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    Today, 01:55 PM
    He's a lefty, but despite any disagreements I might have with his politics, Glenn Greenwald is one of the few journalists (along with Ben Swann) that I am inclined to trust by default, unless and until I am given a good reason to do otherwise.
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    Today, 01:38 PM
    All of which is what I meant when I said, "Mining the asteroids is certainly not yet within our capabilities." Trying to interpret the $10,000 quadrillion figure as anything other than "there's a whole honkin' lotta useful stuff out there" is futile at present. Traveling across the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans was once an extremely expensive proposition, but not so much anymore, relatively speaking. Economies of scale, technological advancement and other factors will mitigate the expenses. The point I was getting at was not specifically that we should "bring any of this material back " - that is merely how it was phrased in the quote from the article, It is that the "feel good" justifications for space exploration/colonization that are so often offered by space "boosterism" simply won't cut it by themselves. We have to get something for our trouble that will make it economically "worth it" (and, yes, even humble iron/nickel cores will be some part of that).
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    Today, 01:11 PM
    I was just about to post this story. jct74 beat me to it. For the time being, he will be self-publishing his own stuff (including the Biden article) at his Substack account. Apparently, they tried to intimidate him with lawyer-speak into not releasing his Biden article elsewhere, even though he is contractually permitted to publish any of his stories elsewhere if the The Intercept doesn't accept them. Here's his public announcement of his resignation:
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    Today, 11:12 AM
    Tell it to the mayor of Philadelphia ... (or the governor of Pennsylvania ...) Yeah, well, who you gonna believe - the law, or the police?
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    Today, 11:04 AM
    I think this is a highly improbable "edge case" scenario. But it's not impossible - and it's certainly interesting. In any case, if you read the article, you'll probably learn some finer details about the electoral process for POTUS/VPOTUS that you didn't already know ... (I did, anyway ...) President Pence and VP Harris? It Could Happen. https://mises.org/wire/president-pence-and-vp-harris-it-could-happen Christopher P. Casey (29 October 2020)
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    Today, 10:33 AM
    :confused: Why? For what purpose? What's the point? After all ...
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    Today, 09:31 AM
    Regarding the statements made at the end of the article (specifically, the ones to which I have added bold emphasis): unless and until we start "tak advantage of the value" (by "bring any of this material back and using it for industry," for example), humanity is never going to establish any kind of enduring presence in space. All the talk about permanent bases on the Moon or manned missions to Mars is just talk. Even if we do those things, it won't last unless and until we start getting more economic value out of it than we put into it. (That's why the Apollo program didn't result in anything lasting - once the political purpose of beating the commies to the Moon had been served, there was no longer any incentive to continue doing it.) Mining the asteroids is certainly not yet within our capabilities. But sooner or later, it (and other such activities) is going to have to be done. Otherwise, the idea of humanity traveling beyond the confines of Earth on anything other than temporary excursions will never be more than a pleasant pipe-dream and the subject of science fiction stories ... Hubble telescope gives closer look at rare asteroid worth $10,000,000,000,000,000,000 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hubble-space-telescope-rare-asteroid-16-psyche-worth-10000-quadrillion/ Sophie Lewis (28 October 2020)
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    Today, 12:10 AM
    Apparently, it was just a "glitch" ... According to Rogan: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG6XR5Yllo5/ The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist ... The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed. It works for me now, but some folks are still having trouble seeing it. They’re working on it. It IS however fucking classic and amazing that this glitch only shows up in the Alex Jones episode.
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    Apparently, it was just a "glitch" ... According to Rogan: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG6XR5Yllo5/ The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist ... The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed. It works for me now, but some folks are still having trouble seeing it. They’re working on it. It IS however fucking classic and amazing that this glitch only shows up in the Alex Jones episode.
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    I oppose the death penalty, but it is not forbidden under the NAP or libertarian theory. So depending on what one means by "justified," that can be parsed as "justified" or "unjustified" - or even as "not unjustified" if, contra Orwell, one is willing to permit the "not un-" construction (and/or if one is willing to consider the distinction as not being logically binary).
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Question answered: Alex Jones Joe Rogan episode disappears from Spotify It's the latter. ETA: But then again: Some shenanigan going on ...
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    That, or they just want free stuff ... This - with emphasis on "intentionally" ... Pro Tip: Get there early, and you won't need to bring a hand truck - 'coz you can just grab one of those for free, too ...
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    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Probably SCOTUS. Maybe concession. No. I have about a dozen or so (including the one Rogan wore on Leno) - all in nearly new condition. I only wear them on special occasions ...
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    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    That may well be - but at the same time, it's also likely that Spotify is not contractually obligated to publish anything and everything that Rogan produces. Is Spotify actually distributing this one, or is Rogan doing it himself via his own YouTube channel? If it's the former, then that's a sign that Spotify may have put down the mutiny by the SJW control freaks among its ranks. But if it's the latter ... (And have they started including the other previous episodes - the ones featuring Jones and others - that Spotify originally omitted from their lineup of Rogan's old shows?)
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    I think you're confusing "Austrian economics" with "libertarianism" or "laissez faire capitalism" - but strictly speaking, Austrian economics is neither of those things. In fact, "Austrian economics" is just ... economics ... (and human nature, as embodied in the "action axiom," is an inherent, and indeed, foundational, part of economics ...) Also, unlike communism and socialist economics, Austrian economics is not normative. It does not seek any particular outcome, such as a dictatorship of the proletariat or state ownership of all capital property (i.e., "the means of production"). Rather, it merely attempts to identify the laws and propositions by which economic outcomes, whatever they might be, are produced - as, for example, the Law of Demand dictates that if there is a minimum wage then (all else being equal) higher unemployment will result. But Austrian economics makes no policy prescriptions. An Austrian economist could favor a government-mandated minimum wage. He would have to acknowledge that this would, ceteris paribus, increase unemployment - but if he is willing to accept that trade-off (for whatever reasons), then he can still be fully "Austrian." Of course, most Austrians are libertarians who would oppose things like a minimum wage - but strictly speaking, that is because they are libertarians, not because they are Austrians.
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    Yesterday, 06:52 PM
    Successfully forecasting particular market outcomes and sussing out the general laws that govern all economies are no more the same thing than winning at the craps table and deriving the laws of mathematical probability are the same thing. In both cases, success at the former does not imply success at the latter, and vice versa. Just as mathematics is the working out of the necessary consequences of the abstractions of quantity and dimension, economics is the working out of the necessary consequences of the abstraction of human action. As such, Austrian economics (including ABC) comports fully with reality - just as does mathematics - and when done correctly, it cannot possibly be otherwise. Name one school of economic thought for which the same sorts of things cannot be said of any of its wannabe swamis/gurus, or any of the forecasts ever attempted by them. (IOW: Name for me any school of economics whose crystal-ball gazers are never mistaken ...) The purpose of economic science is not to tell us what stocks to buy, how many to buy, when to buy them, or how long to hold on to them.
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    10-27-2020, 07:22 PM
    Should be "Kelo" not "Kilo" /technical-quibble
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    10-27-2020, 12:48 PM
    It really is too bad that Zippy was banned. He could explain how things like this are just insignificant outliers ... RIGGED ELECTION: TX 'Ballot Chaser' Illegally Pressures Voters To Change Votes; "I could go to jail" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAhTVMikqgU
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    10-27-2020, 12:40 PM
    Actually, they do have the authority - to precisely the extent that people comply ...
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    10-27-2020, 11:27 AM
    https://twitter.com/libbyemmons/status/1320923731984789504 1320923731984789504
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    10-27-2020, 10:41 AM
    Here are comments made by James Lindsay (@ConceptualJames) on @wokal_distance's Twitter thread (from my previous post): 1: https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1320902924348854274 1320902924348854274 15: https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1320904754172731395 1320904754172731395
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    10-27-2020, 10:26 AM
    @wokal_distance on "Wokeness & Postmodernism" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1320849388856438785 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1320849388856438785.html 1/ Wokeness is deeply postmodern. Most of you have been told postmodernism contradicts other key elements of Wokeness, Critical Race Theory, neo-Marxism, and standpoint epistemology - which means Wokeness can't be postmodern.
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    10-27-2020, 08:54 AM
    HL-73: Can Giuliani SUE Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat? Viva & Barnes HIGHLIGHT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCb7pRrP0g0
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    10-27-2020, 08:54 AM
    HL-73: Can Giuliani SUE Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat? Viva & Barnes HIGHLIGHT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCb7pRrP0g0
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    10-27-2020, 08:43 AM
    HL-71: Were Gov. Whitmer's Accused Kidnappers ENTRAPPED? Viva & Barnes HIGHLIGHT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POB5i3Ll9bg
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    10-27-2020, 08:06 AM
    :D I know, right? "Titania McGrath" is actually a parody account by comedian Andrew Doyle (@andrewdoyle_com) Satire in the Digital Age | Andrew Doyle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBJGDk8BviQ
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