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  1. 3 points
    And Gates. And WHO. And everyone else involved in the scheme. I'm very angry about the deaths from this "dastardly plot." I'm thinking of those who died as war casualties. Ellen
  2. 3 points
    The pandemics in 1957 and then again in 1968 killed roughly 100k Americans each, they were influenza viruses , I don't know of any societal wide reactions that match this one. Did we flatten a curve ? Or do curves just do what curves do? It doesn't seem like lockdowns did much other than economic damage. I mean pandemics suck , but yeah they suck. Hurricanes suck too . ? It's starting to really feel like we've been played , no ?
  3. 3 points
    Classic Objectivism absolutely opposes anti-trust. What wasn't addressed back then was State charted, created, sponsored corporations. There are 50 States. Where is there the room for public corporations in the ideologic rubric of libertarianism/Objectivism or in Randianism, if you will? Basically corporations are facets of economic fascism written large by today's social media. Hit them with anti-trust as a necessary stopgap. --Brant
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    The single greatest advance in medicine was the germ theory of disease. It's precursor was smallpox vaccination. There is no handling flu with vaccine, just the pretense, but the pretense is a horse to ride into good doing the world. I'd never get a flu shot. The virus mutates too much too quickly. Money is a road to power. These money men, ironically, are being controlled and used by people who live in all ways high on the hogs. They aren't after a virus, but you and me through nation state destruction and globalization. Above all they must all belong to the same fraternity. If Bill Gates were a true hero he'd go after malaria with DDT advocacy. --Brant
  5. 2 points
    Oh my... don’t fill me with false hopes like that. A living example to explode so many of the false narratives in identity politics and a sane voice to reject socialism and encourage right thinking (up to a point) ?? That really would be awesome!
  6. 2 points
    OK, somebody's got to say it. The Washington Post really likes stores being trashed and looted during riots, right? The Washington Post really likes people being afraid to go to stores right? The Washington Post is owned by Amazon, right? I'll let you put two and two together and see what you come up with. Michael
  7. 2 points
    I have been watching Tim Pool's evolution from left to right due to his daily disillusionment with the fake news media. To be more exact, it's from a ruling class left-leaning establishment view (which looked like grass roots to Tim) to a more Trump-like view, even though he says he's not all in with Trump. Tim's problem is that he fact-checks the media against actual facts and against what they said in the recent past. And he keeps seeing the same dishonesty, blatant lies, wrong reporting and propaganda over and over. He proves it--both to himself and to the public. He has now hit a point where he said his heart is broken. Maybe there is a universal truth here. It's the redemption story, the hero's journey version. You must kill off your old self before the new one can emerge. You must let go of being a child before you can become an adult. When such a change is due to disillusionment and not growth, it's like divorcing your values. And what results from a divorce? A broken heart. I feel for Tim, but I certainly admire his integrity. He's going to be OK. He got rid of an abuser in his life and his co-dependency is ending. It hurts like hell, but it's a healthy step. Just like growth toward adulthood is. Michael
  8. 2 points
    T, There's another possibility. The riots might be Stage 2 with the coronavirus being Stage 1. And in that case, I wonder what the other stages are going to be until November. Michael
  9. 2 points
    From "the particular" (this trade, today's sunrise, this water, etc.etc). to "the general" (all trades, all sunrises, all oceans) IS induction. And it requires cognitive effort to avoid drawing false propositions. You don't conclude that Capitalism is moral, initially: (for the moment let's assume this individual has no idea of "capitalism") - you observed that THIS deal was good and proper and moral - and this one, and the next - and then generalized. You have seen the philosophical definition of induction, do you not accept it? The reason people think that Capitalism "has failed" is from FAULTY induction. They see and hear of a single amoral/immoral aspect in this compromised "mixed economy" and generalize that the whole "Capitalist system" is rotten. Usually evasively. Always a straw man. Socialism only appears good and "sounds better" to those pampered dreamers who have and have implicitly enjoyed the benefits of Capitalism (or a large modicum of it). (The Stolen Concept fallacy, right?) If they were transported to a country to live under the real thing they'd run home in a jiffy.
  10. 2 points
    I find it a little ironic that on the one hand I advocate for a system where there would be little to no public property, state media, public utilities of any kind. Where all is privately owned, traded, rented, sold and used in the free market. Yet I almost am tempted to treat the various media service platforms as coming within the public sphere, I almost conflate their private with public good and their private action with government action...but reason brings me back from the brink. My only consolation is the double negative... that since we live in a mixed economy there no doubt is favouritism and cronyism which needs to be reined in by force of regulation.
  11. 2 points
    George hadn't a clue. Ellen
  12. 2 points
    Ed, Jon is why We can’t have nice things, like..members that talk more than they do. Nice to see you!
  13. 2 points
    We've certainly been played as to the deadliness of it. It's a real virus, and extra-hard on particular categories of people. But it's no where near the killer it was projected as being. We've been played - by a "Disease X" scheme that was already planned out for potential use in early 2018. Ellen
  14. 2 points
    They need mail-in ballots in order to cheat enough to defeat Trump and keep their necks out of nooses. They need very intense fear to push mail-in through. Mentally prepare now for false flags and terror, (please start expecting that now so you don't lose your shit and become infinitely malleable when it hits.) It is coming, it is [THEM] -- so get angry when it hits, not fearful.
  15. 2 points
    Verified is a funny word , nowadays, perhaps always, but definitely nowadays.
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    Might as well do to them now. If they get back in power they'll do it to us regardless. --Brant
  17. 2 points
    Cross-posted from Unz.com — I’m not a diehard China skeptic but I do hate totalitarianism. Instead of succumbing to martial law or waiting for a dangerous rushed-to-market vaccine (see Paul Craig Roberts on that), concentrate on curing, or ameliorating the effects of, the disease. Faucci and co-conspirators should be tried for murder for willfully ignoring strong evidence that Zinc (e.g. Zinc Sulfate) + Hydroxychloroquine + Vitamin D + Vitamin C cure the disease. About the first two see this. About the first see this and this. About the third and fourth see this. They also recommend anti-inflammatories.
  18. 2 points
    2,000 scumbags shitting their pants as their criminal careers in government catch up to them.
  19. 2 points
    President of Tanzania suspects bullshit, sends samples of a damned fruit for coronavirus testing, fires head of lab testing when returned results are positive. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-tanzania/tanzania-suspends-laboratory-head-after-president-questions-coronavirus-tests-idUSKBN22G295
  20. 2 points
    Have you seen this, yet? THE DEAD ZONE TV show from 2003 mentions a corona virus from China, a school lockdown, and talks about Hydroxychloroquine being the cure...[edit 5/5/20: NOT hydroxychloroquine, but chloroquine. 2 different drugs, but both being tested for use on coronavirus.]
  21. 1 point
    T, I doubt it. I think it's quite plausible she will be the first female President of the USA in a couple of decades or more.. Michael
  22. 1 point
    Them chemtrails can hollow out a man's ability to check claims, it seems. 99 people are talking about this MSNBC’s parent company also confirmed to The Verge that the clip was a fake. “To confirm, the posts are fake,” NBCUniversal spokesperson Alexandra Roberts told the outlet. For these reasons, the claim that MSNBC tried to pass “World World Z” trailer footage off as video of protests in Philadelphia is not rooted in reality.
  23. 1 point
    Rush Limbaugh said something that just cracked me up. He said President Trump holding the Bible up in front of the church had the same effect on the fake news media as old time movies where someone would hold up a cross to Count Dracula. LOL... Michael
  24. 1 point
    Thanks for reposting the excerpts from Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder. I meant to buy that and forgot. I just ordered it. Ellen
  25. 1 point
    From the Elan Journo Facebook entry TG posted a few posts above: ===== Start Quote ===== "[Gates'] philanthropic foundation has pledged $250 million to help with the manufacture of promising vaccines for the novel coronavirus." ===== End Quote ===== And then watch what's coming. India, especially, look out. Bad batch of vaccine? Many deaths? And, predicting a pandemic for which the world isn't prepared is such a great deniability cover for writing the blueprint for said pandemic. Ellen
  26. 1 point
    Truth right in front of you. 4344 81% of Minnesota COVID-19 Deaths Are from Nursing Homes Q!!Hs1Jq13jV6 28 May 2020 - 11:39:13 AM https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/21/nursing-homes-residents-account-for-81-of-covid-19-deaths-in-minnesota-but-state-still-allows-facilities-to-admit-covid-19-positive-patients/ The truth is right in front of you. Q
  27. 1 point
    I’m glad you don’t mind. In summary penis enlargers - moral if shown to be effective, immoral if claims fraudulent student loans - moral if no taxation was used to obtain wealth leant multilevel ... - although many fraudulent schemes have similar structure and description it is within the realm of possibility that time - real estate - responsibility - ownership might be woven into a complex structure and traded for value among voluntary individuals Asian and Russian brides - although slavery is wrong, agents who bring parties with potentially mutual interest together provide value... when they aren’t fraudsters Nigerian Princes - The one who contacted me, I ignored ... the next time one contacts me I’ll tell him I’ve already sent him the initial fee and he already sent me the riches ... then thank him profusely in my goodbyes and good riddances. Honestly though, it would be nice to have a forum to discuss things without hucksters or lefties harassing you all the time, but sometimes they leave crumbs for discussion.
  28. 1 point
    Yes, William. Probable factors which this article points to. "Africa is an outlier". The latest figures I have for the continent of AFRICA are: 124,733 infections/ 3,700 deaths. May 13. Three months since original infection/transmission. So pray tell how the "model" WHO has concocted can possibly predict 250, 000,000 infections in Africa? And expect anyone to swallow their Gospel? https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwij5I7Xx9fpAhXLSsAKHW33CpYQFjAQegQIChAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theafricareport.com%2F27470%2Fcoronavirus-unpacking-the-theories-behind-africas-low-infection-rate%2F&usg=AOvVaw0YPV9DFhIwT7HuqYGI7gSv .
  29. 1 point
    I agree. I'm not sure about this. To be sure some psychologists have failed in rigorous scientific adherence, but that does not mean all have so failed. Certainly not I. As part of reality, it must be studied. From a third person view as well as from a first person view... although there is really only one "thing" to study, via two different channels.
  30. 1 point
    Tony, You have hit the fundamental issue squarely in the middle. Induction is the true bottom-up process for creating principles since it relies on observation at root. (Rand calls the process of grouping observed instances into a whole "integration.") I have seen many people here in O-Land do nothing but top-down thinking, meaning that they take a principle as a given (as reality) and try to deduce everything from there. For example, a typical error is to start with individual rights, then deduce social structures, justice, etc., from that. Doing it this way allows them to ignore large chunks of human nature--of observable human nature. And once that happens, off they go into the la-la land of utopia and argue your ears off while going nowhere practical. Communists do this, too, starting with a different principle (equality of outcome) and deducing everything from it. Notice that massive bloodshed always happens. That's because fighting is part of human nature (definition-wise, it's part of the "animal "genus in "rational animal"), and ignoring this allows it run unchecked--at least by those who can get away with it--within the systems that get built from principles only. After all, if we ignore or don't correctly identify a critical issue that is out there in reality, how can make rules that work for organizing and taming it? This is why the checks and balances system was so brilliant and works so well for keeping an ongoing government functioning. The Founding Fathers did not try to ignore quest for power as part of human nature. They accepted it as a given and made a system where power exists at the foundation, but was highly restricted by others always trying to get more than their share, which is how human nature has worked, works and will work for the foreseeable future. I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say the following, but this is for readers, especially those who are not clear on how this stuff works. We can deduce a lot from a principle and this is a great shortcut and extension to observation for many things, but reality is primary, not the principle. When the principle does not result in correspondence with reality, the principle needs to change since reality will not. And the only way we can find out what reality is, unfortunately for those who prefer manmade rules as their primary mental foundation , is to observe it. Michael
  31. 1 point
    Do you guys, who aren't looking for a hook-up and have been down that road before, ever run into reformed Furries at naked resorts?
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    Loopy Janet? Lol
  34. 1 point
    It looks like Joe Rogan is jumping ship from YouTube to Spotify and one of the main issues is YouTube censorship. The other is money--a cool $100 million. Alex Jones has said he will be the first guest of Joe over at Spotify on September 1. This might be hyperbole since, halfway through the video, Tim cut out a section where he stopped recording and had a call with Joe to discuss all these things. Joe told him that, yes, he and Alex talk and he will interview Alex on his show, but Alex likes to embellish things with bombast. The sleaziest thing I learned about YouTube on this video is that after Alex Jones was banned, nobody could have their videos monetized anymore on YouTube if they showed excerpts from Alex or discussed him as a major topic. However, right before Joe was going to interview Alex--on YouTube--Joe got in contact with YouTube to advise them and they turned the monetization back on for that interview. After all, with the huge spike in Joe and Alex's audience numbers when an interview like this happens, it was easy money... Heh... Well, no one can accuse YouTube of consistency or having a single standard in dealing with its audience and content creators. I agree with Tim. I believe this event will be great for dismantling some of the tech giant censorship of conservative voices. It has to be said, though, that Alex Jones was banned by Spotify back when there was a coordinated effort to get him off the major social media platforms. Now Joe is going to Spotify. It seems like they promised him they will not censor whoever he interviews, including Alex. So we will have to see what happens. It's going to be fun watching the ride. Michael
  35. 1 point
    Let’s just agree to disagree, and yes I have if you dig a little deeper over at RoR.
  36. 1 point
    Mika sent a barrage of tweets telling Jack Dorsey to take her call, to take down President Trump's account, etc. Lots of bossiness aimed at Dorsey. Wait until she finds out just how relevant she really isn't. And how badly she sucks at promoting cover-ups... She can't even pull one off for hubby. Michael
  37. 1 point
    Here are some quotes from Atlas Shrugged that are relevant today. First, let's hear from Wesley Mouch. He's presenting Directive Number 10-289 for consideration. Does this sound like certain governors these days? Next, let's go bowling. Think about governors and mayors closing down jogging, beaches, and so on. btw - Are bowling alleys open during the coronavirus shut down? I'm pretty sure they are. How about "essential need," exceptions for favoritism, and New York? Granted, it is not winter right now, but imagine if it were. How about the three trillion dollar boondoggle the House just passed? The following excerpt does not just apply to that, it applies to government "pork" in general. I am sure Atlas Shrugged is full of other images that are relevant. But these passages have been floating around in my head ever since the shutdown happened, so I looked them up and here they are. Anybody remember any other passages? Michael
  38. 1 point
    A fun read, if you like oddities, quirks and foibles ... The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement? May 18, 2020 7.12am EDT
  39. 1 point
    AG Barr just said he is not seeking a criminal investigation into former President Obama or former Vice President Biden. But the qualification was there at the end. Meaning he did not rule it out, either. He pointed out that not every case of abuse of power, however outrageous, does not necessarily result in a federal crime. But he also said Durham's investigation will not lead to a crimianl investigation of Obama and Biden "based on the information he has today." Since AG Barr mentioned Obama and Biden by name and qualified his statement about no criminal investigation, this could be a head fake and a criminal investigation is being planned at some point. He is clear he does not want Justice Department investigations to be used as election tactics. So, in my opinion, anything criminal-wise aimed at Obama and Biden will probably happen after the November election. Meanwhile, I hope the press on Trump's side keeps the pressure on. I fully believe there will come a moment, if enough people like Judicial Watch keep digging, where they will uncover provable felonies that objective law enforcement people cannot ignore. Michael
  40. 1 point
    4247 Link to New Q Drop Q!!Hs1Jq13jV6 15 May 2020 - 10:29:26 AM Why did [D]s push 'everything is fine' narrative early on [ex: Pelosi China town]? Why did science board push [no need close China travel] narrative early on? Why did [select] govs push COVID-19 positive elderly patients into nursing homes [most at risk_proven] when surplus of availability in hospitals [+ USNS_Comfort]? Why are CDC numbers conflating COVID-19 deaths with influenza, pneumonia, other? Why are influenza deaths at [all-time] historical low levels vs years past [outside of standard deviation]? Why are COVID-19 tests returning positive results on pawpaw's and animals? Why are [select] swing states undergoing heavy quarantine extensions? Why are possible [treatments][cures] being prevented and attacked [USA]? "Testing, Testing, Testing, Tracing, and Isolation." - [Pelosi] Q https://qmap.pub/
  41. 1 point
    A President has never been punished after leaving office, but a fake, fraudulent, illegitimate "president" has never attempted a coup over the incoming legally elected administration. Two very major "first times" are present and I am afraid the past is no guide. The precedent is perfectly agreeable to me: defraud America, twice, then attempt to destroy the Republic, and you hang.
  42. 1 point
    From Bloomberg. If the President Tests Positive for the Virus, What Happens? Joshua Green and Jennifer Jacobs 45 mins ago (Bloomberg Businessweek) -- The news last week that President Trump’s valet and Vice President Pence’s press secretary had both contracted the coronavirus sent a scare through the White House. While officials said both leaders subsequently tested negative, the episode raised a worrisome possibility: What happens if Trump or Pence is stricken—or, worse, if both became ill at the same time? The result could be anything from a temporary disruption to a full-blown constitutional crisis with competing claims on the presidency. What’s critical, experts say, is that the identity of the commander-in-chief be clear in any situation. At least one scenario could arise where it wouldn’t be. The degree of economic and geopolitical fallout would depend heavily on the severity of the illness, and especially on whether Trump himself became incapacitated, say current and former White House officials and outside experts. “There’s a protocol for everything,” says David Axelrod, former senior White House adviser to Barack Obama. “We routinely went through drills for what to do in case of terrorist or nuclear attacks, but I honestly never anticipated a pandemic situation like the one the White House is facing now.” Markets would almost certainly drop on news of a presidential diagnosis, says Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, a geopolitical risk consulting firm. But he expects traders would take comfort from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recovery from his recent bout of Covid-19. Although Johnson deputized Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to handle some duties when he entered intensive care on April 7, he never formally transferred power; Johnson has now returned to work and resumed his full slate of duties. “If Trump were to get it and is quarantined in the residence, but stays in charge of the government and is tweeting like crazy, I think there’d be de minimis market impact,” says Bremmer. Even if Trump became too ill for vigorous tweeting, there’s a process that past presidents have employed to temporarily relinquish power. The Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows Trump to hand over control to the vice president and then reclaim it as soon as he declares himself able. George W. Bush did this twice during his presidency, while undergoing medical procedures, and Ronald Reagan once, after he was shot. If Trump were stricken suddenly or had to be sedated for intubation, the 25th Amendment also allows the vice president and cabinet to execute the transfer of presidential power . . . .
  43. 1 point
    Of course, everyone should remember Obama is Hawaiian / Asian because he went to Menteng in Indonesia from1970 to 1971 and Punahou School in Honolulu from 1971 to 1979. And he was a furriner not born in the U.S. Joke. Remember all those stories? I went to Radford H.S. near Pearl Harbor with a lot of military children and I remember Punahou as a private, more posh school. But Radford was great! Peter Notes. State Elementary School Menteng 01 (Indonesian: Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN) Menteng 01), also known as SDN Besuki or the Besuki school, is an Indonesian public school in Menteng, Jakarta. History The school was founded in 1934 as Carpentier Alting Stichting Nassau School (CAS)[1] by the Dutch colonial administration and was reserved for Dutch children and children of the Indonesian nobility. The Indonesian government took over administration of the school in 1962, and has since been run by the Raden Saleh Foundation. Notable former students include the children of Bambang Trihatmodjo, son of former president Suharto, as well as the grandchildren of former vice presidents Hamzah Haz and Try Sutrisno. In 1970–71, US President Barack Obama attended the school for one and a half years.[2] Obama's announcement of his candidacy for United States president in January, 2007 drew worldwide media attention to the school, with many media outlets sending reporters there, including The Chicago Tribune,[3][4]NBC,[5] and the BBC.[6]Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press reported: "Those tied to the school say they are proud to have had a student like Obama, and hope that, if he is elected president, his ties to Indonesia will broaden his world perspective and his views on religion."[7] TODAY AT PUNAHOU Virtual Celebration: Holokū and May Day (opens in new window/tab) Join us for our week-long celebration.
  44. 1 point
    Wednesday, May 6 Race/Topic (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread General Election: Trump vs. Biden Monmouth Biden 50, Trump 41 Biden +9 General Election: Trump vs. Biden Economist/YouGov Biden 46, Trump 42 Biden +4 General Election: Trump vs. Biden CNBC Biden 47, Trump 44 Biden +3 Connecticut: Trump vs. Biden Quinnipiac Biden 56, Trump 33 Biden +23 New Jersey: Trump vs. Biden Quinnipiac Biden 54, Trump 35 Biden +19 New York: Trump vs. Biden Quinnipiac Biden 55, Trump 32 Biden +23
  45. 1 point
    TF, I have a few comments on what you said. But I want to preface it with a perspective. I am not a scientist, but I also do not believe scientists are superhuman and moral giants. They are human beings just like the rest of us. That means dealing with things like money, sex, power, fame and so on. The day I believe scientists are unwilling to sell out their integrity for these things is the day I am willing to bow down before technocratic dictatorship and call it God--which will be never. So I can't address some of the more technical stuff you talked about, like your comments on ebola, without doing a ton of research. I certainly don't trust the articles that come in the news or even publications like Science to tell the truth. In my view, every word coming from publications these days where the elitist ruling class is involved needs to be triple and quadruple checked, and even then, the opposite views need to be run down and treated the same. (The life of a steer on the human cattle farm that refuses to be part of the herd is difficult. Especially if the steer has even half a brain. ) Now your comments. For whom and in what context? Do you mean she should be denied her first amendment rights? Or do you mean we should only listen to her or her establishment critics to tell us what to think? I'm not being facetious or hostile here. I want to highlight a habit I have developed. I don't accept anything I read on faith. Nor do I expect any source I read to be 100% correct on anything for whatever reason. That means I can look at both establishment scientists and Alex Jones or even David Icke (to go to the extreme) and take something any one of them says seriously if, in my own independent judgment, they are correct. It is my mind, not theirs. And I want access to all voices, even ones that some feel go off the rails for speaking too freely. I believe the people in the science world want to shut down Mikovits for stupid reasons that have nothing to do with science. And they mostly use bait-and-switch to sell their message. They attack Mikovits as if she is polluting science or something. But the real problem is power. She actually is attacking their power and she means it. The way this is normally portrayed is that the evil corporations are the ones who want all the money and power and the scientists (and doctors), even the establishment ones who attack the "apostate," are bullied by this cartel of giant corporations in cahoots with the government it bought. But there are just as many scientists who, personally, are corrupt for those same base human reasons. An example of this framing comes from Robert Kennedy Jr. in his forward to her book, Plague of Corruption. This resonates with me a lot, but it also leaves the establishment individual scientist power-mongers an out so they can continue to present themselves as morally clean and not filthy. In other words, they are victims of a mistake or bullying by others, not intentional perpetrators of evil courses of action chosen for their own money and power. I say a pox on all of them. Here is what Robert Kennedy Jr. said: Then Kennedy goes on to list several examples. Regardless of what one holds re the science in particular cases he mentioned, they all suffered persecution from the elitist establishment because said elitist establishment believed these "apostates" had a "penchant to speak freely that went off the rails." Reason-wise, we can always debunk bad science with good science. Implementation-wise, we cannot debunk a gang of thugs in white coats who have near-exclusive access to the source of funding, the media, military forces, and secret police. So I say, the more voices, the merrier. Even David Icke. I guarantee you, if and when Mikovits is wrong, she has not talked more shit than the climate scientists who settled the science, for a great example. And those corrupt souls still have their reputations. Mikovits is struggling with hers. Do you mean you believe the government is run based on reason? That there are no stupid people in the covert divisions of the government? And if there are, the government is such a well-oiled organization, it would weed out the stupid people before they could do something stupid? I didn't want to address this, but the more I think about it, the more I want to add another excerpt from the Forward by Robert Kennedy Jr. So much for the integrity of the journal Science. On a lighter note: In high school, I went to summer music camp in Reston. Lady Bird Johnson attended our concerts. Michael
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    Well why don’t you hypothetically come on up here and hypothetically speak like this to me in person and then hypothetically describe what happens to you when I hypothetically make you my bitch. Is that cogent enough for you? This is of course hypothetical because a keyboard warrior such as yourself would most likely be..polite.
  47. 1 point
    “Armed and violent cultists” is particularly hilarious from Ratschild and Billyboy when we consider what happens when two or more of their Antifa cockroaches get together: And we know from recent experience in Virginia what happens when tens of thousands of armed 2nd Amendment supporters get together: *Absolutely nothing* In other words, Ratschild and Billyboy use their own side’s projected violence to try to justify their coup by an anonymous source. What could be more anti-democratic? Well, you fascist shitbags can go to hell because you are going to keep on losing. Trump will eventually go on offense and I assure you that all the karma your side’s vicious behavior has earned will be richly repaid.
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    Let me mention an example of holding a firm position on something where there is a lot of exponential knowledge exploding, but not having time to keep up with the knowledge: Manmade climate change. My position is not that it exists or doesn't exist. My position is that the government well-paid experts and scientists and propagandists who have tried to sell massive government controls to people have been caught lying over and over. And their predictions keep crapping out. I'm certainly not going to invest a lot of my own time and energy reading materials--even materials for lay people--based on their work. (In fact, I used to look at this stuff, but then I found out the monkey-shines and stopped.) Besides, there are plenty of scientists of good repute who dispute their claims. So I don't trust liars who have conflicts of interest to boot. I don't claim to be an expert on climate science. What little interest I did have in it evaporated when I discovered what a dirty, morally flawed field it is in gathering and presenting evidence. I prefer to give this issue some time and wait until scientists of reasonable integrity appear. The scare tactics of proven liars don't affect me. As to my own beliefs on manmade climate change, I can't appeal to hard science. But I do have a rule of thumb that gives me a strong bias. I admit this is not science so there is a small margin for error. I don't believe much of what liars say. And proven liars are the most vocal ones who constantly claim manmade climate change is a danger. I don't believe them. That's a way to do it as a lay person when there are too many piles of technical data to look at and everybody is yelling for more and more government money and power. You simply look at the moral character of the scientists who do the experiments and measurements and judge them by their actions. At least you will be able to conclude that what they tell to the public is flawed and misleading. Michael
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    Wolf, It's probably the marketing since your stuff is good. I suggest you study what Robert Bidinotto does re market. He makes it as a self-published author by doing all the right things. For instance, he networks like crazy. He keeps up several web presences and makes efforts to get traffic to them. He constantly offers value before asking for value. He keeps up on industry news and takes advantage of new promotion opportunities. He has a strong notion of who his target audience is and he formats most of his messages to the values and habits of that persona. And so on. He does all this so well, he even manages to hold and preach some rather obnoxious and not well-reasoned prejudices about sundry things and is still quite successful. (To be fair, I agree with about 80% of his positions, which he presents brilliantly.) On his blog he has a page called Helpful Links for Authors. It's quite a helpful list. Stuff like that makes people want to show up. (In some marketing quarters, this is called a traffic magnet.) When you set one up, you make sure information about your own works are easily within reach and Robert does this correctly. In other words, if you ever decide to reverse engineer the market processes of a successful fiction writer from our neck of the woods, he is a good example to look at. Make a list of the things I mentioned above (and other things you find on the Helpful Links for Authors page) and ask yourself as you go along, how is Robert doing this? What is he doing? Am I looking at a weak example of this item or a strong example? What results is he getting from this item? And so on. It's uncomfortable to do this at first, but like all new skills, it gets easier with time as competence grows. Michael
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    Michael, Simple. Curiosity is one early symptom and aspect of "the need to know". That you'll agree, is the most powerful of human drives. Early, because it's a precognitive precondition of one making identifications - What is it? Our senses which are constantly, actively searching our environments, hit upon many potentialities of interest to be curious about, curiosities that ~may~ be followed up and become actualities, new knowledge. But in any given day one will be curious about many random, little to larger things, all of which one can't have time or doesn't need, or loses interest to pursue (to my observation). One's priorities of purpose would determine and choose which to spend effort on. People are often awed by the power their emotions can have, and make the error they are causeless, springing out of nowhere - quite mysteriously. The "need to know" has as much and more power as any emotion, it also may seem causeless, and so it gets conflated with them. I see it now. Frame curiosity as "an emotion" - and by that, all genuine emotions may also be considered "tools of cognition"!