• ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 AM
    And I sure don't respect a$$hole cops but I fear them. Same as a rattlesnake!!
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    Yesterday, 07:40 AM
    You didn't get the jist of what I was saying. Cutting off ANYONE on the Chinese roadway is considered standard practice. It's not "assholing" anyone. It only amuses me because it's something no one would consider in "the land of the free"... It's hard to explain to someone who has never been here but the accepted practice here is the car who has his front bumper ahead of the guy in the next lane can move over and the other guy will simply slow down to avoid trading paint. Won't even raise an eyebrow. It's a different protocol...
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 AM
    Actually it's not f*ucking with them at all since this is the standard here. Everyone cuts them off and it doesn't even raise an eyebrow. That's what's so cool about it. Even the cops think it's the norm...
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    Yesterday, 05:18 AM
    This is one of the things I like about China. You are very unlikely to get killed during an encounter with a cop (or even a gang of them) since they are unarmed. They even have a different demeanor when dealing with people. One lady here in Wuhan got on the news because she slapped on of the cops and they gave her something like a 200 rmb (about $40) fine for her "crime"... When I'm driving here I try to cut off every police car I get close to simply because here I can. They never pull people over here that I can see. Sometimes you will see a cop standing at an intersection flagging down violators to give tickets but I haven't even seen that lately. They have about a billion cameras all over and that's what they use for enforcement. They send you a violation in the mail or by text...
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    Yesterday, 05:09 AM
    Been here about 11 days now. We visited with our friends in Xian who have the car business and we drove in his classic "Red Flag" limo again. The people in China are like people everywhere. They want to have a good life and get along. Since then we have been staying in my mother-in-laws place in Wuhan and we got a rental car. Only a few years back it would have been impossible to get a rental car but now it's almost like back home. Of course the driving is nothing like back home!! Check youtube if you want to see examples of driving in China, it's pretty crazy. I had quite an issue a few days back with getting our VPN connected with home and I was ready to throw in the towel and fly home but for some strange reason things started to finally work again. If I can't connect to our (almost) uncensored internet I don't think I can stand it here. It's great to see the sights and experience the culture but keep in mind I've been here about 20 plus times so there's not a lot here I haven't seen. The connection issues we had were extreme slow connections that resulted in as much as 5 minutes for a page to load. Talk about watching paint dry! My paid VPN (PureVPN) doesn't seem to work very well and my business Dell VPN to our office router seems to work well when the speed is reasonable. Sometimes the connections just drop and it can be hard to reconnect. I did meet a guy from Africa in the KFC here who told me about freevpn.pw for my phone and computer that actually seems to work well especially for a free service. It seems like there are still several ways to defeat the Chinese censors but I wonder how much longer... I've had a pretty back cough lately so I decided to stay in tonight while my wife goes out to dinner with family friends. I can't understand much anyway so I'm not missing much and it gives me a chance to visit RPF for a bit.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    02-24-2017, 07:20 PM
    This is EXACTLY why political philosophy is actually important... Each individual has their own understanding of what constitutes everything under the sun. To indulge that fancy is to cede the field, and lose the battle before it's even fought. Somebody must hold the standard, if there is to be any standard at all. Once you give in to the idea that such a foundational principle as rights are fluid and open to argumentation, you're no better than Shaw's lady - haggling over price. You have to have a foundation worth building on, if you're going to build a lasting house. There's a bible verse along those lines, not coincidentally.
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    02-24-2017, 04:14 PM
    This is it in a nutshell... There is no "the people". "The people" is a creation of your imagination. "The people" have no will. "The people" have no voice. Only individuals have will, voice, etc. Any system built upon the wishes of "the people" is built on a foundation of unicorn farts, and it necessarily tramples the rights of individuals. NECESSARILY. As in, it must as a matter of course. So you must decide if you believe that individuals own their lives, or if "the people" is an actual, tangible and legitimate thing. Once you do that, you have decided upon your basic political philosophy - whether the individual is sovereign, or the collective. Everything follows from that.
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    02-23-2017, 09:07 PM
    Oh yeah --- That's because Trump is "Ron Paul on steroids" ...
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    02-21-2017, 04:51 AM
    Man made global warming is absurd. There are so many reasons it cannot be true. The one I like to stress is the simple issue of what a tiny percentage of "damage" these microscopic organisms we call "humans" could do to this giant ball floating through space. Even if we wereto able to extract all the known carbon reserves in the earth and burned them all in a year it would do little more than make a bunch of short term emissions which would shortly (in geologic time) bee cleaned by natural processes. Most here don't even remember Valdez and the predictions of the damage that would last for hundreds of years. It's been a relatively short time since then but nature has cleaned up most of the damage...
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    02-21-2017, 12:57 AM
    Good one! I think most of us men appreciate flexible women...
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    02-21-2017, 12:56 AM
    Good one! I think most of us men appreciate flexible women...
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    02-20-2017, 09:50 AM
    I do, but I don't have much free time at the moment. In the meantime, I give you... ...as an example.
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    02-19-2017, 03:54 PM
    That's the one that will be used to keep us in some day, right? Same as Ron rightly pointed out during the 2012 debates? That fedgov controlled wall?
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    02-19-2017, 03:50 PM
    JRR Tolkien dedicated his life's work to dispelling this fallacious notion. In his work of fiction, you're extremely well suited to portray the character, "Boromir".
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    02-19-2017, 03:44 PM
    osan - You're aligning yourself with intellectual chimpanzees.
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 06:39 PM
    Today we are going to see the Terracotta warriors which is one of the most amazing things I've seen in China. Our friends who live in Xian have loaned us a car so we have mobility here in Xian. Good thing too because our bags did not make it with us to Shanghai and the airlines shipped them to Xian last night and we had to drive to the airport late last night to pick them up. For some reason the jet lag has not really hit either of us very bad this trip (I sure don't miss that).
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    02-18-2017, 06:35 PM
    It's a well known fact. There are usually less than 20 unsold seats and most of them are up front. The day we flew we were too low in the pecking order to get business class and had to settle for economy seating. It isn't too bad if you don't get next to someone over 300 pounds but it seems I always get a baby behind me kicking my seat (this time too!), On the way back we shall see what happens. Last time we got on at the very last second (had to run all the way to the gate) but we got business class which is always a huge benefit. If you fly buddy pass you have to be flexible and not on a deadline because you will be under too much stress. In the US and Europe you wait at the gate for available seats but in China they do it differently (it's China after all) and they don't allow anyone through security who doesn't have a seat so you wait at the ticket counter until they verify your seat (which is why we had to run all the way to the gate last time). On that flight there were about 5 standby passengers and in the priority we were 3 and 4. Number 5 was a young Chinese girl (22 maybe) who absolutely had to get to US the next day. My wife even overheard her (in Chinese) trying to get the gate agent to move her up in priority ahead of us but the agent wouldn't do it (not even sure if they can do that). It turns out we got the last two seats and as they were printing our boarding passes that girl was crying real tears because she was not going to make her appointment. The moral here is don't fly buddy pass (or any standby ticket) if you are not flexible.
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    02-16-2017, 11:15 PM
    LOL. I was going to mention Taboo. All I was going to say about it was, "Tom Hardy. Enough said." Also, the second season of Fortitude is airing now. It's a few episodes in. I'm not sure what to think about it yet. I'm getting a "Twin Peaks"-ish vibe (:() and Stanley Tucci is gone (:(:(), but they've added Dennis Quaid (:)), so I'm withholding my verdict pending further developments ...
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    02-16-2017, 09:41 PM
    They love super spicy there.
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    02-16-2017, 07:30 PM
    You are right about "rights". If one rejects that your "Creator" grants them in some definite way then they are all relative. We can bicker about rights and titles and duties all day long but if we don't accept some common "authority" for the issuance of such then we are all blowing smoke. I believe the ONLY "authority" is our Creator and exactly what He has to say is in dispute even by me. Since we cannot all agree on an "authority" (root word "author - think about it) where can we get common ground??
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    02-16-2017, 07:21 PM
    We were going to start in Beijing but because we are flying on a standby buddy pass the flight from Detroit to Beijing was full and we switched to Shanghai (currently in the hotel room after a good 8 hours sleep which I desperately needed). From here we fly to Xian for a couple of days then to Wuhan which is my wife's hometown. We will spend about 5 days in Beijing the last days and try to get on the flight from Beijing to Detroit if seats are available...
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    02-14-2017, 09:09 PM
    BMW's, Mercedes, and even a Cadillac or two. The old "Red Flag" limos are all stored away or on display. I know a guy in Xian who we will be visiting this trip who owns 3 of them at last count... He even let me drive one of them. What a trip!
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    02-14-2017, 09:07 PM
    Yeah, I've never been tempted to try them. My wife and son love them so I guess they don't taste bad it's just the look of them that put me off...
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    02-14-2017, 08:56 PM
    Anyone here want me to get them some good Chinese food while I'm there? This is one of our many trips to China to meet up with my wife's family and friends there as well as do some sight seeing. My biggest beef about China is their internet censorship. I hate not being able to get youtube without some VPN routing. I have 3 methods of connecting back to the homeland this trip. We have a Dell router at our office with VPN, I have subscribed to PureVPN and we have google remote desktop set up on several computers here at home. Hopefully at least one of these will enable me to have "internet freedom". Funny, I've watched the internet restrictions in China for about 15 years and I've been preaching that it's coming to the good ole' USA and guess what? Seems we are well on our way to restrictions that may be as bad as what the Chinese deal with...
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    02-14-2017, 08:48 PM
    Depends on your definition of "title". There's an old saying that's not only wise, it's based in "law". "Possession is nine tenths of the law". This is an ancient and established principal that still holds true today. You have the burden to prove that something possessed by another is yours (and it's a high bar). This is why people would "stake out" their claim to land. They would mark it and declare it to be theirs. If someone else claims it they need to prove their "claim"...
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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 richÖ 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 Stateís inhabitants, or subjects. Ė Murray Rothbard
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