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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 PM
    What can one say, except "Freedom ain't popular" ... ? *sigh* That's because, outside of jail cells and self-congratulatory press releases, Theye haven't got any use for such people. The Bolshies, on the other hand ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:58 PM
    Speaking of which ... @ConceptualJames on "Critical Theory's path to power" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1316049115701108736 Thread compiled @ threader.app: https://threader.app/thread/1316049115701108736 As I keep trying to tell you: Critical Theories don't take over at the level of leadership, they take over at the level of administrative bureaucracies. This is true in our schools, and it will be true in our government. Biden's and Harris's views are irrelevant except on this. https://twitter.com/DeAngelisCorey/status/1314618772192362497
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 PM
    Speaking of which ... @wokal_distance on "Academy v. Wokeness" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1277467083542913025 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1277467083542913025.html 1/ It's time to discuss a point academics do not understand when dealing with woke professors. STEM people listen up:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:25 PM
    Pretty much this. But I don't think it's so much a socialist movement as it is a totalitarian movement with the (typical) ambition of maximizing its influence, wealth and power. To whatever extent it is socialist, it is only incidentally so (e.g., for purposes of appealing to the "dolphin-kin-entit on the street" - a.k.a. "useful idiots"). As examined previously in this thread, apart from Marxist "conflict theory," the domain of Critical Theory actually has little use for socialism qua socialism (as evidenced by the fact that old-school material Marxists are among its vehement critics). Paradoxically, it is CT's rejection of reason and reality that makes it so potent. It appeals, rather, to things such as emotion, entitlement and ressentiment, which (unlike reason) are much easier to indulge and promote. This is why it has been so effective at sinking its hooks so deeply into academia over the course of the past few decades . CT was tolerated by rational/realist left-liberal academics (who really ought to have known better) by virtue of CT's stances in (supposed) opposition to "racism" and other forms of intersectionalized "oppression" - stances with which otherwise sane left-liberals (who predominantly composed the academy) strongly sympathized, even though they fastidiously wrinkled their noses at the irrationality of it all. Now that it's too late, they are learning that their charitable indulgence was a grave error. I suspect that this success may mark the beginning of the end of the "long march through the institutions" which as a result might now be in the homestretch, as we are now seeing CT (especially in the form of Critical Race Theory) making significant inroads in public and private institutions outside of ivory towers.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    You could say the same thing about the atmosphere ... or the gravity well ... or etc. ... :confused: No one talked about mining asteroids except me. In fact, the sources cited in the article explicitly disavowed it as a motive. Of course there isn't. No one said otherwise.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    That whole thing reads like an exercise in "accuse your opponent of what you are doing." ... "the need to move 'faster than the pace of trust'" ... :rolleyes: ... IOW: the need to stop thinking and questioning, and to just fall in line and do as you are told ... And every vicious authoritarian thug in the history of forever "recognize that certain styles and forms of leadership are needed 'not because it is right, but because it is necessary to win" ...
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 PM
    I live in this district. I'll be voting for Parnell. Come at me, bitch.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    I think only the likes of SwordSmyth and maybe a few others believe that Trump is any more than accidentally on our side, here. I've stated that I'm voting for Trump, but not because I favor him. I'm voting for him on Tuesday because I now live in a swing state, and I believe he's an unintentional, imperfect bulwark against the neo-Marxists who are battering the ramparts. I'm not ready for them yet. If the worst-case scenario comes to pass, I'm ill-prepared, for a number of reasons... and frankly, couldn't we all do with a little more time? I have NO INTENTION of donning the gray coverall and lifelessly marching along the bread line to get my ration of moldy bread and foul water. So I'm not going to apologize for casting a vote that gives me a minute more to prepare.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    Brown privilege.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:47 PM
    Greenwald just posted this: Emails With Intercept Editors Showing Censorship of My Joe Biden Article https://greenwald.substack.com/p/emails-with-intercept-editors-showing Glenn Greenwald (29 October 2020) Given The Intercept's vehement denials, readers are entitled to see for themselves what the truth is Following are the communications I had over the last week with Intercept editors regarding my article on Joe and Hunter Biden, which they refused to publish absent the removal of all sections critical of the front-running Democratic presidential candidate whom they uniformly and enthusiastically favor. This is the final exchange that precipitated my resignation from The Intercept and First Look Media, though, as I set out in my article of early today, by no means the sole or primary reason for leaving.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:27 PM
    The Scottish National Socialist Party https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2nk_wvdfSY Well ... he's kinda got a point, you know. Really ... After all, if you have already criminalized speech at the pub, then how do you justify not criminalizing it at the dinner table, too?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:55 PM
    He's a lefty, but despite any disagreements I might have with his politics, Glenn Greenwald is one of the few journalists (along with Ben Swann) that I am inclined to trust by default, unless and until I am given a good reason to do otherwise.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    All of which is what I meant when I said, "Mining the asteroids is certainly not yet within our capabilities." Trying to interpret the $10,000 quadrillion figure as anything other than "there's a whole honkin' lotta useful stuff out there" is futile at present. Traveling across the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans was once an extremely expensive proposition, but not so much anymore, relatively speaking. Economies of scale, technological advancement and other factors will mitigate the expenses. The point I was getting at was not specifically that we should "bring any of this material back " - that is merely how it was phrased in the quote from the article, It is that the "feel good" justifications for space exploration/colonization that are so often offered by space "boosterism" simply won't cut it by themselves. We have to get something for our trouble that will make it economically "worth it" (and, yes, even humble iron/nickel cores will be some part of that).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:11 PM
    I was just about to post this story. jct74 beat me to it. For the time being, he will be self-publishing his own stuff (including the Biden article) at his Substack account. Apparently, they tried to intimidate him with lawyer-speak into not releasing his Biden article elsewhere, even though he is contractually permitted to publish any of his stories elsewhere if the The Intercept doesn't accept them. Here's his public announcement of his resignation:
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    $10,000 Quadrillion is what you could get for the iron/nickel IF you could get it to earth. On Earth iron goes for $.04 a pound (ballpark). Nickle goes for just under $7.00 per pound. The cost of transporting the iron and nickel from the asteroid belt to the Earth system would be far more than what the material is worth. Even transporting the material to the Moon requires that you first get one or more transport vehicles off the surface of the Earth and out to the Asteroid Belt before you can use them to bring anything back. There might be materials that are more rare and expensive for which an economic case could be made for mining and transport back to Earth.; but not iron and nickel, or even gold. The most reasonable economic case that could be made would be for using ores found in the Asteroid Belt to build space infrastructure (habitat and other structures) in the general vicinity of the Asteroid Belt - which would require assembling and operating smelters and manufacturing facilities in space. But most of that manufacturing infrastructure would have to built on Earth and transported out to where the ore is; and the cost of getting off the surface of the planet to even low Earth orbit is measured in THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER POUND.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:12 AM
    Tell it to the mayor of Philadelphia ... (or the governor of Pennsylvania ...) Yeah, well, who you gonna believe - the law, or the police?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    I think this is a highly improbable "edge case" scenario. But it's not impossible - and it's certainly interesting. In any case, if you read the article, you'll probably learn some finer details about the electoral process for POTUS/VPOTUS that you didn't already know ... (I did, anyway ...) President Pence and VP Harris? It Could Happen. https://mises.org/wire/president-pence-and-vp-harris-it-could-happen Christopher P. Casey (29 October 2020)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    :confused: Why? For what purpose? What's the point? After all ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    Regarding the statements made at the end of the article (specifically, the ones to which I have added bold emphasis): unless and until we start "tak advantage of the value" (by "bring any of this material back and using it for industry," for example), humanity is never going to establish any kind of enduring presence in space. All the talk about permanent bases on the Moon or manned missions to Mars is just talk. Even if we do those things, it won't last unless and until we start getting more economic value out of it than we put into it. (That's why the Apollo program didn't result in anything lasting - once the political purpose of beating the commies to the Moon had been served, there was no longer any incentive to continue doing it.) Mining the asteroids is certainly not yet within our capabilities. But sooner or later, it (and other such activities) is going to have to be done. Otherwise, the idea of humanity traveling beyond the confines of Earth on anything other than temporary excursions will never be more than a pleasant pipe-dream and the subject of science fiction stories ... Hubble telescope gives closer look at rare asteroid worth $10,000,000,000,000,000,000 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hubble-space-telescope-rare-asteroid-16-psyche-worth-10000-quadrillion/ Sophie Lewis (28 October 2020)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:10 AM
    Apparently, it was just a "glitch" ... According to Rogan: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG6XR5Yllo5/ The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist ... The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed. It works for me now, but some folks are still having trouble seeing it. They’re working on it. It IS however fucking classic and amazing that this glitch only shows up in the Alex Jones episode.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:08 AM
    Apparently, it was just a "glitch" ... According to Rogan: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG6XR5Yllo5/ The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist ... The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed. It works for me now, but some folks are still having trouble seeing it. They’re working on it. It IS however fucking classic and amazing that this glitch only shows up in the Alex Jones episode.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-28-2020, 10:55 PM
    I oppose the death penalty, but it is not forbidden under the NAP or libertarian theory. So depending on what one means by "justified," that can be parsed as "justified" or "unjustified" - or even as "not unjustified" if, contra Orwell, one is willing to permit the "not un-" construction (and/or if one is willing to consider the distinction as not being logically binary).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-28-2020, 10:29 PM
    Question answered: Alex Jones Joe Rogan episode disappears from Spotify It's the latter. ETA: But then again: Some shenanigan going on ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-28-2020, 09:52 PM
    That, or they just want free stuff ... This - with emphasis on "intentionally" ... Pro Tip: Get there early, and you won't need to bring a hand truck - 'coz you can just grab one of those for free, too ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-28-2020, 09:03 PM
    Probably SCOTUS. Maybe concession. No. I have about a dozen or so (including the one Rogan wore on Leno) - all in nearly new condition. I only wear them on special occasions ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-28-2020, 08:50 PM
    That may well be - but at the same time, it's also likely that Spotify is not contractually obligated to publish anything and everything that Rogan produces. Is Spotify actually distributing this one, or is Rogan doing it himself via his own YouTube channel? If it's the former, then that's a sign that Spotify may have put down the mutiny by the SJW control freaks among its ranks. But if it's the latter ... (And have they started including the other previous episodes - the ones featuring Jones and others - that Spotify originally omitted from their lineup of Rogan's old shows?)
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    10-28-2020, 07:39 PM
    I think you're confusing "Austrian economics" with "libertarianism" or "laissez faire capitalism" - but strictly speaking, Austrian economics is neither of those things. In fact, "Austrian economics" is just ... economics ... (and human nature, as embodied in the "action axiom," is an inherent, and indeed, foundational, part of economics ...) Also, unlike communism and socialist economics, Austrian economics is not normative. It does not seek any particular outcome, such as a dictatorship of the proletariat or state ownership of all capital property (i.e., "the means of production"). Rather, it merely attempts to identify the laws and propositions by which economic outcomes, whatever they might be, are produced - as, for example, the Law of Demand dictates that if there is a minimum wage then (all else being equal) higher unemployment will result. But Austrian economics makes no policy prescriptions. An Austrian economist could favor a government-mandated minimum wage. He would have to acknowledge that this would, ceteris paribus, increase unemployment - but if he is willing to accept that trade-off (for whatever reasons), then he can still be fully "Austrian." Of course, most Austrians are libertarians who would oppose things like a minimum wage - but strictly speaking, that is because they are libertarians, not because they are Austrians.
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