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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Let me use a sort of metaphor, the way G.K. Chesterton used to, although I know Chesterton would absolutely not ever use this metaphor. (Well, if he were alive today, who knows?)
So, you're at the airport, having just flown in from some other country not otherwise specified. The authorities (you pick one) decide you are probably smuggling drugs. In balloons, like they do.
Shoved up yer butt.
Not the most practical option, but we're supposin' here.
So the Authorities say, "to check whether you have balloons full of drugs shoved up yer butt, we're going to probe yer butt." And of course, "If you don't have drugs up yer butt, no harm done, right?"
You'd respond, "Wait a G.D. minute here -- probing my butt is harm! You find something, you don't find something, the probing itself is harm! It's not just offensive, it's literally invasive..." and so on.
But hey, if you have nothing to hide...
What is forgotten in the discussion in the first place is that invasion of privacy is harm, all by itself, whether they find everything, something, nothing, whatevah. The invasion itself, just like the anal probe itself. Even if they find a lump on your prostate while they're up there, they're not doing you any favors.
Was gonna do that as a podcast, but that's all I had to say right now.
Make the most of it.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hiber-Nation 20170928 - Federalist # 3 - The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence
Upon further review ... one essay per podcast, for the moment.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
A possible change in format. But not this time.
Right now I'm listening to Sonic TALK podcast from 07/06/2017, a show about music recording and live music technology. So they talk in part about technology for making music. Also all that stuff the show engineer gets to play with, plugged into that vast and impressive-looking mixer. Also the stuff that takes performed music and makes it sound like something above and beyond what the instruments themselves put out.
I wish I knew more about such things. I'd like to be that guy at the show behind the mixer with the headphones... but I wouldn't know where to start learning how to do all that. Too old to be a roadie, realistically, of the type that wrassles around those huge speakers and whatnot. Way out of shape for hauling around anything big. For that matter, at my age, my hearing ain't what it used to be. Hell, at my age, my used-to-be ain't what it used to be.
That sounds like my idea of fun. And heck, MCing might be be fun, too. Y'all know I'd sound good, as long as I don't have to improvise much. Not a rap-style MC, of course. The old kind.
I like to listen to SonicTALK because I like to hear folks talk about this sort of tech, even though I don't know much about it myself. Similarly I listen to This Week in Virology, not because I know much about Virology or understand what the heck they're saying. I like to hear intelligent people talk about intelligent topics. It's a relief after all the politics.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
My first effort on the Federalist Papers. One of those learning experiences you've heard about.
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