How to Disagree, one of a series of essays by Paul Graham. Something that is important to review in an election season. Plenty of people disagree every day. The question is, is this disagreement coming from reason and knowledge, or is it an appeal to an external authority (depends on the authority if you’re gonna buy that one or not) or blanket contradiction with no evidence, or finally the ad hominem.
Sunday, 31, August, 2008
Saturday, 30, August, 2008
The Heritage of America Cookbook
The First Ladies Cookbook
The Better Homes and Gardens Heritage Cookbook
The Best of Shaker Cooking
The Mystic Seaport Cookbook
What’s Cooking at Moody’s Diner
A Taste of Ancient Rome
Our of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens
Damn Yankee in a Southern Kitchen
Friday, 29, August, 2008
Thursday, 28, August, 2008
Wednesday, 27, August, 2008
This lecture dealt with the cause, manner, and mechanism of death
The cause of death is that injury or illness that is incompatible with life. A proximate cause is what starts the causal chain, the immediate cause is the final step. If you can prove a causal chain with but-for linkage and follow it all the way back, eventually you will find the proximate cause. In the old “all for the want of a horseshoe nail…” it’s the nail that was the proximate cause. Gee. Wish I’d used that analogy in class
The mechanism of death is how the illness or injury was incompatible with life, how the flow of blood or oxygen (or both) got screwed up
The manner of death is why the cause came to be. Was it natural? Due to the unintentional actions of someone (accident) due to the deliberate actions of oneself (suicide) or another (homicide). Or weren’t you able to determine (undetermined)
Katherine Mae Simpson put a handgun to her head and pulled the trigger. She’d done it several times before. Her husband had given her the gun several times before. Each time previously, however it was unloaded. * This time, it WAS loaded.
Mrs. Simpson was drunk and upset. Her husband had returned home with flowers to make amends for an affair he’d had with another woman the weekend before.** She said she wanted to kill herself, he went to the truck and gave her the loaded gun.
Prosecutors are calling it murder. The defense points out it was a voluntary act on the wife’s part. The prosecutors point out that handing a loaded weapon to a suicidal drunk is, at bottom, a really bad idea. The entire story is HERE.
O readers, what are your thoughts?
*This breaks all of Jeff Cooper’s four rules, but we will ignore that here.
**What kind of bozo attempts to make amends for an affair with FLOWERS FFS? Maybe orchids from Tahiti IN Tahiti, that might work, but I don’t think FTD has enough flowers for this situation.
Tuesday, 26, August, 2008
I’m not a real big fan of P.Z. Meyers. While clever, he rides his hobby horses a little too hard and to obnoxiously for my taste. I did see this on his site, and I agree whole-heartedly with this message.