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Forum: Education 28th March 2011, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,337
Posted By drkitten
Not.... quite. There's not thing "elided" from...

Not.... quite. There's not thing "elided" from the phrase "an inch" (as in the example above), so there's no ellipsis. It's simply a bare noun phrase.

A lot of interjections can be...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
That's because "traditional" British food is...

That's because "traditional" British food is (thank God) on its way out -- it's actually getting rather hard to get, because it's so bad. As even the food critics and chefs acknowledge. There's...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 14th March 2011, 02:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,946
Posted By drkitten
Including emphasizing your poor reading skills. ...

Including emphasizing your poor reading skills. I don't believe that Japan is in a credit crunch, so there's no need to stimulate the credit part of the economy right now.




The same way...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
Oh, it wasn't hard to find at all. You simply...

Oh, it wasn't hard to find at all. You simply went to someplace that didn't serve British food. The quality of Indian food available in England (esp. in Birmingham and Manchester) is justifiably...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
I disagree. If you look at most traditional...

I disagree. If you look at most traditional cooking, it takes advantage of local ingredients and treats them to their advantage; in particular, there are usually a lot of local herbs, spices, and...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
Anyone who has looked at Mrs Beeton's would...

Anyone who has looked at Mrs Beeton's would disagree. British food as represented by the flagship cookery book is "just unidentifiable meat and cabbage boiled for 6 hours until all flavor, texture,...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
Huh? Mrs Beeton was the standard and...

Huh? Mrs Beeton was the standard and best-selling "cookery" book for close to a hundred years. It's hard to find a more definitive statement about what does and does not constitute traditional...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 14th March 2011, 07:39 AM
Replies: 3,491
Views: 498,106
Posted By drkitten
Link doesn't seem to work for me; it's got three...

Link doesn't seem to work for me; it's got three '...' in a row. Did you cut and paste properly?
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 14th March 2011, 07:27 AM
Replies: 1,508
Views: 92,179
Posted By drkitten
No, they are making a distinction that is not...

No, they are making a distinction that is not material.

And that's the problem. Psion10 is picking up on this distinction and completely confusing himself.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 14th March 2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,946
Posted By drkitten
Not good. My Caterpillar stock is up something...

Not good. My Caterpillar stock is up something like 3%, as is my steel index fund. That's because all the money that would have gone to something else is now being spent to rebuild northern...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 07:18 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
Re-read your Mrs. Beetons if you think the...

Re-read your Mrs. Beetons if you think the British culinary repertoire wasn't limited a hundred years ago.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th March 2011, 07:15 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 7,071
Posted By drkitten
I strongly disagree. Between the "vegetables...

I strongly disagree. Between the "vegetables are the enemy and must be boiled into submission" approach to texture, and the general inability of traditional British cooks to use any form of spices...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 13th March 2011, 02:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,831
Posted By drkitten
Duplicate; ignore.

Duplicate; ignore.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 13th March 2011, 02:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,831
Posted By drkitten
This. To the OP, if you're really dealing...

This.

To the OP, if you're really dealing with a professor of psychology, steer him to the work of Julian Rotter on the concept of "Locus of Control."

CT'ers tend to have a strongly external...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 13th March 2011, 08:15 AM
Replies: 1,508
Views: 92,179
Posted By drkitten
Er, no. You're making the same mistake psion10...

Er, no. You're making the same mistake psion10 is.

They don't pay loans from the money received as deposits. They credit the borrowers' accounts, a transaction that involves no "money" at all.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th March 2011, 08:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By drkitten
Which sounds to me like he was broadcasting his...

Which sounds to me like he was broadcasting his intentions to become a jihadi.

Unless you're suggesting that the parents contacted the FBI because he wouldn't eat his brussels sprouts.....
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 11th March 2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 873
Posted By drkitten
In the short term. In the long term, it's a...

In the short term.

In the long term, it's a result of petrochemical-based fertilizers. More expensive fertilizer turns pretty directly into more expensive food next fall.
Forum: USA Politics 11th March 2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By drkitten
Because otherwise someone who wanted to be...

Because otherwise someone who wanted to be bothered would take the job, and would make government work.

Government is one of the most powerful and effective forces for social change. Therefore,...
Forum: USA Politics 10th March 2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 3,863
Posted By drkitten
If there are few members of the group enough that...

If there are few members of the group enough that law enforcement has managed to stop them all, then it means that the group as a collective entity is not a real threat.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th March 2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By drkitten
Then how did the FBI find him to offer him a bomb?

Then how did the FBI find him to offer him a bomb?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th March 2011, 06:43 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,467
Posted By drkitten
Shrug. In my opinion, both of those are...

Shrug. In my opinion, both of those are understandings of negative value, in that you'd be better off if you never learned them, because they're so often totally misleading for modern languages. ...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th March 2011, 05:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,790
Posted By drkitten
No, they're busy perfecting something that will,...

No, they're busy perfecting something that will, if it pans out, make imperfect human scientists better at what they do.

``Adam'' and his ilk -- I've seen some other interesting automated...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th March 2011, 04:50 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,304
Posted By drkitten
Then they won't get the access they want. ...

Then they won't get the access they want.

The only way to get that access is via a court subpoena issued as part of a libel trial (or other trial, if they can find other illegal conduct to use as...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th March 2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By drkitten
And they're right, too. :D Seriously,...

And they're right, too. :D

Seriously, though; it's not like Pistone was able to prevent all Mafia-related crime or bring down everyone involved.

I find an interesting tension in this thread,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 8th March 2011, 06:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 950
Posted By drkitten
No, you're not. As usual, your post is...

No, you're not. As usual, your post is characterized by a complete absence of thought.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 8th March 2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,751
Posted By drkitten
Re-read the documents. The only wants and...

Re-read the documents. The only wants and desires expressed in the Constitution are in the preamble (e.g. "form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity," and so forth),...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th March 2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By drkitten
Shrug. They tried it that way for a long time...

Shrug. They tried it that way for a long time and it didn't work. That's one of the reasons that Joe Pistone (Donny Brasco) was so effective against the Mob, precisely because he was able to hang...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th March 2011, 02:03 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By drkitten
Yup. It's certainly not the first line of...

Yup. It's certainly not the first line of defense I would draw up if I were MM's defense lawyer.

But you go to court with the facts of the case you have, not with the facts of the case you...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th March 2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By drkitten
... or desperation. Entrapment is one of the...

... or desperation. Entrapment is one of the most difficult defenses for an attorney to pull off, and usually means that the defense attorney has an absolutely unwinnable case.

The breadth of...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 8th March 2011, 11:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,698
Posted By drkitten
Yes, but only the value added at each sale is...

Yes, but only the value added at each sale is actually counted. E.g. if you buy it for $1 and resell it for $2, you've added a dollar's worth of value, so the second transaction only counts for $1. ...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 7th March 2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3,491
Views: 498,106
Posted By drkitten
I think his claim is "Come and see the violence...

I think his claim is "Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I'm being repressed! ... Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 7th March 2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,751
Posted By drkitten
Then you're wrong twice. Yes. They...

Then you're wrong twice.



Yes. They wanted a government that would be responsive to society's wants and desires without being subject to mob rule; as such, they drew a line of things that the...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 7th March 2011, 03:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,751
Posted By drkitten
You're presuming to dictate purposes and goals...

You're presuming to dictate purposes and goals for society without the input of and against the wishes of the society itself?
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 7th March 2011, 02:42 PM
Replies: 970
Views: 98,185
Posted By drkitten
No. Not in the slightest; in fact, in...

No.



Not in the slightest; in fact, in our Constitutional Republic, we specifically formed our government around the idea that we needed a stronger central government because the previous weak...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th March 2011, 02:35 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,473
Posted By drkitten
Pretty much. A frequentist uses probability to...

Pretty much. A frequentist uses probability to represent the frequency which which something happens -- obviously, this doesn't make sense when we're talking about a one-off event.

A Bayesian...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 7th March 2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 970
Views: 98,185
Posted By drkitten
Yes, really. Not relevant; we're...

Yes, really.



Not relevant; we're talking about the right to travel, not the right to carry firearms.

I've noticed this to be a characteristic of FOTL "reasoning" as well; when they lose...
Forum: USA Politics 7th March 2011, 10:58 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 6,484
Posted By drkitten
The fact that his followers are naive dupes...

The fact that his followers are naive dupes doesn't mean he's not a nutcase.
Forum: USA Politics 7th March 2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,415
Posted By drkitten
You have statute/case law on this, or is this...

You have statute/case law on this, or is this just your opinion pretending to be a law of physics again?
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 7th March 2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 970
Views: 98,185
Posted By drkitten
I would think that this distinction was actually...

I would think that this distinction was actually non-specious, and that's what kills grndlsm's argument.



I.e. you have a right to travel; you can take a bus or a taxi or walk anywhere you like...
Forum: USA Politics 7th March 2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 822
Views: 40,448
Posted By drkitten
Spiking his own country's guns, however, is not...

Spiking his own country's guns, however, is not "aiding the enemy" (legally speaking); look at the legal definition. Sabotage, yes. Vandalism, yes. Destruction of government property, yes. ...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th March 2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,473
Posted By drkitten
It is indeed. You're looking at the wrong part...

It is indeed. You're looking at the wrong part of the sentence, though. Don't focus on "certain." Focus on what it means for there to be an 80% chance that Thumper is white.

Let me give you...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th March 2011, 09:32 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,473
Posted By drkitten
No, it doesn't. In fact, that's exactly what it...

No, it doesn't. In fact, that's exactly what it doesn't mean.

The two premises are, respectively,
There is an 80% chance that a bunny is white.
Ralph is a bunny


The first is a...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th March 2011, 09:27 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,473
Posted By drkitten
The problem with this is that there is...

The problem with this is that there is uncertainty about what exactly the "conclusion" of the argument is supposed to be.

There are at least two potential conclusions.


R: Ralph the Bunny is...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 7th March 2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,068
Posted By drkitten
Nope. More like the "No True Fish"...

Nope. More like the "No True Fish" pseudo-fallacy.


No true fish has feathers.
But, what about penguins? They have feathers!
Yes, but they're not fish.
Are you seriously telling me...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 7th March 2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,068
Posted By drkitten
Larry Niven....

Larry Niven. (http://www.larryniven.net/stories/roentgen.shtml)
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th March 2011, 08:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,473
Posted By drkitten
Certainly. The statement "Ralph is white" is...

Certainly. The statement "Ralph is white" is either true (probability 1.0) or false (probability 0.0). The idea that "Ralph is white" has an 80% chance of being true isn't supportable either from a...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 7th March 2011, 08:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,751
Posted By drkitten
That's because they're not problems. They're...

That's because they're not problems. They're populist soundbites, more fury than substance.

In particular:



Not a problem. Rule of law takes care of this.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 6th March 2011, 09:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,751
Posted By drkitten
That he knows no economics, and no law either. ...

That he knows no economics, and no law either.

More charitably, he means that the United States debt is larger than the readership of his editorial can comprehend (i.e., larger than the price of a...
Forum: Education 6th March 2011, 08:56 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,062
Posted By drkitten
Definitely. We have a formal policy on that in...

Definitely. We have a formal policy on that in my school and department; no "graduate" faculty without a terminal degree without a specific waiver to be obtained at the dean's level. The...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 6th March 2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,751
Posted By drkitten
Populist crap. Not worth the paper it's written...

Populist crap. Not worth the paper it's written on -- bearing in mind that it's an electronic document and therefore paperless.

The idea of jailing the bankers is great until you realize that...
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