• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    Really. Property crimes (like vandalism) are real crimes. People crimes (like murder) are real crimes. "Hate" crimes are not real crimes.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    LOL. What about if I oppose the Franco-Prussian War? :rolleyes:
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    John Polkinghorne, maybe? That's just a guess. I have no familiarity with the content of his thought, but he is the only theologian-physicist of whom I am aware to have addressed God vis-à-vis quantum mechanics.
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    As one of the "useless anarchists" (a description I gladly accept, as I have no desire to be "useful" to statists), I have no problem at all with this SCOTUS decision. The fact that I am opposed to the death penalty does not mean that I support the Feds sticking their goddam noses where they don't belong.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    Many Worlds does have its proponents among professional physicists, as do several other interpretations. But by far, the dominant understanding of quantum mechanics among professional physicists is and always has been Copenhagenism. Most physicists are not philosophers and have no interest in philosophizing about their work - and the Copenhagen interpretation is the most amenable (or perhaps it would better to say "least unamenable") to this mindset. Compared to other interpretations (such as the extravagant Many Worlds), though, Copenhagenism is pedestrian. It is "boring" and not "sexy" - which is why Many Worlds and other frameworks get highly disporportionate attention in pop-science outlets, science fiction stories, and other popular (rather than professional) venues. This may give the impression that Many Worlds et al. dominate among working physicists, but it is not so. While we're on this particular subject: I strongly recommend the book "Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics" by Nick Herbert for anyone who is interested in the various "schools" of interpretation of quantum mechanics. It was published in the mid-80s, so it doesn't cover things like Cramer's "transactional" interpretation or some of the more recent decoherence-based interpretations, but it does an excellent job of unbaisedly discussing (in a way accessible to the intelligent layman) eight of the most significant quantum "realities" - including Copenhagenism, Many Worlds, Einsteinian "realism," etc.
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    Yesterday, 03:44 AM
    That is not the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. What you are talking about is the so-called "Many Worlds" interpretation (which is not the dominant or "standard" interpretive framework). The Copenhagen interpretation does not involve or suggest any kind of "multiverse" - and it certainly does not assert that "both happen." Despite the fact that it is indeed the prevailing or "standard" interpretive framework for quantum mechanics, there is actually no formal and precise definition of exactly what the Copenhagen interpretation is. Such as it is (and in a crude nutshell), it asserts that it is not cognitively meaningul to speak of quantum objects or phenomena as having any definite or particular states prior to their being measured. IOW: Copenhagenists regard discussions about whether the cat is alive or dead to be pointless nonsense until the cat's state is actually measured by an observer.
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    Yesterday, 01:56 AM
    I don't have a problem with mitigating or aggravating factors being considered in sentencing. The violent bigotry exhibited by Lauren Kirk-Coehlo can be considered an aggravating factor. It should not be required to be considered, but it should not be prohibited from being considered, either. The problem I have is that it is not the local community that is deciding whether and how to apply those factors - it is "justice system" apparatchiks and automatons who are making such decisions (such as the "Yolo County probation officials" and their "sentencing reports" mentioned in the OP article).
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    Yesterday, 01:25 AM
    Hate Crimes are #FakeCrimes. Property crimes are real. But of course, as far as the State is concerned, there are no crimes against persons or property - there are only crimes against the State. Which is exactly why we get bullshit like this: Full restitution and punitive damages would be perfectly adequate. A prison term of any length is entirely uncalled for. But the State doesn't give a damn about making victims whole. It only cares about feeding its own rapacious maw.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 AM
    Sounds like a special case of the following:"No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session." -- Gordon J. Tucker The former is what happens in republics. The latter is what happens in empires. Even the Caesars sometimes attended the Senate, if only for the sake of form. I guess we're getting past that point now ...
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    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    No matter how cynical I get, the police always find a way to live up to my expectations ...
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    04-24-2017, 11:52 PM
    We have always been at war with Eastasia.
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    04-24-2017, 10:44 PM
    Fixed with bold insertions ^^^^^ So get rid of prisons - and the myriad statutory rules and "Propositions" that intentionally feed them (or unintentionally fail to feed them, as the case may be). Then (re)implement restitution, indenturement, weregild, outlawry, citizen-initiated-and-arbitrated indictments, etc. But, no ... if that was done, then there would be little or no role for the State's so-called "justice" system and Prison-Industrial Complex ... :rolleyes:
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    04-24-2017, 08:18 PM
    We can't tolerate a ratio of anything less than infinity:0. Cops need to be shooting ALL mundane dogs (and other perps) - not just some of them. Officer safety is too important to do anything less.
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    04-24-2017, 07:59 PM
    It has nothing to do with emotion. And it has nothing to do with "the impact of more lives lost" (whatever that is supposed to mean). It is an appeal against hypocrisy. Killers can be punished without killing them. Capital punishment will inevitably result in the killing of innocents. Killing innocents in the name of punishing the killers of innocents is the epitome of hypocritical self-contradiction If anything, yours is the emotional position. You clearly don't give a damn about the wrongly-convicted innocent. I doubt you even give a damn about the rightly-convicted guilty. As I suspect is the case for many "law and order" masturbators, support for capital punishment seems to be little more than a legal way of vicariously getting off on killing other people.
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    04-24-2017, 07:10 PM
    Learn to read. I didn't say it would "make everything ok" - I said it would prevent the hypocritical killing of innocents. If you discover someone did not commit a crime, you can let him out prison. You can't let him out of the grave. LOL. What makes you think assholes like me wouldn't just let them escape? (You're really not too bright, are you? Spiteful, definitely. But not too bright ...)
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    04-24-2017, 03:12 PM
    Mighty painful insight. I hope everyone got the main lesson...
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    04-24-2017, 03:06 PM
    There is a work around for this problem and someone will make a ton of money if they take this idea and put it into reality. The "law" only protects the boxes that run the firmware, not the engine blocks and wheels (etc.). All someone needs to do is produce their own open source black box to replace the original black box and you are in business. Can you imagine a "universal black box" which would replace nearly all factory black boxes and all you would need is a wiring harness adapter to make it connect and a script you could either download or develop yourself to make the universal black box perform the same function as the factory one. There are only so many ways one can deliver spark to a cylinder at a particular time or cause a transmission valve to engage. It's merely finding someone with the engineering genius to make a universal box with enough computing power, memory and programmable inputs and outputs to provide signals at the right time... Hell, I bet there are guys in our little circle here who could figure this out...
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    04-24-2017, 01:19 PM
    If this bill passes (it won't) it effectively kicks open the door to a fully voluntary federal government. All we need is a sufficiently "conservative" member of congress to propose a similar bill with regard to abortion, and "welfare", and "retirement", etc... Since this isn't going to happen, I wonder if we couldn't figure out a way to drum up support for a similar but more seemingly innocuous bill that states that taxpayers are not obligated to fund programs that they do not personally support... something along those lines... I love the simplicity of it... kind of a Jeff Goldblum-Windows-97-takes-out-the-aliens type of thing... no nukes, no rioting in the streets, just a simple little bill that somehow gets itself passed that negates the entire state in one fell swoop, that no one seems to notice until its too late, and people start acting upon it...?
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    04-24-2017, 07:19 AM
    :rolleyes: Yeah, I can make ridiculous arguments like that, too - like so: "People in favor of the death penalty should be put on death row for crimes they did not commit. See how their views will change ..." Your point is even more ridiculous given that "prisoners that have life sentences without parole" compose only a small fraction of the prison population as a whole. Even if you executed every single one of them, it would make no significant difference to your allegedly "worst work imaginable." which I call bullshit on anyway - if the special snowflakes can't hack their jobs, then they should go into other lines of work (perhaps that of meter maids) instead of whining about how not enough people are being executed in order to make their jobs easier. And in any case, locking people up in rape cages has got to be one of the most counterproductive and goddam stupidest ways of dealing with criminals. All it does is make criminals out of the innocents who get sent up. and even harder criminals out of the criminals who do.
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    04-23-2017, 10:56 PM
    UNFORTUNATE BUT NECESSARY. NOT INTENTIONALLY MALEVOLENT. GRAHAM DYER DID THIS TO HIMSELF.
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    04-23-2017, 09:58 PM
    File "unfortunate but necessary" under "not intentionally malevolent" ... (... someone remind me - how often do pizza delivery guys and various other mundanes find the killing of dogs to be "unfortunate but necessary" ... ?) Bullshit. Any such "training" is clearly of the *nudge-nudge-wink-wink* school ...
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    04-23-2017, 09:22 PM
    I did not dispute that there are different definitions of rights. As I said, definitional fiat is every discussant's prerogative. I disputed the underlying concept denoted by your particular usage of the term "rights" in relation to the statement you were making (namely, that the rights of those who abrogate the rights of others may themselves be abrogated). I know that Rand asserts that one's "rights" necessarily derive from the nature of man qua man. Thus, if, as you claim, she also tells us that one's "rights" are contingent upon one's not violating the "rights" of others, then she is being contradictorily equivocal. Those things cannot both be correct, regardless of what definition of "rights" one chooses. This was the point is was trying to make (albeit perhaps poorly). If so, what's wrong with that? Many of today's biggest and most intractable socio-political problems arise because the concept of "rights" is being much too widely construed.
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    04-23-2017, 06:26 PM
    This so-called doctor imagines that this is somehow a new phenomenon only found in our current "president", as opposed to a recurring condition amongst the last 40-several? What kind of head-shrinking quack are we dealing with, here? Seems to me these are damned near prerequisites.
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When most people are exposed to the idea of a society organized without taxation, they often jump to the conclusion that the services provided by government would no longer exist. After it is proposed that these services would still exist, but they would be provided by voluntary organizations, they assume only problems and chaos could ensue. Warlords, crooked arbitration, justice for only the rich… surely these are unavoidable consequences of a society without taxation!

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Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects. – Murray Rothbard
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