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  • The Rebel Poet's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 PM
    Dumb idea. They need "theft free zone" signs.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    Before we switch to Islamic immigration in Europe, I'd like to point out that large-scale third-world immigration has been happening in this country for at least 40 years, so whatever risks come with that, we're already exposed. I'm perfectly willing to discuss Islam as a problem, and I'm willing to go farther than any of you anti-immigration types in decrying it, so if you want to have that discussion, let's. But don't wrap an anti-Islam position in an anti-immigration blanket.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 10:41 AM
    And when you can produce evidence of a foreign invasion, you won't get any argument here. Invasion has three definitions: an act or instance of invading or entering as an enemy, especially by an army. the entrance or advent of anything troublesome or harmful, as disease. entrance as if to take possession or overrun There is no army, so it doesn't fit definition 1. You cannot show a concerted effort to overrun, so it doesn't fit definition 3.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 10:27 AM
    I am one of those potential 5,000 votes, and all anyone is doing here is trying to piss me off and make me continue not to participate. I, and people like me, are the demographic that will make the difference in these elections. We are either a bigger factor than you realize, or we're a bigger factor than you want to admit. At some point, if winning is your goal - and let's face it, winning is the only thing you've ever cared about - you need to recognize that my voting block is kind of holding the keys here, so it's well past time to STFU with your statist nonsense and listen. Or, maybe what we've been saying ever since Rand left the fold is true. Maybe the problem we've been screaming for 6 years is that we HAD someone we would have voted for (Ron), who was willing to take a second away from pushing things we didn't agree with (like unconstitutional and fascist immigration policy) to TEACH people why they should support the things we DO agree with (like almost everything else he said). Maybe we're right when we tell you, ad nauseum, that the reason nobody supports liberty is because nobody is running on it. Don't give me that Rand bullshit - the man spent 17 hours bleating about how if we're going to extrajudicially murder citizens on US soil we need to fill out some paperwork, and this is what you're calling a liberty-loving candidate. When we get another candidate who says "cut five cabinet level departments immediately" we'll come out of hiding and canvas and call and do all of that stuff. Until then, you're always going to be 5000 votes short.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 07:32 AM
    Gatto is awesome! And completely right.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    Rights do not come from the Constitution, nor the determination of a majority of people. Rights exist because YOU exist. The most essential of those Rights is Property Rights. Not in what you own, but what you are. Your Property Right is the Right of Self Ownership. The Right is extended to other physical items because of what you are has allowed you to create or acquire those things. That is the REAL source of Authority. Any time someone decides to deprive you of your property, that is a Violation of Rights, UNLESS negotiation has taken place in some form. That could be as simple as letting your neighbors kids play with your kid in your yard. When that negotiation has not taken place, you also have a Right do defend your own property against the violations of others. The extent of Defense should be within reason. You wouldnt shoot your neighbors child if they came over, knocked on your door, and asked if your kid could come outside to play. I think we can agree that is excessive, hence, Minimal Necessary Force. In the case of a Car Thief, you cant just shoo them away, or politely ask "dont steal my car" or "dont beat me within an inch of my life". If they are stealing your car, they have determined their own needs outweigh your Self Authority, thus, the Minimal Necessary Force to stop a car thief can be understood as "stop or I will shoot you". And if they do not stop, then be prepared to shoot them because they will have no problem shooting you just to take what you got. --- Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits of the law", because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:27 PM
    I'm gonna go watch some YouTube vids about this during my drive home.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:57 PM
    There are a lot of contributing factors for Intellectual Decline, so it isnt just limited to cell phones. There are quite a few ways to cause harm to the mind. They can be broken into several major categories. First of which is a Polarized perspective with "Presence" and "Absence". The Presence means that the mind takes in information that is incorrect, and just means that the information is "present". The other big way, which is limited to just this perspective, is "Absence". Information which the mind needs is simply not available. From just one point of view, the way that Cell Phones damage the mind is by Absence. I think we can all agree that Cell Phones are VERY distracting. What we arent considering quite as heavily is what would normally occupy the minds of people if the cell phone were not there, and what type of learning would occur without the distraction of a cell phone. Im too distracted to go out and play, or do laundry, or do work, or LEARN. But what kind of Learning? Learning about the intricacies of human communication? Learning how big of a role Body Language plays in how we communicate? That is a form of damage that Cell Phone distraction also causes to the mind, but is also very limited in its perspective as there are many ways that it can happen.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/06/18/1331241/australia-discontinues-its-national-biometric-id-project They drop theirs, why cant we drop ours? Do we really actually think as a society that Surveillance gives us Safety?
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/06/19/000235/the-supreme-court-will-decide-if-apples-app-store-is-a-monopoly Is it a Monopoly? Hard to say. Even harder to do anything about since so many companies now pretty much operate as Monopolies. What can be said is it definitely is a Walled Garden.
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  • The Rebel Poet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:44 AM
    This specifically says land force.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:43 AM
    Fixed. Buck Rogers is in for an unpleasant suprise when he wakes up ...
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    "As in the Days of Noah,,," How bad would it have to get before God decided to wipe it again? not there yet apparently.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    I don't think that would work. If you had been born in that universe, then I bet you'd be saying exactly the same thing about other stuff that we don't have in this one ... (I suspect there's some kind of conservation principle at work here.)
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    I have doubts.. Seems more like theater.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    I used to pay video games on the TV. Now I play them on the toilet. I used to have to call people and leave messages and hope that they would get it and get back to me. Now I simply text them, and arrange entire deals in an asynchronous and yet totally documented manner. I used to have to store facts in long-term memory for the rare occasion when I would need them. Now, there is literally no reason for me to remember how a SQL Server PIVOT statement works. The only possible case I would have to remember stuff like that is if the internet suddenly went away, and if that happened, there would be zero reason for me to need to know this stuff. I was a late adopter of cellphones... and when I finally got one, the ability to make phone calls was pretty much at the bottom of my list of reasons.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:03 AM
    Ok, so the first example is that 30% of people he had dinner with needed to pull out their phones to divide a check by 10. There are a bunch of problems with this, but two spring to mind. The primary problem is that his anecdote assumes that those people were even capable of doing that math prior to having phones. That is not a good assumption, and the "stupid man on the street" interviews that have been popular for decades confirm this. The second immediately noticeable problem is that he's assuming that we're all just going to believe everyone in the group ordered the exact same thing. When has that ever happened, seriously? It's entirely possible they pulled out their phones to calculate 15% tip on the $14.36 they knew they spent, and whereas they should be able to spitball that and be decent enough to just throw an extra buck at the problem, there are a lot of people who get shitty about group bills and want to fork over exact change. Second actual example that isn't just him soapboxing: children having devices. Well guess what, they said the same thing about Nintendos, guy. Like, the exact. same. thing. Civilization hasn't collapsed yet. I mean, unless you want to count the literal, actual collapse being caused by an inexplicable tsunami of mentally retarded children (newly labeled as "autistic") which is literally going to cripple us all... I mean, sure, let's bitch about cellphones some more.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Are you sure you want to give an Injun access to your firewater?
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:48 AM
    I used to be an avid reader of books. 6 to 10 a year. I don't think I've finished one in the last 4 years. Now there are other factors such as I am much more busy and my life is not the same as it was then, but I'm certain my smart phone has made my ability to concentrate much worse.
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  • The Rebel Poet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    I'll be signing up, and if you give me a referral code, they'll give you a bonus. Also any advice from experienced lyfters is appreciated.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    I have been too,, It took three days to get news out. Hurricane Andrew. and there was the Baptism, and Resurrection. People have tried to Kill me, I have tried to kill myself,,, and Untold machines and tools have attempted such.. I remain,, and will do so till My Creator says otherwise. google??? good luck with that.
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  • The Rebel Poet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 AM
    I thought about that, but the only way to divide it would be to separate "would consider" and "committed to voting Trump no matter what happens." Since an election over a year away is hypothetical anyway, I figured no one would even quibble. Turns out someone else on the forum is as obsessed with completeness and symmetry as I am.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 AM
    Good luck with that.. I have long since quit trying to find the exit on my own,, and accepted my placement here. I don't have an out date known to me. But believe I would welcome it.. I have the foreboding that I will be here for some time yet. ,,, as an observer.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 AM
    Nope,, it's the Conservative Hippies. ;)
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by acptulsa on 07-02-2017 at 08:46 AM
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So, you take a sniff, mistake an anti-Fed argument for a minimum wage argument, and jump off board? Do you think victims of inflation and the systematic destruction of manufacturing jobs should be stripped of the right to vote, but corporations should get to vote even though they are things, not people? You say government is the problem, not the corporations, but I don't see you acknowledging who or what it is that is paying the lobbyists to make the particular bribes they make.

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Did a delay in response give the gunman more time? Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub as police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

...Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers' gun fire.

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We're So Lucky to Have Such Great Choices

by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:16 AM
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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:14 AM
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Once upon a time, there was a thing called the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was founded to prevent kamikaze capitalism amongst railroads in a day when their efficiencies and primitive technology pretty much guaranteed them a monopoly in viable transportation.

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