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Name: Jerry Schirmer
User type: Default
User ID: 54
User since: January 13, 2005
User last visit: 08:47PM on March 25
Homepage: http://valatan.blogspot.com
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We're leaving together
But still it's farewell
And maybe we'll come back
To earth, who can tell
I guess there is no one to blame
We're leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again
It's the final countdown...
The final countdown
Ooh oh

We're heading for Venus (Venus)
And still we stand tall
Cause maybe they've seen us
And welcome us all (yeah)
With so many light years to go
And things to be found (to be found)
I'm sure that we'll all miss her so
It's the final countdown...
The final countdown
The final countdown (the final countdown)
Ooh ooh oh

The final countdown
Ooh oh
I'ts the final countdown
The final countdown
The final countdown (the final countdown)
Ooh
It's the final countdown
We are leaving together
The final countdown 

Past Posts:

Valatan has posted 156 links and 852 comments on Alkaline Earth since January 13, 2005.

Recent Posts: (Select Last [10] [50] [100] [All])

2011 Jan 28 01:00 (#4216):
2010 Jul 05 12:23 (#4210):
2010 Feb 28 08:26 (#4202): Unsatisfied
2009 Dec 08 08:12 (#4195): Peer review
2009 Aug 10 07:48 (#4180):
2009 Jul 22 12:56 (#4176): Finally, I can listen to that song.
2009 Jun 20 08:13 (#4161): Sometimes the best solutions
2009 Apr 28 01:16 (#4145): *gasps*
2009 Jan 20 08:11 (#4096):
2009 Jan 14 03:42 (#4089): Rest in peace, Khan.

Recent Comments: (Select Last [10] [50] [100] [All])

2011 Jan 31 06:19 (#4216.12815):

Yeah, I think the US's best stance is probably to stand back, be clear that a Tienamen-style military assault on the protestors is unacceptable, and be ready to get an international coalition to come in and set up an international regime for elections/election monitoring when the whole thing is over. The main security concern in the Camp David deal, and ElBarradei was at least in the room with Sadat when that went down, and pretty much all sides in the protest movement seem to be backing him right now.

Overenthusiastic support of the protest movement will just make the protest movement look like a Western stooge movement, or expose the US to claims that it's trying to coopt a movement. I don't know a ton about the Muslim Brotherhood, but I do know that they are distinct from the far-right wing Islamist movements that were present in Egypt in the '80s and '90s (which were responsible for Sadat's assassination in the first place). The impression that I get is that they're an odd mix of pro-Democracy and pro-Shari'a. Who knows what they'd do in government (though they did hold a large number of seats in the Egyptian Parliament before they were banned--it's just that the current constitution gives broad powers to the President, made even more broad since the country has been under emergency rule since the 1981 assassination of Anwar Sadat). 


2011 Jan 28 01:02 (#4216.12812):

Also, check out this pamphlet that's been distributed 


2010 Sep 17 12:38 (#4213.12800):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw 


2010 May 24 09:54 (#4209.12758):

I"m in, by the way.  


2010 Apr 18 10:44 (#4207.12751):

Sadly, it seems that MLB has realized how horrible this is before I had a crack at it.  


2010 Apr 02 12:31 (#4203.12740):

Define your terms there, TWIT-B. The problem of time is a complicated, complicated thing. It appears that time has been monodriectional and non-cyclical dating back to the big bang. However, the low-entropy nature of the universe immediately after the big bang has been something that has confused people for a long time, as there is no real a priori reason why the beginning of time should be especially low-entropy. And of course, there's no evidence for anything that happned between t = 0 and t = 10^-43 seconds, so all sorts of crazy scenearios, even involving circular time systems, could have happened there. Roger Penrose is trying to push something like that now.  


2009 Dec 17 06:32 (#4191.12714):

also, these 


2009 Nov 18 05:08 (#4191.12697):

Which, now that I think of it, isn't graffiti definitionally unlawful? 


2009 Nov 09 06:31 (#4188.12685):

NC: I know that you're just pointing out a specific example, but the main point of the mandate is to prevent a free-rider-type problem. If you have a system that gurantees you insurance if you desire to purchase it, you need to prevent people from purchasing insurance only when they are extrmeely sick. By making everyone pay into the insurance system, you distribute the costs of health care broadly, and make it more affordable to insure people with cancer and AIDS.

If you're an individual person, you want mandates only if the costs of premiums go down with the health care bill. In particular, I would argue you want a public option that can be bought by everyone and has as broad an availibility as possible (though people do disagree on this). If the overall bill does not reduce premiums, then the insurance companies will have basically sold a lot more insurance to people, pocketed the increased profits, at the expense of the people who either choose not to have insurance, or who cannot afford it currently.  


2009 Nov 01 09:50 (#4187.12683):

And this is completely correct:

Many of the policies of Portland are not that dissimilar from those of upscale suburbs in their effects. Urban growth boundaries and other mechanisms raise land prices and render housing less affordable exactly the same as large lot zoning and building codes that mandate brick and other expensive materials do. They both contribute to reducing housing affordability for historically disadvantaged communities. Just like the most exclusive suburbs.

Large lot size requirements everywhere but East Austin (where no one polices them) make housing unaffordable for very many people.