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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    I owe you a +Rep for pointing out methods of manipulation! There is a big difference between a production management job and having to go to a Temp Agency every day for jobs that may or may not be there. If we think we can rest nearly the entire weight of our financial future on Temp Jobs alone, then Canada is eventually going to want to have the US build a wall and pay for it to stop all the Illegal Immigration from the US crossing into Canada!
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 09:40 AM
    Then maybe we need to look at Legal Tender laws? Start by changing or repealing those?
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 09:08 AM
    "It" doesn't do anything. WE succeed or fail. A sheet of paper simply sits, idle.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    Any program in excess of 10K "lines" of code is a cluster-copulation and the product of inept implementation. When I would come across such things, guess what? They got re-written from the ground up. It may seem costly, but in truth it is the far more cost-effective solution in the longer term. Certainly plausible, which is why you either leave it as it is, or you start from scratch. My inner idealist say scrap it all and get on with anarchy. My inner realist clubs my inner idealist into coma, and recommends the more adult solution of writing a new document. Not just accurately, but completely and clearly. Specifications need to be clear, complete, and correct - what I call the "3-Cs"
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:55 AM
    Killjoy. Feh... speak for yourself.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:53 AM
    You'd not be alone. I, too, would go - if for no other reason than the kicks of being a grand and barbed thorn in the sides of the crooks.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:52 AM
    If it is so, then you need to go with your ducks in a line. This is a project perfect for RPFs. We have the brain power needed. Do we have the will? I'd be happy to help. While not quite a daunting task, it is by no means trivial. If this were to be done correctly, great care in the structure and wording of the work would be in order. It would have to be clear, complete, and correct; not as easy as it may seem at first blush.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 AM
    This is sound. I like this tack. The only thing I would change is the number of juries to 13, making deadlock impossible. I see no need to complicate the process with returns to referendum, especially to determine guilt. I don't see that as being particularly wise. The rest is very good, however. A majority of unanimous juries in a body of 156 individuals would be statistically valid in terms of even distributions of attributes that would better assure a fair judgment. One other thing I would add: whereas in the criminal trial of a civilian the defendant should be afforded every evidentiary, procedural, and presumptive advantage, in that of a government official, such advantages should be removed. In my world there would be no suppression of evidence due to technical irregularities, for example in how it was attained. Evidence would be included or excluded strictly on its merit as such. Furthermore, there would be not a single trial judge, but a bank of not less than 13; this to keep judicial hanky panky including protection of the guilty, as well as activism to an absolute minimum.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    Try THIS. A Missing Link In Normative Government For many, the term "normative" may be foreign, yet they almost certainly know that to which it refers. When we speak normatively, we speak of what we believe ought to be, usually in terms of some ideal we employ as a standard of judgment. "People ought not murder each other" is a normative statement. In contrast, a positive statement is one of pure observation of what is. "People sometimes murder each other" is one example of such a statement.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 08:09 AM
    Well then perhaps foreign affairs are not the function of a central government. Even so, who says that such affairs must perforce be so costly? Why are they so costly? Because we are up to our eyes in things for which we have no business. The presupposition, of course, is that we MUST be in these things, whether it be spying, or what have you. But ask yourself this: are such presuppositions valid? I have not run down that rabbit hole yet, but suspect the answer is "not necessarily". I daresay, and I will stand by this opinion until proven otherwise, that the vast and overwhelming majority of all our (humanity's) political machinations are the result of nothing fancier or more worthy than rank drama-queenery. There is that class of people who seem unable to go about their lives without manufacturing low-rent, yet potentially very dangerous and destructive drama for the entire planet. Of course, root causes notwithstanding, the dangers turn out to be very real as made manifest by nuclear weapons, for instance. This is the sad truth underlying all human relations: the lowest denominator dictates the direction reality shall take. In other words, entropy wins every time because we subject ourselves to its ravages. None of this has to be, in principle; but because someone, somewhere, stoops and nobody removes him from the book of the living, the rest of the world, or large swaths of it, get sucked into the black vortex. As to whether America could draw away from all this idiocy, having plunged this deeply into it, is a question the answer to which remains to be discovered. However, I do not find it likely that we will show the good sense, the integrity, and the intestinal fortitude to find out. Simply put, it is far too easy and superficially compelling to remain on our current track. This returns us to my hypothesis that the only thing that can bring the race of men out of its death spiral is the "reset event" - a sufficiently disruptive occurrence that leaves men standing before a stark, simple, and very immediate choice, with slackened jaw that whispers to us in the voice of God: change or be extinguished. A self-sufficient America, having dispensed with the madness of the rest of the world's nations, well armed, and united in the fundamental principles of proper human relations, which are the very definition of well-tempered freedom, would have prospered as the others either consumed themselves in the stupidities of authoritarian collectivism, or came around to the grand virtues of liberty to become happy, healthy, free and prosperous nations in their own rites.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 AM
    Anyone who exposes the corruption and hypocrisy of Donald Trump on these forums should not be banned for that. However, if they are trying to discredit Dr. Paul's or Sen. Paul's messages about liberty, free markets, limited government, etc., then I say that earns them negative reputation every single time.
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    Today, 04:01 AM
    Thank you for this information. I will replace all my valves as soon as possible.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    Today, 02:57 AM
    Well, as they say, you are what you eat.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM Full article and references on link. Where's Zippy?
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 AM
    People are never given the choice between what is right and wrong, they are given the choice between what is right and what is easy. Currency, in what ever form it may take, needs to retain its value for those who possess it. Its value comes its fungibility. (ability to be spent and exchanged for goods and services). With a fiat currency, whether it is worthless paper or digital, the value bleeds out over time as more money is created. Ron Paul defined inflation as "an increase in the money supply", which causes the value of each individual part of that currency to be devalued. The problem is that with a fully digital currency, the speed at which currency can be printed is increased exponentially. The additional threat is that what each person spends their money on will become a new means by which to deprive the ordinary citizen of what little currency they possess. Do you live in Federal Housing and you spent your currency on cigarettes? You will be fined for such a behavior. That is only the tip of the iceberg where every single action you take ends up costing you more money. Digital currency, as planned by central bankers will be FULLY trackable, which opens up all those doors for governments and corporations having a financial incentive to find fault in what a person spends their money on. Digital currency is a very dangerous double edged sword, and is more dangerous to freedom than even fiat paper currency, which in and of itself is more dangerous to nations than standing armies.
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 AM
    You missed (or kinda twisted) the point. We are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ. When the non-Christians see nothing but endless bickering, or prideful, quarrelsome people who think they know it all... it turns people away from Christianity. I've heard atheists and agnostics here say just that, about the religion forum. And "seekers" doesn't necessarily mean those who seek God. Many people are seeking something. Unfortunately, they're usually looking in all the wrong places, but I digress. ETA- I'm not excluding myself in that. I've definitely messed up and got into nasty debates here and said things that I later wish I hadn't.
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  • Natural Citizen's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 AM
    I got him for you. I was gonna rep you, too, but the collectivist bot is collective. I have to spread it around. I must say that this section is becoming a real turnoff, though. Seems like some friends use it purely for the strategic purpose of creating division among Christians as a matter of organizational function. To organize in a way as to guide dialogue toward the false notion that some Christians are more worthy than others for the sake of projecting their own self-professed doctrinal superiority. That's not what this section is for. It's become a bad element as a consequence of ignoring it and letting it run amok. Personally, I'd be content to see Bryan completely remove this sub-forum for that reason alone. Respectfully, I just don't think that the staff is of the astute means to recognize what is actually going on here. It's no different that when we see organized function for purposeful division on the main boards. And the perpetrators surely know it. I think it's why they've grown to be so obtuse and arrogant while continuing. There's no doubt about it, this section is being used counterintuitively to its intended purpose. It's being used to organize for the strategic purpose of creating targeted division. I'd permaban the minions permanantly if it were me in the interest of making the section functional in a beneficial way. Or the main culprit at the very least. But it's not me. But I'm glad to see that you and Pete aren't giving our friends a free pass.
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 AM
    I figured that you were looking at it that way. As an opportunity. I guess I'm not as optimistic that certain people around here are open to changing their mind. We can always pray, though. In fact, this religion section can use some serious intercessory prayer. :p
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    No, he's not. But the last thing I want to do is get into discussion #9,567,895 on Calvinism. All it does is keep all the Christians here bickering non-stop, which turns off the non-believers or seekers, and never gets anywhere. In light of what the bible says about pointless arguments and being quarrelsome....what spirit do you think is behind these never-ending threads?
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    Today, 12:41 AM
    I'd +rep you if I could. You have a lot of patience. :) Especially considering the prideful, condescending way he is talking to you. The rotten fruit of a false doctrine, sadly.
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