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    Waitrose Rename a Sandwich Because It's Sexist

    Have Waitrose and Kleenex (or any other business) done any research into just how many sjws purchase their products? And if it's less than number of people that will stop buying their products because they've bowed to sjw whining?
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    Does Cultural Marxism exist?

    Maynard and JM, consider this. There is no economic blue print, nobody knows what the future is going to be, and nobody can know what the best use of scarce resources is (contrary to Rousseau's conjecture, in nature everything around us exists in a state of scarcity, apart from air perhaps). All of our economic decisions are a giant, ongoing, experiment, with an uncertain outcome, that we all do our best to mitigate and adjust for. It is also important to accept that with every decision everyone of us make, there is an unseen "opportunity cost" associated with it, that is to say, had we done something else, would there have been a better outcome, or better use of our time and resources? Now consider that we have a political choice between: A) Government that forcibly makes decisions on our behalf, for all of our time and resources (be it fascist, socialist, or feudalistic, or whatever) B) Government that allows people to make their own voluntary economics choices within a narrow framework of rules. Now consider that under system A, a few people who sit at the very top of the social hierarchy are going to be responsible for almost all of the economic decisions, and that under system B, that decision making burden will split across the entire population. Further consider, System A is based on the idea that those at the top of the social hierarchy can enforce their choices on those below them. Under system A therefore, we have a small number of people, moving and organising huge amounts of resources (from a historical perspective, usually according to a complicated economic plan), with little understanding of the specialist knowledge required in many economics processes (for example specialist engineering knowledge), and which those affected are in no position to really change should the outcome be unsuitable, or even harmful. Under system B, everyone makes their own smaller economic decisions, based on their own knowledge of their own lives and vocation. Under System B, people can make many small economic mistakes, but can quickly take action to rectify them. Under System A, a few people are making all of the major economic decisions, and can make huge economic mistakes, that affect many millions of people, and that are difficult to change. In terms of "Opportunity Cost" therefore:- System A, small numbers of people, make big decisions, with huge opportunity costs, which are slowly adapted to, if at all. System B, many people, make lots of smaller decisions, each with a small opportunity cost, which are quickly adapted to if required. Now consider history, and look at the economic plans of countries with an economic and political system, similar to that described in System A. Take for example Mao's great leap forward, Stalin's farm collectivisation, Hitler's tenure as German Chancellor, Robert Mugabe's rule, or Chavez's bolivarian revolution. In all cases we have a small elite, making all of the economic decisions, according to a specific plan, that have gone badly wrong, which they continued to follow regardless of the hardship caused, or objections by those affected (objections were often met with threats and/or violence). These economies were destroyed by a small number of decisions causing huge opportunity costs. In a system of freedom in economic decision for all, there are still mistakes made all of the time, it's just that these mistakes are much smaller, can be dealt with much more quickly, because the actions are voluntarily made, not forcefully, and finally, whilst some are making mistakes there will many making much better decisions. I have just considered opportunity cost, but division of labour, and the pareto principal (square root of all the workers produces half the output) also play a large part in our economic outcomes too, and of which authoritarian systems of economics struggle to mitigate.
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    The massive Chinese Phallic symbol building

    I'm afraid I stiffly object to this sort of architecture, as well as other skyscrapers, as they all look like a giant phallus projecting itself in to mother sky, which of course subconsciously reinforces, to all of the male population, that the objectification of women is completely normal I think all large buildings be bowl shaped, to represent feminine welcoming and nurturing.
  4. I thought I would consult the DOSBODS collective knowledge on the best way around Bristol (by car) should the M5 be blocked? I tried the edging around the south and east of Bristol in the past (east of Bristol seems to have ring road of sorts), and then back west on the M4, but it still took over an hour. Anyone know of anything better?
  5. Without central banks artificially setting interest rates (usually from the perspective of what's best for London), the regions in the UK could fare much better (I think it's no coincidence that the likes of Manchester and Birmingham were booming when we were still under the classical gold standard), rather than being propped up by public sector spending.
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    The great crash sweepstake

    Crash it will, no doubt about it.
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    The great crash sweepstake

    When is the next financial crash going to be? The business cycle seems to run over about 7-10 years, so from trough to trough, or peak to peak, there's usually a gap of 7-10 years. Given this thinking, the last trough was in 2008, therefore, the next contraction is now overdue. However, looking at rates of monetary expansion over time, there was pretty much stagnation from 2008 to 2016 (certainly in the UK), that is to say the UK has had an extended trough in the business cycle. It could be, that we are going to get at least another 5 years of monetary expansion (including the 2 years from 2016 to now, that makes 7), before hitting another stagnation/contraction, and therefore a recession. So my counter intuitive guess would be another big crash/recession between 2023 and 2026.
  8. Individualism is not working so well at the moment, because it needs a high IQ population to maintain it, i.e. it needs people of high enough intelligence to have the ability to listen, discuss, evaluate, tolerate, negotiate, and test ideas they may not agree with, rather than responding emotionally and/or violently. Unfortunately the welfare state and mass immigration from 3rd world populations is steadily lowering the average IQ, along with the silly notion from lefty academics, politicians, and media, that our culture is immoral and not worth defending against superstitious/mystical cultures whose default reaction to different cultures/ideas, or criticism, is violence (the justification I hear for this line of thinking is the former practise of slavery, despite there being evidence of slavery in all cultures, even continuing to this day in Africa and the middle east) Further to this, anyone who attempts to defend the western culture of individualism, rationalism, and empiricism, appears to be accused of racism/intolerance/bigotry, and/or attempting to support something which they cannot adequately define (the refrain I here from lefties in debates is "what is western culture/Britishness anyway?"). I'm afraid collectivism of a different stripe (be it fascism, socialism, or feudalism) isn't really going to lead to a better future, because this also presumes that a group (who believe they know best) is justified in using violence against individuals for merely disagreeing. And why does this lead to a worse future? Because without the freedom to test discuss ideas and observation that run against the decrees of a self decreed, sacrosanct, philosophy, we can never adequately determine the truth, and therefore how to best organise our efforts and affairs (the scientific observations and theories of nature that allow the modern world to function and for us all to to lead lives of ease that a medieval king could not imagine, are not influenced by the divine or by demagoguery). I would rather the defence of western culture be on the defence of the ideas and virtues, and defending those that support those ideas, against those who do not.
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    How to make democracy work

    You are thinking like a politician, as in, "there's this one pressing problem that I need to solve, I'm sure it won't matter if I give myself powers to trample over fundamental rights in just this one instance", and without realising, you're half way to tyranny and dictatorship, or discussing why our political system is broken on the internet. The Serious Organised Crime Act of 2005 is a prime example, in that politicians promised it would only be used to arrest terrorists (despite giving police and politicians room to do far more than just that), and then it was used to arrest and detain an old man who heckled Tony Blair at the Labour Party conference the same year, plus numerous subsequent examples of abuse. The problem is that parliament has far too much power, full stop. It's an institution now stuffed full of solicitors and legal types who see it as a way of creating work by attempting to write laws that micro manage every aspect of our lives, or to create monopolies via mind bending legislation, for their mates in other industries. It would be much better if parliament only met purely to decide on broad constitutional matters, war, and national emergencies. I cannot see the benefit of politicians wrangling over whether things like hot pasties should be taxed or not, it's utterly ridiculous, and not to mention stupid because legislation like that just makes basic subsistence more expensive (we gave politicians control over the monetary system and interest rates, and now nobody can afford a bloody house), whilst the politicians skim themselves and their mates huge helpings of the tax take for wages, subsidies, jollies, and pensions. When I say that in the seat based system we are voting for the individual, I'm merely describing how a seat based system works. The individual politicians once in parliament organise themselves into various grouping or clubs that we know as the political parties. N.B. To everyone else mentioning religion and politics, the UK already separated church from state, we had a civil war and glorious revolution over three hundred years ago to decide that one.
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    How to make democracy work

    How do you reconcile that with freedom of association? Also, In the UK seat based system, you do vote for the individual and not the party.
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    How to make democracy work

    The acknowledgement that putting something to a vote doesn't necessarily make it morally correct. The creation of a written constitution granting fundamentals rights and specific limitations on government power Stop the government granting monopolies to itself or third parties by royal charters. Members of parliament employed part time without remuneration, to debate purely constitutional matters or matters of national defence and emergency, not make work for former solicitors and legal types. Hold government organisations to the same legal standards as everyone else, i.e. funding for government programmes must be provided through voluntary contribution, not through threats and extortion, and must not be run in fraudulent or ponzi type financing structure. Disband the armed forces and allow citizens to possess firearms and participate in a voluntary militia.
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    Brown has aged

    If losing all of your depositors money on dodgy loans and investments comes with a pat on the back and an £800,000 per year pension, why would anyone in the banking industry aim for just mediocrity.
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    Inflation, Hyperinflation, and M3

    Thanks Sancho, I've listened to the video once, however, they do cover a lot of ground very quickly. This is something I'm going to need to listen two or three times over.
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    The make us laugh or fuck off thread

    Here I goes, I made these up myself. Q. What did MI6 do with their clumsiest agent? A. They gave him a job in the canteen and a license to spill. Travel related story: I was off on my holidays and shortly after taking off from the airport, and as I'm starting to doze off, I'm awoken by the sounds of something hitting the outside of the aircraft. Getting nervous I peek out of the window and to my amazement find that we are flying through a mass of balaclavas. To my relief we get through and I try to settle down again, only to be disturbed moments later by a similar sound, and on looking out of the window this time, I see the plane flying through a cloud of deer stalkers. We fly through this, but then almost immediately hit a cloud of berets. By this time I'm getting very worried, as are many of the passengers, however, the captain makes an announcement over the intercom, asking us all to remain in our seats and to stay calm, as we're currently flying through the hat-mosphere.
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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    18 months after I lost my wife, a friend suggested that I try a dating site. Never again. I'm just grateful for the time that I got to spend with my wife. All that PUA crap seems to do is teach you to temporarily attract the nutcases you find on dating sites, or in that video. I can't understand why you would invite that sort of trouble into your life. The happiest people I know get married young, and stay married.