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  1. Re Marcus’s last:
    M.O. is for criminals. I’ve committed thoughtcrime. Repeat offender.

    You are guilty as charged. The offense? Stupidity. Lack of comprehension. Your arguments are as dull as a mis-used butterknife. Or perhaps a granny's old, polished off dildo.

    Interesting word tolerate. You tolerate only what you do not like. If you like something you don’t use the word tolerate.

    America never was the color-blind utopia Marcus makes it out to have been. As for today, just look at the news.

    Mark "The Tribesman" Hunter somehow believes that I said or implied that America is a "color-blind utopia" of which I did neither. Seeing that is as easy as going back and re-reading my earlier comment. If you can manage that then come back with a real argument. Not a strawman.

    This a forum discussion. I tolerate you, that does not mean I don't challenge any of your nonsense.

    This is pure rot. You have the imagination and personality of a hyena. "I tolerate you" !?!? You remind me of the idiot at the turn of the 19th century who claimed "everything that can be invented has been invented". In your case you believe all of philosophical history ends with your conclusions. Marks most offhand remarks are more interesting and insightful than the sum total of your pedantic and sycophantic ravings.

  2. Mikee wrote: Seeing and hearing everything people are doing in their homes through their TV sets is bullshit.

    end quote

    I remember when Nielson TV tracking service had devices in people’s homes to track what they watched. Not any more. I knew Comcast, Mediacom, and other cable services can track what you watch from a newspaper article a few years ago but I don’t know specifically how. Ratings are based less on people answering their phones and taking a survey. So, are you saying you must have skype, a camera, microphone or some similar device to be bugged in your home? I admit my knowledge of this comes from articles I’ve read over the years and from fictional novels. Can’t be done you say? BS? Scifi? There is no Homeland Security, no NSA, no CIA snooping except with planted bugs or directional microphones? And you say your name is Mike, short for microphone? Those “nanny” tracking devices on your phone don’t exist, the police can’t track you through credit card use, etc.? Wow. You are so smart.

    About ten years ago my sister called me over her computer but I don’t remember how that was done, (but I remember setting up a mike) and when the call was finished I thought that was the end to it. Yet hours later, I could hear my sister talking to someone in her computer room. I yelled into my computer and she finally heard me and shut the device off. I have been leery ever since. But you’re not? About six months ago we set up a new wifi system to download books, and suddenly our internet usage went up. I was told a person would need to be within a certain distance from my house to be able to steal my service. Do you have any facts to back up your assertion?

    This is kind of funny. Two girls working around here for the summer were living in their car, off on a side road, near my house. One night I heard a woman's voice, went outside and a girl was talking on a phone, and charging another phone, using my outside receptacle. She yanked it out and ran. I didn't call the cops but a few days later the cops were down the road talking to them and they left and never came back.



    I don't like dishonesty in any form. Your large amount of gibberish containing implications of things that are not true is dishonest. A television contains neither a microphone or a camera. Using Skype requires both. If you set up a connection and broadcast your voice and picture to another person of course it can be intercepted. So what. If you don't shut the fucking thing off, what happens? It's still on! Surprise! Not a conspiracy to invade your privacy. If your toilet keeps running and you don't fix it, your water bill is higher!! Not a conspiracy by the water company to screw you out of your money! This is not rocket science. If you think something you're doing is important from a privacy standpoint, encrypt it. 99.999999% of information transmitted over the internet is of no interest to anyone.

    Your signal to noise ratio is vanishingly small. I suggest much shorter, to the point offers with an occasional nugget of real information.

  3. Decline of financial independence in America


    What's the difference between a Socialist Paradise where 95% of the people work for the state or a quasi-state institution, and a supposedly "free market economy" in which 95% of the people work for the state or a cartel-state institution? Given that the vast majority of employees are trapped in their jobs by the threat of losing their healthcare insurance, how much freedom of movement and non-inherited financial independence is available?

    This reality is described in Health Care Slavery and Overwork (via Arshad A.)


    The solution: stay healthy, never see a doctor and you never need heathcare or insurance.

  4. Almost since the advent of cable providers have been able to track the programming their customers have been using. Seeing and hearing everything people are doing in their homes through their TV sets is bullshit. Your credibility is zero, you are on the wrong website. Go to "UFO's are real" or some such other bullshit site. Or get a job or another hobby. Stop using technology, especially the internet.

  5. ...And display all the character and integrity of a toy poodle...

    "Of course" meaning promises are easy to make...if you have no plans to keep them. You should try to act like an adult sometimes and not like a little kid running around the neighborhood naked.

  6. Now for the big important issue. despite the contrary being reported on the first page of the New York Times, Donald Trump's hair is real!

    He does not use a toupée.

    Isn't that exciting?

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    Trump does use a baseball cap when it's windy, though. That's because the wind makes his hair stand up and results in weird pictures his enemies like to use.


    I'm glad we settled that.

    After all, we have to vet fundamentals in our candidates.




    Looks real...

  7. Defending Carly's work when at HP:


    August 27 by Christy Paavola - Research

    "The Truth About Carly"

    New York Times


    By Tom Perkins


    Andrew Ross Sorkin

    August 17, 2015

    “Carly Fiorina’s Business Record: Not So Sterling”

    The consensus is clear: Carly Fiorina won the first Republican Primary debate. As a result she is climbing the polls and into the top tier of candidates. Her rise has led pundits to speculate about her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

    I was a member of the HP Board of Directors much of the time Carly was the CEO. I was in the room for many of the decisions she made. I can attest to the strength of Carly’s leadership, the accuracy of her vision and the quality of her management.

    Carly was an excellent CEO. She led HP through one of the worst economic times in decades. Less than two years into Carly’s leadership, the dot com bubble went bust. Silicon Valley was in chaos. Companies were shedding jobs almost daily. There were so many layoffs The Associated Press ran weekly announcements regarding layoffs at tech companies. And The San Francisco Chronicle declared 2001 “The Year of the Layoff.”

    While other Silicon Valley icons like Sun Microsystems disappeared, Carly’s vision and execution not only helped to save HP but made it a strong, more versatile company that could compete in the changing technology sector.

    I was on the Compaq Board during the HP-Compaq merger and remained a member of the new HP Board once the merger was complete. Both companies knew that we needed something dramatic to inject life back into our companies. The merger, while controversial, was unanimously approved by every member of the HP Board and won approval from shareholders. Thanks to Carly’s leadership there was a path forward for this storied but troubled company.

    Critics questioned the move, but history proves Carly was right. Post merger, HP became the biggest computer company in the world. It positioned HP to compete in integrated systems and allowed us to compete in sectors beyond the core strength of the company, printers.

    Carly was hired at HP because it was struggling. Revenues were down, quarterly earnings were missed, innovation lagged and growth stagnated. HP, once the leader in Silicon Valley, was clinging to the status quo and failing to embrace the new tech era. Silicon Valley companies were prospering by taking advantage of the new technologies; HP was stubbornly clinging to the past. HP needed a change agent and someone who could return the company to its glory days. Carly was the right choice.

    The results of Carly’s transformational leadership? HP revenues doubled to more than $80 billion, innovation tripled to 15 patents per day, the growth rate more than quadrupled 6.5 percent and we grew to become the 11th largest company in the country. Carly did what she was brought in to do: turn the company around make it successful again. Not only did she save the company from the dire straits it was in, she laid the foundation for HP’s future growth.

    Critics often claim was fired at HP because she was unsuccessful. As a member of the board, I can tell you this is not true. In truth, it was the Board I was a part of that was ineffective and dysfunctional. The HP board of directors included family members of the founders. Carly worked with the hand she was dealt as best as one could. While Carly fought to save the company and the employees within, some board members fought for their own power or advancement. You see, some board members wanted to micro-manage the company, hand picking friends and allies to run divisions. This is no way to run a global company and Carly had the strength of character and courage of conviction to stand up to it and ultimately she lost her job because of it.

    While lesser leaders would have accepted offers of transition plans and graceful resignations, Carly would have none of that. Carly demanded to be fired. In order to restore peace to the board I voted to fire her. That was a mistake.

    In the months and years after Carly left, the Board of Directors remained dysfunctional. The Board members who plotted Carly’s ouster eventually resigned after an embarrassing investigation by Congress.

    I have no question that Carly is a transformational leader who uniquely has both vision and the expertise to implement it. We are in the middle of a heated election, and often facts and the truth get lost in the heat of partisan rhetoric. As someone who worked with and observed Carly first hand I can attest to her abilities, intellect and talent. I am proud to support Carly Fiorina for President of the United States.

    Tom Perkins

    Tom Perkins is the founder of the California venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

    Thanks! Beat me to it.

    I like this comment from Bloomberg: "It was the second instance this week of a former fellow executive coming to Fiorina's defense. In a Wednesday op-ed for the conservative Internet site IJReview, Joe Russo, who worked with Fiorina at telecom company Lucent before she joined HP, said recent examinations of her record were mostly "written by someone who has never worked with Carly and has little to no experience actually working for or running a business." Fiorina was "open, honest and inspiring" as well as "just plain cool," Russo added."

    Carly has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CarlyFiorina

    Excerpts from and links to interviews, plus Donate buttons!

  8. Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of

    Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog

    Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with

    Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.


    That was Chicago back during Sandburg's time.

    Now there are no more farmer boys or meat packers.

    Now we get this:


    And don't forget Obama...

    Talk about trashing a great city.

    Where's the goddam O'Leary cow when we need it?




  9. This was in a TownHall online advertisement. At first I thought it was a joke: Still looking for an affordable God-honoring healthcare solution? The doors are always open at Medi-Share. Healthcare Sharing Ministries . . . Best of all, it’s Biblical. You never have to pay for things that go against your beliefs.

    What insane bullshit. Sometimes stupid people NEED to be taken to the cleaners to teach them a lesson. That reminds me of three card monty and shell game street vendors on the streets of NY, and the carnival games across America, and the board walk games in Ocean City, MD and Atlantic City NJ. Sally! Stop putting your quarters in the claw machine. It’s fixed!


    You announce that people trying to find solutions outside of govt healthcare and regulated insurance are automatically getting ripped off? And they're stupid? Whose side are you on?

    From here: http://www.healthcaresharing.org/hcsm/

    "A health care sharing ministry (HCSM) provides a health care cost sharing arrangement among persons of similar and sincerely held beliefs. HCSMs are operated by not-for-profit religious organizations acting as a clearinghouse for those who have medical expenses and those who desire to share the burden of those medical expenses.

    • HCSMs receive no funding or grants from government sources.
    • HCSMs are not insurance companies. HCSM do not assume any risk or guarantee the payment of any medical bill. Twenty-nine states have explicitly recognized this and specifically exempt HCSMs from their insurance codes.
    • HCSMs serve more than 480,000 people, with participating households in all fifty states.
    • HCSMs’ participants share more than $430 million per year for one another’s health care costs.
    • HCSMs strive to be accessible to participants regardless of their income, because traditionally shares are a fraction of the cost of insurance rates.


  10. Mike,

    If all you know about Donald Trump is what you see in the mainstream news and libertarian think-tank outlets, you are going to get a hugely distorted view of him.

    There's a reason small-government people like Levin, Palin, Hannity, me :smile: , and so on are attracted to him, even with the couple of eminent domain slips. If you want to learn about his character, I highly suggest you read one of his books, especially The Art of the Deal. He tells you clearly what he's been up against and why he did what he did in a lot of different big projects.

    Believe me, small government people like the ones I mentioned are not so stupid they are suddenly dazzled by a dictator just because he says some words they want to hear. They know who Trump is and what he has done.

    Libertarian intellectualoids like Jeffrey Tucker (hugely anti-Trump), who deduce reality from principles, basically argue from a gotcha position. If gotcha is your thing, Trump definitely is not a 100% consistent idealogue. (He sure surrounds himself with some impressive conservative and libertarian people, though.)

    But I dare you to submit any other politician to the gotcha criteria. Find a 100% consistent candidate who is immune to gotcha if you can. Not even Carly lives up. Not Ted Cruz. Not one will pass the smell test.

    What's more, if you want to know the truth, the "words not deeds" behavior is more Rand Paul's area. For example, he ran on an anti-amnesty platform, then wimped out supporting Rubio's amnesty plan. Even today, he does doublespeak about amnesty. See here for instance. How many times do conservatives and libertarians have to go through that kind of language--and elect people who speak like that--before they see it always ends in the same mess?

    It never gets better. It only gets worse.

    Meanwhile, out here in O-Land, we pretend Rand Paul is some kind of superior politician because he is allegedly moral.

    I like him, but I see what I see.


    Okay, I have the Kindle version and will read it. Interesting, my Firefox browser locked up when I went to the Trump "Art of the deal" page. Did it several times. I don't usually have any problems with Firefox and Amazon at all. Chrome worked okay, so I got the book.

    I will try to be as open minded as this guy.

  11. Greg,

    Correlation is not causation. Free market economists have been looking at the actions of central banks and debt growth and easy money for years and predicting a huge bubble which has to burst sometime. Tens of millions of people exactly like you fervently pray, and act, to make your biblical predictions (the timing of a catastrophic event) come true to confirm your beliefs. Thresholds events can be strongly effected by tiny step functions such as the biases of a relatively small population. The noise floor, small unpredictable random fluctuations, can be overcome by small step functions at the threshold. You said yourself, a very large population has been taught to act in a particular manner on certain preordained dates. Like the butterfly effect, small actions can have profound consequences. But it's still individual human actions and mathematics. No mystical explanations necessary.

    You're welcome.


  12. The issue will not go away when Rand Paul goes away. It has to be addressed. Trump's actions speak for themselves. "For the people" to the left means welfare state, for libertarians means personal freedom and property rights. "Make America Great Again" could mean anything, replace 'America' with 'Russia' and it could be Putin speaking. I believe Trump's popularity for the moment is a backlash against the cowardice of buckling under to political correct speech by virtually everyone left and right and the middle for the past couple of decades. People have been watching everyone talk around everything without saying anything. Watching it they say "fuck you chickenshit assholes" under their breath. Trump's saying it out loud, the countries letting out a sigh of relief. This could really backfire you know. If under closer scrutiny Trump's character doesn't turn out to be a pristine as you evidently believe it is now. I don't like the bragging about buying politicians and I don't buy the 'everyone's does it to get things done' argument. I don't like eminent domain, it is theft, Trump has no problem with it. It is a character issue. I'd like him to speak out about things like this and name his principles else I will have a very difficult time supporting him if he becomes the nominee on the right.

  13. Dow closes at 15->666<-

    "The Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 closed about 1.3 percent lower after rallying nearly 3 percent earlier, their biggest reversal to the downside since Oct. 29, 2008."

    [can't keep overlooking the signs...]

    Prep for heading for the hills;

    1. Subaru with 18.5 gal gas tank and best awd traction control in automobiles: check

    2. Copy of How to stay alive in the woods: check

    3. Guns & Ammo, knives, axes, tools: check, etc. [need a good varmint rifle]

    4. Hiking boots, tent, bags, maps, compass, warm clothes, rain gear: check

    5. Fit for hiking in the hills: check - [you can always be more fit]

    6. Cash: check

    7. Loves hanging out in the forest with no heat and AC or regular hot showers or running water or nearby Mexican restaurants: not so much.

    Note to self: get out on the range and target practice regularly.

  14. Now you all know what it is like to be Canadian...about time too.

    If the Trump supporters are like the RoFo supporters were here.. intractably stupid, yet considering that a virtue..god and galt both help you/.

    Carol! You are a treasure! We are in desperate need of some good poetry. I just can't get anywhere:

    "Trump the chump"

    "In the rump with Trump"

    "Dump Trump" [i was working on it first]

    Your most casual effort would be more than welcome!

    Hopefully you have a kind word for Carly Fiorina? Nevermind Hillary, when Obama stops protecting her...-->straight to prison!



  15. I think 'anarchy' is synonymous with 'chaos' except with an assigned cause: absence or non recognition of authority.

    I think the best defense of anarchism is David Friedman's and even he is not convinced that it could be a stable working system except for brief periods in defined settings where universal agreement exists for settling disputes. And where non-conformists of the criminal kind can be banished permanently. Even an imperfect government can create enough stability where people can thrive.

  16. I don't dislike any of my neighbors, but some I give a key to, some I never would. No one at my work disgusts me though I think it could be managed better. There are some liberals I leave the room when they get talking. I'd get in too much trouble if I didn't. Usually no rudeness or disrespect in my local stores though I believe the people (shoppers and workers) were more congenial thirty years ago when I first moved into this neighborhood. I think the majority of people here are decent. We still have the American work ethic for the most part. All of the elements are there for a robust economy that includes everyone if the government could just be gotten out of the way. They are parasites, a tumor on the republic. I'm in dream mode too. You are part of the reason why Adam, I know there are a lot of people working very hard for a new vision of the American dream. Perhaps someone was right years ago "we have to hit the bottom first, then people will wake up".