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    Thomas Sowell once said something to the effect...

    Thomas Sowell once said something to the effect that if you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, then you would have been called a...
  2. Thread: It IS real.....

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    What I found in local government was that the IT...

    What I found in local government was that the IT staff who maintained their skills and certs and built up a decent resume often did leave for substantially more money. The ones who just sort of...
  3. I also think IL is right. With all the...

    I also think IL is right. With all the backpedaling, arm twisting, race-baiting, self-censorship and equivocation we’ve seen here, using “the science” as a political bludgeon makes very little sense....
  4. Thread: It IS real.....

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    I can remember being amazed several years ago...

    I can remember being amazed several years ago during a debate over changing our state pension plan to require employees to pay half the annual contribution (generally 6-7%). There were people going...
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    Not particularly enjoying your job is one thing,...

    Not particularly enjoying your job is one thing, constant whining is another. One thing I noticed as an accountant is that whenever we caught someone stealing cash or supplies or misusing equipment,...
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    More as memes than in actuality. The party...

    More as memes than in actuality.

    The party that invented “Jim Crow” to pretend to protect white people from black people now uses it as an epithet to pretend they are protecting black people from...
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    At least as hackneyed insults.

    At least as hackneyed insults.
  8. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    We could provide the Eloi with a universal basic...

    We could provide the Eloi with a universal basic income until it was time to eat them.
  9. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    I see Elizabeth Warren is claiming that “we are...

    I see Elizabeth Warren is claiming that “we are all paying” for Bezos’ trip because we don’t tax unrealized gains. She cited the information leaked by the IRS to Pro Publica, who published it along...
  10. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    Sad to say, I will probably be dead by then.

    Sad to say, I will probably be dead by then.
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    Even if the odds are surpassingly small, there...

    Even if the odds are surpassingly small, there are an awful lot of planets out there. And the whole human race doesn’t need to make the move for the species to survive. And just because it won’t...
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    Will that necessarily be the case? International...

    Will that necessarily be the case? International control over things like fisheries or the Arctic resources being exposed by melting ice seem fairly loose as far as checks and balances are...
  13. Thread: Bezos Beyond

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    Bezos Beyond

    I see that on July 20, Jeff Bezos is scheduled to become the first billionaire in space. You can even bid on a ticket to ride along. Does this mean that for a few soaring minutes someone else will...
  14. Thread: It IS real.....

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    I’m reading a number of states are shutting off...

    I’m reading a number of states are shutting off the enhanced unemployment benefit early in the hope of goading people back to work.
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    He wrote another great book about the English...

    He wrote another great book about the English language and how it evolved as a sort of patois of other languages called “The Mother Tongue”.
  16. Thread: Bitcoin Seizure

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    Looks like someone at the IRS had been leaking...

    Looks like someone at the IRS had been leaking tax return info to Pro Publica lately.
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    I once sat next to a history professor on a...

    I once sat next to a history professor on a cross-country flight whose primary interest was systems of public finance during the period from the French Revolution through the end of the Napoleonic...
  18. Thread: Bitcoin Seizure

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    Back in my military years, they had something...

    Back in my military years, they had something called the “human reliability program” that treated people as components of the systems they operated. It involved a lot of intrusive questions about...
  19. Thread: Bitcoin Seizure

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    So you can have elaborate technical security in...

    So you can have elaborate technical security in place, but if you allow a Private Manning into the room you might as well not have bothered?
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    Given their importance to the shaping of the...

    Given their importance to the shaping of the West, I sometimes wonder why Barbarian Studies doesn’t seem to be a formal discipline.
  21. Thread: Bitcoin Seizure

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    Bitcoin Seizure

    I’m reading the feds have tracked down and seized some of the Bitcoin ransom paid by the Colonial Pipeline. I thought one of the touted attractions of Bitcoin was that that sort of thing was supposed...
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    There's a piece in that right-wing media outlet,...

    There's a piece in that right-wing media outlet, the Atlantic on Princeton's decision: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/princeton-classics-major-latin-greek/619110/

    They quote...
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    I agree that tastes change over time, but I think...

    I agree that tastes change over time, but I think some (not all) art of the past should be preserved as part of a slow, deliberative process. It shouldn’t be a matter of fleeting fashion the way it...
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    It speaks to the imbecility of the present age...

    It speaks to the imbecility of the present age that so many of us insist on viewing history as a morality play. We think we can punish figures of the past we disapprove of by tearing down their...
  25. Thread: Instagram Famous

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    Instagram Famous

    I just read that there are 140 million people on Instagram with over 100,000 followers. How can that be? Apparently there are bot services that can provide you with any number of fake followers. Why...
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