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    Today, 08:48 AM
    Gracias. Well yes, but more broadly stated, it stems from the basically ratty nature of the mean human being. I'd not characterize it as frustration, though; more like amusement carrying that hint of head-shaking disgust. A very well chosen term, and one I almost never see employed in the way you do so here. Excellent. It carries a host of implications that paint a picture of beings capable of doing for themselves in ways Theye dread in such hands. Powerful thought in the hands of the rabble is the one thing I believe that Theye fear above all things.
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    Today, 08:20 AM
    The fact that any nation views other nations as a threat in this day and age, is all anyone needs to know to come to the correct assessment that we are a species of losers. Is it not bad enough that we have to worry about such matters with individuals and small gangs? That we have to wring our hands over the fact that people now superorganize on national levels... that is the proof that we shall not end well, no matter what happens. The problem isn't communism, or dictatorships. The problem is the human animal, and that animal never changes. I have recently wondered whether that fact is what stands behind this now very obvious push to so-called "transhumanism". It would make very strong sense that Theye would seek to change the fundamental nature of the vastly greater bulk of humanity. Change them so as to become more reliably manageable, which of course necessitates the obviation of our tendency to rebel, regardless of causes and other reasons. The only chances that remain for liberty, so far as I can see, are as follow: A non-scripted reset event occurs, knocking us back to what would essentially become the new stone age. Every nation on the planet is dissolved in terms of what we know as "state governments".
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    To answer the question in the OP, I'd say the answer turns on one's specific definition of "winning". I would also point out that winning could be seen along many differing lines. As for my view on the matter, I tend to take the broades philosophical line, which leads me to the opinion that in the case of Russia v. Ukraine, nobody wins regardless of outcomes. Do the dead give the least damn who "won"? Does "winning" make good all the loss of the living, whether from the kin of the dead, those who've been maimed by the acts of madmen, or the losses of other properties, often to the economic destitution of entire families? What is all this bullshit talk of winning? I see none of that anywhere. The human animal is a rotten beast on the whole. I wish I could say we don't deserve what we're getting and stand to see in the future, but I'd be lying. Seriously now, think for a moment of the broader reality. Even the "winners" lose. They bankrupt themselves economically. They lose countless of their own. Those "in charge" become prisoners of the results for which they had such raging erections pursuant to what they thought they wanted. Consider our presidents - their lives are turned to shit in so many respects, not that I'm shedding even a single tear for any of them. Trump can't even poke Melania in the ass without his secret service agents listening in. I'd rather die in a house fire. We are a net-loser species. Every fantastic gain we contrive with our fabulous creativity is eclipsed by that much and more because of our raving stupidity and wild corruption, neither of which do sufficient numbers of us show any manifest desire to change. As I like to quip, we are our own worst enemies.
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    11-25-2022, 09:43 AM
    Title says it all. Hope you are all well, ate entirely too much yesterday, and meet with good prosperity for the coming year.
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    11-25-2022, 09:38 AM
    I would note that there have been many whose works have expressed a bent to Freemen and autodiathism. What I don't understand is how it can be that people such as Joss Wheadon (Firefly/Serenity) could express such clear ideals as those of what I have labeled the "Principles of Proper Human Relations", yet in their everyday lives wax all stupid-lefty. Honest to God, it makes the least sense to me, especially considering the ways in which such people behave like spoile, tantrum-pitching toddlers in virtually every avenue of their lives. They rant on and on, as we are all too familiar, about their masturbatory fantasies of collectivist utopia, yet produce films, for example, that espouse all the virtues of real liberty, vis-à-vis the pretty slavery that most people conflate with actual freedom. Such people are so utterly intransigent in virtually everything they believe, yet will produce films and other works that run wildly against everything they claim to hold dear as values. This would make sense, were those expressions sarcastically offered with the idea that they be mocked and reviled. But that is not the case. And the expressions are not superficial; one can readily see a deep truth in what has been formulated and set forth. So how is it that given these very fine contrivances of storylines that those responsible are such utterly retarded dicks in every other aspect of life? It is so self-contradictory as to leave my mind rebelling at it. One would think that such beating, flailing sorts would never put out anything that would suggest anything like responsibility for one's actions and feelings, much less the ideas of property, rights, and all the other great virtues and costs of liberty. To my eyes, putting such work out in the ways that I have seen is precisely giving credibility to that which the authors and architects claim to hate with the most bitter venom. One would think not only that they would not produce such work, but would confine themselves to promoting through the telling of tales the great virtues of communism to the exclusion of all else. One would also expect that such infantile humans would not even have a grasp of the realities of freedom, yet some of them have demonstrated a clear grasp. Are those examples mere happenstance? How could it be? It appears statistically just this side of impossible for that many disparate elements of that which is violently hated by a man could haphazardly come in the same work, much less so with the correct structuring of elements relative to each other. So what is the story there? How would a screaming weasel like Wheadon vomit forth work that drips of the Freeman while simultaneously exposing the Weakman and Tyrant for what they are in the most non-equivocating terms? I'd ask whether I've gone insane, but we all know that that horse bolted the stable long ago.
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    11-23-2022, 05:59 PM
    Do elaborate.
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    11-23-2022, 05:31 PM
    One observation: at one point it is asserted that the overarching goal is to reduce population, which may be so. However, if you look carefully at the screen, you will see displayed some electronic document that clearly refers to population growth. Population and population growth, while related, are not the same things. This would seem to me either a very careless error, or indicative of a bill of goods being peddled. Devil is often in the details.
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    11-23-2022, 06:52 AM
    Not likely. Human morality, as lead by the "west" at Nürnberg, is mostly gone now. Humanity has. been the target of the greatest bait and switch scam of all time, to date. What was it? Glad you asked. This bullshit began long ago, the moment certain elements of basic morality game up for debate. There is nothing wrong with questioning for the purposes of confirmation, reconfirmation, and learning by new generations that which the old took as givens. But that was not the purpose of the introduction in this case. We were being mentally primed for a quantum alteration of well established moral principles. Here I do not refer to Christian-specific minutiae such as the grotesque and IMO functionally evil restrictions of the sexual urge, for example, which if we are to be kindest, were the products of people who had nothing creatively better by which to curb the known hazards of being sexually freed in a world where some men took liberties with the livestock. Here I speak of the broadest principles that only Christianity brought to the civilized world, which has been most sufficiently and correctly summarized in the Golden Rule: Live, let live... which at it's deepest level tells us not to be hypocrites, the single worst element of human corruption and the central pillar of all criminality. Rightly or wrongly, the notions of Malthus took root in the minds of some in power, prompting them to begin the push toward what today we call "globalism". This is observably true not only historically, but through the admission of the globalists who now freely identify as such and who openly forward their beliefs that the world is overpopulated, which perhaps may even be true. Where they may have failed, and this turns wholly upon the basic assumptions one accepts as essential in the matter in question, is the choice to engage in a cull of their own kind, having convinced themselves of their own moral superiority; their fitness to survive; that the rest of us are indeed nothing better than Kissinger's "useless eaters". During the 1950s was when the campaign began in earnest, having structured American sub/urban life in such a way as to leave open the door for gross alterations in the basic moral world views of the upcoming generation, the so-called "baby boomers". Consider, for example, the utterly vapid nature of the American "high school" environment. High school in America is perhaps the single most utterly ridiculous institution imaginable, after those of the manifold professional sports. The idiocy of it should stagger the mind of anyone taking the time and meager effort to consider it in sufficiently noiseless terms. It is simply mind-numbing when stripped naked as a buck before the mind's eye.
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    11-23-2022, 03:04 AM
    Could They All Be Lying? If not, this is all very dark and dangerous.
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    11-19-2022, 05:57 PM
    Pursuant to... ??
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    11-19-2022, 05:25 PM
    Two things. Firstly and least significant, how do we know that the intent was to spark WW III? That is a bold assertion that cannot be taken at face value. Secondly, and vastly significant: If in fact this is what was done, we should be feeding Ukraine to Russia, pre-cooked. Shit like that stands to get millions of people killed, leaving the survivors possibly envious of the dead.
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    11-19-2022, 03:39 AM
    That's only a partial cause. The broader issue is the human animal, so easily taking to corruption. The mean man is rotten to his marrow. I know this is not a very flattering view, but one can judge only by the results, and those are net spectacular decay. We are the cause on both ends of the spectrum. On the positive end, we have the scoundrels not just of "government", but those who actively and with much salivation support said scoundrels. Those are the active criminals. On the negative side we have the rest who, through inaction, enable the felons by tacitly approving their crimes. These are by far the worse of the two, and they are the vast majority of humanity. They are walking, breathing obscenities, and most of us fall into that category. This is not to say that there are no good men, but we can say by all means that there are not enough of them. After all, good men also have families and, for lack of a better way of putting it, something to lose. Why should they risk all for the sake of a vast majority who are not collectively worth the cardboard match with which their hundreds of millions of gasoline-soaked bodies would be set to living blaze in one motion? This is especially valid when one realizes that there is currently no hope of prevailing precisely because armies of one have no chance against the seemingly endless legions of corrupt and IMO utterly worthless humanity who have at best allowed the world to be set to wrack and ruin insofar as our liberties are concerned. Small contingents are swatted like flies as a vast plurality cheer and applaud most thunderously. I have mentioned this before and I will repeat it regardless of rolling eyeballs: I fully understand, and in many ways agree with the globalist view of the bulk of humanity as being nothing better than Kissinger's "useless eaters". If a man will not assert his claims (rights), then he has no basis for complaint when the Man tramples him. It is not that I wish terrible fates for these people, but I simply cannot in all reason get it up to shed a tear for their destruction. Is that destruction a horrific thing? Certainly it is, and when it comes I will not be able to help myself but to shed that tear because at that point logic will have lost most of its significance, leaving nothing but the raw emotions to deal with that dolorous reality. But because people will not stand up for what is theirs, logic barring all emotion leads one to see that those people get what they get as the consequence of having cared insufficiently for themselves to do what was necessary to preserve their rights.
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    11-19-2022, 03:03 AM
    Why? Because humans.
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    11-16-2022, 05:29 PM
    Am I reading too much into all this, or is the FTX thing got a lot more going on than immediately meets the eye? Is this one of those happenstance failures that reveals a whole ton of stuff nobody outside of the circle in question was ever supposed to find out?
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    11-16-2022, 05:25 PM
    Oh yeah, the security guard was an ex-magistrate and Braxton county sheriff. He and I got along famously and referred to me as his good friend when he called up to Amy Schaffer, the court clerk, and bid her cut me a break. It pays to be civil.
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    11-16-2022, 05:23 PM
    I was civil and I made my points clearly and they dismissed all charges. Sutton is a tiny town where everyone knows everyone. They had no sticks in their backsides and were amenable to the points I made, which of course were eminently well reasoned. Unlike large municipalities where you have ladder climbers and empire builders seeking to notch their belts as much as possible, the smaller towns in places not polluted with the taint of the regressive world view tend to be less asshole-ish.
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    11-16-2022, 08:48 AM
    I have emerged victorious. Dismissed on all charges. Moral: always fight.
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    11-16-2022, 12:48 AM
    I have to laugh at myself. I didn't look at the date of the OP and just spent time in this manner, silly me. Nonetheless, perhaps my efforts are not a complete waste of time. To wit: If you joined in 07, why are you asking the question, given that you should know. You've been here longer than I by 2 years. I recall how it was. Lessee... We engaged in the chat all the time. One night we spread the rumor that Ron Paul himself was going to be on, and people went apey. We had a teleconference where quite a few of us called in and discussed... well, that I don't even recall any longer. This site was different. If we were discussing "sensitive" topics, there were no words that were x'd out, for example. The participation was high, as was the number of users.
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    11-15-2022, 08:04 PM
    What has fascinated me the most about all this is that the more "advanced" we become, the more miserable we seem to be.
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    11-15-2022, 07:09 PM
    No sir. As BananaBoy pointed out, there is no such thing as intrinsic value when taken in a vacuum. But the moment a context is given, which itself provides the frame of reference against which judgement/assessment can be made, the notion takes on real and practical meaning. One might be tempted, for example, to say that oxygen has intrinsic value, but that would be an error, once again when taken in vacuo. But when the context of human life is provided as the reference frame, then the intrinsic value of oxygen is readily discernible in the context of human life, along with the usual set of assumptions we tend to make about it, such as not being suicidal. That would be a statistical figure, more or less. I've seen houses that have zero value to me because I'd not live in them if you gave them to me, all else equal. Change the context and I many change my opinion.
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    11-15-2022, 06:17 PM
    I sure do. IBM invention and it was a neat idea, but crap in practice because it is sequential access, rather than directly addressable. That would not be a problem if the bubbles moved withi sufficient speed, but they cannot. And so, bubbles went the way of the dodo. Computing is fascinating science, but once I did my masters I had that "been there, done that" feeling about it. It was a largely boring living in spite of the money.
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    11-15-2022, 02:21 PM
    That's the $64 question. I'm no longer sufficiently interested in computing to bother. I have other, more important things with which to occupy my time. I don't do hype, and everything I've read on QC suggests hype. As for the video, Sabine is an odd favorite of mine. Her dry, Terutonic humor is a riot. Her one terrible flaw is her apparent subscription to the "climate change" bullshit, which I find endlessly surprising, given what she does for a living, which is supposed to be science.
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    11-15-2022, 07:52 AM
    That is my intention. I will at least attempt to get the trooper to run himself face-first into a contradiction. If that doesn't get the judge's attention, then of course I will have demonstrated a prima facie case of corruption. Either way, I win even if I lose, and I fully expect to lose. Addressing another point: if perchance the cop doesn't show, I will immediately forestall the prosecutor by moving for dismissal. I've done it before with success.
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    11-15-2022, 07:47 AM
    So much for the security of crypto. Some will rail about the inherent safety of digital currencies, to which I say hogwash. Even if true, look what people do: they take what may one day prove secure† and place management functions into the hands of unverified third parties, normally called "exchanges", and then wonder when their fortunes, such as they may be, fall under threat or simply go <POOF>. This is what I have talked about since almost day one. It's NOT money. It is currency. This is the first and foremost point, but that doesn't perforce invalidate, so moving on... It is software. I spent my professional life in the biz, from R&D computing at Bell Labs to business analysis and more in the "real" world. I've pretty much seen it all in that arena, and software remains what it is. Were I to miraculously contrive a truly unbreakable cipher scheme in the next ten minutes, it would make no difference in terms of the security of systems and accounts if people give away, say, the decryption keys, the point here being that management is of importance at least equal to that of the core technology in question. If you don't use it right, it may become worthless to its purpose. Were people content to use their BTC in a wholly self-contained fashion? No. Exchanges and other services have arisen and people took the bait because they are... <drumroll>... corrupted by FAIL, leading them to trust third parties whose worthiness can never be guaranteed, a priori, under any circumstance, no matter what software systems are in place to ensure security. There is always risk, small as it may be or seem to be in some cases.
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    11-14-2022, 07:42 AM
    Well, funny you mention that. My mother is a narcissist. I could go into a long, horrible, and ultimately very boring story of my childhood, but I'm not so cruel as to put any of you good folks through such gratuitous torment. For a month all she did was bitch and moan about EVERYTHING. About 2 weeks in, Bibi had had it. Were I to detail everything my good wife has done for mom and John, you might be tempted to call me a liar, but that is really how fine a human being Bibi is. So the fact that my wife of near-infinite patience and forbearance blew a fuse at mom is saying something you just would not be able to quite fully appreciate. Well, this Friday past mom did it again, but this time the fur really flew. So we packed her up with as much as we could fit into her Civic and I drove her back to the grand shit hole called "New Jersey". I unloaded her car and Pinky, Bibi's eldest daughter and her mother's child by all outward qualities, drove me to EWR. I spent the night at the Hilton at ORD and got home last night. Bottom line: the next time I go to NJ, it will be for mom's funeral. I've endured her abuses for the last time. Don't care what she does with her estate. Give it away, burn it, send it to the cousins in Euroland. Makes no matter to me for I will not taint myself with her remnants. She chose, said she wanted nothing to do with our family, and we take her on her word. God riddance, sad as it might be in the broadest consideration, but that is how it's been all my life and I'm done, stick a fork in me. :)
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    11-14-2022, 07:29 AM
    Goipng Wed. I'm sure they will find me "guilty", but I will be heard. Screw all tyrants, petty and grand.
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    11-11-2022, 05:24 PM
    Ooops... FTX, the distressed cryptocurrency exchange at the heart of a recent meltdown in digital asset prices, has filed for bankruptcy.In the span of less than a week, FTX has gone from being among the world’s largest and most important crypto trading venues to the latest in a long list of collapses in a volatile and unregulated industry. Sam Bankman-Fried, its founder and CEO, has seen his position as one of the most respected and trusted figures in the space evaporate just as quickly. https://www.barrons.com/articles/ftx-bankruptcy-ceo-crypto-crash-51668177467
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by osan on 03-25-2017 at 07:19 AM
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Short answer: If you are still fighting it you are losing it.
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by osan on 01-02-2017 at 08:51 AM
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"castle doctrine," which permits homeowners to use deadly force against intruders. The revised law will allow invited guests, such as babysitters, to use lethal force.
I find it amazing to consider just how hopelessly corrupt a land we are, and have been for so very long a time when I read things like this. To think not only that some people would dare usurp the authority to remove those which are the most obvious prerogatives of free men, but also that we as a people would

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Uhm, no. Not all of us. Only most of the countries involved. We few radicals and rebels do what we can to prevent it. Whether that works or not still doesn't change whether it is our fault or not.
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The number of people out there who are putting their asses on the line is vanishingly small. My statistical assessment therefore stands. To wit...

The fact is this: we failed from the earliest days.

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And it has its problems. It is a partial answer at best.


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