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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 8:31amSanction this postReply
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Make it so!
Thanks for this, you are the man my friend!



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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 8:46amSanction this postReply
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Thanks, Jules.

I create wacky stuff like this in order to cope with adversity. It's like medicine for me.

Ed

p.s. I saw a picture of you over at Perigo's place and it definitely fit with my characterization of you in this short story!

:-)

p.s.s. fwiw, I need a new username/password over there. I hadn't been there in a while and had forgotten to write it down. Elsewise, I would have commented on your posts.

(Edited by Ed Thompson on 12/16, 8:49am)




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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 9:20amSanction this postReply
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It has been a little more "retarded" than usual as of late. A few temper tantrums being thrown bandler's way. I tried to tell people "hey do not attack the MAN attack his point of view and replace/refute with a BETTER argument. I learned that lesson here when I acted like a complete ass on that whole Brad Trun thread. Doug is a really smart guy, I do not believe he is racist, I think his delivery just realllllyyyy sucks some times, and like trun he is Forgetting the most important thing.. The individual, and culture/subculture.

Apparently he has a fanclub at OL. Lol



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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 9:22amSanction this postReply
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I stopped wearing the leather coat, I kept getting frisked for sawed off shotguns whenever I went out!!



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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 10:14amSanction this postReply
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Great story, Ed, and not just because it involves someone with a name eerily similar to mine.

Behind her walked her 3 henchmen...
Must you say "henchmen"? It sounds so menacing and evil. How about "Guardians"?

Princess Praxis...
As if I didn't see this coming...

The story of how the Egals were caught perpetrating their enormous injustice is fascinating. Butch George had drawn up a plan that was carried out by Brock O'Brian. Normally antagonists to each other, they were never suspected as to be working together to profit off of dramatically increasing the injustice in the world. Butch drew up plans for a super computer designed to spy on the citizenry.

During his 3rd presidential term, Brock O'Brian completed construction of the super computer and proceeded to use the information obtained by the computer against his own citizens, as and where it was expedient to do so. However, there were a couple of intellectuals especially adept at computer programming -- Michael D. Gores and Wolf Stevens -- who managed to hack and then alter the functioning of the super computer.
Hmm, supercomputer eh? I'm trying to think what you meant by this. I have an idea, but I don't think all of the evidence lines up to support it. Hmm...

Utilizing advanced algorithms, the super computer was able to determine with logical finality that the Egals were citizens of the country, too -- and therefore needed to live under the myriad laws they were creating for the rest of the citizenry. Justice demanded that. For instance, there was a single-payer, universal health care system -- but the Egals did not have to use it. And there were laws against insider trading and, at the same time, the Egals were perpetrating this kind of action with impunity.
I really hope you post this else where; this part of the story (and its concept) can't be stressed enough. It is kind of like owning a restuarant and serving food you yourself wouldn't eat to your customers. However, it is much less economically suicidal for politicians. This idea is simple enough for the public to understand. Maybe the Rational Review will grab it and post it on their site. They posted my Puppy Parable; I'm sure they will do the same for your story as well.

Oh yeah, and Thomas Edwards -- a member of the High Council of Fifteen -- eventually got to marry Princess Praxis.
How did I not see this coming...

By the way, haven't you recorded that song yet?

I create wacky stuff like this in order to cope with adversity. It's like medicine for me.

This is one of the reasons I write. It's very theraputic.
I stopped wearing the leather coat, I kept getting frisked for sawed off shotguns whenever I went out!!



Lol, Jules, you could pass for a more badass Punisher with that jacket and those sunglasses.

k




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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 2:42pmSanction this postReply
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Kyle, thanks for the detailed response.
How about "Guardians"?
Great idea (done).

Hmm, supercomputer eh? I'm trying to think what you meant by this.
I'll give you 2 clues: It's being built somewhere in middle America, and it has a capacity of 5 zetabytes (5000 exabytes).

I really hope you post this else where ...
Heyy, tell me more about this "Rational Review" place where you have been published. It's got a really catchy name.

It is kind of like owning a restuarant and serving food you yourself wouldn't eat to your customers.
Great analogy! More on point, Ralph Nader was interviewed on NPR today about his new book, 17 solutions (or something like that) and he said that if politicians want to bring the country to war with other countries, then the children of the politicians should have to be drafted into that war. That way, we will only engage in war when it is necessary to do so -- rather than what we are doing now. This is sort of like what I am saying but Nader is an ideologically-mistaken socialist.

By the way, haven't you recorded that ...
That thing is harder to play than it looks. It could take me more than a couple dozen hours of practice, and I have not had very much free time lately. [Scottish accent] You've got to give me more time, Captain.

It's very theraputic.
Yes!

Ed




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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 3:24pmSanction this postReply
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I'll give you 2 clues: It's being built somewhere in middle America, and it has a capacity of 5 zetabytes (5000 exabytes).
Ohhhhhhhh, that supercomputer. I thought you were using "supercomputer" as a metaphor for philosophy.

Heyy, tell me more about this "Rational Review" place where you have been published. It's got a really catchy name.



My parable was published at Rational Review News Digest, under commentary I think. Browsing through the articles posted there, I gather it is a Libertarian (maybe conservative) newspaper (and news) website. My article was posted there the day after I posted it to RoR. It was posted by Thomas L. Knapp. Holy crap! I thought that name seemed familiar so I Wikipedia'd it! He founded the Boston Tea Party political party in 2006! Why didn't I notice that earlier?! That's really cool!

Give me a minute, Ed...

Okay, as I said, my parable was posted by Mr. Knapp. *phew*

Great analogy! More on point, Ralph Nader was interviewed on NPR today about his new book, 17 solutions (or something like that) and he said that if politicians want to bring the country to war with other countries, then the children of the politicians should have to be drafted into that war. That way, we will only engage in war when it is necessary to do so -- rather than what we are doing now. This is sort of like what I am saying but Nader is an ideologically-mistaken socialist.
Really, Raph Nader said that? Well, he just raised a rung on my personal admiration ladder. But he still dwells in the admirationless hell in which I first placed him.

Yes, it is a good idea, make politicians put their money where their mouths are. And be sure it is their money.

That thing is harder to play than it looks. It could take me more than a couple dozen hours of practice, and I have not had very much free time lately. [Scottish accent] You've got to give me more time, Captain.



Come'on Ed, each moment in which Praxgirl doesn't hear your song is a moment she might be being swept off her feet by an.... by an.... ACADEMIC!!!

Yes!
Speaking of which, I could use some therapy right now...

k




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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 5:21pmSanction this postReply
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Kyle,

You know, I've interacted with T. Knapp here before. He used to frequent this site in days long past. It's cool to discover that he did big things like start a Boston Tea Party (before starting tea parties became all the rage, circa. 2009). Regarding the serenade, Short Skirt/Long Jacket is not a "campfire song", which is why I'm having such difficulty with it (my "guitar" is self-taught, and not that well at that). There are 2 criteria for a campfire song:

1) Only 2-5 chords played throughout the entire song.
2) The guitar can be strummed in rhythm with the vocals.

While meeting criterion #1, the guitar in SS/LG -- as is common with Cake as a band -- is not played in lock-step rhythm with the vocals, but instead has its own rhythm. Now get this, I have to concentrate in order to walk and chew gum at the same time! I could do either one really well, if I put my mind to it -- but not both simultaneously.

What's funny is that the song doesn't sound at all hard to play. Like a Rubic's Cube, it looks easy until you actually try it.

Ed




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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 5:54pmSanction this postReply
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Ed,

First Ron Paul and then Thomas Knapp? Are Libertarian stars drawn to you?

Yes, the song, sorry if it sounded like I was rushing you. In the past, I've tried to learn songs on my electric guitar. I never finished learning a song. I just didn't have the passion for it, though I still like playing every now and then.

The best to you. I'll be the first to view it when you post it on Youtube.



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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 6:05pmSanction this postReply
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I have a seagull acoustic I bought in 1993 and a gibson epiphone with zakk wylde emg active pickups I put in it. I am also self taught, played In a small bar band for a while. I am pretty good at rhythme but never was very good at lead guitar. Oddly I cannot sing and play at the same time, my brain just is not wired for it! I am left handed, I have always wondered if in teaching myself I learned using the left side of my brain and singing being "right brain" activity the two some how are at cross purposes.
Ed, if you reallllyyy want to raise the bar in your learning curve pick up some tabulature. One veryyyyyy excellent song to learn is "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams. Even if you never learn the full song it will help you tremendously with other songs.



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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 9:26pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks for the support, guys. And here is a part that accidentally got left out of the story:

After Princess Praxis requested that the Egals be brought out on stage, she pulled out a long scroll entitled The List of a Thousand Harms, which was actually known more simply as the List of Thousands. Because the super computer was able to ascertain the effects of political policies on real people, it became possible to charge people with crimes even before all of the necessary effects of their actions played out (or when some of the effects went unseen). This dynamic was displayed in the movie, Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise. Just like physicists can calculate with rough certitude how many people will die if an atom bomb is dropped in a populated city, the super computer could perform these same kinds of 100%-certain estimations with things less straightforward and immediate than a thermonuclear blast radius (things as roundabout and delayed as the effects of public policies).

For instance, let's say a politician wanted to raise taxes on some group of people during an economic slowdown -- whether it be the rich, the poor, or the middle class, it does not matter. In cases such as that, the super computer could calculate all of the expected harms from such an unjust decision -- and then categorize the harms into, say, groups of 1000.

Princess Praxis began to read aloud:

According to the super computer's calculations, these are the tallied harmful effects which are more than 99.99% probable, and that also involve more than 1000 people. Egals, I hereby charge you with the following inhumane transgressions:

Count 1:
A thousand working people who unnecessarily died prematurely, because they could only afford 80% of the cost of the medication that would have cured them -- because of the economic slowdown resulting from your policies.

Count 2:
A thousand close relatives (either working or unemployed) of the individuals above, who lost a loved one due to your policies.

Count 3:
A thousand people who were unnecessarily put out of work at a precise time and position in their lives where it was not possible to regain work, thereby placing them into the care of others -- with the resulting loss of their dignity and happiness.

Count 4:
A thousand working people who died prematurely due to heart disease, precisely because they could not afford to eat right -- precisely because of your policies.

Count 5-39:
[34 separate cases just like above (e.g., cancer, diabetes, etc), in each of which there were at least another 1000 working people who died prematurely, due to not being able to afford good food -- because of the inescapable effects of poor public policies.]

Count 40:
A thousand working people who got behind on loans and experienced a loss of credit so severe it affected their lives for at least 10 years, because of not being able to plan for all of the negative and harmful effects of your policies.

Count 41:
A thousand working artists who will never be heard or seen, because they do not have the capital required to reach an audience -- for no other reason than because of the effects of your policies.

Count 42:
A thousand high school graduates who could not afford college due to your policies.

Count 43:
A thousand middle-school children who could not engage in their favorite sports because of not being able to meet the cost of the needed equipment, directly because of your policies.

Count 44-900:
[The list goes on to explain the unnecessary harms -- harms of choice, not of necessity -- which were brought upon 900,000 people; all of which were "shared harms" where at least 1000 people experienced them. The reason for this is to achieve empirical certitude.**]

Ed

**The super computer might not be able to predict with absolute certainty the precise number of individuals harmed -- but would definitely be able to predict with complete certitude whether the number would be higher than 1000 (just like physicists can do when calculating the expected devastation of an atom bomb). For instance, if a neutron bomb were dropped in the middle of a remote island with an area of 1 square mile, and the island was evenly populated with 900 people -- a physicist might not be able to tell you the precise number of people who will die, but he will be able to tell you with absolute certainty whether the number of dead will be greater than 5.

(Edited by Ed Thompson on 12/17, 9:23pm)




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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 4:50amSanction this postReply
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And this list goes on and on and on ...

Count 901:
A thousand working people who -- due to the unnecessary economic slowdown -- could not afford to travel on the holidays, missing out on their last chance to see a dear relative before she passed away.

Count 902:
A thousand unemployed people kept out of the workforce for so long they failed to acquire the time-sensitive skills required in current markets in order to make a good living.

...

Ed




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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 4:59amSanction this postReply
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Count 903:
Due to restrictions on gene therapy research placed upon scientists that would not exist in a free society 1000 people died prematurely due to simple maladies such as cancer, ALS, and cystic fibrosis.



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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 11:11amSanction this postReply
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Good point, Jules.

Ed

p.s. I'll check out that song you mentioned.




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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 11:27amSanction this postReply
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Hmm, I see a serious problem.  I suggest you write in some diamond crowns for the HCF.  Or, at the very least, some ruby tiaras. 



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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 4:30pmSanction this postReply
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Deanna, how's this?:

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Ms. Deborah Deancey approached the High Council Round Table while surrounded by her personal assistants. She had diamonds braided into her hair in the shape of a crown-on-top-of-a-crown (a double-ringed pattern). As she reached the 3 steps leading up to the Round Table, all the members of the Council rose in order to show respect. She motioned for them to be seated, requested a microchip from one of her assistants, and placed it into a holographic device positioned in the center of the table. At that point she proceeded to lay out her plans to the Council and the Council listened intently.

In the middle of her presentation, she got a call on her ear-phone (phones had gotten small enough to be implanted into our earlobes). She answered: "Please proceed, but make it quick, because I am at work right now." It was a message that construction of her palace had just been completed. As she had put the call on "speaker-phone" -- which was kind of eerie, because the caller's voice was echoing out from inside of her head! -- everyone heard this, and everyone congratulated her on being the first to have a storm-proof, 37-room palace made entirely from dark-tinted glass. She invited everyone over to her new place after the meeting for a house-warming party ...
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:-)

Ed




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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:20amSanction this postReply
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Ed,

I approve.

Deanna




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Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 4:17pmSanction this postReply
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Addendum:
I am going to have to modify the ending of this fictional story after viewing an interview by that cool, New Zealand "Stefan M." guy over there on freedomain radio. The person I had in mind when I created my totally-original, not-robbing-ideas-from-anyone character: "Princess Praxis" was interviewed by Stefan whilst sitting alongside a stellar-looking nice guy, who is no doubt her love interest. In light of this update in information, please disregard the last sentence of this orginal blog entry.

:-)

Ed




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Wednesday, January 2 - 6:52pmSanction this postReply
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And here are some of the 'dry details' of the econo-politico realm of New Justice State, USA:
Input
Federal tax (national sales tax): 1.9% (1.9% of GDP)
State tax (state sales tax): 1.9%
Local tax (local sales tax): 1.9%
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Total tax: 5.7% of your own, personal, individual purchases


Expected Output
Unemployment benchmark (at or above which the entire administration of government is replaced) of: U6 = 7.0% [America in the year 2000] or lower

Real Wage benchmark (below which the entire administration of government is replaced) of: average personal income vs. a basket of goods and services (e.g., the AHETPI* / Cost of Living Index) = [America in 1973] or higher
If the government trys anything fancy, like creating inflation or like subsidizing certain sectors of industry, then they will (eventually) fail one of the twin benchmarks of government-affected output. If we could get real wages as high as we did in 1973, we can do it again. If we could get U6 as low as we did in 2000, we can do it again. Interventionist administrations of government should be held accountable for our failure to repeat these accomplishments.


Ed

*Average Hourly Earnings of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees: Total Private
(Edited by Ed Thompson on 1/02, 6:53pm)




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