Comments on: Tu Quoque (“You Too”) (II) http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/ Blog, news, books Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Joe http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1921 Tue, 31 Aug 2004 16:37:34 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1921 “Cyberterroism”. The very term makes me cringe — not with fear but with annoyance. While it is true our computer networks are not well secured, and that most people have simplistic and incomplete mental models of computer networks, the actual risk has been exaggerated. It should rank nowhere near AIDS, global warming, nuclear proliferation or (physically violent) terrorism. The prefix cyber is misued. It’s a flag to me to know when someone is trying to sound important but not really understanding the issues they speak of.

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By: Macneil http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1920 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 12:46:14 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1920 Re: Asteroids. I saw one comment some post back asking if you were concerned about them. They point the poster was trying to make was that it seemed silly, but reading the commenter’s post I just had to think “how foolish.”

I think when it comes to many issues some conservatives would rather keep their heads in the sand than do anything about it. Even though oil supplies are shrinking, I think part of the popularity of SUVs is due to the fact that people want a way of saying “I know the future is bleak, but it’s not going to affect *my* behavior.” It’s a reducto ad absurdum of sorts: just like how a conversation about vegetarianism always seems “off” when it is held around people eating meat. I think we all know it’s wrong to eat animals, and after the 1970s, we all know oil is a major problem. The problem is, culture has made it so normal that it can only take a very strong character to even say “enough,” let alone change behavior.

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By: John http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1919 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 05:46:46 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1919 Some interesting points. I criticised various aspects of the Copenhagen exercise here, here and here

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By: Mike Shecket http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1918 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 01:42:49 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1918 Judge Posner:

Hi, I’m a 2L at Ohio State as well as a U of C alum. I just wanted to say thanks for dropping by the blogosphere and giving a few of us a chance to exchange ideas with you. I’ve enjoyed reading many of your opinions; one that springs to mind is U.S. v. Marshall where Judge Easterbrook and yourself debate the finer points of LSD and legislative intent. That was pretty much the only case in the entire Legislation casebook that wasn’t totally boring, so thank you for that! Keep up the good work and come visit OSU sometime.

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By: Mojo http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1917 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 00:58:25 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1917 Palooka;
Iraq has never provided weapons of mass destruction to any terrorist group. There was no operational relationship with terrorists prior to our invasion. Iraq doesn’t have weapons of mass destruction and didn’t have any even in the past that were suitable for use by terrorists that would cause damage on a large scale. Even the administration has now changed their position on the justification for the war since this justification simply doesn’t hold water. (BTW, 9/11 was committed by transnational terrorists. They were given haven in Afghanistan, but weren’t actually a state-sponsored group.)
I agree that state sponsors of terrorism should be held accountable. That means all of them, including our current allies. For example, our ally Pakistan’s nukes are a much bigger threat than Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction related activities” were and Pakistan has directly sponsored and supported terrorists. Also, even the worst case scenario for a terrorist attack pales in comparison to the potential damage of an asteroid or comet strike or major global warming.

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By: Palooka http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1916 Sun, 29 Aug 2004 22:42:32 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1916 Raoul,

The technology ALREADY exists. For the most part, that technology requires the resources that only a state can garner. That’s exactly why targeting those like Saddam is an integral part of the war on terror–states which sponsor or encourage terror must know they will be held accountable.

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By: Raoul http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1915 Sun, 29 Aug 2004 22:25:35 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1915 Judge Posner,

Thank you for your varied, insightful and entertaining posts. Global warming is considerably more of an immediate and sever danger than terrorism. Although, as technology enables individuals to be increasingly dangerous that may change.

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By: A.J. http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1914 Sun, 29 Aug 2004 22:11:05 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1914 Judge Posner,

Really enjoyed reading your posts. Have you considered starting your own Web Blog? Anyway, I think you deserve a Nobel Prize and the next appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. I really admire you a lot. Take care. Come back soon!

A.J.

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By: joe http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/tu-quoque-you-too-ii/#comment-1913 Sun, 29 Aug 2004 22:08:15 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/tu_quoque_you_too_ii.html#comment-1913 Here’s a disaster that is not given much credit — the prospect of war involving explosions in low earth orbit. In short: such a war could imprison us on the surface of the earth for many millenia. Read more here:

We Need a Better Bullet Bucket
http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb/archives/000265.html

(that is my old blog… click on my name for my new blog)

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