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821  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What's your opinion of gun control? on: August 07, 2015, 05:31:01 PM
As usual, the guy conveniently ends up dead which is all kinds of convenient.

Almost without exception these days, these 'mass shootings' are staged psychological operations.  That I am quite confident of.

In terms of the disposition of the perp, it varies.  Sometimes it was 'obvious to all who knew him' that the guy was dangerous.  Sometimes 'nobody would have guessed.'  The goal is to have the population understanding that they are always in danger and these things could happen anywhere at any time unless TPTB has the appropriate monitoring tools to protect the masses.  Also, of course, all people need to be surveillance because anyone could be a threat.

Just as is the case with Islamic terrorism, the problem with gun violence is that there is no where near enough of it to achieve the promised benefits so it needs to be synthesized, and that is mostly what we see these days.

Put yourself in a situation where the night before you had been in a theater or whatever and witnessed a mass shooting and injured or people.  Can you think of any possible scenario where you were in front of a news camera the next morning and found anything to grin and smirk about?  I cannot imagine doing so personally, and I tend to be able to find humor in even the darkest things.  The observations of the witnesses alone act so bizarre is strong enough evidence to me to be fairly sure that most of these events are pure psychological operations targetting domestic populations.  Further analysis of most of these events by independent citizens only add weight to my suspicions about these things.
I do not believe anything like that is happening. It's always fun to think up some conspiracy. But the evidence points to a very banal, unsexy and expected truth. We turn the insane out on the street, they go off their meds, then they split from reality. It happens all the time and been this way throughout human history.
In fact (despite a spike this year) the murder rate is at historic lows. You have to go back 50 years to find a lower rate.
822  Other / Politics & Society / Re: City of Houston Attempts to Steal Church Land to For-Profit Business on: August 07, 2015, 05:23:36 PM
Yep, that looks like sanctioned theft.   Angry
823  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What's your opinion of gun control? on: August 07, 2015, 05:12:42 PM
Here is an example of the bias found in reporting on criminal violence. This week's nut-job killer at a Tennessee movie theater was described as a "gunman" in all the initial media reports. But why was he not described as a "hatchetman" or a bomber? The only gun he had was a bb gun. He did hatchet some people and had apparently planed on blowing the place up, but these things do not fit the presumption that banning guns is the same as banning violence.  As always, it's a mentally disturbed person with a long criminal history who everyone knew was going to kill someone sometime.

Actually they argue the exact opposite.
Do you mean "banning violence is the same as banning guns"? My sentence is not very clear here.
The point I was hoping to make is that it is not logical to equate a tool used in a violent act with violence. A hammer is not capable of violence as it is an inanimate object. People are violent and may use any number of tools in a violent act.
I think it stems from a supernatural belief in the evil power of an object. A mistaken idea that this violence somehow comes from the gun itself.  You can hear it in the way shootings are described.

"Your honor, my client had no intention of killing the store clerk. But when the clerk grabbed his gun they struggled and the gun went off" 

That's what a guilty person says about a shooting. "The gun went off" rather than " I shot him to death".
824  Other / Off-topic / Re: The Pet Topic! Do you have a pet? on: August 07, 2015, 04:59:24 PM
I have several hermit crabs that are fun. They are a lot of work and actually require all sorts of special care. The interesting thing about them is the range of "personalities". Mr. Pinches is a showboat and so comfortable around people that he will take a shell from your hand and put it on! Apple the crab likes dried oak leaves while biggie never eats them, preferring blueberries to anything. Each crab seems to have an opinion about where to hang out, what time to be active; it's crazy how they vary. Especially considering they are arthropods, little more than a cockroach.


Not one of mine.
825  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What's your opinion of gun control? on: August 07, 2015, 04:28:16 PM
Here is an example of the bias found in reporting on criminal violence. This week's nut-job killer at a Tennessee movie theater was described as a "gunman" in all the initial media reports. But why was he not described as a "hatchetman" or a bomber? The only gun he had was a bb gun. He did hatchet some people and had apparently planed on blowing the place up, but these things do not fit the presumption that banning guns is the same as banning violence.  As always, it's a mentally disturbed person with a long criminal history who everyone knew was going to kill someone sometime.
Since nobody want's to spend a dime on treating the vast numbers of homeless mentally ill or give up any right they want to use, the call for banning guns is touted in the press as some sort of response. It's always what others should do and never what I am going to do or give up. You will never see a ban on propane tanks or hatchets, Those are things everyone uses and no connection is drawn between the violence and these items. But people with zero experience in crime and zero knowledge of guns immediately link their ignorance of guns too their ignorance of the criminal mind. It looks foolish to those who know what they are talking about. It is no different that a ban on propane because someone somewhere could blow something up.


826  Economy / Lending / Re: pro lender HELP ME (life & death matter!) on: August 07, 2015, 03:49:44 PM
LOL, a $6 ransom!  Cheesy

That's quite a tale. Did they use bicycles? Because $6 is not even enough to cover the gasoline budget for a kidnapping.  
827  Economy / Services / Re: Reputable Charities that accept Bitcoin? on: August 06, 2015, 05:40:33 PM
It doesn't get bigger than the United Way. I think they are the largest charity in the U.S. (world?). They also have a solid reputation and pass on donations to groups they have vetted. You may be interested.

http://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate-bitcoin
828  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: newbie on: August 06, 2015, 05:26:32 PM
I would start by reading and understanding what bitcoin is first. You can read the white paper via the link below, where it says "the gospel according to Satoshi".
As far as the best coin? I only use bitcoin. Litecoin has some following, but almost all alt-coins are a train wreck and some are outright scams. I would avoid them until you completely understand the bitcoin protocol. At which point you will want to avoid them.

come on Roger. No noob should (or will) read the white paper. Only hardcore BTC geeks do that  Smiley
I get lost about page 5 myself.  By page 7 it turns to math and might as well be written in Klingon. Cheesy But I thought the first few pages are sort of  readable.
829  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: newbie on: August 06, 2015, 01:25:00 PM
I would start by reading and understanding what bitcoin is first. You can read the white paper via the link below, where it says "the gospel according to Satoshi".
As far as the best coin? I only use bitcoin. Litecoin has some following, but almost all alt-coins are a train wreck and some are outright scams. I would avoid them until you completely understand the bitcoin protocol. At which point you will want to avoid them.
830  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Reddit’s science forum banned climate deniers. on: August 05, 2015, 03:15:45 PM
I know all the humans are going to die. My hope is that some bacteria live. We are all just expressions of DNA, so who cares if humans survive? There is only one living creature on Earth and if part of it lives then it will bounce back in just a few million years.
It's all good.  Wink
831  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What's your opinion of gun control? on: August 05, 2015, 02:13:35 PM
Why should the world be so simple that a universal standard must apply equally and everywhere? Oh, because extremism requires that it's either one extremist position, or another extremist position.

If it's not Anarcho-Capitalism, then it must be Communism instead.

Well, no. Improved gun control doesn't automatically mean they must be banned, or that a robotic banning mindset must also be applied equally and everywhere else where might be safety concerns. If you can't see that, then you're being unreasonable.
I feel we already have reasonable gun control. It's just that there is no way to keep people from killing each other. It is normal human behavior and has always been a part of societies. No law is going to change that, some people do not obey laws.  So a new rule is only going to be honored by the people you don't have to worry about and makes the work of criminals easier. People who carry to protect themselves are not the problem. The increasingly violent society we live in and those who act out and hurt others are. I see no logic in disarming victims to control the behavior of perpetrators.

If you really want to do something of value then consider what YOU are willing to pay.  It is hollow to think up rules for others to obey and pay for. Easy to take away someone eases rights, but what are YOU willing to do?
Will you pay for mental health services? Pay for drug treatment? Share the wealth of our country with the urban poor? That is where the killing is happening. It is NOT happening in places where/by people who legally carry guns.
If only it was as easy as banning a product.
832  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What's your opinion of gun control? on: August 05, 2015, 01:23:56 PM
The 2nd Amendment, like it or not, does not say that ownership of firearms may be permitted in such a manner as to yield the lowest possible number of gun deaths. 

Any reasonable person understands the reality that protection against everyday crime as well as the more dramatic mass killings that each get 1 minute of news coverage requires a percentage of the population to be armed.

Some people keep projecting their utopian fantasies of the perfect society onto the real world, and believe that restricting guns will lean things in that direction.

That's the "gun control issue" in a nutshell.
+1
By that standard we should not have free speech rights. Free speech and protesting is dangerous and should not be allowed. Look at what happened with the Arab spring. It would be a far safer place if we were placed in cages and monitored. It would also eliminate the much, much greater problem of auto accidents. Which kill way more people than guns. Everyone please return to the safety of your cages!
833  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Banks were supposed to be frightened of Bitcoin on: August 05, 2015, 01:11:37 PM
My theory is that banks are really afraid of not getting all the money they could from us. Now that they see why bitcoin is not going away and can't be killed, it is logical to try joining in and trying to leverage their money in the bitcoin economy. It makes sense too me.  Huh
834  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What's your opinion of gun control? on: August 04, 2015, 08:24:05 PM
Activists Are Trying To Remove the Gun Emoji
Classic.  Roll Eyes
If i ever decide to let others do my thinking for me I'll get an iPhone.
835  Economy / Economics / Re: Why Bitcoin Could Be the Best Investment of the Century on: August 04, 2015, 08:13:52 PM
It is the most disruptive money in... well, a long time anyway. It could transform economies and banking practices radically.

P.S. Regardless, your family still could be right about you being crazy.  Just kidding  Cheesy
836  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Do you think Bitcoin could bring about world peace? on: August 04, 2015, 08:09:57 PM
When Bitcoin is primarily used by machines and they use the funds to wipe us out and replace us with androids, then we'll have world peace. Until then it'll change nothing at a primal level.
lol yes, that sounds about right.. Cheesy

Hmm... it really does.  Embarrassed
837  Economy / Speculation / Re: You all know it's going to crash? on: August 04, 2015, 05:28:44 PM
So you're saying bitcoin is the best method of payment?  Fast easy secure?  Thanks for clearing that up.
Yes. that is what he is saying.  Wink

Are you a same stupid internet kid lives in your mon's basement without paying rent? Hoping your little sinking bag make you rich some day huh? Cheesy
Oh they already have.  Wink
838  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: NSA KNOWS on: August 04, 2015, 02:48:59 PM
Here is the software. What, you thought money laundering was going to be legal with bitcoin?

https://www.elliptic.co/bigbang-v1.html
And it's not the NSA, it is the FBI and IRS that will use this. Along with dozens of other governments around the world.
839  Economy / Speculation / Re: You all know it's going to crash? on: August 04, 2015, 01:19:25 PM
So you're saying bitcoin is the best method of payment?  Fast easy secure?  Thanks for clearing that up.
Yes. that is what he is saying.  Wink
840  Economy / Economics / Re: Why not just print dollars? on: August 03, 2015, 05:34:20 PM
Grin the good point of bitcoin ... is that you can print paper money if you want : https://www.bitaddress.org

and, it's real value !  Cheesy


You're right that bitcoin can't be printed when more is needed.

You're wrong that bitcoin has real value. The value is perceived because all of us place value upon it...just as we do fiat currency.

There is no tangible thing that supports the value of bitcoin, that can prove there is value to it.

There's no Gold, no Silver, no other tangible item that exists in the world...just the promise that only so much bitcoin can every be mined and that the validity of transactions and balances are verified by the community that uses it.
Follow the rabbit hole deeper and we see that gold and silver have no value beyond perception either. They are nice metals and have their own special properties, but no real value compared with an apple.
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