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1  Other / Politics & Society / Trump has promised to commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht on: May 26, 2024, 02:23:33 AM
https://x.com/SimplyBitcoinTV/status/1794539670778634416


Currently serving life in prison, imprisoned when he was just 29. He's now 40.


What do you think?
2  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Renowned Oncologist Drops Bombshell: Ivermectin Cures Cancer on: May 22, 2024, 04:19:12 PM
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3580766/

Maybe some anti-parasitics have antineoplastic effects.

Not a cure but perhaps a treatment.
3  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The death of Iran president and seven others on: May 22, 2024, 02:54:59 PM
The United States is one of the reasons for this heartbreaking incident. The US had imposed an embargo on the sale of any aircraft to Iran. Because of this the President and his associates had to be martyred. This crime of America will be recorded in the memory and history of the people of Iran. America had no role in the crash of this helicopter.

The U.S. is responsible for Iranian aviation accidents now?


I was surprised to learn the Iranian President was being transported in a 30 year old helicopter, in foggy weather no less. Who would have thought that was a bad idea?
4  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The leading cause of death in America today is PHARMACEUTICALS on: April 27, 2024, 12:02:29 AM
Remember Vioxx?

And no one went to jail for it, only civil penalties that were a fraction of the total revenue produced.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-pharmaceutical-company-merck-sharp-dohme-sentenced-connection-unlawful-promotion-vioxx
5  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Electricity as a tool for development on: April 25, 2024, 12:45:42 AM
Given the critical role that electricity plays in the development of society, why do the leaders of those developing nations either not prioritize solving their energy-related issues or seem content with the status quo?
  Using a personal solar panel to turn on a generator is the only way to survive.

Usually corruption issues. You can look at the entire African continent and find that the majority are living without electricity or without a reliable source of cheap and sustainable electricity. As such, their economies are under developed.

Cheap energy is the blood of any economy. You get rid of it and you can count on economic growth being stunted. And of course, pertinent to some of us, Bitcoin adoption becomes harder.
6  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Sam Bankman-Fried Arrested In The Bahamas, Set For 'Prompt' Extradition After US on: March 29, 2024, 01:20:52 AM
https://apnews.com/article/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-cryptocurrency-sentencing-sbf-d7bb1a5e94b4c22039d74dfeab1a2ff1

SBF gets 25 years in prison.

Lucky he didn't get closer to the maximum, which was 100+ years. Probably would have if he weren't so well connected.
7  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What is the benefit of taking hard drugs on: February 20, 2024, 04:02:30 PM
Humans are wired to crave dopamine. There's a biological drive for humans take hard drugs but we usually reason against it because of the side effects and opt for safer sources of dopamine.

A society that's deteriorating with lack of culture has a higher incidence of drug use. It's sad to see.

What do you exactly mean with "lack of culture"? Did you mean lack of education instead? Because I don't see where the correlation between culture and consumption of hard drugs is, to be honest. The United States could easily be one of the countries with the most culture (because of the influence of immigrants from all over the world) and yet, they are the top consumer of hard drugs on the planet.

On the other hand, it is true we all human beings are by design ways looking for sources of dopamine, but that does not mean we will go all in for the sake of it and directly step into the realm of hard drugs and opioids. People very desperate to feel anything are those who are the easiest to fall victim of those heavily addicted substances. And once they are in, it is difficult to go out.

No, I mean a lack of culture.
8  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What is the benefit of taking hard drugs on: February 19, 2024, 12:16:40 AM
Humans are wired to crave dopamine. There's a biological drive for humans take hard drugs but we usually reason against it because of the side effects and opt for safer sources of dopamine.

A society that's deteriorating with lack of culture has a higher incidence of drug use. It's sad to see.
9  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Trump owes more than $440 million in fines, damages from civil trials on: February 17, 2024, 12:52:55 AM
I hope NY'ers don't spend it all in one place.
10  Other / Politics & Society / Re: DeSantis Vows to Abolish IRS, Advocates Flat Tax in Presidential Bid Amidst Stif on: February 07, 2024, 02:10:50 PM
This came at the tail end when he knew it was a lost cause and was forced to say outlandish things as a last ditch effort.
by outlandish you mean "not a good idea" or "an idea with merit but probably wont happen"?

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Ted Cruz recited the same lines in 2016.
they should be held accountable for saying things and not following through. especially if they get into office. there should be a stiff penalty. Shocked

Quote from: Hispo
The United States is a country which tries to keep their annual inflation at 2%, printing more buck for them not to tax people would make inflation to go up way beyond those 2 percent.
but people would keep all their money. imagine how much more money people would have in their bank accounts. plus no more complicated tax returns. priceless

As in an idea with merit but probably won't happen.

Americans have no idea how much power they've given their executive branch over the last decades. The IRS is just a weaponization tool against the common working man. The elites will pay whoever they need to pay to work around the system because they can afford it.
11  Other / Politics & Society / Re: DeSantis Vows to Abolish IRS, Advocates Flat Tax in Presidential Bid Amidst Stif on: February 03, 2024, 07:13:55 AM
If DeSantis was more aggressive at the beginning of his campaign, he would have been more successful. This came at the tail end when he knew it was a lost cause and was forced to say outlandish things as a last ditch effort.

Ted Cruz recited the same lines in 2016.
12  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Is United States on the verge of a civil war? on: January 29, 2024, 09:24:10 AM
I still assert that Americans are too fat for a civil war.
13  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US presidency for sale, offers from 300 million? on: January 12, 2024, 05:54:32 PM
Michael Bloomberg tried to buy his way towards the democratic nominee in 2020. It doesn't work.

You spend 50 million, you get maybe 10% in the polls to qualify for a debate or two, get humiliated on a debate stage, and then that money goes up in flames.
14  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Javier Milei wins presidency in Argentina on: December 30, 2023, 11:55:03 AM
https://twitter.com/Milei_Explains/status/1728619598159749148

Milei explains basic economic literacy -- why tariffs are anti-capitalistic and inherently against the consumer.

Isolationists over recent years think using tariffs as leverage to force concessions out of adversaries is a dangerous thought process. It will always negatively impact the local economy.

Milei's a textbook conservative -- some of these phony conservative politicians could learn a thing or two from him.
15  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Javier Milei wins presidency in Argentina on: November 26, 2023, 01:21:51 AM
Milei's suggested he would replace Argentinian pesos with USD while at the same time being critical of the central banks. Doesn't make sense.

For logistical reasons I suppose he isn't in a position to suggest Argentinians adopt Bitcoin, they're a cash based society more than some other western countries. Though you do not solve the problem of central banks by kicking out one and replacing it with another.
16  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Federal Judge Stays Entire ATF Pistol Brace Rule on: November 11, 2023, 06:49:40 PM
How many gun control measures are the ATF allowed to put out which bypass Congress? Not that the ATF creates laws, but only interprets them to their own imagination.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What happens if ... on: November 07, 2023, 10:56:05 PM
Possibility for Iran to intervene, but unlikely.

Iran's hopes was to disrupt relations between Israel and Arab countries by destroying diplomatic ties that were established through the Abraham accords. One can assume they began planning an attack of this caliber, using Hamas as a proxy, when the accords were signed in 2020. Certainly after the Negev Summit Iran knew they needed to attack Israel.

Houthis have already attacked Israeli targets. Hezbollah remains on standby.
18  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Send hospital ships to Gaza on: November 03, 2023, 05:00:30 PM
Hospital ships may be a good plan, if they could be guaranteed safety. Hamas will steal resources given to the Palestinian people in order to use for their benefit. If the ships are ran by some NGO or human rights organization, medical aid could be targeted towards civilians.

19  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Crypto does NOT fund terrorism on: October 29, 2023, 04:53:28 PM
The banks are better at hiding terrorism funds than something like Bitcoin would ever be. Every BTC transaction's logged and public. Wouldn't be difficult for large amounts of BTC to be traced to certain addresses controlled by terror organizations

Meanwhile, Banks will funnel funds into criminal organizations and the banks won't disclose any of the transactions.
20  Economy / Economics / Re: What US can do with its dept? Genuine question. on: October 12, 2023, 10:42:36 PM
Ways to reduce debt:

1.) Raise taxes
2.) Raise GDP
3.) Reduce spending.

Politically inconvenient to do #1 and #3, so the U.S. could try to grow the economy and generate more revenue.

But as revenue increases, so does the spending. It's almost a never ending cycle.

What can the U.S. do about its debt, then? The answer is not much.
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