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bob sykes on Will Mormon Polygamy Return? In Latin America?.    In our judge-dominated culture, it is very hard to oppose the various unravellings generated by Griswold v. Connecticut. Sexual acts and unions between consenting adults is now an established right with wide popular support. I think it is almost inevitable that polygamy will be legalized by some courts (probably state

Wolf-Dog on Will Mormon Polygamy Return? In Latin America?.    The concept of monogamy (if we assume that by definition it means that while men are allowed to simultaneously marry more than one woman, women don't have the right to marry more than one man at a time) is inherently feudal and even warlike. Polygamy can be a leading cause

Wolf-Dog on US Power Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attack.    Recently the US made it clear in no uncertain terms that a devastating cyber attack will be considered an act of war, and that the US can take physical military action against the perpetrators if they are discovered. This means that a foreign government would think twice before a major

Harald Strongarm on US Power Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attack.    What? Not Putin? Unless it is Putin who can take down the grid, I'm not worried. The Chinese are our Best Friends! Only Putin is an Enemy of All Humanity.

GaryB on Jackie Kennedy: Alpha Jack Versus Beta Adlai Stevenson.    Jackie was raised to be a geisha girl. That is not a put down. That's what her mother was, and that's how she was raised. She was very successful at it.

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John Cunningham on US Power Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attack.    the net is full of info on CMEs and their potential disastrous effects. just do a bit of googling..nothing is being done. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

John Cunningham on US Power Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attack.    the net is full of info on CMEs and their potential disastrous effects. just do a bit of googling..nothing is being done. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

James Bowery on Gruberism: Politics Is More About Manipulation Than Conversation.    Civilization is more about manipulation than conversation. That this is the case has been known by religious leaders and their kings since the dawn of he neolithic. When you want to get a bunch of people to give up their lives in dysgenic war to protect your centralized wealth, telling

Jim on US Power Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attack.    What do you know about the potential dangers of Coronal Mass Ejections? Is anything being done to put safeguards in place to protect the US power system?

let it burn on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    i found the karl denninger piece i was talking about: Musing On Your Views... nb: second "your" in my above entry should read "you're". doh.

let it burn on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    @What I'd like to see: a graph showing the income percentile at which a resident of the United States becomes a net taxpayer (paying in more than they get in benefits) awhile back karl denninger had data on this, iirc, $55k/yr for a family, $30k/yr for a single individual. above

Lot on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    We already have UBI: it's just called disability. If you've never worked a day on the books in your life, which is pretty common for multi-generation families all on disability, you get about $650 a month from Uncle Sugar for life. If you've paid into the system by working on

Mark on Gruberism: Politics Is More About Manipulation Than Conversation.    Hoffer was right, and Orwell saw it - "He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down

Black Death on Gruberism: Politics Is More About Manipulation Than Conversation.    In addition to the millions he's made off the Obamacare scam which he helped to create, Gruber deserves an "A" for being honest. He accurately describes the view that the liberal elite hold of the average American voter - STUPID! And, of course, the lack of transparency is a feature,

Black Death on Gruberism: Politics Is More About Manipulation Than Conversation.    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste (or intelligence) of the American public. - H. L. Mencken

Mike Street Station on Testing Mania In American Politics.    @Black Death: I wish testing in the US was used in a practical way the way it is in Germany. The US spends lots of money on education, but because we will not admit to ourselves that all students are not created equal, much of it is wasted. Simply tracking

How apple pay works with passbook? on Why People Deny The Advantages Of More Money.    Fortunately that the particular success depends of each and every How apple pay works with passbook? individual, of course, if one therapy doesn't works to suit your needs, an other one can offer you a success, all time. Thanks

James Bowery on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    Charles Murray dealt with Dan's primary objections in "In our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State" through a combination of organically grown local support societies, made possible by the UBI, confiscation for payment of a father's income to pay child support and earmarking a percent of the income

Jim on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    The most important cause of internal conflict is the struggle for status. This cannot be alleviated by any welfare system no matter how generous. Status is a good whose supply is completely fixed.

Dan on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    Basic income is a radically left-wing notion that reflects libertarians' desire to kiss up to liberals by showing that they care about the poor. It is not good policy because a big reason people are poor is low future time orientation. You need programs for housing, food, diapers, utilities and

Big Bill on Central Banks Spend $200 Billion Per Quarter To Keep Markets Up.    In most civilized countries, the governments cannot simply print money, they can only borrow from the rich by issuing treasury bonds Sadly, it isn't just the rich. US pension funds are deeply invested in T-bills. If T-bills go kaput, so do the pension plans.

Big Bill on Will Ukrainians Become Less Russian?.    One candidate is Israel, as the Jewish population is increasing faster than the palestinians and will need space to grow or they will start emigrating. The population that is increasing is the ultra-Orthodox community. At 6-10 kids per woman, that means huge population growth. the problem is that, in Israel,

James Bowery on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    Unconditional basic income would go a long way toward defusing threats from Islamics such as ISIS. That means removing all tests, except citizenship, from delivery of social goods. Citizenship is a fundamentally different kind of "test" due to the relationship between citizenship and territory. If you have people crossing the

Wolf-Dog on Only The Biggest Private Jets Are Selling.    Historically, it seems to take 2 or 3 generations for the distance between the upper and lower classes to grow to totally unstable levels. This used to be the archaic theory of Kondratiev cycle that was popularized by the Harvard economist Schumpeter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Schumpeter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Kondratiev http://www.generationaldynamics.com/pg/ww2010.book2.cycles.htm After this stage, economic depressions

Black Death on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Jim - Private schools are permitted in Germany. Home schooling is not allowed.

Randall Parker on The Amount Of Evidence Needed For Proof Keeps Rising.    aandrews, Thanks for the link to Peter Frost's piece. I wonder how many more data points of old skulls we'll get in the future. We will definitely get an orders of magnitude bigger flood of DNA sequencing data of humans alive now. But how much DNA sequencing data will we

Randall Parker on 4 Right Leaning States Wisely Raise Minimum Wage.    Mike Street Station, I am skeptical that a higher minimum wage would increase the number of illegal aliens with jobs. I expect the opposite Not all (or I suspect even most) illegal aliens work "off the books". To pay people "off the books" you need revenue that you are not

Stephen on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Dan observed: Can you imagine how different our current leaders would be if they had been educated for wisdom, the way people were taught a hundred years ago? I've long advocated for the re-introduction of classical education: Grammar, logic and rhetoric to teach critical thinking. History and philosophy to provide

Jim on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Black Death - Correct me if I'm wrong but I was under the impression that private schools are not allowed in Germany. US white students do quite well in comparison with the rest of the world. They are about at the aggrgate level of Singapore. So while no doubt they

Black Death on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Testing certainly has a place, especially if it used to evaluate teacher and school performance or assign students to appropriate tracks; but teachers unions and education bureaucrats generally oppose using test scores to measure their performance, and student tracking has gone out of fashion (it might be racist!). I am

bob sykes on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Binet invented the IQ test to identify students who needed special help.

hyper on 4 Right Leaning States Wisely Raise Minimum Wage.    Move all the ISIS warriors to Malibu, the liberals there favor islamist immigration.

amac78 on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Re: Dan's listing of wisdom/common sense from a bygone era: Lysenkoism is a variant of Blank-Slatism Doesn't have much of a ring to it. Still, the concept and its explanatory power for why testing consumes 30% to 45% of Florida schoolchildren's school days are obvious to most readers of this

Dan on Testing Mania In American Politics.    Whether a student is low IQ or high IQ, education should teach wisdom. In my view, the biggest error is not that we are mis-educating the dumb. It is that we are mis-educating the smarties. Here are a few of the copybook headings of yore: Actions speak louder than words.

Toddy Cat on The Amount Of Evidence Needed For Proof Keeps Rising.    Cochran is a lot like Nassim Taleb - he can come off as a real arrogant assh***, and he's sometimes wrong, but he's right a lot more than he's wrong. He's certainly right about Anthropology forgetting a lot of what it knew in the post-WWII era, especially in the 1960's

aandrews on The Amount Of Evidence Needed For Proof Keeps Rising.    "...and behavioral tendencies...." I'd like to draw your attention to this article at the Unz Review: A Look at an Early European Analysis of the DNA from the remains a man who lived 38,700 to 36,200 years ago at a well-known Upper Paleolithic site in central European Russia was written

Audacious epigone on 4 Right Leaning States Wisely Raise Minimum Wage.    Too bad that none of the states where exit polls were conducted did anything with the minimum wage question. Shame bc Alaska even had an exit poll on medical marijuana in addition to governor and senate.

Mike Street Station on 4 Right Leaning States Wisely Raise Minimum Wage.    @WJ: Although I agree that the Republicans need to re-orient their policies to the working and middle classes, I don't see the minimum wage is doing much of what's being advertised. It encourages employers to either automate or switch to illegal "off the books" workers. That increases the draw to

Francis on Sales Taxes And High Minimum Wages Are Anti-Decay.    Having a poll tax instead of a property tax will just enrich existing property owners.

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