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  1. I didn’t watch the video. As you know, I rarely watch videos. I'll take your word for it that the material is choke-upping. What I signed on to comment about was Trump's "Thank you, I will never let you down!" He means it. He's fully out to give his all for decent Americans. I think it's the deep sincerity of his commitment which is why the leftists keep accusing him of being a liar. I think that they sense that he means it and the sincerity terrifies them. You went on to add the material after "btw" while I was signing in. I don't know, Michael, about your stateme
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  2. With all those BLM and Antifa people screaming and inciting riots right now, President Trump just tweeted this. What a contrast. I got choked up watching it. Then I wondered who this guy was and why he made this video. So I looked. He made this video as a thank you to Tim Pool, of all things. He said Tim "unlocked" him. His name is Gary Lamb. He put this video up two days ago on YouTube. It already has over 430 thousand views. And after watching the full thing there on YouTube, I got even more choked up than before. btw - Lots of anti-Trump id
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  3. Incidentally, during the lead-up phase to voting day, has anyone noticed that I rarely talk about the political opinions of anti-Trump luminaries in the Objectivist subcommunity? I just noticed this myself and wondered why. Then it hit me. Their opinions are irrelevant to the election. If there were something they say or do that would affect voting, I would be agreeing with them or rebutting them, but I forgot they existed when I have thought about the election. I'm not ignoring them. I literally forgot they existed. Seriously. Michael
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  4. In this age of alone togetherness a young adult on a blind date is like being a paid volunteer in some kind of orchestrated chaos centered around awkward intimacies and chance meetings in order to placate demands placed by social norms. This could not have been highlighted more than by the stark contrast of the paper tablecloth and plastic silverware juxtaposed along side the leaded crystal stemless goblets of the restaurant. Increasingly few were the times Lisbeth didn't feel the dull stab of vain embarrassment when her glance would linger on her pretty ugly fingers , and she would be forced
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  5. Paul was correct, Branden's and Rand's fields are distinct - and simultaneous, I think he'd agree: Good and evil and healthy and unhealthy. As both thinkers understood. Philosophy and psychology are considered different areas of formal study and application but co-exist in the individual mind and his life. (Self-evidently). Healthy and unhealthy was the specific concern of this Objectivism-grounded psychologist. Who would still write psycho-philosophically in Honoring the Self, about the correlation of human atrocities, sacrifice and self-sacrifice : "It is not self but the absence of self whi
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  6. Well, the guy is in pieces sure, but can you really say murderer? That lumps in a justified hacking death , categorical dissonance? and how big is the handle, could be a hatchet ? ( some people call it a sling blade , hmmm)
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  7. TG, We can add this one. Wow. Double wow. Triple wow. Now that is propaganda. It used a rusty nail to hammer a Marxism sign right on the forehead of Antifa. Michael
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  8. Here is a fantastic metaphor for the Deep State right now using one of the Deep State's main poster boys. That might seem a bit tasteless, but when you see the Nadler shuffle, well, there's no other way to interpret it. Michael
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  9. I'm glad to be in Ohio. Merlin, It doesn't matter what I say, you are going to say the opposite and create a competition where none exists. (btw - I am not glad to live in Illinois. It sucks here. Kat and I are making plans on moving within a year or so, maybe next spring.) But knowing how committed you are of saying the opposite, I have one for you. Be glad Merilin is the world's greatest genius. I'm not interested in your opinion on that. So you don't need to comment. Michael
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  10. I’d love a Renta cop to try that on me. It would be worth the jail time..
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  11. As long as we are in tear-jerker mode, here's another. I think everybody agrees that emotion is more important during elections than facts. All the dirty tricks are about trying to elicit an emotional response in voters. One of the most powerful emotions is outrage. But this has been hammered nonstop so much by the left, and people are getting sick and tired and profoundly irritated by the riots, I think they blew main weapon. To counter, President Trump pushes a feel good about America emotion, with related emotions, that generates huge crowds. Now a new one appeared (to
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  12. Speaking of James O'Keefe, here is a bold tease he tweeted a couple of minutes ago. Michael
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  13. I'm going to throw this post in the section about learning how to write fiction like Ayn Rand. Why? Recognize this? Michael
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  14. William, I only have The Transparency Fix (2017) And even then, that's through Scribd. btw - If you have $8.99 per month so spare, I cannot recommend Scribd more highly. Especially if you start listening to audiobooks. In political books, both left and right, the selection is awesome. It even includes some bestsellers released recently. Michael
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  15. Live life with every breath. I found that to be a very good concept, especially after I had a heart attack.
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  16. Well well well. They kept pushing and they kept pushing and they kept pushing and then this happened. I love it. People can have the freedom to hate the USA and say so openly. But we--through the American government--should not have to pay for it. Right the fuck on... Michael
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  17. It’s great too that the venues are outside and get the visual of AirForce 1 as the backdrop. I also think being physically located on airport property means federal jurisdiction and less if any chance of local jurisdictions disallowing events .
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  18. Here's the bow tie on this one. VA cancels 'race cafe' event that allegedly violated Trump's executive order The interesting thing about this article is that it shows EXACTLY how the changing labels thing works with liberals. The bad guys merely stopped using the term "critical race theory" and kept doing the same horseshit while claiming to be compliant. Then acted like a victim. They always do this crap. I'm glad to see someone on the conservative/libertarian side actually look at the substance rather than just the label for a change. On the marketing side,
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  19. CM, What I'm going to say below might seem like a sidestep of the issue, but it is not. 1. With the current understandings of neuroscience and modern psychology, this question is more interesting historically than it is in terms of human nature. Of, if you happen to come from a strict Lutheran family or something like that, your question is relevant since there is a lot of storytelling to align. (I don't mean that disrespectfully.) From a human nature lens, mirror neurons, fMRI scans, tons of modern psychology experiments, neutraceuticals and other brain impacting pharmac
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  20. Peter's beginning: "It was pretty ugly. A small crowd outside Senator Graham’s house, though terribly nice I am sure, was found missing with empty tranquilizer darts all over the ground." Continue: A paid volunteer who had strewn jumbo shrimp and plastic silverware around accidentally on purpose tried to blame a deranged bird dog but was charged with being a bad sport. Preliminary conclusion: It was a fine mess of a tragic comedy. Ellen
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  21. TG Not what I was going for, but thanks for reminding me I have the answer for why "it's called a toast"
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  22. TG, Wanna quick laugh? Imagine Mitt Romney watching this video right now. LOL... Michael
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  23. T, Damn, I miss the laugh reaction. That one deserved it. Michael
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  24. Chuck Grassley supports Trump filling the seat: And, apparently, Mittens is on board, too:
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  25. Peter, Here ya' go. Read it and smile. Senator Lindsey Graham: “We’ve Got the Votes to Confirm the Justice on the Floor of the Senate BEFORE the Election” (VIDEO) My favorite tit-for-tat comment I read somewhere out there went something like this: If they can impeach a president in an election year, surely the President can appoint a Supreme Court Justice in an election year. Michael
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  26. T, On the positive side, RBG was a lot more nuanced than any version you will get from the media these days. Her version of the Constitution was informed by being a woman, though. As written, the Constitution didn't even allow her to vote. But it was amended. This is why I believe she considered the Constitution a "living document" that could be changed at will rather than a document based on universal human principles. In other words, she saw the initial context as a betrayal of those principles since it didn't include women, blacks, Indians and so on, so she preferred to replace th
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  27. Peter, Keep looking. You already know fake news exists, but the reality is much deeper and darker. Keep looking and noticing. It will sink in down on the lizard brain level where you want and believe today's institutions function like they are supposed to, that is, to give you correct and useful information, make a safe environment, keep the peace, etc. Then, on that level, the lizard brain level, imagine those institutions being corrupted beyond belief. Not the institutions per se, but the people running them. Then think about fake news. If it is starting to sound like mainstre
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  28. CM, Hi. I don't know how to answer this in a way that speaks for Objectivism per se, but I do know how I have come to grips with this seeming dilemma. One day I decided that there would be things in my lifetime I will never know, what with the universe being as big as it is, and as tiny as it can get. I accepted that and serenity appeared. And that made me rethink a few of my either-or values. (I used to be more of a Randian fundamentalist than I am now, although I still have a worldview formed by my contact with Rand's ideas.) One of the things I rethought was love.
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  29. Yup. The revolution was organized. The bad guys even indoctrinated an entire generation of mostly white people right under everyone's noses. But they left out one critical thing. Footsoldiers. They had to import the other colors and persuasions for footsoldiers, and they didn't indoctrinate the corresponding black people already living here. They just had the government give some of them some shit and left them alone until voting time would come around. Now it's showtime, the lefties have set the revolution in motion with organized riots, and reality emerged in the form of
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  30. Korben, You mean this one posted by James Woods? That has nothing to do with deepfake. It's made with two pictures mounted underneath an animated GIF overlay. This was probably one of those dorky smartphone apps for Instagram or something like that. A party app. It belongs to the same category as one of those cheesy large carnival paintings with the face cut out. You go behind and put your own face in the hole and someone takes a picture from the front. That makes you look (crudely look) like you are a cowboy or a character in a movie or something like that. Sophistication-
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  31. This video isn't a deepfake video, why are you asking about this video? The twitter video posted earlier in this thread is the one I was talking about. Duh level? I looked for the original video and I couldn't find it, if it's out there then more power to whoever can dig it up---and golly, maybe that's why nobody has posted the original, who woulda thunkit? But what is your position about the twitter video? It's not a deepfake? Is it altered? Does it have artifacts make her appear strange? I'm asking because you compared the twitter video to a video from her youtube channel
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  32. Are we still talking about the RBG doppelgänger? I'm only claiming that the "Russian Interference" narrative is/was plausible, in comparison to the RBG story, as presented on this thread, which I call Batshit Crazy. In other words, utterly implausible.
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  33. I don't believe "batshit crazy" is defined in any edition of the DSM. It's not a technical term, so we might have to agree to disagree. What I say is that the "Russian Interference" narrative has surface plausibility, and evidence to back it up, however exaggerated that evidence has become in the media reporting. Roughly half the electorate wants to believe it, so it gets clicks and eyeballs, and those things mean revenue to the media companies. You don't need a conspiracy theory to explain it. Parenthetically, I don't dispute that there are bad actors in the media, people who (like Gail W
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  34. No one disputes that Russians attempted to hack voting systems, and that they spread memes, however incompetently. This has given rise to a narrative that the losers of the 2016 election cling to. That the election was stolen. It's false, but no, I wouldn't call it batshit crazy.
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  35. Oh, now you are also a clairvoyant? You "know" that I haven't even looked at the picture correctly before I gave my reaction? Well, for your information: I dowloaded the picture first, and opened in my photo editor, tried different settings of brightness and contrast to enhance the details. So you're just lying to dismiss my criticism. If my technical explanations show that there is no evidence that your arguments are valid, that is enough to dismiss those. No, your views are not valid: motion blur in walking persons is no evidence for tampering, sharpness artefacts are no evidence for
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  36. Michael, You do more than object. You start psychoanalyzing and knowing the motives that lurk in the mind of a person who doesn't agree with you. Then you get more elaborate augmenting the story which you know is in the other person's mind. Etc. (As to the picture, I think that Max has well accounted for the "oddities" you see. And as to the UFO comparison, I think you interpreted that as an accusation which wasn't made.) On another thread, Jon wrote: Originally (some months back), the claim was that RBG was definitely dead. I haven't been following the
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  37. You're missing the point, too, Ellen. I have been told there is nothing odd at all about the picture. Even after pointing out the oddities, I am told this is conspiracy thinking of the UFO variety. I object. That is the point. At least my point. This kind of arguing reminds me of the early days of SoloHQ where people were thirsting so much to engage a villain to "trounce" for collectivism and communism in a Randian fashion, they were frustrated because interaction with the world wasn't working (no feedback), so they started accusing each other. (Remember all those Saddamites
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  38. What intimidation? Do you find it intimidating when someone points out an error in your argument? Apparently you've no answer, as you every time come up with new arguments, ignoring the previous one. Now who is misrepresenting an argument? You never claimed it didn't have a beard? Well, neither did I say that you did, I said that you claimed "that it didn't have a real beard". Is that so strange after you wrote: "A beard that runs past the side of his eyes, up the side of his head, on up to the top and top-front of his head?" and "That's a beard? A UFO alien beard maybe?" Yes,
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  39. Of course I've got one. It's called independent thinking instead of accepting argument from intimidation. And especially using one's own observations and brains over the stories people want to impose on you through misrepresentation and other idiocies. Like this crap (which is one of many examples from your posts I could have chosen). No I didn't try to ridicule the picture of the statue. (And I never claimed it didn't have a beard--that's your invention, not mine--but that's beside the point I want to make.) If I was ridiculing anything, I was ridiculing you. Actually,
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  40. I just wrote that my interpretation seemed to me to be more likely than the tampering explanation. I think that is a quite reasonable statement, not a "barking dogma". Neither did I use terms like "you dumbass" or anyting similar. You're reading things in my words that aren't there. In German there is an apt word for that: "hineininterpretieren". I see it very well. That you see it differently I can't help, I just try to explain what I see. Sarcasm? No more than your: "That's a beard? A UFO alien beard maybe?" I answer in kind. Or is it Quod licet Iovi...? Ah, are we go
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  41. Jonathan, Rand certainly was thrilled when Alan Greenspan was called by president Gerald Ford. She went to Washington, took pictures with Ford and Greenspan and all. And she was calling him "The Undertaker" in private while cheering. (She also maintained friendship with him all the way up to her death.) So she was no stickler for personality quirks when someone defended America and capitalism, even if they worked in high places in the government. I can't say since she is dead, but in my gut, I feel she would have laughed off Trump's bluster. Maybe even made one of her glowing st
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  42. David, I am not talking about me personally when I say I am not seen. I don't care if you see me, Micheal, or not (except as a friend. ) I am talking about two archetypes that have emerged during this election. 1. The Trump supporter, who has not been seen for decades, but is starting to be, albeit with great resistance and resentment. 2. Anti-Trump people of different stripes, mostly elite establishment types, but there are others. They have two characteristics in common other than a dislike (or hatred) of Trump. (a) They think Trump supporters are mentally suboptimal in s
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