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  1. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    The way I see it, you can squander a lifetime...

    The way I see it, you can squander a lifetime wringing your hands over the latest fashions in doomsday, or you can enjoy and applaud the advances being made with more gratitude than envy. You can...
  2. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    I agree with the t-shirt that says just because...

    I agree with the t-shirt that says just because you can’t imagine it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Given time and the freedom to try, I see no reason why we can’t exploit near space on an...
  3. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    I think excellence and achievement are worth...

    I think excellence and achievement are worth celebrating in any circumstances, and that surrendering to despair is not. I think these flights to nowhere will lead to great things.

    I also suspect...
  4. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    I personally see these flights as achievements to...

    I personally see these flights as achievements to be celebrated rather than sneered at by the envious or the people who think they have some sort of right to what others have earned. These guys...
  5. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    I see Elizabeth Warren is going after Bezos...

    I see Elizabeth Warren is going after Bezos again, saying that if he can afford to launch himself into space he can afford to “pitch in more”. It really seems to stick in her craw that a guy can...
  6. Disinformation predates the internet by many...

    Disinformation predates the internet by many centuries. So do political actors spinning the truth to suit their needs. So do various cranks, zealots and conspiracy theorists. Even the term “Big...
  7. I don’t think the White House suggesting that...

    I don’t think the White House suggesting that platforms may want to consider banning certain people is technically censorship, but it is a close relative.

    I don’t think internet-moded BS is...
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    I’m a free market guy, so I don’t think we need...

    I’m a free market guy, so I don’t think we need to do anything. Given time, some providers will survive and some fail as business models adapt. Journalists
    like to portray themselves as sacred...
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    The problem there is that the average public...

    The problem there is that the average public school teacher does not seem terribly well qualified in that area, and instead takes a more prescriptive approach based on the latest educational fad....
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    So the “sustainable news ecosystem” will take the...

    So the “sustainable news ecosystem” will take the shape of journalistic cartels negotiating with platforms to provide “a common set of facts”? I don’t see that as an improvement. Sounds a little...
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    Yes. I’d especially prefer that the White House...

    Yes. I’d especially prefer that the White House not be in the business of flagging people they would like to see social media ban.
  12. Thread: Frugal Vs Easy

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    I prefer to think of it as being frugal with my...

    I prefer to think of it as being frugal with my time rather than my money in such situations.
  13. I’ve often thought that when people talk about...

    I’ve often thought that when people talk about “privilege” or “fragility” in connection with a particular race. Or the stereotype of the homicidal cop.
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    Looks like those laid back Cubans are...

    Looks like those laid back Cubans are demonstrating in the streets.
  15. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    Looks like Branson has won the billionaire space...

    Looks like Branson has won the billionaire space race.
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    I actually think they’re a few years late in...

    I actually think they’re a few years late in objecting to such nonsense as the 1619 Project being used in the schools. While “CRT” is often unfairly used as a catch-all term for a wide spectrum of...
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    Happy Independence Day

    My favorite holiday. I live in the country where an entitled British royal flees to and whines about the “bonkers” First Amendment; but can’t do any more about it than his ancestors could. I’m...
  18. Thread: Bezos Beyond

    by LDAHL
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    Many great advances are driven by ego and the...

    Many great advances are driven by ego and the urge to be first. If these guys help along the commercial exploitation of the solar system, I wish them godspeed.
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    In both cases, we see the advancement of...

    In both cases, we see the advancement of nonsensical ideas, then a backlash and a backlash against the backlash.
  20. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    I see Richard Branson is hoping to make an...

    I see Richard Branson is hoping to make an attempt on the eleventh.
  21. I wouldn’t want to live in a country where...

    I wouldn’t want to live in a country where prosecutors can renege on agreements with suspects. I suspect most of us wouldn’t speak so disparagingly of “technicalities” if it were our life and freedom...
  22. Thread: YES! YES! YES!

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    So I see there was an attempted armed robbery...

    So I see there was an attempted armed robbery during a television interview of Oakland's Director of Violence Prevention. Fortunately they had armed security on hand to thwart the robbers. The City...
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    This is ridiculous. Everyone knows the Democrats...

    This is ridiculous. Everyone knows the Democrats haven’t rounded up people and put them in camps since FDR.
  24. Thread: YES! YES! YES!

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    One problem they may have when the smoke clears...

    One problem they may have when the smoke clears in NYC is that exit polling indicates white voters were somewhat more likely to vote all five ranked choices while others were somewhat more likely to...
  25. Thread: YES! YES! YES!

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    Yes. I heard they managed to include many...

    Yes. I heard they managed to include many thousands of “test votes” in the initial count. I will be interested in seeing if they find some creative way to blame the Republicans. In any case, it...
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