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    It’s interesting how poorly so many of us assess...

    It’s interesting how poorly so many of us assess risk. There is a much greater probability of blood clots for users of birth control pills or any number of other drugs people use routinely, but...
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    Six cases claimed out of seven million doses...

    Six cases claimed out of seven million doses administered. I doubt whether the trip to the clinic was less risky.
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    I’ve always thought meetings were a hard way to...

    I’ve always thought meetings were a hard way to arrive at decisions, but an excellent way to protect oneself from accountability and disperse blame for failure. It’s been said that none of us is as...
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    Sounds like life there would be one long...

    Sounds like life there would be one long committee meeting.
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    Funny you should say that. My brother-in-law is...

    Funny you should say that. My brother-in-law is moving from So Cal to Colorado Springs in a couple of months. He says it’s getting too difficult for hard-working millionaires like him to make ends...
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    You’re probably right. I wish I had held on to...

    You’re probably right. I wish I had held on to some of my old lunch boxes and comic books. And my Microsoft stock. And my Pinto. Maybe someday the HGTV mavens will be pushing Earth tones and built in...
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    I agree on both counts. I wouldn’t want any...

    I agree on both counts. I wouldn’t want any portion of my life determined by a committee of later day hippies seeking affiliation and status.

    I also like a nice suburban neighborhood and have no...
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    From absolute rulers to overbred show dogs over...

    From absolute rulers to overbred show dogs over the course of a few centuries.

    I do like some of the things Philip said over the years. When some reporter in Australia asked him if he had a...
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    Even if I had a little space to retreat to, I...

    Even if I had a little space to retreat to, I think I would have a problem living in the equivalent of the office break room. It probably doesn’t reflect well on me that I’m so selfish about my...
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    There’s nothing preventing people from creating...

    There’s nothing preventing people from creating communal living situations if they want to; except perhaps zoning in some areas. For the most part they don’t want to. I have lived in dorms, barracks...
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    The accusation of 4,924 additional deaths seems...

    The accusation of 4,924 additional deaths seems oddly specific. Nor does the third most populous state having the third highest death count seem all that damning. I suspect it will take more than...
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    I see that article was posted nearly a year ago....

    I see that article was posted nearly a year ago. I suspect if they’re looking to create a red state Cuomo they’re going to need to be a little more creative.
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    I agree that there are many factors at work, but...

    I agree that there are many factors at work, but when I see the President accuse Texas of “Neanderthal thinking” and the recent botched 60 Minutes hit piece directed at the Florida Governor, I have...
  14. Authoritarian envy isn’t all that rare in the...

    Authoritarian envy isn’t all that rare in the arena of opinion. I remember Tom Friedman famously wishing to be “China for a day” to impose the decisions that seemed self-evidently necessary to Tom...
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    People keep pushing that scolding narrative, but...

    People keep pushing that scolding narrative, but are those states substantially worse off in real-world numbers than the ones who imposed more draconian lockdowns?
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    When I consider the “real change” some wish to...

    When I consider the “real change” some wish to impose, I thank my primitive sky god and our slave-owning founders for the precious gift of gridlock.
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    I think these things make more sense if we ask...

    I think these things make more sense if we ask whose problems they are aimed at. If I am a president looking for ways to pander to my relatively affluent constituents, a $10K gift without the battle...
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    The late philosopher Roger Scruton owned a small...

    The late philosopher Roger Scruton owned a small farm. He named one of his pigs Singer.
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    I personally have a couple of problems with...

    I personally have a couple of problems with Singer. Perhaps most fundamentally, he never really seems to make the argument that justifies his premise that we must consider the interests of any life...
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    I’ve been to some hot places, but nowhere as hot...

    I’ve been to some hot places, but nowhere as hot as Gila Bend. Used to visit a friend there from time to time, and learned a new appreciation for the icy North.
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    Let’s do the Trolley Problem next. Or Peter...

    Let’s do the Trolley Problem next. Or Peter Singer’s drowning child.
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    I’ve seen this sort of thing happen as well. One...

    I’ve seen this sort of thing happen as well. One thing I’ve learned is that when someone starts babbling about “stakeholders” you can expect some creative malfeasance.
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    That was Marx’s criticism of Proudhon, and I...

    That was Marx’s criticism of Proudhon, and I always thought he was pretty lefty. Although I do agree with you that there are plenty of people on the left vigorously preserving their wealth and...
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    People have been batting around the “Property is...

    People have been batting around the “Property is theft” thing since Proudhon. The people on the left criticized it on the basis that there is no such thing as property. The people on the right view...
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    I see Vermont will be prioritizing BIPOC people....

    I see Vermont will be prioritizing BIPOC people. The argument being they are at greater risk than their paler neighbors. And there are more brown trout than brown people in the state. I can...
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