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Posts posted by Diaconis

  1. Tonight, I sorted my coins according to the monarch's resemblance to Julie Goodyear.

    One of my favourite Dylan tracks, those lyrics just leave you guessing. Seen him six times but he never performed this song, I don't think he has ever played it live despite trying over 40 versions and never being happy with it. Lou Reed tried to do it but failed  IMO.

    Not recommended to find yourself with an obscured view of the stage. I remember one concert where for an hour and a half all I saw was the neck of Dylan's guitar bobbing back and forth from behind an ornate stanchion, 'not somebody to move around with much' 🙂


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  2. On 5/13/2024 at 11:46 PM, terrysoldpennies said:

    Funny thing , we fought for a Parliament and look what we've ended up with , a plutocracy !!

    Just a thought. Suppose we believe Hobbes that the state of nature is a horrible place where laws do not exist, property is non-existent, and everyone is out for themselves without a care for others. That then is the motivation to work and pay a portion of the proceeds from the fruits of our labours to maintain a government to protect us, and maintain natural law.

    The irony is that the value we are getting for our buck these days is inversely proportional to the greed and self-centeredness of the government itself. 

    Regressing into the state of nature and paying for the privilege 😃 Has a Pythonesque feel to it.


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  3. 19 hours ago, Rob said:

    Yes, but they tend to get upset when you tell them. When I pointed out to someone on CoinTalk that 'I collect coins, while you collect opinions', he got a bit miffed. Diplomacy has never been my strong point, so if someone could enlighten me on how to call a spade a spade without offending, I would like to know.

    You simply made a statement concerning the reality of things. As Diogenes said, “Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?” 😉

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  4. 6 hours ago, Menger said:

    What other word can better be used to capture the shift of the left from class based politics to identity politics? 

    No idea. I don’t claim to an innovater in the English language, I’m no Shakespeare,  but I think the question should be posed to you. Why do you believe that the word woke so succinctly sums up the essence of your definition?

    Please explain because I am honestly at a loss here? 

    If, as I suspect, theres no direct correlation and we’re just looking for a word to tag on to a theme then in answer to your request, I suggest decentrithorkusmogrificarbiturb, its just as absurd as using the past tense of wake IMO.

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  5. Peckris’ argument does seem valid when considering that “reported” truths and facts cannot be relied upon as such these days, i.e, truths and facts. Has the reporter done sufficient research? Who did he interview, was his information derived from first hand accounts, Chinese whispers or, dare I suggest, re-interpreted for purposes of eliciting certain reactions to reinforce certain existing beliefs. Does he even care about truth and honesty? Probably not.

    However, to discount one source of information in favour of another believing the latter to be more trustworthy than the former when equally uncertain of the source of that information may be fallacious. 

    As for the word woke, don’t get me started, it is the past tense of wake, nothing else.

    I refuse to use the word “woke” in its current context and to acknowledge it in conversation; there’re already too many sub-standard, useless, dumbed-down Americanisms in the English language as it stands, without entertaining new ones. It grieves me just to hear it used.

    Such language seems to be created by those who lack sufficient vocabulary to express themselves adequately in the first place and therefore resort to creating such rubbish out of ignorance. Some may argue that it is a progression and development of a language. I see it as a regression.


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  6. 2 hours ago, Menger said:

    I have always thought the “agree to differ” conclusion to discussion misplaced; and that point of discussion is not necessarily to “change viewpoints”, but perhaps to sharpen one’s own ideas by articulating them and testing them against the quality of feedback.  Moreover the back and forth can be entertaining. So while it may not stop people disappearing down woke rabbit holes with bad ideas, open debate may also serve to keep a sizable minority sane. 

    …or end up with one having to imbibe a draught of hemlock😂

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