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  1. Crystal Fire #1 Crystal Fire #2 Crystal Fire #3
  2. Democratic demagogues about health insurance My review of a book about math
  3. If you had lived when Aristotle did, do you believe you would have gotten it as right as Newton did? 😄 “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” - Atticus Finch
  4. Physics Needs Philosophy / Philosophy Needs Physics Scientific American, July 18, 2018
  5. Spheres of Justice #13 Spheres of Justice #14 Mathematician solves computer science conjecture in two pages
  6. Spheres of Justice #11 Spheres of Justice #12
  7. "I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity," Trump tweeted Thursday night. President Trump probably did not intend this to be ironic or humorous, but it is.
  8. The Objective Standard: "First, to criticize a private college for accepting students’ funds that come from government loans and grants is almost as absurd as criticizing a private supermarket for accepting customers’ funds that come from government welfare programs" (link). Biddle flippantly implies they are near equivalent. But are they? Let's compare them. 1. I calculated that during Walmart's latest fiscal year about 2.5% of it's revenues come from food stamps. I don't know of any Walmart that assists its customers in applying for food stamps. Most large grocery stores would have a lower percent than Walmart. 2. I don't know what percent of Barney's for-profit colleges' revenues are attributable to government-backed student loans. But suppose it's 50%. I also assume that, like most colleges, they have a financial aid unit that is very actively involved in helping its students obtain government-backed student loans. Are #1 and #2 anywhere near equivalent?
  9. AOC strikes out ProPublica Targets TurboTax Again #3 Spheres of Justice #10
  10. Vox tries to explain how 4 congresswomen came to be called “the Squad”. One meaning of "quad" is "a rectangular area surrounded on all sides by buildings." Of course, a rectangle has 4 sides. Another meaning is "one of 4 children born at the same time from the same pregnancy". That doesn't hold strictly for "the Squad," but the 4 are much alike. Here's another possibility. "Squad" is a compression of "socialist quad." 😊 Hmm. That reminds me of The Gang of Four.
  11. 😄 😃 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.
  12. Does that mean Gilder is obligated to use it? Not to me. Advertisers are customers per the common usage definition I cited earlier. "In sales, commerce and economics, a customer (sometimes known as a client, buyer, or purchaser) is the recipient of a goods, service, product or an idea - obtained from a seller, vendor, or supplier via a financial transaction or exchange for money or some other valuable consideration." From a finance and accounting perspective, the justification for calling Google’s advertisers “customers” is even stronger – they provide Google with revenues. The falsified prediction I referred to was in the first paragraph of Gilder’s that I quoted. He expected that the balance of power would shift from advertisers to customers (users). That has not happened. In fact, the opposite has.
  13. I'm reading Gilder's book, Life After Google. His not regarding advertisers as customers of Google, Facebook, etc. weakens his analysis in several places and resulted in a falsified prediction. Following is one example on page 182. Regardless, he has a good grasp of the current situation with help from Brave, the browser that I mainly use now. "When I wrote Life After Television, I expected that the inefficiencies of an interactive Internet would lead to a more targeted and effective advertising system that would deliver only the ads the viewer wanted. I thought the balance of power would shift from the advertisers to customers." "Brave's compendiously cogent and scrupulously documented white paper from March 2017 details this crisis of Internet advertising. The situation is winner-take-all. Ninety-nine percent of the growth goes to Google and Facebook. Publishers – whether of websites, books, games, or music – are left with the final 1%. It is fraught with fraud. In 2016, fake ad demand generated by Internet bots cost advertisers some $7.2 billion, with ad malware to trick users rising 132 percent since 2015. The advertising catastrophe is most acute in the fastest-growing and most inviting market in the industry – smartphones. Customers increasingly are paying their bandwidth suppliers not for the content they seek but for the noise of ad delivery overhead. At popular publisher's sites, as much as 79% of the mobile data are ads. On average, smartphone users pay twenty-three dollars per month for ads, trackers, scripts, and other diversionary chaff that bears malware, slows load-times, piles on data-plan costs, depletes battery life, and tramples privacy and property rights." Like I said before, money talks. There is a difference between paying customers and window-shoppers. To support the above a little I did a test to get some numbers using Google Chrome. I went to some sites with Adblock Plus on, which tells how many ads are blocked. NY Times – 16. – 24. Wall Street Journal home page – 59. Objectivist Living – 3.
  14. Today's Wall Street Journal opinion section includes Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice? The author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was born in Somali. The article is pay-walled, but here are some excerpts: "Muslim anti-Semitism ... is anti-Semitism’s most zealous, most potent and most underestimated form." "The problem of Muslim anti-Semitism is much bigger than Ilhan Omar. Condemning her, expelling her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, or defeating her in 2020 won’t make the problem go away. Islamists have understood well how to couple Muslim anti-Semitism with the American left’s vague notion of “social justice.” They have succeeded in couching their agenda in the progressive framework of the oppressed versus the oppressor. Identity politics and victimhood culture also provide Islamists with the vocabulary to deflect their critics with accusations of “Islamophobia,” “white privilege” and “insensitivity.” A perfect illustration was the way Ms. Omar and her allies were able to turn a House resolution condemning her anti-Semitism into a garbled “intersectional” rant in which Muslims emerged as the most vulnerable minority in the league table of victimhood."
  15. 47 SENATE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’ ACT TO PUT POWER BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE If these Democrats were truly serious about returning power to the people, they would not be doing this. Instead, they would create a referendum for the people -- for all eligible voters -- to vote on, giving said voters the power to decide.
  16. “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.
  17. "For Google ordains that, at least within the realm under its direct control, there shall be no prices at all. With a few small (but significant) exceptions, everything Google offers to its “customers” is free. Internet searches are free. Email is free. The vast resources of the data centers, costing Google an estimated thirty billion dollars to build, are provided essentially for free" (Gilder, Life After Google, p.22) Google has two different kinds of customers. One kind Gilder overlooks here is the advertisers. "In sales, commerce and economics, a customer (sometimes known as a client, buyer, or purchaser) is the recipient of a goods, service, product or an idea - obtained from a seller, vendor, or supplier via a financial transaction or exchange for money or some other valuable consideration." Wikipedia. What does Google sell? Space.
  18. Trump’s Health Insurance Changes #2
  19. Financial Watchdog Shifts From Enforcer to Educator Paywalled. I give it a mild thumbs-up.
  20. The obnoxious idiot omitted my second estimate of the length of the wires. "The video shows an oblique perspective on the horizontal length of the wires and does not disclose what the length is relative to any circumference. Based on experiment, I estimated that the length along the wires is much closer to the circumference of the larger circle than the circumference of the disk. I am still waiting for the pretenders' [Jonathan and Jon] reasoned [mathematical with numbers] argument, rather than mere wishful assertion, that the length along the wires equals the circumference of the disk" (link). Here's the proof I demand, moron. Prove the following with numbers substituted for the #'s: The length of the wires is ##.###. The circumference of the disk is ##.###. The circumference of the larger circle on the disk is ##.###. Clearly explain how you got the numbers. At least pretend you know and used the scientific method. Live up to it such that any reader who chooses to try can replicate your method and your results. Your "proof" is hogwash and con art. Nobody on OL endorsed your "proof." I bet Hougen knows way more about geometry than you do. Responding to your "proof", he wrote, "To be honest, I'm not sure what you're doing above myself." Also, your con art shows no numerical distances. That by itself proves your "proof" is incorrect. Idiot, that's what's in dispute -- numerical distances. Jonathan pretends to know something about projective geometry. Heh. "Projective geometry is an elementary non-metrical form of geometry, meaning that it is not based on a concept of distance" (link, my bold). 😄 😃
  21. Thanks. Much of Chapter 6 can be seen with Amazon's 'Look inside' feature. Interesting.
  22. Trump’s Health Insurance Changes
  23. No, idiot. It should have been obvious to anyone except a moron like you that I was referring to the counts in the table by R. J. Rummel. LOL. We saw the butchered state of Aristotle's Wheel Paradox on Wikipedia -- before I modified it -- that you cited, misconstrued and lied about. Do you understand even an inkling of analytic geometry or calculus yet? Or are you too mathematically and conceptually inept to do so?
  24. Your count is absurd.