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I feel like we can make this into an anonymous online three-guy thing (since Wheylous is clearly going to answer 'yes'). Thoughts?

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hashem replied on Mon, Aug 6 2012 9:58 PM

Holy mother of Zeus. That video explains everything I've been trying to say. We don't need moral propaganda, we don't need a State, we just need to stop lying to ourselves and let spontaneous order work. But then, spontaneous order is working, and at this phase in history it has given rise to hierarchical, hegemonic organization. We will pass this phase eventually. So violence isn't necessary per se, but at this phase in human social organization it is a fact, and so we should accept the fact and work to explain it, and work to see beyond it. Instead of saying "violence is bad and unnecessary", we can say "violent means of social organization have, in fact, arisen for reasons inherent in the human condition, so what reasons will give rise to peaceful means of social organization?"

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. —Mark Twain
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Wheylous replied on Tue, Aug 7 2012 11:06 PM

I feel like we can make this into an anonymous online three-guy thing (since Wheylous is clearly going to answer 'yes').

I still hold out hope that he will return to me.

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Okay, four guys then- there's nothing mutually exclusive here is there? I mean, I have a nice... personality?

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Wheylous replied on Tue, Aug 7 2012 11:28 PM

Hey, who'd you spend your night with?

Oh, um... that old guy... frown

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Alright, well, I'm offended. Ageism. Calling it. (That cut deep, bro).

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If I had a cake and ate it, it can be concluded that I do not have it anymore. HHH

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gotlucky replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 11:17 AM

Pitchfork-wielding Virginia farmers rally against birthday party fine

Study: Oral Sex Cures Morning Sickness

I don't even care if this is false. The word needs to get out and spread fast. Plzkthxbai.

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i was reading atlas shrugged a few months ago and i misplaced my volume 2 book.  I was all the way to the end.  Now that i cant find it, does anyone know where i can find a free copy online?  I just need from Galt's final speech to the end.

Eat the apple, fuck the Corps. I don't work for you no more!
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Nielsio replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 1:58 PM

Embrace the Remix | by Kirby Ferguson

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Malachi replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 9:12 AM
Romney-Ryan ticket official

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/08/11/romneys-running-mate-choice-wisconsins-paul-ryan/

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John James replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 11:54 AM

Stockton, California Went Bankrupt. Is Your City Next?

 

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Malachi replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 3:30 PM
Man arrested for not smiling at olympics

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/man-arrested-for-not-smiling-at-olympics-1.1060050

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Someone oughta refit this video with Obama and Romney:

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Wheylous replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 9:59 PM

I just watched The Trotsky. Can't tell if it was a parody of leftists or a subtle leftist hope for the future.

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Wheylous replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 10:01 PM

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ThatOldGuy replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 10:02 PM

Okay, the MSM is definitely trying to appeal to disaffected Paul supporters with the Ryan nomination. Case in point: google "Paul Ryan Austrian Economics"

I was just told how much this guy sounds like me. indecision

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ThatOldGuy replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 10:25 PM

 

Don't Confuse Paul Ryan with Ron Paul

 

Wayyy ahead of you bro. I bin had read those.

Glad you're back!

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Malachi replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 9:54 AM
This bank holds deposits in Ag

https://www.freelakotabank.com/index.asp

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John James replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 11:51 AM

Send this to your socialist / anti-free market acquaintences to make them feel vindicated...

Baby Dies after Hospital Unwilling to Pay $3 for Incubator electricity

 

...Then laugh when they find out it was a government hospital...and that the parents of the child were subsequently awarded compensation for the baby’s death in the amount of $1,855...curiously enough to pay for the electricity of over 600 incubators.

 

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Bert replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 12:48 PM

For local news I guess some (or a lot) of people have been in uproar about setting up tolls to help fund the development of expanding (or building a new) tunnel connecting Portsmouth and Norfolk, which is used by almost everyone who wants to go to Virginia Beach and Norfolk if you're in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Suffolk.  Few weeks ago I saw a bumper sticker that said "A toll is a tax" and then I wondered if a toll is a tax, then what's a tax?  Rhetorical, of course.  Either way the blatant ignorance can be overwhelming when they can't seperate the fee of paying for something directly in real time on a voluntary basis, and the opposite.

There's this and this, now on one article it refers to a toll as a tax if the government sets up a toll:

"We consistently have held that when the primary purpose of an enactment is to raise revenue, the enactment will be considered a tax, regardless of the name attached to the act," the high court noted. "In accordance with this authority, we conclude that each of the regional taxes and fees provided in Chapter 896 (of the 2007 Acts of the General Assembly) constitutes a tax, because they all are designed to produce revenue to be used for the purpose of financing bonds and supplying revenue for transportation purposes in Northern Virginia."

The court continued: "If payment of the regional taxes and fees is to be required by a general law, it is the prerogative and the function of the General Assembly, as provided by Article 4, Section 1, of the Constitution, to make that decision... Accordingly, we hold that the provisions of Chapter 896 permitting [the Northern Virginia Taxing Authority] to impose the regional taxes and fees are invalid because they violate the Constitution."

Those passages and others have inspired Del. Kenny Alexander, a Norfolk Democrat, and attorney Patrick McSweeney, a former state Republican Party chairman, to prepare a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to use tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels to help pay for a $2.1 billion improvement project.

Those tolls, set to start within six months, will be $1.84 each way for cars during rush hour. McDonnell's administration has signed a contract with Elizabeth River Crossings, a consortium of private companies, to renovate the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, build a new Midtown tube and extend the Martin Luther King Expressway.

But...

The owner of the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge will likely pay close to $20,000 a year to Chesapeake, the host city, for what it collects from the crossing's $2 tolls.

A similar tax on revenue from tolls at the busier Midtown and Downtown tunnels would bring in much more for Portsmouth - in excess of a quarter-million dollars annually.

One problem: Unlike the Jordan Bridge fee, the tunnel tolls between Norfolk and Portsmouth, while still contributing to a profit-making venture, can't be taxed locally. And several other exemptions could apply to the project because of provisions in the state's Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995.

You have taxes, you have tolls, and you have tolls that have taxes...

And there's this, which I did not realize what site I was on til I got to the bottom of the page:

By raising taxes on the super rich and their corporations and closing corporate tax loopholes, we could maintain Interstate 95 and create jobs. However, under capitalism, regressive taxes are routinely imposed and services such as public transit cut back. Under socialism, workers will manage society's resources in the interest of the majority and public transportation will be prioritized.

I had always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way. - Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols
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Thought these were kind of interesting:

5 Materials That Will Make the World as We Know it Obsolete

15 technologies of today we'll still be using in 2030

The Business of Sports  (really...look at those profit margins.  I wouldn't have guessed even close)

 

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Clayton replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 5:20 PM

15 technologies of today we'll still be using in 2030

I disagree with quite a few of these.

QWERTY won't completely disappear, but neither have typewriters. It is difficult to predict when they will have generally disappeared but I'm willing to bet they'll be a minority by 2030. The primary resistance to elimination of the keyboard will be cheap-ass corporations that won't want to furnish offices for their employees who will now be speaking to the computer instead of silently tapping away on a keyboard, something that can be done in a dirt-cheap cubicle.

My predictions: Touch-screens and voice-recognition will all but completely replace the mouse, keyboard and non-touch monitor within two decades.

PC is too fuzzy to refute.

USB? *shrug* What matters more than "USB" versus something else (what?) is wired versus wire-free. Bluetooth or something similar will completely obsolete wired standards within two decades. If you have to plug it in, people won't even consider buying it, no matter what it is.

Local storage - he's right on this one but for the wrong reason. Local storage will never go away because you can never trust everything (including your passwords) to a remote storage point. It just doesn't make sense.

JPG is correct, it will never go away. Like ASCII.

Li+; Seriously? They already have a speed-charging Lithium technology that is set to completely obsolete traditional Li+ batteries. You can charge a cell laptop in a matter of minutes with this new technology.

HTML: Yes, but only for the same reasons as JPG... it's just a universally readable/writable standard. However, passive content is going to basically go away and the Internet is going to become active content. I can't predict a timeline on this but I would have difficulty seeing it taking more than two decades.

Cash: Not if TPTB have anything to say about it. They want cash gone ASAP.

Clamshell form-factor; Duh. It's a form factor, it will never go away.

WiFi: I think this is correct. B/W demand has been vastly overestimated by tech investors. Consumers want to economize on B/W as much as possible. However, what could obsolete the WiFi is an opening up of IP law regarding television, forcing the major media producers to transition to an Internet-based delivery model over the current, dedicated cable/satellite model. If that happens, B/W demand will explode and expect to see WiFi eclipsed by much higher B/W wireless models.

Email: Yeah but. There's nothing that really makes email mail. It's just another form of electronic communication and that's what's not going away ever. Facebook messages, tweets, texting, etc. It all goes back to the telecom giants. If they allow phones to start communicating VoIP and Internet data as standard features, the dedicated "landline" model of telecom will disappear. It's redundant and dinosauric. This would also make "email" increasingly irrelevant. It's just another protocol out of dozens by which to get text from one individual to another.

Audio jacks: Yes but. Wireless will soon replace wired. Twenty years from now, there won't be any wires on your desktop, not even to your headphones.

Laser printers; probably

TV: Nope. TV is in big, big trouble. Within twenty years, I expect a shift to Internet-based media delivery. The media monopolies are all fighting it tooth and nail but it's inevitable.

Microsoft Office; Not as we know it today. Even Microsoft is preparing for the transition to the new "Web OS" model with Windows 8. The transformation will happen whether they want it or not.

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  • •If you have to plug it in, people won't even consider buying it, no matter what it is.
     

I'm always skeptical of this. Wireless peripherals are convienent for some, and not so much for others. It really depends on the application. I specifically shy away from wireless devices for my desktop for a variety of reasons. Response time (important in gaming), worrying about batter life, higher cost, etc. Maybe I'm behind the curve, but I just don't see wired peripherals simply dissapearing. Less widely used? Yes. Gone? Absolutely not.

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Wheylous replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 10:53 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/ideological-battle-voters-dont-want-100144850--abc-news-politics.html

But there are plenty of voters out there who are more concerned about function than ideology. They aren't spending their evenings debating the benefits of Hayek or Keynesian economic models.

AE mention in the mainstream! Front page of Yahoo! Of course, it's telling how they can't even say "Hayekian" right while they can indeed say "Keynesian."

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gotlucky replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 10:55 AM

 

Stranded Jet-Skier Walks Across JFK Runways, Into Terminal Undetected

Daniel Castillo of Queens swam to shore and then walked past motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras of the airport's state-of--the art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System.

The $100 million system is meant to safeguard against terrorists. 

Oh, by the way, after he told an official at the airport about what happened, they arrested him.

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Neodoxy replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 2:39 PM

Wow someone's optimistic

At last those coming came and they never looked back With blinding stars in their eyes but all they saw was black...
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John James replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 12:21 AM

AVTM reaching younger audience

 

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Wow.

To be honest, I don't know what my parents would have done if they caught me watching Adam Kokesh at 10-11 years old. It would probably be the end of my time derping around on the internet unsupervised. It's nice to know that kids that young are interested in learning about freedom. As a side thought, Adam's take on girls(sex?) in middle school could be supplemented by a dose of Uncle Argyle's thoughts on education

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