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  1. 3 points
    https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-milkyway-over-beaverhill-county-jestephotography-ltd.html Something a lil different than my Wildlife photography. Nikon Z7 mirrorless with a Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 Art series lens for Astrophotography.
  2. 2 points
    The Real Roots of the Internet and Social Media The following video from Corbett is quite an education. You can get the transcript and sources here: Episode 359 – The Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Big Tech Doesn’t Want You to Know If you want to know why the claim is bogus that big tech companies are private companies, therefore they should be able to freely censor whoever they please over political preference, take a look at this video. Would one ever make political preference a condition for civil service or joining the armed forces? Of course not. There is a fact that is becoming clearer and clearer to the public as time goes on. Big Tech is Big Government in the guise of private companies. But the big tech companies were and still are funded in great part by the government. And they never strayed from their real purpose, covert surveillance and influence of people in foreign lands--and ditto for American citizens. From that lens, a hell of a lot of mysterious happenings start making sense. Michael
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    I haven't read the article , so I don't know who is shilling for whom. But whenever I hear about conspiracy theories relating to tech companies becoming seemingly tech behemoths it makes me wonder whether the behemothing was orchestrated by other than market forces. Especially things tech/social/media. I get there can be tons of money chasing info /data the sellers can take advantage of for marketing and such. It would be hard to direct all that spending toward mining that data if it were spread out far and wide, fortunately the behemoths aggregate a lot of it and fortunately since a large majority of everyone uses the behemoths we are pretty comfortable using them . It's odd there is Coke and Pepsi but no Google and .., or YouTube and .., no? I get Carnegie built US Steel , but he acquired and built his way to that, bought other independent companies , integrated supply chains ect. US internet behemoths feel like they sprang from nothing to everything , did Facebook ever experience a lack of servers that limited their capacity ? Or YouTube? Did they acquire others' capacities ? How much investment is/was needed for the hardware ? I am completely ignorant of the cost structure for the industry , but I assume the price of raw computing power has decreased in at least the last decade, though I doubt Mom or Pop would be able to out compete the existing titans just on the hardware costs alone. But as I said I'm ignorant of the cost structure and perhaps that just feeds my bias toward sympathy for the idea that Big Brother helped to make sure all the lovely data and control bottlenecks seem to be limited to a few players.
  4. 2 points
    She knows shit about predators. --Brant been there, done that, smack, smack, smack if humans weren't predators, we'd have eyes on the sides of our heads
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    Well, I think you deserve a lot more than a pork chop. Just to let you know: I might not be able to be responding to anything further for a couple days. I have a dental operation scheduled for early tomorrow. Oh, such fun. Ellen
  6. 2 points
    Jon, tks, tsk. You are a naughty child. Might be? You said, "Might Be?" So you don't know. But you are just fine saying things without any proof. How do you know Richard Branson? How do you Richard knew NXIVM? People lie all the time, and they can EVEN lie under oath or they can fool a lie detector. You lack credibility.
  7. 1 point
    “We are not really in the business of asking for the share of that power. We are in the business of trying to grab that power and return it to the people.” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Link. Of course, "return it to the people" is a transparent cover for giving immense powers to Omar and a few like-minded with her to satisfy their power lust.
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    😄 😃 What evidence do you have that I am not trying to understand what Gilder says? On the other hand, there is you calling me a shill for Big Brother, making inuendos about government surveillance, Google and Facebook wanting to "rule the world" and "conspiring with government", despite the government starting to investigate Big Tech for anti-trust violations. In addition, you used Gilder's book to try to justify your inuendos, despite Gilder's book providing no support for you.
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    William's power is only from our engagement of him. --Brant
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    Disrupting How Progressivism Works in America Regular Progressivism as a process of political change in America (baby steps) rarely fails, but it's slow. As shown below, there is a tonic. The jig can get blown when a Black Swan (say, a wildcard like President Trump) disrupts the ongoing progress of the ideological-political conveyor belt. The result is that, in panic, the "Progressives" who are progressing a specific agenda will freak and show their cards way too early. It's the paranoia of a liar who loses the attention of his target and thinks that means he's been busted. Here's how it works. 1. The Progressives decide on an unpopular position they want to ram down the throats of everyone, which means they get the power to do that and others not only have to take it, they have to pay for it. For example, let's say they wanted the US government to pay for the health care of illegal aliens. They know few people want that, so they first have to put in a foundation and dress it up to make it sound reasonable, even the opposite. Then, from a position of power, present the foundation to the public. President Obama did this with Obamacare. 2. After their "foundation ploy" is out in the open, they fish for displays by the opposition--they actually goad the opposition to get reactions. That way they can bash the opposition with trigger words/phrases and accusations about violating procedures of decency, yada yada yada--and they have prepared all this in advance. For example, in September 2009, Representative Joe Wilson from South Carolina gave President Obama a gift when he yelled out in Congress, "You lie!" to Obama's claim that no health care benefits would be given to illegal aliens. Obama had been goading the opposition in his speech to the joint session of Congress and practically daring anyone from the opposition to say anything. Just listen to the booing-like reactions every time he said the opposition was getting it all wrong. Obama's smirk after Wilson yelled that "you lie" comment said it all, though. You can almost see him think, Ha! That worked better than I expected. Then he recovered his "serious" demeanor and went on to claim that no federal funds would pay for abortions (but that's a different issue he was ramming down people's throat using this same system, double dipping so to speak). In this post, I will only stay with the issue of illegal aliens getting US taxes in the form of free health care for the sake of making the process very easy to understand. 2. KABOOM! See the headlines at the time. The condescension and tut-tut-tutting from Progressives was as thick as a ton of cowpiles. The Progressives lived off the fallout (to that and the general wave it created) without any serious pushback for several years. Hell, ripples even extended into the next administration when McCain stopped Obamacare from being repealed in the Senate. 3. But President Trump happened, their Queen designate was not crowned, and the Progressives not only lost their power, they lost their bearings. I don't need to illustrate that. We all know what happened. The result is that their timing on the true intended outcomes of their different policy agendas went seriously haywire and they have been running around in circles ever since. 4. Now they have a shot to regain their power with another election, but they have lost all sense of how their own system works policy-wise, in other words, it is grounded on selling a bait-and-switch through patience, not hysteria or brute force. (Apropos, brute force is not out of the picture, though. It only comes in at the end if they get real power, not "checked and balanced" power. Then they start the mass killings few of them, only the insiders, realize is coming. See the several major leftie nations where mass graves exist as examples.) The video below is a perfect example of what happens when someone disrupts the Progressive process in a major way. Don't forget, Obama claimed there is no way the US will pay for the health care of illegal aliens, right? Just look. Every goddam one of those Democrats on the first night of the primary debates for the 2020 election raised their hand saying they wanted illegal aliens to get US taxes in the form of free health care. The truth is, even for Obama back then, that is what they wanted all along. The rest was bait. But they screwed up. They just gave President Trump and other Republicans running in 2020 a hell of an image for campaign ads. All because they lost their marbles when someone threw a monkeywrench in the gears of the conveyor belt they were on. They were doing the long con and got stalled by an unexpected event. Now, in panic, thinking they've been busted anyway, they are unmasking themselves on the long con thinking this is how they are going to get their power back. Jeez... Talk about discombobulated... I thought they were better as opponents... The conclusion? We need more Black Swans. We need more disruptive, but productive, people like President Trump. The Progressives will not stop building sandcastles of worship to lousy gods to mold with cement, but a good strong wave before the cement dries collapses them every time. Michael
  11. 1 point
    How many deaths can be laid on l B Johnson and Robt MacN for how they did the Vietnam War? I count five million plus or minus a million. This includes the Cambodian communist generated genocide. Now these are part of various results. lBJ and Abraham Lincoln were smart men deluded into righteousness. Woodrow Wilson did by far the most damage. No prof. should even be elected President. But the Communists and the Nazis were and are pure murdering evil. We are surrounded today by Communists in academia, the media and big Corp. media, so called msm. Most don't know who they really represent and/or are.--If they aren't stupid they aren't educated. Never mind evil. The evil is in the rest of us for not rousting them out. Then the rest of ID's salvation is hunting them down. --Brant you can vote yourself intso fascism but then you'll have to shoot yourself out (not original by me)
  12. 1 point
    Jonathan, Maybe. But do we have it coming? After all, Rand can't read anything anymore. Michael
  13. 1 point
    T, You can say that again. But I'll let you dig into the government-corporation lovemaking on your own. There's plenty of stuff around. Let's just say that without government protections, funding and resources like satellites and subsidized power (in addition to way too much stuff to list here), Google would not be the Google behemoth it is today. Here's a 2018 book for ya': Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder. Gilder is the guy who correctly predicted a bunch of important stuff about big tech and even the Internet back during the television years. And he's been right over and over since. You might be interested to know that the view of human nature of the Google folks is essentially Marxist (and, by extension, this applies to other big tech folks as well, but not as much as with Google). I'm going to push the bounds of fair use and provide some relevant quotes from Gilder's book. Gilder continues in the quote below. The reason I separated the passage (it continues from the previous one) is that, although it does not deal specifically with Marx, it shows how the Marxist model inevitably leads to "walled gardens" and "company stores" with arbitrary market practices, both of which need a massive security system in place for protection. He also shows the bait and switch of "free" software in this Marxist model. The free not only serves as the bait, it isolates Google from complying with many legal business requirements. The help on the way that Gilder talks about is blockchain and cryptocurrency. In the next chapter, Gilder gives an explanation of the "free" as it pertains to both philosophy and practice. Marx is not mentioned, but the mechanistic view of human nature (people as robots that can be programmed) inherent in Marxism is clear. Don't forget, whenever we talk about Marx, we already know the fundamental issue is power over the individual (collectivism). If you want to know all about the data centers, the subsidized electrical power Google uses (the Dalles Dam between Klickitat, Washington, and Wasco, Oregon) and so on, this book will give you all the information you need. For a relatively quick and general overview of Gilder's thinking about Google, I can't recommend highly enough the following video. If you watch it, in less than one hour you will know vastly more about Google than most of the "experts" around you. He even goes into the Marxist thing (from a different and more limited view, but still he covers it). Gilder doesn't cover Google's Darpa and Pentagon stuff, Google's incestuous relationship with the former Obama administration (a crapload of Google's employees got hired by Obama and a crapload of Obama folks got hired by Google--all at the same time), and so on, but I think Gilder's perspective for the long run is more important than Google's icky politics. Just because I am against the way Google wants to rule over everyone, that doesn't mean those Google dudes are stupid. On the contrary, they are brilliant. Imagine if, one day, they ever became committed--for real--to not being evil... Michael
  14. 1 point
    Michael, No. No. No. I wish I could help. But this is a discussion forum. May I suggest seeing a doctor? Michael
  15. 1 point
    Brant, Notice that, didja? I bet you're not the only one... Michael
  16. 1 point
    Merlin, You really are a shill for Big Brother. I have often wondered if your own money is tied up with government protection schemes. When I first saw that side of you during the Trump election, that you loved the cockeyed crony foreign trade agreements like NAFTA, TPP, etc., and called those things "free trade" while insulting those who think crony arrangements are not "free," I tuned out. But, you have a right to worship at the feet of any Big Brother you wish. Constant snark does not work at convincing others, though, so I would work on my persuasion skills if that is your intent. If it's just the will to snark, do carry on... I'm not going to waste time taking apart your misdirections. Man, did you come out of the gate hungry for winning some fight or other. It's kind of comical. Especially since, in a few of your points, it looks like you didn't even watch the video as they inaccurately describe what's in it. I've seen you do this kind of start-with-bluster-and-bloviating stuff before and all it does is result a lot of posts containing snark and very little that is substantive. I presume you have presented your best shot at taking me down a peg or two, showing the world your awesomeness, uncovering my dupedness for all to see, yada yada yada, and want to get to the good stuff, the snark, but I just don't have a lot of time for constant snark, so I prefer to let the reader decide. Let interested readers watch the video, let them look up your facts, and let them decide which negate which, if any. (In fact, I'm not of the belief that just because so-and-so did not cover something, even a list of things, that debunks what he did discuss and makes you the savior of mankind, dispatching enemies left and right. ) On a happier note, I already have The Innovators (and several books by Isaacson, none of which I have yet read). Even though I haven't yet had time to get into it, that, and all his books, are all on my to-read list. I want to read his book on Steve Jobs first since I want to introduce myself to Isaacson's work with that one. Also, I will look into The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths. It looks interesting, but from the Amazon description and a few reader comments, it sure seems to sing the praises of Big Brother. In other words, Big Brother does market things like market innovation because the market is simply unqualified to do it on its own. And if anyone thinks differently, you will be debunked (see the book's very title ). Besides, the market cannot exist without government technocrats running it. (Any ideas on who should be running those things and ruling over the market. Merlin? Like, maybe, you? Or a bud of yours? ) All hail Big Brother! And may we debunk forever and ever, amen! Note to the reader, Merlin is plugging his blog. I not only don't mind, I encourage it. Please go there and read his stuff. He's very intelligent and gives great information and topics to think about. Also, he's much more snarky here than he is over there so, if you go there, you won't have to waste your time wading though his neurotic urges. Seriously, despite my criticisms, I recommend it. Michael
  17. 1 point
    MSK has been duped again ... big time. Corbett asserts that the roots of the Internet and social media are government applications and surveillance by government. 😄 There is something surely wrong with a narrative purported to explain the birth and growth of the Internet and social media that says nothing at all about: 1. The invention of transistors, Bell Labs, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain. 2. Arnold Beckman, who financially backed William Shockley and Shockley's company Fairchild Semiconductor. 3. How Shockley was a terrible manager, from whom the Gang of Eight bolted to start their own business. 4. Transistors were the foundation of semiconductors. 5. Two of the Gang of Eight were Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, who greatly advanced the practical use of transistors and semiconductors and were the founders of Intel. Noyce and Jack Kilby invented the first integrated circuits or microchips that helped launch the personal computer revolution. 6. IBM and Control Data, the titans of the mainframe era. 7. The PC revolution led by (a) Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Microsoft, and (b) Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Apple. 8. The development of browsers, especially Mosaic and Netscape, without which there was no need for Google's or any other search engine. 9. Advertising, except for one trivial mention. The lifeblood of Google and Facebook is and has been advertising. "Facebook made more than $40 billion in revenue in 2017, approximately 89 percent of which came from digital advertisements" (link). "From Q3 2017 to Q3 2018 ... advertising from Google websites has comprised a relatively consistent 86.78% of total company revenue" (link). Corbett's narrative also blunders big time as follows. 10. He gives nearly all credit for Silicon Valley to one man, Frederick Terman. Terman was a pretty minor character in the real history. There is a book titled Crystal Fire: The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age. Terman's name appears on 5 pages of Crystal Fire, a 352-page book. One of the 5 is in the Notes. Another is in the Index. That leaves only 3 pages in the main part. 11. Corbett's video asserts that Oracle gets 25% of its revenues from government. What about the other 75%? Duh! Oracle is huge in the business of information technology, especially databases, some of the software that controls the data of the information age. 12. Corbett's one mention of advertising is this: "The US government is not afraid of the Russians and their ability to “undermine American democracy” by purchasing thousands of dollars of advertising on Facebook." First, it is absurd to ignore all the other advertising on the Internet. Second, his assertion is absurd. Try telling that whopper to all the Democrats in the US government. 😄 13. The primary purpose of the Internet is not government applications and surveillance. It is communication. The purpose of ARPANET, prominent in Corbett's video, was communication -- email and file-sharing. If you believe the Internet is only about email and file-sharing, check your premises. 14. Facebook was conceived and first developed by Zuckerberg for social communication. If you believe his ulterior motive in Facebook's early years was a tool -- or now is -- for government control and surveillance, check your premises. 15. While the Internet does offer surveillance opportunities for other than advertisers, the major surveillance is for advertising. Sellers want data about computer (now also phone) users in order to sell the user something. That's where the money is and money talks. For anybody with a greater interest in reality than a far-fetched conspiracy theory, I recommend Crystal Fire and Walter Isaacson's The Innovators. I posted about the latter on my blog in April, 2019. Another book I read about the government and Silicon Valley is The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato. I also wrote about it on my blog between April 29 - May 4. She doesn't have a sinister view of government's role in Silicon Valley. Instead, she strives to give nearly all of the credit for Silicon Valley to the government.
  18. 1 point
    No need for a new thread about this. The Antifa assholes never changed. Journalist Andy Ngo just got beat up by a group of masked Antifa thugs in Portland, Oregon, and he had to go to the hospital. According to the Portland Police, some of the milkshakes thrown at him contained quick-drying cement. In other words, they were like bricks. And this... And this... Here are a few facts from leftie Heavy. The rhetoric is pretty much slanted left, but the facts seem accurate. Andy Ngo Attacked: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know This is getting the attention of major Fox News talent (including Laura Ingraham) , so I imagine it will be all over the rest of the mainstream news later. The fake news media would probably not report this in ordinary circumstances, but there are pictures of actual blood circulating, so I don't think they will be able to help themselves. Michael
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    Starting in late July I pledge $100/mo to OL. I am quite capable of raising that if I read any more crap about how donating to OL grants anybody, including myself, any special status here. --Brant
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    On Infowars: Blacklist: MSM Ignores Project Veritas Bombshell Google Exposé And there follows screenshot evidence. It's quite a show. Another quote from the end. I believe it correctly states what most Trump supporters--and even some anti-Trumpers--think about all this. But there is someone who did notice. The Google lady busted in the video: This is not how I expected Monday to go! by Jen Gennai She doesn't like it when the crap lands on her. She cried foul because people decided to do this covertly. But when you listen to the video, she likes it when it lands on others, especially when Google does it covertly. At least she said this: Imprecise language? Heh... Well done? She should know... Michael
  21. 1 point
    Those statistics are reasonably sound. But what of the causes? There is a hypothesis which I moderately subscribe to , to wit, the mating customs of Ashkenazim in Europe put a high value on males who mastered the intricacies of the Babylonian Talmud and the very strict reasoning of the Scholars, Rabbis and Sages. These bright young fellows had their pick of the women in the villages and shtetils. The matchmakers (marriages were arranged to advantage the families of the women who paid a bride prices for a good husband) would often pair up the brilliant young Talmud-Bucher with the daughter of the richest man in the Shtetel. It turns out this was a breeding program to make intelligent children (although the mechanisms of human biological inheritance were unknown at this time). Now contrast this with how Catholics arranged things. The best and the brightest sons were encouraged to go into the Priesthood where their opportunities for biological mating were .... limited..... So the Catholics were taking half of the gene pool for intelligence out of circulation. There you have a crude and semi-plausible account for why the Ashkenazim were "so smart". Also for cultural reasons every Jewish male was encouraged to become as learned as he could in matters of Talmud and Torah. The logic of and about the Talmud (and logic there was) was a kind of hybrid between inferential logic and inductive logic. It was, at its root Bayesian reasoning. To become an accomplished Talmud scholar of repute required decades of study. Jews have traditionally put a high premium on "being smart" and practical! It is just the thing one needs to survive in a hostile or potentially hostile environment. So in a strange way, the anti-Semites promoted the breeding of super-smart Jews. One had to have one's wits firmly attached to survive in that environment. Breeding programs of other sorts have emerged in the Asiatic nations. China is renowned for turning out its share (and more than their share) of very smart people. Some thousands of years ago China was several light years ahead of Europe in both abstract thinking and practical engineering. China, which has dumped Lenin and Marx for good old practical reasons is in the process of reclaiming its eminent position in the world of ideas and technology. Japan has also done well and in the smaller Asiatic nations as wells as Japan and China the "tiger-moms" who push their son's unmercifully is a known phenomena. There is a shortage of women in the Asiatic nations (sons are preferred to daughters for cultural reasons) so the brightest and most ambitious males are more likely to "score" in the reproductive struggle and competition. And so it goes. A combination of genetics and culture, in some cases, is an effective breeding program for intelligence. Ba'al Chatzaf --- a descendant of Abraham, if not in the flesh, then certainly in the spirit.
  22. 1 point
    Wow, you have been on a roll Jon. No prob, Ive been told worse.
  23. 1 point
    This is a side issue, but correcting your report of what happened: No one came to see Tony's lack of ability at mechanical reasoning as anything but lack of ability - or Merlin's outright intellectual fraud (on Wikipedia) combined with ineptitude as anything but chicanery combined with ineptitude. Maybe what you're referring to is Jonathan's commenting - I think this was on a different thread (the "Where are you?" thread) - that he enjoyed seeing how the mathematically inclined approached the problem. But Jonathan knew from the start that he isn't good at math skills, though he's excellent at mechanical visualization. Ellen
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    Just when I think he has "understood" the rules of civilized banter he proves me wrong, Jules. Though his last few forays in big game hunting have been better. At some point Michael may even think we will be laughing together, though still "Friars Club roasting" each other. Who knows? Now back to me being his father figure . . .
  25. 1 point
    “Grabs some popcorn.” hahaha?
  26. 1 point
    Transference [trans-fer´ens] in psychiatry, the unconscious tendency of a patient to assign to others in the present environment feelings and attitudes associated with significant persons in one's earlier life; especially, the patient's transfer to the therapist of feelings and attitudes associated with a parent or similar person from childhood. The feelings may be affectionate (positive transference), hostile (negative transference), or ambivalent. Sometimes the transference can be interpreted to help the patient understand childhood attitudes. end quote A person who transfers their personal feelings into an attack on another person, attributing what they are ashamed of, to that other person, is not a good characteristic and should not be condoned. Take each instance of name calling or slander and wonder, “Is that what they are really like?” Perhaps, Ellen Stuttle may be one person with an opinion on this, but anyone, please feel free to contribute. Peter
  27. 1 point
    If a person cusses or bullies in writing, what is the possibility that that is how they act in their personal life? That sounds harsh and a bit too personal but not if someone claims they have no control over their actions. Involuntary and volitional contradict each other. Peter
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    Hey Jon, I think this is excellently done. All the more cause to keep in mind that trust in someone else's conclusions, should not be assumed. They arrive, you know, from ones reasoned chain of concepts, induced from *many* particulars (and data and sources), and so are hard, almost impossible, to reproduce and communicate. Something to bear in mind, and that you touched on yourself. What looks glaringly obvious to you isn't so to another. And for good reason: all propositions made by others, one reads, must be passed through one's "smell test" - does this conform to reality as I know it, by *my* series of inductions and integrations (and comparisons and differentiations)? The independent-minded listener can't take all that in, purely on trust. For someone, me or Peter to display a healthy skepticism to your propositions, isn't an attack on "you". I do think from reading you you have made over-hasty conclusions, mostly pointing to conspiratorial, notorious figures who do disgusting things, and sure, some in underground groups - cults.. I find myself, still, naively shocked at what superficially 'moral, upstanding' people can do. I don't doubt events will prove you right, on some, but not in every instance. (My pov is of the philosophical-political "conspiracy', by dangerous ideologues supported by many gullible innocents, planning our world - trying to shape the minds of individuals and masses. Those receive my greatest disgust). I think you're hasty and unjust, too, when you react slightingly e.g. against Peter's intelligence, visibly assuming his willful obduracy, when all he usually makes are very mild and mannered observations. He is most pertinent too, when you dig into them. He doesn't know what you know, you don't know what he knows and has experienced. So it goes for everybody.
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    Um, I think something I said didn't communicate accurately to you if you think that I ever placed no plausibility on what you're saying. I've placed a lot of plausibility on it all along. My asking questions about details - and entering correctives on certain wordings you've used (such as "total control") - isn't meant as questioning the fundamentals of "Gang" existence and goals. I have no doubt of the reality of those. Ellen
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    My reference was to "The Gang," Peter, as per Jon's usage, not "a gang." Read Jon for details on who "The Gang" are. LOL I don't think you're gonna get the discourse style you want - although not treating Jon as a kook would help if you want politeness from him. Ellen
  32. 1 point
    Thug life. "Fuck off, pedophile."
  33. 1 point
    'Tis revealing, Pelosi et al's glee at the prospect of escalation. Ellen
  34. 1 point
    I am back to not reading Army Ants posts so I don't know what you are satirizing. But thanks anyway, Brant.
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    And you know this how? You make yourself sound like an expert but I doubt you are. You can't be trusted. Peter, headquarters and headquarters battery, seventh infantry division artillery, signing off. And remember Scouts, artillery is spelled with an e and not artillary.
  36. 1 point
    There may be kids who are fans of Rand reading these posts, and Jon's filthy language may have been heard by them in the schoolyard but I don't think his language is appropriate. This does not require any true censorship of his ideas just of his low, gutter language.
  37. 1 point
    And you know coooos, Frenchy? How do you know coooos? You do know drunken gutter English, Jon. Poor soul has lost his way.
  38. 1 point
    You were viewing "What's Up With." Damn. You got scared.
  39. 1 point
    Aha! From the site, Necker Island: Necker Island is a 30-hectare island in the British Virgin Islands just north of Virgin Gorda. The island's land is entirely owned by Sir Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, and is part of the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio of luxury properties. The whole island operates as a resort and can accommodate up to 34 guests, with additional room for , , , , So, if you own a resort and Che shows up, you are a communist?
  40. 1 point
    CIA black op sites in Iran? Did Natural News tell you that or did "the voices" inform you?
  41. 1 point
    When conspiracy theories surface I read them and listen but I withhold judgement. Show me the proof.
  42. 1 point
    I went to the Fox link about NX. The dude left wiki in 2002. This is from that article. Larry Sanger, who left Wikipedia in 2002, said Wikimedia Commons (the parent company of Wiki products including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews and Wikiquote) is rife with renderings of children performing sexual acts. Sanger sent a letter to the FBI earlier this month outlining his concerns and identifying two specific Wikimedia Commons categories he believes violate federal obscenity law. The first category, entitled “Pedophilia,” contains 25-30 explicit and detailed drawings of children performing sexual acts. The category was created three years ago. Wiki’s response: “The Wikimedia Foundation obeys the law. In the weeks since Sanger’s published allegations, the Wikimedia Foundation has not been contacted by the FBI or any other law-enforcement agency with regard to allegedly illegal content on any Wikimedia projects. Our community of volunteer editors takes action to remove illegal material when such material is brought to its attention. The Wikimedia Foundation is proud of the Wikimedia editors who zealously work to keep the projects free of illegal material. If and when we are informed by law enforcement agencies of illegal content that has not already been removed through self-policing, we will take quick action to delete it.” Sanger contacted the FBI> So, where is the FBI? Why haven’t they swooped in and rounded the criminals up?
  43. 1 point
    I don't recommend a first strike at this time and certainly no nukes. We could flatten the country in a few hours, killing most of their people and destroying all bases and ships with conventional weapons in a week.
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    after a search of a few minutes, Jimmy Wales an objectivist who resides in London, seems to be a straight shooter and has had no hints of sexual perversion. Richard Branson? He seems like a decent “rich” sort and I could not find any real scandal after a few minutes of searching. He bought Necker Island, in The British Virgin Islands and his house was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. From Entrepreneur online. Richard Branson's 8 Keys to Happiness and Success. It boils down to family, friends, fun, purposeful work and money -- in that order. 1. Don’t measure your success by the amount of money you make. 2. Unplug and focus on face-to-face conversation. 3. Have fun in everything you do. 4. Find a hobby that gets you outside. 5. Dream big. 6. Learn as you go. 7. Be fearless in trying new things. 8. Make happiness a habit.
  45. 1 point
    An unsettling story by Casey Newton of The Verge ... on Facebook content moderators.
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    Jules, Take it to Parler and maybe Minds. Maybe even Steemit. These three are not nearly as big, but they are growing daily like the dickens. So you have a chance to create your public and watch it grow as the platform grows. I am not suggesting any of the the other alt social media platforms I sometimes talk about for beautiful photography like yours because they are 100% devoted to free speech and, as early proponents of free speech, got all the bigots and fringe people that were thrown off the major platforms (in addition to others not so bigoted and fringe like Infowars). I have accounts at these other places, but I rarely post to them because I have to look at some really goofball shit on the feeds. If you don't mind putting your beautiful photos in environments like that (Gab, Bitchute for video and so on), go for it. Believe it or not, many of these goofballs appreciate fine things, they spend money, and almost all of them have family members who do not share their extreme views. The logic of many people who are migrating to the alt social media sites is that they will keep using the mainstream platforms so long as they are not censored, but they are setting up a backup at the alt sites and growing them in a way to eventually become their principal social media presence. Once I start posting a steady stream of commercial content in a project I am setting up at places outside of OL, I, personally, will post that stuff to all of them. And if a bigot buys my stuff, I will say, "Howdy" and "Thank you." I won't do politics or discuss his crazy stuff with him, though. Even if he does Ayn Rand (as quite a few of them do). Michael
  47. 1 point
    So today I had an interesting post on my twitter feed. A person looking to purchase a rights managed image for an add campaign. So I sent her my personal email via Message in order to get more details. i sent her a link to the image she wanted and ten minutes later BAM! https://fineartamerica.com/saleannouncement.html?id=9becce4a0811b1bc99e633e17bff67ee Kinda cool eh?
  48. 1 point
    You have made this claim before, and I have already shown why it is fallacious. Taxes cannot be shifted forward to the consumer through a raise in the price of a good without affecting demand for that good and consequently revenues. Suppose, for example, that under our current version of "American Capitalism," the legislature doubles or triples the gasoline tax. Not a problem, you say. All the entrepreneur has to do raise his prices accordingly. But if the price of lumber (produced by the use of gasoline-powered motors) goes up, will as many homes be built? If the price of bus travel (produced by the use of gasoline-powered motors) goes up, will as many tickets be purchased? The effects of taxation are real and involuntary. This is not Magic Pink Pony Land.
  49. 1 point
    As I said over on the five-minute phobia thread, you are using stolen concepts here. If empirical studies are as unreliable as you say, I have to wonder what you would consider good evidence and why that is better. How you would prove such a claim without empirical evidence is beyond me. In any case I did not say that controlled studies are "the only way" to gather information. In the passage you quoted I expressly mentioned that testimonials (about sentence-completion, for example) could be of some value. Speaking from an amateur literacy in the field, I should think that a good followup would include standardized tests, self-reports and interviews with duly blinded investigators, and maybe other techniques as well. As a matter of fact I've read several of Branden's books. The theoretical part was impressive. The exercises struck me the same way folk-dancing does: harmless fun if you're into it, but not for me.
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    Barbara, I have to disagree even that it's "an intelligent and valuable argument." The one point she makes which is important to try to make is that if the energy restrictions desired by the AGW (anthropogenic global-warming) proponents are instituted, this would mean severe consequences for the quality of living of multitudes, and literal death for many -- the exact consequences and figures are speculative, but they'd certainly be draconian. However, she goes so far over the top in her demonizing of liberals, she loses credibility even on the nugget of truth in what she's saying. And I think "embarrassing" isn't the word for what her views on evolution make her look like in scientific circles. There's no way I'd even bring up that article, let alone recommend it as "worth reading," to any of the scientific types I know. And the problem it presents from Larry's standpoint is that the scientists he's trying to persuade to look more carefully at the scientific issues pertaining to AGW are only too likely to hear of the article (not from him) and to bring it up in just the vein Brant described, as indicating that only "the freaks and nutcases" are taking the anti-AGW side. Ellen ___