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by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Oh god, I'd frigging love a candidate who would actually work with the other party to get the budget down in a serious way. I'm just really skeptical that either of the main two candidates can provide such an outcome. What does that even mean though? "Work with the other party" often tran...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell is corporate personhood.
Replies: 43
Views: 11795

Re: What the hell is corporate personhood.

"Interstate Commerce" does not, despite what Wickard v Filburn would have you believe, mean "any activity that could potentially affect economic activity between states if everyone did it." Commerce is trade , not all economic activity. Except... Supreme Courts disagree. Even th...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 544964

Re: Religion: The Deuce

It may be best then to concentrate on the places you do see a benefit then TGH. Is it not valuable to at least learn and help people to see where to draw out the benefits and good things in what they have? In addition to replacing it with better things? Even if at this time, we may not agree on wha...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential Squatter
Replies: 7
Views: 1350

Presidential Squatter

In detroit, a write-in presidential candidate is squatting in a residents home ....and for legal reasons, the resident is being forced to live with her. In addition, somehow the squatter managed to get a construction lien for a home that wasn't yet hers. The squatter also claims this is an importan...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Of course there's an opportunity to spend it on something else. Aright, say you've borrowed money...by what, selling t-bills? What would those people have bought instead? Would it be better or worse all 'round? If it's a more artificial borrowing(read, direct expansion of the money supply), there a...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: General Economics Stuff
Replies: 118
Views: 41319

Re: General Economics Stuff

Grabbed it from the wiki article "United States Public Debt": "At the end of September 2012, debt held by the public was approximately $11.311 trillion or about 72% of GDP. Intra-governmental holdings stood at $4.848 trillion, giving a combined total public debt of $16.159 trillion (1...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Distributed Defense
Replies: 171
Views: 31208

Re: Distributed Defense

Yup. What they said.

3d printing is pretty unnecessary for CEO fraud, so it's just not relevant here. Fraud sucks, sure, but 3d printing isn't going to enable that very well at a corporate scale...though it MIGHT allow some fraud at a lower scale.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: General Economics Stuff
Replies: 118
Views: 41319

Re: General Economics Stuff

Yeah, the grand total is pushing 16.4 trillion(your article). However, not all of that is *real* debt. Even among the debt that is real, a significant amount of it is held by US folks. So, some of the "china own us" rhetoric is a bit overblown. They do indeed own a goodly chunk, but it's n...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29729

Re: Graduated tax.

If wealth had been more equitable, instead of money flowing into a housing market bubble caused by a mixture of high liquidity and a huge financial industry optimizing wealth capture for the people in society with wealth.... we'd have a broad base of many people with increased incomes. Instead of h...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Underwater space cannon.
Replies: 27
Views: 2918

Re: Underwater space cannon.

The side of the coilgun, generally. I'll grant that these are implementation issues, but when we're talking about launching things into orbit, things that are pretty easy to deal with at a much smaller scale become a much bigger deal.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Bull Stratos is live and underway.
Replies: 48
Views: 5283

Re: Red Bull Stratos is live and underway.

People have survived ejecting from aircraft at supersonic speeds- the first was George Smith, from an F-100A Super Sabre in 1955, though he was seriously injured. There was also the incident in 1966 where an SR-71 broke up around its crew at Mach 3.2 and 80,000 feet- the pilot survived but the flig...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Re: Historical correlations: We seem to agree there's a lot of problems with using this approach due to small sample size, the fact that stimulus bills are not randomly selected but generated in response to the particular recession, and differences in recessions. To that I would add variable lags (...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 544964

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Metaphor is not a cop-out. Interpreting things on a basis of absolute literalism, particularly concerning scripture which is filled with and dependent on parables, metaphor, allegory, analogy, is a sure way to miss the point entirely. All you're doing is testing whether things you interpret in a li...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 95868

Re: Hunger Games

Apologies, my comment was not meant to forbid him from discussing Harry Potter...but merely to indicate that I was not particularly interested in getting into a discussion on another book. I feel the two are substantially different stories, and therefore, comparing "it's magic" and "s...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Underwater space cannon.
Replies: 27
Views: 2918

Re: Underwater space cannon.

For fuel reason. Every ton of fuel that you have to carry is deadweight. If you can use a magnetic tube instead then you cut down on the amount of feul you have to use, possible drastically. I mean, rockets are not very efficient. They are just the best that we have at the moment. But if we want to...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29729

Re: Graduated tax.

You're looking at inequality as a root cause...it's not. And here you go asserting something you do not know . Just after you went off and agreed that we can't know things for certain in macroeconomics. If the system was more equal beforehand, people losing their homes would STILL have sucked. Ther...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The baseline is not "what would happen without the stimulus". The baseline is essentially what would have happened if that money had been used to dig holes and fill it in. Obviously, you're going to beat that baseline. So, after spending days trying to equate stimulus spending to the brok...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Underwater space cannon.
Replies: 27
Views: 2918

Re: Underwater space cannon.

Does it need to be a vacuum? I mean, having air would increase the resistence, so you increase the lenght/power of the magnets to compensate? Having a vacuum would help keep the magnets cool, but you could have them in a vacuum and have the actual rocket (bullet?) in air. It doesn't *have* to be a ...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29729

Re: Graduated tax.

Inequality causes an economic slowdown. Liquidity is used to prevent that slowdown. The powerful trap increased liquidity, and prevent it from generating equality, because they have power: Liquidity is prevented from mitigating the core problem. Liquidity is instead redirected into a bubble market....
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Underwater space cannon.
Replies: 27
Views: 2918

Re: Underwater space cannon.

It would probably have to be a vacuum tube lined with maglev tracks so as not to destroy the various materials in the process. Wild question: How would you maintain the vacuum in the tube, given that one end of the 'gun barrel' has to be open to allow the projectile to get out? Also if you're havin...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

This has already been quoted. I've already pointed out that these studies are mostly filled with fail, and frequently ignore opportunity cost, the discussion of which is what kicked this whole ball of wax off. Tabulating jobs created is easy. Tabulating jobs that would have been created without the...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Breaking Bard
Replies: 209
Views: 71166

Re: Breaking Bard

Agreed. A lot of previous actions could be justified with some variant of "I've got to do this or....#badstuff happens". This couldn't at all. It's a remarkable milestone on the path to full-on villainy.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

http://www.businessinsider.com/charts-that-should-get-obama-reelected-2012-10?op=1 "Obama rolled out his stimulus just after taking office. And as these charts clearly show, it worked." Holy god. That doesn't prove that at ALL. The GDP got lower, and then recovered. That is, in fact, enti...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Ah. You're asking me to prove a negative, eh? The "prove god doesn't exist" line of questioning. This is, of course, impossible to answer with complete certainty. All I can possibly do is point to the lack of results of testing so far as a very strong negative indication. It's more incumb...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: General Economics Stuff
Replies: 118
Views: 41319

Re: General Economics Stuff

All money is debt, that's how it's created in the first place, in the modern federal reserve system. When you take out a loan from the bank, the banks create that money out of thin air. They don't debit some saver's account and credit yours, with a promise to the saver that they'll return his money...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29729

Re: Graduated tax.

GDP is driven by many factors, and inequity can be a major cause of a crash. Inequity in the US was highest at 2 points, right before the great depression, and right before the 2008 financial crisis. Correlation isn't causation...there IS some correlation between inequity and crashes, but this part...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell is corporate personhood.
Replies: 43
Views: 11795

Re: What the hell is corporate personhood.

Now I've Hear all about these objections to corporations being people and having the rights of people, and I'm very confused by this. The reason I'm confused by this is because every decision a corporation makes is actually made by people. corporate decisions are made by an Executive(Who is a perso...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 15929

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Eh, there's still ideological consistency in not wanting to pay payroll taxes but still accepting the benefits of those taxes later. You are right, of course, that hypocrisy runs deep. I don't consider it hypocrisy. A person could reasonably believe that he could get better gains than social securi...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Distributed Defense
Replies: 171
Views: 31208

Re: Distributed Defense

Fortunately, it doesn't require that every home, or even every community be self-sufficient. If every town had an independant local place that specialized in such manufacture it would still make things much better. We don't need to get rid of every corporation, just getting rid of a good chunk of t...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Underwater space cannon.
Replies: 27
Views: 2918

Re: Underwater space cannon.

Rockets help...I was glancing over burst-strength calculations for the barrel for projectiles, and it was...not pretty. That said, we already have rockets, and we don't need a giant gun for them. I don't see the point of adding the gun...especially at such a low angle. That just increases the amount...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Romney/Ryan has talked at length about having a "tax cut". They have also proposed that this will be revenue neutral. Even the most cursory examination of the terms involved indicate that these things do not align. By definition, lowered taxes draw in less revenue(exceptions exist in extr...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Good point; I'm under the impression, so could be wrong, that states can grant rights, but not remove them? I wish it was a federal issue and would be legal, but then, understand if it, I dunno, went to vote (?), and was struck down, then more harm than good would come. In that respect, I can under...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 544964

Re: Religion: The Deuce

morriswalters wrote:
The Great Hippo wrote:Give me one example of a religious belief that is neither demonstrably false or untestable.

God exists.


Oh, I eagerly await your demonstration of testability here.
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Taken strictly at face value, it still represents a very significant reduction of abortion. You don't need to fudge words at all to take issue with it. Which makes Romney's lie about there not being any legislation limiting abortion in his administration obnoxious. Which makes the muddied psuedoneu...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Third, you need to apply and show thought and logic, at some point or another. Saying that in the 80s there was stimulus and Reagan said sumsuch then showing (unsourced) unemployment figures is not evidence that the stimulus anything . Correlation is a necessary prereq for causation, yes? So, to de...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

it's not about what they saying being false, per se. It's about them just not answering issues of substance. Actual lies are rare, and facts quoted are usually correct....within very specific contexts that may not match how they're using them. So yeah, it's worth listening to the debates. Ok, I kno...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Romney was not moderate during the primary. Did you follow the primary debates? He was moderate compared to the field. Santorum and Bachmann were frigging crazy. They represented the religious extreme. the Ronpaul represented the fiscally focused extreme. Cain represented the populist extreme. Perr...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Cmon now. Just because they share some ideas doesn't mean they're the same. It's a party. They're gonna have SOME similarity. Since you're apparently intent on completely ignoring the point of what I'm saying, and just arguing over details (and really not making any proper points when you do); name...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism as a civil rights movement
Replies: 570
Views: 48920

Re: Atheism as a civil rights movement

My understanding of satanism is that it's basically a Christian heresy. It's a theistic religion, and its adherents believe some of the same stuff as Christians do, to varying degrees. It's just that their interpretation of what it means is very different. The philosophy is not "do evil",...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 156365

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Your position was initially 'R-R isn't saying no abortion'. I said it was the same, and pointed out that having a psuedoneutral opinion ('we're not BANNING abortions, afterall we're allowing them in these three cases!') is the same as denying rights. I provided a quote from Romney that was effectiv...

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