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  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "Suddenly, the government is not in charge"? Is that before the coup? Because, millinarians and Communists to the contrary, humans need a government, because that's how you deal with other humans, esp. when one or more groups decide they don't...
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    I look at Krugman's op-ed column every weekday, not in anonymous mode, though I do have noScript running. I *think* that the regular op-ed columnists, who aren't paid for their columns, are free to read....
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    Right, making it harder to be taxed, and easier for money laundering and other crimes, like the Colonial Pipeline ransomware, and today's report of the ransomware attack on the Irish health system. On the other hand, if you get people...
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    I see someone mentioned Thieves' World. GRRM's Wild Cards was around '86 or so....
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    This, in fact, fits right in with the conversation. https://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2021/05/13...
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    For the US version, the Pennsy*, the Reading, the B&O, and the "Short Line"**. * "The standard railroad of the world", as they billed themselves. Not too unreasonably, given that... was it in the twenties, or during WWII, that I've...
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    You're talking legit stock, not, say, hedge funds, nor are you talking about real estate (had your rent go up lately? How about your taxes or insurance?)...
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    "Not finding returns above 1%"? Really? Try investing in real estate (some hedge funds did it, esp. in rental properties). Also high-tech firms....
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    That was a shame. The Genesis Machine, IIRC, is a *brilliant* book, and the actual excitement in it is doing actual science....
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    The New Deal, in the US, was halping... but then, of course, the "deficit hawks" that cut it back, and fought tooth and nail against anything that helped those who weren't rich, the exact same way that they did here...
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    Solar forums... building their own solar-powered crypto-mining. ROTFLMAO! I assume everyone here knows that day trading is a good way to lose money, given that you're competing with people with clustered computers co-located in the same datacenter as the stock...
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    There is an answer to that: stop pretending that being a corporation, only the corporation is guilty. I mean, did this huge building grow arms, and decide to launder money? No. CEOs, company presidents, and the appropriate exec - CFO,...
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    Which reminds me of the ultimate American business that I came up with in the eighties or nineties: I sell artistic stock certificates. There is no product or service (no costs), so that the only employee is the CEO (me,...
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    The problem is that trying to regulate starts to trying to regulate everything... and then you might as well have public control of all businesses, except for small ones. Which, in fact, is not something I have huge issues with....
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    It *would* have been a nice idea. For example, on my authorial website, and my fecebook page, in the header, one of the two pictures is one by the (DAMN IT!!!) late Robin wood, who was a friend of mine....
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    @27, @29, @31: JEZUZ H. Christ, standing on a streetcorner, wearing a lime-green leisure suit, eatin' a watermelon an' spittin' out the seeds!!!!!!!!!! WTF is wrong with all of you? You're giving me the bullshit of the white wing, "oh,...
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    Ah, so here's a way to fix things: tax money that is stored (in a bank, etc), or if it's not being used in a certain amount of time for goods or services (and financial services are explicitly excluded)....
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    Y'know, Charlie, your proposal starts to sound like in-(solar-)system slow money....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Saw stuff about that from Nat Geographic decades ago....
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    Heh, heh. Back around '77, in University City in Philly, a couple-three doorbell ringers came to the door of the collective house the woman I was living with and I were in. She answered, and let them talk. Then -...
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    I've had two or three (in ten years in this house) black doorbell ringers. I have *never* had a Black doorbell ringer be rude, or not accept "sorry, not interested". But if they're going to push, I'm going to stick...
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    First of all, I was referring to *religious* indoctrination, and no, I never got that, sorry you find that hard to believe. Political? You know, the only religious or political means of inducing people to follow you I consider to...
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    Why would we? Without the normally accepted definition of "consciousness", you're not there. Since you ask, I define it as an extraordinary assertion that there is such a being, but I have to sign before I am told there is...
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    The last time I got to play with doorbell ringers was around '93 or so in Austin. My late wife and I had discussed it, and had an answer. Basically, you wait for them to babble "Kingdom of God", and...
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    Re Adam Smith - like Machiavelli, who was *warning*, not writing a playbook....
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    Sorry, nope, you're wrong. We had the math and the theory showing they should exist, based on other *facts*. Kindly point us to any *evidence*, demonstrable to an unbiased third party, that any Supreme Deity exists, or leads us to...
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    I will admit that there are times I utterly agree with Greg - but I'm in the US, where 70M psychotics, at least 90% of whom claim to be "Christian", still support IQ 45. Then there was Da'esh, blowing up...
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    Yo! I gree up a red-diaper baby, and my father's sect, as I understand it, moved left from the Troskyites, and never accepted the trials in the mid-thirties. I've *never* been indoctrinated. I'll also mention, though I've been married too...
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    Judaism tends toward orthopractic, or as I put it, how you live, not what you believe, although the psychos in Israel now.... I read a perfect quote from a Shinto priest: "we have no dogma. We have no theology. We...
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    Back in either '79 or the early eighties, I had the best religious argument ever, with an old friend (who I'm still friends with). An hour long, with no screaming, and no logical fallacies. The conclusion was this: she was...
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