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Joshua Abell

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
5 years 32 weeks

Recent Comments

What do right, left, and center mean these days?

I think that's a false paradigm. It looks to me like "Republicans" are moving towards more support of freedom. For example with the gay marriage thing. Isn't the freedom to live your life the way you want to more associated with the left?

Unfortunately I think both parties are still passionately concerned with forcing other people to live their lives and do their business a certain way.

Posted on 03/23/12 at 03:39 pm in response to Libertarian Gary Johnson comes to town

In what is the libertarian philosophy incoherent? It's pretty simple - maximize individual freedom.

Posted on 03/23/12 at 03:47 pm in response to Libertarian Gary Johnson comes to town

How is spending less money more loony than spending massively more than you bring in with no plan to balance the budget?

As far as I'm concerned, 500+ of the looniest most cowardly people in the world are in Washington DC.

Posted on 06/23/11 at 04:29 pm in response to Neil Gaiman, Matt Dean, and the assault on the Legacy Amendment

Dean sounds like a world class jackass, but I don't see how his objection to funding the arts is any different from Democrats' objections to funding the sports stadium.

I'm wholeheartedly against funding either activity, but if the People have directly voted for the Legacy amendment, Dean's antics are actually directed at the people of Minnesota.

Posted on 11/16/09 at 07:58 am in response to In bringing back Sunday TV mag, Star Tribune creates *print* paywall

I don't take the paper, but I think this is a neat idea. As is your idea of "narrow casting." Make the paper a little bit more like Comcast - where If I don't want something, don't make me pay for it.

Hear that ESPN? We're comin' for ya!

Posted on 11/16/09 at 08:08 am in response to Noise evidence could expand hurricane record

Hopefully this year will not prove anomalous and increased temperatures will not necessarily mean increased storms.

Posted on 11/10/09 at 12:43 pm in response to Three trout streams restored thanks to Outdoor Heritage Fund

sounds cool, but what does it mean to be restored? What were the streams like before and after?

Posted on 10/16/09 at 01:31 pm in response to Famous 'moon footstep' optical illusion shows the trick our brain plays

I'm with Phil on this one. I'm not seeing it.

Posted on 10/14/09 at 12:25 pm in response to From Kindle to Kindle-killer -- the e-book revolution

Why would you write about something that you care for so little? Seems to me that when it comes to books the interface is the least important thing about them. I love reading my paper books, but I also enjoy books on my Sony PRS-505 ebook reader.

Posted on 10/15/09 at 08:03 am in response to What will it take to bring back 7 million jobs?

Unfortunately "Extending unemployment benefits and health benefits for laid-off workers." will not bring back jobs. It will make not having a job suck less, but it will actually increase unemployment. People not getting unemployment benefits are more likely to go out and get another job. The problem is that they are more likely to get a crappier job.