Meh, believe it or not, I generally hate all things that fall in the "fantasy" genre. The first episode was decent all the way up to the end. I can't remember the details, but there was some magical element or something that pissed me off and I vowed never to watch the show again....
"depends. there ARE good reasons for keeping information secret"
I can't imagine anyone who could POSSIBLY disagree w/this. The issue isn't some black and white stance on whether all or nothing should be secret. The point of the article, and the one Hitchens made quite well, is that the reins on State Secrets has to be EXTREMELY tight, or else you end up with the London Post Office being a classified location that nobody is allowed to refer to in court....
"Are we going to be boing boing soon by taking various jabs at people not on the liberal love list?
That is about as annoying as what I call "in words", examples include "job creators", or "copyright maximalists". I try an ignore the maximalist comments on tech dirt, but I always view things like "science be praised" as an people knocking the beliefs of others. I just think it is childish and short sighted and I have always thought this site was mostly above such things. Not offended, not upset, just mentioning."
Perhaps if I explain why I specifically chose that phrase, you'll think differently of it. Religions vary among people. Some are one, some are another, some have none at all. Science, on the other hand, is universal. Therefore, I was specifically trying NOT to call out anyone's beliefs by going w/a phrase that is universal instead.
"This is slimy, but there is no reason to be in favor of tax simplification."
Really? I attach a value to money outlaid for things like tax prep and software. I also attach value to hours spent self-prepping taxes. It seems that, unless the fear is that somehow the government info used to simplify the filing process is going to be manipulated by the government, streamlining the tax FILING process poses no threat to anyone.
"Meaningful tax reform is not simplification or changing from one type of tax to another."
"Exists sheerly due to legislated monopoly, exempt from anti-trust. So while you're railing at IP, you've NO concern at all for gov't granting a DIRECT monopoly. This is why your notions fail: not consistent."
You seem to think that because I fail to mention something, it follows that I have no opinion on the matter. This is obviously a false assertion. While the post is about baseball, I also failed to mention that I don't like the DH rule, yet you would have concluded that I have no opinion on it at all.
I do my best not to trespass on everyone's patience by filling the post with every last bit of related subject matter. My apologies if this concept of focus eludes you.
Re: BEST WIT of the week: "virtual (but totally autonomous) sock-puppet".
Is there a reason you constantly try to insert yourself in the comments of every post with an off topic screed that attempts to draw attention to yourself rather than the issues discussed? I don't know that I've ever seen someone use the word "I" as much as you do.