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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 10, 2014, 09:58:15 AM
The original point of contention is here:

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


From here:

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...the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government...

We can see that the dash and capitalisation have no significant effect on the structure as the author wrote. i.e. The author had no clear intention for the dash and initial capitalisation.

So we cannot conclude anything from the capitalisation of the 't' here:

" — T"

Whether or not " — T" begins a new sentence is not knowable. Period.

The question then shifts to the author's use of the dash, "—".

However, this is unlikely to yield anything useful in isolation.

A more prudent look would be to examine writings prior to the time and see how the dash is used as punctuation.

The document is not an isolated event -- it took place during a specific time. Language evolves and changes over time, and we can only expect that the author was educated and practiced the typical conventions (or perhaps an untypicial convention) of that time.

That question is best left to language scholars with a solid linguistic understanding of the written language of the time.

But it doesn't matter as any interpretation will still be abused by the psychotic politicians in our time! tongue Grin (I lied above! tongue But I do hope to have amused someone out there!)
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 10, 2014, 09:43:01 AM
Here we go again.

This thread started out focused on an interesting new academic debate about whether there was scientific evidence of a mis-transcription and its ramifications.
And now has very predictably drifted into yet another discussion of politics.

Can we please try to keep the rants about government in the basement so they stop taking over threads?

And if you absolutely cannot stop yourself from posting about politics in a thread -- just make your point and move on -- it's not fair to the rest of us when these threads become just one or two people arguing (or more often agreeing) back and forth over and over about off-tangent political points that have nothing to do with original topic.

I'm not saying these political topics are not important things for citizens to discuss -- and i'm not saying you aren't providing useful information -- but I am saying that they should not make up such a high percentage of the posts on this forum.  And it's especially harmful when such posts drown out the conversations that otherwise could be taking place.

Please.


As I am the usual culprit...

I think you're mistaking some intentions here.

I'm not coming down on any political side.

I am coming down on "politics" though. As I've illustrated above in a few links, you can see how opposing sides use "for the children" to advance their arguments.

If anything, I'm apolitical, or anti-political if you will. I've made a quick/superficial case for politics being completely irrational, with evidence.

The original article has little to do with technology or science. The closest it gets is here:

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And there, some manuscript experts say, existing high-resolution images show little evidence of a period.

I have not made any comment towards or against any interpretation of the period/comma.

I have made comments on how any interpretation of it will be abused.

I also made comments on reinterpretations. I've not tried to come down on any "side" other than the side of people losing recognised rights.

But, I'll drop that line of discussion.

Any further comments I make will be limited to comment on the linguistics or grammar of the content. I am more than qualified for that in a professional sense.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 10, 2014, 07:24:58 AM
I'll add this:

http://stackoverflow.com/

There are a quite a few sub-sites in there though. Check the upper left dropdown menu.

In the same "family" of sites:

http://superuser.com/

http://unix.stackexchange.com/

http://askubuntu.com/

And many, many more. It's not limited to technical topics though:

http://christianity.stackexchange.com/

http://philosophy.stackexchange.com/

http://sports.stackexchange.com/

Stack Exchange has some really, really good answers in there. Esoteric topics/issues/problems that very few people ever encounter are plentiful.

It's pulled my ass out of the fire more than just a few times.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 10, 2014, 06:52:15 AM
At almost 25 minutes, it's not very short, but it's not feature length either...

The War on Kids

http://www.vice.com/en_uk...ette-show/the-war-on-kids

It's a Vice expose on cops entrapping kids in school on drug charges.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 10, 2014, 06:21:48 AM
Oh, and if you're in New Zealand Wink, you can pay for your ISP service in BTC now!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/te...ot-now-accepting-bitcoins

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Slingshot now accepting bitcoins

Internet provider Slingshot has begun accepting payment in Bitcoins.

General manager Taryn Hamilton said he expected the ability to pay in the virtual currency would appeal to the "small, but passionate Bitcoin user base".

"We're a web company, so it seems fitting to accept the world's premier web currency," he said.

A bit more at the link.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits on: July 10, 2014, 04:31:54 AM
In light of the way we all are spied on, I suppose turn about is fair play! Wink

These Twitter accounts tweet every time a government makes an anonymous edit to a Wikipedia article.

https://twitter.com/gccaedits - Canada
https://twitter.com/RiksdagWikiEdit - Sweden
https://twitter.com/congressedits - UK
https://twitter.com/parliamentedits - US

Source code is available here: https://github.com/edsu/anon

Anyways, I figured that more than a couple people here would get a kick out of that.

Just a quick observation: The Canadians seem to do a lot of grammar edits, while the US counterparts do touchy-feely nonsense.

They are brand new, so not much in there. It should be fun though to see what happens. smiley



EDIT: BOT WAR!

It appears that there are more and more targeted bots coming out now:

https://twitter.com/ONgovEdits
https://twitter.com/rcmp_edits
https://twitter.com/EduskuntaEdit
https://twitter.com/hgbedit
https://twitter.com/NCGAedits
https://twitter.com/AussieParlEdits
https://twitter.com/israeledits
https://twitter.com/EstadoEdita
https://twitter.com/harvardedits
https://twitter.com/lagovedits

I'm sure there are more out there.

Get your popcorn! This is going to be a fun show! cheesy

This is actually good news. tongue



Adding more above.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 10, 2014, 03:09:58 AM
You're trying to be rational. Stop.

Wait...what? You thought that was rational?  ohmy

I am not too sure how I should interpret thatundecided

Hahahaa! cheesy

I mean your facetiousness and bit at the end:

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You would have a better chance of success messing with the Constitution and the last will & testament of George Washington to do it, than a punctuation mark in the Declaration of Independence.

While the silliness is fun, the last part there is quite sober. In fact, exactly that is happening if you watch the news or listen to a few academics and pundits. I know you're being facetious and poking fun at a few things, but the kind of insanity that you're pointing out is happening, although in a different flavour.

I kid thee not.

WARNING - HAS AUDIO AUTOPLAY
http://www.discovery.com/...stitution-out-of-date.htm

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The Constitution is the foundational document of U.S. governance. In some corners, though, it's considered outmoded. Is the Constitution really out of date?

http://voices.yahoo.com/i...tion-out-date-743981.html

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Is the Constitution Out of Date?

http://www.examiner.com/a...r-the-united-states-today

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Americans across the country can all agree that the United States runs on the same set of rules, the Constitution. When the Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, it was written as a guideline to follow for the American people. The Founding Founders drafted and edited a document that was relevant for the times and would distinguish the United States from the country it broke away from. In the year 2012, the Constitution appears too vague for many Americans and politicians use its vagueness to fit their political agenda.

http://www.nytimes.com/20...ution.html?pagewanted=all

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Let’s Give Up on the Constitution

http://www.jstor.org/disc...=4&sid=21103954119741

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Does the Constitution Mean What It Always Meant?

etc. etc. etc.

Why not attack the Constitution itself... You would have a better chance of success messing with the Constitution...than a punctuation mark in the Declaration of Independence. Wink


It's already underway. Has been for a long time. Wink

Rights take forever + a day to get recognised, but they can disappear in the blink of an eye.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... botanical info on: July 10, 2014, 01:33:33 AM
Try asking in /r/aquaponics or a related subreddit. Lots of really good info in there and some very knowledgeable people.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: July 10, 2014, 12:58:43 AM
Anyone want to know that things are worse than you thought? Wink

http://www.zerohedge.com/...social-media-manipulation

Let's look at paragraph #1 slowly...

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Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science,

Because science. Yeah. Ok.

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The Guardian reports that DARPA - the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -

Y'know... the dudes that do all the seriously mad-hatter crazy scientist stuff that is both mind-blowing and utterly terrifying?

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has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site,

Several studies? About Facebook?

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as well as users of Twitter,

AND TWITTER!?!

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Pinterest,

AND PINTEREST!?!

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Kickstarter

AND KICKSTARTER!?!

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and others.

AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE!?!

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DARPA told the Guardian that the studies it has funded are essential to US defense interests.

Right. Because terrorist, safety, and think of the children. Gotcha. Ok.

The article author makes the same point we do here all the time...

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On the Pentagon’s part, DARPA told the Guardian that the studies it has funded are essential to US defense interests... Orwell would be proud

110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 10:21:19 PM

But it doesn't matter.

Perhaps I'm not being clear enough.

The psychopaths out there will read anything and come up with anything. That it is the declaration of independence doesn't matter -- it is good enough that it was written in the same century by the same basic group as the fellows who wrote the Constitution. Logic doesn't matter. Reason is irrelevant. The psychopaths follow the same basic patterns all the time. They grasp at straws and bray like donkeys until they get their way. We see this regularly. The entire SOPA/PIPA/etc. thing was a good example. The same nutjobs came back with the same nonsense again. They latch onto anything remotely related to any issue and pursue it until they get it. They don't take no for an answer. This will be the same basic deal because it's "close enough".

But why bother with the Declaration of Independence, which predates the founding of this country, when there are so many better documents to mess with that have much greater potential for accomplishing so much, in the way of a psychopathic power grab? Why not attack the Constitution itself, and reveal it as a complete fraud, and produce a document declaring your family as the rightful royal heirs to the crown of the USA, as willed to your family by the childless George Washington himself, this country's first King? Then march your gun nut psychopathic patriot army right into Washington DC, kick the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court off your brand new property, put yourself in charge of everything, and either shoot or lock up anyone that disagrees with you (without a trial), and make everyone live by your psychopathic rules?

If you are going to distort history and use its historical documents to do it, might as well go all the way with your psychopathic distortions.  You would have a better chance of success messing with the Constitution and the last will & testament of George Washington to do it, than a punctuation mark in the Declaration of Independence. Wink

You're trying to be rational. Stop.

They're not rational (in the sense that you or I would normally ascribe to "rational" - but which is not to say there isn't a method to their madness).

Ever listen to Congressional debates (or parliamentary debates, etc.)?

In my car, the radio station that gets the best reception and that isn't just complete crap runs Parliament House all the time, so I listen to quite a fair bit of what the nutjobs have to say.

Very little of it is remotely rational. It's overwhelmingly emotional appeals and drivel with a truckload of lies mixed in for good measure. And whenever they're not screaming at each other with lies & emotional appeals, they're having a nice big circle-jerk about one thing or another, and patting each other on the back for the wonderful jobs they all do.

Quite literally, the majority of speeches I hear eventually get around to "think of the children". Really. Mining tax? Think of the children. Veterans affairs? Think of the children. Carbon tax? Think of the children. Janitors in government buildings? Think of the children. All of those are actual debates & speeches over the last little while in Parliament House where... wait for it... everyone was asked to "think of the children".

Just so that you don't think I'm making this up...

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.a...97-ef2eac7c98e8%2F0021%22

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So do not come into this place, Senator Wong, with your hypocrisy and tell us about intergenerational burden, when you left our children and our grandchildren with an enormous debt and deficit disaster.

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.a...e9-fd69e2e4f785%2F0184%22

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Renewable energy technologies are doing well, not only as a new innovative form of industry but also in providing a benefit to the environment, to the community, to our children and to future generations.
...
There I was reminded about future generations and about the importance of these bills in creating a sustainable future for our young people and for their children to come.

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.a...d4-08ce06f942d0%2F0262%22

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My only comment on the debate is that the hard work of the Abbott government in fixing the financial mess that our government finds itself in because of the previous government will mean that those leaving us will live a better future—their future lives will be better, as will be those of their children and grandchildren.

But, it's not just Down Under...

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/...tml/CHRG-113hhrg79938.htm

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I have included a picture of Russell with his two children
at the end of my testimony and the reason I've done that is, I
think it is important for all of us, when I read the Suicide
Data Report, the one thing that is missing in this Suicide Data
Report are the names of the individuals, the names of the
families, the names of the loved ones that are affected and
impacted by these tragic deaths. And I think it is important
for all of us to remember that.

For another example of "the children":

http://www.huffingtonpost...-are-censo_b_5564553.html

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This January, under government pressure, many of the United Kingdom’s internet service providers (ISPs) — together providing over 90 percent of the country’s home broadband connections — turned on “porn filters” for all of their customers, requiring them to actively turn off the filters to view any content deemed unsuitable. Prime Minister David Cameron pushed the program through under the guise of protecting the “innocence of children,” but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.

Hmm... ain't quite working out like it was advertised, eh? Cool

You're never going to "win" a debate against that kind of lunacy by trying to be sane or rational. Logic and reason have nothing to do with anything there.

It's better to look at the reality distortion field that they exist in, see "how they rationalise" and then use that distorted lens to project where things will end up.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 09, 2014, 09:34:01 PM
A funny campaign ad (apolitical):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz_V4lRdtjo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz_V4lRdtjo</a>
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 09, 2014, 09:33:26 PM
Heh Giampy I don't even know what that pic means : )


Germany beat Brazil in World Cup soccer.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 09, 2014, 08:20:42 PM
Some Bitcoin news:



In light of the IRS declaring that bitcoins are property...

"Damn what the law is, we're going to have our cake and eat it too!" - Judge presiding over Ross Ulbricht case.

http://www.wired.com/2014...kroad-bitcoin-isnt-money/

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The government and legal community may still be arguing over whether bitcoin can be defined as “money.” But the judge presiding over the landmark Silk Road drug case has declared that it’s at least close enough to get you locked up for money laundering.

In a ruling released Wednesday, Judge Katherine Forrest denied a motion by Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old alleged creator of the Silk Road billion-dollar online drug bazaar, to dismiss all criminal charges against him. Those charges include narcotics trafficking conspiracy, money laundering, and hacking conspiracy charges, as well as a “continuing criminal enterprise” charge that’s better known as the “kingpin” statute used to prosecute criminal gang and cartel leaders.

Meanwhile...

https://twitter.com/roger...status/485478065959493632

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I’ll give $10 to @Free_Ross for each RT. If guilty, he’s a hero. If innocent, he needs help. http://freeross.org/ross-...messagephoto-from-prison/

Has racked up over $150,000 in donations from Roger Ver, aka "Bitcoin Jesus".



The Mellons getting into Bitcoin:

http://www.forbes.com/sit...n-richer-howd-they-do-it/

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But unexpectedly he asks the waiter to take away his cellphones, fearing Snowden-style eavesdropping. And then the scion of America’s most enduring banking family lets it fly: “I feel like citizens are fed up with banksters,” using a term the Occupy Wall Street crowd would surely approve. Politicians receive similar disdain: “We need to live in a more transparent, free democracy. The more secretive America becomes, the more dangerous it is.” The solution, Mellon says, is Bitcoin, and he’s invested $2 million to start an incubator for Bitcoin companies, convinced virtual currency will replace the dollar bill. “The banks are going to be scratching their heads,” he says, a smile encroaching on his high cheekbones.

Did he just say "banksters"?!?!



A former US Mint director chimes in on Bitcoin:

http://www.coindesk.com/f...-save-bitcoin-regulators/

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...the digital currency has increased in prominence, prompting Moy to declare bitcoin “a disruptor to the traditional notions of currency” in May.

...

Why US bitcoin regulation is failing

Despite the promise of bitcoin technology, an unclear regulatory landscape makes it difficult for businesses in the US market to develop. At the heart of the problem, says Moy, is a lack of cohesive regulatory language that defines digital currency.

He said:

“Bitcoin is not just one thing. It’s not just currency, it’s not just a payment system, it’s a protocol – there’s multiple things that cross over into many different turfs of government.”

...

“Every agency has to look at bitcoin from the perspective of what their agency does. So the Commodities Futures Trading Commission looks at bitcoin as a commodity, because it complies with all the issues that commodities applies with. The Federal Trade Commission looks at this as a bartering issue, as a trading issue; the FEC looks at it from an investment perspective; the IRS looks at it as a taxable event.”

So, see the above bit about the judge that wants to have his cake and eat it too. Wink



And what new disruptive technology would be complete without PRON~! Grin

A press release from Hustler:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2043884

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HUSTLER.com, the leader in adult entertainment, is offering an unprecedented level of member discretion thanks to a partnership with digital currency payment processor, GoCoin.

Starting today, anyone who pays for their HUSTLER.com subscription with digital currencies bitcoin, litecoin or dogecoin will receive a special lifetime membership for just $500. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, visit www.HUSTLER.com.

...

"It's well known that the adult entertainment industry is often an early adopter and driver of new technologies," said GoCoin Founder and CEO, Steve Beauregard. "HUSTLER is continuing this trend by embracing not only bitcoin, but other emerging digital currencies as well."

It appears Hustler is going for Doge style~! tongue



And speaking of doge, an excellent compilation of some fun dogecoin images:

http://imgur.com/a/SBgIl



The Visual Capitalist has created an infographic on BTC vs. banking:

http://www.visualcapitali...-system-infographic-2.png

The graphic is large, so, in a spoiler.





Adding to the endless streams of merchants flocking to Bitcoin, SilverGoldBull has added BTC:

https://silvergoldbull.com/payment

For those unaware, SGB is a large precious metals online dealer. I've bought through them, and they're excellent. Very often you'll find they have the best prices.




And if you'd like to WIN some bitcoins, Virtex is sponsoring a contest:

http://lovebitcoin.co/

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Purpose:

Bitcoin is one of the most impressive innovations of our lifetime. #lovebitcoin is about sharing and educating the world about the benefits and showcasing the passion. CAVIRTEX and Saucal believe in the spirit of Bitcoin are proud to sponsor this contest.

Rules:

  • Record a video telling the world why you love bitcoin and upload it to YouTube or Instagram with the hashtag #lovebitcoin in the title.
  • All videos will be automatically entered.
  • Keep it short and sweet.
  • Keep it classy (no swearing, no nudity, no racism, etc).
  • Use the hashtag #lovebitcoin to create awareness and promote your video.
  • Post a bitcoin public address in the video description so we know where to send the prize if you are selected.
  • The video’s should be recorded in English or have English subtitles.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of 3 judges chosen by CAVIRTEX and Saucal.

Prizes:

The prize pool will begin at 1 BTC but in the spirit of Bitcoin the pool will be a public address that is open for additional sponsorship. Don’t you #lovebitcoin?
 
  • Ultimate Grand Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 50%
  • Grand Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 25%
  • Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 10%
  • Super Bitcoin Lover – 5% (3 available)

Criteria for judging:

Videos will be judged with the following in mind:
 
  • Originality & Creativity
  • Popularity & Virality
  • Passion & Enthusiasm
  • Quality




And that's all just a tiny bit of the average news on any given bitcoin day. smiley  Thmbsup

Even the MSM is having a hard time writing hit pieces on Bitcoin now and the vast majority of MSM articles are bullish. Oh, which reminds me... There was a hit piece the other day! "Terrurists! Safety! AML!"

http://news.sky.com/story...ld-be-funded-with-bitcoin

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Global Jihad 'Could Be Funded With Bitcoin'

Donations supporting "violent physical struggle" would be "untrackable" by Western governments, says an ISIS-linked blog.

A new blog associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has said that bitcoin could "enable jihad on a large scale" by sending "millions of dollars" to fighters.

In a post called "Bitcoin and the Charity of Violent Physical Struggle", the author argues such donations would be "untrackable" by Western governments.

Nobody is buying that nonsense. Wink

http://libertyblitzkrieg....hment-is-scared-to-death/

http://www.reddit.com/r/B...t_bitcoin_piece_is_phony/

114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 06:46:27 PM
I certainly wouldn't put it past people, like, oh perhaps a constitutional law professor, to conveniently reinterpret for broader government power despite knowing the history.

But it's not the Constitution. It's an old formal declaration of war that predates the Constitution. It holds no bearing on how things are run today. It can neither grant any rights to citizens nor any power to the government...at all.

Any reinterpretation at this point, based on a single punctuation mark, would be equal to you discovering an old baby picture of yourself which leads you to believe you had slightly less/more hair on your head, when you were born, than you originally thought. How life changing would that be for you?

But it doesn't matter.

Perhaps I'm not being clear enough.

The psychopaths out there will read anything and come up with anything. That it is the declaration of independence doesn't matter -- it is good enough that it was written in the same century by the same basic group as the fellows who wrote the Constitution. Logic doesn't matter. Reason is irrelevant. The psychopaths follow the same basic patterns all the time. They grasp at straws and bray like donkeys until they get their way. We see this regularly. The entire SOPA/PIPA/etc. thing was a good example. The same nutjobs came back with the same nonsense again. They latch onto anything remotely related to any issue and pursue it until they get it. They don't take no for an answer. This will be the same basic deal because it's "close enough".

Exactly why I've concluded the Constitution is inevitably in need of a rewrite.


That would scare the b'jeez out of me given the mindset of the freaks in power that do everything for our "safety".




It was an admirable first try (I'm not counting the Articles of Confederation) but ultimately built on the same shaky foundation of assumptions which had already failed so spectacularly. There are only 2 assumptions you can truly rely on WRT government. The first is that people, in government or otherwise, can be relied on to consistently interpret the rules in any manner, and to any degree necessary to do whatever they already wanted to.


Sadly. Sad


The second, and perhaps even more important for maintaining actual democracy, is the real world Golden Rule. He who has the gold makes the rules. If the economy isn't democratic, meaning actual capitalism with real competition and choice, the government isn't either.


Pretty much.


So long as we don't have meaningful property ownership/disposition and privacy protections (just off the top of my head - there are others of course), capitalism exists only in theory.


Which is exactly why I every now and then blurt out that property tax is theft/slavery. You are forced to work to pay the "tax" and if you don't, they steal your home. If it isn't forced labour (partial slavery), it is a slow exercise of eminent domain, and therefore theft.

Property tax destroys any security you have in having a place to live. This is not really a debateable point. It's a simple statement of fact.

Any "costs" or fees associated with any services need to be permanently divorced from property in order for people to have actual security in their property. Until then, any talk of "property rights" is just disingenous banter.

(Please note that I am not talking about corporations as "persons". I mean natural humans.)

Property represents the fruits of past labours. The confiscation of it is nothing short than retroactive slavery (theft).


It's nothing specific to the British then or Americans today. It's just people. They could be from any place at any time and the results would ultimately be the same.


The Anglo-world does have common law, which is arguably somewhat unique to it. But you also have somewhat similar things happening in other places, e.g. Ireland (Brehon law, hat tip to tomos) and Somalia (Xeer). i.e. Ad hoc rules created as new cases came up.

But yeah... the same problems arise all over.

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 09, 2014, 05:24:49 AM
BTW, NSFL?  Apparently I'm behind the times  Cry.

Not Safe For Life smiley
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 04:40:03 AM
WRT the original premise of the thread, if changing a punctuation mark in that document changes your interpretation, it really just means you aren't familiar with the relevant history.

True enough, but history and science are often much like broad, sprawling markets -- people shop around for what they want. Evidence is like dirt -- trodden on and ignored. I certainly wouldn't put it past people, like, oh perhaps a constitutional law professor, to conveniently reinterpret for broader government power despite knowing the history.

That's understandable if your background comes primarily from our public school system. I went to a pretty good public school and they never mentioned George Mason or The Virginia Declaration Of Rights.

Hahaha! smiley It's amazing what gets left out of education, but predictable - things that actually matter. smiley
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 09, 2014, 04:16:14 AM
FAIR WARNING: This is pretty much NSFL.

118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 08, 2014, 09:16:17 PM
As others have noted, I can't see how the presence or absence of that punctuation has any real effect on the meaning.

I don't think that there's any doubt about where the heads of the founders were at - folks like Jefferson and Franklin, who wrote it, or Madison who wrote much of the Constitution were very much interested in the (classical) liberal ideology, as in the writing of JS Mill. Their philosophy was all about the sovereignty of the individual, and were not of a communitarian bent.

You might not like that, you might think that we've learned better since then, but the body of writing from these guys is pretty clear, and it's nutty to believe that a single punctuation mark, whose impact escapes most of us anyway, should be taken to contradict all that.

While many people can actually read and understand, there is a segment of the population that reads and invents. e.g. You say ABC, and they'll say that you said XYZ. I'm sure you've run across them before. They read what they want to.

Given how the entire SOPA/PIPA/etc. thing went -- i.e. people scream, it gets trashed, a new version with a different name comes out -- I think we can reasonably expect a new magical redefinition of the "living document" to emerge.

So, while I'd agree with you that it certainly is nutty... I fully expect at some point in the future for this to become an issue with a new "interpretation"... because war is peace.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 08:43:27 AM
Here's one (bad) example... "michael meekin alien hat" (I had originally misspelled the name). Put that in StartPage or Google, then check DuckDuckGo. The site you are looking for is this: http://www.stopabductions.com/

(I like UFO videos/documentaries as they're often better than feature length films. I searched for that on a lark.)

BTW - The site there is just WILD! Grin It's quite literally wilder than most good movie plots!  Thmbsup

DDG was better & found what I was looking for despite the spelling error. Google is pretty sophisticated, so I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Adding in "alien hat" should get to the proper resource.

But, that's the only example that I can remember at the moment. There have been others where DDG proved better. I should start taking notes...
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 08:27:23 AM
Have you installed it yet?

In a word...

AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

No.

My SSD is near full and I don't dare install anything more. I think I'm going to have to get a much larger SSD and clone the drive. I've been cleaning it out forever now, and just can't do much more.

However, this is a very high priority once I have enough space.

(re Smoking Gun Proof, check google vs bing vs DDG.  That was enough of a smoking gun for me)

If I may be so bold, I believe that Google is actively "shaping" search results for ideological purposes. I've done some searches that turn up zero in Google (and it's sidekick, StartPage), but are right at the top of DuckDuckGo. I can't possibly imagine Google being that incompetent that they "missed" some of the things I've tried to look into. I noticed this quite a while back, but set it aside as a possible "quirk". However, having done enough searches on a variety of topics, I can't push that suspicion aside any longer. Google is not a neutral search engine. And neutrality is the most important thing for a search.

121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3D Printing Under Attack on: July 08, 2014, 07:16:16 AM
Someone has a semi-auto .22 printed:

http://reason.com/blog/20...automatic-22-debuts-if-yo

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3D-Printed Semiautomatic .22 Debuts. "If you take my gun, I will simply print another one."

Published at LiveLeak by Buck O'Fama (just possibly a pseudonym) is this video demonstration of a 3D-printed pistol version of a Ruger 10/22—a popular semiautomatic .22 rifle. The receiver is 3D printed and glued together, with metal parts added, including what appears to be the bolt (and, I assume, a synthetic after-market stock*).

This is just classic though: "If you take my gun, I will simply print another one."

122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 07:08:54 AM
I just found out about this:

http://yacy.net/en/

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Web Search by the people, for the people

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index. We want to achieve freedom of information through a free, distributed web search which is powered by the world's users.


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Via: https://www.techdirt.com/...-post-snowden-world.shtml

Rather timely as I've been finding StartPage doesn't index a lot of things (because it's basically just Google results), so I often end up using DuckDuckGo, which works beautifully. Still, another option besides DDG is welcome.

But, this could be really, really big. If this (or something similar) can effectively compete with Google, we well may see a world where Google actually needs to seriously fight off the censors instead of capitulating so much as they do now. (I've noticed quite a bit of censorship in Google over the recent past - but I am lacking the smoking gun proof...)
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 08, 2014, 04:07:27 AM
This is just a demo video that shows what a Freefly Systems el cheapo video stabilisation rig can do. It's pretty darn cool! Cool

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxYvSlFDbQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxYvSlFDbQ</a>

http://www.freeflysystems.com/products/moviM5.php

Freefly MōVI M5 >> From $4,995.00

Other rigs can cost $30k, so it's quite a bargain as you can see from the wicked smooth video.

And another with the same rig.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp7AKtCaBUc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp7AKtCaBUc</a>

Wow.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered on: July 07, 2014, 11:35:17 PM
A funny one that I like:

http://crypto-comics.com/

This one anyone should get:

http://crypto-comics.com/comic23.html

Some of them you need to know a bit about other coins, news, etc., or you won't get them.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 07, 2014, 10:41:43 AM
Interesting... I'll wait for a few more comments before doing anything, but I am very interested.
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