dennislmay

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  1. There was a recent discussion on the Glenn Beck show that some experts are predicting the DOW down to 1,500-2,000 soon - Beck is thinking within a year. The Über-Rich are dumping now so it might not be long. Nothing is supporting the current stock prices but the continual printing of money. That would of course signal an immediate Depression larger than the Great Depression but you can't borrow 40-46 cents of every dollar for long. Dennis
  2. The wealthy are dumping stock to become liquid right now, what they always do just before a crash so they can come back in and buy everything at 10 cents on the dollar and become much much wealthier. Dennis
  3. Glenn Beck reports today that 118 firearms manufacturers have joined the boycott of anti-2nd Amendment states and cities - 3 times was it was a few weeks ago. Beck is calling for a similar boycott of NYC of all fast food chains impacted by the Fascist mayor. Dennis
  4. Sportsman Channel TV host killed in Montana murder-suicide http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/10/sportsman-channel-saddened-by-death-rifleman-journal-tv-host/#ixzz2N9PywUXu Another 2nd Amendment related death. Overseas Chinese hit: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2212492003001/will-state-department-probe-death-of-american-engineer/ Back in the day it was assumed the many statistically impossible Clinton deaths were at the hands of the Chinese Army in exchange for defense information. Dennis
  5. So here's the REAL rub -- people who have power tend to hobnob with others who also have power. It matters not whether the power flows from capital or government decree -- the fact is, those who have power seek to consolidate it through strategic alliances. Where in history have we NOT seen government figureheads making backroom deals with the captains of industry, the movers and shakers? NO-WHERE. It is inherent in human nature for those with monetary power to align with those who have authority power. Such is the nature of the beast. The folks here who proffer paeans to the Founding Fathers are relics of a dusty anachronism. That's just not how the world works now, or at any other time in history (the reasons for this are another discussion entirely, but I digress). Oh, sure, we can write a list of rules on a piece of paper to keep everyone in check. Suuuuure... Do abstract laws have force? Not on their own. They require PEOPLE to enforce them. But if the people in power find it beneficial to cut slack to greedy corporations, THEY WILL. This is the reality. There is no higher authority, and all the Objectivist bleating about justice is just whistling past the graveyard. All societies are rule based - the least productive societies having rule by arbitrary decree and/or corruption where the arbitrary can be gamed to advantage. Like controlling disease, parasites or predators in a process it is understood that a certain percentage of humans will be a problem and their range influence should be minimized. This is not just the job of a few figureheads but all of the society. The degree to which all of a society engages in minimizing threats determines the vitality of the society - whether personally involved or involved by being careful who represents your interests. On the one extreme you have authoritarian rule where the arbitrary is the norm - on the other extreme you have societies where the vast majority play by accepted fair rules with increased productivity and widespread individual success being the result. You can see the difference in corruption and its impact between various states in the US, between various countries, and between different societies in different time periods. If a society allows itself to be gamed all suffer except a corrupt few. It all starts at the local level, if you have corrupt local zoning, corruption in education, government/business in bed creating corruption those problems only magnify as the scale of society moves from the local, county, state and national levels. Allowing corruption to flourish is like ignoring disease, parasites, and predators - nothing in nature can afford to do that.
  6. There seems to be at least 3 separate topics at hand. 1. Many of the present day top earners got there through corrupt government interference in the economy. Most people who are upset by the chart will not or do not understand that big government is the primary driver of corruption. They tend to want more big government to solve the problem which only makes it worse. 2. Rules [Constitution] are for everyone, once the Constitution was bypassed and big government took over fairness [rules apply to everyone] went out the window. Wanting more big government to enforce fairness fails to recognize the foundation of the problem. Economic ignorance drives 1 an 2. 3. Unequal wealth distribution is not a problem at all [and rational people should not see it as a problem] as long as it achieved with rules that apply to everyone without interference or corruption. Wealth achieved through production of value does not need to satisfy some chart based on people's feelings of fairness. I have many times run into people who do not believe that someone's productive value can be worth so much more than that of other people. Poorly educated people who have not been around extremely capable people are the ones most likely to have an incorrect view in this matter. I have known mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, and medical people who are worth much more than the several hundred times average pay which is implied to be improper. Value is determined by the market. In a proper market without government interference and a set of rules which apply to everyone there would be fewer fly by night bankers and CEO's jumping between companies collecting golden parachutes and fewer investors and bankers with insider government connections making up the 1%. That does not imply the chart would change much with the very competent still taking home several hundred times the normal income. These new rich would actually be productive raising all boats - not simply dividing up a corrupt pie. I would like to make thousands of times the average salary with a fair set of rules and without big corrupt government stealing my efforts and retraining my productivity at every turn. The best chart would resemble the current chart but with everyone richer because the government wouldn't get its cut. Dennis
  7. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142079n The Chinese government only allowed one place to invest - creating the largest housing bubble in human history. When it bursts it will wipe out 3 generations of savings. Dennis
  8. Stephen, I went to the link you posted, but instead of Robert Stadler, I got entangled in a transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics and something called a CFD, a contrafactual definiteness principle. Now my brain hurts even more. Michael Is is very disappointing that some prominent Objectivists have indicated support for certain quantum theories going nowhere. Dennis And those would be? transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics
  9. Stephen, I went to the link you posted, but instead of Robert Stadler, I got entangled in a transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics and something called a CFD, a contrafactual definiteness principle. Now my brain hurts even more. Michael Is is very disappointing that some prominent Objectivists have indicated support for certain quantum theories going nowhere. Dennis Maybe it is because the theories produce predictions corroborated by experiment and measurement. One set of the 8-9 QM theories which produce predictions corroborated by experiment and measurement. Sort of like the 2 theories of relativity which produce predictions corroborated by experiment and measurement. PC science then picks and chooses which are the blessed approaches fitting their philosophy. Are you implying that all or most professional scientists are engaged in a PC conspiracy against those who seek truth? No I am saying that the handful of theoretical physicists who involve themselves in the foundations of quantum mechanics have taken one path of inquiry and they work their influence as much as possible to exclude other avenues - including looking the other way when mistakes are repeated as facts. The techniques of gutter politics have replaced serious scientific inquiry. What else would you expect with the government funding of science and the creation of vast science education bureaucracies designed to create permanent power structures and feather the nests of those who play ball with the movers and shakers who want to control opinion and the money that flows from it. If not for David Bohm and J.S. Bell the most erroneous views of the earlier developers of QM would still be the only voices heard today. As it is the work of J.S. Bell is reported incorrectly more often than not - something Bell fought to the day he died.
  10. What is merely a mathematical problem—not a world itself contradictory and incomprehensible—that’s where Rand was at on QM and some of its hype as of ’57. Skinner's behaviorism was in AS also, and Rand wrote about that later. No more about QM and its philosophical exploitations (for the very good reason perhaps that she had no mastery of QM, no Messiah* or Merzbacher* say), except the embarrassing remarks on QM by Dr. Peikoff in his ’76 lectures on her philosophy, which she found agreeable. She was correct, however, to suspect way back when that some very old philosophical hay (skepticism and mysticism) was being spun as scientifically confirmed in QM (one of the greatest achievements of the human mind). In 1957 the incorrect proof of von Neumann supporting the Copenhagen Interpretation still held sway in viritually all of theoretical physics - though it was already known to be in error by one researcher and Bohm's 1952 work put it in doubt. It wasn't until 1964 with the publication of the work of J.S. Bell that QM as skepticism and mysticism lost its foundation - though much of the physics community has yet to digest this fact nearly 50 years later.
  11. Stephen, I went to the link you posted, but instead of Robert Stadler, I got entangled in a transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics and something called a CFD, a contrafactual definiteness principle. Now my brain hurts even more. Michael Is is very disappointing that some prominent Objectivists have indicated support for certain quantum theories going nowhere. Dennis Maybe it is because the theories produce predictions corroborated by experiment and measurement. One set of the 8-9 QM theories which produce predictions corroborated by experiment and measurement. Sort of like the 2 theories of relativity which produce predictions corroborated by experiment and measurement. PC science then picks and chooses which are the blessed approaches fitting their philosophy.
  12. Stephen, I went to the link you posted, but instead of Robert Stadler, I got entangled in a transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics and something called a CFD, a contrafactual definiteness principle. Now my brain hurts even more. Michael Is is very disappointing that some prominent Objectivists have indicated support for certain quantum theories going nowhere. Dennis
  13. Yes he is trying an old confidence game - the first statement is the giveaway: "You can't use real numbers to make the math work, you can only use complex numbers". He assumes a math which is not necessary, claims it cannot be converted to real numbers, then uses it to make his series of arbitrary assertions. There was also another recent prominent display of similarly misplaced arrogance many steps removed from any kind of evidence or connection to reality: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130205151450.htm Dennis
  14. Sad but true I have been cutting ties with several lifelong marginal friends that are worthless in the face of what is to come. They are part of the problem not the solution. I have been saying for years that the so called free nations: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland are free riders on the US Military. When the US falls they will all fall in short order because none have a real ability to defend themselves and except for Switzerland are disarmed internally. From what I read yesterday the Swiss are actually relatively disarmed compared to the Midwest of the US. As far as gun freedoms they rank far behind the US, are heavy into registration, gun number and type limits which means that in a crisis they will likely fold or simply be starved out since they are in a helpless situation in modern warfare. The welfare state has been breeding out the best and brightest in the US while immigation laws have been sending home those educated here who could have added to the pool of the best and brightest. Producers born in the early 60's and since have been robbed blind while parasites have never had it easier. In the generation previous to mine many engineers and scientists had large families - it is almost unheard of now. Large families largely belong to the parasites whether native or imported. It is not clear that there will any opportunity for a community of freedom to exist anywhere on Earth after the collapse. In any case it will have to exist in secret if it exists at all. The looters will make sure no such society can exist in the open. Dennis
  15. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/24/update-the-latest-complete-list-of-gun-makers-sellers-saying-no-to-law-enforcement-in-anti-2nd-amendment-states/ New York, California, Illinois, and Hawaii are already on the list - Colorado and Maryland may be added soon. All businesses and individuals that respect freedom need to entirely boycot these states that are no longer free states - no better than 3rd world dictatorships. Dennis Excellent. Taking your statement to its logical conclusion, for each individual, shouldn't each of us go on strike at every level? A... Everyone must decide for themselves what they can tolerate and what they are willing to go on strike over. I have been known to avoid well known businesses for over a decade at a time because of their policies or their primary investors. Any time I can I avoid driving through Illinois and I certainly avoid all stops when I must drive through. It is becoming all but certain that the US as we knew it going to collapse. It might be easier to survive the collapse having no entanglement with the worse regions of the former USA. Many entanglements are easy to break - others involve costs or losses - that is up to the individual to decide.
  16. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/24/update-the-latest-complete-list-of-gun-makers-sellers-saying-no-to-law-enforcement-in-anti-2nd-amendment-states/ New York, California, Illinois, and Hawaii are already on the list - Colorado and Maryland may be added soon. All businesses and individuals that respect freedom need to entirely boycot these states that are no longer free states - no better than 3rd world dictatorships. Dennis
  17. A professor of mine was the head Marine Corp framethrower intructor during the Korean War. Once flamethrowers were mated with tanks quite the weapons system developed. Dennis
  18. I can get you the link to TheBlaze TV but it is a subscription service - the show will be available archive after 11 AM Central today. A better bet is that some AM stations play his morning radio show in the afternoon starting at 2 PM following Rush Limbaugh. I have been listening to the show stopping and pausing many times on SiriusXM - I started listening at about 8:20-8:25 AM [show starts at about 8:07 - it was a few minutes into my listening when Glenn Beck mentions and he and Pat talk about the 3 who have recently died [two I said at the start of the post] and the 3rd one I posted the link to in #21. So about 13 to maybe 20 minutes into todays show is when they talked about it. http://www.theblaze.com/tv/ Beck and Pat are not calling it a conspiracy but they also said they can't remember any time ever that 3 prominent 2nd amendment people turned up dead in such a short period of time. Implying also the timing is interesting given Obama's anti-gun push. Glenn and Pat also worry about copycats now. Dennis
  19. Beck mentioned the name of the guy on his radio program then I did a Google search to find the story. I will change #21 to say "mentioned" instead of "mentions" and clarify things. Dennis
  20. Glenn Beck mentioned 3rd death of prominent 2nd Amendment person [on his radio show]. Here is the story - link found on Google. http://www.naturalnews.com/038616_john_noveske_mysterious_death_car_crash.html Something to keep an eye on to see when the pattern emerges. Authoritarian socialists will begin their assassination campaign at some point it is only a matter of when - not if. Some will be coincidence, some copycats, some fellow travelers of authoritarian socialism, some foreign authoritarian socialists with their own agendas, and some planned internally. Statistical inference will likely the only evidence we will have until they come out in the open after they have won. Dennis
  21. Their entire population is 8 million - new citizens are carefully selected. They import temporary labor as needed. A fine tiny niche they have carved out for themselves. There are many interesting things to be said about their society but if authoritarian socialism sweeps the world they will only survive with permission [corruption] as they have in the past as those in power seek to hide their gains outside of their own system. Dennis
  22. 108 years of failure for relativity, 88 years for quantum theory. Not boasting - any theory that produces the correct results using only visible matter is superior to GTR nearly everywhere in the observable universe - except for perhaps the scale of a solar system. So GTR has a tiny scale where it works well - overall it is a miserable failure and certainly all of its cosmological applications are now suspect. Since I don't support any of Einsteins gravity or relativity work that really doesn't provide useful guidance. Einstein did good work in several areas and will be remembered for that work - but the work he is most famous for isn't going to survive historical scrutiny. His star will fall several notches at some point. Dennis
  23. The Swiss have a militia to defend Switzerland. They are not fighting the Forever War and they are not trying to play Robocop to the entire world. And even our boys would have a tough time beating the Swiss in in Switzerland. The only way our army could prevail there is to nuke Switzerland until it glowed at night. Ba'all Chatzaf That is the fantasy view of what it would take to conquer Switzerland. I have heard one week of bombing from the air and cutting their trade routes and they are done. No need for a land invasion. The mountains that keep them safe also starves them out if they have no resupply. As you say they have home defense - but for one particular military model which can be entirely avoided. Dennis
  24. We view the origin of the problems differently - I see the problem starting in 1904 with the failure of the greater physics community to recognize JJ Thomson's solution to vexing problems in thermodynamics. There is no such rule or time table as you say. Since I've never supported General Relativity I don't see it that way. It is a failed theory which I saw as a bad approach since I was 15 years old. Dennis It got us GPS. Some failure. It also predicts better than Newtonian gravitation. It got the orbit of Mercury nailed. Some failure. It predicted the bending of light around the sun. Some failure. It got the gravitational red shift right. Some failure. If Einstein had not fiddled with GTR it would have predicted the expansion of the cosmos. That was a failure. And do you have a better theory that is at least as well backed up as GTR. Ba'al Chatzaf As you know GTR plus Dark Matter has failed as a theory to predict orbits in Spiral Galaxies. Failure is failure. At least 4 other theories [and my own] can predict such orbits in Spiral Galaxies better than failed GTR. Lots of theories can produce some numbers matching observation while being fundamentally wrong. Dennis
  25. Fascism is just one road leading to Socialism - see Hayek "The Couner-Revolution of Science". It is worse than just a false alternative - it is part of the plan to achieve socialism when starting from a private ownership industrial society. That is the reason why socialists and European fascists embrace Islamo-Fascism when fighting the West - all such roads lead to eventual authoritarian socialism. The Chinese aren't worried about state run capitalism leading to freedom. It is still authoritarian state and after the US falls all roads lead to socialism once again. The US is the last place left where the citizens are armed and free [the Swiss being land-locked and not militarily competitive]. Dennis