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Right on all counts.
The "offensive" cartoons from Charlie Hebdo that I have seen actually translate as funny. I especially liked the one where the prophet was prescribing 100 lashes for anyone who failed to die laughing. Even if the jokes did show bad judgement, it is not the kind of bad judgement that deserves death. Public scorn, perhaps, but not death. Apparently, the only thing that can tickle a moslem's sense of humor is to see someone being tortured or killed. Preferably both. These are not people you want as friends.
Hey, Groenig & Co.! Which episode explores what would happen if Homer joined the Nation of Islam, or Lisa decided her social conscience required her to move to Syria and become a jihadi? Produce those, then we can talk about solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.
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Can Bitcoin Solve Income Inequality?

Steven668 Wrote: Jan 09, 2015 3:26 AM
So how many nano-bitcoins per hour would I make working as a clerk at a convenience store? How many femto-bitcoins for a candy bar? How about after 10 years of market growth and production? Would it not be more sensible to tie the value of a bitcoin to some specific measure of value, then produce whatever number of them are required to represent the available value in the system? That would make bicoin a stable currency. If bitcoin ever really catches on, I could purchase one bitcoin today, hang on to it, and ten or twenty years later have a bitcoin so valuable I could never find anyone to buy it. If the Fed arbitrarily limited the number of dollars in circulation to a fixed number of any size, it would only be a matter of time before it would be impossible to buy a hamburger at McDonalds without subdividing pennies. People would quickly lose faith in the dollar. Gold is being mined all the time, so its value is tied more to tradition and mystique than scarcity. Since gold became a commodity instead of a monetary standard, its price has fluctuated wildly in terms of dollars, if on a generally upward trend. In 1925, $30 dollars or an ounce of gold would buy a nice suit. In 2014, $500 will buy you a nice suit, but an ounce of gold will cost you over $1000.
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Can Bitcoin Solve Income Inequality?

Steven668 Wrote: Jan 07, 2015 11:53 PM
So, how does a system that is limited to 22 million units benefit 120 million people? To me, it seems that well over 80 percent of those people are just out of luck.
Mr. Giuliani, the police have been separating themselves from their communities for as long as I can remember. The constant drumbeat from all sides is, "People are helpless. People need to be protected. Only the police can provide that protection. You can not do it for yourselves. If you try, you will be punished for interfering with the police." With that mantra, the police are throwing away their best hope for reducing crime in their communities. They are expressing contempt for their communities, declaring that the community needs police, but police do not need the community. In most cases, the community would have the policeman's back, if the policeman were not poised and ready to arrest the community for its "interference." If the police want to be considered better than the rest of us, they need to make sure that they are, in fact, better than the rest of us. Always. No exceptions, no excuses. You are either perfect, or you are out in disgrace for besmirching the honor of the department.
Rules of evidence say that if you can not prove each movement of the object in question, you can not prove that it came from a particular middleman. There is, as far as I know, no specific characteristic of any marijuana sample that can be used to conclusively prove that it was ever in Colorado. The law works on facts, not on suspicions or personal opinions of likelyhood. The neighbor states may be able to win a civil court case, but not a criminal one. I am not actually sure which category applies to this case.
You have insulted the ATF, and on their behalf I demand an apology. They do not merely violate the Second Amendment. They routinely and proudly violate the entire Bill of Rights, not to mention statutory law against smuggling. Give credit where credit is due.
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The Other America

Steven668 Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 3:24 AM
We are not actually doing all that well by our own standards. At the same time, by the standards of the armpit that is the rest of the world, we are still doing very well. The reasons Mr. Hanson cited are supported by the fact that we are still unique in the world, politically, socially and economically. The United States of America is the only nation in the world that has ever operated on the idea that each individual knows best what is good for himself and his family. With that philosophy, the US went from an impoverished collection of farmers and craftsmen to a power that could take on half the world and win, in less than 150 years. In the same time we became the economic engine of the entire world, and we remain so today. Every other nation that ever existed has been based on the notion that what is good for the State is good for the individual. Those nations are now gone, or struggling. We should probably stay true to our own roots, and not try to emulate the failing states of Europe, unless we want to become one ourselves.
I left the Marine Corps out because they are really part of the navy. Just don't tell the jarheads that. I considered the Coast Guard, but they are heavily involved in drug related law enforcement, and I don't know how severely they have tarnished themselves in that corruption-riddled pursuit. In absence of my own knowlege, I will accept that they belong on the list.
Ms. Parker clearly stated that she believes the federal government was established to protect us. While I may be leaping to unwarranted conclusions, I understand that statement to mean that Ms. Parker believes that the federal government was established to protect us. After going through the Constitution in detail, I can find no language in that document that implies the Federal government has any duty, or is even allowed, to protect us. I have no idea what you think I was reading.
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