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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    There is no issue with "hate speech". ANYTHING could be labeled "hate speech", including "good morning!" The moment you start partitioning speech in this manner and accept the tacit authority of others to limit and even punish it, you embark down a very dark road that leads nowhere good. We now have several relatively recent examples of what happens when "governments" do this sort of thing, and a mountain of ca. 200 million corpses that stand in mostly anonymous testament to the truth of how badly it goes. We should note the difference between speech and verbal threats. "I hate crackers" is not the same as "I'm going to kill you". The so-called "left" are doing everything they can to conflate the two. It seems to be succeeding*.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    It can become that, yes, but it is not necessarily so. The truth is the truth. That so-called "neocons" pervert it, either by design or though ineptitude, does not alter the facts. What you point out further underscores the need to be smart, as well as to have good personal integrity. The fact that these qualities are so rare, speaks no optimistic word for the future. It makes all the difference in the world. Firstly, if you re-read what I wrote, you will see that I pretty clearly posited that the lines between "intervention" and proper defensive action have become very blurred in some cases. If I'm walking the street at 3 AM and a man begins fiddling to draw a firearm, all else equal I am well justified in taking measures to forestall with a preemptive strike. It is no different between nations; if I have truthful intelligence that NK is about to launch a nuke at me, I reserve every right to strike first. Yes, this carries its own risks and potentially problematic consequences, but them's the breaks. It is sometimes a shitty, risk-laden world and we often run the chance of getting something terribly wrong. This is one of the results to be expected in a world where people refuse or otherwise fail to mind their own. In a Golden Rule world, things are very different, but none of us live there, even if we practice as if we did. I am, in fact, against intervention in the current sense of the word. But what yesterday might have clearly stood as intervention, today may well qualify as a defensive measure.
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    Yesterday, 06:53 AM
    I serves to point out that the notion of intervening, in the usual contemporary sense, is no longer clear. What would have in an age past unequivocally qualified as "intervention", might today clearly be seen as a defensive measure. Our technologies, coupled with our apparent determination to cleave to world-views that appear not to serve well in the context of said technologies, have complicated human relations immeasurably. What was once black and white is now washed-out grey. My normative ideals tell me to mind my own business. My practice of those ideals say the same. What has changed in time is the definition of "my business". Two hundred years ago, there was comparatively little one nation could foist upon another beyond things such as invading with troops. Today, the technological capabilities of men allow them to develop means for foisting devastation upon their neighbors without stepping a single boot across borders. Computer attacks, long range missiles, bioweapons, and so on down that list. Consider Iran or North Korea. If we accept that they are developing nuclear capabilities for the sake of, say, hurting America (just to be self-centered), then from the purely practical standpoint, traditional "non-interventionism" becomes by degrees with time more and more untenable if one's goal is not to be, say, blown to nuclear smithereens. For me, among the true practical problems today is telling when a positive action against a global neighbor is rightly defensive, vis-ŕ-vis "intervention". The nature of the problem seems not so much one's ability to tell whether a threat is real, but whether those entrusted to make such determinations can be trusted for both capacity, as well as integrity. Consider our lovely little Gulf War, Part Deux. "Oh my GOD... weapons of mass destruction..." Well, that didn't turn out to be true. Is CIA inept? Doubtful, but that's irrelevant because it's either that or they were selling a very lousy bill of goods, which means they cannot be trusted. Then the question of how extensive the rot, arises. Personally, I am not in any way inclined to lend credence to the notion that these apparent failures are the result of mistakes, accidents, ineptitude, etc. The methods of waging war are well known and that which we see today fits the patterns perfectly. Modern warfare is become more about keeping people off their mental balance more than it is about bombs and bullets.
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    Yesterday, 06:11 AM
    One can but wonder whether this more recent wave of insanity, including the "trans-<X>" phenomena, the out-of-nowhere rise of "Antifa", etc., is just another poke pursuant to massaging the wad of humanity in a new perceptual direction, or are we witnessing initiation of some end-game?.
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    08-17-2017, 09:01 PM
    And yet...
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    08-17-2017, 02:49 PM
    Looks like the whole world is about to blow. Thank God. The status quo is threadbare.
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    08-16-2017, 09:04 AM
    That Gödel would find such a flaw in no way surprises me. Gödel had eyes few others could even imagine. As for flaws in the Constitution, it requires no Gödel to find them.
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    08-16-2017, 08:31 AM
    The answer is that it isn't, in sé. Standard macro economic theories tend to ignore politics and assume some populations are not dangerous to others. This, of course, is an impossibly flawed assumption proven wholly false every single day that anyone has ever lived on this planet since at least the beginning of our recorded history. Because of bad actors who fail to play nicely with others, there are those circumstances where measures must be taken to neutralize actions that would otherwise result in harm to one's interests. Example: Nation A decides to produce fundamental widgets at a loss in order to drive competition from nations B, C, and D out of business, They make widgets of equal quality at 1/5 the price. The widget makers in B,C,and D would eventually go out of business because they simply could not compete with a taxpayer-funded loss-leader. The "government" of B institutes a tariff of 400% to bring the real cost of purchasing A's widgets within, say, 15-20% of what domestically produced units would cost. Some call this dirty pool, but in truth it is a defensive measure against what in this case is a clear act of economic warfare against your domestic widget industry.
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    08-16-2017, 08:09 AM
    Little sympathy for the judge, given the hundreds and even thousands of examples of this happening all over the land. That said, it is a fine pass to which we have arrived where a man cannot express his opinion publicly without hazard of losing his job. Land of the free... yeah, right.
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    08-16-2017, 08:03 AM
    The Consti... WHAT?
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    08-15-2017, 11:04 AM
    Sadly, this may explain a lot.
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    08-15-2017, 06:39 AM
    I've only skimmed the memo, but judging by what I've read, I'd not have fired this man but given him a promotion where he could do some good. This memo has a feel as if I'd written it, so it must be good. ;) That they indeed fired him because of his memo only serves to reinforce with great strength what was written therein. Google strikes me as a dangerous entity - far greater a threat than Microsoft ever imposed, so far as I can see. Yet, M$ faced antitrust threats from "government" that included "divestiture" and a settlement stipulation that barred them from going into the hardware business... which appears to have perhaps expired? It is interesting to note how there seems to have been little to no talk of going after Google on similar bases as were the pretexts for doing so with M$. I am not saying anyone should go after them; it is the apparent hypocrisy that I find worthy of note. I would add that Google is a suspicious player in the first place. Never in the known history of the world has a company gone from zero to king of the hill in nearly so short an interval as has Google. Perhaps this is all well known, but I am not aware of whence Google came, where the money came for them to develop their technologies, and how it is that they managed to fly so high so quickly. It could be what it superficially appears to be, but I am doubtful that it is so.
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    08-14-2017, 01:36 PM
    This presupposes Theye erred in a manner and to a degree I find nearly impossible to accept. That makes sense. What doesn't is that they would re-empower those whom Theye have worked so diligently to de-ball. This also implies a sort and degree of error that would require much demonstration before I could accept that Theye made it. I suppose it is possible - I just don't think it very likely. But if it is, that is actually very good news in that it demonstrates that Theye are not quite as smart as they, or we, think.
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    08-14-2017, 08:42 AM
    If what we are seeing is not complete theater, then they want a whole lot more than mere equal standing. They want dominion. Big difference. I do not think that it has, but I agree that they want more. It's what humans do. This makes no strategic sense. Had the globalists held the Muslims in any concern, they would have ensured they never emerged from the deserts. As it stands they let the sand fleas out because they perceive no threat. I would also not be surprised to find that the rise of fundamentalist Islam has as much to do with globalist muck-raking as it does with the Wahhabis. Bear "useful idiots" in your thoughts. That is what ISIS, etc., are.
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    08-13-2017, 07:56 PM
    This might make a good book, but I do not see it as being real anywhere else. What you describe would undo at least three generations of progressive pussification of the European. There are a few large holes in this that you would need to credibly fill before this theory becomes plausible. What you describe flies in the face of good sense, unless Islam poses a real threat to Theire positions. I doubt it. There appears Theye may even be behind the rise of these head-sawing Muslim lunatics. I don't know - world is so odd, I honestly don't know what to think anymore. I say lets get the war going and settle all these outstanding issues once and for all.
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    08-13-2017, 03:49 PM
    Not likely, at least at first blush. As someone pointed out in the thread to which you referred, there are far easier and less hazardous ways of precipitating a superficially valid pretext for going to war with "Islam". Letting multiple millions of potentially dangerous foreign agents is a lot of work and poses tremendous hazards to one's political station, not to mention the very future of one's land. I will point out that the assumption that those in true power in, say, Germany are pro-German is deeply flimsy on its best day. If we accept the existence of so-called "globalists" and that they occupy positions of deep and abiding power, then the assumption that Germany is being governed by Germans with nationalist inclinations becomes plainly absurd. The globalists openly admit their goal of eliminating all nations, the first step toward which is the elimination of nationalism in all its forms. If we go only slightly out on a limb and accept that these globalists occupy key seats of governmental power and influence across the face of the planet, then we can rest fairly well assured that there are not entrenched nationalists in key positions such that they are readily able to mount effective actions against "Islam". They cannot do it openly if they are not occupying key positions of power, if for no other reason than that an army must be fed. Within three to four days of having run out of provisions, soldiers begin to face very real hazards. No food = no fight in pretty short order. This fact alone pretty well assassinates the idea of a cabal seeking to secure a pretext with which to go to war against Muslims so much as nationally, much less globally. Besides, the pretext already stands. 9/11 has plenty of life left in it. Any nation could credibly wage war on any Muslim nation or population based on the events of 9/11/2001. Let us remember that this is "government" of which we speak - they require no valid basis for action anymore. They simply decide and then act and the people can go suck it. That is the world in which we now reside as virtual prisoners.
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    08-12-2017, 07:20 AM
    Which is why his credibility is just this side of the negative integers.
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    08-12-2017, 07:15 AM
    Let us hope not. I want to see a REAL shooting war... preferably with others doing the shooting. Dammit, we the people are long overdue for a good old-fashioned genocide. But clearly Chinese nationalism is quite OK.
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    08-12-2017, 07:09 AM
    Git yer easy chair greased up 'n ready. Git yer popcorn 'n 'shine... this'n might git REEL good. What a beautiful thing it would be to see China and India go whole-hog in all-out no-holds-barred warfare. If they each lost 50% of their people... oh the free spaces... I'm only being 1/2 sarcastic.
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    08-12-2017, 07:04 AM
    Please explain this purported plan in detail.
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    08-12-2017, 07:04 AM
    Disingenuous bullshit, probably designed to help her remain in power. Feh... Germans are now so completely stupid, it might just work. I would add that Merkel has a perfect solution: mass deportation. I would begin today. Sadly, she will not.
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    08-05-2017, 09:53 PM
    Always will be? How do you know this? But I think it does, because you are (at least implicitly) redefining "freedom". Perhaps it means something different to you than it does to me. There is no comparison between the two senses of "freedom". Fundamental is the difference between physical constraint and that which is possible as a matter of human prerogative.
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    07-30-2017, 07:52 PM
    Oh if I could only get some sleep...
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    07-28-2017, 10:24 PM
    I guess we will have to disagree on this point. I made my points. If you do not accept their truth, so be it. Your problem lies in your fundamental assumption that any of this matters. You are attempting to place artificial constraints on freedom because, apparently, you want something for nothing. True freedom doesn't work that way. Freedom is all about choices and the assumption of risk. It requires the right attitude, as well as smarts - two commodities that are currently in very short supply. Possible.
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    07-28-2017, 03:36 AM
    I must respectfully disagree. In YOUR mind, perhaps in mine as well, it may be the case. If we take the NAP to Africa where pillage and rape and murder have been the fundaments of "tribal" culture for thousands of years, you might see something very different. I have read enough of the works of people such as Sir Richard Burton, who did rather exhaustive studies of those cultures to hold good confidence that a great plurality of black, sub-equatorial Africans would not look upon the NAP in the same ways we might. You assume too much in terms of uniformity of perception between nations. Freedom is actually rather well defined. Complications added to the definition because people want something for nothing (unicorns)... that certainly brings your assertion closer to truth.
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    07-27-2017, 03:12 PM
    Ultra-mega truth here. Statute is not law, save by chance. But the nitwits of the world will object because according to them it's not "fair" and so forth.
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    07-27-2017, 03:02 PM
    The NAP is, therefore, just this side of useless. Where philosophical principles are concerned, this is a cardinal failing. I must beg to differ. It is always a problem; a big one.
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    07-27-2017, 01:58 PM
    Always bear this in mind: words matter. They matter a lot. They matter FAR more than most people are willing to consider. Unfortunately, words have been discounted almost to the point of holding no value in the minds of the average man. This is so not only in terms of common usage, but also with respect to they way words are regarded in our courts of so-called "law". I find it most interesting that the courts have come to very selectively decide where words matter and where they do not. It is similarly interesting to observe how the ways in which courts regard words always favor certain interests, disparaging those of the common man mostly.
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