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    Today, 09:06 AM
    osan replied to a thread This was not self-defense in History
    About time somebody said it.
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    Today, 09:01 AM
    Sure, so long as it is properly architected, implemented, maintained, and administered. I'd be surprised if a nation could accomplish even one of those objectives. All four? C'est très peu probable. Our problems stem not so much from the form of government so much as the fact of it.
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    Today, 08:50 AM
    Poor, foolish, reckless, suicidal evidence.
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    Today, 08:45 AM
    Yeah, but there'd still be the Olde English 800.
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    Today, 08:32 AM
    If Trump's "draining the swamp" talking point is real, which perhaps it is nothing more than political bullshit, he should be a great fan of Assange. It could be argued that Assange had a lot to do with Trump's ascension to the throne.
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    Today, 08:19 AM
    If it's more than five minutes past, it's ancient history.
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    For five minutes. Maybe. You erroneously assume you can have a cadre of saints to lord over the dregs. That is how it's been done since Sumer and it has been a perfect formula for universal misery and death. The only good solution is freedom, but it must be taken come what may. You appear to be seeking guarantees where none are possible. A warrior culture will yield the best possible circumstance for men. There will still be horror and ugliness, but I suspect they would be far less abundant. Au contraire. The economic system, AKA the market, is centrally important. It is the environment in which property rights are most commonly exercised. To discount it as you have done is a great error, IMO.
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    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    Utopia? Not sure how you mean the term. It may have the common connotations, all of which are in error, or you might mean it in the sense of the tome of equal title by Thomas More. A free land is in no certain terms a utopia. It is simply free. Free men have the choice of how they will live. They may choose the "perfect" order of the utopia, chaos, or anything in between. The conditions of their lives, at least in terms of human relations, are entirely up to them. It is a choice and a decision, prone to no happenstance and accident. Men choose how they will live together. The choose the tyrannies they set upon their fellows, just as those fellows choose those very tyrannies to which they have been subjected. Matters of choice, all of it. Those who perpetrate are compelled by no force other than their FAIL (Fear Avarice Ignorance Lassitude), just as those subjected are largely guilty in similar measure and style.
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    Yesterday, 03:07 PM
    Oh don't take what I wrote so personally, for pete's sake. I said you READ like a communist, not that you ARE one. The implication of what you wrote is that force is just in the relevant sense. I disagree. If fire departments are truly wanted, people will find ways to have them on a voluntary basis, rather than through the villainy of taxation. Now, if people were generally honest, just, and respectful of the rights of men, we could have minarchy without tyranny. That, however, is are REALLY big "if" for which there appears to my eyes to be no extant examples as we scan the long and abundantly miserable history of human Empire. Given this, I do believe my case is well made that people, given a foot in the doors of power, drive themselves mad with it in no time flat. It seems to be what we do. What we need is warrior-anarchy, which I also call "panarchy", if "archy" must be used. I prefer, however, "autodiathism", from the Greek for "self determination", and a term I coined a few years back. It seems clear to me that highly packed populations are eminently prone to tyranny. Less dense centers are less prone, perhaps because people are on a more personalized basis in their relationships with others. When one man sees another as a man and not as a thing, the nature of the relationship between the two tends to be very much better than the other way. Big city cops tend to see non-cops as objects, or even as "the enemy", and behave accordingly.
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    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    You read a bit like a communist.
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    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    † Wrong. It needs governANCE. The two are related, yet they are not the same. GovernMENT suggests separation of governing roles from the general population. This is FAIL^FAIL and the primary reason we are in shit up to our eyeballs. There are no cops where every man assumes the role with faithfulness to the task, which includes respect for his fellows. †† This one you got right. :)
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    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Article talks a lot, mostly via innuendo, yet says very little of direct intelligibility. As is typical of this ilk of personality, valid observations are made, however sparingly, and then all the wrong conclusions are reached. A hall mark of these sorts of articles is the false dichotomy. In this case the implication is that we are either responsible or we are capitalist, ignoring the fact that not only can we be both, but that most companies are. The innuendo of false assumptions is lousy in this article. There are in any event a small handful of near-reasonable statements. To wit: Correct insofar as it goes, but the author leaves out universes of information that could have been nutshelled in reasonable space by an honest and capable writer.
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    Yesterday, 07:10 AM
    I don't care what anyone says, Sessions is poison. My good friend Mike, someone whose opinions I trust implicitly, is wrong when he says that Sessions is a good choice if put to the right mission because it is pretty clear he is not being so put. He would have made a superb special prosecutor for the purposes of hunting and trying the manifold traitors including Obama, Clinton, etc. As AG, however, I think he sucks precisely because his opinions on issues such as the drug war are not even remotely sound. What's next, prosecution of chromosexuals and adulterers? This is the sort of thing that puts people against the so-called "conservatives", precisely because so many of them are rank, unwashed assholes where these questions arise. They spew and spout "freedom" as they destroy the lives of non-criminals who happen to engage in acts they find personally objectionable. Hypocrites, and in many ways no better than their accursed counterparts on the so-called "left". If only we could be rid of them all. Of course, the twenty people remaining would have a difficult time keeping America going. And this is the sort of thing Rand does that leaves me shaking my head: pandering. What in hell does race have to do with it? I know he's playing the game, but I find it despicable. Speak forthrightly, for Christ's sake, and cut the shit. This is a failing of his that he needs to work to erase. His father is not in this habit which is one of the reasons I have such respect for the man. He calls it clearly, honestly, and without these cheap attempts at appealing to people who will hate him no matter what he says or how he says is. It demeans himself, as well as those who support him, which I still do, but find myself in a state of indigestion in the wake of such transparent antics. It lacks art, though I admit this is from a thinking man's standpoint. I suppose he may be assuming the rank stupidity of those who fall for such nonsense and he may well be right. I just hope it's not that tired old act of...what are they calling it now... "virtue signaling" (do I have that right?). I don't care what grand and oblique strategy may be at play - trust is the issue at hand and that is not won by sneaky, back-handed approaches. It is precisely this that puts me off about Trump - doing apparently stupid-shitty things with supposedly some grand master plan of inscrutable obliquity behind it, leaving mere idiots such as myself wondering what in hell is going on. At least if such is the true case, explain the ideas behind it so people can get behind YOU.
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    05-18-2017, 09:06 PM
    No, that'd be Hillary.
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    05-18-2017, 09:01 PM
    "nothing.... seems to kill me..." Wrong.
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    05-18-2017, 03:08 PM
    osan replied to a thread Investing in AI in Personal Prosperity
    Give what I've known in the past, you are close to truth, if not directly atop it... and I suspect you are. The big issue will be mind/machine interfacing. When we were doing our big project for the MBA, our team got the gem of gems: function Near Infra Red scanning. You can literally tell when a person is lying. Drexel research scientists invented the tech with a lot of $$ from the US Army (how surprising) and they wanted someone to develop a business around it. Our business plan was the hit among the lot and I was all for it. None of my teammates were interested and they refused to release copyright to me. Assenholes. Anyhow, I suspect something along the lines of fNIR tech will be used to "read" the thoughts. Not sure what will be required to send commands to the brain, or at least perception messages, which is the basis of the idea of "matrix". We tread a scary and dangerous path and I have no confidence in the possibility of it ending well.
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    05-18-2017, 01:13 PM
    Seems you need better friends.
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    05-18-2017, 12:34 PM
    Personally, I would. You can certainly do with out it, but if you can do it, I say go ahead. Also, $10K for a lot... what size? I bought a house on 2.5 acres a few months ago for $5K. Needs substantial work, but it was a decent deal. Belonged to my neighbor across the street. His tenants left after the flood last year and he was going to raze the house, so I bought it. It was built in 1902, much of it of walnut, so I figured it should be preserved. Bought my neighbor's 13 acres plus building lot for $5K last year, bringing us up to 30 here on the mountain. Cannot say precisely, but not that much, especially if you do the work yourself. Plumbing is pretty straightforward. Electrical is not difficult, but if you are not sure of what to do, pay someone. It beats the hell out of dying in a house fire. Drywall is just busywork and a PITA, but if you do it yourself you will save substantial $$.
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    05-18-2017, 12:24 PM
    osan replied to a thread Investing in AI in Personal Prosperity
    AI sex-slave robots, however, seem a grandly suitable application of the technology, if you're into that sort of thing.
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    05-18-2017, 12:19 PM
    Repeat after me the Rat's Creed: See something, say something... See something, say something... See something, say something... See something, say something... See something, say something... See something, say something... See something, say something... See something, say something...
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    05-17-2017, 08:47 PM
    I am of a mixed mind on such matters. On the one hand, one is moved to feel sorry for people in such straits. On the other hand, are they not ultimately responsible for their situations? It's the human habit to find any excuse, no matter how ridiculous, for not taking proper action. In this, people are almost universally full of shit. I am afraid that I am fresh out of respect for the shabby dullard that is the average man. He is the willful architect of his own bondage and eventual doom. How can one feel sorry for such creatures? Perhaps I'm just a heartless jerk, but I do not think I would shed a tear for them, no matter how horrible their situations. My charity toward people who choose stupidity is gone.
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    05-17-2017, 08:07 PM
    If someone came up with a safe way of permanently removing facial hair, I'd bite. I don't like shaving and when I grow it, I look like someone who belongs at Avenel.
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    05-17-2017, 08:05 PM
    You might want to phrase that differently in the future.
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    05-17-2017, 12:08 PM
    Having read only the headline, I say it is both and neither all at once. The tentacles reach in many directions and touch every aspect of life. It is simple and complex at the same time. It is always the correct solution.
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    05-17-2017, 11:55 AM
    The key to pulling off a topknot is the attendant daisho ( the two swords worn by samurai). A topknot without the requisite blades is just gey. Any samurai denied the carriage of his blades would shave his knot right off because he didn't want to look like a complete phag. OK, that's not the real reason, but it may as well have been. I've seen this bun thing and it's ultra-gey. Compare with my walking around wifey's purse on my left shoulder while sporting a large-framed, stainless 357 on the right hip. Notice how nobody so much as gives me a "that's gey" look, much less words. These things come as package deals. One cannot pick and choose, a fact the über-ültra-phag metrosexual, erm... "men" have yet to discover. And i hope they never do because I derive such deep amusement from their unwitting geyness. And yes, I am indeed in a sarcastic way this afternoon.
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    05-17-2017, 11:46 AM
    I don't swing that way, so you can have your filthy beard or bag it. Makes no matter to me, nosuh. I let mind grow for about 4 months last year. It was all about 1.5-2" long† and I finally had enough and ground it off in a combined state of relief and disgust. If womyn can shave their schnizz, I can shave my face. I like it when I have schnizz-face, which is way better than penis-face. † Both of them
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After 26 years, I'd have to agree.
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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...

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