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    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    I do not know: when was government invented? Please tell me that. If you do not know or cannot say any basic facts about the circumstances of "government being invented," such as when it occurred (a really basic, trivial fact!), then.... what? Then the question seems meaningless (or rhetorical) as any atytempted answer would be as well. But, who am I to shy away from impossible tasks? I shall answer anyway! I would expect that people have been being murdered and wronged in other ways since Cain. I would expect this to continue until the Millennium. I do not expect any attempted re-working (by mortals) of social institutions and arrangements will cause this situation to change.
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    Yesterday, 01:50 PM
    You are trying, ttrrrrrrryyyyiiiing, to take scm's side, but your heart just doesn't seem to be in it. :D
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    Yesterday, 01:47 PM
    Yes, well, I was simplifying ( / not-actually-going-to-the-website). That's good that at least they've thought of this, but it doesn't mean that you couldn't get a bunch (or even a few) friends (or friendly bots!) to join and brigade the system. But, hey, whatever! Have fun, kids! It's a nice project they've put together; better than mastering WoW.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 AM
    Inflation-proof? Nope. Not quite. Let's say they succeed and grow and get up to 100 active users. What happens when then 100 Bangladeshi or Somalian peasants flood into the system and start ordering and paying for your stuff using this new currency? Are you really interested in cashing in those labor-hour coupons to them, having them labor for you for an hour making some Hand-Crafted Crafty Work? Not all labor-hours are equal. In reality, that is. In this system, of course: they are! When your system doesn't match up with reality, that is always a precarious situation.
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    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    Bitter!... bitter!... bitter! Sad. :rolleyes:
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    NOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOO!!! But they were USING LOOPHOLES! SKIRTING LABOR LAWS! You can't possibly be in favor of that, are you, Presence? Making people who should be Proper Employees into independent contractors is diabolical, cynical, and Un-American! Why can't they just do it by the book and have employees like all the other good businesses in the Chamber of Commerce? Not that any businesses are actually "good." Business is pretty much inherently evil, as is making money period, right, scm? We need Glorious Unions to protect us from meanie businesses and yucky money.
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    Yesterday, 05:55 AM
    Hillary and everyone who supported her are such sore losers. If she had won the election, then there would've never been any "threat" of "fake news" to warn the public about. But because the results of the election didn't match with the narrative of the mainstream media, oh, now there is a new terrorist threat in social media. What a bunch of megalomaniac crybabies!
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    12-08-2016, 03:01 PM
    Yep. Z-Juan seems to be in the midst of a difficult and awkward transition from his eight-year-long "Everything is Going Fine! Just Rosy!" stance into a new "Everything Totally Stinks! This Country Going Down the Drain" position. Given how, in my opinion, the government has done a lousy, lousy job and been horrifyingly evil and the economy has been relatively stagnant & in the dumps during the period (Z-Juan's entire career here) when Z-Juan has been extolling Obama's benign competence and the economy's unstoppable awesomeness, given that, I can only hope that the symmetry holds for the converse. Bring on the new, improved Doom and Gloom Z-Juan(TM)! And Let the Good Times Roll!
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    12-08-2016, 09:15 AM
    Uh huh. Something tells me you may find Presence quite insufficiently horrified by the Unspeakabke Evil that is hiring people as Independent contractors instead of good, taxed, regulated, withheld-from and tracked Employees like every Virtuous, Civic-Minded Business Establishment insists on doing. Yes, he might not be as bitter as you are nor as hopped-up about our National Need to stomp out the phenomenon of voluntary people voluntarily contracting with each other to provide services and exchange funds. With your need to shame any such participants in such shenanigans, demanding they stay far away from any position of leadership or admiration. Such people only deserve to be hated and spit upon, right scm? And "untold profits!" Why, that's beyond the pale! Right, Presence? Ha ha ha ha ha! And you thought Presence would agree with you! Ha, ha, ha!!!
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    12-08-2016, 04:23 AM
    I would have voted for WikiLeaks (Julian Assange).
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    12-07-2016, 04:46 PM
    This is exactly what I would do. It is, I think, what any smart person would do. Especially one planning to bring about radical change. Not that Trump is necessarily wanting to implement radical change. But this is what he should do if he were. If you're going to tear down everything (or anything!) the system loves and treasures, you don't want that system to see it coming. You absolutely do not. So keep up those phone calls to Obama, Trump! Half an hour a day, at least! Convince him you would *ne-e-e-ver* prosecute Hillary, oh no. No reason to tarnish yourself by issuing a pardon.
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    12-07-2016, 03:18 PM
    Actually, there is a different chart that would show why it's so "hard" -- and would be so undesirable! -- to "fix" the diversity "problem" in tech.
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    12-07-2016, 01:23 PM
    Don't let Francisco D'Anconia hear you say that. In fact, best to not let anyone intelligent hear you say that. :) Just some good advice! “So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? “When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?
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    12-07-2016, 11:34 AM
    That is why you are not rich. And probably will not be put in charge of budget...anything, much less budget-reduction, any time soon. I hope. :)
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    12-07-2016, 10:16 AM
    These are, of course, actually spyware/adware/annoying-or-unscrupulous-ware, but relatively benign examples. Bonzi Buddy actually can be pretty funny and entertaining to little kids -- sometimes people actually want it on their computers (such as, perhaps, Suzanimal's son). Oh, whoops, I didn't catch "Flash". Yeah, that's a virus. Delete it. That is actually high truth-value. Anyway, well-done, funny article, Tim. Thanks for posting.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    12-07-2016, 10:05 AM
    No: it is a traditionalist attitude. An old-fashioned attitude, if you will. An attitude, the courageous and conscious adoption of which will save our civilization.
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    12-07-2016, 10:02 AM
    Surely The_Donald, by a couple orders of magnitude. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald
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    12-07-2016, 09:59 AM
    Hmm. Actually, what counts in reality is, well: reality! Since I put a high priority on reality, that is what counts to me. Dollars and cents are very important to reality. If, let us say, the federal budget were $100 Billion dollars, just how oppressive is that government going to be? It will be a whole lot less oppressive than the one now, maybe than you can even imagine! Let them pass all the horrible laws they want -- who cares? It hardly even matters! I mean, it would matter, but on a scale a whole order of magnitude (or two!) less than it matters: how much money are they spending? How many resources, that is, do they have access to and are using, to oppress us? In terms of worthwhile political goals, cutting the budget is everything. Cutting the budget is everything. That is the fountain from which everything else flows. Cutting the budget is everything.
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    12-07-2016, 09:47 AM
    Oh, well if one is "$20,000,000,000.00" in debt, then the amount in question will pay off fully one-fifth of your debt. Do it five more times and you're done. I am very glad I could help you with your mathematical query. I do not give pennies to bums in the street. If you do, that may be your problem. One penny at a time is, in fact, how budgeting is done. I do not expect that you have any capability to relate to this nor understand it, Mr. SCM, but it is true. Wealthy people are far more assiduous, statistically speaking, at tracking every single spending event and expense they occur than people who, well, do not have that ability and fail to accumulate any wealth. Each penny adds up, and before you know it you have saved enough to live off the interest. Or, conversely, you have flung and flitted away all those lottery winnings. In this case, $4 billion dollars is actually .2% of the total federal budget. This is, for scale reference: twenty times the savings you would get by eliminating, completely eliminating, the National Endowment for the Arts (which I obviously support eliminating also). It is nine times what you'd get by scrapping all funding for PBS, NPR, and all other Public Broadcasting (scrap, baby, scrap!). Now even though *I* support burning these things to the ground, no one else actually does, and it would be very difficult to push through the elimination of the NEA, much less of public broadcasting funding. So cutting on a scale twenty times bigger is really very, very good. Continue making cuts of this size every day, once a day, for a year, and by the end you have cut and eliminated 73% of the federal budget. And that's even if it's not leap year! And it all happened just one little penny at a time.
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    12-07-2016, 08:24 AM
    Guess who it is. Donald Trump
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    12-07-2016, 05:14 AM
    Indeed. Sure enough, Trump did say that:
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    12-07-2016, 05:03 AM
    I really don't get Trump supporters. To be "liberty-minded" is a packaged deal, encompassing many related and consistent positions on public policy towards the goal of less government intervention and more private entrepreneurship and charity. It's not just saying the right thing on one issue. Every time Trump says one thing that is even remotely close to a conservative or libertarian position, Trump supporters here rage on like, "Look! Trump is going to lead us towards liberty! Woooooooo!" forgetting the tens of other positions that Trump holds when it comes to things like eminent domain, stealing oil from other nations, using executive orders for his own means, and a slew of other non-liberty views. Forget Trump's rhetoric; look at his history of what he's stood for, used the government to do on his behalf, and how many times he's flip-flopped on issues. That's what counts.
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    12-07-2016, 02:17 AM
    In his own words, of course:
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