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Nathanael Beal
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A fairly common problem is that while businesses are rightfully judged based on the outcomes they actually achieve, instead of the goals they articulate; government programs are usually judged on the stated goals, and if they fail at achieving anything close to the goal it is used as evidence that they need more money instead of evidence that they are doing something wrong with what they have. If we take the approach that Friedman took here and judge based on actual outcomes we see that many government programs are not only bad at achieving their stated goals, but that they actively work toward the opposite of what they are supposed to achieve.

Proper economic analysis requires that we look at that which is seen (the immediate effects) and, just as importantly, we look at that which is unseen (the subtle background noise of the less visible effects). Only then can we judge rightly about the effectiveness of any given action.
Just to clarify, he's explaining how things operate, not how they should operate.
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I'm offended by the cultural expropriation of the English language by people who call it cultural appropriation. Words have meanings that have developed over dozens of centuries, and you can't just put any words together however you'd like. Or, maybe if you see someone that appreciates part of your culture, but doesn't quite know what it is about you could try using it as an opportunity for conversation, instead of yelling about being offended.
LOL.... we're all just going to be sitting in our homes staring off into space pretty soon. Just in case we happen to possibly maybe offend one person out of all the people we run into each day.

“While yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students...there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice. Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced”, and which cultures those practices “are being taken from”.

The email went on to say that because many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy... we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

By this rational we really need to stop practicing medicine I suppose too. During WWII nazi "doctors" experimented on people on the regular. Continuing to practice medicine really is casting a blind eye on the suffering that one culture was subjected to and we should be much more mindful of that. ..../s

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"I will not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
~Frank Herbert

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This seems like a good basis for a government.

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This, so much this.

Hello to my fellow anarchists. I'm a traveling furniture maker, based in Long Beach, CA when I'm not somewhere else. I'm in Austin, TX for the next week or so, then back to my home shop for a brief time and on to Portland, OR for a couple weeks. I'm involved in furnishing a couple of gulches for those who want a place to visit philosophically like minded people, and I would be interested in furnishing any others anywhere in the world if you know of one getting kicked off the ground.

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I picked up a piano yesterday for $85. It's a 1908 Ivers & Pond, with a Cuban Mahogany cabinet. Not a bad buy.
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Somebody parked a TARDIS in my backyard.
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Tyranny: Anything not expressly permitted is forbidden.

Honestly, I don't blame Fed-Ex and UPS, though I find their stance to be cowardly. The political climate in the US is such that they could find themselves in some deep shit for transporting this particular milling machine. When companies refuse to transport your newly designed products until they know how your products will be dealt with by the government, you know that your government has regulatory over reach.
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