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    Yesterday, 06:14 PM
    Which is it? "We can't police these people." or "We must police these people." It can't be both.
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    Yesterday, 04:07 PM
    It sounds like you're saying that you belong to a group that you believe the rulers can look out over and say, "You can police these people," and you're happy with that. So are the rulers. There's a big difference between having law and order and policing people. But you and the author of the OP don't see the difference. You don't have to be an anarchist to want not to be policed.
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    Yesterday, 03:58 PM
    Thanks. The video in post 76 had an explanation that I think was basically the same as that. I still think it's weird. But it sounds like it's the way the law of that state does it.
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    Yesterday, 12:24 PM
    In certain circumstances it is. If I wanted to get to the article just so I could confirm what's already obvious about what amren is I could do that, but I'm really not that interested in bothering with it.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 AM
    As a side note, if you belong to some people group, and someone representing himself as one who speaks for another people group and who considers the interests of his group to be at odds with yours, said, "You can't police these people," about your group, wouldn't you consider that something to be proud of? I wonder if the author of the article in the OP thinks that white people are easily subjugated (i.e. policed), and considers that a selling point for our race.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    Welfare has been disproportionately destructive to blacks in America. Prior to the 60's they were on a trajectory over many decades of steady improvement in standards of living, education, and productivity. The great majority grew up in two-parent households. Since the 60s the government has been subsidizing nonproductivity and economic stagnancy for the poor, with the predictable result of getting more of what they subsidize. If the central managers got out of the way and let free people pursue their interests, most whites and blacks would find that they have more to gain than to lose by living at peace with and interacting directly with each other, and the general rule of human beings of all races to be productive and work for the improvement of their and their children's lives would obtain. Truthfully, I'd say it obtains as a general rule even in the status quo. But government intervention has obstructed it significantly.
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    Yesterday, 06:32 AM
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to acptulsa again."
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    Yesterday, 06:31 AM
    Sure you are.
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    Yesterday, 06:05 AM
    I'm not familiar with it, and when I clicked the link it was blocked by content filtering. I can guess why.
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    Yesterday, 06:04 AM
    To those who think like the OP: So separate yourselves already.
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    04-21-2021, 11:55 AM
    And those facts, exactly as you just described them, constitute a tax hike. To say otherwise is spin.
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    04-21-2021, 11:21 AM
    That's right. To be honest, I don't understand exactly what the significance of that language is as far as how the word "complicating" is used. But it seemed like, based on the way that cause of death was immediately responded to by people on both sides afterwards, was that everyone took it to mean that some other factor caused him to have cardiopulmonary arrest besides the subdual, restraint, and neck compression, and that those factors made it worse, but weren't the sole cause. The death certificate didn't say what specifically caused the cardiopulmonary arrest, but did give that as the cause of death and then list all those drugs in his system. That was the reason that the Floyd family got a second autopsy.
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    04-21-2021, 10:16 AM
    I doubt that many people make an Israeli connection. But outside of that point, by my observation, most are satisfied with the results of this case.
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    04-21-2021, 09:41 AM
    Didn't that come from the original death certificate based on an autopsy by a qualified medical examiner whom we have no reason to think had a secret agenda of making people not care because Floyd was a drug addict? I'm not saying that should be the last word on it. But it's not nothing.
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    04-21-2021, 09:30 AM
    That line of hers about reasonable doubt did strike me as morally repugnant and strange to be coming from a legal expert. The first thing I thought was that whatever background she had in practicing law must have been as a government prosecutor. So I checked, and yep, that's exactly what she was before becoming a professor and CNN analyst.
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    04-21-2021, 09:26 AM
    You may have seen something I haven't. But from what reporting I've read, while it is true that it's claimed that Ma'khia was living in a foster home, her foster parents are not identified, and Paula Bryant is identified as her mother, not her foster mother. If I understood correctly the article where I read this, it was someone else at that foster home that she was fighting with.
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    04-21-2021, 07:09 AM
    To all the Paulas of the world if you want to make a positive impact on the first impressions people who don't know your children will have about them by communicating positive things about your children to those strangers, this process of positive communication begins on day one when you choose a name for your child. Like it or not, that name will affect those first impressions immensely, even among people who might consciously resist allowing it to. For crying out loud, choose wisely.
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    04-21-2021, 07:00 AM
    It is really weird that you can utter this spin right here and charge me with spin all at the same time. They weren't paying them because they didn't have to. Now they have to. That's a tax hike. That element of being compelled to pay whether you agree to or not, is what makes taxes taxes. By your own explanation, we have two scenarios: 1. The status quo, wherein there is an amount of money that the state of Florida claims people who purchase things online are responsible to pay the state (money to which the state has no just claim), while leaving it up to the people to decide for themselves whether or not they agree with that claim, and thus to pay the amount if they agree and not to pay it if they don't. 2. The new law, which will result in the state of Florida collecting more money than it does in the status quo, because in addition to claiming that people are responsible to pay that money (again, money to which the state has no just claim), it will also compel them to pay it by making online sellers enforce this tax, by threats of consequences to those who refuse to comply which are ultimately backed up by deadly force.
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    04-21-2021, 06:52 AM
    Yes. That is the whole point of cameras at stop lights. The jurisdictions that use them succeed in stealing more money by their use than they otherwise could. If the point was merely to distribute fines more evenly among all those who violate traffic laws with a method that captures a very high percentage of them, rather than a much lower percentage, without resulting in more money being taken from the population, then that could be done by lowering the amount of fee per violation commensurately with the expected increase in the number of fees collected. But this is not what is done. Jurisdictions use stop light cameras because it results in more revenue for them. Also, stop light cameras do not only result in fees for people who do things that increase the risk of collisions. They result in fees for anyone who runs red lights, no matter how careful they are, no matter how empty of traffic the intersection is, and no matter what extenuating circumstances might justify running it. A human enforcer of traffic laws at least has the ability to consider such factors before deciding to write a ticket. A stop light camera is an unthinking machine that applies a one-size-fits-all rule to all cars that pass under it regardless of the differences between them. A person who at 2 am needs to get somewhere without delay, and who slowly approaches a red light, confirms that there are no other cars anywhere to be seen in all directions and then proceeds to drive through it as safely as if it were a green light, will receive a ticket in the mail a week later by a machine that knew nothing of safety, without ever having been given a chance to explain the extenuating circumstances before the ticket was issued, or even having been notified on the spot at the time of the violation that a ticket was issued so that they could make a point to jot down notes and collect evidence that they could later use to argue their way out of a ticket before a judge if needed. No, stop light cameras are not about decreasing risks of collision. A means of increasing the money a jurisdiction collects by fines is precisely all they are. And yes, by the same token, a means of collecting more money by taxes is precisely all that the bill this thread is about is.
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    04-20-2021, 04:13 PM
    This seems accurate to me too. I also think it's strange for the charges to stack like that, it should be one of the three, whichever it meets the criteria for, not all three.
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    04-20-2021, 02:27 PM
    So they'll be collecting more taxes than they did prior to the signing of this bill. The tax burden being born by the people of Florida, that is, the amount of money people will be paying in taxes, all else being equal (i.e. the same people spending the same amount of money in the same ways), will be higher. In other words, this is a tax hike.
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    04-20-2021, 02:00 PM
    Actually, maybe there's a way to capitalize on the rhetoric of this not being a tax hike. So the argument goes that there now exists a tax that has no way of being enforced that the state says people are supposed to pay, but that's entirely up to them to choose to pay voluntarily, and hardly anybody does, and there's no consequence for those who don't. And this tax is being kept nominally the same as far as its rate, but its method of enforcement is being changed to make it much more difficult to evade so that it's expected that the actual amount the state will collect will be much closer to the amount that's theoretically mandated by the letter of the law. If this is not a tax hike, then the opposite must also obtain. If we replace all the obligatory taxing and spending of government with something voluntary, then this would not be a cut in any taxation or spending. The letter-of-the-law rates and dollar amounts would all stay the same, but it would be left up to taxpayers to decide whether or not to contribute, and face no consequences if they choose not to. For example, the entire public education budget of a state could be replaced with funding that is 100% collected by voluntary contributions (which may or may not be given), and nobody who refuses to call this Florida bill a tax hike would have any grounds for calling that cut in public education spending.
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    04-20-2021, 01:47 PM
    From this article: To those saying this isn't a tax hike, if it isn't a tax hike then how is it supposed to result in the state having more revenue to replenish its unemployment fund?
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    04-20-2021, 01:42 PM
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Occam's Banana again."
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    04-20-2021, 10:58 AM
    Practically speaking, replacing a tax that buyers can easily evade without consequence with one that they cannot, is the same to them as a tax hike.
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    04-19-2021, 05:16 AM
    For what it's worth, I'm not that person either. The cops wouldn't be the first people I'd call if my son was missing. But it would be a lot less than 72 hours before I did resort to that. But I also understand why some people may have more of a reason to expect a poor outcome from getting the cops involved in that situation than I do.
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    04-19-2021, 04:59 AM
    I haven't followed the story and don't know the facts. But not reporting his being missing to the police doesn't automatically mean that she wasn't concerned or that she didn't report it to anybody at all. Just that she didn't report it to the people who ended up being the ones who killed him. If she had other people in her life that she turned to for the kind of help that many other people see as the job of the police, it's possible that she had good reason for that. It's also possible that she was a terrible mother who was unconcerned about her missing son. I'm in no position to say either way. But there are other reasonable explanations for not turning to the government for help besides that one.
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    04-18-2021, 05:20 PM
    A defining quality of our side is the repudiation of the things that you're calling "combat tactics." They aren't mere combat tactics. They're embedded in a world view. They are the very things that make the left the left. It's not just different lifestyle preferences, but the insistence on imposing those on other nonconsenting people by force. Once you accept that, you're one of them.
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    04-18-2021, 05:13 PM
    What you're proposing is that we become leftists as well. If we're going to do that, then we might as well join them rather than fight them. I agree that statism is winning. That has been the rule throughout recorded history and will be for the foreseeable future. But that doesn't mean that there's no point in being against it. And part of being against it is not embracing it.
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