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Posts posted by J.C.MacSwell

  1. 3 hours ago, dimreepr said:

    The idea that taxes can't solve a problem is demonstrably stupid, who payed NASA to go to the moon; and what was cut that stopped regular visit's?

    When are we (by which I mean people like you) going to realise that cutting taxes to promote growth is beyond naive, it's fucking insane; it's like the funnel of acceptance, that's taught to salespeople/banker's, "the magical cornucopia of plenty, where money is edible..."

    Maybe not quite as readily demonstrably incorrect, but cutting taxes, especially when they are excessive, can lead to growth. The key is to do it in a way that hurts people the least, and leads to the type of growth you want in the areas you want.

    Subsidies obviously can lead to growth, so if a cut in taxes does the same thing in the same area for the same entities, that should lead to the same growth, and probably more efficiently and effectively.

  2. 9 hours ago, Sensei said:


    The idea that you can solve a problem with taxes or duties is quite naive..


    Not saying it doesn't need to be done at least somewhat accurately and fairly, or that politics won't get in the way...

    But throw me in the naive camp even though it will be hard to achieve.

    Governments need to set and enforce the rules of the game or corporations will feel entitled, and in fact obligated by shareholders, to choose a path for "winning" that won't take environmental factors into account, lest they diminish in favour of others that play the game better.

    Plus Governments need revenue. Might be a hard sell with increased costs of certain "cherished" goods and services but what better place to raise at least some of it?

    You get what you pay for...or forget to outlaw or tax, and enforce.

  3. 30 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

    Russia still has communist factions that align  well with the FR Russian politicians. Putin reveres Stalin and latter Marxist-Leninist as far as I understand. Putin ain't no practicing Communist. :) 

    Nor was Stalin. Communism is a power vacuum that human nature abhors. Communista don't practice communism. They practice dictatorship.

  4. The trick is to posture yourself such that you seem to represent the least painful choice, if not in fact the lesser evil. This I think is far easier to do locally than globally.

  5. But with regard tro American Hubris , I think they're "Damned if they do, damned if they don't".

    We need to find a soft landing for the inevitable fall of American hegemony, without allowing Putin and Xi's "multipolar World" where the "poles" are autocracies.

    Certainly the UN has no answer, especially with the 5 current veto powers.

  6. 2 hours ago, iNow said:

    The EU is stepping up and already paying more to NATO per capita than other countries (especially Poland who has more skin in the game). Spending based on GDP is also way up. 

    Problem is they can’t ramp up quickly enough and won’t be able to supply Ukraine with munitions until closer to 2025. 

    The US is the only country who can help Ukraine bridge the gap and get them enough weapons to survive through the rest of this year. The US also wants to do this. Over 70% of the populace supports it. If a bill came to the floor, it would pass. 

    The problem is one man trying to save his job. He’s Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, and he won’t allow the bill to come to the floor for that vote. 

    Don’t blame America. Blame MAGA morons and their Cheeto Mussolini godhead who seems always to want what’s best for Putin (and are perhaps more susceptible to Putins social media manipulation farms)


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    No one really comes close to the US in defence spending per capita. While Poland may be spending a slightly higher percent of their GDP, the US GDP per capita is almost 4 times higher. But that's defence spending by Nato countries, not "paying more to Nato".

  7. 1 hour ago, StringJunky said:

    LOL! When I put the title up, it reminded me of that film. :D For those not familiar, Heston in science fiction film Soylent Green says the food they are eating is made from people.

    When you think about it...it's brave of those in Alabama to speak up...with so many remaining soylent!

  8. On 2/23/2024 at 1:52 PM, Janus said:

    Approval ratings in today's political climate are a bit meaningless.  How many disapprove because they think he's "too far to the Left?" and how many because they think he's "too far to the Right" How many give him a poor rating based on just one single issue? etc.

    This is fairly recent, Feb 4: (my bold to emphasize an example in a key areawhere Biden is not getting as much credit as he might deserve)

    "Despite a growing economy and little opposition for his party’s nomination, President Joe Biden confronts a dissatisfied electorate and a challenging political climate nine months before he faces re-election, according to a new national NBC News poll.

    Biden trails GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on major policy and personal comparisons, including by more than 20 points on which candidate would better handle the economy. And Biden’s deficit versus Trump on handling immigration and the border is greater than 30 points.


    The poll also shows Trump holding a 16-point advantage over Biden on being competent and effective, a reversal from 2020, when Biden was ahead of Trump on this quality by 9 points before defeating him in that election.

    And Biden’s approval rating has declined to the lowest level of his presidency in NBC News polling — to 37% — while fewer than 3 in 10 voters approve of his handling of the Israel-Hamas war.

    All together, these numbers explain why the poll shows Trump leading Biden by 5 points among registered voters in a hypothetical 2024 general-election matchup, 47% to 42%. While the result is within the poll’s margin of error, the last year of polling shows a clear shift."


  9. On 2/18/2024 at 12:13 AM, J.C.MacSwell said:

    I don't think the fallout, if there will be any, from Putin doing in Navalny would have registered on any polls yet.

    On 2/18/2024 at 10:18 AM, iNow said:

    Yeah, valid point ✌️


    I watched the SC polls and really didn't see the bump I hoped to see, but then in the actual primary Haley seemed to go up by 5% and Trump down by about 2. Those were around the numbers I hoped to see going into the primary which I would have then hoped they'd go a little higher for Haley, and a little lower indicating trouble for Trump.

    Not sure what to make of it other than though disappointed I'm glad to see Haley seem upbeat and remaining in the race and continuing to campaign at least toward Super Tuesday.

  10. 6 minutes ago, Genady said:

    A light that is produced by hot infalling matter between the photon sphere and the event horizon can still escape radially, right?

    Yes. Depending on angle it can escape. Radially right down to the EH, where it would almost escape but approach infinite wavelength trying to get out if I understand it correctly.

  11. 6 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

    I read about this recently. Profiteering from what is basically systemic slavery is beyond the pale in a civilized society. What better way to reinforce loathing of 'civil society' and resist personal change, given that many prisoners have trod such shitty life paths all their lives already.

    In principle it should be reasonable to have inmates contribute to part of their costs of any just incarceration. From what I've seen in a few documentaries it can be pretty despicable in practice.

  12. 7 hours ago, npts2020 said:

    What happens if scientists bring an individual to life using only an egg or sperm? Will females then be required to attempt pregnancy every time they ovulate? Will it be a serious crime for a male to ejaculate anywhere other than a fertile womb? Seems to me, the whole notion of when life "begins" (I look at as more of a continuum) or when you become a person leaves plenty of room for interpretation or debate and therefore should be up to individuals to decide for themselves. It is interesting that the supposedly "small government" types seem to be the ones most eager to have the government settle the question so they can enforce their (often hypocritical) views on everyone.

    I can see it now..."High sperm count men in the lifeboats first!"

  13. 16 minutes ago, iNow said:

    Please tell me how I personally can place a better presidential candidate on the ballot. Do I need to save up my UPC codes from Betty Crocker products and mail them in perhaps? Maybe dance a little jig while singing a sea shanty? 


    Exactly. Not the most democratic process.

    But I guess 36th place isn't bad:

    36 United States of America 0.811 Deficient Democracy


    At least at this point it's still a democracy.

    But as Swansont correctly pointed out, that's the expected process.

  14. 47 minutes ago, swansont said:

    But what about his cognitive issues. Do they get as much coverage as Biden's alleged issues?

    No. Not that I can tell. Just the odd bit. 

    How will we even know if or when he's in decline?

    They do point out his constant contradictions, from stretching the truth to outright lies, but since he's done that forever no one associates it with anything but Trump being Trump...except in some circumstances the Law...

    Back in the day even a small fraction of the type of things he says on a regular basis would kill a political career...we need those days back.

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