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    Today, 08:53 PM
    I'm not saying technically to make them full Citizens, but with that many yeah there could be voter shenanigans. Also, I'm not sure all Mexicans are Leftists. I think many could be Social Conservatives. Again though, for some reason I just think out would be amusing to suck out their population and let Mexico as a nation shrivel up and waste away. Perhaps to be later rebuilt after the Drug Dealers kill eachother off.
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    Today, 08:47 PM
    Not being serious here, but sometimes I wonder what would happen if we set aside space and just took in all of them. Just put up a big sign that says "All Mexicans Welcome". Just come in and get passed through the gate after some vetting for criminals or drug dealers, but basically take all their decent citizens. There wouldn't be a need for them to send earned money back home either because their family would all be here. If we cut the crap in the Middle East, could we afford to soak up the best of Mexico's population leaving the rest of that country to the Drug Cartels and organized crime basically accelerating things until the place crumbles around this new President? Take them all in and turn Mexico inside out. Maybe even encourage all the displaced Syrians to move to Mexico. Again, not a serious policy proposal, just an amusing thought. It would be like killing them with kindness.
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    Today, 07:15 PM
    I dunno. that Subway is bad, but maybe to basic? I mean they specialize in being a place where you pick basic ingredients from bread, meat, cheese, veggies, and sauce. Maybe they're just mediocre and losing out to other sandwich places like Firehouse or Jimmy Johns? The Jared Fogel thing was certainly a terrible P.R. blow. I also wonder if people really prefer a fixed menu over going to Subway and going over all the individual ingredients. I think other shops offering things like Panini or Roasted Peppers or Tomatoes have better flavor.
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    Today, 06:39 PM
    Okay well people are wishing for an EMP bomb to knock us all out. That's mostly what I was responding to and I think that was AuH20. I'm not sure what your situation is other than being in a more rural community, but I guess you stock up or can adapt to managing with no outside supplies if the lights went out permanently and trucks stop bringing goods to stores? That's cool, self sufficiency is a great thing or being prepared for emergencies. As for me, I've mostly been around small towns and I've seen some rural life. There were Amish near where I used to live so I've seen a little glimpse of the life with no modern technology, though they curiously don't have an issue getting a ride from someone with a car.
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    Today, 06:21 PM
    I was wondering if these babies growing up in Russia or where ever are functionally Expatriats. My understanding is that if I were to move to another country, I would still have to pay my Taxes as America is one of the few countries that does that to citizens living abroad. I think we could consider leaving the Birth Right Citizenship, but these moms and their kids have to face the reality of the IRS just like good American citizens that they are. When some Russian kid gets their first job at McDonalds in Moscow, a chunk of their money should be owed for Income Tax. If it's not paid then, it should be owed and paid at whatever time they enter America as an adult. I know this forum is against all Taxation, but for now that is the situation we all live under and I think it should apply to these brand new Americans being born in Miami.
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    Today, 05:50 PM
    It does seem like a nationally embarrassing stance to have. Nudging the Mexican people to pursue a direction like this could backfire horribly. Will they be exploited by smugglers or will more semi-truck trailers full of dead Mexicans turn up? Even if they make it here they'll probably get crap wages or regularly threatened by employers to work or be turned in for deportation.
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    Today, 04:59 PM
    Could you survive? Or is there a view that modern people are to soft and need to perish? Okay so this is another side to being Tethered from the dependence point of view that seems to really bother some people. One of my criticisms of technology has been Television which has had a mostly negative effect before we even got into computers like today. I feel like we're in a constant process of growing and developing Newer forms of media and we need to discard Television. So no, not all technology is grand. Maybe Television had it's day, but it should really go away. I don't like Facebook either, but I have liked regular Email that felt more like real correspondence between people. I do hope Books stay though and even they're a product of technology and the printing press. I also think modern Kindle E-Readers are a great tool. Before this we didn't even have literacy, so I'm not sure where that puts our ancestors in terms of a mostly oral education.
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    Today, 04:42 PM
    Oops. Double Post.
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    Today, 03:44 PM
    Okay under some circumstances, something like On-Star in a car could be abused. There may also be cases where eager people try to find evidence before they have a warrant, so they try to snoop through Social Media. Another concern is any kind of Datamining or letting AIs hunt for suspicious activity or put phone or network traffic through a filter to listen for key words. I don't know how much car gadgets come into play with that, but more for filtering email and phone calls. Are the words I'm typing here being intercepted and searched for keywords? If so, how much should I care? I have mixed feelings about it because what I post to this forum is Public. However what I say on the phone or send in Email is my business. That could be evidence to be collected, but only after a Warrant. So yeah, Information Technology can be weird and have it's issues, but my feeling is it's not worth rolling back a few hundred years.
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    Today, 02:20 PM
    I wasn't sure what you were getting at saying people are Tethered or affecting Freedom. Is it just the dependence on technology that bothers some people? Or maybe the on-board computers that run GPS or other Apps including Bluetooth that can then tether the car to the phone? Do people rely to much on convenient gadgets or using so technology creates a vulnerability for hacking so it's a Privacy concern? How people include technology in their lives can have issues and it's always developing. I'm just not sure any issues are worth hoping for an EMP to knock everything out.
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    Today, 01:43 PM
    I still like going to the movies and usually go to a Matinee showing and usually manage to avoid peak show time so it's not crowded. I still haven't seen Deadpool 2 or Solo, but might check them out.
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    Today, 02:56 AM
    I guess I'm wondering if parts of the system can be reformed instead of tossing everything and starting over. I think our system is okay, it's just that certain ultra wealthy people or companies are able to buy influence over it. The absurdity is mostly so that the candidates can buy the most Commercial Air Time. Stuff like this is why I think ending the old Television based media will be good. They've also let the debates turn into an awful spectacle.... again thanks to ratings. It would be nice if this was completely replaced by a free format with no commercials and more open access to candidates. Basically, getting the old media out might reduce the need for all this campaign money in return for selling political influence. If more regular people can have influence it would feel more like a Representative Government again. I won't say that means all taxes just go away, but average people having more say in what goes on would be more like Taxation With Representation. I think this is still a decent nation and system of government, but it has clearly been hijacked by powerful wealthy interests. The politicians seem to have to decide whether to take that money or refuse it and lose to the opponent who outspent them. I would rather see a reform solve this than hope for everything to fall apart.
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    Tethered? By having an account or email address? Could a person also be considered Tethered by ownership of their house or car? Or their job?
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Be patient as Tech evolves. I think the presence of GNU/Linux and the Free Open Source Software movement helps. I also think Television Media will eventually die and be replaced by on-demand streaming content including news. The old commercial driven 24 Hour News cycle constantly trying to hold attention for ratings is a disaster. I hope Radio news dies as well to be replaced by something like subscriber premium podcasts. I'm also holding out and hoping Facebook's dominance is vulnerable. If we keep advancing, I wonder if highly advanced portable fabrication Tech could lead to so much self sufficiency, people would be more free.
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I see technology as empowering people, which I suppose can be good or bad or merely squandered. As for aggression, it sounds like some people here are want to see the system collapse and then pick up the pieces in a harsher survival of the fittest world of some kind. Maybe some see Taxation as Theft or aggression, but I don't see throwing away what we have now to solve that as a good trade off.
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    As smarter foreign policy and modern leaner military. I sometimes we're always arming ourselves like we're still in the Cold War. Otherwise, maybe there is potential for drone tech having a role in transporting goods so less road damage. Or do the opposite of that Foxconn nonsense coming to Wisconsin. These colossal businesses should be paying taxes, not getting huge breaks. Thats not smaller government exactly, but rebalancing the tax burden.
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    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    I've worked 70 hour weeks most of last year truck driving out on the road. I managed to get a local job now, but I still think truck driving sucks.
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    Yesterday, 03:39 PM
    I'm for what we've achieved even with our flaws. I don't follow the ideas mentioned here that we need to destroy America so it can be rebuilt. I'm also not sure what the appeal is for the embrace of Dog-eat-dog survival of the fittest. I think we have to much of that and its what leads to things like ENRON. Not trying to push for a central architect of society, but questioning the appeal of that kind of cut throat culture or why people want a more primitive lifestyle or dislike modernity so much.
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    Yesterday, 02:26 PM
    I might be one of those people since I don't see the need to toss out modern society. Or maybe I'm no longer sure what you're seeking to achieve or desire to be. I mean maybe people could just trade places with these immigrants and go live in failing nations?
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    Yesterday, 01:46 PM
    I'm not sure if Liberty is necessarily in conflict with Civilization and Technology and we should hope to toss away all this human advancement to see if people forced to adapt become Sovereign Citizens or something. As for introducing Scarcity and Fear under dire circumstances, I think we'd find out how the Canadians handle a flood of hungry Americans looking for work and opportunity in a modern society instead of finding rugged individualism in the left over husk of a fallen country.
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    So do we really want to aspire to be a brutal dog-eat-dog Natural Selection world? I think the Left wants to move beyond that and maybe it could be thought of as Artificial Selection. We've long been operating under a Darwinian Natural Selection model, but maybe they think it doesn't have to remain that way or we can do better. Maybe that's naive though and Humans are not capable of that moving beyond such cut throat behavior or just looking to screw each other over.
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    Yesterday, 11:46 AM
    I wonder if IMAX influences Hollywood favoring Spectacle? Consider Zippy's chart showing a decline in attendance, but somewhere in the mix is massive Blockbuster event movies that attempt to drive people to IMAX Cinemas where tickets are more expensive and I don't even know how much more costly concessions are there. IMAX is not really a venue for comedy so maybe that is why it's moving to Netflix.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 AM
    So... basically the main reason to hold their kids is kind as collateral so the parents won't run off? How about we just say they all have to be chipped when they come in so they can all be precisely tracked? Then if for any reason they wander if they can easily be found?
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    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    But we're still getting the Blockbusters and the MARVEL machine keeps churning out Avengers flicks. Also even aside from Deadpool, I expect some good humor from Ant-Man and The Wasp coming soon. It's apparently the Non-Spectacle comedy that's dried up for some reason.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    Maybe MARVEL is really stealing the show. However, there is no mention here of Sausage Party. That is not my kind of movie and I never saw it, but my understanding is it was very successful. The article mentions people moving to TV and afterward Seth Rogen put together PREACHER for AMC. Also while trying to feel out the success of Superheroes, Amazon dusted off The TICK for another online TV series. For what it's worth, The Happy Time Murders is coming out late Summer, though I think it looks fucking stupid.
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    06-21-2018, 06:01 PM
    Did he do any writing or blogging on psychiatry? Seems like a more interesting subject thanthe politics.
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    06-21-2018, 12:48 PM
    No I don't. I was trying to be rhetorical and didn't come across well I guess. There are issues with the border, but I'd like to think we can improve things without shooting down families.
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    06-21-2018, 01:24 AM
    What if a person actually pays for an image from a Stock Photo company it gets censored by this automated process?
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