Thursday, January 20, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
And to anyone who puts tempeh on a sandwich they call a "reuben," I'll see you in Hell!
Anne is the least sentimental person I know. She is constantly looking to get rid of stuff. If we haven't used something in a year, it is out the door! But for years, I've worn these pants every day it is under 80 and they're just now getting good.
• Apples or oranges?
• Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?
|Me and Wynton|
Hopefully someone remembers us for a bit and doesn't judge us too harshly for our mistakes.
• What is your favorite action movie?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
• Window or aisle?
Aisle for my knees. However, I love the view, so if I'm with Anne on a 767 or at the back of a 777 or 747, we will switch back and forth.
|747, the most beautiful commercial plane.|
• What is your favorite smell?
Fresh pine at the holidays. Hot sesame oil. Tater tots!
• What is your least-favorite smell?
The aftermath of a double-barreled Crohn's attack.
• Exercise: Is it worth it?
Yes, when I can. Makes everything else in life better.
As someone who has experienced significant health setbacks and problems, I have a great appreciation for having the ability to exercise, to try to get stronger and more fit every chance I get.
• Flat or sparkling?
Outlook (email). Then Balance for a guided meditation every day.
• You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life: What is it?
I thought about a longer song (e.g., The Beatles A Day in the Life) or even a classical piece (e.g., Shostakovich's 4th, 5th, or 7th), but nothing brings me happiness like Everybody....
This is the very end of my life.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
PS: Martin Luther King III: “History will remember Sen. Sinema unkindly… She's siding with the legacy of Bull Connor and George Wallace instead of the legacy of my father and all those who fought to make real our democracy.”
“I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting.”
And this one, for personal reasons:
“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Sunday, January 16, 2022
"Scientists have come up with estimates for how many pregnancies are lost naturally, and they are enormous.... All told, from conception to birth, the researchers found the figures may rise to 40 to 60 percent. If a country were to declare that life begins a conception, and that fertilized eggs have the legal rights that all persons are due, it would have to treat these losses as a medical catastrophe. Worldwide, it would mean the deaths perhaps more than 100 million human beings every year, dwarfing of deaths from heart disease, cancer, and every other leading cause."
Life's Edge, Carl Zimmer
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022
A friend notes this organization spends its time (and budget that vastly exceeds One Step's) thinking about how to feed people after a nuclear war. Meantime, at least a quarter million children starved to death in East Africa last year. Maybe they should have gotten nuked first.
|"Sorry to actually be a real person."|
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
|He is not the most evil man (any R), but perhaps the most evil Dem, other than Sinema.|
Monday, January 10, 2022
Saturday, January 8, 2022
My posts regarding climate change (CC) are making one or more of these points:
1. It is wrong and counter-productive to talk about CC making the earth "uninhabitable."
2. It is wrong to not be dealing with adaptation and mitigation if you take CC seriously.
3. It is especially wrong to ignore all the suffering now by claiming things in the future are more important.
I have been told on Facebook that these points are "trivial." 😁
Friday, January 7, 2022
I read a recent post asserting that an exact duplicate of you would be you.
I'm always bewildered by claims like this. It makes me think that the person doesn't actually have a subjective inner life, that their thoughts and "feelings" are not anything other than computations.
If I was exactly duplicated, Anne wouldn't know which one of us was the person she went to bed with last night. But I would still be experiencing my pains and desires not differently than I was before I was duplicated. I would still be able to be killed, and it would still be murder, even though there would still be a Matt running One Step, taking care of money, and chasing after Anne.
This is why the Star Trek transporter is crazy to me. Every time someone is transported, their consciousness ends. That is, they die, and a duplicate of them takes over, even though the duplicate feels a continuity of consciousness.
STNG's Second Chances makes this case clearly. Riker is duplicated in a transporter mishap. Two exact copies are created. Which one is the person who went to be beamed up? It can't be both - their brains are creating separate consciousnesses. It can't be one of them, as they're both the same. It is clearly neither - the original person is dead.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
The Boca spicy chicken patties (they have regular as well) are amazing....
So damn good, like nobody reading this comment will understand how good they are unless they try them because it just isn't believable when you're hearing about it.
They're so much better than they have any business being. I didn't believe it either, until my niece basically cornered me and made me try one, and I've been hooked since.
I have no real commitment to vegetarianism, I just think veggie chicken is really good. I'm to the point where I prefer it.
|See also this review by a non-vegan.|
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
"Biden’s climate plan was denounced by a broad spectrum of environmental organizations on the left for allowing a role for both point-of-source carbon capture and direct air capture of CO2. In late October, Friends of the Earth was part of a coalition of 350 groups that put out a statement denouncing the concept of “net-zero” emissions. This is part of a larger campaign they run against “false climate solutions” including nuclear power, which remains one of the world’s most important sources of zero-carbon electricity. "
This is because such organizations aren't really about climate change or improving the environment. They see it as a wedge issue to insert unpopular ideas such as eco-asceticism or anticapitalism. According to many people like them, the real problem is capitalism and we need to upend our economic system in favor of *handwave*....
I absolutely agree! I fear that there has been some sort of mission merging within various left-leaning causes, including this example of climate change and anticapitalism. To some extent, I believe this is due to increasing political polarization and belief sorting. There’s now a basket of linked beliefs in each political group and there’s strong pressure to accept all of these beliefs in order to be a member of that group. To dissent on a single belief is to attract ingroup attacks from one's compatriots.
I find the merging and climate and anticapitalism beliefs to be particularly dangerous for our long term prospects of combating climate change. Capitalism is simply the dominant socioeconomic order around the globe for all production of any significance. All plausible solutions to climate change will involve capitalist production and profit. E.g., production of solar cells, wind turbines, batteries, and transmission infrastructure. Many investors, entrepreneurs, and executives will collectively make massive wealth gains as we hopefully accelerate the transition to clean energy. We might even see Elon Musk becoming a trillionaire should Tesla play a larger role in these solutions.
Yet there are many climate activists that would find such profiteering on climate solutions ghastly. I fear such activists could even become an impediment to climate change progress as they increasingly attack the firms and individuals producing climate change solutions. While there are certainly good-faith critiques of the current capitalistic order and wealth inequality, those concerns should ideally be separated from climate change. We can tackle capitalism reforms/regulations and redistributive tax policies in separate discussions that address the general problem without linking those issues to climate change.
Unfortunately it wouldn’t surprise me to see these issues increasingly linked in the future. You can see this with the proposed supplement tax credit for EVs produced by union labor. Additional linking in future legislation could greatly impede progress of addressing climate change. Yet for many supposed climate change activists this would be acceptable, possibly even preferable, to an alternative where capitalists profit off accelerated progress of addressing climate change.