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    Today, 01:56 PM
    Oh, and guys like me also need to know how neighbors would feel about there being audible tool noises at 1 AM.
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    Today, 01:53 PM
    First, the single most important thing for places like this is to list the internet situation. Plenty of people like me out there, who can make a go of it provided there is a rock-solid, high bandwidth connection. Otherwise, it's a glorified hunting cabin but without the hunting. Second, yeah 500 a month for taxes shows me that the Free Grafton Project (and the FSP in general) isn't really in high gear yet. I get that the point is when I get there that's two more adults in the balance and three kids that will be there soon enough. But at 500 a month they're going to get over $100,000 out of me before all five of us are voting. Considering that everyone who has dissed the house is probably right, and considering I know all too well what it takes to get a house a mere 50 years old up to specs, that 500 a month is the whole difference between having a really nice house in two years, and having half of a really nice house in 15 years. What is NH's position on property taxes? How long do they have before they're gone?
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    Yesterday, 02:39 PM
    No kidding. I'm one of at least four people who have spent years trying to get anti-immigrant types to make some sense out of their position, and all we ever get is eyerolls.
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    02-24-2017, 10:56 PM
    Why won't you stop contradicting yourself, and answer my question from the other thread? You have to pick one: 1) Rights are not inherent to humanity, 2) There is no right to reside in the US at all, or 3) Only US citizens are humans. 4) There are different categories of rights, some of which are God-given, and some of which are granted by the state. Since you want there to be fewer people in the US, I suggest you go with #3. Besides being the most logically consistent with your stated views so far, it allows for mass extermination of immigrants, since they're not people. So you get fewer people in the economy.
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    02-24-2017, 05:23 PM
    Why do you speak as if we have them, then? Nobody's standing up for rights in the US, yet you use words like 'violated' and 'effectively stripped'. Obviously you believe we have these rights irrespective of whether they are defended. I understand what you are saying, but the point of even discussing this is to try to get to an understanding that governance without initiating force is possible. When you say "defend", I'm not hearing "defend", I'm hearing "gain control of the state and force everyone to agree". Do you mean it that way?
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    02-24-2017, 05:17 PM
    And I would add that statelessness advocates generally admit that a stateless system may trample on preferences of individuals. May. That's another way I would define a state: an arrangement where preferences are treated with more importance than rights. Where something vital is sacrificed for something which only promises to be only noble.
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    02-24-2017, 09:15 AM
    The mod disagrees with you. :rolleyes:
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    02-24-2017, 08:00 AM
    We're not so far off, you know. I can get behind this provided there are three stipulations. First, that the "state" doesn't coincide with a geographic boundary - there is no monopoly based on land mass. Second, that the "state" doesn't mandate a law monopoly. That there be choices in how to resolve differences between individuals. Third, that the "state" is never the injured party in these dispute resolutions. I just take that to its logical conclusion: that the above stipulations are the polar opposite of what defines a state.
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    02-23-2017, 09:21 PM
    Accurate analogy: You're on a desert island with a turd and a rancid, moldy hamburger. The ancap says, "Hey just over that hill is a whole herd of deer and if you help me, we can work this to our mutual advantage." The minarchist screeches austistically that a herd of deer has never existed in real life and the only reason why one wouldn't eat the moldy hamburger is because you want to starve.
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    02-23-2017, 08:48 PM
    As SM already pointed out, it's more than the ideal. You might as well be saying "Ten parts per million is the ideal amount of shit I want in my water".
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    02-23-2017, 08:45 PM
    What is your proposed alternative? Constitutional republic? Like exactly what we have now? Monarchy? Like exactly what the founders rebelled against? What doesn't make any sense is calling out anarchocapitalists for proposing an actual alternative. Any minarchy that minarchists want to implement is just going to metastasize into exactly what we have right now. So yes, what we have right now is minarchy. At least anarchists recognize a rigged game when they see it.
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    02-23-2017, 08:02 PM
    The anarcho-capitalist argument against minarchism is that what we live under right now is minarchism. Minarchists regularly accuse us of believing in unicorns, and then turn right around and ignore the fact that minarchism has always been something orders of magnitude bigger than what they envision. Physician, heal thyself.
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    02-23-2017, 03:15 PM
    I'm not going around in circles. I'm trying to pin you to your stated belief. You are the one going in circles. You've said two completely contradictory things now. First, I gave you this option: to which you replied Then you wrote
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    02-23-2017, 01:13 PM
    Ok so before I lay into you, let me get a clarification. You've said two different things. First, you said that there is no right to reside in the US. Second, you said some completely unrelated stuff about positive vs. negative rights. Please clarify that for me: you have stated that nobody, not even natural-born US citizens, have a right to reside in the US. Did I get that correct?
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    02-23-2017, 12:00 PM
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globster They're usually decomposed remains of sperm whales.
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    02-23-2017, 11:51 AM
    The people who established this "government of the people" did not think to put control of immigration in the US Constitution. Moreover, all the immigration laws passed up until 1921 involved attempts to keep specific people out: Chinese, the mentally retarded, prostitutes, and so on. So there was no original intent to blanket keep people out, and the whole notion was born of racist bullshit. You are contradicting yourself. Rights always apply - and you said that everyone has God given rights, inherent to their humanity. If I, as a US citizen, have a right to be here, but non-citizens do not have this right, then we're not talking about rights. So you've just pigeonholed yourself into one of three positions. 1) Rights are not inherent to humanity,
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    02-22-2017, 01:18 PM
    You know, I think this is exactly what this mother needs. She needs people making fun of her dead daughter and questioning her parenting skills. No, I'm not kidding. I think if people who ran to the nanny state every time something goes wrong got viciously trolled, maybe they'd think twice about going public.
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    02-21-2017, 06:24 PM
    Well Milo said it was his decision only, and that he wished in resigning to protect the work done by other Breitbart contributors. However, I am from this other planet where I assume the things people write and say are indicators of what they want to communicate. I recognize virtually nobody else on Earth thinks that way, though.
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    02-21-2017, 05:27 PM
    The age of consent and what constitutes pedophilia are two completely distinct concepts. There are very few places where the age of consent is 14, but being sexually attracted to a 14 year old is objectively not pedophilia.
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    02-18-2017, 08:45 AM
    That is what our systen is for. None of this is going to change. Not until the legal system is smashed to pieces and built from the ground up, using almost none of the existing pieces. The overall goal of our current legal system is to push people around and make them do things they don't want to do. It's not to achieve justice. Justice doesn't even factor into their thinking. So yeah, good luck with courts. You would spend six months of your life just finding a lawyer willing to fight it out.
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    02-17-2017, 01:40 PM
    It kind of astonishes me that people refuse to recognize that the low voter turnout might be because all those non-voters got it in their heads that voting means you actually want one of the options being offered, and are actively declining to show their support for it.
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    02-16-2017, 11:15 PM
    LOL. I was going to mention Taboo. All I was going to say about it was, "Tom Hardy. Enough said." Also, the second season of Fortitude is airing now. It's a few episodes in. I'm not sure what to think about it yet. I'm getting a "Twin Peaks"-ish vibe (:() and Stanley Tucci is gone (:(:(), but they've added Dennis Quaid (:)), so I'm withholding my verdict pending further developments ...
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    02-16-2017, 10:06 PM
    But without thousands of laws to choose from, how would their prosecutors be able to make shit up to charge people they want to ruin? (This is literally what Ken Cuccinelli ran on here in VA....)
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    02-16-2017, 03:09 PM
    LOL My daughter asked me once several years ago, "Poppa, what are grades?" "Peanut, there are only two grades you ever need to worry about. Either you got paid, or you didnt." I also point out to children, whenever the opportunity arises, that there's no such thing as cheating. (Not including fraud nor infidelity, of course.)
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    02-15-2017, 07:35 AM
    A prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.
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    02-14-2017, 09:57 PM
    ....So nobody's going to swing at the assertion that baking it will kill everything in it, but completely incinerating it won't?
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    02-14-2017, 09:50 PM
    Oh yeah I gotta share one more - credit for this idea goes to my smithing buddy behind enemy lines in Maryland. He somehow scored like a dozen cast off portabands, scrounged parts between them, and gave me one of the working ones. He's the one who came up with the idea of making a big table, making it mountable in the leg vise, hose clamping the trigger, and wiring up a light switch on it. It's not going to be much use with wood but damn it's been handy so far! I've been doing an awful lot with a sawzall for the last 20 years, and I haven't touched the thing since the portaband showed up.
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    02-14-2017, 09:45 PM
    That reminds me, here's something I got done really recently that was one of the more successful things I've done with just crap lying around. Pegboard doors for the wire shelves in the basement. I have been doing so much woodworking recently I forgot how much I like metal. Here's one of the hinges I fabbed up for the doors.
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    02-13-2017, 10:32 PM
    There is a thread right now explaining how good we can all have it if we push for state level government instead of federal. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?507509-IN-Town-blocked-from-using-eminent-domain-uses-code-fines-to-run-off-homeowners
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