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    Today, 11:35 AM
    I realized long ago a funny thing. A very liberating thing. No one actually cares what I think. I mean, do you? Obviously you don't! What I think about things has no bearing on your life and well-being whatsoever! No one on RPF cares what I think. No one on RPF cares what political candidate I may support or don't support.
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    Today, 11:27 AM
    Why do you repeatedly call what I wrote a "rant"? I think what I wrote was reasonable, measured, and dignified. I hope it was uplifting, even. Why would you perceive it as foaming at the mouth? How could you? Yet again, just a terrific example of different perceptions. One post, two totally different realities! Fascinating, eh?
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    Today, 11:21 AM
    No, no, as I said: I misunderstood you! :D :o Now what would HB say at a time like this...... nope, not gonna do it. ;) That is exactly what I am speaking out against! RPF denizens sympathetic, or unsympathetic, to either candidate, do not deserve such bitterness. Do not deserve, for example, to be called chimpanzees. Do not deserve to be called whatever you were called. Do not deserve to be called morons and idiots and whatever other empty insults. Etc. My own proclivity is the same.
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    Today, 10:10 AM
    Hate, hate, hate. :rolleyes: No one was "hating" on me for not noticing the sniffing, I did not call anyone's statements towards me hate. Nor was I hating on anyone else for noticing the sniffing. My point was merely that it is equally ridiculous both for me to tell you what you noticed or should have noticed as for you to tell me. I thought, by the way, Ender, that you had! You wrote "YES MOO DID" and I thought you meant "YES YOU DID" as in, "Yes, Helmuth, you most certainly did notice that, you couldn't have missed it, you're just lying." And that the "MOO" was just a bizarre attempt to be funny and insult me somehow by calling me a cow. You see how easy it is to misunderstand each other? :eek: Where the "hate" comes in is exactly where I said it does: hate for the supporters of political candidates you dislike. That just seems unnecessary to me. It's draining. Even fellow RPF members, who have fought the fight of liberty shoulder-to-shoulder with you for years, heaven help them if they dare express anything that could be construed as sympathy towards one of the candidates: toss the heretic overboard! Evil! What a drain.
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    Today, 09:45 AM
    Well, I can see from all the responses from my fellow RPF teammates that the sniffing was, in fact, noticed by some. See, this is the risk of telling people what they saw, what they noticed, and what was obvious to them. My own ridiculous and arrogant statement was intentional -- my sense is that the arrogance of some of the rest of you is more sincere. No, Phil, I am not joking. Did it seem funny? Did you think I was that poor a comedian? No, Ender, I am not a parrot. Who, pray tell, would I be parroting? Some sort of anti-sniffing conspiracy theorists? No, moostraks, I am not trying to "pin" the Great Sniffing Scandal (SCANDAL!!1!) on "any one agency". What the hey are you talking about?
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    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    And neither did you. You are simply parroting a cute/clever thing that someone in the media cutely and cleverly noticed. No normal person noticed that.
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    I had nothing but the audio, and I noticed no sniffing from either party. Neither did you.
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    Yesterday, 01:35 PM
    jmdrake, it sounds like your expectations were a bit too high. Quite a bit.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 AM
    They both sounded pretty similar (not great). Interrupted each other. A little annoying. Both just repeating the same stuff they always say, for the most part. Anyway, no slam dunk (on the surface). Pretty even match. The girl was more composed and poised (though she seemed to fake-laugh a little too much every time it was her turn). Keep in mind I was only listening, not watching. Here's something interesting: I didn't notice any particularly big bias against either one as I listened. However, in methodically going through the moderator's questions and statements afterward, it actually is quite clear that he was very biased. That doesn't matter, though. Facts and rationality don't really matter in this case. No meaningful number of people is going to rationally and analytically pick apart the moderation after the fact like that. That's the brilliance of getting the mod in the bag on your side. It's invisible. He's automatically seen as unbiased and neutral, by the nature of the format. It was a smart move by the girl -- take every advantage you can get. (That's if one is not opposed to cheating -- I am, by the way). Everyone will perceive it as I initially did: I didn't notice any particularly big bias against either one as I listened. Now the important points.
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    Yesterday, 08:51 AM
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/151007796236/i-score-the-first-debate Win.....make acptulsa happy... Win............make acptulsa happy It's a dilemma!
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    09-26-2016, 02:00 PM
    So,... will they be able to think?
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    09-26-2016, 12:31 PM
    This all is made possible by the seamless integration of our hands into our cognitive system, making our manual skills an important part of our interaction with the environment and of our capacities for feeling, exploring, acting, planning, and learning. -- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK299038/ The hand-brain connection is something deeply wired within us; when we attempt to sketch something we must observe it closely, gaining a feel through our fingers of how to bring it to life. Such practice can help you think in visual terms and free your mind from its constant verbalizations. To Leonardo da Vinci, drawing and thinking were synonymous. -- Robert Greene, Mastery In short: Lucille's right. Everything is better by hand. Hand and mind are deeply, deeply connected. Doing things manually -- like writing in cursive -- develops you cognitively.
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    09-26-2016, 12:11 PM
    It's time, boys and girls, for the first thrilling talkathon between... Two People! Head to head! What will happen? Will Hillary show up on the audience's cell phone displays, or be blue-screened in? Will there be a collapse?
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    09-22-2016, 09:27 AM
    Yes, it is a sin to not respond properly. Seriously, you make it hard for people to take you, well, seriously, by not learning the basic (really basic!) communication protocols of the medium you're attempting to communicate in. Don't make me give you a condescending tutorial. Even though you seem to have lately decided you now disagree with me on everything, I still like you too much for that. Step it up. Oh!! Really?
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    09-22-2016, 08:53 AM
    Relevant (from olden times): Here is an interesting video: It actually is very interesting. I liked seeing all the robots and technological progress. I have always been of the mind that there will always be plenty of jobs, because there will always be plenty of human desires. And so someone has to fulfill those desires. And that's true as far as it goes.
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    09-22-2016, 08:39 AM
    Speculative. You are not likely to ever come out with above-market results with this kind of attitude/perspective, or even par-with-market results. For me, I would just buy gold and silver for the inherent characteristics they possess, not for predictions and speculations on what the market may do (it probably won't). And then just calmly, peacefully hold them, as those inherent characteristics are unlikely to change (the market, on the other hand, will change wildly and frequently).
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    09-21-2016, 12:02 PM
    OK, now that's funny. Well played.
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    09-21-2016, 07:52 AM
    Robots and robots (and turtles), all the way down.
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    09-21-2016, 07:50 AM
    I need to add: Marriage is awesome! The marriage jokes people tell, for the most part I frankly don't relate to. CaptUSA, at least yours was funny! :D But I think maybe people are doing it wrong, if there's that much conflict and disharmony in their marriages. There's no need for that! Find someone good, and then relax and live life! We humans are naturally good at getting along, it's a built-in skill, just let it happen and don't mess it up by selfishness or trying to change the other person. So anyway, go build a happy marriage and you will be doing a big part, making a very big contribution, to saving civilization.
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    09-20-2016, 05:52 PM
    Well, that was not what I said, and I'm glad now you understand me correctly. Maybe. :)
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    09-20-2016, 05:31 PM
    Disagree. Everything's relative.
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    09-20-2016, 05:14 PM
    Cheaters never win.
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    09-20-2016, 05:08 PM
    Well good. You should read Biohistory! It's short. Well the Greeks did collapse(ish), or they were in the middle of doing so and would have, but that was cut short, softened, and cushioned by being subsumed into the Roman civilization. But I was talking about: Babylon, Persia, and on and on, all these middle-eastern civs going all the way back to Sumeria. The Eastern Empire denizens were (and are) their descendants. They had "S" -- the Stability factor. They had had it for a loooong time. Thus, the Eastern Empire never reached the greatest heights -- all the really cool stuff was done in the West -- and they also never collapsed at all. The Empire as a polity ended, sure, but who cares, life continued on, meet the new boss, same as the old. There was no collapse. Just like India was occupied by England for a while (and before that everybody else who came along, one by one). But India never collapsed. Well, they did: once. You only get to collapse once. Their really creative, interesting civ catastropically collapsed. You only get to have one brilliant, creative, disruptive civ.
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    09-20-2016, 04:55 PM
    Did I say that Europe was the only civilization, either currently or historically? No, of course I did not. Did I say that they have been breeding slower than the rate of economic growth for about 500 years? Yes, yes I did. China's civilization has been around a long, long time, and it will be around for a long, long time more. China's civilization is resistant to collapse -- already happened thousands of years ago; they're immunized. Sadly, China's civilization also is highly non-creative and uninteresting: it has not done anything interesting for a thousand years, and is not likely to do anything interesting in the next thousand. The "S" factor cuts off the catastropic lows, but also the brilliant highs.
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    09-20-2016, 02:51 PM
    That is certainly true! That is certainly true as well! Neither of those facts contradicts my point of view. :)
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    09-20-2016, 02:50 PM
    Yes! Ha-HA! You are actually thinking about this stuff! My day at RPF is a success. The people there, in the East Empire, had already been through a civilizational collapse. Thus, they had "S" -- a genetic component that gives resistance (actually total immunity, as far as I can tell from history) to catastrophic civilizational collapses.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-20-2016, 01:45 PM
    Mmmmmm.... yet. If in the future they can, will you support equal rights for them? History is not an uninterrupted march of progress. It is short, brilliant flashes punctuating long, boring periods where nothing much happens. Those short, brilliant flashes are where everything interesting happens, is discovered, is invented, is created,... and then is forgotten again. History The flashes are not inevitable. What's (almost) inevitable is the flat-line, the Malthusian trap. It is not inevitable that the flashes keep happening.
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    09-20-2016, 01:19 PM
    LOL, I'm just giving you a hard time. :D And in so doing also trying to make a point: civilization really is worth saving. It's worth some effort and some sacrifice (and some reading!) to save it!
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    09-20-2016, 12:41 PM
    Oh no, not that. Not real costs. I thought for sure we'd be able to do what no other civilization has ever been able to do -- prevent its own wealth-fueled collapse -- with the greatest of ease and no real costs whatsoever. If now you are saying there are going to be real costs, wow, count me out. Or at least count you out. Right?
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    09-20-2016, 12:17 PM
    Oh no, not that. Perish the thought that anyone might get outraged when the stakes are saving civilization itself. Anything but outrage. Please, please, don't be outraged at me.
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