Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
That thing Tom Friedman does at around 0:47 to 0:50 — you aren’t supposed to be able to do it through text on an Internet thread, but I’ve seen lots of liberals do it in exactly that forum. I expect Friedman would bristle at being called a “liberal” and that isn’t descriptive of my meaning here, so let’s use a different term. “Vapid thinkers” maybe.
What Friedman attempts to do, is prove Social Security is not a “Ponzi scheme” by showcasing the formidable level of difficulty to be involved in ever convincing Friedman that it might be one. He’s being a Thing I Know #402 guy:
We’ve got an awful lot of people walking around who can’t seem to tell the difference between supporting evidence and their own intransigence. It’s as if they’re saying, “I am inflexible and therefore correct, I know everything because I don’t let anybody tell me anything”; and I’m expected to say, in reply, “I can see your mind will never be changed even if it is proven to you that you’re wrong…so I might as well change my mind and agree with you.” Did they meet with someone else, perhaps, who intentionally or otherwise accustomed them to such deference?
What Tom Friedman is showcasing, in fact, is something completely different: That he comes from a world in which people are intellectually flaccid, to such an extent they can be persuaded to decide crucial and complex issues with a “pfffft” or a “pfshaw.”
In the world from which I come, this clip shows up under a different perspective. I see one guy has presented a logical argument and another guy has not.
I have an effective way of dealing with Thing I Know #402 people. It goes like this: “Let the record show Rick Santelli has advanced a reasonable argument that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, and Tom Friedman has failed to present a reasonable argument that Social Security might not be one.” Just that. Let the record show — Friedman brought absolutely nothing to this little exchange but some dismissive noises and an eyeball roll, and a few moments of quality rational thought seem to naturally bring on an inference that he’s wrong. No, it’s not “effective” at changing the other person’s mind. But you can’t compress a fluid; and it helps to remind all present that there’s a big world out there, and Thing I Know #402 is for weenies who lack the maturity required to live in it.
So Mr. Friedman puts out a regular column of some kind, that people read? My goodness, that is worrisome.
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