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    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Kentucky would certainly be setting a standard for several states to aspire to.
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    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    Alexander Hamilton, George Floyd, Harvey Milk. They certainly have developed a fetish for lionizing bastards.
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    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Well the turtle is retiring! If Massie runs for senate I hope to be in a position to max out for him. Massie and Rand in the senate would be epic!
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    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    Wow! Never heard of any of this. But I just looked up the Milk / Jonestown connection. And he was murdered not long after the Jonesdown mass suicide? Wow! https://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=30886 Also I see you're a YouTuber? How has that journey been?
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    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    A few things... First, you are forgetting about the $40 of unused material that James still has if you bought this chair from Li Zhao. That material can be used to serve other needs. It is wealth that was not consumed. Secondly, the $10 I saved will be spent on something else. So in addition to the chair and James' unused materials, I can also buy $10 more worth of other goods someplace else. Let's say a haircut. Now I have a chair and a nice haircut and James still has his materials to sell elsewhere. And my barber has one more client that day. Finally, there's the case of what Li needs to do to make his FRN's worth anything. He needs to circulate them back to the US. So, for $70 I have a chair and a haircut, James still has his materials, my barber Jim is gainfully employed and Li has an incentive to turn his FRN's into usable goods or services.
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    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    I think it was fear porn over everything. People in my circles got angry at me for thinking for myself. Even angrier than they did for my not supporting Obama. I started just ignoring posts by certain of my friends on Facebook who would say ridiculous things like "It's time for people to stop doing their own research." My longest adult friend stopped speaking to me simply for my pointing out to her the fact that the smallpox vaccine is materially different than the COVID mRNA vaccines because the smallpox vaccine gives sterilizing immunity making ring vaccination possible and the COVID vaccine does not. More recently we found out that they didn't even test it to see if it even stopped transmission.
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    Yesterday, 04:59 PM
    Russia imposed sanctions on itself. Well, at least one of the countries involved did this to their own citizens, anyway...
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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    Per usual, you don’t fix a government problem with more government. That being said, efficiencies increase profits AND consumer value. They both would have increased MORE without government meddling.
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
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    Yesterday, 03:47 PM
    Well....black people opposed the Fauci vaccine mandates more than white people. I think that's in part because Trump pushed the vaccine back when Biden and Harris were skeptical of it. Remember the 2020 debates? Republicans go along with Republican authoritarianism (most of the GOP was lock step in support of the Patriot Act and their voters agreed) and Democrats go along with Democratic authoritarianism. What's interesting is when Biden/Harris flipped on the vaccines, black people were less still less likely to go along with that.
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    You're welcome. There is a battle for the heart and soul of the black church and a lot of black Christians, including leaders, aren't really aware of what's going on. As I think you're aware, I am Seventh Day Adventist. Back when Dr. Ben Carson was running for president there was a Huffington Post article were a gay SDA was asked about his (Dr. Carson's) and the church's view on gay marriage. He (the gay man) responded that he didn't want gay issues to overshadow the fight for the ordination of women pastors. (The church hires women pastors but they aren't ordained but "credentialed" and don't ask me to explain why that is because I don't know). The SDA church still as an organization is united on marriage being between a man and a woman. But I was at a New Years Eve prayer meeting where I heard a pastor of a large black SDA church say that he was wanting his members to partner with him of fighting homelessness (good), hiring a youth pastor (good) and doing evangelism (good) and then he added "So when you give your money to help LGBTQ remember to give to the Lord too." And I was like "What the hell?" This was formerly a very conservative church. I know some of the people in the audience didn't agree with that but nobody stood up and said anything, and to be fair I didn't either. But I also have a brother in law (ex-wife's sister's husband) who has two non-denominational (I think) mega churches. Back in 2020 he wanted to talk politics with me and explain to me why I should support Joe Biden. (I think he thought I supported Trump because most people can't think outside the two parties). We argued back and forth until finally I said "You're church runs a daycare right?" He was like "Yes." I was like "Would you be okay with the government telling you that you had to hire gay teachers? Because under Biden that's coming." He just got VERY quiet. He hadn't even thought of that. (Actually recent rulings by SCOTUS state that teachers of schools run by churches, like pastors, are not covered by the Civil Rights Act based on the ecclesiastical exception. So that can't happen per se.) Something else that I almost put in the last post but I felt it was getting long. Some years ago TD Jakes was put on the spot by a viewer question when he was being interviewed by Marc Lamont Hill. The question was about the black church and the gay community. TD Jakes answer, which I felt was reasonable, is "All churches don't teach the same thing so go wherever you feel comfortable but don't try to make my church conform to your views." A lot of people interpreted TDJ as saying his own views on gays and gay marriage was "evolving" and he was attacked by Christian conservatives. However this is becoming an issue again because there's been video released of him leaving a "Diddy party" and Diddy supposedly goes both ways. (Denzel Washington was seen leaving a Diddy party early with a look of disgust on his face.)
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    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Occam's Banana again.
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    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    Probably about the same percentage as of compassionate liberals who give to charity.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    The cover-up was built into the crime from before the beginning.
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    Yesterday, 11:09 AM
    I don't want to give up on you because once you understand this, it becomes obvious and you can no longer see it the other way. Protectionist tariffs hamper domestic growth, manufacturing and production. First, because politicians are incentivized to help their elite donors and it requires bureaucrats to monitor and implement correctly. Second, because it harms the American consumer who then has fewer dollars to spend on other industries which also require manufacturing and production. Since those industries are harmed at a greater rate (though, it's dispersed), the overall growth is lower than it would have been otherwise. I understand it sounds counterintuitive at first, but lots of libertarian thinking does. But once you see what's happening at the big picture, it's hard to fall back. Please don't give up on learning about this.
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    The convention is this week. Smart money seems to be on these guys: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/content.php?13839-Libertarian-Party-POTUS-candidates I think they'd do a very fine job, but I don't see them setting the world on fire with their campaign.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    LOL. You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Anti Federalist again. Thanks for the compliment! I know PAF isn't a fan of Tim Scott. He also knows RFK JR has his issues. But this is what I think everyone should be able to agree on. The spectacle of what might be the 2024 presidential / vice presidential debates is really what's important IMO. I want RFK JR on the stage with Trump and Biden spitting facts at both of them on the full extent of vaccine injuries and, the fact that natural immunity was ignored and the fact that the lockdowns did more harm than good. I want Tim Scott faced off against Kamala Harris for her to explain why she filibustered the only police reform bill that had any chance of passage rather than offering amendments to improve it. I'd love to see Cornel West and whoever the libertarian presidential candidate ends up being (have they decided yet?) to question everybody else as to why supporting a genocidal maniac like Netanyahu who helped fund Hamas in the first place is in the interest of the American people. Take a little bit of everybody I mentioned, discard the bad parts, and you basically have Ron/Rand Paul. But neither of them are running this year. :(
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    Yesterday, 10:37 AM
    A big reason why silver is so embedded in finance is because its value has stayed pretty darned steady -- over millenia. Few have gotten rich on it without owning mineral rights to sources of it. Bern's little short and painless article he linked to above details how there may well be a silver bubble forming. They're rare. I remember one in the 1970s, and again in 2008. Both were predicated on its superiority to what the Fed does to us. Those were nice for the people who bought low and knew when to sell. But silver's normally no "investment". It rarely "performs", and when it does, if you want to realize gains you had better know when to get out. It's a hedge against the day when people will need a decentralized means of exchange, or rather, that need becomes so acute we stand up and do something about it. And only then, if and when the day comes, will long-term demand for it grow enough to raise its value permanently. There's a situation developing, however, which could cause a big silver bubble which is pretty much unrelated to its value as a hedge. What comes of it no one can know. But the situation is, to the best of my knowledge, unprecedented where silver is concerned. To predict what could happen here, one needs to examine other things which were oversold by people trying to short-sell it. It could therefore behave less like gold for a time and more like GameStop stock.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    Short answer is that I don't think many black people in general ever supported sexualization of children, but it's taking a while for black Christians to wake up to what's going on because of their undying love for Obama and/or dislike of Trump and Republicans Here's the long answer: I'll try to find the statistic, but prior to Obama being president a solid majority of African Americans were against gay marriage, more so than whites, and that flipped after Obama changed his views on gay marriage. It's really a mixed bag. In 2007 Obama was criticized by gays for having gospel singer and minister Donnie McClurkin associated with his campaign. Donnie is known for his ministry to gay people who wish to leave that lifestyle. That's something Donnie himself had to struggle with because he was molested as a child. I can't find the video, but I remember seeing Donnie explain to gospel artist Yolanda Adams that he agreed with Obama changing gay marriage as a "civil rights issue" but he (Donnie) maintained his same position that it wasn't right in the eyes of God. And how did Obama award him for this? Well....Donnie was dis-invited from singing at the 50th anniversary of the MLK March On Washington. At that same event Baynard Rustin, an openly gay lieutenant of MLK who's largely credited with Dr. King adopting a 100% non violent stance in the Civil Rights Movement (before Rustin, Dr. King had armed deacons for security guards and one could argue that Rustin got king killed), was honored for his role in the Civil Rights Movement.
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    Yesterday, 10:19 AM
    No it won't. You could resurrect Spiro T. Agnew and he'd be better than what we have now. You're condemning them with very, very faint praise.
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    Wow. A week of white pills. I could get used to this...
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    Yesterday, 10:03 AM
    Innovation comes from the bottom up. MAGA is therefore fundamentally flawed at its very heart. Government has never made America great, cannot make America great, and will never make it great again. Is Cuba great? These hand-wringers run around screeching that America can't compete with Chinese slave labor, but why aren't they willing to give it a go? They have no faith in freedom. The South lost the war because it had never been able to compete with the North. Which one had slavery? Britain ruled the world for a century after abolishing slavery. We competed the USSR into the dustbin of history when we were about as free as anyone has been in the industrial age. They can see the "advantage" of slave labor but don't see the costs associated with keeping them on the plantation. They don't seem to have the eyes and the imagination to see the advantages of freedom and the innovation it fosters. They don't see that while the South was busy maintaining slavery, the free people of the North were inventing more perfect slaves -- machinery. Just to offer one example. Republicans mutter, there oughta be a law. The difference between the majority of Republicans and libertarians is that libertarians have faith in freedom. It isn't something we just pay lip service to. We know in our hearts that, on a macro level, it works best. And do you know what? That's the difference between libertarians and liberals, too. Then neither of them can begin to understand the mind-bending concept that they have more in common with each other than either has with us. It's going to be Republicans who ultimately throw the Constitution in the trash. Wait and see.
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    Not to pick any bones here, but ALL roads lead to socialism. Democracies, corporatism, capitalism, fascism, anarchy... Any system naturally leads to more centralized control over that system. It's the nature of human interaction. Every individual, and by extension, every organization of individuals, has an incentive to grow their power and influence over things and try to "control" them to the best of their abilities. It's why a centralized government is bad because you can't opt out and choose a competitor. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about Mises. It's just that the slippery slope argument can be applied everywhere. Liberty takes eternal vigilance to stand in opposition to humankind's natural tendencies to grow power.
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Among my many interests was electricity and I decided that I wanted to change how the industry operates. Understanding the free market as I did, I was pissed that the coolest discovery in the history of mankind was being regulated to death by the government. I wanted to change that.

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