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    Today, 01:32 PM
    Did nobody else get a battery of tests for a guidance counselor to review and tell you what you'd be good at? I know guidance counselors have been fucking with kids before me, because my chiropractor relates that (at least 20 years before I was in school) he was told he'd never amount to anything and not to bother with college. I'm fine with you disagreeing. But your "sane metrics" were all conceived and implemented by the state. When the founders decided to start this whole experiment, it never occurred to anyone to keep tabs on who can read and how well. I judge a person's education by how well he can take available facts and use them to solve problems. No actual problem in the history of anything has ever been solved by administering a standardized test.
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    Today, 08:20 AM
    What, they're not going to claim it was terrorism?
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    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    Well my "education" is nonexistent by traditional measures. I have enough credits almost for a master's but scattered over three different topics so it amounts to bupkiss. Whether this opinion correct or not, I do not consider education to be something possible to give. One takes an education when the opportunity arises, or one does not. What I see today which I did not see as a teenager, is that there is actual synthesis going on. People making efforts to connect the dots. People given the opportunity to take. I was compelled to start considering careers at the traditionally appointed time, at age 16, in 1990. I was given the standard battery of tests and given a career with which I could best serve society. Engineer was not the main choice. Engineer was not even second choice. There's a joke I've heard... a mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are put into separate prison cells with enough water and cans of food to last for 30 days, but are not given a can opener. 30 days later, the mathematician has used the cans as an abacus to figure out Pi to 1000 places, but is dead from starvation.
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    Yesterday, 02:26 PM
    Education in general is much better than it ever has been, and it runs an incredibly large gamut. Let's look at what is probably relevant: were people even capable, 30 or 40 years ago, of having half-intelligent conversations about whether vaccines were a good idea? How likely was it to find someone who was philosophically against the notion of the constabulary? How many people bothered asking any questions about the Waco siege? For those who bothered asking, how many got valid data? It used to be that if you wanted hard information on any of a variety of libertarian topics, you had to read actual hardback books written by authors the world in general considered cranks. Now this information is pushed in your face on social media. Hell, it even goes to hobbies. Wasn't that long ago if you wanted to learn woodworking, TV gave you two options: St Roy with his electricity-doesn't-exist approach, and Norm, and after watching a couple of his old shows, it's a major miracle the man has all his fingers. Go check out what YouTube has to offer on the subject, if you haven't already.
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    09-27-2016, 02:32 PM
    My wife and 9yo daughter made a pact that they are going to go as long as they possibly can without finding out who the new president is. I think I'll join them.
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    09-26-2016, 07:10 PM
    Men who have reached a quarter century ARE supposed to have had sex. They're also supposed to be married and have sired three children already.
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    09-26-2016, 03:19 PM
    Talk about being overly optimistic... Ron Paul's very own seed can't even do it.
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    09-26-2016, 10:19 AM
    So I'm not totally grokking this part. Are you implying that refusing to offer goods or services to homosexuals is discrimination and is indistinct from discrimination against other groups? In other words, that they should be able to recognize that the only philosophically consistent way to handle government interference in discrimination is to include gays along with blacks and Christians? If so, then my response is that the people I talk to this aren't on the discrimination wavelength at all. No matter what the state does, there is a gun backing it up. A gun which is ready to end lives. Social conservatives aren't into discriminating against people. What is going on is, they're having a negative reaction to being the people the gun is currently pointed at.
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    09-25-2016, 07:54 PM
    I think it was implied that they vote R only because that was the best match for their values... just like... you know... something like 90 % of everyone who votes. And that they are showing interest in Johnson because it's clear that the two options they've been given are not aligning with their values. So I am taking the opportunity to point out that the LP is decidedly not matching their values, either. And I am further taking the opportunity to point out that if the LP hadn't forsaken its OWN values, then people would be looking more seriously at their candidate.
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    09-25-2016, 07:05 PM
    I haven't had a single face to face conversation with anyone who actually knows what Johnson's positions are. I've had a few people ask me, figuring I would know. All of them were conservative Republicans. Each time I have said: he is on record as in favor of forcing bakeries to bake gay wedding cakes, and he is on record as against laws that would allow priests to refuse to marry gays. Thus forever ends their interest in either Johnson OR THE LP.
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    09-23-2016, 08:53 PM
    Well he recovered nicely from getting shot, didn't he? These laws have probably been on the books for decades, and are only getting into rotation as prosecutions because they are what boobus currently considers scary and therefore beyond question. If it wasn't terrorism, it would be some other bullshit already on the books that they'd stick on him.
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    09-23-2016, 08:30 AM
    I had some luck getting through to people about CPS, two years ago when we were dealing with getting investigated for our 7 year old daughter walking down the street by herself. I was of course agitated about the whole process, and of course the true believers would try to assure me by saying, "Relax, you're a good parent and nothing is going to happen". I replied with this: There's a flowchart controlling this encounter with CPS. On that flowchart is the "Take the children" action. Every decision before that action is going to be determined by this one person coming to visit and nobody else, and absolutely nothing after that action says "figure out whether that person made the right call and discipline him or her if it wasn't".
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    09-22-2016, 06:59 PM
    Such things were in Louis' time called guilds. The word "guild" encompasses every one of those ideas and they were absolutely sponsored by the crowns of the era. We don't have to answer why. We only have to point out that he did.
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    09-22-2016, 05:15 PM
    Lost on most people: The problem, even on a fucking libertarian website, is presented as being that the punishment the cop distributed was cruel and unnecessary. We are still decades away from anyone recognizing that the problem is that cops are meting out punishments at all.
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    09-22-2016, 05:10 PM
    You know fathers can do a stretch in the clink for pulling the old "I'll give you something to cry about" routine these days.
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    09-22-2016, 05:03 PM
    Democrats aren't democratic, and Republicans aren't republican. Even the Constitution party isn't constitutionalist. I thought that was the point of having a party - to have an excuse to stop being the thing your name says.
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    09-21-2016, 08:59 PM
    KRS One has been rapping since 21 Savage was a bloodshot twinkle of an eye, and he's stated in interviews that you should never let them take your guns.
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    09-21-2016, 08:55 PM
    Where does BLM stand on Louima Abner? I mean he just had a broken mop shoved up his anus by a cop. He was black, but it wasn't a shooting, and he survived, so it's OK, right?
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    09-21-2016, 08:54 PM
    I can only assume that it would be OK with BLM if they stuck to beating them to death like Kelly Thomas, or tying them to chairs and pepper spraying them to death like Nick Christie, or melting their faces off with flashbang grenades like Baby Bou Bou. Or any of the other stuff that they do to non-blacks.
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    09-21-2016, 08:51 PM
    If a policeman said "good morning" to me I'd be looking for a window to see if the sun was even out.
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    09-21-2016, 02:19 PM
    Correction... generally the prosecutor will not decide if you need to be prosecuted. If you shoot someone, you can bet the whole farm that you're getting prosecuted. I wouldn't, though, because you're going to need to sell the farm to afford the legal fees to stay out of prison. There are two official reactions. Wearing a blue uniform means the reaction is to pretend like nothing happened, unless people with torches and pitchforks show up outside the precinct, at which point a grand jury will be convened and instructed not to bring charges. Not wearing a uniform means your life as you knew it is over, your savings are gone, you'll be taking charity from friends and family to feed your kids, and the only hope you have left is keeping your sphincter its current size.
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    09-21-2016, 11:44 AM
    They had five great candidates this year. The problem is, they nominated the one turd in the bunch.
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    09-21-2016, 11:39 AM
    Guys, if they didn't make it a racial issue, it wouldn't have made the news at all.
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    09-21-2016, 11:36 AM
    Yes. I want him fired. Out of a cannon. Into a brick wall.
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    09-21-2016, 09:11 AM
    Just more evidence that when it comes to police, people believe what they are supposed to believe, and not what should be mind-numbingly obvious.
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