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    I'd agree with that. Probability expresses what...

    I'd agree with that. Probability expresses what we know about something. It's the thing that remains constant before, during, and after an event. Possibility expresses an ignorance. An event wouldn't...
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    If I'm quoting Lennon I might as well quote Marx:...

    If I'm quoting Lennon I might as well quote Marx: "Religion is the opiate of the masses." (my bolding)
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    Maybe this is what John Lennon was getting at...

    I would say that this possibly applies to the elite within a religion but not necessarily to the rank and file. And many religions have a long history of causing a lot of human suffering to weaker...
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    That's precisely what it all comes down to.

    That's precisely what it all comes down to.
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    Clearly you are confused. The big advantage...

    Not sure I'm following. The limit on borrowing is "people need an incentive to work"?

    What if we filled up bottles with $1,000,000 US treasury bearer bonds and buried them in a field and made...
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    People still need an incentive to work. It kind...

    If there's no limit on debt then why is it "hyperbolic"?[/QUOTE]

    People still need an incentive to work. It kind of goes along with capitalism.
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    Thanks. I thought the foriegn owned part must be...

    Thanks. I thought the foriegn owned part must be up to over 50% by now. It seems it hasn't increased and may even have gone down as a percentage. That means we mostly owe it to ourselves. It seems to...
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    Actually if you weren't being so freakin...

    Ok, but there's no reason they couldn't just cut everyone a check for $10,000,000 a year and we could each decide if we wanted shrimp, crab, lobster, dom perrignon, yachts, or ferraris right?[/QUOTE]...
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    Do you have a citation for that? That figure...

    Do you have a citation for that? That figure sounds like it comes from around Ross Perot's era.
  10. After 17,651 posts you've finally figured that...

    After 17,651 posts you've finally figured that out?
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    Charlie Rose was on the campaign bus with George...

    Charlie Rose was on the campaign bus with George W when they came to tour our semiconductor lithography tool factory. They let everyone out early so there were just a few of us diehards around when...
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    One of curiosity perhaps? I agree that it...

    One of curiosity perhaps?



    I agree that it would be foolish, but it's also true for most believers. And after all, we are all human beings.



    I think most believers are presented with a...
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    That's really unfair to third graders. But the...

    That's really unfair to third graders. But the naivety of his supporters does resemble kindergarteners.
  14. Well I'm sure glad you cleared that up for me....

    Nope, all wrong and/or irrelevant.[/QUOTE]

    Well I'm sure glad you cleared that up for me. :rolleyes:
  15. As a sentiment it's nice and even an encouraging...

    As a sentiment it's nice and even an encouraging sign. I guess you wanted an optimistic discussion on how the rich are starting to get in touch with their humanity. If that's the case then we have...
  16. From Investopedia: Value-Added Tax (VAT),...

    No, such taxes are regressive.[/QUOTE]
    Irrelevant. And they are actually not regressive.[/QUOTE]

    From Investopedia: Value-Added Tax (VAT), Reviewed by Julia Kagan, Updated Jun 28, 2019
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    Kids don't think about what it means. I remember...

    Kids don't think about what it means. I remember reciting "I pledge of allegiance to the flag ...".
  18. It's still a tax on income and is only...

    It's still a tax on income and is only incidentally proportional to the real value of the asset. Capital gains can be negative whereas the real value is always positive. Wealth taxes would tax the...
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    (Idiocracy)

    (Idiocracy)
  20. I've always thought that Hillary could never win...

    Why can't it be both??????

    Also I don't think anyone gives a shit about the 'married' part. It's the 'woman' part that they can't stomach.[/QUOTE]

    I've always thought that Hillary could never...
  21. It doesn't help that she bears an uncommon...

    It doesn't help that she bears an uncommon resemblance to the ditsy Phoebe character on the "Friends" sitcom. And as her dad likes to tell her when she steps out of line: "Honey, you sell shoes."
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    I like to look at the big picture and think the...

    As Vonnegut put it, mankind is a highly suicidal species, so it only seems natural to obsess over our own extinction.[/QUOTE]

    I like to look at the big picture and think the one thing that might...
  23. If that was actually your point then it's just...

    They don't actually care that the government is getting the money, they care about making other people pay.[/QUOTE]

    That over-simplifies it a bit. But yeah, that's what taxes do.[/QUOTE]

    A bit...
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    I've been eating more beef steak than before,...

    I've been eating more beef steak than before, partly due to PyramidHead's thread on going full-on carnivore with good results. It does seem to agree with my system. But I need to keep to lean cuts...
  25. Actually there was a very interesting show on PBS...

    Actually there was a very interesting show on PBS last night called "World War Speed". About the use of Pervitin by the Nazi air force, navy, and army and subsequent deployment of Benzadrine by the...
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