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    Today, 10:00 AM
    North Korea is the object of a long(-ish; couple decades) term vilification campaign. The media has been pumping out the anti-Nork propaganda for years now. Whenever you hear "North Korea has nuclear weapons, and is ruled by an insane, crazy, unhinged dictator" the obvious, unavoidable subtext is: "And it would be good if we or someone were to put a stop to that." When you call someone Hitler, you're making it OK to kill/war against that person. Because it's always OK to kill Hitler. Right? So, to answer your question: Everyone. So if we do have a war against the Norks, most Americans will be basically fine with that. They'll be supportive. It will be popular. I just don't predict that happening at this time.
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    Today, 09:39 AM
    I know professional physicists. Just had one over to dinner last week. Everybody likes philosophizing! Now should one keep it separate from one's scientific work? Probably (at least somewhat). But I think most are aware of the Many Worlds story (I say story, not theory, because it's not a theory until you can disprove it) and many subscribe to it. And, as you say (and as I said) it is even more popular and influential out among the people at large. For the past decade it has been gradually becoming an important part of our culture, and an unfortunate, corrosive one in my opinion. A grand new element in the West's secular religion, joining nature-worship, Freudian-Kinseyanism, egalitarianism, and all the other wonderful tenets we've come to know and love. ;) Sounds really good! You might know, then: who was the theologian-physicist I was thinking of who proposed the "God decides" explanation? I don't recall his name. Anyway, the pilot-wave theory is getting some new attention lately, thanks to NASA's EM drive. One explanation the researchers proposed involves the pilot-wave theory. Interesting stuff!
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    Today, 09:16 AM
    Do they really have such an abysmal record? I'm not so sure. They might. I just don't know. How many innocent people have states in the USA executed over the past couple hundred years? And then how many innocent people have mobs killed in the same time-frame and geographical area? What's the percentages? Philosophically, people are people. Right? Whether they've organized themselves in one way, or another. So your limited objection to certain executions seems to basically be procedural. You want people to use the best possible procedures in order to ensure those deserving death receive it, and the undeserving do not. Is that right?
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    Today, 08:56 AM
    Exactly. I mean, we've gotta choose our cause celebres carefully. Look at Black Lives Matter: every hero they pick turns out to invariably be a horrible criminal gangbanger who, any normal person would look at and say, probably totally deserved to get shot! We don't want to be Black Lives Matter. This guy was a criminal scum. I have only so much sympathy to go around. The general populace has even less. Let it go. Executing murderers is not a problem high on the to-do list of important things to solve so that our country isn't destroyed.
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    Today, 08:36 AM
    Well, that would be nice. But, I have a little bit different view. Call me romantic, but as I study and look at history, most of the advancements made, most of the steps forward for the European Mind have come from single individual geniuses. The story of history, at least all the edifying parts, is not the story of the masses, it is the story of Geniuses. You need not despair at the impossible task of energizing 50 million people. That goal is insurmountable, but it's also not required. All it ever takes is one. Just one Voltaire. The one to call to action is yourself. I, for example, have built a financial institution that will enable us to use gold as money. Michael Maresco rode a bicycle across the country. AF won northern NH for Ron Paul by buying newspaper ad space. Bill Greene went through the lengthy process of becoming a part of the Electoral College and cast his vote for Ron Paul. Lew Rockwell founded the Mises Institute and has been running it for the past 35 years. Curtis Yarvin (Mencius Moldbug) is building us a new, free internet; he's been working on it since 2002. Pericles wrote a book -- that takes a lot of effort. The point is: these men are working hard, over long periods of time. It takes a sustained focus and effort to accomplish anything. It takes a long time. Libertarianism and Conservatism are K-Selected philosophies. We are K-Selected. So how are we going to win? By being K-Selected! The way to win is to play to your strengths. Push your advantage. Be true to your nature. And that means, in case you're not familiar with r/K theory: thinking long term. Working long term. Not being impatient. Fighting the war, not the battles. I always try to be helpful, or at least supportive, when anyone has a Project, when anyone's actually trying to do something. So, whatever your ideas are/were, give the thread a bump and if I see it I'll try to help.
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    Today, 07:43 AM
    What makes it happen "more than once"? Oh: the Multiverse theory. The same magical, non-disprovable metaphysical framework that makes everything happen more than once. No profound Revelation there. Nay, it is exactly what you were saying earlier: We are here, therefore things are going to be suited for life. The odds of all conditions being perfectly tuned and life having arisen in a Universe being observed is 100%. Because it's being observed. Or, as you pithily put it: "Given we exist, what is the probability that at some point we would question our origin?" The Anthropic Principle is a true principle. Using it as a proof for one's Creation Story -- whatever that story may be -- is also a gross misapplication of the principle, in my opinion. Used in that manner, it is basically a way of ignoring the question. It is a way of defining away impossibility by stipulation. It is a way of "refuting" glaring holes and huge problems in the story you've concocted via, well, waving your hand. Dismissively skeptical: "Your story is wildly improbable to the point of complete unbelievability! There's no way it happened that way."
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    Today, 07:17 AM
    OK, thank you for the accuracy correction. That's what one gets when writing without bothering to look things up. I'm just happy there's still someone here (out of the three people or whatever who read the post) smart enough to notice and willing to correct the error! I would have to push back slightly on this point, though: If that doesn't count as dominant, I don't know what does. It clearly has strong mind share among professional physicists, as well as (and I would say even more-so) among the general laymen who have heard of it. Let us call it the "currently ascendant story."
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    Today, 07:08 AM
    No Big Crunch = No infinitely yo-yo-ing Universe = Not Enough Time (not even close).
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Right. And yet, there was -- and hopefully still is! -- a thread tying us all together. In our particular case, it was the great project of Murray Rothbard, as implemented by the hard work and tireless integrity of Lew Rockwell and Ron Paul, that binds us. Murray's great integrating vision was able to see the wholesome or worthwhile elements in a panoply of American traditions, movements, and intellectual Giants, and then his genius was able to stitch them into a system that could have great appeal to them all, to all these seemingly unrelated groups. Furthermore -- and this is where his genius goes beyond sheer inventive cleverness and reaches that rare height of the universal -- Murray's final creation in no way feels like a patchwork quilt, but like Michealangelo's Sistene Chapel, a unified and coherent whole, much greater that the sum of its parts. But without the parts, already existing, already active and alive, it wouldn't have worked. Movements, especially political movements, cannot simply be created whole cloth out of nothing. They grow and morph out of existing movements. So, you need to figure out: what is your John Birch Society? Who was your Lebanese Mencken, your Jefferson, your Spooner? Where is your Young Americans for Freedom to proselyte in, your National Review to write in (and feud with), your Ayn Rand to love (and laugh at)? These are the kinds of questions you must answer if you are to discover whether it is possible to construct a Libertarian Movement in Lebanon. And again, I wish you the best in doing so.
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    Spaghetti.
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    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
    LIFESKILLS TOADY-MAKING UP CREATIVE WAYS TO COOK GROUND BEEF WITH LOTS OF PROTEIN AND INTERESTING FLAVOUR. TURNED OUT NICE. :) REFINING ONION SAUTEE SKILL. NEEDS WORK. ALSO, LEARNING TO SLIDE PROPERLY IN MY NEW TIGHTS. FIGURED IT OUT, BUT NEEDS REFINING SO I CAN DO IT PROPERLY IN CONCERT.
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    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Well, that goes without saying, good sir! :) ~hugs~
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  • Natural Citizen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    I'll tell you something. I like pretty much everyone here. A few times I've got on the bad side of some people. And sometimes some people get on my bad side. And, of course, a woman scorned, never forgets, no matter what. That's something else, though. End of the day, though, if any of em needed something, I'd be right there offering if they asked. Now. Heh. That said, you have to be careful when asking 'libertarians' about libertarianism. A lot of people have some libertarian tendencies but not all of them are truly libertarian. Most are libertines. The younger ones anyway. Then you have the monarchists and whatnot. And mercantilists. And about a dozen other isms going on, all with their own tailored perception of libertarian.
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    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    My guess is that it will be no big deal, actually. Just theater.
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    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    I would start with verbal commands and then try pepper spray as needed.
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    Yesterday, 03:12 PM
    Mighty painful insight. I hope everyone got the main lesson...
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    Yesterday, 03:06 PM
    There is a work around for this problem and someone will make a ton of money if they take this idea and put it into reality. The "law" only protects the boxes that run the firmware, not the engine blocks and wheels (etc.). All someone needs to do is produce their own open source black box to replace the original black box and you are in business. Can you imagine a "universal black box" which would replace nearly all factory black boxes and all you would need is a wiring harness adapter to make it connect and a script you could either download or develop yourself to make the universal black box perform the same function as the factory one. There are only so many ways one can deliver spark to a cylinder at a particular time or cause a transmission valve to engage. It's merely finding someone with the engineering genius to make a universal box with enough computing power, memory and programmable inputs and outputs to provide signals at the right time... Hell, I bet there are guys in our little circle here who could figure this out...
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    Yesterday, 02:43 PM
    No problem! I also would suggest dumbing down any message you want to present. A lot. Really, really a lot. The average IQ of your country is about 80. Average. None of these people can even understand the pronunciation of the word "libertarian," much less why they may want to pronounce it. I don't even know why they would. They probably wouldn't! So actually, I would suggest one of two possible paths (not that you can't do both... if you have unlimited time and resources): either radically dumb the message down, or radically intellectually juice the message up. This second option is that you just ignore all the people in your country who are completely incapable of understanding libertarianism (as well as being incapable of pronouncing the word, which is going to be just downright annoying for you) and focus on the upper-class elites, who are capable. Option One: Make Lebanese libertarianism synonymous with something really popular to the plebes in Lebanon. In your case, possibilities would be: Islam, and.... OK, just Islam. That's pretty much the only horse you've got. So hitch 'er up! Option Two: Make Lebanese libertarianism extremely exclusive and high-level stuff that the elite and only the elite will be attracted to, or even have the equipment to understand. By refusing to compromise, water down, or even simplify, you will gain a cachet of exclusivity. By utterly refusing to attempt in the slightest to seem attractive to, or even palatable to, or even non-horrifying to, or even comprehensible to the idiotic masses, you will draw at least some curiosity from one group: powerful, intelligent, contrarian/independent young men in wealthy families with high IQs. If your ideas are as sensational as you think, this group will then adopt them. And, turns out.... that's the only group you need! True story.
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    Yesterday, 12:48 PM
    No insult. If you want to not lose, you have to not think like a loser. Did I say you are a loser? No. Are you, in fact, going to be a loser? That is for you to decide.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Step One: Start thinking like a Winner: Corollary: Stop thinking like a Loser. All the best!
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    Yesterday, 08:14 AM
    There is, however, more than one interpretation of the practical (real) data. The big question is: when an uncertainty resolves (a quantum state collapses), what decides which way it resolves? What decides whether the electron goes left or right? Who decides whether the cat lives or dies? One answer is the now-standard, vanilla Copenhagen answer currently ascendant story: both happen. "We haven't found any causal factor that would make that choice one way or the other, so both must happen! The universe splits (actually, duplicates)." A quite extreme measure to take to solve the problem! So you get an extremely large number of parallel time tracks (aka "the Multiverse"). A second answer, just as reasonable and coherent actually, and advocated by at least one great quantum physicist, is that God decides. This answer was.... not generally popular. So, instead of accepting the possibility of a cause we have not (yet) observed, we end up with a universe that's having infinite babies. Interesting. The first answer just fits more satisfyingly to the modern Zeitgeist. After all, it makes humans completely impotent and freedom and free choice utterly meaningless, and that is always a plus, believe me. Anything that makes you a victim with no control over your environment is very appealing to the r-selected mind. The Multiverse just happens! You may think you can choose excellence and beauty and self-improvement, but actually even if you do there's another copy of you that will choose the opposite. Ha, ha, loser!
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    Yesterday, 07:44 AM
    You use a Midas Liquid Gold Card. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?509813-The-Return-of-Sound-Money This is a card which you can use anywhere, to pay for anything, backed 100% by gold. Believe me, I know what you mean. I am not one of those.
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    04-23-2017, 07:59 PM
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    If they don't quit eating my plants, mine'll be having some 'treats' too. :)
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    04-23-2017, 07:53 PM
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    You could be a millionaire in like 10 years. :eek: Ya never know.
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    Heeeeey. I'll buy some. My boy is 95 lbs so..
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