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XKCD. If you don't know it, google it now.

XKCD. If you don’t know it, google it now.

People sometimes as me “Teddy, what exactly is your epistemology?”

To which I usually reply “LOL! That’s not a word! :D”

But jokes aside this is actually an important issue, and something that everyone should grapple with. continue reading…

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wp yes this is dog

Well, despite my best efforts I have finally seen that video clip where the police execute a man’s dog for no reason.

What was the man’s crime you ask? Simple: he was filming police, something he is legally entitled to do.

I’m not going to post a link to the video because I don’t want anyone to watch it unless they are absolutely sure that they want to.

But I just want to deal with one particular nugget of bullshit about this case that has been spiraling around the Intercrap since this story broke.

This is the idea that the police’s action was justified because (even though the arrest was unnecessary) the dog was attacking the officer and he needed to defend himself.

This is complete nonsense.

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Oh sure, she seems harmless now...

Oh sure, she seems docile now…

Hello again friends.

Stay strong, times are hard.

And while we all agree that the reason why they are hard is because politically connected rich people gambled so heavily on the stock market that it destroyed the world’s economy there is much disagreement about what to do now.

It is an article of faith in conservative politics and ‘neo-liberal’ free market economics that the way to get the economy moving again is by bailing out ailing companies, lowering taxes on the rich, and giving wealthy people “greater incentives to invest” (i.e. free money).

But after thinking about this for some time I’ve decided that this isn’t just wrong it’s actually the opposite of the truth.

And I may have worked out why as well.

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