We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Sunday, June 30. 2019
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:00 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is unfair for American workers - A bill for Big Tech and billionaires
About a year and a half ago, in the midst of the last Bitcoin bubble, I wrote about how cryptocurrency will eventually become meaningful. You probably haven't noticed it yet, and over the last year and a half, you've probably felt that article was a one-off. But what you haven't seen is how blockchain is slowly entering your life. Not visibly, but managing things you may purchase and providing a store of value while others are less available.
To be 'money', a product needs to be many things. First, it needs to be a Unit of Value - meaning it needs to be generally acceptable for use in purchases and exchange. For this reason, primarily, people have commonly said items like gold, silver, or even cryptocurrency are not 'money'. But they are. Each one is accepted, maybe not widely, but generally enough to qualify. Some examples of cryptocurrencies being accepted have popped up frequently enough over the last year and a half for this one item to apply.
Another quality is portability. It goes without saying cryptocurrencies are portable. Their digital nature assures this. As long as you have access to your digital wallet, you can make a payment using cryptos. They are also, by definition, less expensive to create than standard currencies. All currencies (paper, coin, check, bonds, etc.) carry a price of creation. They can also be destroyed (and replaced). But because they can be created, hard currencies can suffer from Gresham's Law. Unlike hard currencies, cryptos can't be counterfeited. Cryptos are also indestructible. Most hard currencies are "indestructible" because a government, somewhere, backs its value. But governments fall, and central banks print more than should be printed, and in the process destroy the currency. A visit to Venezuela, or even revisiting Zimbabwe (which seems to be reigniting its inflation) are recent example.
Continue reading "The Blockchain Bubbles Yet Again"
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.
5:14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
5:15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
5:16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
5:17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.
5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.
5:19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,
5:21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
5:22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
5:23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Saturday, June 29. 2019
This is Mohonk's 150th Anniversary. Still owned by the Quaker Smiley family, and still on Conde Nast's list of 100 best hotels in the world. Not sure I would agree with the latter (it is rustic and a bit stuffy), but it's a unique place with thousands of acres with hills, cliff, farmland, mountain lakes, etc. Great hiking trails, and challenging bouldering not to mention rock climbing. I've been going there since I was a little kid, first did the Labyrinth when I was 12.
Our hiking team is doing an Uncle Bob Memorial Hike up there this week, with a late lunch at their cookout place (there were no more reservations for brunch at the inn). I will focus on bouldering routes, but I have alternates for those who are uneasy scrambling big rocks.
The Power of One Push-Up - Several simple ways of measuring a person’s health might matter more than body weight
Down With Yoga, Up With Baseball
Dalrymple on denial of personal agency
Jimmy Carter Says Trump Is an Illegitimate President Put in Office by Russia
NYT Editor Made A Graph Showing The Democrats Pivoted Far-Left. He Used It To Call Republicans Far-Right
MSDNC – THE MERGER OF MSNBC AND THE DEMOCRATS - What real State TV looks like.
Byron York: In debates, Democrats move toward open borders
Say Goodbye to Texas
Want to Reduce Your Intelligence? Watch a Spectacle Commonly Called a Political “Debate”
What Trump Really Just Told The Iranians: He’s Out Of Ideas
What Kind of State Is Vladimir Putin Building?
Friday, June 28. 2019
On every issue, they move further from the political center.
"Everything you say can or will be held against you."
Hate Crime Hoaxes Are More Common Than You Think. A political scientist found that fewer than 1 in 3 of 346 such allegations was genuine
There is not a lot of hate out there. It's a disappointment to the SJWs.
Inventing Victimhood - Universities too often serve as “hate-crime hoax” mills.
Scott Adams makes his prediction, on today's podcast
Plants couldn’t run away from Chernobyl—but that’s what saved them. Why plants don't get cancer.
Giant Goldfish Shows Why You Should Never Flush Fish Down the Toilet
" Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? 'Diversity' is no excuse for racial bias. We've decided that doling out opportunity on the basis of race is wrong. Even when it changes an institution's 'character.' Even when Harvard does it."
When the Government Says You're Fake News - Countries across the world tackle political misinformation with authoritarian censorship.
Photos Reveal AOC Was Crying Over an Empty Parking Lot
20 Times Breitbart Reported on Migrant Deaths During Obama-Biden Years and No One Cared
It’s Not A Bribe When You Use Other People’s Money
The Border as an ‘Attractive Nuisance’
African Migrants From Ebola-Stricken Congo Illegally Cross Into Mexico From Guatemala on Rafts
Dalai Lama Goes After Trump: He Has A “Lack Of Moral Principle” For Putting “America First”…
Twitter To Censor Trump Tweets Ahead Of 2020 Election
First Debate Proved The Democratic Party Has Gone ¡Loco!
"Boring!!!!" Post-Mortem Of Predictable, Pandering Platitudes At First Dem Debate
The Democratic Candidates' Bidding War: Can Anybody Even Compile A Full List?
First Democrat Throwdown: They’re All Super-Enthused To Vastly Increase Power Of Federal Government
First Democratic Debate Reveals the Flaw in the GOP’s Anti-Single-Payer Message
When Government Sets Hospital Prices: Maryland's Experience
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Elimination of Private Health-Insurance Market
What if They Offered the Palestinians $50 Billion and No One Showed Up?
Thursday, June 27. 2019
Heather is one of our intellectual heros
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:55 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Truck driver accused of killing 7 bikers was immigrant who should have been deported
Living in deserts: A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination
Inside Google’s Microaggressions Newsletter: Pronoun Problems, Soy Police, And A Deaf Person Told To Watch Her ‘Tone’
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 120 others at Statehouse blast vaccination
The Wall Street Journal Embarrasses Itself On The Economics Of 100% Intermittent Renewable Energy
Relatives Say Father And Daughter In That Heartbreaking Photo Were Not Fleeing From Violence In El Salvador
Half of BP Workforce Reassigned to Humanitarian Support Duty, 100,000 Migrants Slip into U.S.
"... according to the most recent data available from the National Science Foundation women actually earned slightly more bachelor’s degrees in “Science and Engineering” (3,111,529) between 2006 and 2016 than men (3,091,614)!",
Thanks to Trump, the healthcare choice is yours
It’s our elites who are driving America’s divisions
The Democratic Party Has a 'Perception Problem' as 'Coastal, Elitist'
So Many Democrats, So Many Bad Ideas
Politico: Dear Democrats, Here’s How to Guarantee Trump’s Reelection - You’ve got a historically unpopular opponent in the White House, but there are nearly a dozen ways you could still blow this.
The Existential Threat of a Democratic Texas - Suburban moms and Latinos could turn Texas blue
Navy's Railgun Now Undergoing Tests In New Mexico, Could Deploy On Ship In Northwest
The Trump Doctrine
Wednesday, June 26. 2019
Gotta use your brain, too.
Democrats point to Nordic nations as models of socialism. Here’s how they actually work.
Keith Richards mentioned Reed on yesterday's youtube. Here's some fine Jimmy Reed:
Human bipedalism is an oppressive social construct
Drink coffee, burn fat
Yet another round of spectacular data tampering by NASA and NOAA. cooling the past and warming the present
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DEMANDS HIGH TAXES FOR GLOBAL WARMING
Cornell summer seminar asks: Should we still use concepts like ‘rationality’ and ‘reason’?
New UN Plan Seeks To Ban Criticism Of Islam…
Tugging at the Reins of the Administrative State - A Supreme Court decision suggests an interest in returning sole lawmaking powers to Congress—where they belong.
Constitutional expert on 'separation of church and state': Framers said nothing wrong with religion in culture
James O’Keefe Strikes Again! Google Document Describes Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager (Both Jews) and Jordan Peterson as Nazis
Broken Windows: Lefty scheme to decriminalize NY bus fare jumping leads to a quarter of riders not paying at all
Tlaib Says Her Constituents Want to See 'Direct Payment' as Reparations
The Bad Economics of ... Pretty Much ALL Advocacy Groups Looking For Government Handouts
Will there be refunds for all the suckers who paid off their student loans before now?
Democratic debates: What the top candidates need to do
Biden lambasts Trump for using the harsh enforcement tools that Biden himself helped create.
Tear Gas And Cages: What Immigration Enforcement Looked Like Under Vice President Joe Biden
Hillary Attacks GOP On Immigration. Crenshaw Levels Her.
Mexico Deploying 15,000 Troops To U.S. Border To Stop Illegal Immigration Into U.S.
Dems Are Planning to Steal the 2020 Election
Tuesday, June 25. 2019
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