• Ender's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    LOL! This is why you are one of my favorite forum members- we can disagree, discuss, & still have fun! You're awesome, Bro!
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 PM
    All of which is what I meant when I said, "Mining the asteroids is certainly not yet within our capabilities." Traveling across the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans was once an extremely expensive proposition, but not so much anymore, relatively speaking. Economies of scale, technological advancement and other factors will mitigate the expenses. The point I was getting at was not specifically that we should "bring any of this material back " - that is merely how it was phrased in the quote from the article, It is that the "feel good" justifications for space exploration/colonization that are so often offered by space "boosterism" simply won't cut it by themselves. We have to get something for our trouble that will make it economically "worth it" (and, yes, even humble iron/nickel cores will be some part of that).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 PM
    I was just about to post this story. jct74 beat me to it. For the time being, he will be self-publishing his own stuff (including the Biden article) at his Substack account. Apparently, they tried to intimidate him with lawyer-speak into not releasing his Biden article elsewhere, even though he is contractually permitted to publish any of his stories elsewhere if the The Intercept doesn't accept them. Here's his public announcement of his resignation:
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  • Ender's Avatar
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    So- did you lose your phone or not? :speaknoevil:
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    Agree 1000%- thanks!
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 11:12 AM
    Tell it to the mayor of Philadelphia ... (or the governor of Pennsylvania ...) Yeah, well, who you gonna believe - the law, or the police?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    I think this is a highly improbable "edge case" scenario. But it's not impossible - and it's certainly interesting. In any case, if you read the article, you'll probably learn some finer details about the electoral process for POTUS/VPOTUS that you didn't already know ... (I did, anyway ...) President Pence and VP Harris? It Could Happen. https://mises.org/wire/president-pence-and-vp-harris-it-could-happen Christopher P. Casey (29 October 2020)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 10:33 AM
    :confused: Why? For what purpose? What's the point? After all ...
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 10:30 AM
    WTF- Tucker DID lose them in the sense that he "lost out". That term is used all the time. The important thing is that the docs have been "disappeared"- not the how the word "lose" is interpreted- AND why the hell did he have them shipped? That looks like an accident waiting to happen.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 AM
    Regarding the statements made at the end of the article (specifically, the ones to which I have added bold emphasis): unless and until we start "tak advantage of the value" (by "bring any of this material back and using it for industry," for example), humanity is never going to establish any kind of enduring presence in space. All the talk about permanent bases on the Moon or manned missions to Mars is just talk. Even if we do those things, it won't last unless and until we start getting more economic value out of it than we put into it. (That's why the Apollo program didn't result in anything lasting - once the political purpose of beating the commies to the Moon had been served, there was no longer any incentive to continue doing it.) Mining the asteroids is certainly not yet within our capabilities. But sooner or later, it (and other such activities) is going to have to be done. Otherwise, the idea of humanity traveling beyond the confines of Earth on anything other than temporary excursions will never be more than a pleasant pipe-dream and the subject of science fiction stories ... Hubble telescope gives closer look at rare asteroid worth $10,000,000,000,000,000,000 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hubble-space-telescope-rare-asteroid-16-psyche-worth-10000-quadrillion/ Sophie Lewis (28 October 2020)
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 09:19 AM
    That will have consequences here... Those that grow the weed there will know that RISK is the biggest influencer on the price of their product. They will look to move their pot across the border to the states in which pot is still illegal. Our ONLY REAL DEFENSE is to LEGALIZE IT HERE, which will keep their prices DOWN and remove the incentive to sell it here as opposed to Mexico.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    +Rep I believe it is more important to support the Right of others to express the opinion that we do NOT agree with rather than only support the voice of those we DO agree with. Only upholding those that agree with the "official narrative" is one of the ways we have gotten to the point we are in today. The other ways include but are not limited to Money, as Money really does talk and bullshit walks. There are 5 companies that control over 90% of the Media. That used to be 6 companies, but Disney bought Fox, so we are reduced to 5. Thing is, that number is effectively ONE, and that ONE singular power controlling 90% of what you see and hear has a disproportionate level of influence on the vulnerable minds of the uninformed. One thing I have always hoped for is a voice out there that teaches people HOW to protect the mind from the influence of all the bullshit that is out there. Sorry, off topic, back to Joe Rogan and Alex Jones....
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 AM
    Apparently, it was just a "glitch" ... According to Rogan: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG6XR5Yllo5/ The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist ... The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed. It works for me now, but some folks are still having trouble seeing it. They’re working on it. It IS however fucking classic and amazing that this glitch only shows up in the Alex Jones episode.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 AM
    Apparently, it was just a "glitch" ... According to Rogan: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG6XR5Yllo5/ The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist ... The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed. It works for me now, but some folks are still having trouble seeing it. They’re working on it. It IS however fucking classic and amazing that this glitch only shows up in the Alex Jones episode.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    I oppose the death penalty, but it is not forbidden under the NAP or libertarian theory. So depending on what one means by "justified," that can be parsed as "justified" or "unjustified" - or even as "not unjustified" if, contra Orwell, one is willing to permit the "not un-" construction (and/or if one is willing to consider the distinction as not being logically binary).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Question answered: Alex Jones Joe Rogan episode disappears from Spotify It's the latter. ETA: But then again: Some shenanigan going on ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    That, or they just want free stuff ... This - with emphasis on "intentionally" ... Pro Tip: Get there early, and you won't need to bring a hand truck - 'coz you can just grab one of those for free, too ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Probably SCOTUS. Maybe concession. No. I have about a dozen or so (including the one Rogan wore on Leno) - all in nearly new condition. I only wear them on special occasions ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    That may well be - but at the same time, it's also likely that Spotify is not contractually obligated to publish anything and everything that Rogan produces. Is Spotify actually distributing this one, or is Rogan doing it himself via his own YouTube channel? If it's the former, then that's a sign that Spotify may have put down the mutiny by the SJW control freaks among its ranks. But if it's the latter ... (And have they started including the other previous episodes - the ones featuring Jones and others - that Spotify originally omitted from their lineup of Rogan's old shows?)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    I think you're confusing "Austrian economics" with "libertarianism" or "laissez faire capitalism" - but strictly speaking, Austrian economics is neither of those things. In fact, "Austrian economics" is just ... economics ... (and human nature, as embodied in the "action axiom," is an inherent, and indeed, foundational, part of economics ...) Also, unlike communism and socialist economics, Austrian economics is not normative. It does not seek any particular outcome, such as a dictatorship of the proletariat or state ownership of all capital property (i.e., "the means of production"). Rather, it merely attempts to identify the laws and propositions by which economic outcomes, whatever they might be, are produced - as, for example, the Law of Demand dictates that if there is a minimum wage then (all else being equal) higher unemployment will result. But Austrian economics makes no policy prescriptions. An Austrian economist could favor a government-mandated minimum wage. He would have to acknowledge that this would, ceteris paribus, increase unemployment - but if he is willing to accept that trade-off (for whatever reasons), then he can still be fully "Austrian." Of course, most Austrians are libertarians who would oppose things like a minimum wage - but strictly speaking, that is because they are libertarians, not because they are Austrians.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:52 PM
    Successfully forecasting particular market outcomes and sussing out the general laws that govern all economies are no more the same thing than winning at the craps table and deriving the laws of mathematical probability are the same thing. In both cases, success at the former does not imply success at the latter, and vice versa. Just as mathematics is the working out of the necessary consequences of the abstractions of quantity and dimension, economics is the working out of the necessary consequences of the abstraction of human action. As such, Austrian economics (including ABC) comports fully with reality - just as does mathematics - and when done correctly, it cannot possibly be otherwise. Name one school of economic thought for which the same sorts of things cannot be said of any of its wannabe swamis/gurus, or any of the forecasts ever attempted by them. (IOW: Name for me any school of economics whose crystal-ball gazers are never mistaken ...) The purpose of economic science is not to tell us what stocks to buy, how many to buy, when to buy them, or how long to hold on to them.
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    He placed a gun to a woman's head.
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    Yesterday, 03:22 PM
    "The people who turned out included blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians and people of Middle Eastern decent. The crowds include not only straight people, but also members of the LGBTQ community. Attendees were not only Christian, but also Jewish, Muslim and numerous other religions. It was not simply an assembly of old, white men, as the left often attributes to the majority of Trump supporters. It wasn’t a group of white supremacists, as every Trump backer is accused of being." And then BLM "peaceful protesters" showed up... Lone Trump supporter greets Antifa-BLM protesters: “I want peace with you brother.” Protester replies: “Back the f*ck up! I’ll beat your ass!” https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/massive-pro-trump-rally-in-beverly-hills-brings-together-black-white-gay-straight-americans-wheres-the-media/?fbclid=IwAR2icDWjnbR1kJ1R_oC2N-zpQlF4ZwYMeSZ5jyoeVI-IMLxtBtKWTY4qZTk
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:59 PM
    And just like most all of these "didndonuffin, my son is a saint" riot starters ..... https://ussanews.com/News1/2020/10/28/armed-suspect-who-was-shot-by-philly-police-sparking-riots-had-extensive-history-of-violence-rapped-about-shooting-cops/
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:33 PM
    A great idea. It's not like the universities don't get side money from other sources. And, as you say, if they believed in their product then they shouldn't have a problem with it. It might also lead to them being upfront with a lack-luster student that is failing out.
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Flat screens are soooo last weeks peaceful gatherings. This weeks prize includes washing machines. Remember to bring a set of hand-trucks to the nearest peaceful protest near you!
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    Because racism. Or something. I'm sure the elite would be quite eager to fill you in.
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    Yesterday, 11:27 AM
    https://pjmedia.com/columns/david-solway-2/2020/10/25/a-modest-proposal-make-universities-pay-for-student-debt-forgiveness-n1085606?fbclid=IwAR3kxHMqmY2_mSEXrORMkq3HQBCPLAvhJXJYbftaUk1CThhxKDmKcxAGTE8
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