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    Today, 06:03 PM
    You are at your comedic best this evening.
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    Today, 05:44 PM
    Just finished reading Alex's new book and I highly recommend it. (his previous work, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, is also a good read, but this one is more clear.) https://www.amazon.com/Fossil-Future-Flourishing-Requires-Gas-Not My review: The central premise of this book is that our "knowledge system" surrounding fossil fuels and its environmental impacts suffers from an "anti-impact" framework instead of a "human flourishing" framework. In general, what he's getting at is that most environmentalists and the general zeitgeist of our time are not really opposed to fossil fuels as much as they are opposed to anything that may impact the environment - positively or negatively. Which means they are really opposed to human development. Because human development necessarily involves making our environment a better place to live. Because of this, he refers to this framework as "anti-human", which I think is a proper way to frame the discussion. As a contrast, he lays out a "human flourishing" framework to view the same science based on not only negative side effects of energy sources, but the immense positive benefits of these sources. Low cost energy in the "empowered world" has led to a 98% reduction in climate-related deaths over the last 100 years. Besides that, the time we have saved from fossil-fueled machine power has benefited us in a myriad of scientific advancements that would have otherwise been impossible. Air is cleaner, water is cleaner, less of our time is used in finding food, and our standard of living is higher than kings just a few hundred years ago. Meanwhile, those in the "unempowered world" are still suffering from a lack of low-cost energy. He acknowledges the side-effects of burning fossil fuels and using nuclear energy, but demonstrates that even in those cases, these energy sources provide a great deal of "climate mastery" that allows us to overcome those side-effects for the benefit of human flourishing.
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    Today, 04:38 PM
    It would be an easier argument to make if the U.S. government hadn't funded the research. Of course, we could save a few for them...
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    Today, 03:19 PM
    What prize do you suggest? Shall I give her her gender back?
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    Today, 02:48 PM
    Well, at least he was a brilliant Alpha useful idiot.
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    Today, 02:38 PM
    You talked about the conspiracy, I talked about the conspiracy, you posted a screed about the jab itself. The jab was just an ingredient of the conspiracy. Yes, it could be developed privately. I still maintain it would never have gotten into as many arms as it did without government. Whine all you want about how uncooperative I become when you want me to digress with you and get lost in minutiae.
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    Today, 01:34 PM
    Uh, you know, that isn't exactly what that word means...
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    Today, 01:29 PM
    Irrelevant? It was the keystone of your whole arch, and it was made of styrofoam. That's not my fault. You put all that energy into digressing. I couldn't tell how your response related to the post you quoted at all.
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    Today, 11:12 AM
    Maybe. But it appears he didn't. Coulda shoulda woulda aside, he has no power to do it now. Your loophole doesn't seem to have been used before it closed. He could have used it? So? He didn't have the foresight or the sense to do that. Too bad so sad.
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    Today, 11:06 AM
    No, it was discovered by scientists. It (not this strain in the jab, which isn't hardly the only form of it) was designed by God. Absolutely none of which has any bearing on the topic. Trump didn't start all this? I agree, and PAF probably does too. He said Trump started and funded all this at the bottom of an article talking about the production and distribution of this jab, and efforts to make it mandatory. It hadn't gotten far enough for him to have anything to do with the attempt to make it mandatory before he left office, no. But he had quite a bit to do with getting it to that point.
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    Today, 10:21 AM
    I've seen plenty of proof government funding has been driving it for quite some time. Just how far do you think it developed without government help, and can you prove it? Hell, both DNA/RNA/mRNA and graphene research have been getting government funding for decades. Without these things, the conspiracy couldn't even have been conceived. The Bible says love of money is the root of all evil. As long as government can steal money, I don't suppose it'll stop attracting evil. But at least if we stop letting it create currency out of thin air, there will be resistance to the theft. This is why I have a problem with the vote GOP to slow the growth of this evil narrative. The GOP either can't figure out the best way to do that, or just doesn't care to do it.
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    Today, 10:14 AM
    Rome didn't burn in a day.
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    Today, 10:06 AM
    You think they could have and would have without government? I can't say it's impossible. But Bill Gates made billions of of this, maybe even a trillion. And that happened because of government. Government bought all of that poison, at least here in the U.S. Government paid to have it developed. If it weren't for that, Gates might have had to choose between that project and buying up all that farmland. As it is, the one financed the other. Here you are saying it could have happened without government, and here's how I wish government had stopped it. This from someone who has touted the "vote x to slow the decay" line. Well, obviously government has no interest in stopping evil, so that's a pipe dream. What better way to slow it than to cut off the money, so government can't make evil so darned profitable? Because these psychos love making money off their evil, as it ensures they can keep it up. And it helps them sell their schemes to whatever stockholders they have to deal with. If there's one thing conservatives in this nation can learn from Ron Paul and really take to heart that could still save America, it's this: Compromising your principles long enough to deal with the emergency before us is never a good idea. Ever. It encourages government to create emergencies. The only sure way to eliminate the cockroach infection is to burn down the house. Bad analogy? Remember, you're suggesting bombing China. WWIII, anyone? I never got rid of cockroaches that way. I have, however, gotten rid of them by combining less drastic actions with starving them out. Stop feeding them. And these psychos have absolutely no greater source of sustenance than big, fat governments.
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    Today, 09:21 AM
    No, not really. But they're pushing it toward that cliff as hard as they can.
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    Today, 07:51 AM
    Just finished reading Alex's new book and I highly recommend it. (his previous work, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, is also a good read, but this one is more clear.) https://www.amazon.com/Fossil-Future-Flourishing-Requires-Gas-Not My review: The central premise of this book is that our "knowledge system" surrounding fossil fuels and its environmental impacts suffers from an "anti-impact" framework instead of a "human flourishing" framework. In general, what he's getting at is that most environmentalists and the general zeitgeist of our time are not really opposed to fossil fuels as much as they are opposed to anything that may impact the environment - positively or negatively. Which means they are really opposed to human development. Because human development necessarily involves making our environment a better place to live. Because of this, he refers to this framework as "anti-human", which I think is a proper way to frame the discussion. As a contrast, he lays out a "human flourishing" framework to view the same science based on not only negative side effects of energy sources, but the immense positive benefits of these sources. Low cost energy in the "empowered world" has led to a 98% reduction in climate-related deaths over the last 100 years. Besides that, the time we have saved from fossil-fueled machine power has benefited us in a myriad of scientific advancements that would have otherwise been impossible. Air is cleaner, water is cleaner, less of our time is used in finding food, and our standard of living is higher than kings just a few hundred years ago. Meanwhile, those in the "unempowered world" are still suffering from a lack of low-cost energy. He acknowledges the side-effects of burning fossil fuels and using nuclear energy, but demonstrates that even in those cases, these energy sources provide a great deal of "climate mastery" that allows us to overcome those side-effects for the benefit of human flourishing.
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    Today, 07:11 AM
    I'm not sure I'm following your logic. As the British say, what's this in aid of? Are you saying that because the LP nominated a real clinker a few times, all Republican candidates are good?
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    Today, 06:47 AM
    When people are dying, it's hard to step back. But if you don't, you wind up talking like a liberal. This government solution worked better than that government solution, so this guy should be in charge. Sound familiar? Government works, you just have to put the right sociopath in charge. Whereas... ...if that principle had been applied, the whole goddamn thing wouldn't have happened because nobody would have paid a Chinese lab to do evil shit in the first place. "Oh, but when people are dying isn't the right time to fix that stuff. It's an emergency!" Well, people have been dying since **** sapiens was invented. And since **** sapiens was invented, far, far more have died when government is big than when it's small. When the hell do "conservatives" apply their principles? They don't when there's no emergency and think they can't when there is one. Can't blame progs for that trap.
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    Today, 06:38 AM
    And now self-styled conservatives are using that as an excuse to like Desantis. His government health care produced better outcomes than federal government health care. Never mind that non-government health care could have produced the best outcomes. We didn't try it. It didn't even occur to most self-identitied conservatives to try it. Our principles work, as a practical matter, in the real world. But they have to be tried to work. This is how conservatives get fooled into conserving big government. Yeah, in principle it'll work, but Our Hero's big government works better than this other boondoggle. It's nearly the same argument the Left uses. They say, big government is the only way, you just have to put the right dictator in charge, then pick Biden. Conservatives say government isn't the answer at all, then pick not the guy who gets it out of the field, but the one who interferes in the market in a slightly more successful way. No wonder RINOs are so successful. Unless conservatives learn to trust their principles enough to actually try them and prove they work, RINOs will always win the nominations, and we will always be sliding down this hill. Sometimes stepping aside is the most proactive thing to do. Certainly that's the case if you're a government.
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