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The moonrise tonight, as seen from the campsite next to mine here at Woods Lake.

Leaving Monday. The asshole camp host just told me that Pookie needs to either stay indoors or be on a leash. That ain't happening.

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HA! We don't even have 4G yet in the United States.

In the US, what they're calling "4G" is pure marketing BS. It doesn't meet the 4G spec. Doesn't even come close. Some standards-stubborn techs are calling it "three and a half G" but in reality it doesn't even come halfway to the 4G standard.

So now they're going to sell us something they're calling "5G?" Color me skeptical. I'll have to look at the tech later, but I can't help wondering if it will even meet the 4G standard...

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to open nearly 11 gigahertz of high-frequency spectrum for 5G.
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It is what it is, +Gordon Runkle. For my lifestyle, there's no other game in town.
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The View From My Work

Yes, I have to look at THIS all day in my new position (started today) as an assistant camp host at Matterhorn Campground near Telluride, Colorado. I'm mowing grass and cleaning toilets.

This is not the view from my campsite. This is what the tent campers see at the far end of the campground.

Surprisingly, this thing doesn't have a name. It's the ridge between Sheep Mountain and San Miguel Peak, neither of which is in this photo.

Geotagged in case you want to come here some day.

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"In the nineteenth century the question of the true meaning of socialism was a live issue among collectivists of all stripes. Kant, Herder, Fichte, and Hegel were dominant mainstream voices. Yet clearly none was a conservative. Conservatives of the nineteenth century favored returning to or re-invigorating feudal institutions. Our four figures, by contrast, all favored significant reforms and a jettisoning of traditional feudalism. Yet none was an Enlightenment liberal. Enlightenment liberals were individualistic, the center of their political and economic gravity tending toward limited governments and free markets. Our four figures, by contrast, voiced themes of strong collectivism in ethics and politics with calls for individuals to sacrifice for society, whether society was defined as the species, the ethnic group, or the state. We find in the case of Kant a call for individuals to be willing to do their duty to sacrifice for the species; we find in the case of Herder a call for individuals to find their identity in their ethnicity; we find in the case of Fichte a call for education to be process of total socialization; and we find in the case of Hegel a call for total government to which the individual will surrender everything. For a school of thinkers who advocated total socialization, “socialism” seemed an appropriate label. Accordingly, many thinkers on the collectivist Right thought of themselves as true socialists.

"Yet 'socialism' was also being used as the label for Left collectivists, so there was a lively debate between the Left and many on the Right over who had the most right to call themselves 'socialist.'

"The debate was not merely semantics. Both Right and Left were anti-individualist; both advocated government management of the most important aspects of society; both divided human society into groups which they took to be fundamental to individuals’ identities; both pitted those groups against each other in inescapable conflict; both favored war and violent revolution to bring about the ideal society. And both sides hated the liberals."
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"...the most evil man in mankind’s history."

The quote is from Ayn Rand, and she was speaking of Immanuel Kant, "who is considered the central figure of modern philosophy. [Wikipedia]"

And that, right there, is what is wrong with "modern philosophy" -- a misnomer if there ever was one: the Wikipedia entry should say postmodern philosophy. The ideas of the Modern Age (also known as the Enlightenment) are what Kant sought to destroy.

So. This: If your child takes a philosophy class in college (and s/he will: even my young rocket scientist, who will get his engineering degree next year, had to take one), Kant is the only philosopher s/he will ever hear about. Oh, there will be others -- Hegel, Nietzsche, Foucault, and maybe even Sartre -- but all of their ideas ultimately came from Kant, and all will be discussed within a hushed, reverent virtual cathedral with a statue of Kant at the altar.

So... what about Karl Marx? Isn't he the Most Evil? Well, Marx got his ideas from Hegel. Hegel got his ideas from Kant. What about Hitler? Well, he got his ideas from Nietzsche, who got his ideas from Hegel, who got...

You already know the rest of that story.

So if you're still reading, I told you all that to tell you this:

Man is an animal which, if it lives among others of its kind, requires a master... who will break his will and force him to obey a will that is universally valid, under which each can be free.

In other words, men must be controlled. Only then can they be "free." If this sounds like something out of 1984 -- well, it's where Communism got those ideas in the first place.

So, where is man to get this master? Let us continue from the same passage:

But whence does he get this master? Only from the human race.

In other words, people who are better than the rest of us.

And that, dear Reader, is what your kids are being taught at University.

Quotes are from Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784). Translation by Lewis White Beck. Found on marxists.org -- are you surprised? You shouldn't be if you truly understand Marxism.

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"What links the Right and the Left is a core set of themes: anti-individualism, the need for strong government, the view that religion is a state matter (whether to promote or suppress it), the view that education is a process of socialization, ambivalence about science and technology, and strong themes of group conflict, violence, and war. Left and Right have often divided bitterly over which themes have priority and over how they should be applied. Yet for all of their differences, both the collectivist Left and the collectivist Right have consistently recognized a common enemy: liberal capitalism, with its individualism, its limited government, its separation of church and state, its fairly constant view that education is not primarily a matter of political socialization, and its persistent Whiggish optimism about prospects for peaceful trade and cooperation between members of all nations and groups. [...]

"While the details are messy the broad point is clear: the collectivist Right and the collectivist Left are united in their major goals and in identifying their major opposition. None of these thinkers, for example, ever has a kind word for the politics of John Locke."
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"...the root of the opposition to liberalism cannot be reached by resort to the method of reason. This opposition does not stem from the reason, but from a pathological mental attitude—from resentment and from a neurasthenic condition that one might call a Fourier complex, after the French socialist of that name.

"Concerning resentment and envious malevolence little need be said. Resentment is at work when one so hates somebody for his more favorable circumstances that one is prepared to bear heavy losses if only the hated one might also come to harm. Many of those who attack capitalism know very well that their situation under any other economic system will be less favorable. Nevertheless, with full knowledge of this fact, they advocate a reform, e.g., socialism, because they hope that the rich, whom they envy, will also suffer under it. Time and again one hears socialists say that even material want will be easier to bear in a socialist society because people will realize that no one is better off than his neighbor."

-- Ludwig Von Mises, Liberalism
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What a surprise. I figured that as an AnCap, you of all people would probably have already read Mises. 
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The CO₂ Global Warming Hypothesis predicts
more frequent, and more severe, hurricanes.

The United States, which gets most of the world's hurricanes, has not seen a major hurricane in more than ten years.

But we will! And it's all the fault of burning fossil fuels.

Says a self-proclaimed "atmospheric scientist" who wrote an op-ed in that giant fount of Marxism* known as The New York Times.

* In the 1950's, the Times had several staff writers/journalists who were known Soviet KGB agents working undercover in the KGB's Subversion (aka Dezinformatsiya ) project.

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I apologize in advance for posting blatantly political content to public. I know there are certain people who don't want to see my politics. However, there are other certain people who need to see this.

So. It's official.

A Christard who puts the Constitution second ( “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order" -- see below for more) to his belief in Sky Fairies, talking animals, and shame-based systems.

Will this quiet the #nevertrump  idiots? They have one of their own on the ticket now. A True Scotsman, so to speak.

'Twill be interesting to see...

Note that this man might actually fit the "True Conservative" label. Just what that means is, of course, nebulous: it means whatever one wants it to mean.

Still, the original meaning of "conservative" described those of the Enlightenment period who could not stomach these radical ideas of human knowledge coming from Reason, instead of Divine Revelation, and wanted to go back to rule by monarchs and The Church. In other words, religious fundamentalists.

So Pence might actually qualify as a True Conservative. In the original meaning of the word, but certainly not in the way that Goldwater defined it.

The US Constitution, of course, was founded on Enlightenment values, not those of superstition and mysticism. Therefore, anyone claiming to be both an evangelical Christian and a Constitutionalist is lying through his ass.
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What you said, +Gordon Runkle.

The damage that he does to the economy with his foreign trade ideas (and let's hope it's all bluster and pandering to the unions) will be offset by the "boost" the economy will get (if removing shackles, chains and a boat anchor can be called a 'boost') when he shuts down the trillion$ of GDP-stealing Global Warming nonsense. Will they cancel each other out, or will one effect be stronger than the other? 'Twill be interesting to see. 
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I say, "Let's give it to them."

Let's find them a piece of land, maybe over in Africa or something, buy it for them, and ship all of them over there.

Let them find out that in Real Life, someone, somewhere, has to actually produce something in order to survive. And that when there is no one from whom you can take the fruit of their labor, you have to produce it yourself.

They'll all be dead within a year. "Race" problem solved.

Hint to the libtards reading this who don't understand the previous sentence: we don't have a "race" problem here in America. Our problem is Collectivism.

OK, I'm shutting down and heading up to the woods now. No Internet, so I won't be replying to your comments.
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Why don't we give them the Gulag Archipelago, but don't tell Putin.
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It must further be understood that all the worth which the human being possesses – all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State. ... For Truth is the Unity of the universal and subjective Will; and the Universal is to be found in the State, in its laws, its universal and rational arrangements. The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on Earth. [emphasis added]

-- G.W.F. Hegel, The Philosophy of History, (a compendium of his lectures)

found on marxists.org

Hegel was the philosopher that primarily influenced Karl Marx. His ideas are still considered foundational to Marxists and Postmodernists today.

Hegel, in turn, was influenced by Kant.

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reminds me of the quote i once heard:  God is Dead.  The State is God.
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Here in Colorado, the word "swill" has a special meaning: 3.2% alcohol by weight (ABW) "beer," which is the only stuff that grocery stores, etc. are allowed to sell.

If you want "real" 5% ABW beer, you must go to a liquor store.

It's an archaic law left over from the repeal of Prohibition: the 3.2% stuff is legally defined as "a non-intoxicating beverage." And within walking distance of basically every supermarket in Colorado -- there is a liquor store.

Earlier this year the State legislature and Governor finally changed all of that: supermarkets will be allowed to buy out the liquor licenses of the liquor stores near them and start selling what every Coloradan calls "Five percent beer."

So imagine my delight for about one-half of a second when I was greeted by this sign today at a Safeway store.

"WOH!! That's some pretty strong brew... Oh, wait a minute..."

FWIW I once helped a friend whomp up a batch of home brew that he claimed tested out at 18%. My Gawd was that some kick-ass stuff. And mighty tasty, too. 
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With all the top x lists for great places to live, being able to buy liquor at grocery should be listed. #1=all liquor, #2=all beer and wine, #3=Sunday restrictions, #4=3.2 beer, #5=dry city/county
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I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another, nor ask another to live for mine. I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving social, political, or economic goals.
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A *REAL* liberal.

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Nice place when it isn't flooding. Lots are enormous, and they take care of the mowing. Landlady is a little hard to get ahold of. Neighbors are friendly. Surrounded by trees, and reasonably quiet except for when a log truck comes by on the highway that is across the river. There are short hiking trails through the woods, some on the property and some off. No cable TV available, and the phone company cannot supply Internet. There is good cellular signal so I used that for my Internet. If you're coming here in an RV to stay, they only rent monthly.
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A beautiful RV park with mature shade trees that is quiet and peaceful. A creek runs across the back of it. Deer come in to eat the apples that fall from the trees. Owners are tired and want to sell, so the place is being kept in top condition. Much nicer than the one up the road that has no shade, no shelter from storms.
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Now across the street (130 E. 3rd St?) in a location twice the size. My burger was excellent. Staff are all very nice people, and seem happy to be there. Very 2nd-Amendment-friendly: about half of the waitresses are openly carrying a firearm. Not that there will ever be any high-profile attacks in small rural Colorado towns, but it's still nice to feel safe while dining.
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I have been waiting a year to write this review. It has taken me that long to get proof of who was right. I took my Jeep in a year ago to get a critical front-suspension bolt replaced that had gone missing, and a front-end alignment. Afterward, the Jeep had an annoying pull to the right. I took it back in. They wouldn't even look at it. "Oh, no, the alignment is perfect," they told me. "It has to be your tires." Disgusted, I walked out, determined to give them a bad review here after I had proved them wrong. Thousands of dollars later, spent with quacks and charlatans who sold me all kinds of parts I didn't need and insisted I needed to spend more, the issue was resolved when a mechanic I drove hundreds of miles to see (because I knew he was honest) switched some tires around. So these guys were right all along. But they only get three stars because of their lousy service: they COULD have offered to switch the tires around that day, solve my problem, and prove that they were right. That would have saved me a lot of grief. But they didn't. Instead, they copped an attitude.
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Viewer beware! This photo is of a campground IN OREGON that has the same name Trust me, NOTHING in New Mexico looks like this. I have also been to this campground. It's a halfway decent place, but looks nothing like the photo I took. Yes, I've reported this to Google Maps. Several times. I've even removed this photo and re-posted it in its proper place. Google just moves it back to New Mexico. Buyer beware.
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WARNING: they keep Mormon hours. Made the mistake of making the 26-mile trip on a Sunday afternoon, only to find they were closed. No hours posted on the door. I'm sure that isn't necessary, since the hours of business are no doubt posted at Church where everyone will see them.
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Severely lacking in expertise It has taken me over a year to write this review. Until recently, I couldn't figure out WHO was right... These guys are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Neither do they have the best diagnostic equipment. And they like to sell you stuff that you don't need. I took my newly-purchased Jeep to them because they were the shop that had been working on it for the previous owner. I wanted everything checked out, and to find the cause of the Check Engine light coming on. So they told me that the gearlube in one of my axles was getting old. They had installed lockers in that axle less than a year before. I said, "WHAT? You put the old lube back in when you installed the lockers?" There was a lot of hemming and hawing. Their diagnostic computer is apparently the same one that auto parts houses will loan you for free, because it never found more than the "#2 cylinder misfire" that I already knew about. They make diagnostic computers costing thousands of dollars for PROFESSIONAL mechanics that will tell you a whole lot more. But that's all they had to go on, so they proceeded to talk me into a compression test. Said it would be $75. I consented. The compression test found nothing, and they charged me $95. A few weeks later a retired auto mechanic working part-time at the O'Reilly's in Moab gave me a clue. He said it would be one of three things (I forget the details), one of which was the injector. He is also the one who told me about the pro-grade tools that mechanics are supposed to have. It turned out to be the injector. A can of injector cleaner in the tank, and cleaning up the dirty electrical contacts on the injector solved the problem. These guys are barely above the level of backyard mechanics.
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