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    Today, 11:00 AM
    Do you consider China socialist? They have billionaires. But you're missing the point of the Ananias and Saphira story. The people around them were VOLUNTARILY giving up private property! That's the point that you refuse to even acknowledge with your circular reasoning. In your mind, as long as someone can have private property, everybody by definition must have private property. That's simply not the case. People can be voluntarily socialist. They can even allow people in their company who aren't voluntarily socialist. Ananaias and Saphira experienced the social pressure to conform to those around them who were selling everything and holding all things in common, by pretending to sell everything and hold all things in common. If things were the way you're trying to pretend they were, there would have been no reason for A & S to pretend.
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    Today, 10:55 AM
    Good for you! You never would have joined the fellowship of early Christian believers in Jerusalem. And guess what? That would have been okay! Seriously, it would have. Believers outside of Jerusalem still largely kept whatever wealth they had. In fact, that's how they were able to participate in the "great donation" when Paul collected alms for the church in Jerusalem. Now someone might say "Those lazy Jerusalem Christians! Living off the Christians in Asia Minor!" But there was a very good reason not to be wed to land in Jerusalem. Some forty years after the ascension of Christ, Jerusalem was destroyed! The same Bible that extolled the virtues of each man having "according to his need" (main maxim of socialism) also said the Lord gave to His servants "each according to his ability" (the maxim of free market capitalism). Anyway, the question isn't "Do you want to give up everything you own" but rather "Would you like to participate in something that is collectively owned as opposed to privately owned?" Like....say...cryptocurrency. If you put your money in a traditional "bank" you're putting your trust in something owned by BankOfAmerica or Citibank or Goldman Sachs etc. Who owns the various blockchains? Nobody? Everybody? Oh, but many you're luddite like Anti Federalist. Okay. He's long complained about the ability of "big tech" to censor the private property they own. Like me, he misses the days of USENET. Guess what? USENET was collectively owned. Yeah, the servers were privately owned and each server could control who could log into it and what news groups to participate in, but other than that it was a free for all. (It still kind of sort of exists). Which brings us to Web 3.0, which is shaping up to be a compilation of crypto and USENET. Steemit (I think I learned about this from danno), is (was?) a blogging platform on a blockchain. It actually suffered a 51% attack (I think). So the faithful "steemit injuns" moved on to greener pastures and created https://hive.io. It's more resilient to a 51% attack, boosts two different video sharing platforms, several different blogging platforms, some games, decentralized finance etc. All without a central authority or "owner."
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    Today, 10:35 AM
    I think Purdue is a chicken.
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    Today, 10:32 AM
    What happens when a person purchases a gun legally? I don't really know. Does their name go into a database? I would think if a person wants alcohol and are not old enough to buy it they find a way to get it. I would bet the same for a gun. Would it be better to know a person purchased a weapon or not know? Are transgender people less sane than people that are not trans? Not saying this person is trans or has any gender issues but if they are, should congress limit their gun rights instead of everyones? What about people on psych meds? Should they not be allowed?
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    Today, 09:38 AM
    :rolleyes: Wiki? Really? From the freaking dictionary. Definition of socialism 1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state 3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
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    Today, 09:36 AM
    You're allowed to be wrong. Right. And there's more than one usage for the word "socialism" just like there's more than one usage for the word "capitalism." By the way, the game you and B4L are playing is the same game I see socialists play with the world "capitalism." I define capitalism as anything other than the current crony corporate capitalism and they are quick to say "But that's not capitalism." Ummm.....yes it is. And what the early church did in Acts 2 was a form of socialism whether you are willing to admit it or not. It also has an established meaning that is EXACTLY the way I'm using it.
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    Today, 02:55 AM
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=how+media+coverage+causes+more+shootings&t=raspberrypi&ia=web https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5296697/ Abstract Mass shootings are a particular problem in the United States, with one mass shooting occurring approximately every 12.5 days. Recently a “contagion” effect has been suggested wherein the occurrence of one mass shooting increases the likelihood of another mass shooting occurring in the near future. Although contagion is a convenient metaphor used to describe the temporal spread of a behavior, it does not explain how the behavior spreads. Generalized imitation is proposed as a better model to explain how one person’s behavior can influence another person to engage in similar behavior. Here we provide an overview of generalized imitation and discuss how the way in which the media report a mass shooting can increase the likelihood of another shooting event. Also, we propose media reporting guidelines to minimize imitation and further decrease the likelihood of a mass shooting.
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    Today, 02:42 AM
    Jordan Peterson had a pretty long discussion about this. While he agree with your point about "living up to one's potential causes income inequality", he went on to say that in a healthy society there is some way to balance that out. And that way doesn't have to be statist. For example he mentioned the native Canadian tribes ancient tradition of the "pot latch" where chiefs who had accumulated lots of stuff where honored by how much they gave away. the-uncomfortable-truth-behind-economic/2efb0363d6cc3b8e9c12babce4154c66f4c0c01d The Hebrew religion also had something to balance out income inequality. It was the Year of Jubilee. That year all family land that to be returned to the original owner, debts were cancelled, and Hebrew slaves were freed. (See: https://insight.bibliotech.us/jubilee-forgiveness-of-debt/) Interestingly enough, the Lord Himself claimed ownership of the land and that's why it couldn't be permanently sold, except for houses inside walled cities. (Leviticus 25:23 ¶ The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.) Instead, we have a society where the government ultimately owns the land. Don't pay your taxes? Lose your land. Make a bad business deal? You can lose your land. One of your cousins twice removed decides he wants to sell his 2 acre share in the family 2,000 acre plot because he wants to buy his trophy wife that boob job and butt lift she wants? You guessed it, you can lose your land. There are some aspects of the Hebrew religion still in our law such as debt forgiveness through filing for bankruptcy and prohibitions on usury...with loopholes where people still charge usury anyway.
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    Today, 02:19 AM
    Uhhhh....nope. Not even kind of true. They got wiped out because they had no immunity to European disease and hadn't invented gun powder. Even the "civilized" tribes like the Aztecs and Incas who had European style feudalism got wiped out.
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    Today, 02:11 AM
    Because....that's what it actually is. Why does the accurate label bother you? And why do you describe a voluntary agreement as "temporary?" Just because people can voluntarily leave something doesn't mean they must. But, technically, everything is "temporary" even empires. There is no reason a group of people cannot indefinitely share resources. This entire planet "shares" the ocean. I recall that not too long ago people on this forum where vehemently arguing against the "L.O.S.T." treaty as statist overreach. Do you think billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates should be able to buy up the ocean?
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    Tell that to all of the Indian tribes who banded together and fought to defend their collective happy hunting grounds. In fact a strong argument can be made that there's more incentive for a group of warriors to band together to defend they land they own together than to band together the defend they land they all own individually.
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Are you sure about that? http://www.mutualist.org/ Mutualism, as a variety of anarchism, goes back to P.J. Proudhon in France and Josiah Warren in the U.S. It favors, to the extent possible, an evolutionary approach to creating a new society. It emphasizes the importance of peaceful activity in building alternative social institutions within the existing society, and strengthening those institutions until they finally replace the existing statist system. As Paul Goodman put it, "A free society cannot be the substitution of a 'new order' for the old order; it is the extension of spheres of free action until they make up most of the social life." Other anarchist subgroups, and the libertarian left generally, share these ideas to some extent. Whether known as "dual power" or "social counterpower," or "counter-economics," alternative social institutions are part of our common vision. But they are especially central to mutualists' evolutionary understanding. Mutualists belong to a non-collectivist segment of anarchists. Although we favor democratic control when collective action is required by the nature of production and other cooperative endeavors, we do not favor collectivism as an ideal in itself. We are not opposed to money or exchange. We believe in private property, so long as it is based on personal occupancy and use. We favor a society in which all relationships and transactions are non-coercive, and based on voluntary cooperation, free exchange, or mutual aid. The "market," in the sense of exchanges of labor between producers, is a profoundly humanizing and liberating concept. What we oppose is the conventional understanding of markets, as the idea has been coopted and corrupted by state capitalism.
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    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    Correct. Incorrect. The early church in Jerusalem was a kind of "libertarian socialism." Acts 2:44-45 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
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    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    If it works half as good as the COVID vaccine, I think they have a winner.
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    Yesterday, 12:05 PM
    Bump Okay so everyone has heard of the possible upcoming food shortages. What happens if a person takes the initiative to buy lots of something and sell it for an inflated price when it becomes scarce? Is that price gouging or a smart business decision based on supply and demand?
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    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    No....because I never took the first shot.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 AM
    Very informative on so many levels. I wonder how many kids not only get pushed into being trans because their parents freak out about them playing with the wrong gender toys, but also get pushed into being gay? Maybe play should just be looked at as play. In general dysphorias are correctly looked at as mental conditions. For example body integrity dysphoria where someone things he or she should be an amputee. People with B.I.D. report feeling "whole" after cutting off a limb. https://academicjournals.org/journal/IJPC/article-full-text-pdf/B8D4DF467776#:~:text=The%20term%20body%20integrity%20dysphoria%20%28BID%29%20describes%20a,desire%20of%20the%20affected%20person%20to%20have%20a But nobody would suggest amputation as a "treatment."
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Anti Globalist again.
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    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    Bumpfire stock ban through executive order, red flag law proposals and pushing for assault weapons bans before and during his presidency were all moves in the WRONG direction. But I do appreciate the money for the HBCUs, the First Step Act, and Trump's attempt at reparations with the Platinum Plan. So he wasn't all bad.
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    Yesterday, 04:13 AM
    Putin probably knows more about what is actually happening in the US than most people in the US.
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    05-23-2022, 10:48 AM
    Yes. But President Zelinsky is Jewish. Therefore if you oppose the neo Nazis that he's supporting you must be antisemitic.
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    05-23-2022, 10:43 AM
    Obama brought home troops and deployed troops. Trump brought home troops and deployed troops. Obama did more drone bombings than Bush. Trump did more drone bombings then Obama. Using your same argument someone logically could ask the question "Do you miss Obama." The truth is they all suck.
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    05-23-2022, 10:39 AM
    Thank you for the infographic. I think I'll turn this into a sticker for gas stations. It's much more informative than the "I did that" stickers.
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    05-23-2022, 10:36 AM
    A) It's disgusting that they have "The Honorable" in front of her name. She's not a judge. She's a cabinet secretary. B) This should be an impeachable offense.
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    05-23-2022, 07:35 AM
    Expect China to attack Taiwan in the near future.
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    05-22-2022, 08:27 AM
    That might be the case but not without the city benefiting. Zoning laws restrict the type of house so there will need to be hearings, fees, and variances in order to change the zoning. Then neighbors will have a chance to object but that will be like anything else. The sleazy palm greasing tycoon that knows all the politicians will be able to do anything they want but the simple citizen that wants to convert his 7000 square foot place into a 4 plex will be restricted by zoning laws and turned down.
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    05-22-2022, 05:42 AM
    I am all for letting people live the way they choose. But I think it is a sin to bring up children to be fat or obese and have no reasoning skills. Regardless of socioeconomic conditions, it is cheaper and healthier to prepare home cooked meals from scratch. I cook for 5 adults every day and for around $20-$30 we have enough food for 15 meals. My wife and I ate out the other evening. We went to a Thai place. We had two entrees and two appetizers and only drank water. With tax and tip it cost $66. My son and I went to Wayback hamburger for the first time in 10 years. We drank water. I got a double cheeseburger with cheese and a fry he got a chicken sandwich with fries. It cost $28. Screw that! The hamburger was pretty good. The Thai food was sub-par. The food I cook is delicious. I have no desire to eat out. Lately for desert we have been making smoothies. We bought a Ninja large blender/food processor gadget. I put in two ripe bananas, some whole yogurt, frozen mango, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, and enough almond milk to allow it to process. Boy is that delicious! I do not consume alcohol. Golly gee if you go to a restaurant and order a drink what is that these days? Probably close to $10. That smoothie is not cheap but it is delicious and nutritious. Coffee at a restaurant is not hovering around $3. Screw that! I buy my beans and grind them. We have this Ninja coffee maker that can make a small or large cup or an entire pot. Nothing we eat comes prepared. How can an illiterate mom and dad teach their children to read? How can parents with zero math skills teach their children math? I had a rental home that I just sold to my son. First floor tenant is clean and great. The end of March I had the second floor tenant vacate. She was obese with 3 kids and a hundred friends that she probably allowed to stay there. This beautiful place that I had sweat over to rebuild years earlier was totally filthy everywhere. Cockroaches that the building never had and ants everywhere. It has taken me two months to get it back in shape. People have no responsibility and do not take care of themselves, their children, or anything that is not theirs. Entitlements breed irresponsible filthy, lazy, dumb, citizens. I am glad I am getting old. The world in my view is not getting better.
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    05-22-2022, 04:49 AM
    It is disheartening to me to be at the grocery store and see a young obese woman with kids and her cart filled to the brim with nothing but processed junk food.
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    05-22-2022, 04:07 AM
    I do not think the pandemic fueled a housing boom. I think prior to the pandemic costs of building materials had already soared. That was one of the first things I noticed. OSB went from $8 a sheet to $30 almost overnight. I don't think houses are overvalued based on the costs of goods to build a house or repair one. Interest rates have been at record lows for many years. 2-3% interest was crazy stupid low and it effected real investors from lending. Rates on savings have been in the toilet for probably 20 years. This is not a new or a COVID pandemic problem. This is a pandemic problem of its own that started probably back in the days of Clinton with housing for all. The issue I see the consumer facing is that inflation and higher prices only make the government richer. The value of everything goes up and people pay more sales tax on everything they buy. The value of your home increases and you pay more property tax. The consumers wage cannot keep up with the rising costs. The government beast is never satisfied. Their rhetoric will be they need to raise taxes/mill rates even higher because even though their coffers should be overfilling because they take in double the sales tax they were a year ago because items have doubled in price, their expenses have gone up and they don't ever have enough money to function.
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