July 31st, 2009

Illuminati

Gary McKinnon

Can anyone explain to me, in nice simple English, why we shouldn't be extraditing a convicted hacker to the country where he commited the crime?  It really does seem like an open and shut case to me, and I'm baffled why some people seem to think it's wrong.

I'm clearly missing something - can someone explain it to me?
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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-31-2009

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Race to the finish

Note - the final question isn't just in reference to the question above - it's about _all_ potentially offensive statements.

I avoid using

sexualised swear words (dick/twat/fuck)
0(0.0%)
sexist swear words (bitch/slut)
0(0.0%)
racist swear words
3(6.0%)
homo/heterophobic swear words
0(0.0%)
None of the above
3(6.0%)

I object to other people using

sexualised swear words (dick/twat)
0(0.0%)
sexist swear words (bitch/slut)
0(0.0%)
racist swear words
9(18.0%)
homo/heterophobic swear words
1(2.0%)
None of the above
5(10.0%)

I have, for comedic effect, in the recent past (last year or so)

referred to someone of a different race by a racial epithet "Wossup Nigger/Hey Honky"
0(0.0%)
mimicked the accent/language of a different racial group "Me Love You Long Time. Five Dollah!"
6(11.8%)
told a racist joke about a race that is not your own
0(0.0%)
None of the above
22(43.1%)
I've done one or more of the above about _my own_ race
8(15.7%)

I have, in the last year or so objected to someone

referring to someone by a racial epithet
5(10.2%)
mimicking the accent/language of another racial group.
4(8.2%)
telling a racist joke
6(12.2%)
None of the above
19(38.8%)

I haven't protested against people saying "offensive" things because

I wasn't personally offended by it
3(7.0%)
it wasn't meant in an offensive manner
2(4.7%)
I was scared to speak up
3(7.0%)
it seemed like a lot of effort for little/no gain
5(11.6%)
I have always spoken up.
4(9.3%)
I haven't encountered anything objectionable
5(11.6%)
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Free Will

I was intrigued to finally read Conway's Free Will Theorem and am amused to note that he gets all the way through it before deciding that as he feels like he has free will, therefore he has it, and this means that therefore individual particles have free will.  Which has to be one of the biggest examples of _almost_ thinking logically I've ever seen.

In addition:

and a biblical argument against Free Will that I was amused by.

All courtesy of The Old New Thing.