “exchange,” that the law creates — have decided that henceforth insurers shall be forbidden by law to charge smokers higher rates than non-smokers. Smoking, as it turns out, “is a preexisting medical condition,” according to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, the chairman of the D.C. Health Exchange Board. Two liberal states, California and Connecticut, have decided likewise, while Colorado and Alaska have rejected the idea….There will be thousands and thousands of decisions like this in the coming years, and voters will have very little recourse against them…

That leaves us with a system that is private in name only — which is the point. It is meaningless to say that we have a private system in which private consumers buy insurance from private insurers when the insurers have been forbidden to price their products, and have instead been converted into something somewhere between a public utility company and a government contractor. Sure, you are free to buy any insurance you want — but if what you want is a lower rate for being a non-smoker, the point is moot, because it would be a crime for anybody to sell it to you.”

Smoking as a Preexisting Condition. Only a government bureaucrat could think of that, and only a nation duped and divided could justify it to itself. But don’t worry, this health care bill “will not cause premiums to rise by one dime.”

April 9, 2013

How to Stick with It When You’re Learning Something New On Your Own

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 5:32 pm

How to Stick with It When You’re Learning Something New On Your Own

April 8, 2013

Hot Stuff

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:18 pm

Thrill-Seeking Kayakers Paddle Across an Active Volcano – My Modern Metropolis

Zoom Zoom

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 2:32 pm

Science and engineering at its best. Wow.

April 4, 2013

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:55 pm

“What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lives: curious and teachable.”

Roger Ebert

April 2, 2013

The Bible vs. The Heart

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 8:18 am

For well over a generation, we have been living on “cut-flower ethics.” We have removed ethics from the Bible-based soil that gave them life and think they can survive removed from that soil. Fools and those possessing an arrogance bordering on self-deification think we will long survive as a decent society without teaching the Bible and without consulting it for moral guidance and wisdom.

The Bible vs. Heart

April 1, 2013

Handy

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 6:06 pm

What Being a Handyman Has Taught Me About Male Insecurity

Quoth

Filed under: Politics,Quoth — jasony @ 10:45 am

“if economical, social or psychological circumstances change such that taking care of the offspring becomes an unbearable burden on someone, then people should be given the chance of not being forced to do something they cannot afford.” An after-birth abortion might be warranted by any “interests of actual people (parents, family, society) to pursue their own well-being”—including “the interests of the mother who might suffer psychological distress from giving her child up for adoption.”

Philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. The Journal of Medical Ethics,

Whole article at After-Birth Abortion, Slate magazine.

No, this isn’t an April Fools joke (if only). Sadly, this is where the logic of non-fetal-personhood inevitably leads. Happily, though, even the folks at Salon have seen the horror in this philosophy. Let’s just hope that it’s a good long time (forever) before that horror turns to a hip acceptance of the New Way of Thinking.

As weird as it is to say, I respect these philosophers et. al. for clearly delineating a consistent end game on the pro-Choice philosophy. By not weaseling out of the implications of the “non-autonomous/non-personhood” argument, they have at least provided a consistent base upon which to make arguments. I am in horror at their positions, but they have chosen to be intellectually honest and consistent rather than emotion based and touchy-feely. Reminds me of a great story my friend Matt told about his honest Atheist coworker who went all the way with the philosophy (no absolutes, therefore no morals, therefore…. (!)). As much as I disagree with their position… and I disagree a lot….I respect their consistency. It’s not mushy or cowardly. Horrible, yes, but not mushy.

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