I thought this was a sweet interview. This is a short segment.
Content gets good with the guest at about 2:03.
At 2 hours and 20 minutes they are basically debating. Really interesting I though to see Joe Rogan get his mind open to some new ideas (other than that he smoke’s rocks!).
Depending on what type of logic best tickles your noodle, you might prefer to hash out new ideas through debate. Live, in person argumentation, is not only able to get your heart rate up but it allows you to use your inductive reasoning skills to hone in on potential weaknesses in what your interlocutor is saying, which in turn helps you form ideas of your own.
As far as the greater scheme of political discourse goes, this topic is very much on the fringe. This debate is in the minutia, buried under the tumultuous back and forth of above ground politics. Furthermore, and perhaps because of that, it no longer fits on the left-right spectrum. We are going either up or down now.
Because of the circumstances, exploring the proper ethical and pragmatic boundaries of government, to this level of precision, seems like splitting hairs. This is being extremely nit-picky about the role ‘the state’ has to play in all of our lives. But ideas are important. For eons and eons the debate between agnosticism and full blown atheism must have felt similarly hollow. Perhaps more even so, because with the advent of the internet and the campaign of Ron Paul, these ideas are much, much easier to get exposed to. ______________________________________________________________
I hereby present that debate opportunity, albeit vicarious, with two of the heaviest hitters in the idea-sphere:
1) Peter Schiff vs. Stefan Molyneux (< 20 minutes)
- Peter Schiff: “CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc.” – Wikipedia
- Stefan Molyneux: “[B]logger, essayist, author, and host of the Freedomain Radio… He self-identifies as a full-time parent and philosopher.” – Wikipedia
Also, if that leaves you all dressed with up with no person to yell at, here is another debate featuring Stefan Molyneux. This video has pretty shit sound quality, so there is your disclaimer, but nonetheless, this exact video is known to be responsible for the ‘conversion’ of quite a few people. You would be surprised.
2a) Stefan Molyneux vs. Michael Badnarik (Bigger, longer, and cut just a little at the beginning)
- “Michael J. Badnarik: Software engineer, political figure, and former radio talk show host. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 elections.” – Wikipedia
Enjoy at the short term expense of your social life but at the long term benefit of your morality and your philosophical clarity. OnBoard, Johnteezey
I want to point your attention to 28:00-28:45.
I would really like to see a more secure, private, and web friendly payment system take off. This one even lets you trade in Bitcoins!
The whoopin’ gets good at about 4:20.
If the embedded video doesn’t work, here’s the direct link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euvImZAGH7o
edit: fuck wordpress, won’t embed my shit EDIT by JayAaroBe on 2012-04-10: Video has been embedded
Alright all my internet hipsters, you are getting the opportunity to get in on the ground level of a very interesting new online forum, the Johnson O’Connor ‘subreddit,’ “a community for 17 hours.” Newer than Google + and way more underground, you too can have a story to tell as you make posts with an ironic signature and an avatar toting lense-less frames.
If I explain much more it would be way less cool, so I am just going to copy the first revision background. Come to think of it, I probably should not have told you how to get there.
To discuss the aptitude testing battery administered by the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation…
Cop at Government Center in Idiocracy
Are you a JOC?
Often, the most valuable part of your aptitude test is not the scores you receive or the careers suggested for you, but rather discussing your results with fellow JOCs.
Join the conversation.
This sub will gladly host a link to
- a job opening only for an ‘ideaphoria’ elite
- a flash game only beatable by those with the best ‘pitch discrimination’
- a thread decoding the aptitudes of Steves Jobs
- proof of the dating compatibility of ‘subjectives’ and ‘objectives’
If you post any of your results, make sure to remove any personal identifying information!
John[son O']Connor: The whole thing goes: The future’s not set. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
In one episode of Family Guy, Bill Gates is flying through the air on a jetpack with Disney CEO and chairman Michael Eisner, who says “God, the people look like ants from up here”, to which Gates replies, “They are ants, Michael, they ARE ants!”
You may feel this way when listening to the following cast on public opinion surveys performed in the US.
Why is public opinion relevant?
Do Americans want free speech?
What is the median voter theory?
What makes war more popular?
Was giving women the vote a good thing?
Did propaganda make East Berliners more socialist?
What are 3 types of public spending that Americans always want more of?
What is 1 type of public spending that Americans always want less of?
30 minute long lecture followed by about 20 minutes of questions.
Yo yo yo yo! Dis yo boi JDM bringing da fly new track! Now the first single was so tight, you knew dey gonna be droppin’ it again right here y’all! Give it up for Hayyyyyy-eksplosive and K-k-k-k-iller Keynes!
Spurred by the frustrations of a good friend trying to reach common ground with a loved one, I am providing a funderful crash course.
Not Feeling Guilty Just Because Religion Doesn’t Go Down Smooth and Always Lets You Down 101 (regardless of how many spoonfuls of sugar you take it with)
Professor Teezey: Professor works as a Biomedical Engineer and has explored the issue extensively (from scientific and psychological standpoint) during world travel with much spirited discussion as well as extensive reading and exploration into the issue during a period of being between school and jobs. Officially raised catholic, your professor was a student of “Sunday School” (which he attended on Mondays), and he had a generally good experience with the organization and the people in it. Raised by a highly conservative family in very liberal areas of coastal southern California, your professor is an extremely intelligent individual who loathes contradictions and cognitive dissonance. Essentially, he has agonized over this issue so you do not have to. The professor hopes that you will no longer feel guilty for being who you are, and that any conclusions you end up drawing are your own.
Your education begins…
God bless Joe Pesci:
The God Delusion, preface linked below. You do not have any choice in the matter, if there was something higher than Required Reading, this is it. If you were read chapter 2 and then go to hang out with friends downtown…they would know that your mind was elsewhere. Chapter 2 is where he called me out, it was one of those zen like reading experiences where the author was talking directly to me and me only, even though we had never met and the book was a bestseller. Essentially he said, you are on the fence, I know how you got there, and I’m going to pull you off of it.
One summertime family dinner on the patio I had this 1 v 4 debate with my parents and grandparents as the sun was setting (erstwhile my siblings looked fairly uncomfortable).
I was not looking for an argument but if they insisted saying things that were patently false with me there…it was only a matter of time.
All the proof you need:
Split brain patient: 1/2 atheist, 1/2 Christian
This piece of ABC programming is a good representation of the debate today: the chosen ones, i.e. zealous writers and actors, making insipid attempts to stay one step ahead of those meddling scientists.
Do you fear that you are going to isolate yourself from other people? Don’t worry, not all of them:
ThoseOnboard will take your poor, your huddled masses…they just better be smoking hot though.
TV Shows you can watch that will not alienate you:
Penn & Teller’s Bullshit
Derren Brown (watch anything from Derren Brown)
My advice: Do not try to think of all the people in your life and then try to devise a way not to piss any of them off. Your concern is never to worry that other people feel threatened by your views. Allow yourself t come to your own understanding. Don’t forget to check the comments here, my cohorts will probably put up better links than I have. Feel free to post as well if you are new.
I am applying my background in economics to the industry I work in, hence the boldface. No expository analysis, just emphasis.
Asia’s Medtech is Inexpensive
The Star Tribuen/ Economist—January 24, 2010–Across the rich world, governments with aging populations are worried about soaring health care costs.
In Britain last week, David Cameron announced yet another reorganization of the National Health Service. But the problem is most severe in America. Medical spending per head has nearly tripled since 1990, yet most indicators of health have barely budged. And the rising cost of health care depresses wages — because many Americans receive health insurance from their employers, who therefore pay them less.
Help may be at hand. Frugal innovators in China and India are making medical devices that are cheaper — sometimes by an order of magnitude — than their Western equivalents. Companies such as China’s Mindray and India’s TRS serve home markets that include vast numbers of people for whom every yuan or rupee counts. So these companies focus relentlessly on reducing costs. They create products that are stripped to their essentials: scanners that cost $10,000 rather than $100,000; portable electrocardiographs that cost $500 instead of $5,000.
These devices are not merely cheap knockoffs of Western designs. Often they are just as effective as the gold-plated machines used in the West, yet they are rarely found in hospitals of the rich world. Their absence helps explain the massive disparity in costs between treatment in the West and the emerging world. A night in an American hospital typically costs 25 times as much as a night in an Indian, Brazilian or Chinese one. A night in a European hospital typically costs four times as much.
Western medical device firms are well aware of eastern innovation. Indeed, firms such as GE Healthcare, Philips and Medtronic are investing heavily in China and India: setting up research centers, hiring local talent and developing frugal inventions of their own, which they gleefully sell both locally and in other emerging markets. Alas, they are not rushing to market such thrifty ingenuity back in America or Europe.
Two main factors keep cheap devices out of Western markets. One is the muting of price signals. Health care is not an efficient market in the rich world because — be it in Europe, where the state typically pays the bills, or in America, where private insurance companies do — the customer does not have to shop around. Patients neither know nor care how much anything costs, so they demand the best of everything, which is wonderful for the makers of hugely expensive equipment.
A second factor — which applies more in America than in Europe — is red tape. America’s Food and Drug Administration is excessively risk-averse: It often takes twice as long to approve a new medical technology as European regulators do. America’s confusing approvals process deters upstart medical technology firms, since they typically lack the deep pockets and army of experts required to navigate it.
And for a device to succeed in America, it must be blessed not just by the FDA but also by the bureaucrats who oversee Medicare and Medicaid, the two huge government health care schemes. Obtaining that blessing can take years…
(again, emphasis added)