dennislmay

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  1. Don't forget there were at least 5 human cousin species existing all at the same time very recently and all had the basic tools to develop further but only homo-sapien-sapien survived - but with some percentage DNA of at least 3 of the other species as well. Go back further and I'm sure there are dozens of cousins who were on the path that didn't make it either. If humans suddenly perished of some plague the remaining apes and/or other species with some of the tools to advance would fill in the human niche over a period of tens of millions of years. They might be decended of apes or any of hundreds of species that are a long ways in the right direction. Time and opportunity allows the prepared to evolve into more and more niches. Dennis
  2. 45. Expand or die. (reportedly this rule was given to the Ferengi by the Breen) One piece of wisdom for sure. I never liked TNG's love of central planners and socialism. Dennis
  3. Space is the final frontier as the saying goes. If government could be bypassed or would get out the way space industrialization would put settling the West and all other previous periods of growth to shame. The best part is - the expansion doesn't ever end. Dennis
  4. The first best defense is to keep the government out of it entirely. You can trace the change in sweeteners hysterias right back to congressional and corporate insider trading when they can ban substances on a known time schedule then invest to reap the profits. Dennis
  5. Most of the technological improvements of late are largely electronics related and based on fundamental physics from generations ago. Electronics is by no means a free market but it is much freer than many other markets hence the flood of money into that sector and the innovation that flows when you have at least partial freedom in a market. You don't see mammoth technological improvements in many other markets that are less free. Again a case of the seen and the unseen. Dennis
  6. I pay attention to the old fashioned kind of science which, I am happy to say, is still practiced. I also note with some hope the the esteem in which string theory was once held is in decline. Ba'al Chatzaf I agree that old fashion science is still practiced - but I know the term "consensus" science has purposefully been targeted and hijacked for political purposes. Although I agree string theory has lost some of it glamor if you look at the crew manning the "Perimeter Institute" you would think it was still the late 1980's and all hope rested with string theory. Dennis
  7. That is what it used to mean - not the case any longer. The language has been hijacked. Dennis So you say. I have yet to see proof in physics. Do you recall the recent broo ha ha over wether neutrinos go faster than light? That we cured within a month. A loose connection was found. The escutcheon of physics was not sullied. Ba'al Chatzaf Those results were never blessed with the status of consensus science. Dennis
  8. That is what it used to mean - not the case any longer. The language has been hijacked. Dennis
  9. I am mostly thinking out loud after an e-mail conversation with my cousin who was saying he doesn't expect his work in optics to be implemented in his lifetime. He has good reason for such pessimism with defense cuts coming and the central planners with their hands all over the kind of work he does slowing things down by decades. In physics I have been convinced since 1992 that independent work is the only way to go. Things have only gotten much much worse since then. Not feeling sorry for myself - just a recognition of the limitations to affect large bureaucratic monsters out of control. Dennis
  10. When we speak of free financial markets we recognize the value of each participant in the market to make decisions based on the information they have and what their needs are. Central planners do a poor job attempting to run economies because they do not have information necessary to make wise decisions concerning myriad aspects of the market or how individuals in that market will react to interference in their decision making. Central planners often fail to recognize that expert participants in the market often know as much or more about the market and what the central planners intend to do or are likely to do than many of the individual central planners themselves. As such not only do they not have enough information to run economies they are competing both internally with the visions of other central planners and externally with experts who anticipate and often influence the actions of central planners. Like central planners in the market central planners in science and technology do not have enough information to plan wisely, they are competing against the vision of other central planners and those not involved in central planning. Other experts may know more than the central planners and will act in their own interests that may involve influencing central planners, acting against them, or simply avoiding them. In any case those involved with the science and technology market will react to interference in their decision making. Science and technology have been a major influence on economies since the beginning of economies. As such the participants in science and technology are significant players in the markets regardless of their individual financial gains. Controlling information is part of the central planner’s path to power. The information bottlenecks and distortions created by the central planner’s ripples through the entire economy as decisions become more and more removed from correct information. Those in the market react to controlled and distorted information and may withhold information from central planners to gain what little advantage they can. Central planner control of major media markets is a sure sign of authoritarian rule to come. In science and technology control of the journals is akin to control of the major media markets by central planners. Whether economic or scientific central planners - they can set the agenda, control the participants in the discussions, and determine acceptable dialog or political correctness. When government central economic planners and science central planners act in concert individuals in the market get it from every direction. Science no longer remains the task of finding the correct answers to the questions we have of nature but is now part of central planner’s task of controlling information in order to maintain power. Political power and money go hand in hand so science and technology is to have its information controlled in order to divert money into political hands. Hence the growth of "Consensus" Science – which is to say non-science given the stamp of science by political consensus to further the power of central planners. What about “Big Science”? The central planner’s answer is always “Big Government”. My answer is “Big Private Industry”. If private industry had grown like government has been allowed to grow there would be no project too big for private industry to handle - including nuclear and space development. Dennis
  11. It would be wonderful if Nebraska had the state tax advantages South Dakota enjoys. South Dakota shoots itself in the ass with their local regulations, taxes, and zoning. If Nebraska can keep the local stuff under control they will really have something. Nebraska is already considered to be one of the best places to live in the country this may lock that in. http://video.foxnews.com/v/2099228372001/neb-governor-looks-to-end-state-income-corporate-taxes/?intcmp=HPBucket&playlist_id=928378949001 I heard Sean Hannity talking about leaving New York yesterday like Rush and Beck before him. Dennis
  12. I knew a Downs Sydrome kid about 20 who was from a large family where most of the kids and the father had genius IQ's. He held a job and was completely fluent on all current events - more than your average adult for sure. How to measure mental competency in that case would be interesting. In the ideal case of anarcho-capitalism the point is moot. Within limited government the ideal of who votes and what that vote counts for would be situation dependent. With the direct democratic election of Senators the balance in the Constitution was destroyed - the States no longer had a vote breaking the triad of individual, state, and federal power in favor of federal power from which we may never recover. Dennis
  13. Are we still a nation of laws? Not entirely. Ba'al Chatzaf Then there is no way to know what will be done with any law or whom it will apply to. Dennis
  14. The naive part of Anarcho Capitalism or Market Anarchy is the quality of people required for it to work. That kind of quality is not at hand. Dennis
  15. I was only wondering what DIM meant concerning Peikoff. Another naive political error Peikoff makes is not understanding the degree to which Progressives have infiltrated the Republican party minimalizing the positive portions of the conservative moment. I am just as concerned about Progressives infiltrating and steering the libertarian movement - something many don't seem to see. Dennis
  16. Government creation of new technologies is a case of gross misallocation of resources. Corruption in the solar and windpower technologies is rampant. Not to mention that neither has any hope in hell of keeping up with growth much less replacing main power grids. Both are expensive and labor intensive. There are not enough maintenence people to keep either going - not even close by a magnitude or more. When occasional success ocurrs in governmnent technology it means vast resources have stolen to create a "seen" but reduced set of possible outcomes. Capital investment means private capital - auterity measures can only help. Dennis
  17. Beck is talking about self-sufficiency enough to survive the short term consequences of the collapse. When bad weather hits it is best to have supplies for a few weeks till normal times return. When the largest financial collapse in the history of mankind hits you better have supplies for months or a couple years plus the ability to get by with as little outside trade as possible for an extended period of time. The looters will eventually starve or be killed leaving those who value honest trade and those are largely self-sufficient behind. Being self-sufficient means being able to deal with the looters as well. The police cannot protect you when overwhelmed and depending on their personal situation or orders they may become looters as well. Things will settle down into some kind of new normal but surviving the collapse is the first step. Dennis
  18. Continuing fresh produce from overseas presumes stable oil supplies, stable markets, stable currencies, and peaceful trade. Cars burning in the streets like in Greece or the suburbs of Paris is what is coming if the fiscal implosion is not stopped. Beck is interested in training our current generation in the lost arts of self sufficiency. Can your blueberries - or black raspberries here locally. Can your peppers for winter use, its all been done before but most people have no clue how. Dennis
  19. I am wondering how they are 20 years ahead of us? From the small amount I know of Dubai they hire in their experts from all over the world. Those hired include us. Dennis
  20. Dennis, No you don't. But I'm no one to talk. Neither did I. Galt's Gulch is going to be here, in a city--a real city--called Independence. It's going to be part theme park, but it's also going to be the real deal, producing its own energy, food, etc., and exporting the surplus for sale. Glenn unveils his most ambitious and visionary dream: Independence Projected cost is over $2 billion. I think he's going to pull this thing off. Lots of big guns and big brains are standing with him. Did you see the hommage he paid to Atlas Shrugged in his monologue? btw - What a weird theme song, reggae with a choo choo train. Michael It seems he has something larger in mind than what I thought - at first I thought he was pushing towards a Menlo Park/Dreamworks Animation Campus but it sounds more like a Mall of the Americas/Disney Park. I assume it will be in Texas but I'm still not seeing how he keeps the boot of government off his throat. 2 billion will get you a lot of infrastructure development but little in the way of filled buildings - he will need 50X that from investors over time. Dennis I understand it is about changing the culture and this would be the outpost and shining example of the culture we have lost. I see tourist interest but unless he can get a state to fully support his efforts and keep the Federal Government out as much as possible I'm not seeing the rest of the economic picture - a path towards success beyond the entertainment industry. Dennis
  21. Dennis, No you don't. But I'm no one to talk. Neither did I. Galt's Gulch is going to be here, in a city--a real city--called Independence. It's going to be part theme park, but it's also going to be the real deal, producing its own energy, food, etc., and exporting the surplus for sale. Glenn unveils his most ambitious and visionary dream: Independence Projected cost is over $2 billion. I think he's going to pull this thing off. Lots of big guns and big brains are standing with him. Did you see the hommage he paid to Atlas Shrugged in his monologue? btw - What a weird theme song, reggae with a choo choo train. Michael It seems he has something larger in mind than what I thought - at first I thought he was pushing towards a Menlo Park/Dreamworks Animation Campus but it sounds more like a Mall of the Americas/Disney Park. I assume it will be in Texas but I'm still not seeing how he keeps the boot of government off his throat. 2 billion will get you a lot of infrastructure development but little in the way of filled buildings - he will need 50X that from investors over time. Dennis
  22. I kind of see what Beck would like to do but I'm not seeing a path to success under our current government. Dennis
  23. I have been following his talk about the 'American Dream Labs' but I'm not sure what to think about it yet. Dennis
  24. The standard of living was lower during the war and had policies not changed the returning troops would have found declining standards of living plus unemployment. Broken windows did not improve matters - policy changes did. Dennis