RANT: The “Delphic Oracle” problem — Predict but can’t change

2019-Jun-28

Anyone else find that they can “predict” the future, but are powerless to change it.

I call it the “Delphic Oracle” problem.

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The Delphic Oracle was the most influential religious site in the ancient Greek world.  Speaking from a tripod in a crypt under the temple of Apollo at Delphi, the priestess called the Pythia acted as a medium for the god, and spoke the divine prophecies while in a state of trance or possession. 

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When people ask the Oracle a question, they got a cryptic answer and the heard what the wanted. 

Sometimes when people pose a “problem” to me, I give them my best answer. And then they go off and do what they want.

Often, I can foresee the consequences of choices — no great skill to “foresee” a disaster from an “obviously” bad choice — but it’s frustrating that you can’t prevent the disaster.

Argh!

Maybe the solution is to just stop “advising” or “predicting” and  just say “no opinion” or some other weasel words or platitudes.

Argh!

“Hmmm, that’s an interesting question, or situation, what do you think is the best course of action?”

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RANT: Why I don’t pledge!

On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 11:27 AM Thomas Briscoe wrote:

Begin forwarded message:
From: <Richard Prezioso>
Date: Apr 5, 2019 at 11:11 AM
To: <tennistitan>
Subject: Fwd: Yes Or No

Begin forwarded message:

From: Walter Olsewski 
Date: April 4, 2019 at 2:17:27 PM EDT
To: “Robert J. Byrnes” 
Subject: Re: Yes Or No

I vote yes. 

On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 2:04 PM Robert J. Byrnes <byrnesrj@optonline.net> wrote:

Begin forwarded message:
From: Ben J 
Date: April 3, 2019 at 8:56:25 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Subject: Fwd: Yes Or No

This vote only requires you to forward it to someone else for it to be counted.

As many of you are aware, the Knights of Columbus submitted to congress that the words “Under God” should be added to our pledge of allegiance.  Both Houses of Congress passed the law and it was signed by President Eisenhower in 1954.  The information below was based on a poll taken by NBC on what percentage should keep the words in our pledge versus the percent who want it removed.

If you read this and agree that “under God” should be left in the pledge, then just forward it to others and you have voted for it to be left in.  If you delete it and don’t forward it you are voting NO to “under God…”  Easy, huh?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

86% to keep God in the Pledge of Allegiance and 14% against.  That is a pretty commanding’ public response.

Why should our Nation cater to 14%?

If you agree, pass this on. If not, simply delete.

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MY RESPONSE:

Sorry, but “no”.

If one, as a citizen, pledges “allegiance”, then one assumes that there is some type of “social contract”.  In order for there to be a “contract”, Judge Judy says there has to be a meeting of the minds and considerations exchanged.  The State, in return for my allegiance, is supposed to protect me from aggression.  Yet, in its own courts, <<<Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) >>> held that the Government police do not owe a specific duty to provide police services to citizens based on the public duty doctrine.

Hence, I think the current Gooferment has violated the terms of any “social contract”.   It has also, with reckless disregard, exceeded its Consititutional limitations.  

Therefore, I refer to Lysander Spooner  — 

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6 

 — that it’s time for a “revolution” to put the evil genie BACK in the bottle or Pandora’s box.

I do NOT consent.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

All this being sad, I’m too old and weak to to fight the Leviathan State alone.  But that doesn’t mean I have to go along willing “when they load us on the trains to the camps.”

From my cold dead hands.
Crazy Old Ferd

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TO MY OLD HIGH SKRULE CHUM WHO SENT THIS TO ME, I INCLUDED:

P.S.: “And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?” Paul Scofield as Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966)

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And, when it’s said, or the National Anthem is sung, I’ll stand respectfully to all the women and men who died, or spilled their blood, to protect the ideals of the nation.  They may have been misguided, deceived by politicians and bureaucrats, and betrayed by their fellow countrymen, but they deserve my respect for their sacrifice. I am morally responsible for these casualties happening. 

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Saints-Rams controversy: NFL allowed refs to steal Super Bowl berth

Same with the Saints. And blaming referees is almost always a loser’s lament. Except when a call this terrible comes in an elimination game. Then, it’s larceny. The NFL had been begging for something like this for years as the quality of its officiating eroded amid weekly yelps and protests. It was bound to happen sometime, to some team.

It happened to the Saints. They were robbed.

Source: Saints-Rams controversy: NFL allowed refs to steal Super Bowl berth

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Zebra ball at its best!

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RANT: EFFector

Corporate Speech Police Are Not the Answer to Online Hate

A coalition of civil rights and public interest groups recently issued policies they believe Internet intermediaries should adopt to try to address hate online. There’s a lot to like about these proposals; indeed, they reflect some of the principles EFF and others have supported for years—notably the opportunity for users to appeal content moderation decisions, and expanded transparency from corporate platforms, and we look forward to working together to push them forward. But there’s much to worry about too.

Source: EFFector

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Corporations are creations of the Gooferment.  Hence, shouldn’t they be held to account.

ALSO, if they are exercising “editorial control”, don’t they lose the “safe harbor” given to “network operators”?

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RANT: The Boomless Bombs, by L. Neil Smith

Eight or nine suspicious packages are “delivered” to the addresses of various prominent Democrat opinion leaders and “strategists”. (I’ll bet that Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell are furious as hell that they didn’t get one, when Maxine Waters got three.) The round-heeled mass media, including the Murdoch-owned and-controlled Fox “News” Network immediately mischaracterize them as “bombs”. But they are not bombs. I repeat, they are not bombs. They have no ignition devices. They can’t go off. It’s like accusing a eunuch of rape.Think hard now: exactly who does that serve?Scum-sucking leftist politicos in lockstep, along with their bottom-feeding accomplices in the mealy-mouthed media begin to blame these “bombs” on Donald Trump, claiming that he has created “an atmosphere of violence” with his demands that Hillary Clinton, a known felon, be locked up for her criminal behavior, for destroying the legislative foundations of the socialist Utopia they had all looked forward to ruling for a century, and for pointing out that the news floozies and gentlemen-of-the evening in the “legacy” (meaning leftover) media are not friends of the American people, to whom they’ve been lying for at least fifty years, or of their liberties under the Constitution and American tradition.In fact, Trump has created an atmosphere of blunt truth.

Source: The Boomless Bombs, by L. Neil Smith

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You always have ask “cui bono”!

We have the “migrant caravan”, “the bombless bombs”, and the Pittsburgh shootings.  All in quick 1, 2, 3 order.

To distract us from a midterm election that can “neuter” DJT45’s ability to “drain the swamp”.

Argh!

How come when an R is in the White House everything is his fault?

Argh!

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RANT: The “social media” ARE utter frauds, regressive cheats, and petty censors

Letter from L. Neil Smith
Dear Ken,

Twitter, it says here, has kicked the amazing actor and articulate political pundit James Woods off its vaunted platform for no other reason than that he writes truths that make the left all butt-squirmy. To me, this is the absolute last straw. These “social media” things originally presented themselves as futuristic channels of free and open communication. They are, instead, utter frauds, regressive cheats, and petty censors, stuck in the discredited and obsolete collectivist past, determined to drag everybody else back there with them.

They are also corporations, and, as such, fully as subject Bill of Rights limitations as any other tentacle of the government.

As a lifelong libertarian thinker and writer, I hate, loathe, and despise regulation of any kind. But I hate this elementary school neo-puritanism even worse. I hate some snotty asshole snatching my mail out of my mailbox. I want to hear what James Woods has to say, and I don’t buy a single syllable of the pseudo-tech bullshit they spew as an excuse for trying to control people’s lives.

I have fought censorship all my life. If Twitter fails to restore Woods’ account and never bothers him or anybody like him—Alex Jones, for example—ever again, I will begin to advocate publicly that it—and other enterprises like Facebook, Youtube, and Google itself be seized by Federal Marshals and turned over to the US Postal System. At least they pretended to mind their own damned business, and you could be locked up for messing with a mailbox.

Please pass it on.

L. Neil Smith, author of The Probability Broach 
and The Lando Calrissian Adventures, et al. 
lneil@netzero.com

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I agree!

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RANTING: “Leave no man behind”? WTH happened!

2018-Sep-05

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/09/ron-unz/john-mccain-when-tokyo-rose-ran-for-president/

John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
By Ron Unz — The Unz Review — September 4, 2018

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However, those new doubts about McCain were still in my mind a few months later when I stumbled upon Sidney Schanberg’s massively documented expose about McCain’s role in the POW/MIA cover up, a vastly greater scandal. This time I was presented with a mountain of hard evidence gathered by one of America’s greatest wartime journalists, a Pulitzer Prize winning former top editor at The New York Times. In the years since then, other leading journalists have praised Schanberg’s remarkable research, now giving his conclusions the combined backing of four New York Times Pulitzer Prizes, while two former Republican Congressmen who had served on the Intelligence Committee have also strongly corroborated his account

In 1993 the front page of the New York Times broke the story that a Politburo transcript found in the Kremlin archives fully confirmed the existence of the additional POWs, and when interviewed on the PBS Newshour former National Security Advisors Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted that the document was very likely correct and that hundreds of America’s Vietnam POWs had indeed been left behind. In my opinion, the reality of Schanberg’s POW story is now about as solidly established as anything can be that has not yet received an official blessing from the American mainstream media. And the total dishonesty of that media regarding both the POW story and McCain’s leading role in the later cover up soon made me very suspicious of all those other claims regarding John McCain’s supposedly heroic war record. Our American Pravda is simply not to be trusted on any “touchy” topics.

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At every post meeting of the American Legion across the nation, the POWs & MIAs are remembered.

It was unspoken that McCain had prevented their return.

He was a politician — nothing more, nothing less. 

We are taught to “never speak ill of the dead”! 

“Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.” — Bernard Meltzer
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/bernard_meltzer_157511

True, ✔.  Kind, ✖. Necessary, ✔. Helpful, ✔.

It would seem needed and necessary to reaffirm the “no man left behind” policy and declassify all the documents related to it.

I plan to beat my “modest drum” to get an accounting.

Argh!

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RANT: Wikipedia goes the way of Snopes

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/02/01/five-of-the-best-examples-of-left-wing-bias-on-wikipedia-in-2017/

Five of the Best Examples of Left-wing Bias on Wikipedia in 2017
by T.D. ADLER 1 Feb 2018

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales believes the Wikipedia model can help salvage journalistic integrity, but in the year since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, the online encyclopedia has instead proven unable to even restrain its own biased editing community.

A look back on five of the biggest cases of political bias that gripped the site in 2017 should discourage anyone from looking to Wikipedia as a source for reliable and neutral information on the political topics of the day.

1. Instructor at Berkeley sending students on anti-Trump editing spree

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​Sadly, I like the concept of Wikipedia. But like Snopes, the hard left tilt has destroyed it’s value for me.

I made some donations to Wikipedia in the past but no more. 

So sad, to see a great idea, aka like the internet version of Library of Alexandria, go astray.

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RANT: Perhaps “the hoodie” took a dive?

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/05/bill-belichick-owes-patriot-nation-explanation/6AWmsaZ4MWVpXbIhToaNMM/story.html

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​Trouble in PAT’s land?

I wonder if Bill threw the game in a fit of pique about having to trade Garofalo?​

The PAT’s O and D coords may be moving on. Perhaps “the hoodie” is too?

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in San Fran!

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RANT: We need more makers and less takers

http://keywestlou.com/this-pussy-grabs-back

THIS PUSSY GRABS BACK
Posted on January 21, 2018 by keywestlou

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Words that reflecte what we were as a country for one hundred years are becoming meaningless. I refer to the Statue of Liberty…..Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.

There are those who only want the well educated to arrive at our shores. Those that can be of immediate value. My grandparents and mother were poor uneducated southern Italians. Not doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc. Hard working laborers.

My mother at 13 worked 14 hours a day in a shoe factory in New York City. The men dug the sewer lines, prepared the streets for trolley car tracks, dug ditches, etc.

Their descendants became the doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs!

If only the intelligentsia are admitted, who is going to do the low paying dirty work?

The political bickering is bitter. Each side pointing the finger. Being an elected official has lost its luster. Congress for example is a battlefield. Corruption exists. Job satisfaction lacking. A job well done not part of the mix.

The unqualified will be elected. It is already happening. Nothing will get done.

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I think the words on the Statue still apply.

Unfortunately, the Democrats have created a welfare state. (The Republicans have created a welfare state.) Which attracts not those “yearning to be free”, but those wanting to sponge off the system. At the same time, our own native born have learned “helplessness” with the dole. (Similar to what is happening in England!) And, a large segment of the population (of various hues) is revolting.

We need more “makers”; not more “takers”. (And, I include the non-brown people in that. As well as, the native-born “takers”, who probably through no fault of their own, have “learned” in Gooferment Skrules to be “disabled”.)

As EVIDENCE, I offer the many studies that show certain immigrants arrive in the USA with nothing (no money; no education; no friends; no family) and in a few decades are middle-class or rich. I personally know two examples of this who diligently work their butts off to accomplish that. Hell, they are better off now than I am. (And, who by the way, despite their children going to Gooferment Skrules, DEMANDED that their children learn, by ASSIGNING them more “homework”. The one child once showed me how she had done EVERY problem in her math book, while her Mom stood behind her beaming.)

And, on the topic of “shitholes”, why do we think those folks want to come here anyway? And Booker, the ex-mayor of Newark, only has to look at his city as an exemplar of “shitholes”. Why are many inner city “shitholes” run by the Democratic machines?

Sorry, but “we” need to end the “welfare / warfare” state, as implemented by both “major parties”. “Charity” done by the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. And they are untrustworthy as well. The geniuses, who created welfare, destroyed the black community. Remember that purpose of Prussian-system Gooferment Skrules was to get cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite.

We need everyone, who wants to work hard and “melt into” being an unhyphenated American. As usual, the Gooferment can’t distinguish between them and criminals. Between them and parasites. Between good and bad.

Argh!

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RANT: Disband the Federal Gooferment’s “private armies”

The FBI has become, along with other “deep state”agencies like the IRS, a political Praetorian Guard. I have read the constitution and find no authority for the Federal Gooferment to have this, and many other, private armies. DJT45, who for the wrong reasons, may be correct to disband the FBI. Let the States do their job of “police work”.

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RANT: I guess we are doomed?

 

The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
 By Hugh James Latimer | January 5, 2018 |   

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A public that can no longer distinguish between truth and fiction is left to interpret reality through illusion. Random facts or obscure bits of data and trivia are used to bolster illusion and give it credibility or are discarded if they interfere with the message. The worse reality becomes—the more, for example, foreclosures and unemployment skyrocket—the more people seek refuge and comfort in illusions. When opinions cannot be distinguished from facts, when there is no universal standard to determine truth in law, in science, in scholarship, or in reporting the events of the day, when the most valued skill is the ability to entertain, the world becomes a place where lies become true, where people can believe what they want to believe. This is the real danger of pseudo-events and why pseudo-events are far more pernicious than stereotypes. They do not explain reality, as stereotypes attempt to, but replace reality. Pseudo-events redefine reality by the parameters set by their creators. These creators, who make massive profits peddling these illusions, have a vested interest in maintaining the power structures they control. – From: Chris Hedges “Empire of Illusion”

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Like the lemmings that follow the leader over the cliff to their death.

We need to rid our society of these Judas goats who are leading us.

Argh!

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RANT: End welfare if you love the poor

FROM AN EMAIL EXCHANGE

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle954-20171231-02.html

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Which brings me to my principal reason for opposing open immigration. Everywhere these newcomers go, encouraged by the likes of the politicians I have named, they change the culture, rather than become a part of it. I’m not entirely opposed to new elements of culture, and not every Mexican or South American is a robber or a rapist or a violent drug dealer, it’s true, but enough are to endanger the cultural home that our ancestors made for us, and damn few believe in the Constitution or the Rule of Law. Not every immigrant from the Middle East is a jihadist, but too many bring with them the unconstitutional mindset of Sharia Law, “honor” killings, death to homosexuals, and so forth. I have come to like the culture I live in, and the values it promotes. I don’t want to see it changed, especially to accommodate hostile strangers

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Two choices offered — build a wall OR end welfare — neither is very good but that’s all we are left with.

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AND MY LUDDITE FRIEND REPLIED:

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Wait a minute….they’re both bad? Do you agree with the guy that says there shouldn’t be a wall at all, that it’s infringing on people’s liberties? Just use a smidgen of your imagination, to envision our country without a wall. We’ve had a small taste of it already with the wall not being complete nor totally effective, and you like those results? Like I say, just imagine with even less control on the border, it would end life in America as we have known it. And none of us would like it.

As for “ending” welfare, that is not bad….it depends on what you mean by “ending” it? To me, ending welfare means stopping women from walking in with 14 children behind them that they recruited from the neighborhood to claim as their own, and ripping us off. At one point in NYC, there were more children on the welfare rolls than there were in the recorded child population levels! I think the solution for welfare and healthcare is really quite simple. First, you take the government out of the healthcare business with one exception…..you create a fund that is used in extreme cases where people are sick and need care that have no other means to help themselves. They have to “apply” for support, and a board reviews their request for approval…case by case basis. For the rest of us, we shop healthcare from the various healthcare providers and select the best plan for us. Initially it would be difficult for many, but like the great free enterprise system over time the cream would rise to the top, competition would create great healthcare solutions at affordable prices. The corrupt, cheaters, non-skilled, etc etc would be uncovered and run out of business.

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AND I CONCLUDED: 

My concern with the “wall” is I remember the Berlin Wall. That which prevents ingress can also prevent egress. I don’t trust the Gooferment remember.

My concern with “welfare” is that I remember the destruction of the black family due to “welfare rules” about the father living at home. I don’t trust the Gooferment remember.

To elaborate on welfare, the Gooferment can’t “do charity” morally (i.e., it has to steal wealth from victims to redistribute), efficiently (i.e., the administrative costs are worse than any of the corrupt Big Charities), or effectively (i.e., I’ve been told and show evidence that the Gooferment perversely does NOT want people to get off welfare). 

Not that I am NOT just against fraud and abuse but the whole concept. It’s a killer. Being poor should be painful to get folks to save themselves from the Gooferment “plantation”. TO be effective, and efficient, charity must be private and personal. (IMHO) I formed this opinion years ago from http://www.acton.org/public-policy/effective-compassion/seven-principles-century-ago which really struck a chord.

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And, from what I have seen, Gooferment “welfare” gives you enough to starve. Argh!

Your comments are welcome if you can change my mind. 

p.s, yelling or name calling is unlikely to do that.

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RANT: I love all Heinlein’s work!!!!

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle952-20171210-02.html

It’s Time For a City On the Moon by L. Neil Smith lneil@netzero.com

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In his wonderful, life-changing novel that he called The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, the late, great science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein (he also wrote Stranger in a Strange Land and The Puppet Masters) demonstrated the vital importance to national security (or just good old-fashioned peace, freedom, and prosperity) of an established American presence on the Moon. In that book, he had a culture of lovable convicts and exiles declare their independence by electrically launching boxcar-sized boulders at Earth, creating purely kinetic impacts that rivaled nuclear explosions in power. I’m not usually one to go looking for international trouble, but for the sake of our health and safety, if nothing else, consider: if those who conceive themselves to be America’s enemies have a monopoly on Lunar colonies, it could be a disaster. Just sing Randy Newman’s “Let’s Drop The Big One Now” to yourself under your breath and substitute Los Angeles and Chicago for London and Paris.

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Let’s call it Heinlein City, okay?

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What tremendous idea!

Let’s start a social media Indigo to make it happen.

I’m in.

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RANT: Impanel a grand jury?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5198925/Rosie-offered-2m-Flake-Collins-vote-no-taxes.html

Rosie O’Donnell ILLEGALLY offered $2million each to Senators Flake and Collins if they would vote no on Trump’s tax bill

  • Rosie O’Donnell offered Senators Flake and Collins $2m each to vote no on taxes 
  • She offered the money over Twitter late Tuesday night just before it was passed
  • Neither senator listened to her though, as both voted ‘Yes’ early Wednesday
  • Vote was along strict party lines; Only GOP Sen. John McCain was absent
  • It is a felony to offer money to a politician to influence acts like voting on a billBy Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com

PUBLISHED: 11:27 EST, 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 EST, 20 December 2017

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RANT: Who’s a druid?

https://lifehacker.com/why-real-christmas-trees-are-better-than-fake-ones-1821354742

Why Real Christmas Trees Are Better Than Fake Ones
Jaime Green Today 3:00pm

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Choosing between real and artificial Christmas trees largely comes down to personal preference: do you want that cozy pine smell and hellacious clean-up, or built-in lights with no personal touch but nary a needle on the floor? Personal preference aside, though, there’s someone else who probably cares: Mother Earth.

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More than anything, why don’t all us “modern Druids” forget about the whole concept of trees.

Didn’t the early Christians steal the concept of a Christmas from the pagans to get them in their movement?

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RANT: Perhaps “football” is game who’s time has passed

https://sports.yahoo.com/jon-gruden-leads-wave-criticism-violence-steelers-bengals-mnf-game-060535067.html

Jon Gruden leads wave of criticism over violence in Steelers-Bengals ‘MNF’ game
Jason Owens Shutdown Corner Dec 5, 2017, 1:05 AM

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football” was a particularly brutal and violent game between heated division rivals, leading to multiple injuries and scary moments on the field.

The most critical injury involved Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who couldn’t move his legs and reportedly suffered a spinal contusion after a frightening hit early in the game. He left the stadium in an ambulance and is in a local hospital.

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I tweeted my concern for him after that injury which looked very dangerous. 

I thought it was clean hard hitting football with a serious outcome.

Then, as the game went on, there were “cheap shots” and “dangerous plays” galore.

It was more like a MMA cage fight.

This is unacceptable. No wonder Moms, and non-macho Fathers, will not let the children play football. It’s still, like boxing, the lottery ticket way out of poverty.

Have we become the modern day Athenians looking down on the physical Spartans?

Surely, there can be “competition” without “brutality” and with “sportsmanship”!

“on the playing fields of Eaton” comes to mind.

Seems like some NFL players, have roid rage, with the discipline we’d expect out of a teenage boy feeling his oats.

It has to be steamrollered out by the NFL immediately if they want to have an “entertainment product”.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5147821/Pittsburgh-Steelers-linebacker-Ryan-Shazier-improving.html

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Injured player “improving”.

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RANT: On politicians and bureaucrats … …

I was thinking … … and awoke with a realization.

“Priests, politicians and bureaucrats are the parasites of human society. Celebrities and professional “athletes” are the equivalent of court jesters. “Taking heads” on TV are marionettes. “Academics” are not smarter than the average person; perhaps except in their specific discipline. At least, used car salesmen serve a useful purpose in society.”

I am going to keep this in mind from now on. Hope you the reader will to.

Argh!

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RANT: DVR’s TV guide doesn’t adjust for NFL over runs timewise

2017-Nov-27

Sorry FIOS but you need to up your game. 

More than once this “season”, an NFL game over ran it’s TV Guide time slot. 

Now I don’t care about 60 MINUTES which has long ago jumped the shark, but I do care about WISDOM OF CROWDS endings being lost.

Argh!

As a fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income, this seems like an easy fix. 

Hire me and I’ll fix it for you.

Argh!

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RANT: “Accusation Equals Guilt”

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/11/18/the-pernicious-doctrine-of-accusation-equals-guilt/

The Pernicious Doctrine of “Accusation Equals Guilt”
by Ted Galen Carpenter, CATO Institute

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Equating mere allegations of misconduct with definitive evidence is a growing habit in the United States.  That tendency is most prevalent regarding national security matters, and the trend has been building since the onset of the so-called war on terror following the 9-11 attacks.  

Conservatives are especially prone to assert that “terrorists” are not entitled to constitutional rights, even if they are American citizens.  The obvious problem with that argument is that until a fair and impartial trial is held, the individuals in question are merely accused terrorists.  The whole point of due process is to determine whether a defendant is guilty or not.

Alarmingly, George W. Bush’s administration asserted the authority to jail suspected terrorists without trial or even a hearing before an independent tribunal.  In the case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen apprehended at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the government designated him an “enemy combatant” and held him (as well as inflicted torture) for nearly four years at a military prison in South Carolina before bringing charges to a grand jury.  Even then, the administration’s belated application of due process occurred only in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s prodding.

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Us little L libertarians should be constantly nagging about “our process”, “innocent until proven guilty”, and ‘limited government”.

We can go through a list of liberty impairing actions:

  • “no fly” list
  • “civil asset forfeiture”
  • gun laws
  • IRS abuses
  • Marijuana prohibition
  • “free speech zones”
  • Congressional corruption
  • farm subsidies
  • “welfare / warfare” state
  • the “deep state”

and on and on ad nauseam!

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RANT: Lowering the corporate tax rates is important

I don’t think that anyone is fairly or correctly assessing the lowering of the corporate tax rate.

It’s generally acknowledged that “corporations don’t pay taxes; only real people do”. By taxing corporations, “We, The Sheeple” don’t “see” exactly how much tax they are paying on a can of beans.

When you consider the effect of corporate taxes on capital goods (i.e., the truck to deliver the can of beans) or intermediates (i.e., the gas to power the truck to deliver the can of beans), it’s impossible to calculate the true cost of taxes “buried” in the can of beans.

By lowering the corporate tax rate, perhaps that insight will be brought from “behind the curtain”.

Like moving tax day to the day before election day lowering the corporate tax rates is important, I’d like to see more people “see” just how much they are taxed.

Just my humble opinion from a fat old white guy retired injineer who’s now a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income and no expert on “ekky-nomics”.

But I know I’m getting screwed.

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RANT: Amazon Breaks Up With … …

Amazon Breaks Up With FTL!

Amazon apparently didn’t like us telling you that shopping through the links at shop.freetalklive.com helped Free Talk Live, so last week they dumped us. Seems like a pretty lame excuse to end an agreement that had lasted for more than a decade, but that’s what happened! (To be clear, we’ve only been dumped by Amazon US. The affiliate links for the UK and Canada Amazons are still working.)

If you want to do online shopping with Free Talk Live, go ahead and bookmark our Walmart link: walmart.freetalklive.com

Also, you can still use cryptocurrency like bitcoin to get deep discounts on everything you buy at Amazon and a small part of your purchases at SaveatPurse.com do benefit FTL.

So, even without Amazon US, there are still plenty of ways for you to buy and benefit Free Talk Live. Thanks for helping us while helping yourself to the stuff you need and want!

Also, thanks for listening to Free Talk Live,
Ian

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I’m upset with Amazon. Maybe if I complain?

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