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    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    SMFH. If they were to be consistent, they would also have to ban Torah (at least the Pentateuch), and IIRC Talmud and Koran. #Thoughtcrimes
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    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    For some politicians (puke), it's still not a good thing. I wish to God the folks in my district had memories like an elephant.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    Some shocking un-libertarian shenannigans going on in this thread, Angie. :eek:
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 AM
    And is not giving SNAP and/or Section 8 to working people an intervention that distorts the labor market? There was a time--I remember it--when full time workers were not eligible for such benefits. There's yet another case of conservatives shooting conservatism in the foot. If people who don't work deserve it, how is it that people who do work don't deserve it? That's just a dog whistle argument for corporate welfare. If a person can work sixty hours a week and have to choose between being homeless and eating, or having shelter and starving, that person is not going to do that job. The only reason these people do these jobs is because the taxpayer is picking up the slack. Which means the taxpayer is enabling the CEO and the stockholders to pocket more. Yes, of course the CEO is going to do that, if the taxpayers are dumb enough to put up with it, and the stockholders won't complain either. There's nothing free market about it. People owing their souls to the company store, people working for a wage which doesn't allow them to meet their basic necessities for survival, does not happen in a free market. It does not happen. People do not work for the right to starve to death. Suggesting such a thing is 'free market' is laughable. The State is intervening in the labor transaction to Amazon's benefit. And Amazon is using political clout to ensure it continues. They are paying politicians with money that should be going to their employees. The labor market is distorted. If the State weren't making it possible for Amazon employees to survive, they would leave the company and find a way to survive. To say that libertarians should defend Amazon because it's an enterprise is laughable. When the corporations are in bed with the politicians, you have fascism, and fascism is no more free market than socialism. And the more libertarians babble about how enterprises are good no matter what--even to the point of winking at obvious distortions of markets and turning a blind eye to fascism--the less people looking for the answers the media obviously isn't giving them will look to libertarians for those answers.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:06 AM
    It's regulated AF, but not totally State controlled *yet*. They're working on it, tho.
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    04-22-2018, 08:27 PM
    "Seem" being the key word. They may well offer the value to the company they get paid for all you know. What people earn in the private sector is none of your damn business.
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    04-22-2018, 08:24 PM
    This^^ People buy from Amazon for the brand and convenience. Plenty of times I've bought from ebay, etc because the item in question was cheaper.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 07:00 PM
    There's this thing called the Division of Labor, bro. Amazon isn't going to magically suck people up into jobs they don't want just to destroy the community. *dramatic Michael Moore-esque scene here* Amazon jobs are low-skill and even in small communities would only draw people who are interested in such work anyway. And since value is subjective, we know plenty of people value working locally over working for national brands.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 03:05 PM
    My poor heart bleeds. :rolleyes: Amazon is not a welfare operation. It is a for-profit business. They compensate employees for their labor. If Amazon employees want more money they can do what everyone else does in this situation-get a second job. My sister works for Amazon at a warehouse. She has more than enough time for a second job-she's just too lazy to go find one. Watching TV is more her thing. :p
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 10:03 AM
    So why no tariff on wood? It's a perfect way to troll liberals. Do liberals support a tariff that preserves CO2-absorbing forests, or do liberals support the myth that English Socialists (IngSoc) are always right about everything? Or does Trump only troll conservatives?
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-21-2018, 04:09 PM
    Sorry to hear. That song in the OP is the only song in that genre I can tolerate.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-21-2018, 01:22 PM
    I thought that was withheld from employees' checks as a tax everywhere... But I've only employed myself so far. Hopefully in the not too distant future I'll have a chance to employ people. :o:toady:
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    04-21-2018, 08:24 AM
    What? A person of color harmed by the federal government while a Democrat occupied the White House? Can that happen? This guy should be the libertarian mascot. This is what faith in the Feds can do for you.
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    04-21-2018, 08:14 AM
    Bridenstein was out in any case. He went up there and did his best, and got attack ads for his trouble. He went to Washington an ex-Navy pilot and still convinced American policy in the Middle East still made sense, and figuring the Powers that Be would surely have no problem with an ex-sailor, and a few good votes got him attacked. He got reelected anyway--handily--but you could tell by the 2016 state convention that he was finally getting a whiff of the odor all about him. He'd already had enough of Congress. It'll be interesting to see if being a bureaucrat suits him better. At least it's not a committee. The chain of command might suit him better. Yes, I heartily endorse Nathan! Anyone looking to make a Liberty contribution for the 2018 midterms could do no better than invest in Dahm for Congress! Help us trade a decent representative for a great one!
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    04-19-2018, 10:25 PM
    That's interesting. Calling this "Universal Basic Income" seems like kind of a misnomer. Everyone on the webbernets who's described such a thing in my experience has explained to me that it wouldn't have a work requirement in practice.
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    04-18-2018, 06:57 PM
    lean=/=fit. Pretty important distinction, IMHO. Even slightly above average people can get some decent striation with weight cutting and such. Doesn't mean they'll have good conditioning WRT strength, cardio, etc., which is the focus of most of the "fitness" world.
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    04-18-2018, 03:14 PM
    Should have attached a poll: o The Fed did it by accident. o The Fed did it on purpose.
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    04-18-2018, 03:10 PM
    LawnWake has a point. The problem is, libertarians are painted as being unfeeling wonks because we get to the heart of matters which are costing the poor. The liberals say 'I feel your pain' and 'Have some free stuff,' and those who have difficulty thinking bite. We tell them how they've gotten to the point where a day's pay doesn't make ends meet and how regulation has caused the prices of this and that to skyrocket, and they just get confused and/or bored. And when we say we're working all this out because we care about people, our comments get deleted from 99% of the world's websites. It takes some broadcast wattage to get our own propaganda out there. We were just getting good at it when Google demonetized us and shoved us down to page 17,452 on the search engine. The internet was nice while it was free, but they couldn't tolerate that. And now we're back to shouting from rooftops.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 02:50 PM
    Now, see, there's where you and 99% of this forum differ. You think it's a lark having your grandparents spend you into insurmountable debt before you're born and leaving you to spend your life paying it back. Whereas many of us were in on that spending spree back in the day, we see what it's doing to the economy, we know there will be a day of reckoning, and even though we may not be around to see it, we actually love our children enough that we hate the fact. We opposed this lunacy back when it was actually benefitting us, and we hate it now. You say, gee, we can keep rolling this stuff over forever and ever. But first interest accumulates, and then interest gets charged on interest, and then it mushrooms. And we don't have faith in a bunch of short-sighted politicians who can't see past their next election to manage it. You say anyone can get all the raises they need to keep up with dollar devaluation, or at least you can and you could give damn-all for anyone else. There's another place you and most of us disagree. If you want to hang around, you're just going to have to learn to agree to disagree with the overwhelming majority of us on these things. Perhaps you heard someone say libertarians don't give a fig about their fellow man, so you thought you'd find lots of like-minded souls here. Sorry to disappoint you, but much of what we do we do because we can actually see how the poor got poorer, and we don't like it. He's the one treating this topic as a legal and moral issue with real-world consequences for real people. You're treating it as some kind of interesting mental exercise. Tell us again who is, and who isn't, being serious.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 01:34 PM
    Doubt it, as BMI doesn't correlate with healthy body composition too well. (elite bodybuilders would be considered obese using BMI (Bodybuilding-era Arnold Schwarzanegger's BMI was 30.9) I would be more interested in stuff like body fat and muscle %.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 11:53 AM
    An airplane with half its engines is an underpowered airplane. An airplane with none of its engines (as opposed to a glider, which is not the same thing) is a brick. That's, like, physics. Bringing down a brick without killing anyone is a slightly more remarkable achievement. Pilots bring down aircraft with one engine out often. None of them have gotten the attention Sullenberger got--regardless of race, creed, color or gender.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 11:30 AM
    It's amazing that CSPAN isn't getting scrubbed clean the way YouTube is. I like the "false profits" phrase. How is it possible that people put up with being charged capital 'gains' taxes on investments which do not gain, but merely hold their actual value? Bottom line.
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