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  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Jan 25, 1:51pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Heraclitusstudent says
CBOEtrader says
There are legit people in the intellectual dark web

None of them are journalists investigating facts.

Just like typists became obsolete three decades ago with the invention of previewing word-processors and IBM PC, just like "photo-journalists" became obsolete a decade ago when smart phones enabled every tom-dick-and-harry on the spot to take photos and video quickly, "journalists" as the retained spin-artists for gate-keeping publishing monopolies have also become obsolete with digital publishing technology unseating the gate-keepers from their near-monopoly.

There are plenty people with enough curiosity to investigate facts. The salaried "journalists" (and the editorial board overseeing them) were always about putting on a spin on issues and gate-keeping. Even if a young "journalist" started with a passion for truth, a mortgage would force him into toeing the party line, simply because the near-monopolies wouldn't hire him if he is kicked out at any one of the related shops for rebellion. Watergate reporting was a set-up by those who didn't like Nixon's policy of detente. The controlled media didn't even report on JFK's back problem or women problem, or FDR's leg problem or women problem, or LBJ's women problem, or Bush Sr's women problem.

Leaving the investigation to independents, instead of in the hands of payed pipers, would actually lead to closer proximation of the real truth.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 1, 8:39pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Ceffer says
If the top 1 percent gave all their money to the poor, they would all just be poor again in a thousand years.

Try 30-70 years, at the most. Before the invention of Nuclear Weapons, major wars had a cycle of about 70 years. Major wars took place largely because of economic problems/conflicts that could not be resolved peacefully. In countries where education (instead of commerce) was the primary path to social climbing, like France, the frequency of revolution and war was even higher: starting with French Revolution, revolution and regime change took place every 30 years or so.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 6:08pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Good find!

That's why I was skeptical of the "Dutch historian" speech at Davos advocating higher effective taxes amongst a chorus of similar advocacy (they are not given the opportunity to speak and then spread like wildfire by accident). Both the capital owners and the workers are members of the productive classes (capital owners usually work too). The real struggle is between the productive classes vs. the parasites. Higher effective taxes would transfer resources from the productive classes to the parasite class. Even for destitute workers who do not have any capital at all (which is rare), having the freedom to choose which employer to work for is better than waiting in line for government hand-outs (i.e. like slaves on a slave plantation). Government officials are no less selfish than capital-owners (who are no less and no more selfish than workers), but both the capital owners and workers are checked by competition whereas government officials are usually not. Most government agents are de facto monopolies in their particular field of authority. Higher tax rates would mean transferring resources from that which consumers/workers have a set of choices to that which consumers/workers would have little or no choice.

Both workers and owners of capital are results of mutually willing market exchanges, and have first-hand experience on how the real world works. Whereas the "over-educated" / poorly-brainwashed academics are conditioned to worship authority in the academic ivory tower, therefore prone to advocating state-capitalism / national-socialism, both of which are essentially manifestations of real fascism. Propaganda paid for by "private charity" can be rejected by public rejecting the financiers behind such propaganda, whereas propaganda funded and enforced by government tax money would be much harder to reject.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 6:28pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

d6rB says
Patrick says
The third world is in my experience much scammier than here in the US. Everyone constantly seems to be trying to cheat everyone else.

consequence of being dirt poor

Consequence of bureaucratic society.

The Western Culture (primarily English-speaking Five-Eye countries, Dutch before WWII, then France, Germany and Italy to a lesser degree) of good-faith and contractual obligation is the result of market-place diversity: both buyers and sellers can find alternative counter-parties easily, so someone who conducts business in bad faith would be shit out of luck very quickly. Whereas in bureaucratic societies, all the vendors are effectively bureaucratically enforced monopolies, so they can rip off customers (and have to rip off customers in order to purchase bureaucratic licenses / pay bribes).
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 6:48pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

marcus says
The idea that we should expect life to stay the same here in the U.S. while the global population growth is such that it doubles every few decades, is beyond silliness.

US living standards improved steadily from 1793 to 1973 while the global population kept doubling every few decades.

"Globalization" as in world-wide trade started (in the current mega-cycle) in the early 1500's with the discovery of gold and silver mines in the New World. The fundamental problem with the latter stages of post-WWII "globalization" is that after Johnson's "Great Society" bankrupted the US (welching on the Brettonwoods promise), instead of reducing welfare-warfare state to stimulate real economic growth, the politicians resorted to permanent war-footing waging "War on Poverty" "War on Drug" "War on . . ." kept printing money (which had been a war-time only policy when Bank of England was the central bank of the world), resulting in exportation of real capital from the US. "Globalism" enforced by American military and the Fed result in a situation where domestic households and corporations pay for a global imperial security so that international corporations can conduct business in a global environment much safer to themselves than otherwise would have been (they wouldn't move those factories overseas if the factories ran high risk of being confiscated by local despots). Meanwhile, some other more totalitarian governments gradually taking a larger and larger cut from the trade system, gradually becoming a security threat to the US.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 6:56pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLearnToCode says
Reality says
Both workers and owners of capital are results of mutually willing market exchanges

But capital rigs the markets with Open Borders and Zoning/Density Laws.

Open Borders (for immigration) wouldn't be a problem if there were no welfare system attracting unproductive free-loaders; the US had that before the welfare state, and was highly successful (as European immigrants came in droves over the long-term growth, whereas Mexicans and Canadians came and went back as the US economy ebbed and flowed in the short-term). Zoning/Denisity Laws are results of the vast majority of local voters (and bureaucrats). So the middle class and the poor are just as much if not more responsible for those laws (even if they were intellectually incapable of foreseeing the long term consequences of those laws in the hands of a monopolistic self-interested bureaucracy).
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 7:39pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Tenpoundbass says
I agree but the biggest theft against the middle class worker. Is we can't earn interest from our money in the bank. And our Corporate laws are set up to oppress Mom and Pop operations that have no greater aspirations out of their business than to keep just one location afloat, pay their employees, have it finance their lifestyle and not lose money.

That used to be the goal of 90% of the businesses in America. Now if your business isn't growing every year, and you're not big enough to add a new location in a couple years. Then it is considered a failure and the banks, competition, and the government will do what ever it takes to get you the fuck out of the way so Buffet and Bezos can make millions your keeping them from.

MisterLearnToCode says
And complex entities that cost big money to set up and maintain, but pay off big over the years in tax avoidance. Something Dr. Goldberg the Surgeon can't do with $1.5M, but Ramesh Gupta the Indian Steel Magnate with $500M could do.

Both make excellent points. That's why the more regulation and the higher the nominal tax rates, will result in more concentration of wealth as well as the more wealth polarization. The most effective competition to a Billionaire is not an average household with $80k net-worth but someone with $10-$100mil capital that has a good new idea about how business can be run, or a product/service, and can be implemented then sold to the average household to save a few hundred dollars each! High regulations and high nominal taxation rates get in the way of new challengers . . . that's the real reason why wealth inequality has gotten worse as government bureaucracy grows . . . and the real reason why all those clowns are coming out of the wood works advocating higher taxes! Those commie clowns are always sponsored by big monopolists! trying to kneecap new competition.

Private sector spending their own money would seek out efficient new solutions . . . whereas government bureaucrats spending tax money would benefit little from saving money but risk their cushy positions and pension if the new solution is no good . . . so government spending money instead of private sector spending money (i.e. either by taxation or by deficit) would automatically entrench existing big monopolists at the expense of new competition . . . thereby exacerbate wealth inequality. On top of that, privilege breeds corruption. That's why every socialist country always develops into a situation where a few billionaires lord over a sea of starving population (e.g. North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela)
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 7:42pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Goran_K says
Redistributing money to poor people does nothing. They simply remain poor because they lack the education, discipline and motivation to do better. It would be far more useful to realign welfare to fix those problems instead of primarily focusing on EBT and section 8 type programs.

Good points. The reality is even harsher than that: people are not born genetically identical. Welfare programs like EBT and section 8 actually perpetrate poverty by encouraging the incompetent to breed more at the expense of taxpaying middle class.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 3, 9:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Further, Dalio points to a survey by the Federal Reserve showing that 40 percent of adults can’t come up with $400 in the case of an emergency. “It gives you an idea of what the polarity is,” Dalio said. “That’s a real world. That’s an issue.”

Wonder how the clusterfuck will work out this time? Are the rich getting scared?
Flaunting one's wealth is not a great idea when the majority feels the rich have taken advantage of the poor.
No right or wrong just: "We will be taking what you have,over your dead body if necessary,or you can SURRENDER IT NOW!"

LOL! Ray Dalio speaking as the head of the hedge fund housing numerous public employee pension funds.

In case it's not obvious, 40% adults have become so poor precisely because all those gaggles of rent-seekers working for various governments with their oversized wages doubling private sector wages and massive pensions that rise into 6-figures per year in retirement. Such high pay-off all for doing what? Aimlessly pushing papers and never taking any risk in their entire careers.

Given the secrecy of Bridgewater and the publicity-hound tendency of Dalio in the last couple years, it wouldn't surprise me if that thing blows up in the next major market down turn.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 4, 1:31am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

1000 years ago. The Vikings were farming (not just ranching) in Greenland about 1000 years. 10,000 years ago, the Sahara Desert was a vast green pasture, due to climate cycles that are fundamentally driven by the earth's axial / orbital tilt and wobbles that last thousands to tens of thousands of years (Milankovitch Cycles).
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 4, 3:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

AD says
What Marcus and some of the same political ilk have not brought up is that all the top 10% needs to be examined, not just the top 5% and top 1%.

When the Left examines how many make $200,000 to $400,000 there are opportunities to raise taxes there to realize a large increase in tax revenue.

Wouldn't surprise me if that's the real intent of all the tax-raising talk. In any case, that would be the result: those making $80k to $1M would see their taxes go up significantly. People making more than that can afford fancy tax-avoidance devices or move. The raising of taxes on the upper-middle class would of course be a disaster: almost all new technology products: from smart phone to fax machine to personal computer to CD player to even the video tape player had to be adopted by the "rich" and upper middle class when they cost multiple thousands of dollars when newly invented, before economy of scale made them cheaper and affordable to everyone. Government bureaucrats spending taxpayer money would never spend money on the early development of new products beneficial to consumers. Instead they would continue to fund Main-frame computers, just like Japanese bureaucrats and Soviet bureaucrats did . . . because there wouldn't be incentive to make breakthrough innovations or getting those breakthrough changes funded in a bureaucratic system.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 4, 3:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CovfefeButDeadly says
You guys really don’t get it. Someone ALWAYS wants the power. If it’s not the rich it will be the politicians. If not the politicians, then the military.

I’m not proposing a solution because there isn’t one.

There actually is one: sound money. Money was invented to check unbridled power (as in changing society from mutual looting to mutually willing exchanges).

Unfortunately, "education" (especially funded by government) has a tendency of depriving youths of the first-hand experience necessary in learning how to coax a customer into willingly paying for something . . . instead the students are taught the superstition of the omnipotent government-god entitled to looting in the name of "taxation." The result of those "over-educated" / poorly-brainwashed society is rampant corruption and then massive societal upheaval.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 28, 4:59pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

marcus says

LOL! The AGW theory/story is remarkably similar to the biblical flooding due to humans doing evil . . . very anthropo-centric theory/story with no scientific proof / falsifiability . . . and entirely dependent on the "peer-review" among high priests.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 12:22am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Hugolas_Madurez says
Nah, it'll be that Ocasio-Cortez cunt.

She won't be old enough to meet the 35+yo constitutional age requirement in 2020. A fake birth certificate indicating her having been born 6 years earlier than her actual DOB might be difficult now that she has recently disclosed her age during the House campaign and winning it by claiming "young blood."
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 12:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says

Clinton was doing a female subordinate while in public office . . . i.e. fitting the very definition of abuse of power on top of sexual harassment

Trump was a private citizen, and the affair took place when Trump neither held public office nor had any supervisory power over the women

The two are not at all comparable. Surprising that the #MeToo movement hasn't taught the difference.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 12:37am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

marcus says

After having started her career by literally whoring herself to Willie Brown (and getting paid in public funds), Karmala Harris has not only kept her Senate seat, but also now running for President!
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 12:46am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says

The answers are trivial:

1. He and/or his wife have jobs or own businesses that make much more than his Senator's pay. Not every senator is a jobless loser like Obama was. In fact, people who have higher paying jobs before becoming politicians tend to be less easily bought and paid for . . . as their buy-out threshold would be higher.

2. Investment income. e.g. Apple stock appreciated much more than 800% during that same decade.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 1:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
To witness hunger in America today is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment. Here dinners are cooked using macaroni-and-cheese mixes and other processed ingredients from food pantries, and fresh fruits and vegetables are eaten only in the first days after the SNAP payment arrives. Here you’ll meet hungry farmhands and retired schoolteachers, hungry families who are in the U.S. without papers and hungry families whose histories stretch back to the Mayflower. Here pocketing food from work and skipping meals to make food stretch are so common that such practices barely register as a way of coping with hunger and are simply a way of life.

A pound of ground beef costs $3 (pork and chicken would cost only $2 per pound); a pound of flour costs 50 cents; a pound of flash-frozen veggie or berries would cost only $2-3 (apples, oranges and melons would cost far less, about $1/pound). So a total of $5/day can can deliver 3 meals of feast (of balanced diet) that only Kings and Queens could dream of not long ago, and even today only the dictators and their families and friends can afford such in socialist paradises such as Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba.

$5 is 20minutes of work at $15 minimum wage! You can't possibly be telling me someone who can steal food from work doesn't have money to buy food. He/she is taking food from work because his/her income is taken by other expenses! ranging from taxes, government imposed medical monopolies and insurance mandate to pay such monopolies, education loans due to government imposed university monopolies and license requirement for jobs, high housing cost due to government restrictions on housing supply, etc. etc. in some cases, perhaps even high illicit drug cost due to government war on drugs.

Hunger is always a management/distribution problem: specifically government not allowing the free market place to function. When a person's nutritional requirement can be taken care of by $5/day or less, forcing people to pay taxes to maintain a gaggle of bureaucrats each making $200-600/day to run so-called welfare programs just doesn't make sense: the bureaucrats themselves suck up far more resources than the intended recipient would ever get.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 1:15pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
A pound of ground beef costs $3 (pork and chicken would cost only $2 per pound); a pound of flour costs 50 cents; a pound of flash-frozen veggie or berries would cost only $2-3 (apples, oranges and melons would cost far less, about $1/pound). So a total of $5/day can can deliver 3 meals of feast (of balanced diet) that only Kings and Queens could dream of not long ago, and even today only the dictators and their families and friends can dream of in socialist paradises such as Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba.

Where ?

What do you mean by "where"? These are the prices at Costco and Walmart. Stop buying junk food, and especially expensive junk food.

Just saw your edit, the last time I priced pork loin, about a month ago, Costco price was $1.69/lb, Walmart price was $1.75/lb. 83% lean ground beef was $2.89/lb at Costco; Walmart price ranged from $2.70/lb to $3.89/lb depending on package size.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 1:24pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I agree, real meat is not junk food. I used beef instead of pork for reference, just to be generous and accounting for some people not eating pork due to religious or cultural reasons. BTW, 10lb frozen boneless and skinless chicken breast is $2/lb at Walmart SuperCenters (and slightly more at Costco, I think $2.30/lb in 10lb bags); whole rotissary chickens fully cooked weighing 3-5lbs is only $5-6 at Costco and Walmart SuperCenters. The junk food reference was relating to ketchup, mustard and macroni in the article you quoted earlier; these are not real food, despite government classification of them as Vegetable! in school lunch programs! That's the sort of nonsense when government bureaucrats are put in place of deciding what your kids can eat!
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 1, 1:43pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The food cost discussion is actually quite relevant, and cuts to the core falsehood in the faith in welfare state. The cost of medicine, education and housing could be likewise much less expensive if not for the meddling by the government bureaucrats. For example, an MRI costs $2000 in the US, but only $100 in Japan! No, that's not price after Japanese government subsidy, but cash price in Japan, $100, not even $1000! Medicine in the US is expensive thanks to government regulation limiting supply and "capping" institutional profit margin (such as insurance profit margin) to 10%, so institutions have every incentive to run their own cost sky high! 10% of $100 is only $10, but 10% of $2000 is $200! Guess which route the profit-margin-capped institutions would take? The Road to Hell is Usually Paved with "Good Intentions."

Food just happens to be more obvious as we deal with food pricing more often than dealing with medicine, housing and education: an individual can feed himself/herself very well in the relatively free market place for $5/day, whereas government school lunch programs typically allocate $20+ per pupil per day (for one meal, lunch only), but are only able to serve crap like ketchup as "veggie" and the "pink slime" as "meat protein source"

Instead of allowing you to spend your own money, having someone else to spend your money on someone one else (a third party) is just about the most expensive and inefficient way of getting anything done. If you really care about the hungry, volunteer at food pantries and donate! Or better yet, hire them for a job! They'd be able to earn their day's balanced diet in 20 minutes!
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 3, 5:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

rocketjoe79 says
Let me guess - Norway is so flush with Oil Money they can afford to completely subsidize EV's.

One can't burn raw petroleum in the internal combustion engine. Norway lacks refinery. Also, even before the discovery of oil in North Sea, Norway was well known as a hydro power producer: the Nazis built heavy water plant in Norway due to the free electricity in that country. It's a lot easier to export petroleum than exporting electricity, so Norway has a policy of encouraging locals to use electric cars, so they can export more oil and import less refined gasoline or diesel.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 3, 5:52pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The article's author was very confused, and obviously didn't understand the concept of conditional probability. Here are a couple thought experiments:

1. Suppose, it is revealed that all 4 coin flips yielded heads. What's the probability of the first flip was head? Obviously 100%! Therefore, when it was revealed that 3 out 4 outcomes were heads, the 1st of the 4 flips had 75% probability of being head.

2. When you buy a lottery ticket that has 50million different combinations, what's your winning probability before drawing? 1/50million; what about after drawing and revealing the winning number is different from yours? Obviously 0%.

The author of the article was confusing himself quite unnecessarily.

As for his logical extension to murder trials, here's the real kicker: Do you the probability of murder cases being solved in cities like Detroit and Chicago? 15%! In other words, a murderer has 85% chance of getting away with murder. Seems to be a very strong case for recommending everyone owning their own guns for self-defense . . . as the law enforcement there is quite toothless as far as providing protection from murder is concerned . . . how a jury should examining murder evidence in those places is 85% irrelevant, as the overwhelming majority of murder cases don't arrive at that stage. Only a higher statistical probability of would-be victim having the means to shoot back would provide a strong deterrence in those places.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 6, 11:31am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The financial transaction tax idea is retarded. Obviously, market-makers would have to be exempted from the tax, as otherwise a 10 cents tax per $100 traded would kill all market-makers. With such an exemption, the market place would be officially divided into two classes of traders: officially designated market-makers with tax-exemption vs. everyone else . . . talk about Feudal Privilege! The result would be less liquid market, and more market manipulation for the benefit of the big financial institutions that are market-makers, at the expense of the investing public.

On top of that, such a law would result in a mushrooming of new derivatives (trading only the final 10% of the price, for example; e.g. pricing an SP-500 derivative contract in terms of the amount above 2500, i.e. around (2775-2500)=275, instead of the current trading method of trading the whole 2775, reducing the tax by 90%; likewise, a derivative for trading Amazon stock the portion above 1500, instead of the entire 1678) and off-shore markets to bypass such a tax, rendering the market needlessly opaque and complicated/fragmented.

The front-running high-frequency trading nonsense has long been mined out in the last couple years ago. The lawmakers are about half a decade too late . . . not surprising: when HF trading was profitable, the lawmakers wanted political donations from the institutions building those HF farms and profiting from that; now that gold mine is mined out, the Wall-Street owned Democratic lawmakers want a law that kneecaps the competition to big financial institutions by having such a transaction tax on everyone else except the designated market-makers (big financial institutions).
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 13, 9:16pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

It's not a good idea to let the government decide what the template of merit is based on paper degrees: should a Doctorate degree in Islamic scripture earn higher rating than a Master's degree in basket weaving? Why would either be rated higher than experience as a home-building or a chef without any degree?

IQ test in English and having a high minimum score requirement would be a better idea than edumacation degrees.

A better yet idea would be: $50k for processing fee, then $10k per year sur-tax on top of normal income tax till passing citizenship/naturalization test (which has English literacy and American history/civics tests) and becoming a citizen (usually after 5 years); no welfare of any kind before citizenship. Try it out for a few years, then if the new citizens have a higher than usual propensity to seek welfare after becoming citizens, increase the processing fees, sur-tax and duration before citizenship eligibility!

Also, being in jail or on welfare should automatically disqualify a person from voting during that time.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 14, 7:46am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
SunnyvaleCA says
Give them an IQ test in English

That would eliminate a lot of native born Americans as well.

What is our official religion going to be ?

Are there going to be official new sources, required reading etc ?

There are plenty certifiably retarded among the native born, afflicted with severe mental disorder among the native born, and carrying deadly contagious disease among the native born . . . doesn't mean immigration laws of the past, present or future should allow in any foreigners with those characteristics.

English literacy is an existing requirement for naturalization, and has been the case for over a century . . . as is the pledge of allegiance to the US Constitution (if you consider that a religion).
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 14, 3:26pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The article and the title prove the consequence of being bad at math.

Threat assessment on individual persons in the context of statistical phenomenon as lop-sided as mass-shooting is by definition nonsense! Out of roughly 350 million people, there are less than 35 mass shooting incidents in a year (of the variety that the author was talking about, not gang warfare in inner cities where guns are already banned). That's 10,000,000 to 1. Even if a professional assessment methodology has 99% accuracy (there are hardly any psycho profile method accurate enough to meet that hypothetical 99% accuracy), such an approach would result in 3.5 million false-positives when applied to 350 million population . . . i.e. rounding up 99,999+ who wouldn't become mass shooters for every 1 would be mass shooter! Good luck finding that 1 in 100,000+ all matching your profile.

Banning guns in order to prevent mass shooting is less clever than proposing banning food due to more than 10,000 choking incidents every year!

A far more effective way of stopping mass shooting is in fact encouraging ordinary people to conceal-carry: as the would-be mass shooters often were stopped by other people on site having guns! Comes to think of it, confronting criminal while armed with guns is what police do too! Except police can't be at all places at the same time, whereas concealed-carry private individuals have a much better chance of being at the right place at the right time to stop mass-shooters.

Don't ban guns; ban politicians who want to violate the Constitution! Every anti-gun politician has the blood of victims of mass-shootings and inner-city shooting victims on their hands: as they make up tyrannical laws that prevent law-abiding citizens from self-defense!
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 15, 7:19am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
Reality says
English literacy is an existing requirement for naturalization, and has been the case for over a century . . . as is the pledge of allegiance to the US Constitution (if you consider that a religion).

Oath Of Allegiance Changed: Pledge To Military Service No Longer Required For Naturalized Citizens - this was in 2015

Naturalized citizens will no longer have to pledge to defend the United States through military service when reciting the Oath of Allegiance if they have certain religious or conscientious objections, according to a new policy set out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Conscience Objector exception does not invalidate the Oath of Allegiance requirement any more than Conscience Objector in the context of draft / selective service requirement.
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 15, 7:24am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
Reality says
Also, being in jail or on welfare should automatically disqualify a person from voting during that time.

What the fuck has someone being on welfare got to do with someone's ability or eligibility to vote?

That's a good chunk of team Trump supporters in the fly over states and old rust belt cities - got to get them clean enough off the meth and crack to get to the polls first though.

Wrap that flag tighter around yourself and get a few more signed Trump bibles to sell on E-Bay - claim to be a patriot.

Here is a well known quote from Benjamin Franklin:

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic."

Are you asserting that Benjamin Franklin was a Trump fan?
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 17, 6:22am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The biggest supporter of the NZ shooting terrorist(s) so far is the NZ government: the shooter was stopped at the 2nd Mosque by a private individual who had a gun. The NZ government's response is banning private gun ownership! so the next time a shooter (regardless whether 6 months earlier having been in Pakistan on record loving and praising Muslims while on likely government paid assignment or not before going to NZ to launch mass shooting of Muslims allegedly due to hatred of Muslims worldwide killing of Christians in previous decades), there wouldn't be someone getting in the way and stopping the mass murder!
  Reality   ignore (5)   2019 Mar 17, 6:34am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

LOL! Good analogies indeed:

1. Israelites were enslaved in Egypt. Their being unarmed was indeed the fundamental enabler of their enslavement.

2. In Eden, God was supposed to be all-knowing (Omniscient) and all-powerful (Omnipotent), quite unlike any human ruler of any earthly place.

The two analogies do succinctly convey the reality that the gun-banning fascists (under the misnomer "Liberals") are trying to play gods and want to enslave the rest of the population. In reality, they are just too stupid to realize that pseudo-omnipotent State-worship (just like the ancient Egyptians had under Pharaoh) would enslave everyone, including the Pharaoh, his family and all the bureaucrats in the system, depriving everyone of the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
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Kakistocracy says
which frustrated the unification of Germany—one goal the revolutionaries were trying to achieve.

With the benefit of hindsight about what happened after German unification (World War I and World War II, German imperialism and Nazism), it's amazing anyone would still believe "the unification of Germany" would have been a good thing.

Kakistocracy says
During the American Civil War, Marx wrote about his support of the Union Army, the Republican Party, and Lincoln himself. In fact, he named the president as "the single-minded son of the working class."

LOL! Just like Marx himself was entirely financed by international crony "capitalists"/banksters, becoming wealthy enough to keep housemaid, whom he impregnated through either rape or sexual harassment, Lincoln had long become a corporate lawyer for the railroad industry for decades before running for POTUS. In fact, it was rather curious that the top two contenders for the Election of 1860 were both top lawyers for the railroad industry, which at the time were the biggest investment for banksters. By the late 1850's, the US economy was in a post-bubble (that started in 1849 gold rush) crunch . . . a massive war was the recipe to bail out the banksters' bad loans via massively profitable lending to munition / war industry (i.e. loans to be paid back by enslaving the rest of the population on both sides, with interest! plus manipulation of bond market: buying government bonds at huge discount during propagandized "reversals" then force post-war government to redeem at full face value).

Lincoln having a humble beginning/birth just made it cheaper to buy him, much like Bill Clinton.

Both Communism and American Civil War were results of international banksters' conspiracy. It's no co-incidence that Trotsky lived a luxurious life in NYC with no visible income from work before being sent to Russia to start the revolution. Karl Marx was similarly financed by international banksters, as was John Brown, among other warmongers and collectivist revolutionaries.
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Kakistocracy says
that was when I said inventory is a form of waste in the world of Continuous Improvement otherwise known as Kaizen.

Kaizen does not dictate inventory management one way or the other dogmatically. What you are thinking of is Just-in-Time manufacturing method, which is a way of reducing capital cost (in the form of inventory). The 2011 Japanese Tsunami showed that Just-in-Time manufacturing method may not be the be-all and end-call approach, as many factories in Japan were idled due to lacking inventory of particular parts; "Kaizen" (improvement) in response to that event would be a newly revised approach of having some inventory of critical parts.
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marcus says
A lot of places don't pay teachers nearly well enough. You get what you pay for. But yeah, the number of those stories of female teachers going after adolescent boys is surprising.

What the numbers mean is that teachers are paid too much! If the young female teachers couldn't or could barely make ends meet, they'd be looking for older men to support themselves and their households, instead of picking on male students. It's the overly high pay that's making them feel as if they were Catherine the Great (the reigning Czarina who was known for having her ways with young male courtiers)
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Kakistocracy says
Not talking "dogmatically" here or "just in time", nor do I require assistance to tell me what I am thinking.

Inventory is a manufacturing waste because it is value that is being held at a cost. In the most literal sense, Inventory is valuable product or material that is waiting either to be sold to the customer or further transformed into something of greater value. The entire time a product sits in Inventory, its profit margin is reduced because overhead must be paid to maintain the product in Inventory. Maintaining Inventory requires the addition of Motion and Transportation wastes.

That is a very dogmatic and idealistic view of inventory and business process (symptomatic of people who have little first-hand experience with running a business). What's missing is that inventory of critical parts and some semi-finished and finished products can be a hedge against supply / distribution disruption and unexpected / hard-to-anticipate instant demand. By your logic, buying insurance and having cash reserve would be impediment to profit margin as well.
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Kakistocracy says
Here is another link concerning Lincoln and Marx from an economist's perspective - not that anyone will read it.

That's another piece of bought-and-paid-for communist propaganda. It's laughable to claim either Marx or Lincoln as champions of the working men against big business. Marx was entirely funded by international banksters, just as Lincoln was for decades a top lawyer for the biggest railroad companies (which at the time were the biggest investment for the international banksters) as was his "controlled opposition" in the 1860 election.

Both Marx and Lincoln were agents of the international banksters to impoverish the "Bourgeoisie" middle-class smaller businesses, so as to reduce competition to big businesses and the international bankster interest backing the big businesses. To the extent that the general public is then left with less choices, that's enslavement of the entire population. What Marx called "liberation of the working class" was in practice enslavement of the entire population under Lenin's "State Capitalism"; i.e. a particularly pernicious/extreme form of Fascism. Communism is in reality an extremely violent and destructive form of Fascism.
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Kakistocracy says
guessing you are not a fan of Six Sigma

LOL! "Six-Sigma" is so 1990's. It was all the rage in MBA programs in the early 1990's, before internet took off. If you pay attention to what you cited, you'd have noticed that "Six-Sigma" is about quality control, not about inventory management.

A decade after "Six-Sigma" quality control of the early 1990's, the early 2000's "sigma" issue was about disaster preparedness: the new hero was not the Japanese 1980's tight quality control and Just-in-Time (two separate issues) "salariman" executives, but Shackleton (captain of the Antarctica expedition that saved his entire crew despite ship wreck and being stranded for a year down there, in the early 20th century); the focus of "sigma" topic became the "two-sigma" or "multi-sigma" tail risks, aka "black swan events." In other words, having some inventory on hand to ward off tail-risks would be a good idea.

"Sigma" is simply a symbol for standard deviation in statistics. "Six-sigma" denotes a manufacturing quality control goal of having defect happening only as a six standard-deviation-out event; "Six-sigma" has little to do with inventory management in preparation for external events.
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Kakistocracy says
Reality says
What's missing is that inventory of critical parts and some semi-finished and finished products can be a hedge against supply / distribution disruption and unexpected / hard-to-anticipate instant demand

Kindly show me exactly where I stated that - please. Not having a good grasp of C.I. leads to faulty conclusions.

You claimed inventory by itself was a detriment to profit, as it reduces return on capital. That attitude is typical of the ivory-tower MBA's fresh out school getting into management trying to squeeze the last bit of profit margin in good times then have the company dying in his hands the first multi-sigma black-swan event takes place.
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Kakistocracy says
That's another piece of bought-and-paid-for communist propaganda.

This allegation is based on what?

Based on the article's breathless praising of German unification (which any thinking brain with rudimentary knowledge of the 20th century history would have recognized to be a disaster) and praising of Marx writing letters on behalf of IWA (a communist organization) to the sitting presidents of the US. It's like praising Osama Bin Laden (communist organizations were considered terrorist organizations back then, and factually were!) writing letters to Bush and Obama when the latters were in the White House!
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Kakistocracy says
@Reality - didn't need to wait for the Tsunami in Japan to see the weak link in Just In Time - auto production has been disrupted numerous times by a strike at a supplier, nature, work "slowdowns" at any point in the supply chain.

Does not mean JIT is bad, just need to appreciate the problem areas.

As for the critical spares etc. that is a key component of C.I. - knowing what to keep and what not to keep on hand, what can be express shipped in if need be etc - doing a cost benefit analysis.

The real issue is that the economy and running a business are not steady-state phenomena (which is the way they are typically conceptualized in the academia). There are black-swan events. Running any company as a JIT theocracy would quickly kill the company when the first statistical tail-risk (which are often non-convergent, quite unlike the theoretical Gaussian model; most real life market price behaviors are not Gaussian) event comes along.
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