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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 PM
    And here we see the practical virtues of closely-knit community. If like-minded people would establish such communities, after the first few such CPS agents left in body bags, we would see a quantum shift in government's habits of treading. Whether for the better... that would remain to be seen. We live in Empire, which is by its nature predatory. Empire inflames the inner predatory instincts of men in a morbid manner. Empire life is of a nature that similarly inflames the greed instinct far beyond its normal and healthy range of expression. Simple outer life inspires peaceable inner life, on the average. IMO, the complexities of Empire life drives human desire. Monument drives it. People see these huge contrivances of man and are inevitably driven to disrespect of their fellows for the sake of realizing their own grand vision. The greater out abilities to render great monuments into reality, the more drive we become on the average to want more of it and the less we are disposed to respect our fellows because we want what we want with so much suchness. We do not see this sort of thing, generally speaking, in tribal anarchic societies. There are exceptions - warlike tribes, but they seem to be a distinct minority. It seems very plausible to me that the over-stimulation of a man in these ways tends to result in the degradation of regard for one's fellows for the sake of those desires he would never be able to realize on his own. Therefore, he becomes willing to disregard the rights of his fellows for the sake of the collective agency that can realize his desires. This is, so far as I can tell, the basis of nearly all the "social" woes of Empire cultures since Sumer. It's a very simple scenario, actually. People become addicted to monument and achievement to such a morbid degree that they no longer care what others want. Beyond a threshold, the momentum of the mentality takes on a life of its own and all of a sudden disrespect of self and others becomes normalized to such an extent that those who do not get on the bandwagon become legitimized outcasts... at first. Eventually, they become criminalized and the next thing you know, its open season on them. This is the very pattern I have observed devolving over the course of my lifetime, the rate of advance having greatly accelerated since the world came to an end on 9/11/2001... and it did come to an end; it's just that most people have been unable or unwilling to see or accept this curious tidbit. Monument has driven endless greed, and Empire is all about monument. Empire came to us courtesy of the people of the middle-east, whose patriarchal filth has spread worldwide like a plague that now infects every crack and crevice of the earth. But I degress. Empire is fact, as is the likelihood that it will not be disappearing any time soon, if ever. Therefore, it perhaps behooves us to optimize freedom in the context of a social architecture that is inherently inimical to it. This would seem to suggest a path toward a sort of neo-feudalism in the face of ever more stridently violent and intrusive Empire such that these small and closely knit communities evolve such attitudes and practice that enable them to hold at arm's length those who would otherwise engage in actions such as that captioned in the OP.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    This is midbrain humanity. It categorizes and extrapolates. This is the most basic hard-wired survival mechanism beyond the primitive reflexes such as heartbeat, breath, irises, and so on. Getting away from its endless effort is exhausting. Perhaps, then, we ought not fight it but live within the limitation it sets? I say this because we have been doing the same things over and over, trying to be something we are not. How well has that worked out for us?
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 04:54 PM
    The effort has proven woefully inadequate. Generally speaking, humanity has proven the same.
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    Today, 04:40 PM
    Well, with hundreds or thousands of examples of this sort of thing readily available for consumption, it becomes something of difficult for me to get too sympathetic for these parents who, in the wake of so many of these events, keep their children in public schools. It makes me think... think...
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    Today, 03:51 PM
    Well, if this pares their numbers significantly - say over 50%, I will have to call Obamacare an oblique success.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 AM
    Good point(s).
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    Today, 07:02 AM
    Might be a repost, but who cares?
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 06:48 AM
    Seems I have once again failed to make clear my point. I agree with all you write, but the point is that given the risks, how likely is this person, for example, to make a stand? I don't know if we have what it takes even to be good slaves anymore, much less anything better.
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    Great live version of Archangel Thunderbird by Amon Düül II.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    Left-leaning humans comprise a vast raft of psychotics and economic ignorants. The most casual examination of the history of our positive past readily reveals that monopolies arise through government dispensation and not through free market conditions. Oligopolies are likewise given rise through government interference, whether positive or negative. Oligopolies and the ills they bring almost universally come about through some criminality. Were "government" competent and/or honest in the discharge of its duties to those they ostensibly serve, we would find at hand every instrument of Law needed to deal with such circumstances. The erection of artificial barriers to entry, for instance, violates the rights of others to enter the marketplace. This is clearly criminal and could be readily disposed through felony charges. How often do we see it? How often does "government" itself erect thosen very barriers at the lobbied behest of oligopolists, thereby freezing out competition? How often are the justifications by "government" for the regulations they pass, ostensibly for YOUR protection, reek with the stench of corruption? In reality, it is government that gives risento monopoly and oligopoly and decicedly not free markets. I would also point out that our markets have not been anything even remotely free for well over a century, so blaming them is the product of rank ignorance and the intentional peddling of outright lies.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:54 AM
    This was expressed in the Protocols where it was asserted (paraphrasing) that those who refuse to use their brains are no different from those who have none.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 AM
    IOW, appeals to reason made to the unreasoning are pointless. It's like having a phone conversation with the deaf. "I can see!" said the blind man to his deaf daughter.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:44 AM
    He who is least willing to be bound shall prevail, all else equal. This is the basis of my notion of "least denominator". He who will stoop lowest, wins, AEE.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:46 AM
    The question not addressed in the OP is whether the judge's assertions are true or if he fell for what would to my eyes be a wholly predictable ploy by his enemies, as well as those of Trump, Fox, and the "right" to chip away at the huge momentum of the current political tide. How could anyone not expect this? Was Napolitano set up like a bowling pin?
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:31 AM
    Governments and central banks do use gold as a means of settlement between them. Because of the desire to control their populations' transactions and currencies, as well as reap the benefits of currency dilution, governments intentionally impede or forbid the use of gold as currency with force of law. For instance, in the US such impediments include the legal tender laws, capital gains reporting and tax requirements every time gold is used in an exchange, and the reportable bullion exchange requirements, and having to file a 1099-B on private bullion exchanges, among many other impediments. Were there no tendency for the use of gold as currency, there would be no need for any of these laws. Repeal these impediments and see what the free market brings to open competition in currency without the distortion by the force of government imposing currency usage.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:02 AM
    Entertainment - Idaho Democrat State House Representative vies for supreme idiocy award. Cites gold maintaining its value against inflation as argument that it cannot maintain its value against inflation. “In 1868 Gold Was $27 An Ounce… Today It Is $1,218… So You Can’t Say Gold Will Protect Us From Inflation” Yes, he actually said that. Real life stupidity has no limits.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:26 AM
    You're pushing the race-baiting story a bit too hard. Contrary to SF's suggestion, Nothing in the story indicates identifying the alleged speakers, attempt to identify, or opportunity to do so. Further, the school released a statement indicating that they were unaware of any such activity, and that no one brought it to their attention on the day of the competition. Angletac's conclusion is correct that they did not raise the allegation when the alleged acts occurred, but afterwards. As to the allegations, from the story itself despite many parents and multiple teams from 20 communities at the event there are no other witnesses at all corroborating the allegations other than from the Pleasant Run contingent itself. In fact the story reports the hosting school specifically released a statement that it was unaware of any such activity, and no one brought it to their attention on the day of the competition. In fact, the the story indicates even the Pleasant Run coaches who were right there did not witness the alleged comments, as the story reports the coach and co-coach "after learning of the incident" gathered the team. In additional fact, the story only quotes the kids as saying rude comments were made. That is probably true, as rude comments are likely to be heard at any inter-school competition rivalry. From the story itself then, the allegation for the quoted bigoted comments however, appear to emanate not from the kids or coaches but from a single parent. And of course as was pointed out, promoting the allegation and whipping up such a story is not only fashionably chic, but also a means to garner publicity and sympathy that directly led to funding 150% of the fundraising very quickly. But one of the strongest reasons to doubt the version of events as portrayed by the allegations in the story, is that the video accompanying the story that shows the team members competing directly contradicts the allegation that "While the children were competing, one or two parents disparaged the Pleasant Run kids with racist comments — and loud enough for the Pleasant Run families to hear."
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  • osan's Avatar
    03-20-2017, 08:38 PM
    Huh... I would not have given him so much credit for oblique strategies. Are you certain of this? Not saying you're wrong, just wondering how sure you are. I am generally not that good at the personality analysis thing. Limbaugh surprised me with the seeming sobriety of what he said, as well as how. Now you toss a wrench in it, exposing my possible inadequate skepticism. Perhaps I may excuse myself due to the shock and attendant cognitive dissonance at hearing what I thought was rational, sober speak by Mr. Limbaugh. :) But seriously, because I do not listen to such people, save on rarest occasions, I am not familiar with their common modes and, perhaps, tricks. I, therefore, often suck at judging their sincerity, honesty, and capacities.
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    03-20-2017, 07:45 PM
    And intriguing thought, leading to the question of "how?" The mind reels at the possibilities.
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    03-20-2017, 07:34 PM
    And unsubstantiated assumption that I hope proves true. Of course, by that standard, I'm pretty well screwed.
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    03-20-2017, 07:27 PM
    Took him long enough. Good riddance. Bastard.
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    03-20-2017, 07:25 PM
    Today Limbaugh brought up a very sound point relating to the various shriekings by the "left" regarding the allegations of election hacking by Russia: if the hacking happened, then where is the evidence? By now, the lefties would have had it in hand, screaming so the Martians would hear their cacophanous haranguing. But there is nothing. He related that when asked for evidence, Limbaugh reported that Comey refused, citing "ongoing investigations". Limbaugh then asked the very astute question about the nature of the hack. If the election was hacked, what was the general nature of the attack? Vote flipping? Something else? It is not only a key and valid question, it is one that could be answered without compromising any possible investigation. A body is found and the death is reported as a murder. On what basis is murder asserted? The evidence could be reported in general terms without giving away anything essential about it. Were there gunshot wounds? Evidence of blunt force? Knife wounds? That much could usually be stated, and most often is, without compromising ongoing investigations. The same could be said about the allegations of Russian interference in the most recent presidential election. Doing so would boost the nearly non-existent credibility of both Comey and his FBI. And yet, the hold their otherwise copious noisemaking. This suggests to me not that they are the intrepid, honorable, and capable investigators seeking the truth for the benefit of "the people", but a raft of transparently biased hacks who are using the prerogatives concomitant with their positions for the purposes of advancing an agenda the agency from which the agency is supposed to be wholly separated. To my eyes, the only thing Comey is succeeding at is to make himself look like a rank criminal, not even rising to the standard and status of a lowly and vile street criminal. The question in my mind is, why? Why is he seeming so transparently corrupt? Someone must have him by the spheres. Or perhaps he is just another cheap and artlessly corrupt political hack, so confident of his ability to waggle his thing in the face of America with impunity that he simply stooges on no matter what "we" think, say, or want. One can but wonder about the truth behind all this.
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    03-20-2017, 05:55 PM
    I'm not a Rush fan, but he was on the radio as I was driving to Nitro to buy steel for a project. I always assumed he was a windbag, but he seemed pretty measured today, so I don't know if I misjudged him, he was having an "off" day ( :) ), or he has evolved. Not that it wasn't obvious before, but Comey seems to be proving himself very much Theire man. Limbaugh on Comey Hearing: Message to Trump Is Stop the ‘Drain-the-Swamp Stuff’ or Face Impeachment
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    03-20-2017, 08:24 AM
    Now to inflate the envelope another notch. What is the status of one's rights when the reality of fighting the trespassers is that there is no winning? Are the rights then forfeit, or only in a state of disparagement? How far does one have to fight in order to retain his rights? Is the merely verbal assertion of claim sufficient? As a matter of principle, I say yes. As a matter of material result, usually not. I faithfully assert my right to keep and bear arms, even when in NYC where I wear an empty holster. Yet, in '13 some goon with a badge cuffed me, really hard no less (wrists all cut up and I have photos to prove it) and he and his buddies went to town on me for 2 1/2 hours trying to find any pretense for throwing me in a cell. They failed. But the point here is that my rights were disparaged even to the meager extent that I expressed my claim as a Freeman. Did I lose my claims? I cannot quite say for certain.
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    03-20-2017, 02:23 AM
    No way is that a real Walt Disney film. Disney had some dark stuff in his movies, but nothing like that and the animation just doesn't look right either.
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    03-20-2017, 02:15 AM
    Being anti-monopoly as such is a leftist fetish that should be discarded. There's nothing wrong with them in themselves. When libertarians talk about how impossible it is for a free market to have monopolies, it is almost always a desire to either placate or refute leftists who know nothing abut history or economics. Peter Thiel was mentioned above and I think his conception of "creative monopolies" is quite interesting and something we should think more about as the multinational inevitably supersedes the nation-state.
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    03-19-2017, 08:13 PM
    Baby Bruce Lee
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