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Jargon replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 1:05 PM

@ Anemone

I actually think that is a good strategy. Politics is the art of executing a dialectic. See the problem? Here's the solution! Unfortunately, it's only a good strategy when the counterpunch is actually smart deregulation, de-licensing, lower taxes and a credit and money supply determined by the market.

This kind of reminds me of the popular notion of the good economy of the Clinton Era, despite the congress being republican majority for that period. It makes me wonder what the economy would be like without the republicans' largely illusory struggle to preserve the market.

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The nurse that was fooled by a horrible impersonation of Her Majesty and gave up medical information about Kate was found dead.

Allegedly, it was suicide, but yeah... she was probably killed to send a message to nurses, doctor's, etc. to not reveal personal information about Her Majesty's family.

http://gma.yahoo.com/nurse-hoaxed-queens-call-found-dead-145123666--abc-news-topstories.html

 

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Neodoxy replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 3:07 PM

Wheylous,

There are multiple things those words can mean when put together. Could you hint as to which one you meant?

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Jargon replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 3:11 PM

Students For Liberty

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RagnarD replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 3:38 PM

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Neodoxy replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 3:45 PM

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Clayton replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 3:52 PM

@The Muffinburg: Wow, that is really... wow. I listened to the prank call and I'm withholding judgment on whether this was necessarily a murder. I imagine that the nurse received dire threats and intimidation from the hospital administration ("Your career is over, you'll never work again" kind of thing) and it is conceivable that Saldanha could have been driven to suicide by this. By the way, I'm curious about her immigration status. While the royals take their privacy deadly seriously, I imagine they receive the majority of their medical care by means of private doctors anyway. When I first heard of Kate's hospital visit, I immediately thought it was a publicity stunt, a convenient way to convey the impression that "royals use the NHS, too, just like everybody else".

But I can assure you those radio hosts' careers are over and I would be surprised if the royal family doesn't have this seen to - not so much because they breached royal privacy (which, in Kate's case, isn't really that big of a deal, apparently) - but because they wantonly mocked and ridiculed the Queen's and Crown Prince's persons. Moral of the story: Think twice before mocking a monarch, her successor and his successor in a country whose government belongs to that monarch.

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Some great new Holiday tunes from your friends at EconStories, the produces of the Keynes vs. Hayek rap battle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uKnd6IEiO0

 

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Neodoxy replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 4:45 PM

@The new EconStories video

I absolutely burst out laughing when they cracked the Santa/Bernanke joke

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idol replied on Fri, Dec 7 2012 8:22 PM

It really impresses me how simple they make those concepts seem. I was struggling in my Macro class this week trying to figure out whether the economy is demand-driven or supply-driven and their video made it immediately clear to me. 

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AnCap explained in one simple image:

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Wow nice, Wheylous. Is that yours or did you find it?

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Found it on FB.

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I wasn't sure. It reminded me of that video you posted recently about the same thing.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1Yek6mzV3w

Just discovered this. Go to about 3:46 if you want to see Bob Murphy...singing...on stage...

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Bill Whittle video: Unserious People

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BitInstant may be aiming for a Bitcoin debit card, but it looks like a European Bitcoin exchange will beat it to the punch. After working with French financial regulators, Bitcoin-Central has hammered out a deal with French payment processor Acoba and France's Credit Mutuel bank to become a payment service provider, which allows it to function much like a bank. According to Bitcoin-Central, it's the first exchange of the digital currency to be licensed to operate as a bank and function within the framework of European regulations. Customers will now have funds held under their name -- rather than that of the exchange -- at Credit Mutuel and insured by the Garantie des dépôts, the French analog of the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). Soon, users of the service will be able to order debit cards that can use Bitcoins and Euros for purchases and cash withdrawals. Yearning for some direct deposit action? In a few months, the organization will be able to accept direct deposits and even automatically convert hard-earned cash into Bitcoins. The virtual bullion has taken its lumps, but this is a development that fans of the currency can be proud of. For more details, tap the bordering source link.
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Neodoxy replied on Sun, Dec 9 2012 9:43 PM

Wow this is really interesting. Proudhon and Bastiat debated one another.

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Anenome replied on Sun, Dec 9 2012 9:57 PM

Facebook, Google, Zynga Ask Courts To Reject Patents On Abstract Ideas

Autarchy: rule of the self by the self; the act of self ruling.
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Anenome replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 4:20 AM
 
 

This is pretty good, arguing torrenting versus the ethicality of libraries:

The Piratebay is the worlds most efficient public library

The way media piracy works is that one person or group purchases a work, and then shares it with millions of other people. This supposedly deprives the author or artist of those millions of people’s money. One group has acquired over 50 million media items, and makes each of them available to approximately 20 million people — which must be a tremendous hit to creative professionals’ wallets. This notorious institution is called the New York Public Library.

It begs the question why every author, filmmaker, and musician isn’t up in arms about the New York Public Library’s rampant sharing, while there’s a ton of opposition to the sharing habits of BitTorrent peers who use The Pirate Bay. After all, The Pirate Bay’s community shares significantly less than the New York Public Library: just 1 million items in 2008 (and the collection certainly hasn’t grown 5000% since then). The reason that The Pirate Bay is offensive, and the New York Public Library is not, is because of its efficiency...

If free and open access to all of human knowledge at the push of a button truly prevents our society’s beloved artists, authors, thinkers, and other creative people from putting food on their tables, then maybe it’s time to rethink how to put food on their tables.

 
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Anenome replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 11:36 AM

Awesome

Peter Schiff: Majority Doesn't "Have A Right To Steal My Money Just Because They Voted For It"

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idol replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 12:54 PM

I never get how lowering taxes has somehow failed. Intelligent people usually don't balance their checkbooks by working harder...They just spend less.

On the other hand, clearly printing money has definitely failed (QE Infinity) but they continue to call for more of that. There is no hope with people who don't reason.

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Wheylous replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 1:01 PM

On the other hand, clearly printing money has definitely failed (QE Infinity) but they continue to call for more of that. There is no hope with people who don't reason.

Arguably it prevented the situation from becoming worse.

Then again, I am not in the heads of the beneficent overlords that rule over us. They might have something in mind. I wonder why they're keeping so many excess reserves without letting the money out.

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Neodoxy replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 4:13 PM

LMAO as soon as the pent up reserves in the banks really hit the loan market shits gonna go down.

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Wheylous replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 5:26 PM

Neodoxy, do you think they are that stupid? 'nanke's up to something.

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Anyone here ever read "Brave New World?" Tell me how it was.

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Wheylous replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 5:51 PM

I enjoyed it. Definitely worth reading. One of the biggies along with 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.

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Thanks. I honestly didn't care for Fahrenheit 451 though, as I found the writing style to be overly-flamboyant and unduly descriptive.

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Gero replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:04 PM

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RIP

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Romney’s Geographical Knowledge

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Statist or Anarchist

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Childrearing

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George Carlin on Your Rights

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Time Out

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Sexual Double Standard

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How Do You Like It?

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Anarchical Peace

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Eye See Anarchy

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Gay Marriage

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What If I Told You

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Cat Anarchist

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Kill, Kill, Kill

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Clayton replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:22 PM

In terms of sheer writing style, 1984 takes the gold medal. Orwell could write.

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Yes. Orwell the man wasn't exactly on our side of libertarianism. He was one of the traditional anarchists, and he claimed that he was, by writing the novel, attacking the "bourgeoisie," and not the governmental side of things.

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Clayton replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:26 PM

All the Money in the World

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Wheylous replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:27 PM

1984 failed to meet my expectations. I felt the main character was too selfish in the beginning.

No joke. They didn't want a revolution - they just wanted to carve out a tiny place for themsleves and otherwise carry on with their lives (iirc).

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Anenome replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 11:49 PM

Gotta love this. China's governemnt spends billions to build up industrial production, attracting business all over the world, but these industries turn out not to be self-sustaining.

It was good for the world, China basically subsidized our goods. Terrible return on investment for China. But governments never learn.

Move Over, Michigan, China Is The World's Next Rust Belt

Six cities in Liaoning province, including Shenyang and Anshan, recently announced they are converting abandoned industrial sites to farmland.  Dongguan, once a booming factory center, is on the verge of bankruptcy as companies close, leaving the local government severely cash-strapped.

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It is not left versus right, it is social engineering versus spontaneous order.
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Wheylous replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 5:46 PM

Cracked me up:

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http://reason.com/archives/2012/12/12/pennsylvania-court-strikes-blow-against

Court Judge Dan Pellegrini called the state’s civil asset forfeiture law “state-sanctioned theft”.

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Anenome replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 10:10 PM

How I a hardcore Progressive became a Libertarian

http://www.reddit.com/r/Libertarian/comments/14r006/self_how_i_a_hardcore_progressive_became_a/

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