Lousy Drivers (Like You) Are The Reason We Need Self-Driving Cars

A tragic death in Arizona, but I still want my self-driving car. Why? Because I have to drive on the roads…with you. Ron Bailey of Reason.com on the science of self-driving cars.

Donald Trump preaches the federal death penalty in “Live Free Or Die” New Hampshire, and Republicans love it.

And Drew Cline with a very early look on how 2020 is shaping up for Trump and the GOP.

 

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Lois Lane Coolidge

    First, I hate driving on some days and walk miles, so I guess I’m like Michael this way. Then again I love driving on other days when I just want to… go. One will never have the same sense of freedom one gets from pushing the pedal herself if in a driverless car. Bring on the robots, I suppose, but I want the option of something else, and I find it wild that I had to pay more to have a stick shift the last time I bought a car.

    As for the discussion on politics, it’s depressing. Sad, sad, sad. I actually believe free market ideology, though I am never into fundamentalist orthodoxy. I also don’t need the government to fix my problems, apart from the problems they create, which seem legion. I wish someone would fix those.

    I think the blue wave is coming, but I don’t really know what I think about it. It’s not like I’m comfortable in the red ocean either. I’m mostly just sitting on the beach and asking people to leave me alone.

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    • March 20, 2018, at 6:10 AM PDT
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  2. Taras Coolidge

    Are you a pacifist, Michael? If capital punishment after a fair and public trial is the epitome of big government, then what does that make warfare, where you’re not even sure who you’re killing?

    “This is why we don’t give the government the power to, for example, decide who can and can’t own a gun, assuming you’re not a felon … “

    This is a joke, right? Obviously the government determines who is or isn’t a felon, and the government determines who is or isn’t too crazy to own a gun!

    Without the death penalty, then murder becomes the equivalent of, say, three robberies, because the result of a third conviction for robbery is a life sentence in most places. In other words, the death penalty for murder asserts that an individual life is important. Significantly, the Left, to which individual lives are not important, usually opposes the death penalty.

    Of course, since most sentences are determined by plea bargain, then the abolition of capital punishment means most murders will be plea-bargained down from a life sentence, to something even less than that.

    If after everything a particularly heinous murderer really does get life without parole, then he’s just been granted a license to kill without penalty. I wish this were merely hypothetical, but here’s a headline from last April: “Female prison guard, 29, killed in brutal assault ‘by a convicted murderer serving life behind bars’”. What will the murderer get, if he’s convicted? Another life sentence; which is to say, no penalty at all.

    Of course, not just guards but other prisoners are in danger from every lifer. While teaching a writing course in prison, ex-cop and novelist Joseph Wambaugh was asked his position on the death penalty. He said there should be one at least for murders committed in prison. His prisoner audience gave him a standing ovation.

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    • March 20, 2018, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  3. Lois Lane Coolidge

    Taras (View Comment):
    If after everything a particularly heinous murderer really does get life without parole, then he’s just been granted a license to kill without penalty. I wish this were merely hypothetical, but here’s a headline from last April: “Female prison guard, 29, killed in brutal assault ‘by a convicted murderer serving life behind bars’”. What will the murderer get, if he’s convicted? Another life sentence; which is to say, no penalty at all.

    I would guess there are other ways to make a guy’s life miserable in prison? Solitary confinement? No privileges?

    But I get your point.

    I think Michael’s pronouncement is a bit too broad. Even the Catholic church allows for the death penalty in some instances.

    From the Catechism: 2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

    It is impossible to argue that the Catholic church is not pro-life, while it IS possible to argue that the Catholic church likes big government. :)

    When it comes to the context of why Michael brought this up, I think he just wants people to think the president’s speech through. That little guy in the Philippines puts drug dealers to death to much applause, yet I’m pretty sure I do not to use *his* approach to *anything.* This is not to say that Trump is that guy, but the implications of all political rhetoric needs to be considered from start to finish, even if it sounds pretty awesome upon first hearing. (No one likes drug dealers.)

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    • March 21, 2018, at 5:02 AM PDT
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    @lois-lane: When I found that North Carolina case from last year, I was actually looking for an earlier case in New York State in which a prisoner under several life sentences already murdered a woman prison guard, and got an additional life sentence.

    Which raises the question: why are women guarding extremely dangerous male prisoners? Call it Toxic Feminism, the refusal to recognize physical differences between men and women where they exist and are relevant.

    P.S.: A Catholic might reply to Michael that he would be entirely happy to permit an abortion, as long as the fetus has been convicted of murder in a court of law.

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    • March 21, 2018, at 8:21 AM PDT
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  5. Lois Lane Coolidge

    I do think Michael is pro-life. I don’t think his comments on the death penalty hit the mark for which he was aiming.

    Still, I enjoy his podcast and accept he can’t be brilliant ever second of the day.

    I even tolerate his dislike of the South he left behind because I understand the basis for some of his disdain.

    Even so, I also know we have better food than New England, and I love how a South Carolinian will show up at one’s door with a “welcome to the neighborhood” pie!!! (I suspect that’s not common practice in Boston.)

    :)

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    • March 21, 2018, at 8:52 AM PDT
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