## Emacs 24.4 is OUT! Batman is Happy

The new Emacs has been released! Lot’s of changes which you can read about in a series of articles by Bozhidar Batsov, the developer of numerous Emacs packages, including Prelude (a starter-kit) and Cider (an indispensable tool for Clojure programming in Emacs). If you use an Arch-based Linux distribution, the official Emacs package in the… [Read More]

## Ron Paul, Tea Party, and the Death of Liberal-Libertarians

I stumbled across this old article by Will Willkinson (a former research fellow at the Cato Institute) about how Ron Paul was bad for the “creed” of Libertarianism. In our age of Tea Party nut-jobs, it’s even more relevant: “Yet it irks me that, as far as most Americans are concerned, Ron Paul is the… [Read More]

## Republicans Hate Science: Why is this News?

Republicans are doing a bang-up job of destroying their relevance to modern society and the vast majority of Americans. Every election they become more and more entrenched as the party of fundamentalism. This isn’t news. “I’m not a scientist,” or a close variation, has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change… [Read More]

## Bertrand Russell: Quote of the Day on Protestants (Fundamentalism vs Science & America)

“In practice, most protestants, when they acquired the government, merely substituted the King for the Pope, and thus secured neither liberty of private judgement nor a democratic method of deciding doctrinal questions.” — Bertrand Russell There are many flavors of “protestant”, and they all hate each other. Not surprisingly, Protestants, for centuries, were horribly violent… [Read More]

## Paul Krugman: “Sorry Japan, We’re Even Worse”

Paul Krugman apologizes to Japan for lambasting them during their own economic crisis for their policy decisions. Of course, it’s a fake apology. “Now, I’m not saying that our economic analysis was wrong. The paper I published in 1998 about Japan’s “liquidity trap,” or the paper Mr. Bernanke published in 2000 urging Japanese policy makers… [Read More]

## Natural Disasters, Weather Infrastructure, Climate Change, & Funding

from the NY Times: “For years, congressional allocations to the National Weather Service have all but flatlined. Meanwhile, the cost of storm recovery has skyrocketed. In the 20 years leading up to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the United States suffered 133 weather disasters that exceeded \$1 billion in damages, for a total of over \$875… [Read More]

## Penn & Teller vs Creationism – Video

“These assholes don’t even know what the word ‘theory’ means…” — Penn Jillette They are preaching to the converted here, so I’m not sure they are going to change anyone’s mind with it… but God help me, it’s funny.

## What is “Justice”? Karl Popper’s Definition

From The Open Society and Its Enemies What do we really mean when we speak of ‘Justice’? … I think those whose general outlook is humanitarian mean something like this: an equal distribution of the burden of citizenship, i.e., of those limitations of freedom which are necessary in social life; equal treatment of the citizens… [Read More]

## John MacFarlane Video Lecture on Pandoc & Haskell (4 parts)

A great 4-part lecture by the Berkley-based Philosopher John MacFarlane, who may be more well known in geek-circles for being the author of the program Pandoc — which converts file formats from just about anything to just about anything else. It’s written in Haskell, and is likely the most popular open-source Haskell program around. Very… [Read More]

## Updated: How to Install Pandoc on Arch-Based Systems (Manjaro, Antergos, Arch Bang, etc)

I updated my “How to Install the Haskell Platform on Arch Linux” post. I’ve found two things recently that you may like to know if you’re a haskell-ite: Haddock isn’t in the Haskell-Core repos anymore, so you need to build from Cabal (unless I’m missing something…) I’m preferring to build Pandoc with Cabal Install, as… [Read More]