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At Brazeiros Churrascaria in Knoxville with Andy, Kristin, Sara, and Kamryn. :-)
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Makers and Takers.  Also known as free markets and planned economies.  Or Freedom and Slavery.  But best known, if not always well understood, as Capitalism and Socialism.
Global trade, with no single regulatory mechanism and only voluntary rules, has slashed global poverty to unprecedented lows.  Wherever markets are free and regulation minimal, humanity flourishes.
The wealth created draws parasites and the power-hungry, who have many rhetorical tools at their disposal, since the flourishing is never evenly distributed.  The unevenness empowers demagogues and revolutionaries under the banner of 'fairness'.
The 'solution' is always some form of forced transfer from the wealthy to the poor.  Eyes are averted from the slice the demagogues and revolutionaries take for themselves.  And as the productive environment evaporates, the level of force rises, until the vaunted 'fairness' devolves to starvation and misery.
Socialism in theory results in Rainbows and Unicorns.  Socialism in practice, demonstrated time after time by human history, results in misery, slavery, and mass murder.
In response to Ricochet member Mark’s post about the failure of President Obama’s Cuba policy, Titus Techera, who is Romanian, left a comment that too few people born and raised in Western democracies will fully understand: I was a bouncing baby boy when the communist tyrant was assassinated. I’m not sure it would have happened without Reagan and his foreign policy. Maybe the USSR was…
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Ha!  BernieBro ?  Hilary Harpy ?  Be busy for a few days and miss the arrival of the most delightful epithets!  With bonus leftist infighting!
Disaster Pants: Will Wheaton Attempts a Brief Defense of "BernieBros," Then Collapses Into a Quivering Pile of Shame and Fear. He pushed back, slightly and not terribly cleverly, at the "BernieBro" stuff, asking, perfectly fairly I think, if those tossing about the "BernieBro" term as an insult ...
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More of the "Facebook is evil" meme.  This time for selective censorship taken to absurd levels.  Many people have lost sight of the importance of free speech, especially speech that offends.
Politics is all about ideas that offend, after all, and always will be.  Always has been, too.  A look at the political cartoons from the 1700's and 1800's is informative -- and reinforces our founders' intent to protect offensive speech.
In the aftermath of Milo’s war against Twitter, it’s important to note that other major Social Media outlets have caved to the craven, perpetually-offended SJWs. Remember that SJWs can actively call for the death of Right-wingers, and it is not considered a violation of policy. Right-wingers, on the other hand, need only state their views …
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Handy graphic when educating others on the damage Obama has done in seven years.
@BillFrezza twenty-seven 8x10 colored Glossy photos with circles & arrows & a paragraph on the back explainin' what each one was. Sorry, Twitter is taking too long to load. Try again. Home · Sign up · Log in · Search · About. Not on Twitter? Sign up, tune into the things you care about, ...
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I use AdBlockPlus in Firefox -- have for several years -- along with NoScript, for general defense against malware.  When AdBlockPlus started their responsible-advertiser program, I welcomed it, as I'm not opposed to seeing reasonable (safely unscripted) ads when consuming free content.  I've strongly resisted pleas to disable the adblocker, including when trying to view some recent articles on forbes.com.

Seems my hard line helped me dodge a bullet.
Forbes asked readers to turn off ad blockers then immediately served them pop-under malware
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The Force Awakens did not disappoint.  :-)
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Drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan.  Massive mine waste spill into the Animas River in Colorado.  What do they have in common?  Government officials breaking the very laws they're employed to enforce.
"The root of the problem here is that the EPA and other agencies assume that only they protect the environment and that private parties are always the ones who despoil it."
The details of the Flint, MI, water scandal are all too well known to require more than a brief summary. For many years, Flint obtained its water service from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, which acquired its supply through both Lake Huron and the Detroit River. But with Flint in receivership since 2011, its city council decided to switch…
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So, were you considering upgrading to Windows 10, but worried about the tracking data it collects?  Heard that you could turn it off if you paid for the enterprise version?
Well, that's what MS pitches, but it isn't true.
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Long ago, in this place, I predicted disaster for race relations in the wake of Obama's presidency.  Not so much due to Obama himself (though I'm no longer so sure of that), but because race hustlers are quick to take the side of thugs and hooligans when it suits them politically.
This has very bad consequences, particularly for law-abiding minorities.
Despite a steep rise in crime, arrests in L.A. were down nearly 10 percent in 2015.
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Just a dusting of snow on the south side of Atlanta.
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Met my new Grand-niece yesterday...

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