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OS Bleg

In college, I took a few computer science courses. The comp sci department at my university preferred Solaris. I thought it was okay but somewhat nonintuitive, and with the same problems I had with Windows. And this was back when Windows was not so bad. I recently bought a new laptop. It has Windows 8,…

A Hagelian Dialectic

Via Shane Harris, on the resignation of defense secretary Chuck Hagel: “Hagel wasn’t brought in to tackle these crises, and some defense sources say he simply wasn’t up to it. The presumption at the beginning of his tenure was that he would be a drawdown defense secretary—something that world events ultimately wouldn’t allow.” These last…

Incarcerated with the madness

Abby Haglage has an article at the Daily Beast on the shocking number of incarcerated prisoners with mental health issues: In a new study by Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating barriers to treating the mentally ill, (Dr. E Fuller) Torrey and his colleagues expose just how bleak America’s mental health situation has become. In…

Monday Trivia #144 [Randy Harris wins!]

These nations are arranged in a certain order: South Korea, Turkey, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Spain, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, France, Slovenia, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, United States, Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Slovak Republic

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Resonant Hobbes

  I have claimed before that civil society is a fragile thing. I’ll add to that that the more civil a society is the more fragile it is. By “civil” here I mean “be-stated”, and this is a continuous variable. Also before, prioritizing personal freedom over political freedom, I claimed that the freest nations are the ones with…