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  2. Peter, You will have god status. Michael
  3. "Never take anything on trust." -- Botvinnik (former world chess champion) to Kasparov (age 10, future world chess champion) Yet there are people and businesses I trust and no longer scrutinize for malfeasance. Only as a final act after laissez faire is instituted, would I cease government licensing by “The State” for several professions including doctors and lawyers. I don’t mind laws that curtail the activities of conmen. Yeah, you can say everybody is an adult and deserves what they get, but come on . . . Doctor, Doctor where’s your degree? Peter From The Music Man. Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City. Why sure I'm a billiard player, Certainly mighty proud I say I'm always mighty proud to say it. I consider that the hours I spend With a cue in my hand are golden. Help you cultivate horse sense And a cool head and a keen eye. Did ya ever take and try to give An iron-clad leave to yourself From a three-rail billiard shot?
  4. AMA is an arm of government and is corrupt. Certificates don't need to be from government. They can be from schools that are independent from government. The value of the certificate can depend on the reputation of the school, which can depend on the performance of the graduates of the school. Certificates can be from things like the INHS. Whether this is worth anything is for you (not government) to judge. Another web page might have a list of approved witch doctors, also for you (not government) to judge. I don't understand why people trust government approved doctors who by their own statement have nothing to offer, and reject helpful knowledge merely because it is not generally accepted. Authority above reason. "Never take anything on trust." -- Botvinnik (former world chess champion) to Kasparov (age 10, future world chess champion)
  5. Push it! Push it real good! We must save the U.S.S. Enterprise. Ann has a column today June 22 in Townhall. I may go back and read it. She may be a $%^^&& but she is our ^&*((0_^ Peter
  6. Interesting. I had no idea ARI got so much in contributions. I will continue to donate to The Atlas Society, or is that the "At Last Society?"
  7. Michael wrote, “btw - OL regulars will be an elite in the new organization, they will have an elevated status, even if they turn into assholes.” Don Corleone wrote, “You take my money and den youse disrespect me.” I am curious about the changes coming to OL. I don’t have one of those new fangled cell phones yet though most of the members of my family do. Can I still type into my computer, send and get a reply? Landline, Louis.
  8. jts wrote to Bob: And yet you trust government. Government is your guide to morality. Government approval is how you differentiate between a legit doctor and a quack. end quote Go commando? Before I stop looking for the “certificates” on the wall of a doctor’s office I want an iron clad way of judging who is real and who is a quack. That endorsement (if not licensing) could come from the AMA but it would need to be well established before I would go laissez faire. Government does a hell of a lot of good. But as our Founding Father’s theorized, it must be specifically tasked, monitored and at times disciplined. I think President Trump is the best thing to happen nationally in a hundred years. Peter
  9. The fifties were interesting times. Since they were fighting totalitarianism in America I think their “techniques” were moral but not precise enough. The investigations should NOT have been led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. In a way the left leaning press of the day promoted McCarthy the way they promoted Donald Trump when he first announced he was running. It was estimated Trump received two billion dollars in free, left leaning press and I believe it. Why? Because Donald Trump could never win. They were positive. Not a chance. Peter From The New York Times, Ayn Rand’s Counter-Revolution by Jennifer Burns RED CENTURY APRIL 24, 2017: . . . . We usually think of the 1950s as the decade of anti-Communism, defined by Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Hollywood blacklist and the purging of suspected Communists from unions, schools and universities. The prelude to all of that was the 1930s, when the nation’s intellectuals first grappled with the meaning and significance of Russia’s revolution. And it was in this decade that Ayn Rand came to political consciousness, reworking her opposition to Soviet Communism into a powerful defense of the individual that would inspire generations of American conservatives. end quote
  10. And yet you trust government. Government is your guide to morality. Government approval is how you differentiate between a legit doctor and a quack. (I judge doctors by how well their patients do and I don't give a rat's ass whether government approves.) You trust the FDA (Fraud and Deception Administration).
  11. I readily agree with Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Religion is a form of self-imposed mental slavery for adults and a form of child abuse for the wee ones. Zeus and his other idiotic manifestations are figments of whimsical opportunistic or evil minds. As Cervantes said, “The first priest was the first rogue who met the first fool.” In America “the best sermon wins” and the more commercial or entrepreneurial churches gather bigger flocks. The Jerusalem Post once wrote that The Church of England and in Israel “the state religion stagnates.” As long as you are here, Simpson, join in the conversation. I am not sure why the first lines I write sometimes underline themselves. Peter
  12. Michael wrote: Peter, There already is a "catastrophic failure" taking place. But not for normal Americans. (These are winning.) President Trump is dismantling the corrupt crony establishment structures. And the corrupt crony establishment is screaming bloody murder. end quote And Bob responded: The corporate lobbyists are still bribing and misleading members of Congress. There is also a revolving door between government and the corporate upper levels of management. The U.S. government is still as corrupt and rotten as it ever was. end quote I noticed in his recent speech President Trump specifically implored Democrats to work with him. That may have demonstrated a smidgeon of “making nice” but it also signaled a failure of the Republican majority to stand behind the President. Otherwise, why worry? The votes should be there. If anyone can find specifics on which Republicans in Congress are obstructionists I would be glad to read the articles. Also, is there still a site like that Wikipedia article on The Prez’s first 100 days that chronicles his achievements since then and projects into the future? I would read it. I know rider-less Senator Rand Paul is consistently libertarian so he is forgiven his neighs, but I will lobby against any dirty rotten scoundrels who fail to join our great march to liberty and freedom. Tea Party! Reconstitute yourself immediately! Shame the Republicans who are NOT voting on principle. Peter ?
  13. Where will America be in 2018? Michael wrote responding to William: I can't stand the fake news media, which commits suicide thereby and empowers the alt media (which I like). And, if this continues, it will be a loooooong time before the Democrats see power control again. end quote I am hopeful. On MSN online today they were continuing the Russia fake news story, and then they started analyzing President Trump’s tweets and detected a decline in his mental health and hinted at encroaching senility. These stories have convinced me Bill Gates is a committed leftist who is happy to turn his “news wing” into an instrument of propaganda. Peter You Can't Buy an Election. Democrats Fall for Their Own Hype on Money in Politics by Robert Tracinski, June 21, 2017: Of course Jon Ossoff didn't win yesterday's special election in Georgia's 6th district. Heck, it wasn't even all that close. Karen Handel beat him 52% to 48%, a few points better than Donald Trump did in the same district. This was predictable. Ossoff was born in the sixth district, but he had lived an awful lot of his life outside it and couldn't even vote for himself because he lives in Georgia's more urban fourth district. And he was definitely out of line with the district politically and culturally. GA-6 includes the prosperous and staunchly conservative northern suburbs of Atlanta, while he was campaigning by appealing to the self-styled "resistance" on the left. All Ossoff had going for him was a bunch of exaggerated national press from reporters outside the district, a bunch of endorsements from Hollywood types outside the district, a bunch of eager volunteers flooding into GA-6 from outside the district, and above all else, a giant pile of money raised from people outside the district--Ossoff donors from California outnumbered donors from Georgia by almost ten to one. Notice a pattern here? You can have a lot of support outside the district, but the votes are cast by people inside the district. That's exactly how it's supposed to work. The winner in each congressional district is supposed to be the one who most accurately reflects the political preferences of the people who live there. So why did anyone think it was going to turn out differently? Well, the Democrats hoped the "resistance" to Donald Trump would "nationalize" the GA-6 contest and give Democrats across the country the leverage to overwhelm the normal leanings of the district. In thinking they could do this, the Democrats were believing their own hype about the power of money in politics . . . . Heck, the 2016 election is a giant monument to the failure of money in politics. If Charles and David Koch really used their money to control politics, the famously libertarian brothers would have pulled the strings in the primaries for somebody other than Donald Trump. And in the general election, Hillary Clinton outspent Trump by almost two to one. But the left has so talked itself into believing in the power of big money in politics that they keep trying to make it happen by dumping a ton of money into doomed races like the one in GA-6. end quote
  14. The corporate lobbyists are still bribing and misleading members of Congress. There is also a revolving door between government and the corporate upper levels of management. The U.S. government is still as corrupt and rotten as it ever was. The State and metropolitan governments are even in worse shape. Government at all levels in the United States is slime and rot.
  15. Peter, There already is a "catastrophic failure" taking place. But not for normal Americans. (These are winning.) President Trump is dismantling the corrupt crony establishment structures. And the corrupt crony establishment is screaming bloody murder. Michael
  16. Ba’al wrote: As to a "magic bullet" to revive our economy, do not count on it. Our economic system is complicated and massive and it has a lot of inertia. That is the inertia of habitual thinking and accepted or received principles. The only thing likely to produce significant and persistent change is a catastrophic failure. end quote I know there are “tides” affecting the Dow but there are also pro business decisions that will make it shoot up like a rocket. Paul Ryan said the new tax deal should be running by the first of the year. Ten percent lower business tax. Less taxation on money entering the country. Simpler tax forms that will make the process easier but it will also make the itemized items more “honest.” No estate tax. Tremendously decreased regulations. The States will follow suit in some instances. There will be a boom in those States and in the country in general. Unfortunately some misguided states will increase their taxes to the federal level as the federal level drops to gain more revenue to spend on their pet projects and cronies. Two of those corrupt states may be Maryland and New Jersey. Peter
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  18. Goldberg's hypothesis was very plausible. But we know from experience that plausible does not necessarily equal true. As to a "magic bullet" to revive our economy, do not count on it. Our economic system is complicated and massive and it has a lot of inertia. That is the inertia of habitual thinking and accepted or received principles. The only thing likely to produce significant and persistent change is a catastrophic failure.
  19. In 2015, Jonah Goldberg, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor of National Review wrote: . . . . Republicans are fielding the best candidates in a generation, but Trump is poised to make them chumps by association. He has no chance of becoming president, but he has the huge potential to deny his alleged party a White House victory in 2016. And when that happens, he will of course stay a celebrity, but he will have traded his fame for infamy, even among those now cheering him on. end quote I am embarrassed now because I agreed with Jonah! I wrote around the same time, “Sorry to his fans but when I look at him giving a speech I am reminded of Benito Mussolini.” I thought President Trump’s chances of getting through the primaries were between zero and ten percent. Rush is discussing how the media is without ammunition that can reach “Mon Capitan.” A year from now they will still be belaboring the same ghost stories. The left will still be trying to cobble together a coalition of disenfranchised non producers. The media can’t swing it. Money can't swing it. There are a lot of hot to trot (and riot) democrats but they are a minority and when the economy takes off after Ryan’s revised tax code is enacted the economy will take off like a rocket. We will decrease the business tax by ten percent or more, and be able to file personal income taxes on a postcard. Major corporations and money will repatriate to America. And as the regulations are decreased more investments will be made in businesses. And the estate tax will cease to exist. That means the estate a person worked for their whole lives will go to their kids. That means small businesses will continue to exist after the passing of the original owner. And that means more farms will stay in the family. In my area the average farmer is 65 but if there is no estate tax it is less likely the heirs will sell the farm to split up the proceeds. Hurrah! Peter
  20. The lad is so, so..... sweet. The new American male!! Did faigeles like this every tame a continent? Note: faigele; a Yiddish word meaning approximately "a tweety bird". The connotation is "slightly effeminate"
  21. Bob, Ethan Krupp, a Jon Ossoff look-alike or soul mate or something... The photo comes from a commercial for Obamacare featuring Krupp as the new American male. Michael
  22. Who is that Pretty Boy?
  23. These particular technical problems are beyond my pay grade. I can see general thinks, like darkening the glacier would promote their melting and thereby increase sea level. How fast? I do not know. There are a lot of other factors like cloud cover, solar irradiance etc. This problem is for Real Scientists, not just hobbyists and bleacher bums like me. The Real Players are down on the field doing their thing.
  24. You would want to darken the ice if the glaciers were advancing to negate the earth cooling effect of sun rays reflected back into space, not when they are receding. --Brant speaking as a layman
  25. Finally, an answer. Knock, knock, who’s there? Someone. Someone who? Someone who knows something. Thank you. Ba’al wrote: Darkening the ice on land masses will contribute to the melting of glaciers and the raising of ocean level. I am not in favor of planetary engineering fixes because we don't know enough to predict all the follow on effects. That last thing we need is a -real- climate disaster brought on as a non-intended side effect of a planetary engineering scheme. end quote I live 14 feet above the highest recorded high tide mark so your conjectures make very humanitarian sense to me. Agent Bob, your assignment if you choose to take it, is to determine the exact problems that would occur after ten years of darkening the ice with coal dust. We have a lot of coal dust. Enough to last for centuries. What does your research show the effects to be if “we don't know enough to predict all the follow on effects.”? What if we dust the ice once every month or every five years, or ten, or twenty? What actions utilized to humanity‘s benefit would be a good “test”? if the experimental dusting lasted ten years what could we expect? If you or anyone else can come up with a good scientific reply you may be hired to head the department of . . . Peter
  26. The Georgia 6th district congressional race featuring The Trump Slayer, Jon Ossoff: AWESOME! GOP Crowd Starts Chanting, “TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!!” at Karen Handel Victory Party! Michael
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