• helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 PM
    "Can you read?" is a statist question? Only statists would care "How many of you can read?" I don't know, seems like you've built yourself an unfalsifiable position. People are better educated than ever before. There's no way to measure or quantify (or maybe even roughly guess?) how educated people are. In fact, any such measure is statist -- that is: evil (yes, statism is evil). Therefore, I am right. :) The big-picture point that I think you're trying to make: • Private education is thriving and flourishing and doing a great job (think Khan Academy, online woodworking videos, the proliferation of books and their availability, makerspaces, open source, etc.) • State education is failing horrendously (do I even want to start listing the innumerable ways? No.) ... I agree with completely!
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    Today, 09:48 AM
    My wife and I recently read Wool. Thanks for your recommendation, fr33. It was very entertaining and well-written. Pretty thought-provoking, too.
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    Today, 09:44 AM
    Resources are better, fisharmor. Outcomes are not. Actually, I wouldn't say altogether better, but certainly more plentiful. And that plentitude does bring more high-quality with it, as well as lot and lot more low-quality trash. And for the independent, self-determined man, his ability to be discerning serves him well and he will be able to find the best of the resources. But when you say: I completely disagree. This sense of "education" you're talking about is well-nigh meaningless. It is, in fact, a psuedo-literacy that comes from effortless information access. Will people be even more "educated" when everyone has reality-enhancement-overlay contact lenses with micro-gesture interfaces and so can carry on a competent conversation on absolutely any obscure topic under the sun, discretely scanning the Wikipedia article on the stained glass work of Roger Bissière as they make a comment to you about how his tragic glaucoma reminds them of Beethoven's deafness. Oh, how educated!
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    Today, 07:31 AM
    Goons have become a bunch of sissies these days. I think they should man up and only fire when fired upon. I remember an FBI guy who came to talk to our high school and he said something about the FBI never shoot at anyone unless they are being shot at. That would stop all this unnecessary killing going on...
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    Today, 07:28 AM
    Why is "slavery" even a thing after so many years?? Why don't other countries have to pay blacks for slavery?? Pretty much every country had slaves in the past...
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    Yes. He clearly is. There is no serious disagreement on this.
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Cher was so hot in her hayday. Too bad she became a liberal nutcase...
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  • The Rebel Poet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to GunnyFreedom again.
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    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    At least this thread is way more intelligent than any of the Trump threads...
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    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    Goons gonna goon the mentally handicapped. That's just what they do...
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    Wait, was it a rant or a charade? Wow, you seem to have really developed a very negative opinion of me in very short order! Doesn't take much, I gather? I think this may the only time on these boards you have ever conversed with me. Are there any others I am forgetting? Oh, you missed an important part! "Except for themselves."
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    Got that right. But really, I support "reparations" to slaves. I'm one (as are you)... I want full reparations!!!
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    Where was the scolding? Where was the vehemence? I believe my words were: "I just get tired, and sad". Exactly! The lesson is there on all meta-levels! Firing on all cylinders! I misunderstand Ender (in the very process of explaining about misunderstanding!), you think some sniffing is so pronounced you're driven to distraction by it, I don't even notice it at all, you think I'm a ranting jerk, I think I'm an awesome guy. I didn't make any display of love. More important to correct, I definitely didn't dismiss anyone. I like phil4paul and otherone, Ender's OK, and I don't really know you. Maybe you chose the wrong screen name and just aren't memorable enough. :p Anyway, my apologies for any way in which you have been miscontrued -- feel free to correct the record by re-construing yourself in the proper and accurate light you prefer. :)
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 AM
    I realized long ago a funny thing. A very liberating thing. No one actually cares what I think. I mean, do you? Obviously you don't! What I think about things has no bearing on your life and well-being whatsoever! No one on RPF cares what I think. No one on RPF cares what political candidate I may support or don't support.
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    Yesterday, 11:27 AM
    Why do you repeatedly call what I wrote a "rant"? I think what I wrote was reasonable, measured, and dignified. I hope it was uplifting, even. Why would you perceive it as foaming at the mouth? How could you? Yet again, just a terrific example of different perceptions. One post, two totally different realities! Fascinating, eh?
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 AM
    No, no, as I said: I misunderstood you! :D :o Now what would HB say at a time like this...... nope, not gonna do it. ;) That is exactly what I am speaking out against! RPF denizens sympathetic, or unsympathetic, to either candidate, do not deserve such bitterness. Do not deserve, for example, to be called chimpanzees. Do not deserve to be called whatever you were called. Do not deserve to be called morons and idiots and whatever other empty insults. Etc. My own proclivity is the same.
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    Yesterday, 10:10 AM
    Hate, hate, hate. :rolleyes: No one was "hating" on me for not noticing the sniffing, I did not call anyone's statements towards me hate. Nor was I hating on anyone else for noticing the sniffing. My point was merely that it is equally ridiculous both for me to tell you what you noticed or should have noticed as for you to tell me. I thought, by the way, Ender, that you had! You wrote "YES MOO DID" and I thought you meant "YES YOU DID" as in, "Yes, Helmuth, you most certainly did notice that, you couldn't have missed it, you're just lying." And that the "MOO" was just a bizarre attempt to be funny and insult me somehow by calling me a cow. You see how easy it is to misunderstand each other? :eek: Where the "hate" comes in is exactly where I said it does: hate for the supporters of political candidates you dislike. That just seems unnecessary to me. It's draining. Even fellow RPF members, who have fought the fight of liberty shoulder-to-shoulder with you for years, heaven help them if they dare express anything that could be construed as sympathy towards one of the candidates: toss the heretic overboard! Evil! What a drain.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 AM
    Well, I can see from all the responses from my fellow RPF teammates that the sniffing was, in fact, noticed by some. See, this is the risk of telling people what they saw, what they noticed, and what was obvious to them. My own ridiculous and arrogant statement was intentional -- my sense is that the arrogance of some of the rest of you is more sincere. No, Phil, I am not joking. Did it seem funny? Did you think I was that poor a comedian? No, Ender, I am not a parrot. Who, pray tell, would I be parroting? Some sort of anti-sniffing conspiracy theorists? No, moostraks, I am not trying to "pin" the Great Sniffing Scandal (SCANDAL!!1!) on "any one agency". What the hey are you talking about?
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    09-27-2016, 04:05 PM
    And neither did you. You are simply parroting a cute/clever thing that someone in the media cutely and cleverly noticed. No normal person noticed that.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 03:41 PM
    I had nothing but the audio, and I noticed no sniffing from either party. Neither did you.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 03:25 PM
    All people should do something or somethings. Ideally, start voting with both your feet and your dollars more. Disgusted by the oppressiveness of a local or state government? Move! Strongly disagree with the CEO of a major company that you frequently interact with? Consider supporting the competitors. Worried about the future? Save money, but also a little food, water, and other things.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 03:21 PM
    These commercials were made by someone that is um, um, confused. Is it up to 5,000 medical cannabis locations or 2,000? Is it up to 20 times stronger or 10 times stronger than it once was? Unfortunately, the voters won't see the commercials back to back like that. Thank you for your service!
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 03:17 PM
    Since I moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project, I'm most excited about Maine and Mass passing it. New England and the West Coast have been leading the charge on this issues, as least with polls. Though, I assume the medical marijuana ballot issues are the most likely to pass since the vast majority of voters support that issue, and it mostly is designed to help seniors, vets, and people with cancer, all groups almost everyone claims to support. That said, CA passing it would have the most impact. Plus, it would help CA with it's always pathetic rating on the Freedom in the 50 States report :)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 03:11 PM
    Ron Paul won because Trump kept bringing up his talking points about Iraq, Policemen of the World, and the Fed. Trump was clearly reaching out to libertarians and paleo-conservatives with those talking points.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 01:35 PM
    jmdrake, it sounds like your expectations were a bit too high. Quite a bit.
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    09-27-2016, 09:16 AM
    They both sounded pretty similar (not great). Interrupted each other. A little annoying. Both just repeating the same stuff they always say, for the most part. Anyway, no slam dunk (on the surface). Pretty even match. The girl was more composed and poised (though she seemed to fake-laugh a little too much every time it was her turn). Keep in mind I was only listening, not watching. Here's something interesting: I didn't notice any particularly big bias against either one as I listened. However, in methodically going through the moderator's questions and statements afterward, it actually is quite clear that he was very biased. That doesn't matter, though. Facts and rationality don't really matter in this case. No meaningful number of people is going to rationally and analytically pick apart the moderation after the fact like that. That's the brilliance of getting the mod in the bag on your side. It's invisible. He's automatically seen as unbiased and neutral, by the nature of the format. It was a smart move by the girl -- take every advantage you can get. (That's if one is not opposed to cheating -- I am, by the way). Everyone will perceive it as I initially did: I didn't notice any particularly big bias against either one as I listened. Now the important points.
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    Thank you for your comments. I was Mark's liason (via email) to what Rand has/d to offer and he's been quite cooperative but Ian has not been, yet going further in the wrong direction. I find no purpose in funding their vacations to radioland when I can save it and spend it my way. I just know that you have been a caller for years and someone I respect in spades, so at this point FTL needs to realize that they can't grow w/o Rand and his candidacy at this moment. Their commentary on liberty issues is always on point until they/Ian don't even shed the slightest high-5 upon Rand. The ancaps might be in the few category, which I'm one of like you, but I hold that this show can't go on being an enemy of Rand at this point. If Ian is only pro-NH when this dilemma is facing the country and thus shitting on any national liberty movement by Rand at his own speed, then I gotta fight back and/or withdraw my support from him. Thx for your attention at this point.
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    Actually, Mark was written c. 70 AD. This is confirmed by archaeology by many hundreds of copies with few discrepancies. It is a long time for certain, but we have oral tradition and writings by 1st century Christians and others demonstrating the existence of Jesus. (there is no reason that I know to doubt these Christians and Church fathers) As far as demonstrable proof of people/events in the ancient world, very few compare to the synoptic gospels. I gtg for now, but I hope to continue this conversation ASAP. Pleasure chatting with you, brother. ~hugs~
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    I have found a link you will find useful. http://www.kingdomnow.org/withinyou.html This is Tolstoy's treatise "The Kingdom Of God Is Within You". He makes the Christian argument against government, particularly in Chapter X "EVIL CANNOT BE SUPRESSED BY THE PHYSICAL FORCE OF THE
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    Welcome to the forums! I don't come here to often anymore, so I didn't notice when you arrived. Nice to see a Christian Anarchist around here. Which definition of "The State" do you find most accurate? (if I may ask)
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