Life’s A Bitch And Then You Laugh
6 hours ago
I know it's very important for decent, patriotic Americans to look down on any country that has universal healthcare, good public higher education, and low energy consumption, but look--Denmark is a very free country with a vibrant economy, flexible labor markets, and better conditions for entrepreneurship than ours. Their unemployment is relatively low. They have high taxes but very, very high quality of life in basically every respect. It's better to be super-super-rich in America, but everyone who's not super-super-rich is better off under the Nordic social system.I cannot remember my exact words, but I do not remember them being a criticism of Danish healthcare, education, labor markets, or environment of entrepreneurship. What I remember saying was that part of the way the Danes have enabled a greener society is by taxing the unholy hell out of any poor sucker who wants to drive his own car.
The core solutions to Denmark's green policy (180% registration tax on privately owned vehicles, for example) are not feasible in a world where freemarket capitalism rules the day.What I am saying is that unlike TPI, who seems to believe that a conversion of American Democracy to Nordic Socialism would make the U.S. a better place, I am looking for solutions to the problems we face that would not impinge on the reckless way of life so many privileged Americans enjoy while also furthering American innovation and America's economy. Forgive my patriotism.
Prizes and carbon races and the like are all well and good, but I don't think you've taken the potential for reductions given current technology seriously enough. I was just hearing on the radio that Denmark has half the per-capita carbon emissions that we have. They're just as rich as we are (maybe a little richer) and they don't have any super magic technology that sequesters carbon. Surely we could get part of the way there by mimicing some policy choices other countries have already made?
Our closest extant relatives are polygamous, so how can we know that our species was designed for monogamy? I'm not disputing anthropological evidence for monogamy, I just think it's probably more of a cultural than a biological development.
Whoa whoa whoa! whats happening here? Is that CO2 crow you're eating? how does it taste?You cant go from being a flaming liberal greeny and completely flop without explanation on the CO2 issue.
And really, is CO2 even that bad? Climategate has shown us that there is a very real possibility that scientists aren't completely sure about the long term effects (and cause) of rising CO2 levels.
I think it's entirely legitimate to have a strong--though not absolute--presumption in favor of liberty. Heroin would quite reasonably exceed what that presumption allows...
For driving skill, almost all of the US sample (93%) and 69% of the Swedish sample put themselves in the top 50%. For safety, 88% of the US group and 77% of the Swedish sample put themselves in the top 50%.
The lower someone’s IQ, the more likely he is to rate himself as more intelligent than those around him. Conversely, people with a high IQ, while better at appraising others' intelligence overall, are still likely to rate people of similar intelligence as themselves as having higher IQs.
The disparity between actual IQ and perceived IQ has also been noted between genders by British psychologist Adrian Fuhrman. Men are prone to overestimate their intelligence by around 5 points while women are likely to underestimate their IQ by a similar proportion.
Dear [TAE],(my italics)
We thought your weekly devotional piece was outstanding! I just finished running off a copy for my houseguest from Tulsa, OK who had asked me this morning about what the Christian Church believes and what I thought about evolution only. I said I believe in both evolution and intelligent design and had her read your piece off my computer. Then I ran her off a copy along with the SACC "what we believe" info on the website.
She was impressed with your credentials and so are we.
Your devotional was on a difficult and complex subject and was so well written.
Thank you for writing it. As my friend just said: we have a brain so we should use it!
I mean, you're the libertarian here. People should be generally free to do stuff, so long as it isn't damaging to society, right?