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What key technological advances do you think would make socialism easier to pull off? What tech would make libertarianism easier?
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Working class solidarity will fix you fascist cunt.
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I'm curious what the different flavors in this community think about the recent Oregon militia occupation. I have very little firsthand information about it, and the mediated information is pretty convoluted. What's your take and why? 
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+Gary McGath Totally. Armed peaceful protest is still peaceful protest.
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Has anyone used HardiBacker 500 under a wood stove and tile?

It says that it's for walls, but it's the thickest (.42") backer board that I could find in my area. Thanks!
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Does anyone have an elegant way of explaining why stereoisomers would have different effects on the body?  

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it.  Someone tried to explain it by saying that you can't put a right handed glove on your left hand.  But, you can just turn a glove over, right?  Since molecules are rotating around in a 3D environment, how can you assign orientation to them?
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Okay, that impractical contraption on the cover has my attention....

Trying to figure the controls out.
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PFFFT. I've said 'JIF' since 87 XD. Good ole Compuserve!

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What key technological advances do you think would make libertarianism easier to pull off? Socialism?
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+Peter Jaszkowiak Actually, that's not the only theory of post-scarcity. Another one, which I subscribe to, is that there's nearly limitless resources in the universe and that our problems are productivity, accessibility, and the time it takes to access and produce what we need from them (energy included). By the time we have access to the stars of the universe and the planets surrounding them in some capacity, we'll have so many resources at our disposal that the notion of scarcity will seem silly. Scarcity will only be a real issue once we're so populous that we literally dominate the universe and are suffering from overpopulation, and before then we may well find something that maps onto your post-scarcity theory which would be pretty awesome.

Though still, until the time described, the issue isn't scarcity itself but rather productivity, accessibility and the time needed for both. This is why we're more prosperous in freer societies. People tend to be more productive and the access of resources is less impeded by political bodies, not to mention that the time it takes to produce is reduced when you don't have to jump through regulatory hoops. If we're worried that free-reign capitalism will exhaust our resources before we can access the rest of the universe, all I can really point out is that our options are either stifling ourselves and not making it out there anyways, or running the free market risk since only there will productivity be high enough for us to get there. SpaceX is a very good example of exactly this, all the way down to the having to jump through bureaucratic hoops to get into and retain a place in the space travel market in the first place. And yet, for all these restrictions, it's already made some amazing innovations and reduced the cost of space travel drastically.
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Has anyone used HardiBacker 500 under a wood stove and tile?

It says that it's for walls, but it's the thickest (.42") backer board that I could find in my area. Thanks!
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Screen potential gun owners = "common sense"
Screen refugees = "Racism!"
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I really like Jonathan Haidt's idea that secular purity rituals (e.g. detox dieting) may be replacing religion as a means of meeting some kind of fundamental purity instinct.  So, I had a look at Google Search Trends. 
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Of course link
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Some people are heralding the sharing economy as "the end of capitalism" and others "disaster capitalism".  I'm not sure it's actually either incompatible with capitalism or an expression of disaster mentality.  It seems more like conflating capitalism with material selfishness.  What do you think?
The best thing about the sharing economy is that it lets ordinary people turn a quick profit by renting out their assets. Not doing anything Friday night? You could make a nice chunk of change driving people around the city via rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. Going on vacation next month? You could pay for your trip in part by renting out your home through Airbnb.
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+Eric Smith of course they are. So are the government departments which profit from giving out licenses to taxi companies. 

In the end I believe the market will certainly win. Űber is cheaper, safer, faster.... i.e. a better mousetrap
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