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WCN on What Can US Government Accomplish In Iraq And Syria?.    @ Wolf-Dog Yes I have heard the $2 trillion figure, but wanted to be more conservative since some people balk at that number (as if $1 trillion is a bargain). Two other groups that will benefit from this are the weapons contractors and private military companies (mercenaries) who are already

Wolf-Dog on What Can US Government Accomplish In Iraq And Syria?.    Basically the new quagmire trap in a new Middle Eastern war will be very useful for the oil companies, since this will subtract funds from possible R & D investment in new kinds of technological breakthroughs that can compete with oil. It is true that the oil companies did not

Seth W. on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    Debate in general has become a lot more shallow and much less informative. People simply don't have enough time or mental discipline to get into deep thought. Furthermore the media constantly include such a high number of serious and non-serious being purposely deceiving, that most viewers get lost in the

WCN on What Can US Government Accomplish In Iraq And Syria?.    Once the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) is degraded and Assad is defeated, the neo-cons will then call for us to "keep the peace" - which laymen terms means boots on the ground to maintain security while we install democracy and engage in nation building. This will be an awesome task seeing

James Bowery on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    Far worse than deception is extended phenotypic dominance giving rise to pseudo-altruism toward the genotype of origin. The notion that this isn't happening between populations with varying degrees of adaptation to group selection is quaint and might be call "deception" except that it is most likely merely another form of

destructure on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    The most effective censorship trend I've noticed is not shutting people up but drowning them out with with noise. Two examples are the conspiracy theory to portray anyone who would suggest manipulation as a nut. And the old CoIntelPro tactic of portraying those with unapproved views as extremists. Of course,

Nick on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    pardon the double posting

Nick on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    I think deceivers will always be more effective by stifling the flow of information rather than presenting false or manipulated information. I don't think the talent levels of the best political deceivers today match the talent levels of the best Soviet communist political deceivers. The Soviets could effectively block information

Nick on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    I think deceivers will always be more effective by stifling the flow of information rather than presenting false or manipulated information. I don't think the talent levels of the best political deceivers today match the talent levels of the best Soviet communist political deceivers. The Soviets could effectively block information

Lot on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    It is pretty common for a company CEO and a few support staff to establish a HQ in NYC while leaving most other HQ functions somewhere cheap. It is not enough for parasitic overpaid CEOs to make more than 10,000 of their workers put together, they need to do it

Wolf-Dog on Political Deception Becoming More Efficient?.    Deception works best when there is censorship or near-censorship of the opposing ideas. The question is to what extent the media companies of the powerful elites are able to silence the media companies of the rival groups. In many non-western countries, there is either direct censorship or intimidation of rival

Wolf-Dog on German Companies Reducing Investment In Germany?.    It is also argued that Germany actually benefits from the current monetary structure of the EU, by being more competitive thanks to the pricing of the euro currency that favors the German exports. Thus, currently it is still in the interest of Germany to keep the southern European countries in

Randall Parker on German Companies Reducing Investment In Germany?.    DdR, It is not obvious to me why (parens) should be a problem for you. I think it makes sense for the EU to break into at least 2 pieces. A north central economic union would make a lot more sense. But do you really think they'll go thru with

Engineer-Poet on German Companies Reducing Investment In Germany?.    () Parentheses work for me.

Contemplationist on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    Problem with Silicon Valley is that vertical growth is simply not allowed by the town councils. Or else Google and Apple are ready to build thousands of dwellings for their workers. We should have seen Silicon Valley become a vertical metropolis if the laws were like in the 19th century.

Reggin on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    Anywhere but Detroit...

Seth W. on German Companies Reducing Investment In Germany?.    I'm ready to bet the small industry will come about all over the world sooner and at a faster rate than most expect.

Seth W. on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    I think by "premium lifestyle" Nysschen means "business" really. New York City is ok for business and money making, but not for staying there too long. Apart from that, New York City is far from being the "premium lifestyle" specially for the haves, as anybody who's lived there for some

James Bowery on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    Intoxicating is the word for civilization and the fruit of places like NYC is to draw the highest quality genes out of small towns in the middle of no-where into its sterilizing addictions and then replace them with high fertility blacks housed in those small towns "in the middle of

Dan on German Companies Reducing Investment In Germany?.    Yes, good job pointing to energy costs. Germany's economy is centered on manufacturing and yet their energy is double the European average. This is an own-goal. They shut down their nuclear plants and then turn around an buy nuclear power at a huge markup from their neighbors. Focusing on solar

Abelard Lindsey on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    One trend we can expect to see in NYC is the deployment of advanced robotics to replace the non-premium labor in the big apple. Seattle, with its $15/hr. minimum wage will drive the development of such robotics and automation. I think other cities will follow suit. Steve Sailer expects that

DdR on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    The have-nots are slowly being driven out of Manhattan. With rent control and a iron-fisted building department, the amount of new housing supply is scant, thereby driving up the rents, thereby making it less affordable for the have-nots to live there. You need to couple this gentrification in formerly have-not

DdR on German Companies Reducing Investment In Germany?.    Crumbling roads?? Ha, that one's funny. If you compare German roads with American roads, there is no comparison. I live in arguably the richest county around NYC (Westchester#, and the amount of enormous pot holes and just horrible roads is staggering given that there are so many rich people here.

Dan on Cadillac Chief Sees NYC Dwellers As Immersed In Premium Lifestyle.    Well Silicon Valley would be an option, full as is it with loaded inhabitants. The problem is that Silicon Valley has the wrong kind of rich, people who use cars (especially Teslas) as a way of preening to show they are holier than thou. For such people, a Caddy would

Check it out on America's Diverse Allies In Iraq Against ISIS.    NATO - the North American Terrorist Organisation

Check it out on Marxism Lifts Up Kurdish Women In Middle East.    Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for today's world. NOAM CHOMSKY Advocates of capitalism

Check it out on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    "Her majesty the Queen says Scotland should 'think very carefully.'" "Her majesty"? "Her majesty"?..... For real?? Either Dan is one of those British minority fans of the monarchy or..... Nothing; never mind. He's definitely British. He has to be. No citizen of any republic would talk about a king or

joe on Peter Frost: No Single Natural Law.    Rotherham is not a good example because leftists are inherently amoral. They are consequentialists.

Seth W. on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    Nothing happened and nothing's gonna happen to the U.K. Just like nothing happened with Quebec some years ago. Dan, I think Check it out's quote wasn't meant to be an academic one, but just an entertaining story which might or might not be fully accurate. Relax Dan. Just enjoy it,

kuzefra on Fun Time Machine Trips.    "A cool thing to do with a time machine: go back to 1750 American colonies with designs for low tech mechanical cotton pickers." So, introduce the Cotton Gin 100 years earlier? Wouldn't that just cause the Civil War to overlap the Revolutionary War and increase the odds that America becomes

Sam on Fun Time Machine Trips.    A good link that describes the degeneration of art and behavior based on the age of Empires. The US tracks very closely with other Empires in their degeneracy. Fairly short. Written by Sir John Bagot Glubb http://www.rexresearch.com/glubb/glubb-empire.pdf An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful

kuzefra on Fun Time Machine Trips.    To save the Roman Republic, you would have to go all the way back 200 years before Caesar's death and kill Hannibal as he crosses the Alps. The loss of all the Senators' sons and upper class youth in the three big bloodbath battles drained the republic of its old

Randall Parker on Choosing A Higher Paying Occupation Pays Better.    Nick, Have you considered switching to a better paid field?

James Bowery on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    So, the women of Scotland voted to be dependent, hence the damage to Scotland's genepool continues rather than letting their men give their women what they want with manufacturing technology like this instead of getting money from a political economy bent on destroying them as a people so their women

Dan on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    This Hernan Casciari, who I never heard of before, doesn't seem to have any correct information about any of these countries except their names.

Dan on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    @Check it out, If you are going to quote 'intellectuals', at least quote the smart ones. This Hernán Casciari, who I never heard of, comes across as an ignorant guy who knows nothing of these countries besides their names.

shiva1008 on Average 401k Retirement Account: Sign Of Future Oldster Poverty.    A collection of zeroes and ones in an electronic circuit is hardly antifragile. That's why I would rather spend my money while it's still worth something. Y'all worry too much... just be like, all cool. Some countries like Argentina go through complete financial resets like every decade or two LMAO

Check it out on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    I once heard that Argentina is not better or worse than Spain, only younger. I liked that theory, so I invented a trick to calculate the age of a nation, based on the "dog system". When we were kids, it was explained to us that, to know if a dog

James Bowery on Suppose Scotland Secedes From UK, UK Leaves EU.    One of the conundrums of secession is the allocation of natural resources. Clearly Scotland's in a good position there. If it can retain even a fraction of the off-shore reserves, it is set to transition to truly radical autarky enabled by advances in materials science, manufacturing and agriculture. From the

Nick on Choosing A Higher Paying Occupation Pays Better.    I can vouch for this as a library science major. I've never thought of it, but you're right, it's not a science. I had the good fortune of working as a student in one of the libraries at Stanford University. As I finished my MLIS degree in 2008, I start

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