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    Today, 01:16 PM
    Chase off our biggest taxpayer? Ye wish to raise our IRE? Our neighbor isle sang thee farewell. We next may join their choir.
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    Today, 09:34 AM
    All in its season (too young, yet). Beyond a doubt, it's toppers! The tip of the top for the cream of the crop, this homeschool business. Group homeschooling may really be the ticket, though, I think, with a select group of youth and parents, upstanding in moral behavior and, sorry to offend anyone but genetics as well. That way you get good pheromonic reinforcement and behavioral modeling to buttress the lessons you're teaching in your family. You don't want your family to just be an island in a sea of putrid filth. If it is, it will be a desperate, failing, dying, inevitably doomed island. It's not just lessons, it's a way of life! A way of life is not a trivial thing. Got to have the pheromones on your side, the mirror neurons on your side and firing on all cylinders, just every possible factor backing you up and all pushing in the same right direction.
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    Yesterday, 05:44 PM
    Sounds good, my man. I am all for that! How are you protecting your kids, Unicorn?
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    Yesterday, 05:38 PM
    I would also be in favor of condensing things down to one polling place city-wide -- or even state-wide! -- and putting it on top of a convenient mountain peak. Or, if that is unavailable, a tall skyscraper with all elevators "down for maintenance".
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    Yesterday, 08:48 AM
    I would support a $500 poll tax. What's more, this could be implemented quite easily by a state, or even a locality. So what if it's been ruled in the past supposedly unconstitutional? That was the distant, murky, ancient past. Things were bad back then; we've advanced beyond that. You want to go back to the past? You're just a barbaric throwback. On to the future! Ideally, this would be the only tax. 100% of the government shall be funded by the poll tax. And anyone who cannot pay does not vote. Only taxpayers vote. Perfect justice.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 AM
    So, what's the verdict, men? Do we ban prostitution or not?
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    08-26-2016, 10:45 AM
    Well, are we to take it from your attempt to primer us that you are a supporter of Georgism, presence?
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    08-25-2016, 07:42 PM
    Not quite dead yet. As for me, I'm trying to save it.
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    08-25-2016, 04:53 PM
    Well, just as your continuum chart shows, these are all on the greater "Libertarianism" team, even if not strict NAP libertarians per se.
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    08-25-2016, 04:50 PM
    Well, while we all can change our opinions and alignments (at will, with the greatest of ease), our temperaments are much more difficult to change. They may be impossible to really change, and simply must be overcome -- transcended -- if one decides the temperament he has is sub-optimal and so chooses. The fact that you were inclined to be sympathetic to the "daisy girl commercial" indicates some left leaning. Also that you tended to be anti-war at all (and still do so tend). Also I have the benefit of your long posting history here to allow me to say with some confidence that you do tend towards the left temperament. Not that all or even most of your opinions align in any way with the mainstream US left! Certainly they don't! You've thought things through too much for that, put in far more intellectual effort into forming your opinions than they would ever dare. Thought? Effort? Honesty? That might lead to Unacceptable, Politically-Incorrect opinions! Way too dangerous.
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    08-25-2016, 09:09 AM
    That is because you have a left-leaning temperament. And those who consider him an essentially libertarian radical have right-leaning temperaments.
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    08-25-2016, 08:54 AM
    Any ordinances he may be relying upon, beyond a doubt do not cover creating a computer program (or book, or brochure, or television program) directing people to go play in the park. This is just communication. Free speech. Now look at a similar activity: geocaching. Here, people actually place physical things in the park. That could conceivably be considered illegal. But no protest on that. Anyway, one would think that he would be thrilled that his parks are finally actually being used, rather than sitting mostly dormant, a big mismanaged waste of space. And increased litter? Come on. Highly doubtful. These are middle and upper class people playing this game. The litter is from the homeless and shady people who hang around the parks -- people who are breaking the law, people who are messing up the parks, people who are destroying any value the parks have by scaring away the citizens, making them unattractive, ugly, and dangerous-seeming places -- and why hasn't John Dargle cracked down and kicked them out? Dargle seems to be happy with the disfunctional norm of empty parks populated by vagabonds and highly uncomfortable with the possibility of bustling parks full of life, activity, and normal people. Well, normal other than the kooky game they are playing. :p
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    08-25-2016, 08:28 AM
    I am curious, did you make any progress on this? Did you try Luctor's excellent idea regarding the can o' air? It's similar to my pressurized spray bottle idea, but rather than ordering an Aquabot (or similar) and then having to wait, he came up with a way to accomplish the same thing with items readily available locally. And plus, no pumping! (though you will have to instead buy a new can o' air periodically.)
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    08-23-2016, 10:54 AM
    It will be a very cool thing, though. You could even have a successful novelty product idea on your hands. Have it on the counter at your store, people are going to want it. And then have them press the power button and get sprayed? That will seal the deal, just take my money, I need this.
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    08-23-2016, 09:44 AM
    Well, the air ones pump air. But there are circulating ones that pump water. Even the air design could work here, too. They are diaphragm pumps. Lots of ways to do that. A diaphragm pump makes a membrane go back and forth to spit out the bubbles (or water). A centrifugal pump keeps the blades-spinning-in-a-circle motion, and uses it to toss the water out. I have come up with a different idea, though. Retrofitting your blender motor into a water squirter would be super-cool, but maybe too involved and too much engineering for your taste. So back to pure mechanical: What about just using something made for the task:
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    08-23-2016, 09:21 AM
    An elegy is a lament for the dead. In this case, a dead culture. Mass immigration and technology both are eliminating the possibility of gainful employment for tens of millions of men, and that bears part of the blame. But the cause of death is also in large part brought on by bad parenting, bad cultural choices, and just all-around laziness. Of course, the two reinforce each other: the external factors make it more and more difficult to find a job, the increasingly prevalent long-term unemployment makes it more and more socially acceptable to be a man without a job, the next generation follows the bad example and takes it even one step lower... on and on it goes. Sad. Don't let this happen to your or yours. Seize control. Discipline. Focus. Achieve.
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    08-23-2016, 08:42 AM
    Buy an aquarium pump. Take it apart. Familiarize yourself with how it works. The Aquarium pump will not have enough power for your purposes. What you need is: More Power! And luckily, you already have it close at hand! The motor in the blender will have plenty of power to give the culprit a shower.
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    08-23-2016, 08:39 AM
    Umm, compression-to-threaded adapter 90-degree elbow or straight pipe fittings?
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    08-22-2016, 03:33 PM
    Yes, but I'm thinking no priming, just direct action. Think of a whoopie cushion. Or actually, think of a syringe. So it would be a small squeeze bulb, maybe just the size of a grape. Those blender buttons have enough travel distance and typically require quite a bit of force that the person would be expecting to have to exert, so it could work. The stream would be tiny -- again, like shooting off a syringe. Your battery-powered squirt gun is a great idea. Maybe this would be small enough (disassembled and minus the reservoir): https://www.amazon.com/Nerf-Super-Soaker-Electro-Storm/dp/B0060Y27O2/
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    08-22-2016, 12:29 PM
    What about making it pure mechanical? The button squeezes a squeeze-bulb, connected to a very small diameter rubber or plastic pipe, aimed up through a hole so small no one will notice it. Or maybe to a syringe needle. Something small diameter, anyway, so you can get the squirting distance you need.
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    08-22-2016, 12:20 PM
    LOL, yes, I'm sure! Who knows what r3vvy is even talking about any more. You say a perfectly reasonable, common sense thing, and he jumps in, gets all r3vved up, and before you know it is talking about inevitable spirals, reaction to neo-reactionary meta-reactions, and, above all, the glory of one-world dictatorship. Ahh well.
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    08-22-2016, 11:51 AM
    All I know is: It's not theirs. So, hard to see how it violates their human rights for their poor, delicate rapefugee eyes to have to be traumatized by seeing scarecrows on it. But, you can see it. So that's good enough. The rest of us will probably be.... skeptical.
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    08-22-2016, 11:47 AM
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    08-22-2016, 11:18 AM
    Something sure seems to be deterring them: Looks pretty effective to me. As in, over 99% effective.
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    08-22-2016, 09:45 AM
    And yet, it is somehow a violation of their "Human Rights" to try? Their fundamental "Human Rights" include a right to not be confronted with the sight of scarecrows as they attempt to illegally enter and occupy property not their own?
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    08-22-2016, 08:51 AM
    Or how about the term you used: Natural order? That is the kind of order I like. I'm no fan of fiat, arbitrary "order" as defined by fiat, arbitrary decrees from incompetent, two-bit, authority-less bureau-rats and tyrants (That nonsense actually causes dis-order.). I'd venture to say you aren't either. We are in agreement.
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    08-22-2016, 08:47 AM
    How about: Spontaneous order? A fan of that one? Yep. Thought so. :cool:
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    08-20-2016, 07:22 PM
    You don't actually disagree with me. This is just semantics. Terminology. A product of the fact that all three of the words in question have many (many!) current and perfectly legitimate definitions extant and in-the-wild. In other words: You're right, Pete! Just cross out that first word ("Nope"), which was the only part of your post which expressed any disagreement with me, and we are in total agreement. Euphemia and Mister X, you guys don't actually disagree with each other either (you've run into the same linguistical ambiguity), at least not necessarily.
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    08-19-2016, 03:41 PM
    Well right, absolutely. Every choice of every individual either augments the trend or curtails it. The "collective" society is nothing but lots of individuals. None of us are slaves to biology. None of us are helpless before some "fate". We always have the option before us to buck the trend, and to fight evil, Cato the Younger-style. I choose to fight.
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