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by AlexMcLeod
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: President elect Donald Trump
Replies: 16
Views: 1690

Re: President elect Donald Trump

Your feelings are valid. I felt the same the past two elections. This is the reason the Constitution was written the way it was. If we followed the Constitution correctly, no one would be worried that losing this trumped up football game would greatly personally affect them. That is why the founders...
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Demonetisation
Replies: 62
Views: 3476

Re: Demonetisation

Last I heard just the higher bank note was nullified, but the smaller rupee denominations remained. Didn't hear about any full digitization. Did I miss something? Well, the "large notes" were worth roughly 7 and 15 dollars in comparative terms. That's like outlawing every bill over $10. It effectiv...
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Demonetisation
Replies: 62
Views: 3476

Re: Demonetisation

Yes, spot on. What's a block chain, how will it stop the shenanigans? The blockchain is the technology underlying cryptocurrency. It is still in it's infancy, but theoretically, any paper assets could be traded that way, money in such a system has a set creation rate, limiting inflation, and the te...
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Demonetisation
Replies: 62
Views: 3476

Re: Demonetisation

Banking sector representatives are promoting the idea to the government, so they can keep their hands on cash stocks, the idea being if you tax cash withdrawals then citizens will not withdraw cash but will be forced to use plastic money. That'll never work. Obviously, they'll just transition to ca...
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Demonetisation
Replies: 62
Views: 3476

Re: Demonetisation

I rarely recommend the Rich Dad radio program, because he's just plain awful at interviewing, but he did an interview with the guy that wrote currency wars on this very subject. It was good.
by AlexMcLeod
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Demonetisation
Replies: 62
Views: 3476

Re: Demonetisation

I'm leaning toward having some of my cash in BtC. I imagine it'll be easier to convince my wife of Glenn Beck's plan of keeping a month of food stores just in case, plus some of the other things that have traditionally been used when cash is no longer in use, like toilet paper, tampons, paper towels...
by AlexMcLeod
Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Demonetisation
Replies: 62
Views: 3476

Re: Demonetisation

I know what you are talking about, but it usually helps to link to something when discussing a topic most people don't know about. The real driving force behind demonetizing, and make no mistake all the leaders want it, is negative interest rates. You cannot have negative interest rates in a society...
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen teachings
Replies: 46
Views: 4927

Re: Zen teachings

I don't believe any are spoken of in that way.

However, I believe you are referencing the phrase, "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of ten thousand things."
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Media
Topic: A Counter Argument to your Pessimism
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: A Counter Argument to your Pessimism

Most actual realists are optimists because, compared to every other time period in recorded history, we are far safer, healthier, wealthier and smarter. We just also have a constant negative narrative blasted from every news channel because it is good for ratings.
by AlexMcLeod
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: A Counter Argument to your Pessimism
Replies: 3
Views: 484

A Counter Argument to your Pessimism

https://www.amazon.com/Intelligent-Opti ... 162656275X

I'd like to suggest the above book.

It's very good.
by AlexMcLeod
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 93550

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

I was listening to my podcasts today, and I heard the best explanation of this election I've ever heard. For the Constitutionalists, this was about principles. Hence not wanting to vote for either candidate. For Hillary's supporters, this was about social issues. For the majority of those that voted...
by AlexMcLeod
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Constitutional Amendment
Replies: 25
Views: 2065

Re: Constitutional Amendment

I like the direct election of senators rather than the election of senators by state legislators, so I say keep 17. I don't think the federal income tax has anything to do with federal elections, so there's no reason to consider nixing 16. That leaves us with 12, which establishes the electoral col...
by AlexMcLeod
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Constitutional Amendment
Replies: 25
Views: 2065

Constitutional Amendment

Now that the shitstorm is basically done, let's talk preventative measures. First, I propose an Amendment to repeal Amendments 16, 17 and 12. These amendments made it easier for the system to be manipulated. Next, an Amendment to prevent all of a state's electoral votes from going to the same candid...
by AlexMcLeod
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 93550

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

The problem with Wikileaks is that at least one document has been proven to have been tampered with. The sender was changed to look more damaging. The sender of the original email came out and provided it to the media.
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?
Replies: 20
Views: 1714

Re: Living near an old war zone. Bad spirits?

But I agree with amanitamusc, there isn't really a place where someone hasn't died under stressful circumstances. Where are there not pretas? That may be true, but they tend to gather in certain areas, which shift in the same manner as humans do. It's best to just be mindful of areas where lots of ...
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ayn Rand Sucks - Split from POTUS Part 3
Replies: 78
Views: 6268

Re: Ayn Rand Sucks - Split from POTUS Part 3

In my opinion, the ACA's shortcomings will necessitate some sort of single-payer system that is, at least at first, parallel to the private insurance market. And this is a good thing. A. That was the original intent of the law. Of course it will lead to single payer. B. If you want to keep the inno...
by AlexMcLeod
Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 93550

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

I think now is a good time to remind everyone that, although we are headed to another fundamental transformation of the U.S., peaceful assembly is the only thing that will get us through it. Regardless of which turd wins, we'll have a corrupt, unfeeling monster in the most powerful office in the wor...
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 93550

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

kirtu wrote:
Malcolm wrote:... 6 miles away from Jigme Lingpa's thumb relic and 4 miles away from Khandrol Ling...
Where is Jigme Lingpa's thumb relic?

Kirt
I'm going to make a wild guess based on the other information in his post and say somewhere in Buckland, Ma
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 93550

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

If this law has turned out to weaken insurance companies then I gotta give him credit for a massive rope-a-dope. Ali would be in awe and he was the greatest. They're almost all defunct since its inception, so yeah, that's how it has turned out. Yeah, that's been happening. Obama or not. What's the ...
by AlexMcLeod
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 93550

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

I don't agree with his policies, and in many respects, I thought he was a weak president. He's establishment neo lib. ... Hey, that's policitcs, they say. Obama showed it doesn't have to be like that. First, I'd like to point out that Obama accomplished a vast majority of his stated objectives, if ...

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