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Sep 20, 2017 - 8:52am
Free-market capitalism's assault on economics, pol…

Unfettered free-market capitalism has distorted price signals, rules of the game in democracies, and shifted social frames of references for the worse. In simple terms, it has distorted economics, politics and the society.    1. It is now widely accepted that while there are pockets of market failures in an economy, the markets in the aggregate are efficient and reflect the interests of the society at large. Accordingly, a rising stock market, for example, reflects promising aggregate economic prospects.      But consider the recent gyrations in global equity markets during the US Presidential elections and its aftermath. The same markets which were initially spooked at the prospect of a Trump White House, rebounded with vengeance on the realisation that the new President's pledge to reduce corporate tax, ramp u…

The Sympathy Vote

The Sympathy Vote           Observe Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old hero of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  Oskar’s father was killed in the attack on the Twin Towers, and Oskar himself is just as shattered. Alone, he wa…

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:45am
My Favourite Heroes.

My ten favourite heroes! – This one made me think a lot! It could go a number of ways!Every man needs a hero to inspire him to do wonderful things and try to be a better person. Here are some of mine: a. Woody Guthrie. This was a man who was prepared to stand up for what he b…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:52am
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  • - Sep 20, 2017 - 8:31am
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Some Memorable Movie Music

By no means an exhaustive list.   1.  (1935, Max Steiner) I believe this score was the first one to win an Oscar for best music.   2.  (1939, Max Steiner)   3a.   [1968, original score by Alex North, though not used by Kubrick in his final editing and commercial rele…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:52am
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Privateering Goes to War – 1775 – 1782…

Is a Free Market possible?  We are persuaded it is.  Here is one of the chapters of a book, now being finalized, on the history of what we call "Human Investments."  The tools provide stability for prosperity and, if applied as we have defined, minimize risk for investors while provid…

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:25pm
Hatred Emanating at the Emmys

I missed the Emmys again this year. I was researching synthetic materials and going over some of the academic journals that review things like that. The Emmys are where a bunch of wealthy people get together and break their arms slapping each other on the back, congratulating each other. You and I a…

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:19pm
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  • - Sep 20, 2017 - 8:50am
  • - by Leroy
Two socialisms, two capitalisms

There are two kinds of socialism on the market (if one ignores the madness of millennium revolutionaries). One is the kind being touted by Jeremy Corbyn - raising workers' pay and public expenditure, without a clear idea of how to achieve it. I shall come to the second in a moment.   Opposed t…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:47pm
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The World needs Condoleezza Rice in 2020

  A recent comment on WB reminded me of Condi Rice. If the world survives the next 3 years, it is going to need A great person to lead it out of the Miasma that has overtaken society.   Perhaps the Republican Party will have had enough of The Donald by 2020, or perhaps a new party will ne…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:47pm
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Is It A Fact, Or Is It An Opinion

A rumor is not a truth. An opinion is not a fact. Believe it or not, most of everything we think we know are rumors and opinions. Strangely however we judge other people according to their belief in rumors and opinions against our own rumors and opinions, and its pretty stupid.   For instance, …

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:45pm
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Medicare For All! (But . . . why would you want th…

Sen. Sanders (Ind. VT) has proposed “Medicare For All”.   Now, that is NOT exactly what he is proposing. What is Sen. Sanders proposing? In fact, what is “Medicare” or for that matter, what is “Medicaid” and how do they relate to Sen. Sanders proposal?  …

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:49pm
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  • - by John G
Why You Will Never Get Ahead

It's real easy to understand by looking at these simple charts. We have been working harder and harder without wages going above inflation rates since the 1970's.     This cumulative inflation chart speaks for itself.       Inverse to inflation is the purchasing power of o…

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:19pm
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iXCC 50W/10A 5 Port Car Charger - Review

I was contacted by marketing for iXCC a couple of weeks ago concerning some possible reviews. Noting the wide product selection, from USB chargers to PC keyboards, it seemed only fitting to accept the offer and I was not disappointed. Product Overview What makes this USB car charger differ…

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:53pm
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The Pursuit of Happiness

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does …

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:48am
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The Beat Goes On XVIII

The following is a dialogue between me and someone who thinks they're following the rules.  Who's right?     Autumn Below is the full text of the rule. I don't think it could be any more straightforward.  Commenting on the work of others is not something you can do 5 days ag…

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:08am
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Suetonius’ reported invective of Nero: conte…

Invective is reported as Suetonius, having attended the court of Hadrian, possessed no direct experience of Nero; thus relied on legitimate documents. The Suda illustrated Suetonius as a Roman Grammarian (Professor of Literature); though, there is no evidence that Suetonius retained students; howeve…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40am
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Read This Before You Ever Debate

: Capitalism is a divisive and misunderstood term—exceeded in its misapprehension only, perhaps, by socialism. While support for socialism has had a resurgence owing to the last election, capitalism still hangs under the dark cloud of notoriety given to it by the coiner of the term,…

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:25am
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Of Blowhards and Hard Blowers: Give us Your Presid…

President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord and removed regulations designed to help protect the planet from the effect of Global Warming (GW). Of course, his reasoning is that the fake scientists promoting GW are a set of blow hards enabled by President Obama. Soon after, a set of hard b…

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:21pm
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If Suddenly It Ended Tomorrow I Could Somehow Adju…

Inspired by Jeanne's life story I was reminded of my own.  The title is one of my favorite from a Jimmy Buffett song and his concerts were a blast when I attended those in the 1980s and 90s.  A little background.  It was popular at my college for friends to get a house together for th…

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:24pm
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A Free Market Solution to the Question of Gender

Barry Loberfeld’s saucy rant, combining diverse elements of philosophical argumentation counter seasoned with a tart touch of law and a few grains of biology is both unconvincing and pointless.  Back to the basics.      Individuals own their own bodies. Women and …

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:49pm
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Wisconsin is ground zero for Trump enabling, GOP c…

The Republican Party was born in Wisconsin, so there's a karmic symmetry to  GOP leaders here speeding its death spiral. As neither  WI Congressman Paul Ryan,   or Wisconsin GOP senior US Senator  will criticize Donald Trump by name for having used …

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:57pm
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Bernie Would Slaughter Trump

I really do not like Bernie Sanders. And I mean really.   As ferociously as I promote civil, well-reasoned, dispassionate political discourse, I admit that I have a hard time keeping my cool when the Vermont Senator is a part of the subject matter at hand.   Bernie Sanders's politics …

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59am
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Fiscal policy dreaming

The Federal government last month passed a dubious milestone, having spent $4 trillion over the previous 12-month period for the first time ever. That works out to over $11 billion per day. To make matters worse, the budget deficit is once again on the rise, as spending is outpacing revenues. The bu…

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:15am
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The Real God

The Real God If your God has a name, he is not the real God. If he has a religion, he is not the real God. If you can understand him, he is not the real God. If you address God by the male pronoun he is not the real God. If you can describe him, her, or it

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:21am
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