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  • GregL's picture
    GregL 28 weeks 3 days ago Page Carrie Burdzinski
    Excellent article! “the belief that reality is determined by social opinion” I love this way of phrasing it. I am also interested in any comments you might have related to Jim Davies’s question about the value of peer review. There seems to be a lot of value to it, but without a good grasp of the subject matter it’s difficult for a layman to evaluate whether the peer review is just “group think”.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 28 weeks 3 days ago Page Carrie Burdzinski
    Thanks, Carrie, for this blockbuster!  The archists have penetrated most other traditional fields of study such as history and economics in order to ruin young minds and their grasp of what's up; it's enormously sad to see them distorting even science as well.   It appalls me that a phrase like "correspondence theory of truth" even has to be used. A mere single lifetime ago, science had only to do with observing, theorizing and testing and then repeating the cycle; nobody questioned the necessity of relating to fact and reality in every part of that.   A couple of questions, if you have time:   (a) The "peer review" system appears to have merit. How do you see it relating to the "consensus theory of truth"?   (b) You mention that "HIV affects 1.2 million Americans, [and] has a known cause and simple prevention." Does it then actually exist, Dr Duesburg's findings notwithstanding?   Oh, and for good measure, why not put "Progressive" inside quote signs? - all that your article tells about the Marchers is large-scale regression.  
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    D. Saul Weiner 28 weeks 4 days ago Page Carrie Burdzinski
    Anyone with a functioning brain ought to recognize that a slogan like "Vaccines work" has nothing to do with science. Think about it for a minute. What does that even mean? Does it mean that a particular vaccine might protect certain people against a risky infectious agent, for a certain period of time, at an acceptable level of risk? That would be a scientific claim, right or wrong. But that is not what "Vaccines work" means in practice. It means that we are to assume that whatever recommendations the CDC comes up with are to our benefit and should be mandated. It doesn't matter which (or how many) infectious agents they are recommending vaccines for, what quality the vaccines are, what evidence exists for their safety, etc. The whole slate of vaccines gets a stamp of approval to be used on everyone, simply by virtue of a government committee voting in favor of it. This is how absurd decision-making becomes when it gets politicized.
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    D. Saul Weiner 28 weeks 4 days ago Page Carrie Burdzinski
    In the U.S., progressives have long used their conception of science as a weapon against their enemies. They brand people who are less than 100% persuaded by the theory of evolution by natural selection as neanderthals who would take us back to the dark ages if they had the opportunity to do so. They use support for the environmentalists' agenda as a litmus test for whether or not one is scientific-minded. In their hands, science is a powerful device for creating and maintaining monopolies that determine which research gets funded, how medicine is to be practiced, and which viewpoints are to be taught. But perhaps most of all science is a tool to create a political monopoly for progressive politicians and their supporters.
  • Mark Davis's picture
    Mark Davis 28 weeks 6 days ago
    Propaganda 201
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    I'd bet my bottom dollar that Goebbels was a proud admirer of Bernays. Goebbels certainly used Bernays' marketing strategies, methods and techniques in his propaganda campaigns; that were very effective, it should be noted. Thus the scope of the danger that is increasing due to the electronic cyber-grid encompassing the lives of more and more people everyday; the search and find capabilities of surveilance systems have gone from very limited to nearly universal (in population centers) within the past 20 years. The rate of increase in these capabilities is also increasing. Fortunately, liberty is a formidable force in the world as it resides in the hearts of many.
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    Mark Davis 28 weeks 6 days ago
    Propaganda 201
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    More people are waking up as the "fake news" accusations getting thrown around alerts people to be more skeptical of what they read, see and hear; you are certainly not alone. The glaring consistant feature of hypocrisy in the actions of liberals/post-modernists/Marxists/progressive (alt-left), in spite of their apparent need to point out anything that resembles irony, is totally ignored as if they are completely blind to it. When grown people resort to violent temper tantrums in lieu of using reason and discussion to formulate an agreeable resolution to perceived differences in the matter, it reveals that 1) they realize that they do not have a valid argument and must resort to an emotional appeal to in a desparate effort to win the argument or 2) they do not realize that they do not have a valid argument and have only considered the matter in an emotional manner. The zealots that shun logic as irrelavent, or even a way for the male patriarchy to oppress women, are of the latter group and much more difficult to reason with because they are on a Mission From God.
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    Douglas Herman 29 weeks 13 min ago
    Propaganda 201
    Page Mark Davis
    Imagine Mark: If Edward Bernays wasn't born, hadn't written his brilliant book about the Truth of propaganda, would Joseph Goebbels have been inspired? "The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative." Could have been spoken by either man. And remains true today. More so even.
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    chris.baden 29 weeks 18 hours ago
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    Glad I'm not the only one that see these events unfold and can't help but think they are wholly fabricated by big money political operatives who have influence in the highest levels of the academic bureaucracy. A worrisome condition when the traditional liberal establishment abandons its values and behaves like the counter group they allege they are so against.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 29 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    Get a load of this guy. Why people hate libertarians too. Sheesh.
  • Mark Davis's picture
    Mark Davis 29 weeks 1 day ago
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    Thanks, Jim. I've long been a proponent of the "remnant" that must survive every cycle of social upheaval to start a rebirth of liberty in our culture. The large number of people acting irrationally these days makes the percentage of people acting this way appear universal, but the amount of publicity they get distorts the perception of their true numbers. I agree that we must shine a light on this barbaric/animal-like behavior in order to show it up for what it is. 
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 29 weeks 1 day ago
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    Nice job, Mark.   'society has been conditioned over this time period to accentuate the emotional and obfuscate the intellectual" - yes. And that's why the "road sure looks bumpy" that leads to the triumph of liberty. For that to happen, reason must prevail over emotion.   Might you agree that the present, prevalent irrationality is not universal? - it clearly applies rather widely, but not I suggest to everyone. Accordingly, the anarchist advocate can appeal to the few who do retain the ability to think, and they in turn can do likewise when convinced.   The ability to reason is what most distinguishes humans from other animals, so the main - perhaps the only? - challenge we have is to revive it.  
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 29 weeks 3 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    I really thought I'd seen it all.
  • Paul's picture
    Paul 30 weeks 3 days ago
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    If folks are wondering why I have not commented in this discussion, it is only because I did not know it was going on. Not being standoffish or anything. :-)
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 31 weeks 2 days ago Web link Westernerd
    Coming up on 24 years ago the USgov used chemical weapons to blind, suffocate, and ultimately burning alive over 76 people in Waco, TX. How soon we forget. 
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 31 weeks 2 days ago Web link Westernerd
    http://strike-the-root.com/urge-to-do-something
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    mishochu 32 weeks 17 hours ago Web link strike
    I liked your article. BLM is nonsense. I'm not a big fan of the "All Lives Matter" retort (but mainly for a nitpick of a gripe). I would say, "All Life Matters". The singular life, that of the individual, mattering before some silly collectivist categorization appeals to me.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 32 weeks 1 day ago Web link strike
    The article also mentions his "stellar resume'", so it may be that this "essay" was not the only reason Stanford offered him a place. Unfortunately it gives few details of that resume' beyond the news that "Ahmed is pictured above with Hillary Clinton, who he helped campaign for." The Daily Mail thus ended a sentence with a preposition and used "who" instead of "whom", so author Ashley Collman would not, I hope, have qualified for Stanford. ("He is pictured with Hillary Clinton, [for] whom he helped campaign.")   He's also reported as having attended a NJ school costing an arm and leg. Possibly his parents are wealthy. Possibly they contributed to Stanford's endowment. So again, maybe he was admitted for reasons other than his monotonous essay.   My own on that subject is at Why BLM Matters, and takes a different view. Perhaps fortunately, I already have a good degree so am not applying to Stanford.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 32 weeks 3 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    About the only way to non-violently stop a UAV is with an EMP, which presents other issues of it's own. 
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 32 weeks 3 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    So lots of these forums are "honey traps" for gun owners?
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    KenK 32 weeks 3 days ago Web link strike
    That takes some of the shine off of Stanford's brand if that's all it takes to get in.
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    Darkcrusade 32 weeks 4 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Really?! https://www.ar15.com/forums/ Look up Project Phoenix , Nam era. Every single firearm forum is run by LEO's. All Gun shows are lousy with em.
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    Glock27 32 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Alex. I smile at your bug out bag, but, exactly where are you going to bug out too? That is a question many preppers have asked themselves after reviewing the potential; they just ain't no where to really bug out too because everyone else is going to be bugging out also. It will be crowded. The current trending philosophy in prepperdom is to maintain your position and build a relationship with neighbors, and defend your position. What would you advocate the elderly to do, or those with physical disabilities, or medical problems. We can't bug out. I have more fear over what the government is going to do if this catastrophic event were to take place. Please forgive me Alex, but I think you should be searching for a more solid plan than running out the door and into the woods, a your essay seems to imply. Ah! The woods. That place is going to be chuck full of preppers. Everybody and their brother and sister and mother and father are going to be in the woods hunting for food to shoot or trap or fish. Prepping is not as simple as packing up a bag and bugging. Today it is becoming more and more of an art and a science. I am not certain at this point if your are truly serious about prepping or if this is an experimental thing for you. Is it experimental, or is it serious?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 32 weeks 5 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    I tried to start a thread on a firearms web forum about that very topic and wondered out loud about the best way to shoot them down but the admin removed the thread as "inappropriate". I have never understood why gun people are such invenerate cop groupies. 
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 33 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    The activist behind this is a wealthy internet millionaire and if he wants to do this he has the funds to, so I would ignore bleats for money. Just sayin'. Save your money or donate it to STR or like minded, independent efforts and outfits. My opinion FWIW.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 33 weeks 5 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Kentucky is a much more civilized place than NYC or SF in that sense. And most Kentuckians have the firepower to personally enforce their privacy and property rights there as well. Good on them.
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    mjackso6 33 weeks 6 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Unfortunately, this wouldn't work for me. I've got family who would need protection under these circumstances, including young children who aren't in my custody. I couldn't just "bug out" and leave them to deal with whatever was coming.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 34 weeks 21 hours ago Web link KenK
    At $0.015 per fluid ounce that adds over $1 to the price of any two-liter bottle subject to Philly's soda tax. People aren't gonna stop drinking soda, they'll just buy as much as they can outside the city like NYC people do with cigarettes. And if this tax starts going higher to make up for unexpected shortfalls in collections, organized smuggling operations will spring up. How about a lying politician tax? For every provable falsehood a Philly pol gets caught in, 1.5 percent of his/her pay is withheld and returned to the treasury? Seems fair to me.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 34 weeks 23 hours ago Web link KenK
    If I had had this option back in the day I would have bailed on public skools after about seventh grade and just read stuff and worked on things, volunteered, travelled, etc and then taken the GED test upon turning 16 and taken a state diploma. (Just to have that peice of paper to show people, just in case anybody I care about ever asked.)
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 34 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    We'd get more reliable "news" if these mofos faced real consequences for this constant use  of "unnamed sources" bullshit that they put out there as actual reportage. The networks need to start viewing these people as reporters who "report" not as media stars who are above reproach. Goofs that continually predict stock markets crashes or gold price drops/spikes on CNBC or Bloomberg and then go on to be totally wrong, eventually get dropped from the guest list. But not Whitehouse reporters tho. Just sayin'. 
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 34 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    Doh!
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    KenK 34 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    We found an old Kelvinator refrig in a house we were rehabbing. Built of steel, fiber glass insulation and lead plated inside.  Built like a tank. We cleaned that bitch up and put it in the garage where it kept our beer and live bait or whatever cold for years and years. Indiana Jones hid in one like it to avoid a nuke blast in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie. American companies used to build the shit back in the day.
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 34 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    My washer & dryer are from 1981 and 1972 respectively.  Maytag & Sears Kenmore.  Still work just fine, and even the owner of a local appliance store says to hang on to them until the very last because the new ones suck so bad.
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 34 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    For the second time now.  The first was that infamous "what if" speech he gave.
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    rita 34 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    Too bad we can't "pull" Trump for making the same claim.
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    mishochu 34 weeks 2 days ago Page Paul Hein
    That was awesome. Note too, "we" are supposedly those Money Trees from which the legislative gangs derive unlimited funding for anything. By hook (inflation) or by crook (taxation).
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 34 weeks 3 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Delightfully logical, Paul. You maybe forgot the Money Trees, though; I'm told they grow all along the National Mall and their fruit provides unlimited funding for anything. Even the petals of their blossom, at this season, can be used as IOUs.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 35 weeks 3 days ago Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    You're thumping only one tub, Alex, but that is an excellent letter.   Guns are important, but not crucial. Coincidentally, today's edition of the Zero Government Blog explains.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 35 weeks 4 days ago Web link felix.ireton
    Cordwood is a better choice and much more aesthetically pleasing for a perm or semi-perm structure. 
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 35 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    I don't subscribe to the view that real freedom will result from repeated secession, creating ever more but smaller government entities; but do concede that several small ones are preferable to one big one because they must then in some degree compete with each other, to attract people to join the tax farm each operates. Therefore, the freedom-seeker can vote with his feet, and play one government off against another.   I did that myself, years ago, by quitting Her Majesty's farm and joining this one. And as you probably know, more than a few libertarians are currently leaving other States and moving to New Hampshire, which harasses residents less than most others.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 35 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    One less is better tho, Jim. I'd be more than happy if my township, county, and school board state entities disappeared, even if it leaves Michigan and the USgov untouched. Local sorts are the ones that are the most numerous meddlers in my daily life. People whine and moan continually about the federal agencies and the rest of the Big State, but honestly it's the "local" gov minions that trip me up the most. The only fed I have interacted with in the last decade or so was a federal egg inspector who knocked on my door cuz she was lost. Oh, and the Census Bureau "enumerator" guy in 2010.
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    Jim Davies 35 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    Nothing, alas, is withering away except a town line. It's a border adjustment, no more. The hapless hundred residents of Centerville will have even less control over their own lives and fortunes than they do today; instead of breaking up a large political entity (eg Brexit, USSR) this is the opposite; a small one is being swallowed up by a larger one.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 35 weeks 6 days ago Web link KenK
    I wonder how many "normies" (ie. non-ancap types, etc.) would vote (I know, I know. Voting? Reeee!) who honestly toted up on a balance sheet of pluses and minuses would vote to abolish whole classes of institutional government? But on the other hand, as with numerous instances of genuine populism when put to a vote, the deep state would find some way to thwart it, so why bother? It's getting harder and harder for the deep state to keep up the pretense that all these elections, laws, regulations, matter at all, and that's it's really all about force. The USA is coming to it's own perestroika moment similar to the one the Soviet ruling class faced in 1990. 
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 36 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Hi Doug:  Good to hear from you!  Pack's just under 30 lbs. now.  Knives can break, and just like with guns, different ones are for different things.   Not saying which way I'd go while bugging out.  :-)  Would depend on the cause anyway.   Few locally know I'm a prepper -- I definitely don't advertise it and for the reasons you say.   Glad you liked the column.  :-)
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    Jim Davies 36 weeks 5 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Touché.
  • Ned Netterville's picture
    Ned Netterville 36 weeks 5 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    "Like its immeasurably superior rival Cambridge..." Aw, Jim, Cambridge has its failings, as for example: J.M. Keynes, King's College.
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    Ned Netterville 36 weeks 5 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Kevin, and anyone else listening, based on 34+ years experience in AA, I've never heard of a judge or PO checking to determine that the person who signed the court paper wasn't your cell mate who you met outside before the meeting and signed it for you. Of course if you are an AA member and you are trying to get honest with yourself and others, this won't do.
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    Ned Netterville 36 weeks 5 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Kevin, and anyone else listening, based on 34+ years experience in AA, I've never heard of a judge or PO checking to determine that the person who signed the court paper wasn't your cell mate who you met outside before the meeting. Of course if you are an AA member and you are trying to get honest with yourself and others, this won't do.
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    Ned Netterville 36 weeks 5 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    "At this point I should confirm the reader’s guess: I have been arrested for breaking the drinking laws, afterwards coerced into AA. Moreover, a recent episode (I won’t detail here) in my life saw me not just inside the meetings, but also another drug treatment flock, to whom I was to bring said-signatures to..." Kevin, Among other epithets, I would describe myself as a voluntaryist (a.k.a., pacifist/anarchist), a disciple (a.k.a., student and follower, however haltingly) of Jesus of Nazareth, an alcoholic and a member of AA. I used to "take" AA meetings into the local county jail, where those who were allowed to attend had to have their judge's approval, and since I always brought some good donuts to go with the jailhouse coffee, a lot of those at the meeting were just there for the donuts, but almost to a man over ten years and maybe 200 of these meetings, I can't recall even one attendee who wasn't at least courteous and a little curious about what besides donuts we (usually 2 of us) AAs had to offer. Of those who had their judges' approval to attend, I suspect most if not all had more than "your honors" permission. They were order to go. At most if not all of these meetings, I would point out to them, as I point out to you and as you point out in your essay, that they could not be coerced by any judge to attend AA meetings. This always brought a reaction: "My judge told me if I didn't attend AA 3-times a week for two years my probation (or parole) would be suspended and I'd have to finish my two-year sentence." Me: "Well let me tell you, a United States Court of Appeals has held that it is a violation of your civil rights to be forced to attend AA. I can assure you, if you bring that to the judges attention he will back off and won't send you to AA. Of course he may make you do your two years, but he can't make you go to AA. So if you don't want to go to AA, don't go. The worst the judge can do to you is send you back to jail. I don't know for sure because I've only spent less than 140 days in jails, but I'm sure I could do two years standing on my head if I didn't want to be coerced into attending AA. I think I understand what motivates your animosity to AA, and I can't say I blame you. But I once went to jail because I refused a judge's order to do the IRS's bidding. And I'm not at all happy about AA's general (not 100% by any means) cooperation with the courts by signing papers to prove attendance by those who are court ordered. Some groups refuse to sign them, and that I think would keep the court-sent perverts away. But the crucial point I would make is that in my 79 years of life, about 50 of them as a libertarian, I have never known a more freedom-oriented group than AA. No dues, no fees, no taxes, no rules, no regulations. The Traditions say "the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking," and I like to add no one will ever check your desire if you want to attend meetings without it. You become a member of AA by saying so to yourself. The traditions also say "our leaders are servants the do not govern." No one in AA can tell anyone to do anything and make it stick, and the few who might attempt to do so are usually gone in a few years at most if they don't change. The libertarian tradition of AA tends to drive control freaks away. I assume some of them go away like you, dissing AA, but that's okay, AA has broad shoulders and most of us aren't upset by dissing. As one who looks forward to the demise of the violent nation-state, I think AA serves as a model of how well a group of people can operate in the absence of coercive authority. As for Bill Wilson, whatever his shortcomings, some of his writings are the essence of libertarian "doctrine." In at least two he pays his respect to the concept of anarchism. In my book, for that reason, he can't be all bad as some of his detractors would have it. I was never "sent" by a court to AA, although my wife who has more power than any court sent me. But if it had been the state's doing, I might still be "out there" slamming 'em down--or, much more likely, dead. Keep the faith, Ned
  • Ned Netterville's picture
    Ned Netterville 36 weeks 5 days ago Web link KenK
    This is unquestionable one of the best anti-war songs. It plays off WW I and the terrible slaughter of young men in the fields of France. The last verse is so utterly poignant I can still shed a tear fro young Willie McBride and all the young victims "who were butchered and damned." "Did they really believe that this war would end wars." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rThFCuAgxPg
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 37 weeks 18 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    http://everything-voluntary.com/letting-go-social-change