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Does anyone remember the name of that crowdsourced security app? Our police response time is just barely fast enough to find your body before it gets eaten by rats. Thanks!
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I remember an article about a religious group (Mennonites, maybe?) building its own roads to increase traffic flow to its businesses, but I can't find it.  Does anyone have a credible link?  Thanks!
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+Theodore Minick Yeah.  I don't see any problem, philosophically, about making the nodes pay to connect to the network (as long as they want to).  
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"But what about firefighters?" This article shows what happens when risks are viewed through utilitarian eyes. I can't help but think that residents would have been much better off with private fire protection (i.e. not having their protection pulled to save wine country). Four towns burned. Over 1000 homes lost. Note: They are still being charged a special tax assessment to pay for the failed firefighting effort.

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+SasquatchBean 43% of eligible voters.  This doesn't include people who are not eligible.

There was a really interesting book by Huntington, Crozier, and Watanuki, called "The Crisis of Democracy".  They concluded that trying to extend democracy past a few basic issues, into creating "positive rights" for special interests, was creating gridlock.  Nobody gets what they want and everyone feels meddled with. This is a crisis because the authors were worried that the gridlock would lead to people endorsing charismatic, authoritarian leaders who effect change extra-democratically.  They were right on with this analysis.  Unfortunately, their recommendation was to control media channels to narrow peoples' preferences to fit the State...And this is what we have seen happen.

The point is that it's not a problem of government not doing a tractable job.  The problem is that they are given an intractable job and this yields poor results.

US democracy isn't intended to define a set of rules for how 300 million people are allowed to live.  This is impossible because people are different.  It is intended to let people best decide how to protect their own ability to decide how they want to live.  It was an interesting experiment, and it appears not to have worked.  So, you're left with two major options.  1) Force people to live according to how the most vocal special interests want them to live and deal with the ensuing conflict, or 2) Let people self-segregate into communities which have sovereign decision-making authority.  Judging from how well countries with greater subsidiarity (e.g. Switzerland) are doing relative to how countries with greater centralization are doing (e.g. US, China, Russia), the latter seems preferable.
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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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Energy independence via massive investments in clean/renewable energy tech, infrastructure, & energy efficiency. 
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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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I thought that, surely, this was satire...
American currency has long held claim to being the only thing found in bars that boasts the phrase "E Pluribus Unum." This summer, Budweiser wants to change that by rebranding itself as "America" and peppering its packaging with that very phrase, alongside some others like "Liberty and Justice for All" and "Indivisible Since 1776."
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I blame the illuminati
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+Thomas Hines You can still have your wars.
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In your opinion, can something be gmo and organic? 
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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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