Archives August 2006

Plutonic love

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Matthew Yglesias sticks up for the little rock:

There neither was nor is any need for busybody scientists to gin up a rigorous definition and then tell us Pluto doesn’t make the cut. It would be akin to gathering a giant conference to decide on a formal distinction between “bugs” and other small, gross ...

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Nothing for something

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

A professional gambler is not allowed to be a witness before a Jewish religious court, because the Sages declared this practice to be a form of theft. The explanation that I’ve heard (I assume this is somewhere in the Talmud, but I don’t have time now to look for a citation) is that when you ...

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Born on the 9th of Av

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new tax deduction. The vital statistics are as follows:

Date/time of birth August 3, 2006, 12:25 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time
Place of birth St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Weight 8 pounds, 6 ounces, 6 drams, 8 grains
Length 20 inches
Head circumference 14 ...

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I didn't know those were among the symptoms

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I just got a spam email with the subject line “Bird flu—the ‘New Oil & Gas’ for investors”.

Sinai and Geneva

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Last week, DovBear posted an essay by Michael Walzer on how the principles of “just warfare” apply to Israel’s current war with Hezbollah. Chardal objected to this whole line of argument, since it was not grounded in any Torah source. How can a frum Jew argue about “morality” based solely on principles expounded by non-Jewish ...

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