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    I think if a tweet from one guy can drive a...

    I think if a tweet from one guy can drive a significant price change, it’s prudent to treat something like a penny stock or collectible rather than an important currency.
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    I see Tesla will not be accepting bitcoin in...

    I see Tesla will not be accepting bitcoin in payment for their cars, citing environmental concerns.
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    I see Ohio is using some of its Covid Relief cash...

    I see Ohio is using some of its Covid Relief cash to fund a weekly million dollar lottery for vaccinated adults.
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    “Real” may be a subjective term in this area, but...

    “Real” may be a subjective term in this area, but from what I understand NFTs are digitized tokens denoting ownership of virtual property, such as the original copy of a work of digital art or real...
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    What’s their consensus on Non-Fungible Tokens?

    What’s their consensus on Non-Fungible Tokens?
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    I have heard a lot of coin-descending...

    I have heard a lot of coin-descending explanations, but my basic understanding is this:

    While previous forms of currency were backed by precious metals or governments forcing you to accept them,...
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    That would be a pity. Understandable perhaps, but...

    That would be a pity. Understandable perhaps, but still a pity.

    Think of the people who aren’t dangerously stupid.
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    I think there’s a sort of freedom/responsibility...

    I think there’s a sort of freedom/responsibility spectrum people fall on. Freedom isn’t functional in any reasonable sense unless we accept the personal responsibility that comes with it. At one end...
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    So the 70% is more of an estimated inflection...

    So the 70% is more of an estimated inflection point where things start getting better, than a sort of end stage herd immunity? That makes sense to me.
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    I remember being interviewed for a security...

    I remember being interviewed for a security clearance and being asked a lot of questions seemingly aimed at determining if I had a lot of violent thoughts, or whether I ever felt suicidal. The...
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    I’d only ever heard the 70% mentioned by the...

    I’d only ever heard the 70% mentioned by the President. If it’s not an across-the-board stat, who does it apply to?
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    Does that 70% have any scientific basis behind...

    Does that 70% have any scientific basis behind it, or is it just a number the President threw out because we were on track to get there anyway?
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    So herd immunity would be the point at which a...

    So herd immunity would be the point at which a sufficient percentage of the population has natural or vaccinated immunity that the aggregate likelihood of the disease being transmitted from one...
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    What kind of statistic would be an indication of...

    What kind of statistic would be an indication of herd immunity? I assume it would be some small number(s) but not zero.
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    Our Intelligence Services

    So I saw that new CIA recruitment video. Apparently their key demographic is narcissists with social anxiety disorders.

    And then I saw that the Postal Service has been operating a program to...
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    I lack the moral agility to see much distance...

    I lack the moral agility to see much distance between burning a police station in Minneapolis and mobbing the Capital in DC.
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    In that that case the cliche would switch to...

    In that that case the cliche would switch to “this is what democracy looks like”.
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    At the end of the day, cliche-overreach has...

    At the end of the day, cliche-overreach has become the new normal, which represents an existential threat to our national conversation and consequently our democracy.
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    We do see a lot of overused trite-isms right now,...

    We do see a lot of overused trite-isms right now, I think usually by people trying to sound more serious.

    Every threat is “existential”. It’s “our democracy”, as opposed to North Korea’s. Any...
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    Now reading “Dark Invasion” by Howard Blum. It’s...

    Now reading “Dark Invasion” by Howard Blum. It’s about German-sponsored terror cells operating in the US from 1915 on. Mostly using American recruits of German and Irish extraction, they conducted...
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    I think there are times government is justified...

    I think there are times government is justified in asking for and maintaining data, and times when it is not. I personally don’t see the necessity of signing up for a new bio-surveillance regime. I...
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    I honestly think they don’t know. And even if I...

    I honestly think they don’t know. And even if I were paranoid enough to believe they did, I wouldn’t want to make it any easier for them.
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    I went through all the rigamarole for a TS...

    I went through all the rigamarole for a TS clearance back in my military days. But that was for a purpose I saw some value to. I don’t happen to think giving up a bit more privacy with regard to...
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    It’s not. It’s a problem with government...

    It’s not. It’s a problem with government compiling more information about me.
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    I don’t have a problem with providing...

    I don’t have a problem with providing identification establishing I am who I say I am to board a plane, vote or pick up a prescription. But I do object to making which diseases I’m vaccinated for...
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