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  • Weston White's Avatar
    Today, 01:55 AM
    Not exactly, such authority is wholly dependent upon context (e.g., California recognizes within its state constitution that the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land and is thusly obliged to serve according to its erudite maxims), specifically as to the inherent rights of individuals and their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness; there are very concerning ethical considerations due to the people being served by their just form of republican government.* Government officials don't just get to do whatever the hell they wish, simply because they were "elected" or because they believe themselves to be self-entitled from their purchasing of a juris doctor or political science degree from whatever overpriced and overvalued socialist university. Again, the federal constitution fairly clearly besets the states from doing such; else, we are no longer 50-sovereign states, but are just one large bloc-continent with a national government and its states existing in name only with borders, flags, seals, etc., which are merely ceremonial and nothing more (see how well this worked out for the Soviet Socialist Republics of Russia.) No, that is not actually true (see below); regardless, it is the case in the most practical sense, as the intention of this is all is to collect taxes on Internet purchases, which includes taxes due to the state the purchases are made in--so the consumer is being doubly taxed, while the seller is effectively obliged to do work for both a state they have no direct association with in addition to the state they are operating from within.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:18 PM
    Yes my family would survive, we'd be okay as would the vast majority of rural people. It's not my place to determine who's "soft" or who should perish but do yourself a favor and give the subject more than a fleeting thought.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:00 PM Full article at link at top. Original at link.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:57 PM
    Alexa? Bluetooth enabled toilets, refridge,washer/drier, phones that can be used as streaming devices unknown to the owner.... None of this is new news. Now let's talk about the modern man's inability to think critically or analytically when compared to his non-techie ancestors.... Maybe the physical effects of technology on man.......
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:51 PM Full article at link. --- So, Illegal Immigration to the US is a Right? A Right that comes at our expense? No Right can come at the expense of anothers Right.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:41 PM Full article at link.
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    Yesterday, 03:37 PM Full article at link. Now, just because you went to school and paid a shit load of money for an expensive piece of paper, it doesnt mean that you are guaranteed access to any of those top paying jobs.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:18 PM Full article at link at top. Original at link.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Technology + Big-Gov = real problems for anyone who opposes Big-Gov... Any device that can be accessed can be used against you, maybe not in a "court of law" but certainly to help develop admissible evidence. See the countless threads about 7,243 felonies per day just in case you consider yourself free from such behavior...
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:03 PM
    Technology doesn't end with "an account or email address".... Kind of disingenuous don't you think? As to your query, yes a person could be considered tethered to a house, a car not so much as it's mobile and disposable although cars of today are rife with tethering technology....
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:38 AM
    Really, it is a great victory to be twice taxed for the same event? Say, let's just get the federal government in on this too, it can go from being a great victory to being a monumentally astonishing amazing victory. Seriously, WTF!
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:35 AM
    So far as this tax applies to non-privileged business activities, the ‘use tax’ is not constitutional, for states possess no sovereign power to control its residents as to their activities or arrangements occurring or taking place external to its borders (and frankly have no justifiable business seeking the business or sales records of foreign entities that its residents or visitors are party to)—e.g., imagine the utter lunacy of establishing a “vacation tax” upon residents that seek their fun and relaxation out of state. 1. This also pertains to establishing treaties, alliances, and entering into agreements or compacts with other states. 2. While, true concerning what are imports and exports, it is indicative that states are not to meddle in the affairs of foreign entities, including other states. 3. This is even further substantiated by the restriction on states from laying tonnage duties for the use of state operated ports.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 11:53 PM
    I'm not sure what effect the author of the OP article hoped to achieve by relating this particular anecdote. If it was shocked recoil at the interrogator's reply, then the attempt is (or should be) a complete failure. The interrogator is correct, as far as it goes. In fact, I would go even further and drop the word "necessarily." It's unfastidious, mush-brained nonsense like "all perspectives are valid" that has led directly to a world full of just the sort of insanities described in the article.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 11:04 PM
    Fixed. Just how do you "lose" something you didn't have to begin with? (File in same drawer as "an increase in spending is a spending 'cut' if the increase is not as large as some other previously-only-notional-and-now-completely-irrelevant number" ...)
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  • osan's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 10:42 PM
    Clearly, everything is not bunnies and light, but nevertheless better than they were.. There is a good dose of half-baked stuff on that page, but a few good comments by those using their brains as more than hat racks were also present. To wit: The only thing there to which I take exception is the implications of the use of "robber baron". Beyond that, the statement is on the money. I see three general factors beyond the usual cycles of discovery as cited above to be of major influence. Firstly, government regulation. Consider ACA, the costs of which serve as a barrier to entry for entrepreneurial endeavors. SOX is yet another HUGE cost that keeps little guys out of play. Then there is the lingering aftermath of the dotcom fiasco where imbecile investors tossed money around without due analysis and got burned in wide and deep fashion. Consider that 23 year old infant who was handed $30+ million and threw a launch party with The Who as the entertainment. He went to prison as I recall, but that didn't get the investors' cash back.
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  • osan's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 10:09 PM
    The more we turn our backs to the UN, the better. The only exception is our position on the security council. Being able to veto their hair-brained schemes remains a useful thing, IMO. It would be my druthers that the UN be dissolved, but practically speaking it is not a good idea due to the corrupt nature of humans. If the UN is eliminated, just as it replaced the League of Nations, so would it too be replaced. UN is a known quantity and with our commanding position therein, the shenanigans can be managed and mostly thwarted. If a new organization were to rise from the ashes of UN, people would likely fall for whatever line of bullshit was being fed them as to why it is so necessary for everyone to come together as "one" and waive their individual rights in favor of those collective. Given the forces at play, eliminating UN could be more harmful than carefully thwarting that which is now well understood. And for the record, "UN Human Rights Council"... really... this doesn't even rise to the status of a joke. I've read and analyzed the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It talks a lot and says nearly nothing - weasel-wording from front to back, either designed to mislead or written by people who apparently cannot string more than two words together in coherent and sound fashion. The document is a travesty on its best day.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 09:51 PM
    Apart from Renner, I've never heard of any of those people. I have no idea what they might have been in or if I've ever seen them in anything. And I only know Renner because of the Marvel/Avengers stuff. (Also, IIRC, I think he was the lead in that Jason Bourne movie that didn't have Jason Bourne in it.)
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    06-22-2018, 07:31 PM
    We used to drop a lot of bombs and kill innocent people.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 06:24 PM
    At the cost of tethering them. Kind of the antithesis of freedom....
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 05:32 PM
    I am not sure if that is a good idea because it replaces one system of brainwashing with another, and both achieve the exact same thing, fixed habits of reaction to any figure of authority. I think his best chance is to eliminate the instruction of others, including either of us, and do it for himself.
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    06-22-2018, 05:00 PM
    First of all, understand that you need to have Many Goals, not just ones that suit what you want. That is usually the hardest thing to do as a parent. The way that many of the lessons that achieve the goals is often very counter intuitive, and will go completely against your instincts as a parent. Thats the basic idea of Reverse Psychology, but when that label is not clearly understood, efforts to try to apply reverse psychology can easily backfire. I am sure that you dont want to see your kid fail at all. Most parents dont. But, at the same time, most parents set their kids up to fail because they have become over protective and not letting the children learn how to cope with failures. It is one of the most important lessons any person can learn in life. Its also why there are theories out there that say that the A Student often works for the C Student. The reason for that is the C Student is used to things not working out perfectly, and having the tenacity to continue working towards a solution, while the A Student simply shuts down if things dont work out perfectly for them immediately. One critically important factor is that you have to REJECT THE GRADES OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I cant emphasize this enough. Everyone one is good at something. And not everyone is interested, or good at the things we are expected to be good at. Imagine yourself in school. You fail an Art class. Then you go home to your parents, and they tell you "its okay, not everyone is good at drawing or art". What that teaches is that Art itself as a focus is useless, and the level of interest you have is irrelevant because the demands of society comes first. Now, imagine you come home from school. Not your kid, but YOU. YOU failed math. You simply did not understand. You get your ass handed to you because it is considered a fundamental skill that you must excel at. The psychological consequences of this type of judgement are tremendous. It starts with creating a sense of self doubt which later leads to other major problems such as emotional dependency on authority as well as teaching that everything is hard. If you need to see the results of making children feel shame or guilt for getting poor grades in emphasized subjects, just look at the Youth of America today. Do you think they have any self esteem what so ever? Any confidence? Any ambition? A few do, but not enough to place the US as even a decent place to live any more. The Grades that your kid receives from ANY Public School MUST be taken into context of the School. Did your kid fail in school, or did School itself fail your kids? Now, your kid is good at something. And not just at texting or posting selfies. But there are other hidden dormant underlying and often undiscovered skills your kid is probably an absolute genius at. Those are what need to be found and encouraged because of the secondary lesson of "if you are good at this, what else are you good at"? That type of encouragement builds Self Esteem, Self Worth and maintains a Healthy Interest in many areas they could potentially be great at. If you only focus on the bad stuff and only what the Professionals tell you, then you are setting your kid up for failure and teaching them to undermine any Self Reliance. Fish are great at swimming. But if you teach a Fish that it is stupid based on its ability to climb a tree, then the Fish will grow up and believe it is a worthless piece of shit for the rest of its life. And that is exactly what Public School does. Your job as a parent is to offer as much incentive which turns your child into a confident and self reliant person. It is hard enough to do that, but, now that you know you have to resist the urge to accept the passing judgement of a system that sets your kid up for failure, you have twice as much work to do. We are always told to "think before we speak". That holds true even as adults. If you punish a kid for disobedience, what is the...
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 03:45 PM
    Can you figure a way to provide "modernity" with far less government? Regardless our fine government will see to it that our collectively cushy lifestyle ends before long what with pissing off folks from all corners of the globe. Somebody will manage to strike a resounding blow, probably sooner than later, whether it's biological or to the power grid, life will tend to be far from cushy...
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 03:22 PM If a Real Crime has been committed, then getting a warrant should not ever be an issue, right?
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    06-22-2018, 03:20 PM Not every device in your house needs a fucking internet camera.
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    06-22-2018, 03:18 PM I feel safer already.
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    06-22-2018, 03:17 PM
    As usual, what could possibly go wrong? :rolleyes:
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