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George Rebane
Naturalized Citizen, Entrepreneur, Professional Engineer and Systems Scientist formally trained in Physics, Complex Dynamic Systems, and Computer Science.
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Not the village constable. There are men of evil mind, who would make of everything a crime, and not because of passion, but just naturally. They condemn everybody, some for what they have done, and others for what they may... Continue reading
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Name not 1135am - Since you're not a resident of Nevada County, what lies has our Sheriff Royal told?
PaulE 854pm - As was recently shown on 60 Minutes, the government and bad guys already monitor everything electronic that goes in/out of your house and your pocket. LE taking overhead pictures of your property is not new but will become more frequent and cheaper with drones. I'm not sure that anything at all can be done about that at this stage. We are a comprehensively monitored and tracked population. I will though take a drone in place of the Huey helicopter that hovered 20 feet above my lawn when we lived on Saddlepeak Rd in the Santa Monica Mtns. I had a vegetable greenhouse on a third floor deck that they thought was a MJ grow. So they hovered there and took pictures while blowing the living crap out of Jo Ann's flower gardens and scattering lawn furniture. No one came back to ask whether they should pay us for the damage they caused. That is the hubris of Leviathan.
I apologize to Mr Anthony Kropotkin for not catching his 1257pm comment that TypePad had squirreled away in the spam folder. Mr Kropotkin's liberal views are now available in this comment stream for due consideration. From a perusal of his comments, it appears that he is comfortably ensconced in his progressive universe the reality of which is markedly removed from the universe in which I am lost and groping for truth from which my ideology blinds me. It is a joy to witness such self-assured certitude denied the rest of us.
From the air the surface of your property is not private, nor has it been since man learned to fly. No one has even contended that. Now if the sheriff hovers the drone outside your window and looks in, that has yet to be adjudicated. I vote that some volume of space that covers your real estate be declared private property that one can look through but cannot look from within it. Thoughts on this? PS. All other questions seem to be attempts at 'gotcha questions' instead of addressing the new problems that advancing technologies make possible.
Couldn't have said it better than ToddJ's 417pm, but would add that it is overwhelmingly the Democrats who have instituted laws and regs that determine and prescribe almost every aspect of our public and private lives. To do so is immortalized in their seminal scriptures and has been since Marx and Engels first put pen to paper. No conservative, libertarian, and most certainly no conservetarian gives a big rat's ass what consenting adults do in private.
This discussion would go much better if the parties would learn to differentiate the meanings of 'Republican', 'conservative', and 'libertarian', and also know the difference between 'libertarian' and 'Libertarian'. The same remarks apply to the terms in the menagerie of the Left.
PaulE 142pm - I invite you to reformulate your question after reading this posts 1may16 update.
I copied this comment from the 29apr16 sandbox. It seemed to also have relevance here. re BillT's 558am - Does anyone else wonder why our leftwing cannot connect the dots from the global experience with socialism to what WILL certainly happen here when such policies are finally put in place in America? The harbingers are already visible wherever one looks. All my life I've wondered what special kind of intellectual blindness afflicts these people. From the carefully camouflaged studies that are being done (e.g. the functional MRI imaging of Left v Right brains asked to solve/answer the same problems) the conclusion emerges that the differences in our brains has a clinical basis. That explains why they are immune to remediation through normal educational pathways.
re BillT's 558am - Does anyone else wonder why our leftwing cannot connect the dots from the global experience with socialism to what WILL certainly happen here when such policies are finally put in place in America? The harbingers are already visible wherever one looks. All my life I've wondered what special kind of intellectual blindness afflicts these people. From the carefully camouflaged studies that are being done (e.g. the functional MRI imaging of Left v Right brains asked to solve/answer the same problems) the conclusion emerges that the differences in our brains has a clinical basis. That explains why they are immune to remediation through normal educational pathways.
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fish 409am - since I'm not aware of the FUE's literary and political contributions, where did you get that quote of his re TechTest?
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Gregory 918pm - Great. Let's see your simple analysis. I live to learn. And as far as being offended, I think in today's world you'll have to live with it. May such an offense be one of your biggest problems.
fish 559pm - Over what does the overheated brain of the FUE claim that I'm crying in my beard??
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Gregory 513pm - These pages attest that most of us are more than up on the nuances you expand. In today's de facto ideological duopoly libertarians are seen as rightwingers, and most RR readers also understand that progressives are ideologically sclerotic reprobates who have co-opted the diametrically opposite label as prescribed first by Lenin and then by succeeding acolytes like Alinsky. Nevertheless, it's in the current lexicon, and your frustration with usage is the same as mine when I explain the particulars of 'preventable global warming' and the terribly inappropriate use of 'illegal immigrant' or even 'undocumented Americans'. With equal determination we both seem to be pissing in the wind.
Gregory 345pm - Well, I'll take your critique of my "error" in the first sentence in the spirit it was offered. Yes, ideology is a multi-dimensional affair (I've covered the 2D variety in these pages many times), however, to communicate to the general, and most certainly leftwing, reader, I am placing libertarians in the same pot as conservatives as far as discussing the subsequent points of policy and behavior that distinguish the collectivists from the rest of us.
RussS 157pm - Good catch Russ. This comment may have a better home under 'They sure ain't like us'.
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George Rebane A continuing narrative on these pages has been the grossly asymmetric way that the Right (conservatives, libertarians) and Left (socialists, liberals) treat each other’s expression of ideas and beliefs in the public fora. A corollary to this narrative... Continue reading
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Administrivia - Well that was a piece of work! Logging on this morning I found more than a usual pile of crap in this comment stream that had nothing to do with the topic of my commentary. So I picked an arbitrary point and unpublished the crap. I tried to save the relevant ones, but if I accidentally blew one away, I figure a visiting reader would also not have bothered to dig it out of the shit pile that surrounded it. All of the departed comments at best (and that's saying a lot) belonged in a sandbox instead of littering posts to which they haven't the remotest connection. Again, apologies if I ripped out someone's opening paragraphs to their 'great American novel'. As promised before, I'll try to do such house cleaning more frequently in the future. Sifting through a hundred plus comments to find the junk is just too much work.
JonD 248pm - Mr Dozer, what has been your point about people with "supposedly" vs actual advanced degrees? BTW, I take it that you have now revealed the last name of our perennial commenter 'Jon' since both you and the formerly-only-known-as 'Jon' have the same IP address. If so, then I welcome the revelation.
Walt 1159am & ToddJ 1211pm - Don't know about going broke (yet) attempting to buy the same quality of healthcare as before Ocare, but what no one in the lamestream wants to talk about are the numbers of before/after people who wanted and couldn't afford healthcare, and, of course, the total cost much of which has been buried through accounting legerdemain and tax subsidies not reflected back to the payers. Here is an interesting bunch of data on the subject - http://dailysignal.com/2016/03/23/in-five-charts-how-obamacare-has-worked-past-six-years/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=saturday&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWW1VeE1tTmxOVEF4WmpneCIsInQiOiJzcFNudHhnemg1YndKcDFXaDlaZVg2SFJVTWhuNFNGRTZCZVI0Y1lzRktCK1UrMEpmbXA4RlpvZ2l0QnhRaXBBdjhmekhaOWtPVmxpK2s4SFJWbGFWaWxESkpoYW9XUjB0cHByKzBLd0krUT0ifQ%3D%3D I think the CPI calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is pretty much in line with most people's experience; it is with mine with some interesting exceptions that fall mostly into the apples/bananas comparisons.
While also experiencing very affordable healthcare all my life, and being no fan of either Obamacare or the world's single payer systems, I need to remind readers not to get carried away with the comparison of nominal dollar figures when hearkening back to yesteryear. For example, today you need about $892 to buy what $100 bought back in 1953. Such calculations do not negate the points made above about the cost of healthcare, but it does help to put them into a better perspective. The CPI inflation calculator can be found here - http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=100&year1=1953&year2=2016
Ahh the Great Divide becomes ever more real. Looking at this morning’s (29apr16) Union op-ed pages and reading the contributions of such flaming socialists as Jim Firth (NC Dem Party chair) and Jane Calbreath confirms again the unbridgeable gulf between America’s Left and Right. Once more (I’ve lost count) Firth announces the demise of the county’s Tea Party and SoJ movements and duns the aspirations of their members. And Ms Calbreath is again the herald of those legions of the Left who believe that “capitalism has created more poverty in our country over the past 35 years, exactly because it has become run-away hoarding of wealth by the very rich, who seem to have no end to their greed.” Imagine the dismal ignorance of that woman. She sees mountains of mattresses in musty mansions across the country overstuffed with dollars and gold bars and gems and …; just sitting there in great stashes, none of it invested in any productive venture. And the greedy rich rubbing their hands in glee like Scrooge McDuck sitting on his hoard. Meanwhile the local looney Left continues their chorus of accusing the Right of dividing the country. It is not hard for those of us so accused, especially in California, to understand how the Sunnis of Iraq feel living under the thumb of the majority Shias.
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jon 957pm - I didn't know that about the affordability of healthcare. Pray, from what sources do you get all this good information?
A fresh sandbox awaits.
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[To the scurrilous would-be character assassins that frequent these pages I have a question. How does diverting to and focusing on Hitler's reputation as genocidal maniac bear on Germany's introduction of autobahns in a productive discussion about the development and... Continue reading
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