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The problem we have with the Trump White House isn't even almost new:

Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?"

The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names." "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?"

The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."

A tidal wave of bullshit coming from the highest offices in the U.S. can only result in confusion and stagnation. This has been known for literally thousands of years which is why a central tenant of every religion and ethical system is always: "Tell the truth even when it hurts."

h/t to +John Holmes who I ripped the image from.

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We have two examples of America facilitating possession of potentially lethal machinery in the hands of citizens. In one case, there are two hundred million almost daily users, who operate the machines with stunning skill, aiming them to just barely miss each other. They license and register the machines and get insurance.

Yes, thousands of lives are lost to these lethal machines, but if you divide that by the sheer number of hours of use, then by the economic benefits and life satisfaction points, then the pain is so thinly distributed that the social consensus is: "Let's keep researching ways to refine the regulations and improve the technology to make them safer, but let's keep using them.

"This is working."

The other class of potentially lethal machinery accounts for almost exactly the same number of deaths per year! Even though it is used vastly, vastly, vastly less often, especially when it comes to "self-protection." The ratio of deaths per hour of use is incomparably higher. But that is nothing compared to deaths per hour of actual utility to users.

In one case there are regulations concerning training, insurance and liability (not just by user-owners but also manufacturers) that successfully reduce risk while enhancing utility. In the other case, none of this risk/harm/liability mitigation happens. At all. Whatsoever. Institutions are forbidden to even study the tradeoffs. Knowledge itself is dogmatically banned.

The experiment has been run. Cars are regulated with spectacular success, at all levels and in all ways. Even the DMV runs far better, nowadays.

A huge burden of proof falls upon those who proclaim that Guns should not be treated EXACTLY like cars. At all levels and in all ways. And yes, if you want an assault rifle, fine... take extra tests and insurance like the diver of an 18-wheeler.

There is only one justification for refusing to go along with this. The Slippery Slope to Total Confiscation of Firearms by an Orwellian State. (SSTTCFOS). That is it. That is the sum total of the argument against changing the DMV to the DMV&G. Whereupon I shock folks by saying... I agree! SSTTCFOS is an actual concern! There is a germ of a genuine objection, deep down, underneath the NRA-fomented hysteria, and liberals are foolish to dismiss it, out of hand.

In fact, I favor some steel-hard protections of Americans' "insurrectionary recourse."

The criminal stupidity of gun nuttery is not that they fret about SSTTCFOS. It is their refusal to look for a win-win.

A positive-sum outcome. I describe one here.

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This goes at least three levels deep. The top Republican Party officials in DC engaged in TREASON in 2016 & have conspired to cover it up since.

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The Latter Days of a Better Nation, Part IV

Jim is on fire here. Well worth the read.

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I just wrote a lengthy thread on Twitter about the history of "court costs," and how this plays into American history from 1870 to the present. It's a huge and complicated subject.

Yes, I know it should be an essay and not a Twitter thread, but writing those takes several times longer and I'm tired today. If someone has a decent API tool for scraping a thread and turning it into a Medium post, especially one that can help format it at least vaguely decently, I'm all ears. :)

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Guess Who The Lawyer Was ~ @Amy_Siskind
Why was Russian money-laundering case settled? Business Insider

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China is quite content to let other nations play with zombie technology while they leapfrog ahead.
Lithium mining will soon be the new wealth of mining forget gold and let the coal lie buried in the ground. Lithium will be in demand as Tesla and China scale up their power storage pack production
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