Sep 17

Quote of the day – podcast edition

From Kevin Williamson – one of my recent favorite pundits:

Congress can use a little less self-importance and a little more self-respect.

Sep 17

Quote of the day – Joni Mitchell edition

From her Wikipedia Entry

Despite her prominence among the young musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, and her writing of “Woodstock” (where she was prevented from performing because her manager thought it was more advantageous to appear on The Dick Cavett Show[74]), she did not align herself with the era’s protest movements or its cultural manifestations. She has said that the parents of the boomers were unhappy, and “out of it came this liberated, spoiled, selfish generation into the costume ball of free love, free sex, free music, free, free, free, free we’re so free. And Woodstock was the culmination of it.” But “I was not a part of that,” she explained in an interview

Identities strike again I suppose.  Making one’s costless opinions (on Climate Change, Trump, the Vietnam War in this case)  of primary importance is perplexing, particularly when I do it.  Granted people do talk a lot about parenting, work, etc (i.e stuff they actually do every day) the opinions are useful proxies for something I suppose.

Sep 17

Quote of the day

From this documentary about Leonard Cohen

Poetry is not an occupation, but a verdict.

It’s odd – his relationship with the material world seems perfect, i.e. something to be consumed, not pursued or desired. The concepts aren’t diametrically opposed, but it does change the outlook.

He is a very good example of going through life as a tourist, like Hoffer, which I suppose is why I’m drawn to him.

Aug 17

Quote of the day for our modern, anxious times

From McArdle

Judge lest ye be judged

Which is putting it strongly.  The amount of time and effort put into posturing in the comment section is remarkable, and the more identifiable someone is, seemingly the more posturing.

Aug 17

I’m amazed that no one used this slogan in the 2016 election

From my own post all the way back in 2006

Better a third-rate fireman than a first rate arsonist.
Thomas Sowell

Aug 17

Quote of the day – Trump Version

From the Sam Harris podcast

If he can’t grope it, or put gold letters on it, it doesn’t exist.

Jul 17

Quote of the day

From Ammon Hennacy via Utah

Judge: You really think you’re going to change the world that way?

Hennacy: Maybe not, but it sure as hell isn’t going to change me!

May 17

Quote of the day – macroeconomics and climate science

From Arnold Kling (emphasis mine)

I am a macroeconomics skeptic. I think that my background in the subject is deep enough that my reasons for skepticism are legitimate. See, for example, my memoirs of a would-be macroeconomist.

I am a climate science skeptic, but not based on a similarly deep background. I just look at the superficial similarities with macroeconomics and infer that skepticism is warranted. It is plausible to me that the climate “consensus” is way off. However, it could be off in either direction–maybe the temperature increase will be faster and sharper than the consensus forecast.

When it comes to the differences between macro and climate science, points (1) and (2) favor climate science. However, point (3) leans against climate science. Good ideas are persuasive. If you need to excommunicate unbelievers, you are dealing in religion, not science.

May 17

An odd request from a six year old

“Daddy, I want to play with something sharp….”

Jan 17

First quote of the day in 2017

From this Vox article

My creative endeavors were crap, but there’s always an audience for trainwrecks