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memories & happiness
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Did torture work?
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The welfare state wasn’t designed to be run by status-obsessed assholes
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the continuing oddity of the circumcision debate
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quote for the afternoon
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Chris Wallace (isn’t making any sense)
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defining American interests
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Likelihood of Success in Afghanistan
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food for thought
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What is Charlotte Allen arguing?
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The comments...

+ That's tricky though. My ego is far and away more boisterous than any other part of me. It shows up to all the [. . .]

Yes that certainly does sound familiar...hmmmm....

You're only saying that because you want to redistribute my wealth.

AvatarJaybird
+ I don't know what they mean by "happiness" in this article. For example, I can't, for a second, imagine a Rolex making me happy. I'm [. . .]
+ In my humble opinion this issue is ego-based. (But show me a good issue that isn't!) When our fellow earthlings learn to overcome their egos the [. . .]
+ I read the Bergan article. It is tendentious and preaches to the choir. For example, In a speech he gave three months later at [. . .]
+ Bribery and extortion are already unlawful. You can enforce the law more rigorously, though I suspect that a problem you encounter with white-collar crime [. . .]
+ Reading Lehrer can be dangerous. First he tells us that satisfying desires not only does not end them, but leads to more craving. [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to James
+ I dunno. "Nature's Intentions" strike me as something less than laudable. I try not to use them for anything but something to think about when [. . .]
+ It's a great series so far. My only complaint is that it does get a little too dark, and I wish I could like [. . .]
+ I don't believe things "have" to be a certain way -- we can accomplish objectivity. I don't know why the League hates my ideas -- except [. . .]
+ There doesn't necessarily have to be a military solution to every problem. As bad as I hate Keynes, he had an economic solution after WWI [. . .]
+ I'm all for freer trade as a mechanism of peace - but I strongly oppose private military operations, or mercenary armies, operating as peacekeepers. [. . .]
+ Probably, Chris. The Cheney element - the "dark side" - is indeed strong, but I think we're witnessing a trend. When the GOP [. . .]
+ I'm just saying that in practice, that's what any truth commission would look like. I know it's not what you would envision, but it's [. . .]
AvatarBarry
+ Art Deco, how about simply prohibiting corruption in office, with a powerful objective group which can enforce that? Shouldn't be any harder than the [. . .]
+ Plus, I'm not talking about a trial. Judges and lawyers are good with that, but what I'm talking about is experts who've spent their lives [. . .]

I'm not talking about retired politicians -- for God's sake, that would be disastrous. I don't know where that came from. I said "thinkers".

+ Perhaps "intervention" should become global responsiveness. Yet, I think our greatest involvement will be, and should be, economic involvement, and this moreso private than [. . .]
AvatarChris Dierkes
+ good post e. i guess my question is whether the democracy promotion was just a veneer covering (a still untouched) tough kernel of American [. . .]
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+ it's tough. basically al-qaeda has largely moved next door to Pakistan. Victory for the US (in the peace/stabilization sense is completely unclear to me). [. . .]
+ People also love to rate themselves as being of above average intelligence while simultaneously believing that everyone they don't know is a moron. It [. . .]
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+ I am dumbstruck at how little Charlotte Allen appears to know about food politics. First, locovores didn't rejoice at the sharp rise in grocery prices over the [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to James
+ I've seen plenty of people use the "as nature intended" argument before. AIDS was given as an example of what can happen when you work against [. . .]

I don't think that I've seen anyone, anywhere argue that.

+ Right, a reversable decision. Personally I'm against ear piecings, but on those grounds it stikes me as less of a concern than a procedure which [. . .]

I wasn't trying to suggest otherwise - more agreeing with you, actually.

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+ Once upon a time, I could have told you what success in Afghanistan would look like: Osama confirmed killed or captured. That was pretty much it. Barring [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to Mark Thompson
+ Please understand. I am not trying to defend or support (or condemn, for that matter) anything. I'm just trying to figure out what happened (or [. . .]

Okay Mike. Sorry I misunderstood what you were looking for in a truth commission.

+ I tend to think that judges and juries do a pretty good job interpreting facts and law, or at least a better job than a [. . .]
+ Well, perhaps it's not partisan on your part -- I apologize, but most of the hoopla is -- this is why we need an objective [. . .]
+ Mike, Terrorists existed when Reagan signed the law strengthening the US prohibition against torture. Reagan had actually declared his own war on international terrorism. Before that we [. . .]
+ Some of you are beginning to sound like law and order Republicans. As we go forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting an enemy that [. . .]
+ ChrisWWW -- I disagree -- I think there is much to learn from all this. In a world now under the threat of terrorist acts, [. . .]
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My schools are fine. I just worry about the schools in the places where people tend to not be polled.

AvatarSarah
+ I too have been struck by the lack of attention paid to the relevance of the data from the African circumcision trials to HIV transmission [. . .]
+ IOW - it's easier to attack us in Iraq than here. This, of course, has a two-fold effect - those few who would be [. . .]

What a brilliant and well written post! Fantastic!

And yes, please, let's stop the routine circumcision of infants in America, because it's WRONG.

+ Mike, These questions were answered long ago by American leaders who signed comprehensive bans on torture even under difficult circumstances like war. We also already know that [. . .]
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+ People also love their own lawsuits but hate those of others. People also seem to relentlessly reelect their own incumbents but want other peoples pol's [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to James

To create pairbonds between the daddy and mommy! So that they will mate for life! And be fruitful and multiply!

As nature intended.

+ Yes, these are the questions a Truth Commission could consider -- it would very enlightening if we had some of our top thinkers, public and [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to Ryan
+ Don't get me wrong. I am a huge fan of Nothing. It is, however, the case that there were a non-zero number of attacks against Western [. . .]
AvatarRyan in reply to Jaybird
+ Whereas I think the reason we haven't been attacked again is that being attacked in the first place was largely coincidental. Which is not [. . .]