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    Today, 10:04 PM
    Great line by Dr. Paul at about 4:00. "It's not that we lack weapons, we lack sanity"
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    Today, 09:39 PM
    Trade protectionism is welfare. Government is welfare. Taxes are theft. Monarchy is welfare. Too bad the guy that advocates for total monarchy cant see that monarchy is also welfare.
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    Today, 09:23 PM
    I want a government that wont provide any welfare. (among lots of other things)
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    Today, 09:20 PM
    Its true. Considering USA is an English speaking nation, it is completely absurd to show a preference for immigrants that have made the effort to become proficient in English. Its so much more advantageous to not know English in an English speaking country. For immigrants coming to the USA preference should be given to those that took the time to become proficient in Russian and Chinese. That makes so much more sense.
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    Today, 09:11 PM
    So R3 is arguing that there is no reason reason oppose such a preference for immigrants who have the means or ability to support themselves.
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    Today, 08:34 AM
    From RPI. So who funds the Center for a New American security? ... From their own website, they enjoy the largesse of: Department of Defense Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems The Boeing Company BAE Systems, North America Chevron Corporation National Defense Industrial Association Raytheon Company
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    Today, 08:21 AM
    That's a silly false statement. That is the "fix" the power elite seem to be striving for. However, there are several other fixes. Like increasing opportunity and prosperity "where they are coming from." Perhaps by increasing free trade, removing trade barriers, exporting capitalism and the ideas of freedom to the rest of the world, and setting a better example. There there is the option of eliminating statist magnets of government benefits. Then there are national self protection fixes like vetting immigrants, limiting or controlling the rate, securing borders. There are thousands of other options, some better and some more statist, but these are just a few that illustrate the possibilities beyond the closed minded tunnel fallacy that there is only one option, and it must necessarily be the stupid option to strive to destroy prosperity no less.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    Twitter uses, try GAB
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    Mike Keen has good expose on how Twitter actively suppresses tweets based on content. Twitter through the selective content suppression is acting like a political advocacy group rather than a social media platform: https://medium.com/@mikekeen/twitter-censoring-trump-supporters-a1f1d9a87cda "... The (anti-Trump) tweet that I replied to was deleted once mine started outpacing it in number of favorites and retweets. ... once that tweet was deleted, mine stopped being interacted with. That’s because my tweet was no longer part of any “thread” in the conversation. ... I have continued to reply directly to the President ... However, I have found that while initially, for about the first minute or so, I get a flood of reactions and notifications. Favorites, retweets, etc, and then they abruptly stop, because my tweets are being manually removed from the main conversation thread. ... The above reply received 27 favorites within seconds of being posted, and then all activity on it stopped. When I click on it, I see that it is not part of any thread. When people view President Trump’s original tweet, mine will not be visible, no matter how far they scroll down. ... This tweet has been removed from the main thread and is not visible when people view President Trump’s original tweet. Let’s compare that with what happens when we look at an anti-Trump reply. ... This tweet is still a part of the main thread, and is visible to people viewing President Trump’s original tweet Every single Tweet by President Trump has top comments that are 100% negative. Positive replies are simply not seen. Twitter is absolutely censoring Pro-Trump replies and Trump supporters from voicing their support of the President. ..."
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    Examples Original: Twitter: Twitter bans Roger Stone for calling CNN hosts "lying c@*#suckers"
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    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    Twitter's political speech control has been well documented for a while. It's nice to see it engineers admitting it on video.
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    You watched the video but still couldn't figure out that Twitter is censoring people based on political ideology.
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    Full Interview with Tulsi Gabbard, Korea stuff starts at 2:30 Gabbard: “I’ve been calling for President Trump to sit across the table from Kim Jong Un without preconditions, work out the differences, figure out a way to build this pathway towards denuclearization ... “Our country’s history of regime change wars has led countries like North Korea to develop and hold onto these nuclear weapons, because they see it as their only deterrent against regime change,” said Gabbard. “And this is what’s important for President Trump to recognize. It is critical that we end our policies of regime change wars to provide that credible guarantee that the United States is not going to go in and topple the North Korean regime, so that these conversations can begin toward denuclearization.” ABC Idiot Stephanopoulos: “Just to be clear, you’re saying that Kim Jong Un’s nuclear arsenal is our fault?”
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Listen to ABC idiot George Stephanopoulos challenge Tulsi Gabbard , "Was it a mistake to take out Gaddafi?" 952715874192027648 952746155703717888
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    Yesterday, 03:12 PM
    https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/africans-asked-respond-shithole-remarks-answers-astounded/ Africans respond to Trump's alleged comments. Sorry if it was already posted.
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    Yesterday, 01:30 PM
    We want to make sure bad people can't use government to do bad things. ... Like tracking all financial transactions, or trying shut down, control, "regulate", track, tax cryptocurrencies
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    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    Maybe this is the behavior Creepy Joe Biden wants: Creepy Joe Biden
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    There's a big cause and effect fail in SF's statement. If immigration got rid of socialism and the nanny state, by now the USA would have not a single "welfare" or subsidy program, the tiniest government in the world, and no taxes.
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    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    If he can get there from the embassy in UK. Ecuador also named Assange a diplomat, but the UK refused to recognize his diplomatic status, meaning he still can't step outside the embassy.
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    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    It may not be an attack per sé. Attacking the reason you have an economy beyond the stone age makes little sense, at least at this stage of the game so far as I am able to discern... which means nothing necessarily. Who knows what the inner circle members know WRT what is likely to come? Perhaps we are at the brink of some disaster and China seeks to protect itself as best it is able. OTOH, were the Chinese and Russians to gang up on the rest of the world's economy, they might just have the horsepower to pull it off. Kill the dollar and what does anyone thing the mean American would do, other than panic and bow to anyone promising them safety? The Europeans would be even worse. So long as the Chinese et al kept their words and maintained the integrity of the currency, they could have an iron grip on the global economy in virtual perpetuity. Doubtless, neither likes the fact that America holds that grip at the moment. But America has been an ass about it for a very long time, what with the poison of progressivism running in its tainted veins now for a good century. We have been spendthrift to a degree nobody would have likely accepted as even remotely possible, and yet here we are. I don't think it would be very difficult for a key economic player to drop the hammer on us. The problem is that when we go, the rest of the planet gets sucked into the vortex with us. I would imagine that great care in strategy and tactics is clearly called for in the eyes of the likes of a China. How to dislodge the American economic hegemony without plunging the entire world into chaos and the inevitable warfare that would ensue, this time on a truly global basis. Were that to happen; were China's economy to be greatly unsettled, even their iron fisted rule could very well face serious threat. I am sure the Chinese do not want that. After all, life's just starting to get god for them. But people are what they are and those in power always want more, even when to pursue it is foolhardy. Until we know, we can only speculate. Just be glad that we remain a very well-armed populace. Though it still seems impossible in the eyes of most, our arms may yet come to preserve us from heaven only knows what hellacious fate.
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    01-14-2018, 03:45 PM
    Well shoot, what would have people do? Yes yes, government cannot be trusted to the door - we all know that, but their fuck ups have never before been of such a nature as this. Even where the prognosis is hopeless, people scramble to survive. I cannot blame them a whit for doing what they did. Can you imagine what it must have been like? In the wake of this, I'd be hell bent to go hunting. Any clues as to the general response to this? My fear is that the sheep will bleat up a storm and go back to grazing.
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    01-14-2018, 03:34 PM
    I trust you know there is virtually zero chance of this happening. Even if done in a production environment as a live test, the messages going out would go to a simulator, which is little more than the bit-bucket. That way, the messages that would be otherwise sent to systems that would broadcast them to the world can be intercepted, verified, and validated as proper in format, content, and target distribution. Prior to executing such a test, which would most likely be conducted at 2AM or thereabouts, the target system - the dummy/simulator/bit-bucket would be confirmed by multiple operators as being the sole target to which messages are going. With something like this, there can be no fucking around. I've been top-dog on a large number of major test initiatives for various large OSSes (Operations Support Systems). There was no making mistakes of the sort I've described. This is trebly the case for live testing of something like early warning systems for what I assume are very obvious reasons. There are two major reasons for testing such systems: to verify and validate function and do the same with operations training. The former tests the actual system, the latter the people who are to use it. If you are testing the software, generally speaking you do it in a test environment, wholly segregated from any live avenue. If you are testing the crew's abilities, you send dummy messages over the live system at 2AM with many eyes on what actually goes into the wild, with fast-response, single-button contingency plans in place for when something goes wholly awry, as was the case here. If a TINAD message (This Is Not A Drill) goes out by mistake, a single button is all that is necessary to make the proper amends. This brand of testing is all about contingency planning for when things go wrong in the live environment. Those plans were not in evidence here, which means either they don't exist or they were consciously left at the curb. Either way, I'd say there are some rather thorny questions that need to be answered and warm bodies that need to go to the military barracks for a very long time. Imagine if someone had committed suicide in fear or despair because of this reckless act? This cannot be tolerated in any measure and IMO the treatments need to be draconian, applied at the highest levels possible.
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    01-14-2018, 11:46 AM
    Not so fast. There is much in the bible I find ridiculous such that I would not subscribe to it even if God Hisownself said that I must. The basic Christian ethic, however, is pretty good from both the aspects of pure principle and that of practicality, at least as I choose to interpret them. I'm no expert on the bible. I've read it, and it bored me to the brink of gouging out my own eyes with my thumbs. I can say the same for the Vedas, Qur'an, Zend Avesta, and so on down a considerable list. The literary style of such texts are almost universally tedious, cover to cover and the content dreary beyond my will to tolerate. What men need is a text that is properly structured for logic, carefully considered for content, and written in a concise yet sufficient manner so as to impart to readers that which is essential, sans all the extraneous rhetoric and allegorical frivolity. We are at a point in our history where technology has taken such a position as to be usable as a properly uniting influence, with emphasis on "properly". Were the people of this rock united at the right level of conceptual abstraction, the world would stand to become a far better place. Don't hold your breath in wait. The bible is largely chud - wholly useless and utterly uninteresting to me. But credit must always be given where due. There are gems in the torrents of wasteful storytelling that are worth mining, understanding, and living, IMO. I will never go through it again as once or twice was plenty for me. But it would be a good thing if a man of proper intellect, position, skill, and integrity were to distill the right biblical principles into a correctly contrived tome. Perhaps it has been done, but I am not aware of it. So I would admonish one and all to be careful with condemnation. Too much, too broadly cast, stands one a good chance of losing something of good value. The choice, of course, is always yours.
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    01-14-2018, 10:58 AM
    Loathe as I am at times to trust Jones, what he says early on about five failsafe measures makes perfect sense. I've worked MILSPEC in the past and imbecilic as most things governmental tend to be, the MILSPEC with which I have had direct contact has been quite good. I can barely imagine that systems such as early warning would be designed so haphazardly as to allow for an error such as this to occur by "accident". That this is being so peddled leaves me inclined to side with Jones. The claim reeks of bullshit. I will say one other thing about such systems: I cannot for the life of me imagine that such a message could be sent without alerts popping up in splash screens on every terminal in the facility in question. I further cannot imagine that such messages would not show up at DoD and possibly the White House itself. It's not as if this was a report that Sgt. Bilko has a nosebleed. This is also why the official story about Behghazi is a lie. When an embassy puts out an SOS, every US embassy on the planet gets a copy. Every top-tier military terminal receives it, as does State, DoD, and so on. That is how these sorts of messages operate. Both civilian and military bodies are alerted, worldwide. That this went on for 37 minutes reeks either of malicious intent, or bottomless incompetence. I am more inclined at this time toward the former. It will be very interesting to see how Trump responds to this, materially speaking.
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    01-14-2018, 10:07 AM
    Feh... are you serious? This will pass into the mists, challenged in no substantive way. Were the people of Hawaii to take real action, I'd amend my opinion. As things stand, I am confident there will be no plate of crow to eat, which is the real pity. You know things are bad when someone such as myself wishes to be justly regarded as the village idiot. Any heads that roll will be those of relative innocence and no consequence whatsoever to the governing orthodoxy. Think about it in some depth: if this cannot bring a population to rise in fury to strike down that which so clearly treats them in such shabby disregard, I cannot readily envision what might. Thirty seven minutes of thinking there are warheads inbound must seem like that many eternities. Imagine the thoughts and emotions racing through parents for their children. Those same people will fail to rise and take care of business. I suppose they deserve the abuse of the yokes placed about their necks. This leads my inner software engineer to wonder how their systems are designed, that a mere changing of the guard could lead to this sort of result. The only other possibility is that the man who set this fiasco into motion did so with knowledge and intent, in which case he should spend many years in Leavenworth doing the rocks thing. From a GUI design standpoint, there should be at least three levels of confirmation, properly formatted, through which one must traverse before such messages go out into the wild. Proper design and implementation of such a filter is not particularly difficult. If it is missing, some very serious questions should arise. If not, well...
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    01-13-2018, 06:45 PM
    OK, fair enough. I experience cross talking often enough. It's a common human failing... I am prone to it. :) Show me a thread and i'll tune in. But I will bring up weaknesses, if I find them.
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