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    Yesterday, 12:42 PM
    I am not aware of any country that produces goods that has slave labor as a major source of production. I am basically for unrestricted immigration but I don't see how it makes tariffs okay. I don't understand why I have to go to Mexico myself to avoid a tariff. And what cartels are you talking about? You mean stores? If I want to go to Wal-Mart, I don't go to Bentonville, Arkansas. Flying to Mexico to buy avocados doesn't make sense. It would be very inefficient. And I already pay a markup. The store makes money for providing the service of having what I want in stock. If you want to argue for tariffs as a way to revenue, a national sales tax or VAT are more efficient, but it is a not ridiculous argument. But if your argument is something about American jobs or low wages in Bangladesh, I have no sympathy for that kind of economic illiteracy. There is no case to be made for that. Zero serious economists from across the political spectrum support protectionist tariffs. It is literally the most agreed on issue among economists (tied with rent control). Here is the list, together with the percentage of economists who agree:
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    11-30-2020, 03:52 PM
    Tariffs are a consumption tax on US citizens. Only at Trump University are tariffs thought to be paid by outsiders.
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    11-28-2020, 06:33 PM
    I think Tyson should kill him but Jones has been angling for fights for a while and has probably trained a lot harder than Tyson. He knows Tyson could do serious damage if he brings the crazy so I think Jones will be much better prepared. Tyson seems a lot more mellow.and probably is going to hold back on some level. My guess is it goes to decision and Jones could win.
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    11-28-2020, 12:43 PM
    Your first sentence has no meaning. Just a word salad of crazy. The price of eggs is set by supply and demand. Not a secret international banking consortium. Works quite well. Things that don't work well- price controls. Gas lines under Jimmy Carter. Shortages of everything in Venezuela.
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    11-28-2020, 10:13 AM
    Well.. You did. You said markets shouldn't determine prices. Just read the bolded part of your quote. That is literally the most important and fundamental aspect of free enterprise. There is no free enterprise without prices being able to adjust to supply and demand. Laissez faire capitalism like in the 1800s United States (which you disparaged in thread as creating oligarchs) and free enterprise are the same.
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    11-27-2020, 04:58 PM
    Sorry. Never heard of her. Does she babble about usury and the evils of free enterprise like you?
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    11-27-2020, 02:32 PM
    See. He's very smart. He's about to read something by some no name mediocrity about how progress is corrupting. He's saying he isn't some simpleton troglodyte like you who believes in vulgar capitalism and all the tyranny the capitalists inflict by siphoning off surplus value from wage slaves. Smart people believe the answer to all ills is printing money and when inflation sets in using price controls. Literally the prescription galaxy brains like Hugo Chavez, Salvador Allende and in Zimbabwe.
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    11-26-2020, 09:08 AM
    The judges should have this sound effect ready for these arguments in court.
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    11-25-2020, 03:25 PM
    This is the argument for vote fraud as far as I could tell. Something about Hugo Chavez. China. Dominion voting machines. Some Youtube video finding a dead person who voted (it was his still living wife). Some Youtube video about how it is easy to hack a voting machine. None of those are evidence of anything. Reminds me of the OJ trial where they concocted some theory about Columbian drugs dealers with absolutely nothing to back it up. Yet people believed it because they wanted to believe. It takes a willful blindness and ignorance to angrily discard the likely scenario based on evidence- Trump is just being his grifter showman self, which by the way was expected if lost- in favor believing some theory pulled out of the ether with absolutely nothing to corroborate it other than it theoretically could be true in the same way we could all be living in the Matrix right now true.
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    11-24-2020, 08:52 PM
    I almost posted that in my first post in the thread. Those Bartolo Colon Youtube highlights are great.
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    11-23-2020, 06:24 PM
    I see Robert Murphy decided to trade in all credibility as an economist to make a few bucks selling whole life insurance. Really disappointing.
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    11-22-2020, 05:24 PM
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    11-22-2020, 12:39 PM
    Incentives matter. People have an incentive whistle blow in massive conspiracies and journalists have an incentive to uncover facts. That's why conspiracies are not a secret for long if they actually existed. The problem is conspiracy theorists (like you) are basically socialists who doesn't believe in basic economics and who don't believe markets work. I would no more consider Paul Craig Roberts' view than I would a flat Earther or Holocaust denier's view. He has long ago stopped being even a remotely serious person.
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    11-22-2020, 12:28 PM
    I could not think of a worse use of resources. I am not sure who I should believe. USA Today and The Wall Street Journal or the guy citing crackpot Paul Craig Roberts. Hard choice. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/07/trump-email-fundraising-would-pay-campaign-debt-fine-print-says/6202250002/
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    11-22-2020, 10:31 AM
    There's nothing there. This is probably some combination of Trump being a TV showman because he is likely going to be involved in rebranding Newsmax; muddying the waters for if he gets prosecuted after he leaves office because he can point to the election that was "stolen" from him and rouse sympathy; a way to raise money because his campaign is a zillion dollars in debt. The fundraising emails for his recount have a disclaimer saying at least 50% of every donation goes to pay off campaign debt. I understand people want to believe. I wish Trump won. But he didn't win. He wasn't even that close. If there were an actual conspiracy theory if would have to involve hundreds if not thousands of people from different states. Conspiracies that big can't exist. Someone would have proof and say something. There is no proof with this.
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    11-21-2020, 11:06 PM
    All I know is Cade McNamara is an NFL quarterback playing on a JUCO team. Michigan would literally have been shutout by Rutgers had this guy not come in off the bench.
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    11-21-2020, 02:00 PM
    I am right handed. I play golf right handed. I throw right. I am right handed in everything-- except batting in baseball. I bat left because my dad started me left handed for those reasons in t-ball.
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    11-21-2020, 10:07 AM
    I think they all add to the game but they aren't used as much because of sabermetrics. You basically need to steal second over 75% of the time for it to start showing positive value. So a guy like Rickey Henderson should always steal but most guys don't make it 75% of the time. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/breaking-down-stolen-base-break-even-points/ A more general article. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/sabermetrics-is-killing-bad-dugout-decisions/ "n the other side of the ball, “sac bunting is bad” had been a sabermetric maxim for decades before “Moneyball” made it mainstream. Even now, Oakland’s bunt total brings up the rear, but more clubs are keeping the A’s company." Hit and run might be a good play. There doesn't seem to be much of a consensus on it.
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    11-20-2020, 10:26 AM
    Massive difference in tax policy between Republicans and Democrats. The direction tax policy takes will materially impact the trajectory of a person's life and could make millions of dollars of difference in the average person's wealth accumulated over a lifetime.
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    11-20-2020, 09:47 AM
    Don't feed the troll- or in his case, the prole.
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    11-19-2020, 07:21 AM
    Billionaires wouldn't be. They have free speech rights like everyone else. The reality is billionaires have very little power in politics. Bloomberg and Tom Steyer got nowhere. Dems spent a fortune is a number of Senate races and lost. The dollar amounts spent on politics is actually pretty inconsequential. And there is only a small correlation between fundraising and winning political campaigns once you get over a minimal threshold. The bigger problem is politicians bribing voters with free stuff. Free college, free health care, reparations, not cutting social security and medicare when they need are all ways politicians bribe people for votes. That should limited.
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    11-16-2020, 03:49 PM
    The problem is stealing bases is a losing proposition for all but the best base stealers. Hit and run is usually a bad play or not much advantage gained. And bunting is basically never correct under any cirumcumstance outside of when you have an exceptionally poor hitting pitcher batting and two people on base.
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    11-15-2020, 04:25 PM
    So truckers are acting like Black Lives Matter? I don't care what their cause is. Domestic terrorism is never okay. If they block traffic, they should be shot.
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    11-15-2020, 09:07 AM
    Since when did the modern liberal believe in individual rights? Leftists today view people in collectives and the greater good is their highest aim. I have yet to come across even one person in the public sphere on the left who I would consider an adequate defender of individual rights. I can name dozens on the right off the top of my head from people on the right. Since when did modern liberals believe in freedom of speech or religion? A majority of polls show they want hate speech laws, they tend to oppose private schools getting voucher money on religious grounds, they push for campaign finance laws and anti-discrimination laws, they want to ban prayer in schools. And since when do libertarians believe that the government shouldn't determine what happens to criminals? That's one of the major legitimate roles of government in a libertarian society.
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    11-13-2020, 05:01 AM
    Watched this a few months back. Says he is glad itlibertarianism is never implemented because it is crazy and unworkable (not just with the virus) but he still says he holds those ideals even though they don't work and hopes they don't get tried. Not sure at what point in the video it happens but it's there. . He's long been my least favorite living libertarian because of how condescending he is. He speaks in a tone of tolerance and caring while shitting on people. Here he is saying Bernie Sanders is preferable to Rand, though I guess he backtracked https://reason.com/2015/10/13/penn-jillette-bernie-sanders-is-the-one/ https://www.cnn.com/2015/10/13/politics/penn-jillette-bernie-sanders-libertarian/index.html "This is all stuff a libertarian probably shouldn't say, but 'socialist' isn't a dirty word. It's a different way of looking at how the government works." Not even sure what his position is here but I guess he thinks bakers should be forced make penis cakes. https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2015/04/02/ctn-sot-indiana-religious-freedom-law.cnn/video/playlists/indianas-religious-freedom-law/
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    11-12-2020, 12:31 PM
    I see absolutely nothing negative against Pfizer in this article. The last thing you bolded was related to Moderna.
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