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    03-12-2018, 10:13 PM
    It's kind of a misleading headline from Fox News. Even transgenders agree that there are only two genders (which establish the social and cultural differences between male and female rather than the biological differences) - they simply advocate that those genders don't always correspond to the biological sex of the person involved. The posting that timosman put up explains why the student was booted from class. I don't see anything in it about there being more or less than two genders. It's basically about class disruption, speaking out of turn, etc. Hey, did you hear about the Archaea that self-identified as a girl? Its parent disowned it. Still hasn't lost its virginity (not for lack of trying); though it does have a dozen children.
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    03-12-2018, 09:19 PM
    I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you're also advocating for other nations to also follow this advice. Basically, there are some products that are so crucial that one nation should not depend upon another for that product. In particular, international trade in food should probably be curtailed, and each nation should produce it's own.
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    03-12-2018, 09:09 PM
    Just so I'm clear; does that imply that if the Canadian dollar were up in comparison to the US dollar then you would be "talking about" vegetables imported from Canada (i.e.: advocating placing a tariff on vegetables imported from Canada)? ----- Here's the Grammar Nazi in me (just info - don't take it personally): There: in, at, or to that place or position ... I'll put my dollar over there. Their: possessive for they ... That is their dollar. They're: contraction for "they are" ... They're going to get another dollar.
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    03-11-2018, 01:04 PM
    And bailouts - let's not forget bailouts
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    03-11-2018, 12:34 PM
    That assumes that the auto industry had previously been paying an effective corporate tax rate of 35%. It wasn't, it was more like 7% - 8% across the entire industry. That's due to the loopholes they previously enjoyed. I don't know which, if any of those loopholes have been eliminated, but the goal of the new tax law was simplification - so I don't doubt that loopholes disappeared in exchange for the rates being lowered. That's a big IF. It assumes they had not been using high quality steel - and quality is something that typical quality engineering processes in the US generally assure
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    03-10-2018, 07:25 PM
    The fellow on first base
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    03-09-2018, 10:41 PM
    Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning.
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    03-09-2018, 10:10 PM
    Damn! Three days into the poll and anything other than "Yes" has more than a third of the vote ... on a libertarian Ron Paul website! Political movements are best but an expedient; but most such movements are usually, and all all such movements are sometimes, inexpedient.
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    03-09-2018, 03:57 PM
    Though they'll be pretty much useless without budget to maintain them (which is significant). In a federal debt default situation the land-based part of the triad would be the first to be eliminated (and already being discussed, even in a non-default situation). You'd have the remaining superpowers (adversaries and allies) negotiating (more like pressuring) to purchase the remaining nuclear material so that it doesn't fall into the hands of terrorists (as rogue US military personnel, in an attempt to cash out, make the nuclear material available on the black market).
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    03-09-2018, 12:04 PM
    ... or he had oral sex with an infected sexual partner when he wasn't married ... prior to 1977, or between 1995 and 2000. Cancer, particularly this type, is not like like a cold, where it shows up after a short incubation period.
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    03-09-2018, 11:53 AM
    Good to see you Mr. Bond. Things have been awfully dull around here. I hope we're going to see some gratuitous sex and violence.
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    03-09-2018, 09:05 AM
    LOL. I've been biting my lip waiting for the neo-confederates to jump all over this and explain how secession was all about Lincoln's support of tariffs. Here's my perspective though. Mr Lincoln says, "If WE buy ..."; and the only "we" he could be referring do would be some collective he's part of, which in this case is the federal government (and probably for his war or infrastructure projects). If Mr. Lincoln's WE buys $30 a ton American Steel then he's adding an extra $5 to the national debt for each ton he buys. What matters to me is if I buy a ton of steel, not if Mr. Lincoln's WE buys a ton of steel (because I'll bet that Mr. Lincoln's WE will find some way around $30 a ton steel (either forcing American producers to sell it to him for $25 or else bypassing the tariff on imported steel). By libertarian principles, when individuals band together to form a WE, it's done so voluntarily - not with a gun barrel pointed at them.
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    03-08-2018, 02:05 AM
    I'm not sure which companies are actually doing that (maybe you can provide the list); but Tyson (which doesn't) seems to be able to effectively compete without a tariff in place to protect them. Their stock price has effectively tripled in the last five years.
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    03-07-2018, 03:51 PM
    I think what's been added above is a clause you omitted but rings as true as what you did include
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    03-07-2018, 03:36 PM
    Personally, I think that if you want individuals in the US to refrain from purchasing less expensive goods from another country, then you should have to convince them rather than force them.
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    03-06-2018, 02:23 PM
    There's a different perspective in a recent Reason article, 6 Points to Consider in the Debate About Homelessness
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    03-06-2018, 12:59 PM
    Maine and Nebraska divvy out their electoral votes per Congressional district with two electoral votes reserved for the state-wide winner. That's not exactly popular vote proportional. If every state had done that in 2012 then Romney would have defeated Obama. There's also the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that has been enacted by ten states and the District of Columbia (that all vote Democrat anyway, so it's not really going to make a difference). Basically, those states in the compact agree to cast their electoral votes for the national popular vote winner. One candidate could receive 100% of the votes cast in a state, but if another candidate got the most most votes nationwide then that state would cast its electoral votes for the national popular vote winner (completely overruling the will of the voters in that state).
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    03-03-2018, 03:22 PM
    Does the tariff impact only raw steel, or does it apply to finished goods with steel in them as well. If it's the latter then the tariff applied would depend upon the number of times that the original, intermediate and finished steel products cross a border controlled by a US Tariff or a Tariff put in place in retaliation to the US Tariff. I work for a company with a global supply chain. It's not unheard of for Canadian steel to be used by a small business in the US to produce a sub-assembly which is then send to a Canadian business for incorporation in an assembly which is then transported back to the US to be included in a finished product. I can see the Canadian business cutting ties with the US small business which produces the sub-assemblies and replacing it with one to minimize tariff costs.
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    02-24-2018, 09:33 PM
    Granted ... but the OP was humorously on the mark.
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