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by daybrown
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Systems..
Replies: 32
Views: 2453

Re: Systems..

Ya, I'm nocturnal too. Mother Nature arranged for the elders to stay up at nite to keep the fire going with a minimum amount of fuel. That was enuf to keep the predators at bay, and so rewarded the tribes that kept some of us around. Course, in more recetn years, I saw that the wee hours were the be...
by daybrown
Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:12 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Can government be benign?
Replies: 31
Views: 3623

Re: Can government be benign?

"What makes you think other people are as sensible as you are?" broke When they were given the choice, they seemed to choose wisely, according to Constantine. I think we should live up to the Founding principles of the United States of America and restore Liberty to the People. Gobbon: The Romans a...
by daybrown
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Can government be benign?
Replies: 31
Views: 3623

Re: Can government be benign?

The government Machiavelli admired were the free city states of Germany. Competent men voted with their feet. amd tje gpvernmemts, whether republics, oligarchies, or tyrannies, competed with each other. Which is the case today on a global scale; as professional expertise becomes more common, its mob...
by daybrown
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:19 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: the more entrenched injustices of the world...
Replies: 159
Views: 9846

Re: the more entrenched injustices of the world...

Kinda depends on who getsta define the term. Atheists claim to be uttery rational while holding the position that they have the proof of a negative. They do? I've talked to a lot of atheists, and I haven't run into one who makes that claim yet.. They claim to know there is no god. The absence of pr...
by daybrown
Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: the more entrenched injustices of the world...
Replies: 159
Views: 9846

Re: the more entrenched injustices of the world...

Be rational. Excellent advice, as long as it is thoroughly followed. The endpoint of rationality is the realization that existence is trans-rational. The biggest abdication of rationality is to fail to recognize its limits and elevate it to the status of an absolute. I know of people who have died ...
by daybrown
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Barack Obama, next president of the U.S.?
Replies: 651
Views: 36291

Re: Barack Obama, next president of the U.S.?

I dont claim that dietary deficit and contamination made Americans thotless, but more generally neurotic and subject to group think. They can, and do, still perform well within certain limited settings like job performance. But few consider the effect on the economy or environment in the way they ma...
by daybrown
Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: the more entrenched injustices of the world...
Replies: 159
Views: 9846

Re: the more entrenched injustices of the world...

Interesting. I'm not very familiar with Stoic social views. I may research them in light of your remarks. I can see that Stoicism failed to create a power structure for ambitious personalities. I read that they never built monumental sacred structures, but only schools. http://www.daybrown.org/epic...
by daybrown
Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Can government be benign?
Replies: 31
Views: 3623

Re: Can government be benign?

The devil is in the details. The Tocharians, for instance, who seemed to be all middle class, have been found buried with ephedra. We know the Silk Road carried on a very active trade in opium, and an Amazon grave was found with a ritual bowl containing cannibis. The Vedas, which date from the earli...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: the more entrenched injustices of the world...
Replies: 159
Views: 9846

Re: the more entrenched injustices of the world...

And, for the record, before anybody paints me as a cynical, bitter, and/or envious nut, let me add that is possible for people of good character to be financially successful. But the catch-22 is that financial success must not be their motivation. It is possible to do well by creating value and ser...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: the more entrenched injustices of the world...
Replies: 159
Views: 9846

Re: the more entrenched injustices of the world...

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Okay, you've got the Caesar thing happening, how about you guys now turn your attention to God. Epictetus, the Stoic, argued that Caesar was a theif who stole power, and you have no duty to him whatever. To put him in the same cla...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Can government be benign?
Replies: 31
Views: 3623

Re: Can government be benign?

The history is obscure, but there actually have been benign governments. I guess we could start with the Anatolian cities 10,000 years ago. The history everyone knows was written by the agrarians who went south to setup what we call the "fertile crescent'. Which was chronic warfare and exploitation ...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Barack Obama, next president of the U.S.?
Replies: 651
Views: 36291

Re: Barack Obama, next president of the U.S.?

Even the best data we have is ambiguous. But some fundamentals come to mind. The boomers were the last generation raised on food produced by family farms still using what is now called "organic methods'. Every generation since has been exposed to increasing contamination with food grown on soil that...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Barack Obama, next president of the U.S.?
Replies: 651
Views: 36291

Re: Barack Obama, next president of the U.S.?

Ask me next november. A lot can happen to change my opinion. If we continue to muddle thru, Hillary will prolly be more effective with a Democratic congress than Obama. Like he voted against the corporate immunity the other day. Which looks good, but was a total waste of time. Course, that symbology...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:28 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: The U.S. and the 10 steps to fascism
Replies: 54
Views: 6314

Re: Apaches Rise to Defend Homelands from Homeland Security

. Apaches Rise to Defend Homelands from Homeland Security A national working group coalition of supporters, attorneys, Apaches, and other indigenous peoples to resist the seizure of their lands, the desecration of their sacred places, and the militarization of their communities. -snip- Dr.Eloisa Ga...
by daybrown
Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist
Replies: 35
Views: 4362

Re: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist

A problem the warrior class has always had is a lack of scholarship, and a denigrating attitude twards scholars; who therefore, do not tell those in power what the alpha male leaders do not want to hear. Somebody knew what kind of trouble Napoleon would run into in Russia, and lotsa folks more recen...
by daybrown
Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:21 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist
Replies: 35
Views: 4362

Re: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist

Sorry for the confusion Cory. Not bured, buried tubers. You cant bury grain; it spouts. Turnips, parsnips, rutabegas, & beets, can be easily hidden under the leaf duff in forest and retreived as need be til the army, bandits, or whoever starves out. Life In A Midieval Village, taken from the court r...
by daybrown
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist
Replies: 35
Views: 4362

Re: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist

Actually Cory, gold was smelted thousands of years before iron. Next came copper, but the big leap was when the transylvanian mines opened up. the Chalcocite there is contaminated with arsenic, so that when the copper is smelted you dont get copper, but arsenic bronze. the hardest by far of all the ...
by daybrown
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Peak Oil and the limits to growth
Replies: 23
Views: 2727

Re: Peak Oil and the limits to growth

The problem with free markets is that they are not always rational. "irrational exhuberance" is often followed by market panic as traders discoer there are no more greater fools. Another problem the modern urbanites- who set policy- dont realize is that oil is used to produce food, and the price of ...
by daybrown
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Observations on women
Replies: 49
Views: 8133

Re: Observations on women

They did after all say it would be about 'make love, not war'... But they didn't have orgy-porgy in mind: [...or did they?> Some did, some didnt. But for as where we are now, It usta be thot that only STDs were a risk in close personal contact, but now there's MRSA, TB, and who knows how many other ...
by daybrown
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:22 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Observations on women
Replies: 49
Views: 8133

Re: Observations on women

How is it glaringly obvious that he is hopeless and blind? Certainly not by dint of a few "negative" epithets. Come, mate, relinquish a measure of the flowery prose composition, for a wee bit of logic! Shall I take it then that to one Carl G a "few" negative epithets with not one positive epithet i...
by daybrown
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:19 am
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: Peak Oil and the limits to growth
Replies: 23
Views: 2727

Peak Oil and the limits to growth

http://europe.theoildrum.com/node/3550 is one of the clearer presentations, not only of where we are headed, but where we are now. There's been a lot posted about the imminent collapse of the US economy. As may be. But there is another scenario seen in the decline of empire where the limit to growth...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:01 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Observations on women
Replies: 49
Views: 8133

Re: Observations on women

Yes, women once engaged in gossip, but now that they are moving up in the rotted power structures of greed and oppressorship, they have more important things to talk about, like how to corrupt themselves into being actively, instead of just passively, evil like the men. They also listen better, and...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: Help Desk
Topic: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist
Replies: 35
Views: 4362

Re: The Agriculturalist & the Metallurgist

There's another scenario in Contant Battles, by LeBlanc. He sees a cycle where a set of primitive tribes, like say the New Guinea Highlanders, have frequent raids, with the upshot that 25% of the men die of battle wounds. A good way to stay in the stone age. But anyway, eventually, one chief gets lu...
by daybrown
Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Observations on women
Replies: 49
Views: 8133

Re: Observations on women

chauvinistic pigs have an ongoing need to paint the opposite gender with a broad brush in as bad of a light as possible for no apparent reason I propose that the reason may be low self-esteem. Convicted murderers in prison have a very high level of self esteem. They think their lives are worth kill...
by daybrown
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Non-Locality
Replies: 85
Views: 4010

Re: Non-Locality

There is a minimum distance a minimum amount of matter, ie, an atom, can be moved. IIRC, 10X-35 meter. But whatever, when we get to nanotechnology shit gets weird. That minimum distance is a pixel of space. There is also an ongoing debate on whether there are 6 or 7 more dimensions. but whatever, we...