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    Today, 01:56 PM
    This actually happens, the Right to Farm act allows just this sort of behavior. A large dairy operation was put in my area a decade or so ago, I'm glad I'm not one of the houses near by. Another dairy farm is working on plans to open down the road from this one. The township supervisor lives right between the two, someone commented he's going to enjoy the smell no matter which way the wind is blowing. The land is zoned agriculture so it's being used as intended. I grew up near a large hog farmer. Other than the occasional humid day when the wind was just right I never really was bothered. I do miss the smell of the drying grain in the fall.
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    Today, 07:28 AM
    Realistically, yes. If this was the ideal world it would be another matter. However since we're in a country that often has crony capitalism then some things have to be regulated as the citizen would have no recourse to correct the problem. Slippery slope argument for sure. Bare minimum of regulations. For example, I'm alright with DDT no longer allowed to be sprayed everywhere by anyone. It wasn't used responsibly and affected the entire ecosystem. With current food labeling laws a consumer would have no idea that they're buying produce that used these pesticides so the free market can not decide here.
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    The theory that seems to fit best for me is the Participatory Anthropic Principle which was advocated by the physicist John Wheeler that coined the word wormhole and used the word 'black hole' to describe a singularity. Quantum mechanics has held up be useful in our daily lives.. the transistor, lasers and LEDs are examples of quantum mechanics describing how things work reliably. Quantum mechanics also requires a system to have an observer to actually have a measurable outcome. You could call this original observer god. Or perhaps the universe ended up with consciousness (us, and maybe others) in order for it to actually exist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Archibald_Wheeler#It_from_bit "Wheeler speculated that reality is created by observers in the universe. "How does something arise from nothing?", he asked about the existence of space and time. He also coined the term "Participatory Anthropic Principle" (PAP), a version of a Strong Anthropic Principle. From a transcript of a radio interview on "The anthropic universe":
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/04/dow_asks_trump_administration.html https://apnews.com/a29073ecef9b4841b2e6cca07202bb67/AP-Exclusive:-Pesticide-maker-tries-to-kill-risk-study?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam Bah, who cares about peer reviewed science. It's only brain development
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    04-21-2017, 02:52 PM
    Trump used to call in to talk shows to talk about Trump, claiming to be some other person. He does know about Fake News.
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    04-19-2017, 02:30 PM
    CUREcoin price dropped by over 50% today on news it may be delisted on POLO. This may be a good time to pick some up for when it recovers.
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    04-19-2017, 02:04 PM
    North Korea could land 1/2 a million rounds of artillery in the first hour. Trump should take lessons from Bush Jr. - if you want to use a War to prop up your presidency pick a county that can't shoot back in any meaningful way. Although if a Trump company could get some no bid contracts like Halliburton did who knows... http://www.businessinsider.com/why-no-one-in-korea-wants-war-2013-4
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    04-16-2017, 10:22 PM
    Family owned hardwares have been closing up shop for decades already. My sister closed her store after a Home Depot moved in, after a Lowes had been around for a decade. Unless you're more than 15/20 miles from a box store, the hardwares that are left rarely sell any big ticket item and are scraping by. On top of that even the minimum yearly orders to be part of a chain have kept growing. Ace requires something like 250K yearly ordered from ACE, Tru-serve (True value / service star) was over 100K last I knew. I know I'm over a decade out of knowing what the current totals are, I'm sure it's higher. Whirlpool pulled this with all the independent whirlpool appliance dealers back in the 90s. Minimum orders kept getting higher and higher so you'd have to be doing 10K, then 20K, then higher orders. It made it so keeping a current inventory became a very expensive proposition as you couldn't replace a few appliances as you sold them and instead would have to wait until you had a larger order. Smaller shops couldn't compete and appliance sales locations dried up outside of the box stores. That is why you mostly now only see appliances in Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, etc. I know this should benefit the consumer in the end. However it does change the entire look and feel of a town when the downtowns are all empty.
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    04-16-2017, 04:11 AM
    From a certain point of view...
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    04-15-2017, 02:23 PM
    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/why-american-farmers-are-hacking-their-tractors-with-ukrainian-firmware
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    04-14-2017, 05:21 PM
    The onion actually had a good point : http://www.theonion.com/graphic/new-bomb-capable-of-creating-1500-new-terrorists-i-8778 They also had "Trump confident U.S. Military Strike WIped Out Russian Scandal"
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    04-06-2017, 11:36 PM
    "No 'sea to shining sea' border wall" according to homeland security
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    04-06-2017, 05:22 PM
    If it was a foster parent then yes, they should help the child transition back to whomever is decided she should go back to. However his rights were terminated, the adoption was finalized. In every legal sense of the term that child is no longer his, the adopted parents are just parents now. If there are problems with how they terminate parental rights in South Carolina this is a serious issue for any adoptions that happened in that state. I hope the courts figure this one out quickly for the sake of the kid although really it never should have gotten this far if things were done correctly.
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    04-06-2017, 08:09 AM
    This isn't a foster care issue anymore. Before she was adopted she was a foster child, yes. However now the Dalsings adopted her, she's no longer a foster child. To move a child from a foster to being fully adopted, parental rights have to be terminated. This ensures there aren't problems like this going to pop up down the line. It protects both the child and new parents from their family being broken apart. Once an adoption is finalized, legally Braelyn is the child of the Dalsings. Once the adoption is finished, the new adoptive parents can do anything they wish about allowing visitation or not, it is no different than any parent letting friends and family visit. Having went through this a few times it's over a year long process to have parental rights terminated. If the family grandmother couldn't even remove the child out of foster care there are definitely other issues at hand here. When the kid is in foster care the state pays for them, if the state can put the kid back with biological family, in a safe setting, they will. Simple things like a roof over their head, no drugs, and them being able to feed them. although to be a foster parent you don't need much other than a safe environment - food on the table, roof over their head, and a place for them to sleep. I will say that the foster care workers I've met are an exception to my typical view of a government worker and the foster families are out to help kids. The monthly stipend for fostering covers the basics and that's it, although medical is covered by the state. Personally my family went through a somewhat similar situation. A baby only a few weeks old was given for foster care, with the foster system knowing the intention was hopefully for adoption. The baby had stayed with a nurse from birth for the first few weeks to handle some medical issues due to the bio mother's horrible actions while pregnant. It was determined who the bio father actually was, some blood tests were done to prove that. The drug using bio father had no regular job, had no real desire to take the baby. His mother wanted the baby. The bio grandmother had other issues and her home was not determined to be safe for the child. The baby stayed in foster, the adoption process went slowly ahead. The bio mother's rights were quickly terminated, she actually had a few other children removed before due to drugs and alcohol. The bio father went through a process to show he could be responsible enough to have a child. Over a year process he could not give a clean drug test nor could he hold a job. The bio grandmother did not change things to give a safe environment for a child. During this time there were supervised visits on a regular schedule as the baby was still a foster child and the system was working to place her in a good home, her bio family was still a possibility. Almost 2 years later the bio father's rights were terminated, the adoption was finalized. That was over a decade ago, that baby is now a teen and a great kid (I'm admittedly biased) From what I gather that was a typical process for fostering and adoption through the foster system. Then there are very sad, horrible, how could you do that to kids, years of consoling sort of reasons. I have to hand it to the people I met who work in the foster system, I don't know how they don't snap after seeing what they do.
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    04-04-2017, 11:57 PM
    The in denial is the spin that trump's claim was supposedly meant to be about mass surveillance and not just wiretapping his phones. The white house didn't even talk about the mass surveillance or the "quote around wiretapping" in 2 out of the 4 tweets for days after the tweet. That and the implied action that Obama had Trump specially targeted which still hasn't been shown to have happened. If he's so against mass surveillance do one of his executive orders to put an end to it! I will give it to Trump... his wiretapping claims made everyone stop talking about Sessions and how he probably perjured himself and also how he recused himself from being involved with any Trump/Russia investigations.
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    04-04-2017, 11:46 PM
    The article says the bio father was legally represented at the termination. Why did he wait until his release to appeal this? The termination of rights is a long process with many steps, it's not like this was a single step the bio father missed. Another article says the court had the bio father's mother and the Dalsings as possible placements and decided the Dalsings would be the best choice for the child. Family is usually the first choice the courts place kids, if the bio grandmother wasn't chosen then there had to be reasons then. Termination is supposed to be rock solid or it defeats the whole adoption process. From reading a few articles on this instance, and knowing all the checks required to be a foster, and then an adoptive parent, I have to side with the kid and think she should stay where she has been for years. I'm a firm believer in adoption. It's these sorts of problems that make people so leary of giving much needed homes to children in need and people going overseas with huge expenses when there are so many locally that need a home. If there is some underlying problem with their termination process then they need to fix that fast.
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    04-04-2017, 06:32 AM
    Oh so the donating pay was one of the things he said he'd do that he actually meant, he wasn't joking or going to flip flop? That's good I guess. Simple minds like mine have trouble keeping up.
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    04-02-2017, 10:06 PM
    Here's a nice site watching various alt coins. Can sort the columns with a click http://alt19.com/
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    04-02-2017, 10:02 PM
    It doesn't matter if you use Linux, Iphone, Android, Windows, Mac, etc. If it's plain traffic to the net your ISP can identify what website you're going to, or service you're using and then sell that information. The best you can do is use a VPN service that means all traffic from your home/business/whatever is encrypted to the VPN service. Your ISP won't have a clue what it is. The downside : Cost of having a VPN, having to use a VPN client, and maybe getting blocked from netflix if you're using a VPN. Minor Upside: If you ever connect to an open hotspot and do something like check email or banking, a VPN will protect you from getting sniffed
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    04-02-2017, 04:02 PM
    DOGE is up 30%, up to 40 satoshi. That's breaking a long period of downward movement
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    03-31-2017, 08:26 AM
    People use computers to handle their bank accounts all the time without problems. People trade stocks on PC all the time. No different with crypto currencies. Yes there have been issues but typically you should be alright with good antivirus running. However if you are going to be holding some coins for a long period there are many ways to protect yourself. You can use an air gap computer to make a wallet to send coins to. There is no way the private key could hit the internet. You can then print paper wallets to store in secure locations. Or you can use a devices made specifically to handle wallets. I don't use one myself so can't speak for the ease of use. A simple safer way is to use blockchain.info , they have strong 2 factor authentication so some hacker would have to own your PC AND your phone to log in. That's more secure than me logging into my chase bank account.
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    03-30-2017, 09:23 PM
    The FOX Tv show APB has a drone. The show about a billionaire privatizing police. It drops concussive charges, supposedly to put out oil fires. Another shoots fancy tasers. The show uses an APB app to let anyone report things to the cops. I'm not sure if the idea behind the show is to make us want big brother, make us want to privatize the cops (Because that has worked oh so well for prisons), or is just a way to root for the guys in blue. This isn't one of the dark cop dramas, in this one all the cops are actually good.
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    03-29-2017, 12:32 PM
    I thought this was worth a separate thread as this is a great idea. If we the consumers now have to jump through various hoops to try to protect our internet searches, we should make sure politicians have to do the same. For those who don't hilarity will happen. https://www.searchinternethistory.com/
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    03-29-2017, 12:26 PM
    There is a crowdfunding going on to purchase the browsing history of everyone who voted for the law. https://www.searchinternethistory.com/
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    03-27-2017, 11:02 PM
    I can only assume every commenter has been added to a special ATF watchlist.
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    03-27-2017, 10:22 AM
    RPC currently has a total marketcap of 6 BTC, ~$6000 USD. I never saw any traction on the coin. Just another alt coin trying to hype a name like the TRUMP, CLINT and BURN coins this election cycle.
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    03-27-2017, 02:04 AM
    The Breeze wallet by Stratis is a Stratis and Bitcoin wallet that has a tumbler built in. This could explain why STRAT has been climbing like crazy, 30% today http://www.coindesk.com/press-releases/stratis-breeze-wallet-redefines-financial-privacy-blockchains/ Why Bother? Every address is being watched
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    03-26-2017, 10:47 PM
    Is the donald going to be spending more time golfing and letting his daughter and son in law run things?
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