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  1. In memoriam

    When I first met Steve, seventeen years ago on a now defunct forum, I thought I hated him. He was brash, rude, and full of insults. Over the years I continued to meet him, both here and at other forums, and since I could not avoid him, I learned to tolerate him and to eventually respect him. Steve is like Kentucky mash whiskey. He's sour but also filled with warmth, and once you meet him you never forget him. Goodbye, my friend. May your soul live forever in the great void.
  2. I am Sorry

    I have said hurtful things to people on this forum, many times with malice intent. I have operated from a place of fear and allowed my fear to become anger. Anger never excuses harming another. For this I am sorry. Please accept these words in the spirit that I write them, with sorrowful contrition. Jason
  3. Trump talk

    https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission/ https://casetext.com/case/citizens-united-v-federal-election-comn?ref=Sb!ILRPD3
  4. Climate Change

    The plant was built 10 meters above sea level. The tsumai height was 15 meters! Lesson learned? People died from the massive wall of water. No one has died from nuclear radiation exposure. No harmful effects from radiation. Sounds to me like the Fukushima reactor was designed incredibly well. In fact, if it had been five meters higher then it would have probably survived intact. https://world-nuclear.org/information-library/safety-and-security/safety-of-plants/fukushima-accident.aspx This tells me that the UK government is ruled more by emotion than by reason.
  5. Climate Change

    Seriously, though. How is this relevant? The gist of the video is not a denial of climate change, but rather an assertion that the best way to combat a changing climate is through a better energy policy, and it lists nuclear chief among those policies. This is what I was saying just a few weeks ago so it seems quite on-point.
  6. Climate Change

    I have literally nothing better to do right now.
  7. Climate Change

    New vid dropped on PragerU this morning. It's like they read my mind! https://www.prageru.com/video/whats-the-deal-with-the-green-new-deal/
  8. Climate Change

    Bump. Ten days and no comments. It's too quiet.
  9. Video 5: moving lines and a way to deal with them (1)

    I rewatched the video and I think I found the answer. Just after minute 19 you mention the upper trigram refers to the "surrounding environment or other parties." Is this a fair assessment?
  10. Video 5: moving lines and a way to deal with them (1)

    @Harmen The video placed emphasis on the lower trigram's movements since that trigram best represents the questioner. What about the upper trigram? What representation would movement in the upper trigram best represent?
  11. Trump talk

    Political ideologies are like a compass: they point in the direction that you want to go, but they aren't actual destinations. No one ever says "I want to go right", or "I want to go left" as an absolute statement. Rather, the desire to go right or go left is always relative to where a person already is. In addition, it must be taken on a case-by-case basis. To illustrate this point, I bring you the Laffer Curve: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laffer_curve) The Laffer Curve is used in government debate to open a dialog regarding the appropriate level of taxation, the assumption being a desire to maximize revenue to the government. The Laffer Curve posits two main points: at zero percent taxation the government will receive zero dollars in tax revenue ($X * 0 = $0); similarly, at 100 percent taxation the government will also receive zero dollars in tax revenue (since everyone will simply stop working!). The corollary to this is at some percentage of taxation greater and zero and less than 100 the government will receive maximum revenue. It also means that at all other points between zero and 100, the government will receive less than maximum revenue. What does this mean? It means that "lower taxes" (the right's mantra) is not always correct. It also means that "higher taxes" (the left's mantra) is also not always correct. This is really important, since it shows that the correct path (the middle way, if you will) is somewhere between the left's ideological society and the right's ideological society. It shows that it is possible to go too far. You push all the way to the left and you get North Korea and zero freedom. You push all the way to the right and you get anarchy. Neither is good for a society. But somewhere between the two (the exact location is debatable) there is a point of maximum freedom.
  12. Trump talk

    @joeblast Two words: focus. I realized a long time ago that there are basically two modes in which people operate. The first is "what actually works?" and the second is "what makes me feel good?" It's scary to make the transition from the latter to the former, since it means giving up all the pretty ideas of childhood and living in the reality of adulthood. It's the difference between "I'm a good person, I deserve better than this" and "What am I doing wrong and how can I change?"
  13. Hexagram 61 - Inner Truth

    Hexagram 61 ䷼ - Chung Fu / Inner Truth The Gentle (Wind/Wood) sits atop The Joyous (Lake). The eldest daughter in communion with the youngest. THE JUDGEMENT INNER TRUTH. Pigs and fishes. Good fortune. It furthers one to cross the great water. Perseverance furthers. THE IMAGE Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In order to delay executions. (Wilhelm/Baynes) This hexagram came up last night in my reading. It was static, with no changing lines. Such readings are always challenging to me. Wilhelm writes "In dealing with persons as intractable and as difficult to influence as a pig or a fish, the whole secret of success depends on finding the right way of approach. One must first rid oneself of all prejudice and, so to speak, let the psyche of the other person act on one without restraint. Then one will establish contact with him, understand and gain power over him." This in particular interests me, since it implies that to influence another, one must first allow oneself to be vulnerable, by "let[ting] the psyche of the other person act on one without restraint."
  14. GaGaGooGoo World : Fisher Price McDonalds Politics

    Let them have their fun. Truth will smack them hard in the face when it is 4:00 AM, they have had zero sleep, and the newly changed diaper is magically filled with poop again...
  15. Trump talk

    That's nothing new. PragerU sued Google last year over the same issue. Congress is holding hearings on this very subject.