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    01-08-2019, 07:59 AM
    Somewhat long article but good enough to get me to read the whole thing: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-anatomy-of-charisma The below quote very much reminds me of liberals who blame everything on inequality, racism, and capitalism. The Bernie Sanders crowd basically: And below reminds me of why Alexandria Cortes got elected (probably not the only factor but 70% accuracy is hard to ignore):
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    01-06-2019, 07:44 PM
    (I deliberately kept from posting this in the health subforum - personal health is not the point I'm trying to make - a healthy point of view, or political philosophy, on the proper size of government is) It was no surprise to me that overweight people overwhelmingly think they are actually a healthy weight and this article unintentionally drew the connection to me that people are just as likely (actually more so - see my comment below) to perceive a morbidly obese government as a healthy one (for reference 150kg is about 330lb and 110kg is about 242lb which is still quite heavy - the author is a 5'9" woman): https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/05/truth-obesity-five-fat-myths-debunked But at least the overweight and obese actually have the opportunity to see and interact with people of a healthy weight - here in America a bit under 30% of adults are neither overweight nor obese. But how many Americans have EVER seen what a healthy sized government looks like that could be used as a model to strive for? Among other reasons this is why libertarians have such an uphill battle
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    01-06-2019, 07:07 PM
    Ron Paul has stayed consistent but the John Birch Society has really gone down the toilet since Trump's election. I just saw from them saying the Federal Reserve is being too tight: https://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/markets/item/31089-as-economy-slows-bond-investors-say-fed-won-t-raise-rates And what exactly is this "intentional and deliberate act" caused by the tightening? Why a conspiracy to take down Trump of course! But hey maybe Trump can balance out the "tight" Fed and improve the economy by piling on the tariffs which the Birch Society is also quite fond of: https://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/sectors/item/30789-tariffs-upside-two-million-new-steel-industry-jobs
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    12-19-2018, 09:35 AM
    Well look at this article I came across today (though about contacts, not glasses): http://reason.com/blog/2018/12/14/ftc-issues-60000-fine-for-selling-non-pr#comment A California-based online retailer has been ordered to pay a penalty of $60,000 for selling non-corrective, purely cosmetic contact lenses without first obtaining prescriptions for the non-prescription products. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says Lawrence Duskin repeatedly violated the agency's Contact Lens Rule, which stipulates that retailers can sell contact lenses only after obtaining a copy of a valid prescription or otherwise verifying the consumer's prescription with the physician who issued it. The rule applies even to non-corrective lenses like the ones Duskin had been selling through a variety of online costume shops since at least 2014. The commission initially fined Duskin $575,000—the largest fine ever issued for a violation of the Contact Lens Rule—before suspending all but $60,000 of the penalty, conditioned on Duskin complying with a variety of record-keeping and administrative requirements.
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