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Wednesday, June 17. 2015
Everything causes cancer
Life on the Biggest Ship in the World
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Why You Should Stop Searching for ‘The One’ - Andy Stanley discusses how to become the person the person you are looking for is looking for.
Northwestern Risks Academic Freedom (Again) by Censoring Bioethics Journal with ‘Bad Girls’ Theme
Trans Fat Consumption Has Declined 80% Since 2003 and Other Reasons the FDA Ban Is Ridiculous
Dementia shouldn’t mean the end of sex
Deconstructing Magna Carta
The Complexity of Being Richard Nixon - Often remembered as a brooding, vengeful, and almost cartoonish figure, his life was far more complicated than its caricature.
BASICALLY EVERYTHING IS A MICROAGGRESSION
The left likes to look for the “root causes of poverty”. A better
June Is Cheap Foreign Labor Month, Courtesy of Mark Zuckerberg
What to Expect When You're Expecting a Pension
Garish Tastes, Awful Hair: Donald Trump Is America
How Many Windmills Has the Pope?
Inside Every Liberal Is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out: The Death of the Neighborhood
Hillary Clinton charged the Boys and Girls Club a
Clinton Extolls Her Own Childhood With Mom, But Wants Today's 3-Year-Olds in Child Care
A Middle East 'Complete Strategy'? To What End?
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Left/Root Causes of Poverty: I guess they haven't found ithem yet, if they have no solutions beyond papering over reality or artificially propping up the middle class.
Left/Root Causes of Poverty
Interesting you should put it that way. If we observe what causes poverty, we see pretty much every idea that has been espoused by Leftist intellectuals.
Let us list a few:
insecure private property rights
arbitrary government takings
belief in lack of agency for certain groups
denigration of tried and true methods of education
promotion of promiscuity and illegitimacy
break down of due process and rule of law
promotion of ownership in commons leading to the tragedy of the commons.
pursuing instant gratification
Adopting the ideas of the Leftist intellectual is a sure way to poverty if you are not from a wealthy clan or have some "lottery" talent to amuse the wealthy with your voice or athletic prowess.
Now let's look at some things that lead to wealth and sometimes great wealth
showing up on time
investing for profit
enforceable contracts freely entered
independent arbitration of disputes
rule of law in which all persons are equal
secure private property rights
good education to high standards
and privilege. that's what did it for me. that and alumni contacts from school and the Navy and the fact that we naturally stick together.
the truly ironic thing is that most of the things on the naughty list have been quite profitable for my practice.
but you do show a certain naivety on the nice list.
arbitration clauses in contracts are the guaranteed way to crush the little guy. if you're some dude in Kansas I could force you to arbitrate a claim in LA under Chinese arbitration rules. cool.
no one wants contracts to be strictly enforceable. its a hallmark of anglo-american jurisprudence that contracts may be broken because that can be the most efficient allocation of resources.
all persons are equal. no one really wants this. what's all the money for if not to use it to get the front of the line?
You speak as if you are a lawyer, yet you exhibit ignorance and lack of critical thought.
independent arbitration does not mean smart lawyer clauses that are snuck into some contracts, but rather a non-involved party to settle disputes, you know, like judges without conflicts of interests and with a devotion to a fair application of the law. Perhaps not always achieved, but it is the standard.
enforceable contracts are those that barring extremis an individual can be held to satisfy and if unable to the independent arbitration arrives at an equitable settlement based on the cause of default, i.e., bankruptcy, etc. vs refusal to perform.
The same law for everyone, high or low, king or commoner. That our current system is inequitable in that the rich can afford not only better lawyers but fees charged to access the courts may not be perfect, but ....compared to what alternative?
Come on, try to keep up with the advancement of western civilization. Sometime the ideals are not met, such as when social justice warriors demand inequity before the law, or legal fees price out the poor, or government bureaucrats with near inexhaustible tax payer funded resources uses process to punish, but that doesn't mean the ideals aren't good nor that they might at some point be reasserted by the actions of the People.
you said "arbitration" and I assumed you knew what the word means. clauses aren't "snuck into contracts", unless you don't bother reading them.
the law rarely cares whether a contract is performed, the biggest exceptions involve real property. the law cares about what happens if a contract is breached. if you breach a contract otherwise fair, there's no equity involved, you pay damages or cover price to give the nonbreacher the benefit of the bargain. if I can get a better price while still paying you damages, then that's economic efficiency.
your turn. move the goalposts.
Not transclass myself, just a stolid unassuming peasant, here.
Speaking of trans, the media has focused on the politics of the story. But, I am left wondering how the Rachel Dolezal persona differs from the subject matter of "The Impostor" or "Catch Me if You Can"? In other words, was the political activist schtick just the easiest path for an opportunist?
Yeah, that's the ticket-trans class. I'm actually Peaches, the Queen of the Universe. (Apologies to Sam Hurt.)
Still trying to figure out that "Relevant" magazine. Looks to me like a bunch of trad cons who want to hold to their 1950s US view of Christianity, even as the disasters it has caused continue to overwhelm them.
How Many Windmills Has the Pope?
as a rhetorical device, you got that one backwards. ask Stalin how it turned out.
You mean we should ask Stalin how many Popes has the windmill?
damn little gets by your steel trap mind.
Re: Deconstructing the Magna Carta
Leave it to the NYT to completely miss not only the immediate but long term effects of ground-breaking history. Next they'll say that the Declaration of Independence is a fraud because Jefferson owned slaves. On second thought, they probably already have.
Pilon's article, and especially the last paragraph, was persuasive enough to get me to change my mind.
Immaculate conception is required by the Left. They cannot believe that legal and political theory might evolve from an at once groundbreaking, but imperfect start.
Do you MF folks have a preference as to which rototiller you like? Thank you
I can't recommend one but i can tell you that mr fjord has rebuilt the carb on my Stihl (little three tine) twice. Runs like crap when it does start.
ethanol doesn't do well in two stroke engines.
I don't know where you are, but here you can buy gas with no ethanol. Just do an internet search. There are several websites that list stations. Here, we buy from the oil, gas, and farm diesel distributor.
Depends on how much tiller you want. For the ittby-bitty ones, Mantis is probably best from my experience. For the home garden types, the cheapest one you can find with a B&S engine, chain drive and angle iron frame. If you work it hard, something will tear up in a few years no matter the make or model; again, from my experience of having had four of five of the damn things them over the past 50+, yes, 50+ years.
Sigh. To all the people decrying the fact that Tim Hunt is being held accountable for his bigotry because "OMG he could be finding the cure for cancer!"...
Did it ever occur to you that one of the female scientists Hunt's been refusing to hire all these years might have been the person to find the cure?
And that he actually destroyed that chance?
"And that he actually destroyed that chance?"
Because his is the only lab in existence, right?
Did it ever occur to you that reading his side of the story - including his research scientist wife's comments and how many female scientists he actually has refused to hire - might be helpful in understanding this uh, "bigotry?"
Re: the Left and the root causes of poverty and wealth
It seems to me that the Left really only attacks the symptoms of poverty - the poor don't have enough money so we need to give them some of yours.
Actually everything causes cancer in California. You'd mileage may vary elsewhere
You really see the difference between the Hildebeast and Condi Rice (or pretty much any pubbie and probably many - maybe even most - demoncrats).
Where the Hildebeast charges a non-profit (the Boys and Girls Club) an exorbitant speaking fee (pocketing the $$) and ignores the kids she supposedly cares so much about, Condi returns most of her speaking fee back to the Boys and Girls Club and comes early so she can meet some of the kids.
Of course, Bill Clinton charged a healthy fee in 2007 and pocketed that fee so one might wonder why the Boys and Girls Club thought it was a good idea to throw their money away on anther Clinton speech.
the hildabeest gives these speeches because of the need to fill up her reptile fund, that makes perfect sense. but do you wonder why the organizations pay her that much?
these are billed as fundraisers, so I'm presuming that the Boys Club made a rational determination that paying the 'beest $200,000 would and did net more than their investment. in other words, they did it for the chil'run. the only other alternative is that their directors all suffered from simultaneous strokes.
Right. It was a wager that her star power would bring in more $$s than it cost. There is an argument for that wager, but I would think that a non-profit like the Boys and Girls Club would want a less polarizing and more truly compassion personality. Not only that, but the press was not allowed at the event which likely hurt any secondary publicity which if it were successful, may have garnered more money.
But then I'm not in the non-profit business.
Everything causes cancer:
First world problem. Because we aren't dying of diarrhea and unsanitary drinking water, AIDS, TB, or respiratory disease which are the highest causes of death in third world countries.
If everyone lived forever, no one would procreate.
... and other reasons the transfat ban is ridiculous
Again. The nanny state has nothing to do with caring for you, your health, your children, your well being, your quality of life.
IT IS ABOUT CONTROL.
They will not stop until everyone is miserable and fighting one another to the death in the Hunger Games while the Capital luxuriates in the 7 deadly sins or we force them to stop.
The Death of the Neighborhood.
we no longer live in "neighborhoods" as evidenced by the progs who call the cops about kids playing basketball in their own driveways. Or narc about "illegal" water use. Or because your grass is 2" too high and you have a junk car sitting on your lawn.
past tense: Balkanized; past participle: Balkanized
divide (a region or body) into smaller mutually hostile states or groups.
" Dementia does not mean an end to sex." It does if you can't remember how to do it.