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by ucim
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4121
Views: 548641

Re: The Darker Side of the News

...Either Trump's administration is in the pocket of Putin.... Before pinning this on Trump, one would need to know the time frame. The first case in the article was six years ago. Now, it could point to infiltration of our government by the Russians being an ongoing thing which started long ago (a...
by ucim
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

...Profits pay people for the inefficiencies in the economy; that's what they represent. Profits imply artificial scarcity...[...] Please, point out something other than "profit motive" in which profiting is better for the economy than not profiting. First off, your definition of the &quo...
by ucim
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Generic Game
Replies: 695
Views: 44062

Re: Generic Game

Post making a move while nobody's looking, and thanking chridd for the heads-up. And then wondering if it's a trap.

Yum. Buffalo hot wings! (I didn't know buffalo had wings)

Jose
by ucim
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

moody7277 wrote:A noble task.
Or a Nobel task.

Jose
by ucim
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 226
Views: 55891

Re: Let's Talk Money

A lovely lady. Ah. Statically, we'll have more money if I move vs making her stay. Is this right, or do you mean "...making her move"? In any case, if each of you looks for a job in the other person's hometown, you can pick the best real scenario rather than rely on statistical guesses. U...
by ucim
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

You never actually explained why people deserve to be rewarded with ownership of property or profits without working, and at the same time you seem to oppose any argument that suggests profits or private property ownership might be inherently harmful to everyone else involved. You state that people...
by ucim
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 226
Views: 55891

Re: Let's Talk Money

I'm preparing to look for a job in Detroit and then move there Why? Serious non-disparaging question. If you are thinking of moving to {place}, you should first know why {place} is attractive to you. This is not the same as looking for {job}, where {job} tends to be located in {place}. Lastly, I sh...
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Generic Game
Replies: 695
Views: 44062

Re: Generic Game

Post making a carefully considered move, and showing all the exceptionally brilliant thinking that went into it. And hoping I didn't overlook something obvious.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 226
Views: 55891

Re: Let's Talk Money

I was wondering if I will expect a paycut in order to move to Detroit. You will be a specific case - a statistic of one. Exactly what your (new vs old) job will be, and exactly which neighborhood you will choose (or need) to live in, will determine a lot of the actual results. Absent that, all you ...
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Didn't we just have this conversation? Fair is equal opportunity for all. Yes, and as I recall, you dodged a lot of the questions with platitudes like the one above. If I invent a tractor, am I allowed to keep the tractor as my property? Am I forced to disclose its innards? There are lots of ways t...
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Most welfare wouldn't be needed if people simply were paid fairly for their labor to begin with. But what is fair and how is that determined? That's the issue I have. My labor plows a field. Fine. Tomorrow my labor produces nothing...For weeks. Then I emerge with a new invention - a mechanical trac...
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4121
Views: 548641

Re: The Darker Side of the News

addams wrote:Don't Believe Everything You Think.
I keep a list of notable quotes (and their sources) that are particularly wise. Things you say are disproportionally represented in that list.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Pfhorrest wrote:It's called a welfare trap, and a basic income avoids it.
So does a graduated benefits fadeout. The issue here isn't with means testing, it's with the sharp cutoff. Basic income is not the only way to fix it.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

Work m*stard, not dispelled, but shoved off to the side so I can start figuring out what to do with it. Put it on a hotdog! There's no shortage of them in the thread. :) I know, I took a leap that would have been a solid step for a Genius. If you don't leap, you don't fly. @ ggh : d'awwww! Jose
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

Sure, I'll take a stab at it. Warning - oversimplification ahead! The universe being flat means that distances are the same no matter where you are and what direction you measure. If the universe isn't flat, then it's stretchy in one direction or another. For example, a foot (measurement) left to ri...
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh wrote:-- posted by the basement
The basement is getting quite squirrely...what's going on down there?

And hi, ggh!

Jose
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Yes, abstract property is different from physical property, but abstract property still has value, and allowing others to use abstract property can reduce its value, and can cause actual harm to others. There are many limitations on the ability of others to use objects they possess. I have a camera,...
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Education is rather different than vaccinations. Yes, there is a social benefit to you being educated, but the primary benefit of being educated accrues to you Here's where we differ. Sure, the monetary benefits may accrue mainly to me, but money is not a goal in itself - it is a tool towards a goa...
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Yes. Defense spending is the most universal example, probably. We all benefit from it, and it's paid for by the public. It's not an example of what I'm talking about though. There aren't "pieces" of defense that a person can purchase for themselves. I'm talking about individual things tha...
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

This is already the case under government leadership. Unprofitable neighborhoods are greatly shorted in funding, and schools are in awful conditions in comparison to wealthy neighborhoods. The worst you can postulate under libertarian leadership is that we might not fix a problem the government cre...
by ucim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Libertarian philosophy seems to be a variant of "if you want it, you pay for it, don't bother me about it". Some private company will come around to provide whatever service you are talking about it, and you can just write a check instead of paying taxes. That way, the payer and the benefi...
by ucim
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

I think there are two issues here: First, "valued at $x by the market" isn't a fixed thing; it depends on changing market conditions. So, you need to add risk to the equation. SuperWidgetXs that are priced at $11.10 sell at the best rate. If they were cheaper, then although they sell bette...
by ucim
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

How many hours does it take to turn widgetX into superwidgetX? That matters.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 226
Views: 55891

Re: Let's Talk Money

What does "local purchasing power in City A is 50% higher than City B" mean? I think you are right, but I don't know. I would take it as an overall weighted average of all costs and all income in those cities, but the result would depend on what that particular author used for weights. Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Is your confusion simply that you assume everyone values money equally? No, not only do different people not value money equally, the same people don't even value money equally over time and over circumstances. Nonetheless, it is the thing that is used for economic transactions. Is your confusion s...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

It should be noted that my whole point is that wealth inequality limits the ability for people to compete. Yes. I agree. I'll even say it myself (note minor change): Wealth inequality limits the ability for some people to compete. I will add that natural ability inequality also limits the ability f...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

"why aren't more people paying PhDs directly for education instead of wasting money on college"[?] Perhaps because one does a lot more at college than just pick up facts. Labs cost money, for example. Discussions with other students are valuable too, and connections made have value. The a...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

balthasar_s wrote:A mirror?
Does one truly ever see a mirror, let alone its insides?
physONG wrote:Isn't everything a little ambitious?
That's what the first part of going insane looks like. :)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

No, we will never have perfectly efficient markets, but it's really important to understand that profits represent the inefficiencies in the market, rather than any positive feature, and that by paying people for profits you are incentivizing them to create less efficient markets. The efficient mar...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

To make significantly more than something costs to make, you must be in some position of power, which a lack of competition gives a lot of power to property owners. Well then, so does having a good idea, which may be the result of years of labor but whose result can be cloned for next to nothing. W...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

Nothing. The mirror broke.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Prices of manufactured goods in an efficient market is the price of the scarce resources that go into making it (including labor); the utility only comes into play when determining how many will be produced. This only works when there is some mechanism to keep the price down to that level - either ...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

I went to the theater to see something funny. They told me to look in the mirror. :)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

You don't seem to attempt to define contribution at all . I think you, like Tyndmyr, see value as a matter of benefit incurred. The value of your contribution is not equal to the benefit incurred, nor is the value of anything else, it's simply a matter of whether or not someone else was willing and...
by ucim
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

Unfortunately, because of the wealth inequality, there is a massive disparity of opportunity... I agree wholeheartedly. I happen to disagree that socialism (not the subject of this thread) is the solution, but I do see the problem. I happen to disagree that capitalism (not the subject of this threa...
by ucim
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

To me, an efficient market means that prices are rational. If a car takes an average of 20,000 person-hours to construct, then to say it is worth it to the buyer they need to be willing to contribute the equivalent of 20,000 person-hours of output (assuming information efficiency). I'll respond to ...
by ucim
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

addams wrote:Time, still, acts funny.
As it was, and ever will be. :)

Was I being too noughty?

Jose
by ucim
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

In this case, both. Also, debt does actually get people out of poverty*. (link to microlending study) Yes, you are right, but with a caveat. I flicked through the paper and didn't see the rates being charged. That's important; my (limited) knowledge of microlending is that the rates are not over-th...
by ucim
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27538

Re: Libertarianism

This is just supply and demand; if you sell at cost there is more demand than if you sell at above cost, ipso facto to profit you must limit production. Business always sells at cost. Profit is simply one of the costs. In the simple example of a one-person grocer; he has to pay for the goods, he ha...
by ucim
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39883293

Re: 1190: "Time"

Yes, the y axis is about understanding, but few people know that the original form was the y0. It was the one that encouraged people to do the experiments whose results ended up on the why axis.

Jose

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