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  1. Assassination of Americans

    There is an important fact missing from this discussion...al-Awlaki did have his day in court. His father with the support and resources of the ACLU sued in federal court. The judge ruled that the President was acting within his political discretion. In the case of al-Awlaki, justice was done; however, on the general question, I do think that the Congress, including certain Republican presidential candidates who talk more than pass legislation, failed to act to create a statutory framework to insure the protection of rights in cases of evident traitorous terrorists. Was it procedurally easier for the President to sign al-Awlaki's death warrant than to tap his phone? I write a bit more about this in a recent post, with a link to a relevant article in the Washington Post: Obama Kills an American Traitor http://jimwoods.thinkertothinker.com/2011/...erican-traitor/
  2. Books

    Recent Book Purchases: Fifteen books I've read that will always stick with me:
  3. burqa

    I view it mainly as a security issue taken by governments that fail to take effective action against terrorists. When Abdul Azziz and his cohorts assassinated the Turkish Governor at Nedj to reestablish Saudi rule, they were dressed as women. A couple years ago when the Red Mosque in Pakistan was seized, the terrorists were dressed as women both when they attacked and when they attempted to escape. As I said in my video "Muslim Transvestites and the Veil", Muslim men like to wear dresses and they get violent when they do so; therefore, Western countries can be justified in restrictions upon cultural dress that offers disguises to facilitate such violence. However, in context, I don't think that we are at a point in this country that would justify that such a policy.
  4. Taking Children Seriously

    From a quick look at the website, TCS seems fundamentally opposed to Objectivism. "We think that there is such a thing as truth, and right and wrong, and that through conjecture and criticism, human beings can come to know and understand truths about the world, including moral truths. But what we can never get is authority, or proof, that any particular idea or belief is one of those truths." -- from Introduction to TCS page "In my opinion (which is not shared by all Popperians, note) TCS could quite accurately have been called “Taking Karl Popper Seriously in the field of educational theory” – something that Popper himself never did." -- from TCS and Karl Popper page "Popper is known for his attempt to repudiate the classical observationalist / inductivist account of scientific method by advancing empirical falsification instead, for his opposition to the classical justificationist account of knowledge which he replaced with critical rationalism..." -- from Karl Popper page on Wikipedia
  5. job interview question

    I answer that question honestly. My initial answer is that looking for work is my greatest weakness, because I am used to people coming to me to solve difficult problems instead of me asking someone to solve their problems. However, I also advise that my prior weaknesses are my current strengths, while by prior strengths are by current weaknesses; because I personally engage in a process of continuous improvement. When conducting interviews, I don't remember asking that question as I had more important questions; however, with such a question, I would be interested in a striking confession ("Meth is my greatest weakness") or the state of the candidate's self-awareness.
  6. Choices for Educators

    A good resource that you can review is youtube.com/MrCropper/ which includes videos about Cropper's experience founding the Deseret Academy in Utah, and now a new school venture in NYC. To begin to publish some thoughts on education, I have begun a blog: http://prometheusinquiry.blogspot.com/ Also, I have started a fan page on Facebook called "The Prometheus Inquiry" to facilitate dialogue on this topic. Before providing advice for you, let me express my judgment related to myself, which you can integrate to your own use. While I do plan a future YT vid on pro-cons of finishing college, it is not fully scripted yet, but will be posted to youtube.com/jwoodswce/. I do have four education videos posted in my "Stupid Teachers" series, but those are intended to be humorous. I have 20+ years of experience in education finance, primarily in post-secondary ed. My own personal goals relate to creating an educational corporation with large scalability across multiple customizable product lines. Related to education, several years ago I returned to school to finish my BA in Government. Now, I plan to start an MBA in the fall with a supplemental effort to get alternative teacher certification and complete sufficient graduate classes in education to allow me to subsequently pursue a doctorate in that field. Simultaneously, I plan to run a non-profit effort to research and implement solutions related to reform and innovation in education. Instead of founding my own school immediately, I am looking at a tutoring venture that will be aimed at supplementing "successful" students as a higher margin opportunity. From a marketing standpoint, Japan's culture of tutors will be referenced as a model; although the content and method will be very different, than the drill mode of a Kumon. I am not rushing to start a school because I doubt there are sufficient qualified teachers to hire. Thus, one of my future ventures will be content publication for continuing teacher education so that I can remake teachers from the existing talent pool. Now for you, I offer the following recommendation based upon what I would do if I was youngish again: 1) go back to school and finish degree (possibly with education as a secondary major with primary being in an area of interest such a math, science, business, etc.), 2) supplement classroom work with audiobooks and podcasts in order to exceed minimum standards, 3) focus on developing written and verbal communication skills, 4) actively learn the bad ideas taught in class like a doctor learns about disease, 5) actively work in education related job (tutor, daycare, corp. training) while in school, and 6) work to get published on education topics.
  7. I'm new to the RSS feed thing

    For a feed of Objectivist Bloggers (averages almost 15 posts per day) http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/u...14/label/OBlogg includes Voices of Reason, Peikoff podcasts, and The Objective Standard blog.
  8. To those who say there's no difference

    What exactly was the Republican position again? I believe it was raise the debt limit less, not in order to control spending, but to force another vote on raising the debt limit before this year's election as a tool for political advantage. The Dems and Republicans agree that the US should not default, which is good that they agree. They disagree about whether to spotlight or mask the consequences of their shared irresponsibility on spending bills in the context of the upcoming elections based upon their ephemeral positions related to majority power. The Republicans have offered no Gallatin to control federal overspending.
  9. H, I was married to a non-Objectivist for almost 20 years. It was not her non-Objectivism that was the cause for our divorce. Just as Objectivism aids you in understanding and making choices in other areas of your life, it will help you to be a better husband. A few tips from my past successes and failures in a similar scenario to yours: • reality focus is key, if she has it then you have common ground; • continuing mutual communication and respect is essential; • on some points, you will just have to agree to disagree without it undermining your relationship; and • despite all your together time, you both should still foster some separate interests and activities, which you can share through discourse. She might never be into the ideas, but she could always be into your passion for the ideas.
  10. Uniform taxes in the Constitution

    It is an issue of context; the rules have to be uniform not the amount of taxes paid. The issue you raise is a policy issue, not a constitutional issue. Another example about how this clause might apply would be the old Republican idea of enterprise zones.
  11. Uniform taxes in the Constitution

    "I was thinking of things like the income tax which is not uniform." How does income tax not apply uniformly to citizens of different states? Other than the exemption of some territorial residents, an argument could be made that the federal income tax is not uniform based upon the deduction of state and local taxes as they result in citizens from low tax states paying relatively higher federal income taxes, but successfully arguing that would simply invalidate those deductions. That my neighbor and I may pay a different amount of federal income tax does not violate the clause you cite.
  12. Uniform taxes in the Constitution

    It means that the same federal tax regulations apply equally in South Carolina as they would in New York, or as Justice Story wrote, "The reason for the later rule is to prevent Congress from giving any undue preference to the pursuits or interests of one State over those of any other." Do you have something in particular in mind as a violation of that? As the statement applies to the entire US and not just the states, I would think that Puerto Rican exemption from federal income tax would violate that clause as would proposals to exempt residents of DC.
  13. Checking Thomas (thomas.loc.gov), I see that the House bill has zero co-sponsors and hasn't had any action since it was sent to subcommittee in February. I could not find the corresponding Senate bill. I hope and expect that the subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will find better uses for their time.
  14. An Intellectual Exercise

    Instead of FIFO, index the wait queue by an adjusted wait time, which would simply add a priority factor based upon the customer relationship to the actual wait time. The customer relationship classification could be reset on every customer each day or retained to account for prior activity. For the new customers, the factor would effectively give them a relatively lower average wait time. Frequent customers would be penalized with a factor that would increase their average wait time, but only when they are in resource competition with others who have been prioritized. Several ranges for relationship categories could be set: new, low, moderate, and high frequencies. The adjustment factor should be set so that the variance from average wait time is within an acceptable service level for the repeat customers. Essentially, allowing some customers to cut in line but not so far as to interfere with those that have already been waiting a significant amount of time.
  15. An Intellectual Exercise

    Let me suggest that you are attempting to solve the wrong problem. Instead of attempting to prioritize customers within the constraints, spend the time eliminating the worst constraint which appears to be that each orders must be no more than one unit. For example, if each widget order is actually a page request, can the page experience for existing customers be personalized so that they receive multiple items of content relevant to them in a single page request instead of re-queuing.