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Tobias T.
Posted 13 days ago
Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform
I don't think that there are any thresholds in the UK or the Netherlands, for general elections at least, nor do I think that it is common in Europe generally. I do remember that voting is compulsory in Belgium. It's more of a theoretical problem though, as voter turnouts are typically much higher in Europe, so perhaps that's why it was never given that much thought. It may become a problem eventually.
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Tobias T.
Posted 9 months ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
I think you may be getting hung up on the metaphor. The point of his elaborate comparison is that the baseball metaphor is inherently confusing and imprecise, and that it conveys the wrong message to children. His pizza alternative is a way of pointing that out specifically. Between the lines he attaches more importance to the way in which information is delivered, and the pizza metaphor is much more suited to that end.
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Tobias T.
Posted about 1 year ago
Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian
It is interesting that you explicitly distinguish poultry from red meat while neglecting to do the same with vegetables. While it is probably true that beef and other types of meat contribute more to overall greenhouse-gas emissions, poultry still produces more than almost all types of vegetables, perhaps not all but definitely most of them. That is because some types of vegetables contribute more emissions, either because of their production or their transport and disposal, than others. Aside from greenhouse-gas emissions, environmental impact includes more than that. Think of consumption of water, think of overall use of vegetables to feed the animals for the meat industry, think of heavy use of land for grazing and growing these vegetables, and so on. There is no point in denying that meat has considerably more impact on the environment than vegetables.