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EVERYONE is better off
Life expectancy of World Population - 1800, 1950, 2012
WOW!
By 1950, 50% of the planet had a greater life expectancy than anyone in 1800.
Today? The entire planet has a greater life expectancy than anyone in 1800, and over half have a greater life expectancy than anyone just 62 years ago.

What's so fascinating to me is to see the "equality" from 1800, then the sharp division between the haves and have nots in 1950, and how it's now flattening out again - with everyone doing better.

So...take a step back from your daily troubles, get a longer larger perspective and realize how GREAT we are really doing as a species!

http://www.maxroser.com/everyone-is-better-off-life-expectancy-increased/
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Please add support (new icons and activities) for the new compose and reminder shortcuts of the Inbox by Gmail app.

According to the +Android Police article, these are actual shortcuts despite being in the widget drawer.

When I add them to my home screen, Moko automatically applies the main Inbox icon to them.
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This thing is ridiculous in the best way possible. Lots of pics inside!
Glorious Mjölnir, hammer of Thor and intimidator of evildoers across the epochs, has this week landed at Computex in Taipei. The product of a young man by the name of Suchao Prowphong, this PC case...
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You'd think this wouldn't need saying...
 
The problem with government regulation

The problem with government regulation is not that it's wrong to have a third party act as a neutral arbitrator, watchdog, or guarantor of safety, quality and effectiveness.  All of those things are absolutely necessary.  To have a business that regulates itself is a conflict of interest. 

No, the problem is that the state has a monopoly on the regulation of commerce. And that doesn't work for several reasons. One is because that also is a conflict of interest, for the same reason that having a private business regulate itself is a conflict of interest. 

Who will regulate the regulators themselves? There is no transitive closure to that question.

"If an agency is the ultimate judge in every case of conflict, then it is also judge in all conflicts involving itself. Consequently, instead of merely preventing and resolving conflict, a monopolist of ultimate decision making will also cause and provoke conflict in order to settle it to his own advantage. That is, if one can only appeal to the state for justice, justice will be perverted in the favor of the state, constitutions and supreme courts notwithstanding." ~ Hans-Hermann Hoppe 

Another reason is because a monopoly watchdog is a single point of failure, and a single high-value target for corruption. 

"If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?" ~ Bastiat

The problem with the state -- which is organized power that claims and violently enforces a monopoly on the use of coercive force and the provision of governmental services -- is the same problem that arises with any hierarchically-organized power structure. And it's the same problem that arises when any person or group has a monopoly. And it's the same problem that arises when any human attains power. We have met the enemy, and he is us--human beings:

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself." ~ James Madison

You cannot solve the problem of wrongful use of power by creating hierarchical power structures that concentrate power at the top of the hierarchy. Even if one initially installs people of perfect integrity in such positions of power, they will not remain in office forever. Eventually, those who would seek to corrupt the system to their advantage will succeed. And they are likely to be the rich and powerful: 

"When under the pretext of fraternity, the legal code imposes mutual sacrifices on the citizens, human nature is not thereby abrogated. Everyone will then direct his efforts toward contributing little to, and taking much from, the common fund of sacrifices. Now, is it the most unfortunate who gains from this struggle? Certainly not, but rather the most influential and calculating." -- Frederic Bastiat 

And finally, a monopoly regulator is effectively a central planner. And central planning does not work, because it cannot solve the Economic Calculation Problem: => http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_calculation_problem
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"The slow western ascent from poverty began with an institution..."—Deepak Lal. See the data: http://j.mp/1dadROT
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The Witcher on refusing the choice between degrees of evil.

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The Witcher says “Lesser, greater, middling…makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary. The definition’s blurred. If I’m to choose between one evil and another, I’d rather not choose at all.”
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We just picked this game up for my wife who's playing it first. I was on the fence on picking it up for a while. She loved Dragon Age: Inquisition so much and having beat it and was sad at not having some kind of game with a deep story and characters, open game with significant choices, and strong RPG development... that I had to pick it up. Especially after seeing GameTrailers (a fairly critical reviewer) give this game a 9.8/10, which is the highest rating I've seen them give any game, and saying 'this is one of the best rpg's ever made'.

One thing that's nice, too, is that while the game is 'long' (over 100 hours easy if you try to doeverything) -- t's not 'filler long'. DA:I had a lot of those kinds of meaningless, soulless, 'filler quests'. Spend a half hour collecting these items, etc. This one, virtually all the side quests have various ethical and moral choices, their own deep stories and characters, consequences, etc.
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Which is just silly, of course.
 
''Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.'' - Aristotle
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Education
  • Louisiana State University
    PhD in Political Science, 2004 - 2009
    Fields: Political philosophy, international relations, and philosophy. Dissertation Title: Aristotelian Liberalism: An Inquiry into the Foundations of a Free and Flourishing Society.
  • Louisiana State University
    MA in Philosophy, 2004 - 2006
    Thesis: Aristotelian-Liberal Autonomy.
  • Louisiana State University
    MA in Political Science, 2002 - 2004
    Thesis: Tyranny, Natural Law, and Secession
  • Louisiana State University
    BAs in Political Science & History, 1999 - 2002
    Dual degrees.
  • McNeese State University
    1997 - 1999
  • US Army Intelligence School, Ft. Huachuca, AZ
    Military Intelligence Analyst, 1996 - 1997
  • Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
    Army Basic Training, 1996 - 1996
  • Sulphur High School
    1992 - 1996
  • Maplewood Middle School
    1996
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Entrepreneur; writer; fan, critic, and aspiring author of science fiction and fantasy; founder of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association; editor; web designer.
Introduction
Geoffrey is a former academic turned entrepreneur, writer, editor, and web designer. While he hasn't lost interest in political philosophy, his focus has shifted toward building online businesses and writing science fiction and fantasy. His worldview is a heady fusion of essential Aristotle and uncompromising libertarianism, leavened with a dash of the Dionysiac Nietzsche. He founded the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association in late 2013 with the goal of building a writer community and helping readers find liberty-loving authors. He lives in Edgewood, KY with his wife and two children.
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Father of two, PhD, libertarian, entrepreneur, web designer
Work
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Writer, Editor, Web Designer, Consultant
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Writing, copywriting, editing, copyediting, proofreading, web design (WordPress, Thesis), WordPress hosting and setup, research, political philosophy, philosophy, political economy.
Employment
  • Dawnbringer Studio
    Owner, 2014 - present
    Entrepreneur, writer, editor, web designer, copywriter, consultant, web host.
  • Buena Vista University
    Adjunct Instructor, 2009 - 2014
  • Ludwig von Mises Institute
    Mises Daily Proofreader, Copyeditor, and Implementer, 2011 - 2011
  • Louisiana State University
    Graduate Assistant/Instructor, 2002 - 2007
  • LA Army National Guard
    Battalion Intelligence NCO (E-5), 1996 - 2002
  • Walmart
    Sales Associate (Pet Dept)
  • Domino's Pizza
    Delivery Driver
  • Hollywood Video
    Cashier
  • Sulphur Parks & Recreation
    Lifeguard, Swimming Instructor, cashier
  • McDonald's
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