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  1. You mean "If this were a capitalist society, a...

    You mean "If this were a capitalist society, a capitalist system and had capitalist rules, then anybody capable of doing it competently would be allowed to manufacture and sell Daraprim -- and an...
  2. What it costs to convince the FDA of the quality...

    What it costs to convince the FDA of the quality of your product is not a feature of capitalism; it's a feature of the FDA's government-granted monopoly on safety certification. If the pharma...
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    You say that as though all that oil wouldn't have...

    You say that as though all that oil wouldn't have come out of the ground and burned anyway if only the Kochs hadn't lobbied against carbon regulations. It's going to burn, regulations or no, as long...
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    Those sentences really don't go together.

    Those sentences really don't go together.
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    Winston Churchill William Shirer Richard...

    Winston Churchill

    William Shirer

    Richard Preston

    Stephen Jay Gould

    Steven Weinberg
  6. "However, from a general tendency for...

    Is that all you took away? It struck me as a very thoughtful and intelligent post.[/QUOTE]
    It was political self-indulgence attempting to appear neutral.[/QUOTE]
    "However, from a general tendency...
  7. It seems I've been channeling Voltaire. "I...

    The definition of terrorism.[/QUOTE]
    It seems I've been channeling Voltaire.

    "I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."
  8. Huh? In the first place, what on earth is "road...

    It sounds like you are implying that the euphemism "Road Rage" embodies all "rage". It doesn't.[/quote]
    Huh? In the first place, what on earth is "road rage" a euphemism for? It doesn't really...
  9. Is that all you took away? It struck me as a...

    Goodness, what a case of verbal diarrhea. Seems like a lot of words to say, "Liberals are whiny pussies and think everything is terrorism".[/QUOTE]
    Is that all you took away? It struck me as a...
  10. Telling the perp is "whining" but secretly...

    Telling the perp is "whining" but secretly telling the authorities isn't? :consternation2: I have no desire to silence my critics by force. It's good when they show off how weak their cases are.
    ...
  11. On what planet is premeditation incompatible with...

    On what planet is premeditation incompatible with rage? And on what planet is "road rage" a "euphemistically forgiving categorization"? Throw the book at him.


    Of course.
  12. I once made a snarky remark almost exactly like...

    The voices in his head of course.[/QUOTE]
    I once made a snarky remark almost exactly like that one. I got infracted for it.

    Do you have any information that it was terrorism and emboldenment by...
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    Poll: Whoever it is the OED is talking about who use...

    Sorry, I'm not sure I understand the subtext of that. Could you spell out what "community" would deem the argument not valid?
    EB[/QUOTE]
    Whoever it is the OED is talking about who use "valid" as a...
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    For a year and a half Edith Wilson was de facto...

    For a year and a half Edith Wilson was de facto acting President.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Wilson
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    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. Yes, that was...

    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. Yes, that was obvious. I hope it was also obvious that I was in lawyer mode: "Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don't already...
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    Poll: Some speech communities use the word "valid" for...

    Some speech communities use the word "valid" for a property the argument has; other speech communities use the word "valid" for a property the argument does not have. I'm not going to get into a...
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_ancient_G...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_ancient_Greece

    Generalizations like "traditionally, the children of slaves were born free" or "traditionally, the children of slaves were born slaves" are...
  18. Evidently not. If this were a capitalist...

    [/quote]
    Evidently not. If this were a capitalist society, a capitalist system and had capitalist rules, then anybody capable of doing it competently would be allowed to manufacture and sell...
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    Poll: The conclusion doesn't follow from the premise. ...

    The conclusion doesn't follow from the premise. "Everyone" means "every person". "Sibling" means "one of two or more individuals having one common parent", not "one of two or more individual...
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    Seconded. A few years ago a friend of mine...

    I read this one recently, and can recommend it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horse,_the_Wheel,_and_Language[/QUOTE]
    Seconded.

    A few years ago a friend of mine died and left me a cat and...
  21. Keepin' it classy, I see.

    Terrorism normally refers to attacking targets of convenience for the sake of the political effect on third parties, not to attacking the specific individuals who are personally causing you a...
  22. Terrorism normally refers to attacking targets of...

    Terrorism normally refers to attacking targets of convenience for the sake of the political effect on third parties, not to attacking the specific individuals who are personally causing you a...
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    The world has 500 years' worth of rare earth...

    ...
    But your idea about rare earths is not bad. Even without the issue of acquiring Greenland, the World needs to diversify the supply of these metals and not be so dependent on China for them. I...
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    Not defending the man*, but no, he didn't say...

    Actually, he said a lot of people alive today wouldn't exist if not for rape and incest, and for what it's worth, he is right: almost everyone everywhere has a family tree peppered liberally with...
  25. Even if the choirs are equally funded, there...

    Even if the choirs are equally funded, there might be more rejections because more girls than boys are interested in choir.
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