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    Yesterday, 07:40 AM
    The problem with tariffs is not tariffs; it is the paranoid, avaricious, rotten little human beings who make the conditions that lead some to believe them necessary. Depending on the way one looks at it all, they become necessary under certain conditions. We've discussed this before, but let's do it again via real example. Free market economic theory rests on several pillars, one of which is called "competitive advantage". When an inventor develops a disruptive technology, this is one form of competetive advantage. Another comes with reductions in labor costs. China enjoys a strong competitive advantage in labor costs, which was the primary reason American manufacturing fled our shores to live with the communists. The naive and/or morally bereft consumer assesses this based on shelf prices. "Oh YAY... look at this! I can get a ten trillion BTU air conditioner for only $1.99. But the competent and diligent analyst digs just a mite more deeply, and what does he find? China pays maybe two percent of the American equivalent labor rate. He knows that the large majority of the cost to produce is sunk into labor, which explains to him why Walmart can sell a ten trillion BTU window A/C unit for $1.99. The diligent analyst then asks the question: how are the Chinese able to affect so vast a disparity in labor costs? A little more digging and he finds his answer: effective slave labor. Also, were the people morally and educationally intact, they would be aware of this situation and would refuse to buy anything from China. In that case, Paine's "invisible hand" would be evident in the right ways and the incentive for China would be to stop being a raft of royal pricks. But no, price drives all and so once again the corruption of men sets the conditions of quality of life. It's quite pathological and I would maintain as yet that all evidence points to the wired-in need for humanity to self-correct via mutual destruction, rather than through the intelligent use of the brains God presumably gave everyone, yet most choose to employ as mere hat racks. We remain our own worst enemies, verily and truly. The notion of competitive advantage is tacitly laced with that of "fair play". That which is tantamount to slave labor is not even on the same planet as fair play. Inventing a robot system capable of replacing all human labor in a given sector, while highly disruptive of those immediately affected, is nonetheless an example of a valid advantage which, all else equal, should lead the inventor to vast profits for a time. Forcing people to work under conditions such that when they ask for a five-cent raise per day ends them up in a reeducation camp for ten years, is not valid no matter how twisted-up one's moral outlook may have otherwise become. People do shitty things.
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    05-20-2024, 04:19 AM
    This really doesn't tell us enough. Most tribal communities are anarchic, while some have rulers such as a king. Most have a chief, which is not the same as a ruler. A chief has no authority to order anyone to do anything. One more anecdotal datapoint demonstrating the shameful human predilection for the various corruptions this represents. Cowardice, evasion of responsibility for oneself on several levels, rank ignorance, avarice, and a willingness to bow to a king so long as one believes they are thereby safe, just to name a few. Captain Broken Record reiterates: Humans are a rotten breed of which there is little to recommend.
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    05-20-2024, 03:54 AM
    They made fine work of it, too, considering the baggage the term now carries. It makes sense because anarchy is a euphemism for freedom. Each implies the other. Anarchism has become a clustercopulation, what with "ancom", "ancap", and all the other idiotic subdivisions. I'm in an anarchy group on FB and the youngins there are so woefully ignorant of the most basic sense, I don't think even a good beating with an iron bar would help them... though it might make me feel a little better. They never shut up about hierarchy and private property. They are some of the most anti-freedom sorts imaginable... the ancoms. The so-called ancaps are far more rational, but I still object to "ancap". You're either an anarchist or you are something else. There are no flavors of anarchy, just as there are no degrees of freedom, but only of servitude. The stupidity is wild-west epic. Those people leave me convinced at times that humanity is doomed to extinction for a lack of the most basic sense. Ancaps are very selective in their definitions such that it's impossible to have a rational conversation with them. I'd laugh them off, but there's a dangerous edge in their tone. Mass executions by rulers past become more understandable, given what I see on a daily basis. The stupid stand to drag everyone into the maw of hell. What does one do when rational and open-minded discourse becomes impossible due to the intransigence of stoopid people?
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    05-20-2024, 03:12 AM
    So basically Russia has won. I never thought I'd side with Russia on anything, given what those bastards did to my family, but here I am. Not really siding with them, I suppose, but certainly seeing things from their perspective. That the western Euros went for the nonsense doled by USA tells us something. I'm not sure they can be so bottomlessly stupid as to willingly go for this crap, given the last two disastrous wars. That leaves coercion in the form of "you will kowtow or we pull every penny for NATO and take our nukes and other materiel home. What's it gonna be?" An end to US NATO funding would spell the end of the EU as a neo-communist bloc, unless of course they were to choose not to maintain a military deterrent against Russia, in which case they either suck Putin's willie to evade his aggression, or Vlad marches in and takes it all, which I'm not convinced he'd do. One would hope Russia learned the lessons of their wild traipse into wholesale, ham-fisted stupidity during the soviet era. OTOH, one can never really be sure about such things where humans and political power come into question, so I suppose it's really all just a great big crap shoot.
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    05-19-2024, 11:51 AM
    As often, I have no idea what you're talking about.
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    05-19-2024, 10:20 AM "When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil" -Thomas Jefferson For better than thirty years I have been telling this to people, at times with nodding heads in response, at others with glazed stares. On far more occasions than I care to recall, people of a certain bent would launch into a diatribe at me about how violence is never the solution, even though I never mention the dreaded "v-word". That's not to say I feel that violence is a universal evil as some do, because I don't. As with all things, violence has its place. However, it must also be noted that as with hatred, a little goes a very long way, but let me not digress so early on. The American republic has problems. Some will say our troubles root in the faults of our architecture. This is certainly a valid point, for our Constitution carries with it the DNA for the death of the republic for which it stands as blueprint. The power to tax is perhaps the greatest of these faults of design, but such flaws cannot bear the full measure of blame for the ways in which we have devolved as a people over the past two hundred years. By far the great proportion of culpability lies with we, the glorious people.
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    05-16-2024, 04:57 PM
    NPR was going on about how Fico is the Slovak counterpart of Trump and that the gunman "acted alone", all this just hours after the fact. That NPR crystal ball must really be something.
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    05-16-2024, 05:30 AM
    Today we speak briefly and in broad strokes for the sake of something upon which to cognitively chew. The quality of our material lives is largely determined by ratios. This is especially so in all things economic, where affordability is a key factor. The ability of someone to purchase a given product or service rests primarily with his ability to afford, all else equal. The ability to afford is primarily a question of the ratio of one's disposable reserves to price. In recent decades, that ratio has fallen, at times sharply as a consequence of economic "events" of a decidedly non-organic nature, the latest having been the disruption of economic supply chains caused by the nearly universal global responses of "governments" to the so-called "pandemic". By the way, I view such unwavering uniformity with deep suspicion. Few things human take on this character. As the ratio of reserves to price falls, the ability to afford even basics for daily life becomes ever more deeply strained. Many people do not see this simple relationship, largely due to a dangerous lack of education in basic economics†, and also in part to the vast oceans of noise with which the average man is now bombarded on a minute-by-minute basis. The signal to noise RATIO (<-- there's that word again) is now dangerously low. People on the average are now so beset with problems, most of each of which may be low in intensity, but with numbers of them legion, that they are overwhelmed such that basic living has become an overbearing burden with stresses in every nook and cranny of their daily lives. And of course, none of this is natural. Nearly every shred of it is artificially imposed upon us by those in power. The currently prevailing conditions of stress serve to keep vast proportions (another reference to ratios) of people off-balance as they struggle to move from one moment to the next in even the simplest of life's endeavors. Keeping people's eyes focused on the ground between their feet keeps those eyes off the so-called "elite" enough to allow the latter to continue their ultimately destructive machinations. To all appearances, these endeavors of power are intended to enrich those in power in one manner or another at the expense of the rest. It is so because the political class want it all for themselves, and therefore choose to see the circumstance of humanity on the whole as a zero-sum game. For Themme (those in material power), there is no other way to view things, and the attitude and decision to take the world as a zero-sum affair arises generally not of naive ignorance, but of informed (though perhaps tacit) awareness and the deliberate will to make things so, often under their purposeful subscription to delusional notions of the "greater good" to which they attach themselves, that they may proceed under the psychotic belief that they are doing good for all. It is further instructive to note the damning nature of the fact that such people never include themselves on the list of those to get the short shrift. Somehow, and however tacitly, they always find themselves on the beneficiary side of the dividing line.
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    05-15-2024, 09:09 PM
    Only watched the first five minutes, but in that time it seems the situation has been a bit over-simplified. "Seventy five thousand bombs...", OOoooo... Firstly, I don't trust either party to the door, but we have to start somewhere. Thus far there is no evidence beyond reputation to suggest that the initial attack by Hamas was the result of Israeli machinations. If appearances reflect truth, then I can only ask what would YOU do, were you in Israel's position? Personally, I would have no hesitation to wipe the people of Gaza from the earth, all else equal. If Israel was "up to something" that purposefully precipitated the attack, then fie on them and let them burn to the man. But in the absence of evidence, I cannot fault Israel's response, as horrible as the results have been. They've had enough of the bullshit, I suspect. Who wants to blow up at the market on a Tuesday morning? Nobody, I suspect, who is not mentally deranged. And infants in microwaves? Is that also a lie peddled by Jooz? The information war is a disaster area such that basically nobody's word can be taken on faith and all the evidence or lack thereof serves only to make the landscape non-readable to sensible men. Between this load of bullshit, that between Russia and Ukraine, and all the other wild and wooley idiocies that beset this world, it is a wonder to my mind that things have not flown apart already. The worst of it all is that we have chosen this mess - or rather, a small subset of humanity has foisted virtually all human disaster upon the rest and, even more sadly, that remainder has idly allowed it. The Israelis have no obligation to temper their response to the attack, so all this talk against them is a steaming mountainous pile, IMO. Demanding they do so is like demanding that the man about to be murdered temper his defense reaction to his assailant. It is idiotic, prima facie, not to mention its moral depravity. Nobody owes their life to another and no nation owes its existence to another. These calls for temperance are themselves evidence of a deep soul-cancer in those who make them. My pity on both sides goes to the children who have done nothing to deserve what has been doled to them.
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    05-15-2024, 05:38 AM
    It would seem either you missed my point, or have consciously skirted it. As in not succeeding or not failing? I'd rather not assume your meaning. Over production is, all else equal, a microeconomic decision based on that sweet spot on the efficiency curve. One can "over produce" and still make optimal profit and serve the market with equal efficiency. It all really turns on how one views these things. Use the right standard and saving the lives of sick children can be convincingly peddled as some brand of ultimate evil.
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    05-12-2024, 11:16 AM
    If someone is throwing millions at me, I will not step out of the way. Au contraire, mon ami. When I did my MBA we did endless case studies on precisely this issue. The fact is that what one company is able to accomplish, others cannot. It tends to be a subtle and often complicated interplay of factors. The bottom line is that the big automakers may well be unable to pull off a Tesla. I would add that just because Tesla is doing well now, as the scam that is the EV begins to unravel, Tesla may find itself heading for ultimate doom.
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    05-11-2024, 11:58 AM
    This is interesting as it raises the question once more of whose rights we are speaking. There are those of individuals, and then there are those of corporate fictions. Rand said he thought there was a good constitutional case against banning tiktok. I disagree, and here's why: tiktoc is a corporate entity and in my opinion, contrary to SCOTUS who has botched countless cases, does not hold valid claim to rights to free speech equal to those of a living human being. Given the nature of corporations, and especially considering their characteristics and advantages of superorganization, it is my opinion that their rights may be more tightly circumscribed than may those of an individual. Should producers of medicines be able to lie or employ deceit in the marketing of their drugs? May auto manufacturers lie or use deceit in advertising their vehicles, especially where fuel economy and crash worthiness are concerned? A man may lie all day long about having been an olympic gold medal winner, all else equal. I find no analog right that might be reasonably assigned to a corporation. In my opinion there is no constitutional right for tiktok to do business in America. There is a precedent-established right to do so, but that is not the same as an inherent right because it is synthetic and not "natural". I agree with Rand's point about the invalidity of the "what-if" logic he claims pervades the legislation in question. Such bans are cancer, as is the thinking used to justify them. Why not tax unrealized profits while you're at it? Oh wait... Stooping to China's level seems a failure in creative thinking, but the security concerns are real and they are valid. I'm sure, however, that people more clever than myself could come up with a better solution. The deeper question, of course, is the age old issue concerning the state of general humanity. We're nasty little apes ready to see those we view with suspicion taken out behind the chemical sheds to have double-taps administered to their heads. We're thieving, warring, paranoids ready to consume the planet for the sake of our manifold failings, many of which would be readily corrected were we cut of a better cloth. Actually, I think we're corduroy.
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    05-10-2024, 06:15 AM
    That's NOT what she said. She said "it was the party that fought for the little guy." She said NOTHING in those first few statements about sales. Pay some damned proper attention and stop being so eager to pick fights because your feet wind up in your gullet.
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    05-09-2024, 11:10 PM
    The actual term "hate speech", originated in the 80s (and please correct me if my memory is mangled). I remember when the first "hate speech" laws made the news. My reaction was as it is today: this is an utter and rank absurdity that should have been stamped out by SCOTUS from the get-go. Well, it should never have arisen in the first place, of course, but American politics being what it is, anyone with an IQ would be able to comfortably predict such nonsense as inevitable. I've gone about about the dangerous stupidity the term itself represents for at least 30 years. "Cancer" comes to mind, and here we all these decades later in some sorry shape that shows no end any time before the sun goes nova. We get what we tolerate.
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    05-09-2024, 10:59 PM
    Because your fellow humans, being predators, will prey on you if you allow it. Welcome to Earth, the mafia planet. We're all wiseguys here...
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    05-09-2024, 10:56 PM
    You mean #47: on all fours, butt high and waiting for the insertion?
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    05-09-2024, 10:51 PM
    OK, Gabbard commits credibility suicide in the first 30 or so seconds of opening her yap, stating that the Democrat party was the party "for the little guy". She is either lying through her teeth (likely), ignorant beyond all redemption (likely), morally bereft (likely), or all three (most likely). I would not use that woman as toilet paper, nor would I trust her to tell me water was wet. She gives me the creeps to the marrow. She is a Democrat who knows her party has no credibility, save with the most pathological among its adherents. This has driven her to make this sadly transparent bail for the sake of her pathetic political ambitions, in the attempt to fool people into believing she is worth more than the cardboard match with which one would set her gasoline-soaked self ablaze. Same pig, different lipstick. My advice to her would be to go into porn where she could make a buck, we could finally see her tits, and she could do far less to harm the world than were she to even become city dog catcher, much less anything more politically significant. All I see when I look at her is a great cancerous tumor. Now let me tell you how I REALLY feel...
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    05-09-2024, 01:42 AM
    Pretty funny shit right here:
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    05-09-2024, 01:27 AM
    I'm sure he's right. I'd love to know who he's thinking of.
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    05-08-2024, 08:34 PM
    Oh thank God. i've had enough insanity for one week.
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    05-08-2024, 08:16 PM
    Judas Johnson is so full of himself, too. Makes him ever harder to stomach. Love Marjorie. She's been nothing but pleasant surprises. I'm glad she did this and I see it as a worthy shot across the bow, regardless of today's result.
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    05-08-2024, 08:11 PM
    It was that hopium at the end that was the hook: We WILL WIN BIG - AND IT WILL BE SOON!
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    05-08-2024, 08:05 PM
    Reminds me how after the election and a rally crowd was yelling "Lock her up!" and he said that was good for when he was running but not once he'd won and "Hillary is good people".
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    05-07-2024, 01:57 AM
    Sarah Palin Michelle Bachman Kristi Noem Marsha Blackburn, I suspect, as well. Certainly a bunch from the south. Neocons who aren't Jews but may as well be. It's British Israelism. The Synagogue of Satan masquerading as Christianity, serving "their father below", to quote CS Lewis, and thinking they're doing God's work.
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    05-07-2024, 01:27 AM
    And, regarding that, does anyone ever remember Nancy Pelosi giving one inch? I don't.
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    05-07-2024, 01:25 AM
    He probably never thought that would be literal. Speaker Omnibus Bible Thumper Rapturetard Chosen People First Judas Johnson. So, is Gaetz in the doghouse now? He sure can't be feeling too good about how this panned out. Explain this: Massie voted against the continuing resolution but said Tuesday it was "the least worst of a bunch of bad options." If the House bill hadn't passed, he said, it's likely that a Senate-drafted continuing resolution including a higher level of spending—mostly because of added military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, which was left out of the House measure—would have become law. How can the Senate introduce a higher level of spending when the constitution gives the House the sole responsibility for introducing bills on spending? I do recall that was violated when Reagan was president.
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    05-06-2024, 11:55 PM
    Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) failed to concede to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) after a two-hour meeting Monday in which the duo continued pressing for Johnson to resign and end his coalition government with Democrats. Greene told reporters after the meeting that she and Massie “had a very long discussion with Speaker Johnson. We’ll be meeting with him again tomorrow based on the discussion and then I’ll have more information.” Johnson said after the meeting that he “understand the frustration. I share it. I would really like to advance much more of our conservative policy on a daily basis here. But, the reality is we are working with the smallest majority in U.S. history with a one vote margin.” What a lying sack of shit this guy is.
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    05-06-2024, 11:07 PM
    "Christian conservative" is a red flag for me because they all seem to be Israel firsters (dispensationalists). Find me an Orthodox Christian and I might be interested.
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    05-06-2024, 11:04 PM
    I hope he moves fast. What got me in that tweet was this: His opponents were actually campaigning to open up the path even more to increase the flow of illegals to the US That appears to be nothing short of sheer malice.
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