So, Happy Lunar New Year

Srs bsns

A long look at what ISIS believes and how it is informing their attempt to takeover of the world.

Leaders of the Islamic State have taken emulation of Muhammad as strict duty, and have revived traditions that have been dormant for hundreds of years. “What’s striking about them is not just the literalism, but also the seriousness with which they read these texts,” Haykel said. “There is an assiduous, obsessive seriousness that Muslims don’t normally have.”

So, if history is any guide, as soon as the external threat reaches a low enough ebb, the massive in-fighting will begin and it will all fall apart.

Also, wow, Australia is more illiberal than I thought.

The greatest trailer…

…in the world.

My Year In Books

I didn’t do a lot of reading this year.

Duh

Undervaccinated community in Michigan has outbreak of whooping cough and measles among their children. Do these people think their parents and grandparents immediately latched onto vaccinations as soon as they were developed for fun? Or maybe it was because the risk of vaccinations was so much less than the actual misery caused by the diseases.

As the prophet Asimov wrote

Oh look, boffins are trying to make robots 3-laws compliant. Once again, reading science fiction has led to a duh moment as fiction becomes reality. Of course, in Asimov’s stories all the robots found or had loopholes created for them by humans. Spoiler: It never ended well for the robot.

There oughta be a law

On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.

Just wanted to share that thought.