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    06-28-2016, 02:58 PM
    Good work, Dad, except I do not approve of the helmet! :mad:
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    06-28-2016, 02:44 PM
    Too tall for growing legs, Tod. We've got to set the young ones at it:
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    06-28-2016, 01:02 PM
    Maybe you need an app to make you like apps. Sounds like you are using apps far too seldom. Ha! Thumbs-up. I can solve this problem. I know exactly what to do. You can get an App to send you Text Twitsograms whenever someone posts an Alert about a new Pic or Meme of a redbud on to FaceyPin. Doesn't that sound great? Then you could just spend all your time Liking and Upvoting the Posts attached to those Alerts! No need to actually drive or actually see anything, ever. The wonders of Technology! ;)
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    06-28-2016, 12:53 PM
    God Himself is the ultimate authority. Right? I mean, if God came down and said, "You guys got it wrong; this is what I really meant," we'd immediately jump to it and say, "My bad!" We wouldn't try to explain to Him, "But we can clearly read in Romans chapter....." Would we? Or would we? That's what religion is. That's what the word means, in its true sense. The root of the word is somehow related to ligament, I believe. It's the strands and ropes that tie your life together.
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    06-28-2016, 12:39 PM
    Don't worry, there is an app for not having apps. Just download it and then you can have lots of apps for all the apps you've been missing. But you should hurry -- got to make up for lost apps!
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    06-28-2016, 08:34 AM
    Acts 17:10-11 The thing they are famous for is that they "searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." There are even Berean churches (I've been to one) named in honor of these people, because they want to be studying the scriptures daily just as the Bereans did.
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    06-28-2016, 08:25 AM
    The ones from Northwest Territorial Mint and APMEX I would dare say are almost certainly genuine, without even seeing them, just as a rule. Perhaps it's a problem with the surface you're dropping them on, or some other testing problem. Have someone experienced in precious metals have a look at them and coach you a bit. The friendly local jewelry store is always a good bet! I'll bet if you bring in your coins and show the jeweler, you will walk out feeling a lot happier, confident your coins are true silver.
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    06-28-2016, 08:19 AM
    That is not possible -- we all need phone apps. Many, many phone apps. I heard that it is not possible for humans to live without phone apps. Is that not true?
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    06-27-2016, 05:00 PM
    Wait, are you now a phone app, oyarde? :eek:
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    06-27-2016, 02:36 PM
    Buying from a large, reputable dealer will reduce this risk tremendously. There are conductivity-based electronic testers. They are what pawn shops seem to generally use. I would not recommend you buy gold from pawn shops, though. If you are an expert like oyarde, OK, but if looking to avoid risk of counterfeit, stick with only the best, established, reputable gold dealers. So, a "ping" sound drop test, an electronic (conductivity) test, a visual examination, a density test, all these are measures to take to try to determine the authenticity of the gold content. The acid test oyarde mentioned is another possibility. If really serious, the X-Ray fluorescence test in dannno's link would likely provide the best non-destructive/invasive (no melting or boring) test of the coin. You could perhaps ask around at a local university to see if they'd let you use one.
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    06-27-2016, 08:46 AM
    Oh please, Unicorn. That tract is over-the-top. Tell me this: exactly how many Adventist children died horrible deaths from rickets between 1870 and 1909? Could it be.... zero? When it tosses out a baseless accusation like that to prove how demon-directed and Satanic the murderous prophetess was, slaughtering vast mountains of children with egglessness and stomping over the carcasses, it discredits the entire rest of the tract, showing the author is just not a serious person and not concerned with intellectual honesty.
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    06-24-2016, 04:00 PM
    Well, I also have lived there. I will tell you it is a overwhelmingly leftist, overwhelmingly pro-multicultural place, overwhelmingly pro-"social justice" (and thus anti-actual-justice) place. It is also beautiful, friendly, etc. There is no conservatism there. There is no right wing there. There's only one side of the argument there, and that side is complete, extreme cultural Marxism. Now this of course is big-picture true, not literally true. There are a few. There was me, when I lived there! I like the guy who does the right-wing paper on Molokai, http://www.molokaiadvertiser-news.com . But for all practical purposes: it's 100% socialist, 100% leftist, and absolutely precisely 0% hope that it will ever swing the other direction. Believe me. Why? Demographics. Sad but fact. But, go ahead and prefer Democrats there (where you've never lived) over Democrats in New York (where you've also probably never lived). You might very well be right that you'd get along much better with the living-off-the-dole SJWs from Hawaii than the brash and abrasive trade unionists from New York. Just depends on your upbringing and temperament.
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    06-24-2016, 02:41 PM
    Uh huh. You say this based on...... ?
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    06-24-2016, 11:29 AM
    I love your Roads page!
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    06-24-2016, 11:19 AM
    Somewhat surprising Hawaii has not banned guns altogether already. Or at least to the level of a New Jersey or a NYC. The political climate there is overwhelmingly Democrat (just another fact showing demography is destiny), and so it is natural they are always going to be passing legislation (I won't honor it with the title of "law") that makes Democrats happy and angers Republicans. They are all Democrats! Why wouldn't they? Probably just sheer Hawaiian laziness that they haven't passed more comprehensive statewide restrictions and bans, now that I think about it. Maybe now they'll get around to it. Slowly. On aloha time.
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    06-24-2016, 11:11 AM
    That means it's a wash for me! And thus we see why Helmuth doesn't even pay attention to the market fluctuations. Steady ride; smooth as silk. Thanks, Harry Browne!
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    06-24-2016, 11:00 AM
    And, I just can't help myself: WOOHOO!!!!!!
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    06-24-2016, 10:42 AM
    This is fantastic! I'm not used to seeing big national elections actually turn out my way. But here it is! A good result! It is possible! Here is the reaction from the opposition. Very telling. Very telling indeed. Here's the thing: they aren't wrong. Whites did this. Minorities voted Remain. Go figure, eh? Just another fact to think about.
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    06-23-2016, 12:26 PM
    Seriously? Have you run across the phrase "cry repentance" anywhere in your Biblical studies? Occasional references to "this untoward generation" and fearless, unequivocal condemnation of "abominations"? When people are bad, the prophets in the Bible seemed to, umm, tell them they were bad. To their face. Straight up. Now that act is not technically shunning, true, but I think most would call it "burning your bridges," after which chummy social relations cease to be. In today's fragile butterfly environment, harsh criticism is not compatible with friendship or close association. Thus, same result. Half a dozen, meet six. Cool. You don't have to wait until you're head of household to be an influence for good, though. You can be an influence for good in your dorm, in your classes, and everywhere. Just from a practical perspective, you know? I'm not against philosophy, politics, and such as hobbies. Obviously! Here I am! Well, it is in mine! :p That's one cool thing about being a Mormon! Theologically, it is highly libertarian. And that's not just wishful thinking coming from a libertarian. There are very deep tie-ins.
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    06-23-2016, 11:31 AM
    If that's the basic crux of your arguments and feelings, I am in agreement with you. Believe it or not! Yes, virtue and morality are definitely not minor. Again: I'm in total agreement. So, are you shunning people who participate in or promote homosexuality or fornication? Are you, personally doing that, CL? See, there's more than one way to gut a fish. Widespread societal pressure and disapproval can accomplish the same thing without state involvement. In fact, it is nearly impossible to envision getting to a place where there are state sanctions on immorality but aren't widespread societal pressures and disapproval. The one is prerequisite for the other, and if you have the one, the other is redundant and highly ineffective compared to the first. Theocrat has a point that families, workplaces, etc., are types of "governments" in a way. There is no moral problem for these "governments" to clamp down on immorality and perversion. And, as I said above, their actions in doing so will be one hundred thousand times more effective than state legislation. So, why not focus on that?
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    06-23-2016, 11:16 AM
    So you're just trying to figure out the right view to have. To get the correct answer. It's a puzzle. Fair enough! Oh, I know! Don't worry, you're not going to hurt my feelings. :) We've all got a lens, CL. We've all got a lens. What's your lens? Maybe it was closer than you think. So, notice: I gave a very off-the-cuff reconciliation of libertarianism with these passages, and even though it was made up on the spot with very little effort or time taken, and even though since I am a Mormon all my thoughts ought to be full of "wacky conclusions" and easily dismissable, in order to counter it you had to resort to all kinds of technical terms and jargon. Super inside-baseball. And even then it was a counter, and not an actual refutation.
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    06-23-2016, 10:46 AM
    In fact the first two are essentially incompatible with the latter two, long term. Actually, everything is incompatible with long-term prosperity. Prosperity is unstable. And, because liberty inevitably creates prosperity, liberty is unstable, too, indirectly. Just a thought.
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    06-23-2016, 10:33 AM
    He did not say "I" will murder you. He said, though -- in my interpretation, not directly -- that he thinks it would be right and Biblical for the agents of the state to say, "Comply or cooperate with my judgment, or I will murder you." He said this when he said he thinks the state should make prostitution illegal. The threat of literal death is always ultimately there behind every decree of the State. Refusing to cooperate with a law, no matter how "minor", even refusing to pay a parking ticket, leads to an inexorable escalation, legally-speaking. Ultimately the refusenik may legally be killed if they resist arrest sufficiently successfully. You are right, Theocrat, that it would be inconsistent to condemn all judgment while making judgments oneself. But you should and must admit that Tod's person "judgment" is extremely, hugely different than CL's proposed civil judgment. Thinking censorious thoughts is quite different than placing handcuffs around wrists or bullets in chests.
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    06-23-2016, 08:55 AM
    When will we know the result? 3.30am The overall picture could be clear, reckons polling expert Chris Hanretty, when Lancaster reports; by then about 200 results should be known. 4am There is another flood of results due including London boroughs such as Tower Hamlets. Hackney lands at 4.30am, Kensington at 5am. 6am Among the last counts to arrive around this time will be from Bristol, followed by Harborough at 7am. It is not impossible there could be recounts but these would be local rather than national: the only challenge to the overall result can be via a judicial review. If the result has not been “called” by broadcasters and news agencies by this point, it could be because the numbers are very close.
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    06-23-2016, 08:48 AM
    Oh, I hope it wins! May England be merry and free again! Make Great Britain Again!
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    06-23-2016, 08:41 AM
    Surely you've gotta understand this is a quantifiably -- and hugely -- different form of "judgment" that Tod is talking about vs. what CL is proposing, Theocrat. One consists of: Thoughts inside Tod's head. The other consists of: Forming enforcement squads, locking people in cages, stealing their money, tearing apart their lives, their careers, and their families, and, most seriously, killing people in cold blood if they too successfully resist being taken. The threat of literal death is always there behind every decree of the State, no matter how stupid and arbitrary (or Godly and Biblical). So there's a bit of a difference between "comply or cooperate with my judgment or I will murder you" and incurring some disapproval from some guy named Tod. The second you can live with. You probably didn't want his approval anyway! The first you cannot live with. Literally.
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    06-23-2016, 08:32 AM
    F r e e d o m !
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    06-22-2016, 09:01 AM
    A solution: Spanish equivalent, of course.
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    06-22-2016, 08:53 AM
    True statement 1: Government policy matters. It matters a lot. That is true. True statement 2: You, CL, do not and cannot really affect government policy. That is also very true. Put the two statements together = this is something irrelevant to your life. Irrelevant is the perfect word. If you can't affect it, can't do anything about it, then....... there you have it. He, he, I know! :D Oh, people are very creative when it comes to reconciling and integrating and apologeticizing. Sometimes it seems it all amounts to linguistic jiu-jitsu. Off the top of my head (and this is not my own view, but it just goes to show how easy it is to come up with these things): All these verses where God is commanding seemingly non-libertarian laws and penalties, to whom is he directing the commands, hmm? Oh, that's right: to Israel! Did he command that Assyria follow the same legal code? Greece? Any other nation? Nope, nope He did not.
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    06-21-2016, 02:31 PM
    I don't think it does offer a way out. You still must pick a side. Everyone must pick a side (or sides, as it's multidimensional). Government is just one tool, and one quite distant and unchangeable (and thus irrelevant) for most people. But are you going to shun people who live together? Are you going to shun dishonest people? Are you going to live a wholesome virtuous life yourself? These are the kind of questions that are actually relevant in a culture war, not "what government policy do you support?". Libertarianism does not require that assumption. It has nothing to do with that assumption.
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