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Geopolitics / Re: Libertarian Ideas and Viewpoints
« on: September 17, 2018, 12:46:16 PM »
If you read Morris Berman's blog you get the impression that Mexico is the best of all possible worlds. But some of the crime there is beyond brutal.

Morris also thinks Japan is an ideal society that will weather collapse better than the hated Amerikans.  ::)
I think these people are missing the long-term picture.  Yes, once the infrastructure goes, collapse will be brutal in the United States, with a very quick reduction in population.  But, that will leave a relatively tiny population with a relative abundance of resources.  So, the post-collapse US will be a better place to rebuild than places that have more survivors and fewer resources.

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: NFL BOYCOTT 2018
« on: August 24, 2018, 12:35:01 PM »
You "have the absolute right"  to boycott your tits off. There are plenty of reasons to boycott the NFL. But:

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To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy yourtickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiouslywait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you....  But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country,our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans.

This is an intentional mis-representation of the reason why NFL players (and others) took a knee. The reason is to protest escalating police brutality and lawlessness. It is the business of those who wish to profit from right wing anger and fear to twist the meaning of the protest that began with Colin Kaepernick. It is about calling attention to the truth that the flag and the anthem don't mean the same things to black Americans that it does to whites. And retrograde scoundrels are prepared to cover themselves in false patriotism and hide behind the flag to extort people's patriotism to fan the flames of hatred.

I am sure what low regard I hold for them.

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We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration ofyour physical skills before what is morally right.

So, we're prepared for you to be an accessory to murder, to slap your girlfriend, wife or significant other around, to use non-sanctioned performance enhancers and all manner of other drugs for amusement, and we'll nod and cheer like fucking bobbleheads and we're prepared to offer the hand of forgiveness. But when you interrupt of favorite amusement with a reminder of how morally bankrupt and empty this racist shithole is, well, then, you've gone too far.

The back of my hand to this attitude and to those who hold it.
My own personal boycott of the NFL began when Roethlisberger got away with his bad behavior without any consequences....

The really sad part is the fans don't get the whole "taking the knee" thing.  It's not like the players are giving the flag the finger.  Where do people normally kneel?  In church.... In front of a king....  It's a sign of submission.  They're acknowledging that, while everyone else is standing for the flag, they are in an inferior position, because of the color of their skin.  I'm just glad no skinheads have picked it up and run with it. 

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Spirituality & Mysticism / Re: 🔥 To make a fire
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:30:06 AM »
There will be no more Convocations, no more Last Adventures for RE, other than the Last Adventure of the Imagination I have here with my keyboard.  My life as a part of the society, as a friend to other Homo Saps is OVAH.  Now all I am is a brudensome meat package in need of a rapid disposal into the waste bin of human history on earth.  Just a piece of eternal trash in the mozaic of life in the multiverse.
Only you can determine how much you can take physically, but don't discount the contribution you are making to society online.  It is still a lot more than quite a few people in the prime of their lives.  As I look towards a remaining lifetime of chemotherapy, I am hoping regular visits to an active Doomstead Diner will continue for a significant fraction of that.

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: August 06, 2018, 06:44:20 PM »
The heat has forced me inside for much of the last month, making a mockery of me trying to detach from the internet.

I'm getting shit done... but not what people expect of me or I expect of myself. Its the heat. The heat. The heat..... The heat.

Fuck it. I have to post about what has been on my mind... if only to get it out of my head and move on.

Sooooo. I did another short post at Dark Green Mountain. In it I quoted something Surly had pointed out for posterity.

Here is the latest post. Enjoy...or fire away. Whatever.

https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/c5-says-its-not-the-heat-its-the-stupidity/

via Imgflip Meme Generator

And to be crystal clear, C5, you are doing EXACTLY the right sort of nothing....

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Okay, Let's Connect Some Dots
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:35:30 AM »
These absurd salaries being paid all sorts of folks these days is a good reminder of Eddies lament of not being rich. While I still consider him a member of the wealthy it is obvious the word does not mean at all what it twenty years ago. It is obvious as well that Folks in Eddie's position with the training they require and headaches they must encounter in their business practice are grossly underpaid.
I don't care what your salary is, if you need to show up to work to get paid, you are working class, albeit well paid.  You are not truly rich until you make money whether you get out of bed in the morning or not.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Okay, Let's Connect Some Dots
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:27:32 AM »
How many colleges have Vice Presidents of Diversity? How many cities have Offices of Equity?

I don't know. But I think the answer is quite a few.

It's a brave new world, and it's a great time to be a person of color with a college degree and a nice suit and tie.


That would be about 3:1000 Blacks with a College Degree and Suit & Tie.  Even if every university in Amerika has one of these nonsense jobs, that's only around 10,000 of them, and that is including Trade Schools.  Total Blacks enrolled in university at some level in 206-17 was 3,527,726.  That means around .3% of Blacks get such a nice cushy job.

These nonsense jobs are a lot cheaper than actually doing something to improve the quality of education for the underclass in the FSoA, which would have to include improving primary and secondary schools so you had a more qualified Black cohort applying to college in the first place.  That means more highly paid teachers.  This obviously is not hapening or going to happen.  Meanwhile these Job Lotto winning Blacks provde a symbol for "Black Opportunities in Education".  You too can rename city streets if you are high in melanin content!
And let's not forget the number one concern, which is making sure that the black underclass and the white underclass do not unite to overthrow the pigmen....

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Geopolitics / Re: The Manafort Trial
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:48:37 AM »
Pardons for everybody!!!

Trump will soon issue an executive order giving him PIA* powers.

* Pardon-in-advance.
What are you talking about?  Ford already pardoned Nixon even though he was not even indicted for anything.  (And, notably, he resigned before he could be impeached, because presidential pardons do not extend to matters of impeachment.)

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Geopolitics / Re: The Manafort Trial
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:29:16 PM »
I was saying most tests have a max of 145 not that the scale has a max of 145. Makes sense since who cares if it's 145 or 146+.  :)
The problem is that once two people get all the answers right, it is impossible to make any comparisons between them, based on that test... and, if a test is designed to measure the general population, where 100 is the mean and the standard deviation is 15, then about 95% of the people are going to be between 70 and 130 and 99.7% between 55 and 145.... so you are getting into the range where a single question makes a huge difference.

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Golden Oxen Newz / Re: Gold & Silver News
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:54:49 PM »
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Platinum looks really good to me now. What are your thoughts on platinum?
Eddie, It is a metal too tied to technology and science, not money; a catalyst, which leaves me in the dark completely. :dontknow:

My background is Literature and History, religious teachers when I went to school treated science very lightly if at all.

Find myself marveling often at how well rounded some diners are in math and science and read their postings as best I can but most of the time am just plain clueless as to what they are talking about.  :icon_scratch:
A Quick Quiz:

Which coin is silver, which is gold, and which is platinum?

Obviously, the one in the center is gold.  In a SHTF situation, the recognizability of gold is an asset.

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The buzzword harkening to Democratic Party big dawgs on the Hampton lawns and the briny bluffs of Marthaís Vineyard is Universal Basic Income, the suddenly amazing proposal to put the whole country on welfare. Iím all for it ó as long as we can get the Martians to pay for it. Why not? A thousand bucks a month just for walking-around money? Wahoo! You could help pump the GDP a little more by taking that dough to the nearest casino and investing it in the excellent economy-building activity known as blackjack. With a little luck, you might increase your nut sufficiently to get that longed-for sex reassignment surgery, to correct the clerical error that the stork made when you were dropped down the chimney.
What he doesn't get about UBI -- and it's okay, most people advocating it don't get it either -- is it's biggest strength is virtually zero administration cost: basically just ensuring that people aren't double dipping.  This means the way you can pay for it is not by adding it on to the constellation of other programs we already have, but by slashing everything else.  Public assistance, yes, but also tax breaks of all kinds: deductions, exemptions, adjustments, credits.  Pair UBI with a flat tax rate, make the tax code a single page long.  And along the lines of double dipping, we can adjust government stipends, especially for elected officials, down by the amount of the UBI.

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The persecution and torture of Julian Assange for revealing the truth is one of the greatest arguments to have come about for those, like myself, that think government has become too big and Evil and folks should consider the Libertarian point of view.

I thought you said Goobermint should step in and punish the Medical criminals who don't publish their prices and overcharge?  ???  I'm confused.  Do you want big Goobermint that protects the consumer all small Goobermint that lets criminal Capitalists rip off J6P?
As Aristotle said, the opposite of one vice is not virtue but another vice.  For example, courage stands between cowardice and foolhardiness.

So it is in the case of government regulation.  It is not the government's job to protect J6P from himself.  Whatever people agree to with informed consent is their own business.  When it affects other people not part of the agreement, or when force or fraud is involved, is when it is proper for the government to step in.

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Environment / Re: The Oceans are Coming? BFD, I got other Worries.
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:06:42 PM »

Mountains.  Rally BIG Mountains.  The Great Wall that God Built to protect the Independent Souls of the World.

OK, the Appalachians aren't that big, but it's still probably the best neighborhood in the mid-Atlantic states.
You know, people sell the Appalachians short.  But, within a day's walk from me, there is old growth forest... why? Because the terrain was too difficult to cut the trees down and get them out.  Before the Industrial Revolution, the only thing that came out of this region was whiskey.... everything else spoiled before it could make it out.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: The Rich Are Not Like You And Me
« on: July 29, 2018, 09:35:44 AM »
But that is how it works.  You pay for a visit because a dentist should look in your mouth for free why?  At the end of the visit you get a estimate, in writing if you wish.  There isn't anything more complicated than that so if you do what the consumer is supposed to do and shop around you could get a better deal if you wish.  The choice is yours. 
No, you get a written estimate AT THE BEGINNING, which is a BINDING CONTRACT.  That is THE LAW.  The fact that 99% ignore it does not make it less so.  If the dentist wants to charge for the exam, s/he is allowed.  But the price must be stated upfront, and it must be irrespective of whether or not the patient has insurance.  And of course, things will come up that change the situation, e.g. what the dentist initially thought he could handle with a filling he realizes requires a root canal, but the patient must agree to the changes before being charged for them.

Auto repair shops used to pull the same crap that medical providers do now, and made the same arguments doctors do, but once the law was enforced on them, they managed to adjust their business practices so that they could survive.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: NY Times Puts Trump In Their Sights
« on: July 19, 2018, 03:24:09 PM »
This kind of op-ed piece is typical NYT anti-Trump rhetoric, but you have to admit it does look like the mask is starting to slip on Trump's lack of real coherent understanding of world politics. He's been out of his depth since the day he got elected, but his bullshit has been working until now. It is not clear that it keeps working.

The Unwinding of Donald Trump

By David RemnickJuly 17, 2018

The contemptible remarks that Trump delivered alongside Vladimir Putin seemed to mark a turning point, even for some of his most ardent defenders.Photograph by Yuri Gripas / Bloomberg / Getty
In dictatorial states, a failure to applaud the Leader has often been a matter of treason. Last February, following the State of the Union address, President Trump flew to Blue Ash, Ohio, for a rally and accused the Democrats in Congress of that very crime. Their crime was a failure to stand and applaud sufficiently for the President of the United States.
I think you and the NYT are missing the real point.  The cardinal rule of being a strongman is NEVER SHOW WEAKNESS.  That is where Trump stumbled in Helsinki.  Apologizing afterwards only made it worse.  The moment the Alpha starts to limp the other wolves start to attack to try to establish dominance.  Can Trump recover?  We shall see.

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They call those "listicles." Their purpose is to elecit monetizable clicks.
They are the crotch-fungus of the internet.
Okay, if those are listicles, then what are those things where you answer page after page of questions?  Quizicles?  Testicles?  :icon_mrgreen:

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