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    12-01-2021, 02:30 PM
    A developer of a cryptocurrency with the name "JRR Token" and the slogan "The One Token That Rules Them All" has been found to have infringed the intellectual property rights of the Tolkien estate. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/j-r-r-tolkien-estate-to-jrr-token-cryptocurrency-you-shall-not-pass-11637698518
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    12-01-2021, 11:08 AM
    I find it surprising that anyone here would admire getting money from the government by fraud. Would you admire a welfare queen whose scams get her enough money to buy a Cadillac?
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    12-01-2021, 10:46 AM
    Bullshit. It's voluntary only in the sense that it relies in the first instance on people truthfully reporting their income instead of having the government making an assessment and sending a bill. It has never been sold as if there was no legal requirement to pay taxes. To the contrary, "it cannot fairly be said that taxpayers are "volunteers" when they file their tax returns. The Government compels the filing of a return much as it compels, for example, the appearance of a "witness" before a grand jury." Garner v. U.S., 424 U.S. 648, 652 (1976). The only people who think it's voluntary are ignorant tax protesters* (a redundant term) who've swallowed crackpot anti-tax theories like so much Jim Jones kool aid. *Excluding those who refuse to pay taxes on moral grounds, unlike the folks who think that the law as written doesn't require them to do so.
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    12-01-2021, 08:30 AM
    I expected a response like this. First of all, there's no fraud in taxation. The law is out there for everyone to see plain as day; there's no deception. You may think it's theft, but fraud it ain't. Second, if you're suggesting that the guy is just getting his tax money back, that won't fly. It's doubtful he ever paid $1.6 million in federal taxes, and he's really getting back taxes paid by a lot of other people, not to mention corporations, estates, trusts, and every business that paid other excise taxes. But instead of giving the money to charity (since it'd be impossible to figure out how to distribute it to the other taxpayers) he spends it on himself. It's like a Robin Hood who steals tax money from the King and spends it on himself instread of giving it to the poor. Third, any admiration for this guy would be based on the notion that the end justifies the means, hardly a good moral precept. But hey, have at it. Just don't ever criticize anyone for welfare fraud, Medicare fraud, government contract fraud, or any other scheme to get money from the government by fraud.
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    11-30-2021, 08:05 PM
    It's hard to see anything admirable about obtaining money by fraud.
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    11-24-2021, 02:08 PM
    So Jones is supposed to assume the QAnon claims are true, but Sandy Hook was a hoax?
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    11-19-2021, 05:11 PM
    Precisely, because if the sample under consideration was too small one couldn't infer the conclusion the OP did.
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    11-19-2021, 08:14 AM
    I don't think so. If the elderly were the cause of the effect the more accurate claim would have been "Elderly vaccinated people are 9 times more likely to be hospitalized than the unvaccinated."
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    11-18-2021, 11:16 AM
    Kirsch's claim that "the only way you can get those numbers is if vaccinated people are 9 times more likely to be hospitalized than unvaccinated. It is mathematically impossible to get to those numbers any other way. Period. Full stop." is absolute bullshit. In fact, Kirsch retreats from this claim later on in his article. We aren't told the time period during which 90% of hospitalized patients consisted of vaccinated people, nor are we given the details of the reasons for hospital admission (at least Kirsch is honest enough to admit that not all admissions were COVID-related). It's not hard to imagine scenarios in which the data were from a short time period during which most admissions were due to causes having nothing to do with whether someone received the vaccine. Another explanation is found in Kirsch's own article: "However, it’s important we don’t leap to quick conclusions. A good part of this effect could be due to a greater portion of vaccinated people among the elderly." So he goes from the dogmatic claim that "the only way you can get those numbers is if vaccinated people are 9 times more likely to be hospitalized than unvaccinated" to a more plausible explanation. As I've said before, the relevant question isn't whether vaccinated people test positive for COVID (they do, because no vaccine is 100% effective) or whether vaccinated people get hospitalized for or die from COVID (same reason). The question is: does the vaccine reduce the chances of getting seriously ill with or dying from COVID? The important data would then be the relative percentages of COVID-related serious illness or death among the unvaccinated vs. the vaccinated. EDIT: The last sentence should read "The important data would then be the relative percentages of vaccinated and unvaccinated among those with COVID-related serious illness or death."
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    11-18-2021, 08:06 AM
    One of my favorite Franklin quotes is from a letter he wrote to Ezra Stiles (then the president of Yale College), who had inquired abiout Franklin's reigious views. The letter was written on March 9, 1790, five weeks before his death. "As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think his system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is like to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some doubts as to his Divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble. I see no harm, however, in its being believed, if that belief has the good consequence, as probably it has, of making his doctrines more respected and more observed; especially as I do not perceive that the Supreme takes it amiss, by distinguishing the unbelievers in his government of the world with any peculiar marks of his displeasure."
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    11-15-2021, 12:22 PM
    Jones shoots the bird to another judge, with the same result.
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    11-14-2021, 05:00 PM
    Mike Flynn says the U.S. needs one religion. Bet he wants to be its Imam. "If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God.” https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/u-s-needs-one-religion-under-god-ex-trump-advisor-flynn-tells-far-right-rally-1.10383235 No, taking a bath in borax won't undo your COVID vaccination, not even if The Old Ranger* prepares the bath. "Medical experts are speaking out against Covid-19 vaccine “detoxes” that some inaccurately claim can remove the effects of vaccinations received under mandates and other public health rulings. In one TikTok video that has received hundreds of thousands of views, Carrie Madej, an osteopath based in Georgia, falsely claims a bath containing baking soda, epsom salts and the cleaning agent borax will “detox the vaxx” from anyone who has received a jab.
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    11-12-2021, 08:35 AM
    You must've slept through the entire Watergate scandal. Any time there's abuse of power by government officials freedom is at risk.
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We have long had death and taxes as the two standards of inevitability. But there are those who believe that death is the preferable of the two. "At least," as one man said, "there's one advantage about death; it doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."
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