I have heard this expressed as “Laws are for the lawless.” A law does not change a person’s heart. A law will make a bad person be more careful so they don’t get caught. In a sense a law is aspirational. It is how we hope society to be not how it is. How it gets to that good place takes more than a law.
As some of you may have read in a post yesterday, I have decided to cancel my subscription at another site and spend a lot more time here. As part of that decision, I have given a group that I used to run there a domum novam (new home) here on Ratburger.
The group S.P.Q.Ratburger, a Latin language group, is now open to all diners. So, if you can read, write, or even speak Latin, then stop on by.
And if you’re a total novice and just want to learn, then submit a saying or phrase, comic or serious. Once a week I will choose one, translate it, and explain the mechanics of the translation.
Hey, it’s not like you have to lead your armies across a river and spark a civil war. Stop by.
This is a lot of work so most Japanese just write the pronunciation:
How many strokes does it take to write “rose” in Japanese?
What do you think of a language with such a complicated writing system? Japanese themselves are struggling because they are using computers so they have trouble remembering how to write. They can read fine but they get blank faces when they have to write the “big words”.
Professor Michael Rectenwald of New York University used to describe himself as a “libertarian communist” and spent many years embedded in the leftist milieu of the academy. He then underwent an awakening to the madness of political correctness, the social justice agenda, and the absurdity of postmodern intersectional critical studies of dozens of genders and began to speak out on Twitter, eventually publishing Springtime for Snowflakes, a book about his experiences and what he learned.
Here is an hour and a half interview of Prof. Rectenwald by Glenn Beck on the latter’s podcast.
This is long, but it provides an in-depth look at the history, intellectual roots, and fundamental errors of the disease which has infected the campuses and is spreading into the larger society. Say what you want about Glenn Beck, he is a superb interviewer who gets out of the way and lets the guest speak directly to the audience.
Leftists have a new reason for high dudgeon this week. The New York Times reported on a draft memo allegedly leaked from HHS that Team Trump is working on to make changes to interpretations of sex law. The NYT headline: “Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.”
An internet search shows lots of fearmongering editorials about how Team Trump is going to redefine gender to eliminate all 57 (or 72) shades of confusion.
Team Trump needs to make this clear. What is needed is to define the word “sex.” There are only two sexes, male and female. Everyone who is not either XX or XY has a serious birth defect.
The issue of gender confusion can be left alone. That ship has sailed. The Left has enshrined all sorts of gender confusion into popular culture.
But there is no good reason to let anything but science be the definition of, and limiting factor for, the word “sex,” especially in matters of sex law.
We should all be careful to delineate the difference between the two concepts.
Ha. All you one-spacers can read the latest study in the Journal of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. The lead researcher was Rebecca L. Johnson of Skidmore College. Here is the abstract:
The most recent edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual states that two spaces should follow the punctuation at the end of a sentence. This is in contrast to the one-space requirement from previous editions. However, to date, there has been no empirical support for either convention. In the current study, participants performed (1) a typing task to assess spacing usage and (2) an eye-tracking experiment to assess the effect that punctuation spacing has on reading performance. Although comprehension was not affected by punctuation spacing, the eye movement record suggested that initial processing of the text was facilitated when periods were followed by two spaces, supporting the change made to the APA Manual. Individuals’ typing usage also influenced these effects such that those who use two spaces following a period showed the greatest overall facilitation from reading with two spaces.
The article is behind a paywall, but the article was summarized at The Atlantic. They point out that the study is limited, with a small nonrepresentative sample size. Nevertheless, I think we two-spacers stand vindicated by science.
I often wonder if there are gremlins that magically put mistakes in things when you hit print/publish. What is really bad is when a sign is made. Hundreds of dollars are spent to communicate how great your business is but someone forgot to proofread the foot high letters. I feel really bad for my non-English speaking neighbors because they don’t know how bad it looks.
There is a Beauty Salon near my house. But the signs says in big silver letters “Beaty Salon”. It has been there for years.
I see this every week in Osaka. The Japanese is clear but the English is confusing. Do you Ratz get the meaning?
Please share your favorite typo story. You’re content will ad to hour sight.
What do we mean by free expression? What are the limiting principles? Are there rules of the road like there are in driving?
Society limits speech in various ways. It has a list of forbidden words. Things that get bleeped on TV. In the modern age it seems this list has gotten larger.
Society limits expression by the situation. No talking loudly in the library. No comic routines at funerals. No snoring in class.
Society limits expression by the slight raising of the eyebrows. “That shouldn’t be said here” is unsaid but understood. A strange silence and stare occurs. I remember the famous writer Tom Wolfe relating saying at a party he was voting for George W Bush. People looked at him like he was a pedophile. This forces people to whisper things for fear of being looked down on.
I am curious what you think. There are the high-minded thoughts on free expression and the way things really are in practice. Let me know in the comments.