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    05-16-2024, 04:57 PM
    NPR was going on about how Fico is the Slovak counterpart of Trump and that the gunman "acted alone", all this just hours after the fact. That NPR crystal ball must really be something.
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    05-16-2024, 05:30 AM
    Today we speak briefly and in broad strokes for the sake of something upon which to cognitively chew. The quality of our material lives is largely determined by ratios. This is especially so in all things economic, where affordability is a key factor. The ability of someone to purchase a given product or service rests primarily with his ability to afford, all else equal. The ability to afford is primarily a question of the ratio of one's disposable reserves to price. In recent decades, that ratio has fallen, at times sharply as a consequence of economic "events" of a decidedly non-organic nature, the latest having been the disruption of economic supply chains caused by the nearly universal global responses of "governments" to the so-called "pandemic". By the way, I view such unwavering uniformity with deep suspicion. Few things human take on this character. As the ratio of reserves to price falls, the ability to afford even basics for daily life becomes ever more deeply strained. Many people do not see this simple relationship, largely due to a dangerous lack of education in basic economics†, and also in part to the vast oceans of noise with which the average man is now bombarded on a minute-by-minute basis. The signal to noise RATIO (<-- there's that word again) is now dangerously low. People on the average are now so beset with problems, most of each of which may be low in intensity, but with numbers of them legion, that they are overwhelmed such that basic living has become an overbearing burden with stresses in every nook and cranny of their daily lives. And of course, none of this is natural. Nearly every shred of it is artificially imposed upon us by those in power. The currently prevailing conditions of stress serve to keep vast proportions (another reference to ratios) of people off-balance as they struggle to move from one moment to the next in even the simplest of life's endeavors. Keeping people's eyes focused on the ground between their feet keeps those eyes off the so-called "elite" enough to allow the latter to continue their ultimately destructive machinations. To all appearances, these endeavors of power are intended to enrich those in power in one manner or another at the expense of the rest. It is so because the political class want it all for themselves, and therefore choose to see the circumstance of humanity on the whole as a zero-sum game. For Themme (those in material power), there is no other way to view things, and the attitude and decision to take the world as a zero-sum affair arises generally not of naive ignorance, but of informed (though perhaps tacit) awareness and the deliberate will to make things so, often under their purposeful subscription to delusional notions of the "greater good" to which they attach themselves, that they may proceed under the psychotic belief that they are doing good for all. It is further instructive to note the damning nature of the fact that such people never include themselves on the list of those to get the short shrift. Somehow, and however tacitly, they always find themselves on the beneficiary side of the dividing line.
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    05-15-2024, 09:09 PM
    Only watched the first five minutes, but in that time it seems the situation has been a bit over-simplified. "Seventy five thousand bombs...", OOoooo... Firstly, I don't trust either party to the door, but we have to start somewhere. Thus far there is no evidence beyond reputation to suggest that the initial attack by Hamas was the result of Israeli machinations. If appearances reflect truth, then I can only ask what would YOU do, were you in Israel's position? Personally, I would have no hesitation to wipe the people of Gaza from the earth, all else equal. If Israel was "up to something" that purposefully precipitated the attack, then fie on them and let them burn to the man. But in the absence of evidence, I cannot fault Israel's response, as horrible as the results have been. They've had enough of the bullshit, I suspect. Who wants to blow up at the market on a Tuesday morning? Nobody, I suspect, who is not mentally deranged. And infants in microwaves? Is that also a lie peddled by Jooz? The information war is a disaster area such that basically nobody's word can be taken on faith and all the evidence or lack thereof serves only to make the landscape non-readable to sensible men. Between this load of bullshit, that between Russia and Ukraine, and all the other wild and wooley idiocies that beset this world, it is a wonder to my mind that things have not flown apart already. The worst of it all is that we have chosen this mess - or rather, a small subset of humanity has foisted virtually all human disaster upon the rest and, even more sadly, that remainder has idly allowed it. The Israelis have no obligation to temper their response to the attack, so all this talk against them is a steaming mountainous pile, IMO. Demanding they do so is like demanding that the man about to be murdered temper his defense reaction to his assailant. It is idiotic, prima facie, not to mention its moral depravity. Nobody owes their life to another and no nation owes its existence to another. These calls for temperance are themselves evidence of a deep soul-cancer in those who make them. My pity on both sides goes to the children who have done nothing to deserve what has been doled to them.
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    05-15-2024, 05:38 AM
    It would seem either you missed my point, or have consciously skirted it. As in not succeeding or not failing? I'd rather not assume your meaning. Over production is, all else equal, a microeconomic decision based on that sweet spot on the efficiency curve. One can "over produce" and still make optimal profit and serve the market with equal efficiency. It all really turns on how one views these things. Use the right standard and saving the lives of sick children can be convincingly peddled as some brand of ultimate evil.
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    05-12-2024, 11:16 AM
    If someone is throwing millions at me, I will not step out of the way. Au contraire, mon ami. When I did my MBA we did endless case studies on precisely this issue. The fact is that what one company is able to accomplish, others cannot. It tends to be a subtle and often complicated interplay of factors. The bottom line is that the big automakers may well be unable to pull off a Tesla. I would add that just because Tesla is doing well now, as the scam that is the EV begins to unravel, Tesla may find itself heading for ultimate doom.
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    05-11-2024, 11:58 AM
    This is interesting as it raises the question once more of whose rights we are speaking. There are those of individuals, and then there are those of corporate fictions. Rand said he thought there was a good constitutional case against banning tiktok. I disagree, and here's why: tiktoc is a corporate entity and in my opinion, contrary to SCOTUS who has botched countless cases, does not hold valid claim to rights to free speech equal to those of a living human being. Given the nature of corporations, and especially considering their characteristics and advantages of superorganization, it is my opinion that their rights may be more tightly circumscribed than may those of an individual. Should producers of medicines be able to lie or employ deceit in the marketing of their drugs? May auto manufacturers lie or use deceit in advertising their vehicles, especially where fuel economy and crash worthiness are concerned? A man may lie all day long about having been an olympic gold medal winner, all else equal. I find no analog right that might be reasonably assigned to a corporation. In my opinion there is no constitutional right for tiktok to do business in America. There is a precedent-established right to do so, but that is not the same as an inherent right because it is synthetic and not "natural". I agree with Rand's point about the invalidity of the "what-if" logic he claims pervades the legislation in question. Such bans are cancer, as is the thinking used to justify them. Why not tax unrealized profits while you're at it? Oh wait... Stooping to China's level seems a failure in creative thinking, but the security concerns are real and they are valid. I'm sure, however, that people more clever than myself could come up with a better solution. The deeper question, of course, is the age old issue concerning the state of general humanity. We're nasty little apes ready to see those we view with suspicion taken out behind the chemical sheds to have double-taps administered to their heads. We're thieving, warring, paranoids ready to consume the planet for the sake of our manifold failings, many of which would be readily corrected were we cut of a better cloth. Actually, I think we're corduroy.
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    05-10-2024, 06:15 AM
    That's NOT what she said. She said "it was the party that fought for the little guy." She said NOTHING in those first few statements about sales. Pay some damned proper attention and stop being so eager to pick fights because your feet wind up in your gullet.
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    05-09-2024, 11:10 PM
    The actual term "hate speech", originated in the 80s (and please correct me if my memory is mangled). I remember when the first "hate speech" laws made the news. My reaction was as it is today: this is an utter and rank absurdity that should have been stamped out by SCOTUS from the get-go. Well, it should never have arisen in the first place, of course, but American politics being what it is, anyone with an IQ would be able to comfortably predict such nonsense as inevitable. I've gone about about the dangerous stupidity the term itself represents for at least 30 years. "Cancer" comes to mind, and here we all these decades later in some sorry shape that shows no end any time before the sun goes nova. We get what we tolerate.
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    05-09-2024, 10:59 PM
    Because your fellow humans, being predators, will prey on you if you allow it. Welcome to Earth, the mafia planet. We're all wiseguys here...
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    05-09-2024, 10:56 PM
    You mean #47: on all fours, butt high and waiting for the insertion?
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    05-09-2024, 10:51 PM
    OK, Gabbard commits credibility suicide in the first 30 or so seconds of opening her yap, stating that the Democrat party was the party "for the little guy". She is either lying through her teeth (likely), ignorant beyond all redemption (likely), morally bereft (likely), or all three (most likely). I would not use that woman as toilet paper, nor would I trust her to tell me water was wet. She gives me the creeps to the marrow. She is a Democrat who knows her party has no credibility, save with the most pathological among its adherents. This has driven her to make this sadly transparent bail for the sake of her pathetic political ambitions, in the attempt to fool people into believing she is worth more than the cardboard match with which one would set her gasoline-soaked self ablaze. Same pig, different lipstick. My advice to her would be to go into porn where she could make a buck, we could finally see her tits, and she could do far less to harm the world than were she to even become city dog catcher, much less anything more politically significant. All I see when I look at her is a great cancerous tumor. Now let me tell you how I REALLY feel...
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    05-08-2024, 08:34 PM
    Oh thank God. i've had enough insanity for one week.
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    04-30-2024, 01:44 PM
    That’s the way to do it… shoot ‘em.
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    04-30-2024, 01:42 PM
    Sarcasm?
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    04-27-2024, 07:18 PM
    I'm thinking Americans need to also consider the first nail in America's coffin: the Constitution. Abandoning the Articles of Confederation was a very bad move, regardless of the intent behind it. To my possibly blind eyes, the second nail was our failure to prevail during the Whiskey Rebellion where Americans should have identified every congressman who voted in favor of the bill and put them to the sword, along with the president who signed it into effect. Every officer who complied with the orders to put troops against free Americans should also have met the rope, their small children forced to witness is as a message to all comers as to what awaits them when they get stupid with out liberties. This is the ONLY solution because human beings are shitty, nasty little apes who are more than willing and eager to venture down paths of corruption. It's our hunter-gatherer instincts run verily amok. And I maintain my position that this must happen if there is to be so much as the thinnest sliver of hope for humanity as a species. We have sailed way past that line where we could have saved this land by decent and rational and comparatively inexpensive means. But now, having tap-danced well beyond that point, all that remains to us in options is kill or capitulate.
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    04-21-2024, 11:44 AM
    Well, that didn't seem to settle much of anything. Uygur with his weak virtue signaling, apparently thinking that if he talks against Turks, he will be taken as honest and trustworthy. Oy. Dave Smith is nothing to write home about either. Prager has his moments, but isn't really that good at debate. The woman was mostly on the money, whoever she is. But there seems to have been some fundamentals missed. For one thing, we have no idea whether what we see in reports regarding either side of this giant bowl of liquid feces is reflective of truth. The Israelis have been up to all manner of chicanery for 75 years. One can debate whether circumstance drove them to it, or if they are just a raft of scummy people of whom perhaps the world would have benefitted had the Final Solution been successfully concluded. I'm unwilling to assume anything on that question. The same may be said of the Arabs of the region, however less clever and artful they may be. I don't trust any of them, taken statistically. Praeger made a fair point when he stated that the deaths of civilian Arabs lies squarely at Hamas' feet. They started it, operationally speaking, and hid among the people they are supposed to protect. There can be no question of their cowardice. The woman also made an important point about war, that it is and ought to be horrific. It is, after all, war. It is interesting to observe how few people hold a reasonable grasp of the most fundamental nature of warfare. These dummies, Smith and Uygur, are of that ilk (as are many in the military who should know better) wants warfare to be comparatively sanitary. This is patent idiocy. War should be out and out slaughter. It should be so atrocious, people are unable to wrap their heads around it; so horrifying that even the so-called "hawks" quit their moaning and scheming for it like covetous street whores they are. Much as is the case with freedom, the mean man wants all the benefits of war without those aspect of it that they find unappealing. "OOoooo... don't kill civilians... it's immoral...", as if two armies murdering each other en masse were somehow otherwise. I love how people rationalize the most absurd things, while condemning that which can actually be justified. This debate was pointless, IMO. The real questions were not treated in a way that addresses the fundamentals of the issue, which is the only way to get to the truth. They kept the discussion up in the haze of comparative irrelevancies and they largely ignored the fact that we're not privy to the whole truth.
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    04-21-2024, 01:48 AM
    osan replied to a thread Tucker on Twitter in U.S. Political News
    This was a deceptively dense bit with a lot crammed into a few short minutes. The thing that strikes me most is, once again, the weak link. That would be us; our attitudes; our will to commit, and to what we would apply it. I disagree with the assertion that prior to Musk's acquisition of twitter, there was no way for people of common interests and goals to get together. Even Eville™ facebook provides ample opportunity for such congress. I would also point out that the dissemination of the brands of information that this guy is claiming to be so recent, has been largely available for over 30 years now. USENET was a fine resource with tens of thousands of newsgroups where people discussed and argued over anything from the manifold deceptions of "government" (e.g. Gulf of Tonkin) to how to rim your girlfriend. Saying that this is some new thing is clearly incorrect. To my eyes, the real difference here is one not of access, but of incentive - motivation. Prior to 9/11, Americans were mostly droning along from day to day in the cloud that lead them to take nearly everything in their lives for granted as they wrung their hands over which color ought be the new BMW. Then the towers were demolished in a cloud of vast lies and bullshit. It was interesting to observe how vast legions of Americans outright refused to consider that which was so obvious to we, the engineers, shrieking at us that we were looney conspiracy theorists, apparently oblivious to the fact that the official story describes a pretty grand and very dark conspiracy in itself. It seems to me that the odd bedfellows phenomenon is now arising not due to sudden availability to truth, but to the fact that Theye are squeezing us more severely than ever before, encroaching in a ceaseless expansion of trespass to the point that businessmen can barely conduct business without "government's" nose in their sphincters. So it's really not some great awakening born of the great and inherent, if heretofore latent, goodness of these people, but due almost solely to the desperation of rats with no place left to hide.
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    04-19-2024, 05:48 AM
    For Pete's sake man, READ WHAT I WROTE. Why does everything with you seem to have to be a fight? And your logic isn't. Tons of NYC detectives did plenty of cocaine, for example. It's as if you live on a different planet than the rest of us.
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    04-19-2024, 03:47 AM
    BTC's weakness lies not in the technology, but in "government" policy toward it. Ban it, and that's that. NOTHING lies beyond Theire tyrannical will.
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    04-19-2024, 03:08 AM
    As I wrote previously, the timing cannot be dismissed. This is transparent bullshit. It will be amusing to see how it plays out. I'm thinking the time has come to get that $300K in silver coin... though I remain unconvinced that it will serve the purpose for which it will have been intended. Then there's bitcoin, in which my faith stands on similarly shaky ground. Theye have it in for us, American middle-class more than anyone else, and they by all means have the ability to crash the global economy in hours if it pleased them, which I think it does not. But if Theye begin to feel an existential threat, who know what will happen? Those fools are capable of anything.
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    04-18-2024, 03:22 PM
    Well sure. That's all part of the general strategy. Take the ground out from under people's feet so they can no longer tell one thing from another. Neutralize their cognitive reach by keeping them ignorant of all standards, save the one that says there are no standards. This destroys everything in a man; his faith, trust, innate intelligence because he has nothing solid against which to work it. Not unlike muscles, a mind rendered idle atrophies. We are in the hands of the devils that scared Satan from hell such that he's now at Heaven's gate, tearily begging asylum from an evil that left him paling. Certainly so of Biden. Trump, I'm not yet quite convinced on, though his failure to drain the swamp was indeed a spectacular fiasco.
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    04-18-2024, 03:05 PM
    OK, simmer down. Let's look at a recent fact. RFKJ suddenly changes to "independent" (how potentially ironic) shortly before a very important election (as elections go, anyhow). Recall the words of the filthy communist shill, FDR, who candidly quipped that in politics there was no such things as coincidences. I do not say that this closes the door on the man, but it certainly gives much upon which to keep one's eyes. Now consider the possibility that everything we see is theater... everything significant, that is. Imagine that the Democrats see they are going to lose in a big way and sense that maybe they won't be able to get away with yet another stolen election. What shall we do? Have one of our... <AHEM> trump cards come out to play. Out of nowhere, the great Kennedy name drops from the DNC sleeve, but knowing their credibility is slipping badly, the new candidate declares independence in the effort to enhance credibility of trustworthiness. After all, this is a Kennedy! We instruct him, perhaps years in advance (after all, these people are careful planners, IMO), to begin spewing a carefully architected litany of talking points that will get conservatives going "hmmm...", the goal there being to siphon off just enough votes to once again make credible a stolen election appear "clean". Clean enough to avoid consequences, that is. Wild, you say? Too wild? Sure, and FDR didn't taunt Japan into attacking us. Northwoods never happened. Tonkin. Weapons of mass destruction. Lusitania. Russia 1917. China 1940s-70s. Khmer Rouge. Amin. Gulf wars. 9/11. Covid. Shall we go on with the drearily long list of grand conspiracies in which nobody believed until after the rotten facts became what we now know them to have been?
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Global War On Terrorism: Are We Winning?

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.
After 26 years, I'd have to agree.
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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.
To which I responded thusly:


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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How would you defend liberty and property in a stateless social construct? The use of private security firms is a stock answer, but let’s consider some more detail. Consider the following situations…
And it has its problems. It is a partial answer at best.


1) A band of thugs is going around robbing people, how do you defend your home from invasion?
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