• helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    You are actually disagreeing with my obvious, obvious statement? You base your view of reality on RPF? Hmm.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    People do not generally vote based on positions. Duh.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    Umm, this is completely not the case currently. Let me first state the obvious: • Birth rates in humans are tied to.... how many human females give birth. That is the only thing it's tied to. It's what the term means! OK, now that we have that cleared up, is it true what you say: are all the kids in poor countries just dying off, and the attrition means the surviving-children rate is the same as the rich countries, and their populations are staying stable? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-29-2016, 05:20 PM
    Only for lefty libertarians.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-29-2016, 01:56 PM
    "Can you read?" is a statist question? Only statists would care "How many of you can read?" I don't know, seems like you've built yourself an unfalsifiable position. People are better educated than ever before. There's no way to measure or quantify (or maybe even roughly guess?) how educated people are. In fact, any such measure is statist -- that is: evil (yes, statism is evil). Therefore, I am right. :) The big-picture point that I think you're trying to make: • Private education is thriving and flourishing and doing a great job (think Khan Academy, online woodworking videos, the proliferation of books and their availability, makerspaces, open source, etc.) • State education is failing horrendously (do I even want to start listing the innumerable ways? No.) ... I agree with completely!
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-29-2016, 09:48 AM
    My wife and I recently read Wool. Thanks for your recommendation, fr33. It was very entertaining and well-written. Pretty thought-provoking, too.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-29-2016, 09:44 AM
    Resources are better, fisharmor. Outcomes are not. Actually, I wouldn't say altogether better, but certainly more plentiful. And that plentitude does bring more high-quality with it, as well as lot and lot more low-quality trash. And for the independent, self-determined man, his ability to be discerning serves him well and he will be able to find the best of the resources. But when you say: I completely disagree. This sense of "education" you're talking about is well-nigh meaningless. It is, in fact, a psuedo-literacy that comes from effortless information access. Will people be even more "educated" when everyone has reality-enhancement-overlay contact lenses with micro-gesture interfaces and so can carry on a competent conversation on absolutely any obscure topic under the sun, discretely scanning the Wikipedia article on the stained glass work of Roger Bissière as they make a comment to you about how his tragic glaucoma reminds them of Beethoven's deafness. Oh, how educated!
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 11:37 PM
    Who is it YOU are humping, Phil?
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 02:46 PM
    Wait, was it a rant or a charade? Wow, you seem to have really developed a very negative opinion of me in very short order! Doesn't take much, I gather? I think this may the only time on these boards you have ever conversed with me. Are there any others I am forgetting? Oh, you missed an important part! "Except for themselves."
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 02:38 PM
    Where was the scolding? Where was the vehemence? I believe my words were: "I just get tired, and sad". Exactly! The lesson is there on all meta-levels! Firing on all cylinders! I misunderstand Ender (in the very process of explaining about misunderstanding!), you think some sniffing is so pronounced you're driven to distraction by it, I don't even notice it at all, you think I'm a ranting jerk, I think I'm an awesome guy. I didn't make any display of love. More important to correct, I definitely didn't dismiss anyone. I like phil4paul and otherone, Ender's OK, and I don't really know you. Maybe you chose the wrong screen name and just aren't memorable enough. :p Anyway, my apologies for any way in which you have been miscontrued -- feel free to correct the record by re-construing yourself in the proper and accurate light you prefer. :)
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-28-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 03:41 PM
    I had nothing but the audio, and I noticed no sniffing from either party. Neither did you.
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    09-27-2016, 01:35 PM
    jmdrake, it sounds like your expectations were a bit too high. Quite a bit.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 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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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 12:34 AM
    In my opinion, Trump took the bait on far too many things. Made some good points, but missed a ton of opportunities. He needs to do better next time.
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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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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    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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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-26-2016, 08:38 AM
    Regarding Johnson: Does this mean you are voting for Hillary?
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  • Original_Intent's Avatar
    09-25-2016, 02:59 PM
    I suspect the Fed will hold things together until after the election. If Hillary wins, they will continue to do QE infinity, helicopter money, etc. For as long as they can. If Trump wins, they allow the S to HTF, they may even let it happen before he takes office and say "the market reacted". Don't get me wrong, I am no fan of Trump[ and fear him being president almost as much as I fear Hillary being president. But I don't believe he is an insider, based on the establishment reaction to him. But that, too, could be a deception in a deeper game.
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-25-2016, 01:28 PM
    The woman is absolutely correct. There is not a thing racist about it. Unless you call facts racist. She rightly calls upon people to take responsibility for their own actions. As I recall, that's a basic tenet of libertarianism. http://www.chron.com/life/mom-houston/article/72-of-black-babies-born-to-unwed-moms-data-1709669.php
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-25-2016, 01:08 PM
    No, you didn't. lol. You skeered?
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    09-24-2016, 11:12 PM
    Yeah, you are right. Much better choice.
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