Category Archives: Other Thoughts

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

“It is much to be wished that every discouragement should be thrown in the way of men who undertake to trade without capital.”

–Thomas Jefferson concerning Hamilton’s plans to fund the federal government

“The consumers pay for it in the end, and the debts contracted, and bankruptcies occasioned by such commercial adventurers, bring burden and disgrace on our country”.

–Thomas Jefferson on Hamliton’s desire for the federal government to assume the debts of the states.

Two quotes from Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power that I find relevant today. Maybe a book review will follow. I find it especially relevant to re-visit the founding fathers with their names being spoken often in the media, conversations and other mediums. It’s interesting to note that they didn’t all agree. The republic and constitution were/is an experiment and filled with compromise.

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Trolls And Why I Know Longer Read Comments

The following article deals with how comments impact a persons belief depending on the tone of “troll” comments in regards to science. I would venture to guess the study the article references could probably be applied to other aspects of life especially politics.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/you-idiot-course-trolls-comments-make-you-believe-science-less — I stumbled upon this article courtesy of Edward Tufte’s tweet earlier today.

Comments have a way to entrench people in their emotions. And this past presidential election had more than enough troll comments. I find it fascinating to read the comments on political topics. Next time you read comments on the internet how long the thread last until Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies occurs. If you aren’t familiar with that law or rule it’s simply “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”