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  1. Lumpenproletariat

    Should RANSOM be paid to Haitian kidnappers?

    Instant gratification vs. long-term benefit Here is another case where we have a choice: 1) Instant gratification regardless of the long-term consequences, or 2) long-term choice which is painful right now but more beneficial later when we would suffer the long-term consequences of the...
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    DISAPPOINTING JOBS REPORT is whose fault?

    It's not that the jobs aren't there, but rather that there's a shortage of workers taking the jobs available. Maybe this is due mostly to the pandemic, which isn't over, and which is making employment less attractive. Companies are even cutting back production for lack of needed workers. Who's...
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    If the DEBT CEILING is not raised? What then?

    Why does it matter if the Debt Ceiling is not raised higher? If it's not raised, it means there will be sacrifice now in order to avoid pain in the future. In other words, There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth! but that's all. It does not mean any creditors would not be paid. All...
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    Why no Chatroom(s) here?

    Why doesn't this website have at least one chatroom going, 24-7? Or maybe 2 or 3 or 4 chatrooms with designated topics: A politics chatroom, a philosophy/religion chatroom (or separate philosophy and religion rooms), etc. If too many participants join at one time, and it gets crowded...
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    The Economics Department

    What is wrong with this website that it doesn't include an Economics section? I am putting this here in a feeble attempt to correct this. What is the prejudice against this topic? The National Debt, Trade and Globalism, Supply-and-Demand, Labor laws and Labor disputes, Taxes, etc. Our quality...
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    The right kind of property tax vs. the wrong kind

    Property tax assessment has always been a scandal, as shown by the following case, which might be a little worse than average, but the same corruption exists everywhere. There is a solution to this which would eliminate arbitrary "tax assessment" and replace it with market-based valuation of...
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    Earth Day -- CLIMATE-CHANGE POLL

    It's obvious why nothing is going to change. Probably there is no fix, except new technologies from science, such as carbon-capture, or discovering some new clean energy source, or somehow making nuclear power safe. Obviously we humans generally are too petty to be able to overcome our crybaby...
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    Can the NATIONAL DEBT be demystified?

    I need an answer to this question: How is the principal on the National Debt paid back? (not the interest) What am I missing? Doesn't the PRINCIPAL have to be paid back just as the INTEREST is? Every year the current interest is paid back and is stated in the Federal Budget Pie Chart...
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    Should this "Karen" be locked up for falsely accusing an innocent Black?

    In this incident a female at a hotel lobby accused a Black teenager of stealing her i-phone. "And it turns out, the boy never stole her phone." "It turns out" that he didn't steal it. But at the time, she didn't know that. How many times a week (month, year) does someone lose a phone and...
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    OLD FOLKS in homes not highest priority

    At a time like this they should get it right -- not waste anything when supplies are still limited...
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    Why is California on fire? and Oregon? Who's to blame?

    and Australia 6 months ago? Did the same careless campers who started the fires in Australia come to California for the summer? Governor Newsom says he has no patience with climate-change deniers. But what good is it to recognize climate change as the problem without recognizing the single...
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    Does U.S. need more steel-worker jobs?

    Labor Day Tribute to American crybaby wage-earner victims Trump claims he has saved millions of jobs to "make America great again." But how does increasing all these manufacturing jobs make America greater? Does U.S. need more steelworker jobs? You can quibble over how many real jobs he...
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    Why is FAIR TRADE better than FREE TRADE?

    Labor Day Tribute to America's crybaby wage-earner victims Everyone agrees with Trump, unanimously, that "fair trade" is good and "free trade" is bad. Democrats and Republicans alike preach this religion, from the Bernie Sanders and Michael Moore and BLM employer-bashers to the Donald Trump...
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    What are the real COVID-19 data/death rates etc?

    How do we know what the real numbers are on the increase or decline of the Corona Virus? In the news there seems to be a consensus that the U.S. is still getting worse, while all the other developed countries have gotten the Virus under control. They say Europe has mostly fixed the problem and...
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    Cause of the violent crime spike recently

    According to this PBS video there was an increase in the crime rate from Jan. - March this year, but then there was an unusual decrease for April-May, which is attributed to the Pandemic lockdown. But since then there has been a sudden upward spike in violent crime. There's a suggestion...
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    Should we spend our money locally? keep it "in the community"? to create local jobs? "stimulate" the economy?

    This is delusional. It is a delusion to believe that "the money" staying in the community makes the society or community better off. It's only the work done to produce wealth which makes the society better, not what is done with the money circulating, or where it is spent. That too is...
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    Biden and Bolton BOTH should have to testify.

    Also Giuliani, and others. Both sides, Reds and Blues, are liars -- both Trumpsters and Trump-haters. Both want to cover up the truth and prevent witnesses who would hurt their side in the impeachment proceedings. Anyone honest wants ALL witnesses to testify, be subpoenaed if necessary, no...
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    "foreign interference" in our elections? Why not?

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal spoke passionately: "Is anyone of my colleagues willing to say that it is ever OK for a President of the United States of America to invite foreign interference in our elections?" YES! Of course it's OK in some cases. E.g., suppose a foreign scientist has data to show...
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    Why do we need a PRESIDENT?

    Wouldn't Hitler have to take the prize for most charisma? best at manipulating his audience? And isn't one's ability to manipulate the listening audience the most important qualifier to be chosen as "leader" or "President"? Wouldn't another Hitler be most likely to be elected U.S. President...
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    What will be some new jobs of the future?

    Will high-level scientists and certain other experts/professionals be the only ones not replaceable by robots/computers, in the future? It's possible that most of the current medium- and low-level jobs will be replaced by computers/robots, and that only a minority of today's "jobs" will still...
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