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Bill Harris finally says it, “Bitcoin is a scam”

Coin on eyes like a dead president but they are bitcoins
The below editorial is from Bill Harris, Founding CEO of PayPal, former CEO of Intuit and Personal Capital. That's all laid out there as his appeal to authority. He says something about Bitcoin that I've pondered but not come out and said since I'm not sure. He writes, "I’m tired of saying, “Be careful, it’s speculative.” Then, “Be careful, it’s gambling.” Then, “Be careful, it’s a bubble.” Okay, ...
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Minimum Wage: the Value of an Hour

Two angry men and a dollar
How much is an hour worth? For me that question has an easy answer though not a simple one. The answer is, whatever someone will pay. The complex part comes when we try to figure out all the variables that go into creating that value. But in the end it really does boil down to whatever someone will pay. In a sense it also is partly answered "whatever someone will take" I suppose but even that real...
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Gun Control is About Destroying Males

Soldiers on a Boat looking really manly.
As I read the below linked article it made me think about the gun control issue. Why is there a "gun culture" and why are so many so dead set against gun control? We often say it is the Second Amendment but this article makes me think it might be something much deeper. Something the left has been fighting hard to destroy - masculinity or what they call "toxic masculinity". It talks about the very ...
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Power to Declare War & the Need to Declare War

Below is an interesting article on the power to declare war. It is found on the House.gov web site which is the official web site of the US House of Representatives. I found this paragraph interesting in tone: While a close reading of the Convention debates suggests that the framers intended to limit Presidents to defensive actions, a number of administrations, especially after World War II, have ...
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America isn’t going broke America is broke

Throw money at it
This article was shared in the comments by Platypus Club member David Grantham. It points out some data that David called, "staggering". I have to agree. The article begins with an erroneous claim, "Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis." It is erroneous because it already has become a crisis, in fact, it has long been a crisis but one tha...
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Is Facebook a Publisher or a Platform? 

Mark Zuckerberg before Congress
This is terribly interesting to me from a legal stand point. As you may be aware Facebook's creator and founder has been at Congress talking about the platform and the perceived issues. I personally don't have issues with it. Even though a video I recently posted was removed, and I disagreed with its removal, I wasn't terribly upset about it. As a matter of fact I was pretty pleased. This page is ...
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What is Justice For? – A Ponder

When I watch this video a lot goes through my mind. Below I share my ponder. It isn't meant to draw any conclusions but rather to just share my mind. What the video shows is a very complex thing. For most of the comments I've seen on it people are focused on one exchange between the judge and suspect. The suspect at one point during sentencing said, “I don’t have time for this.” The judge then sen...
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Just because Capitalists are bad doesn’t mean Capitalism is bad

I am a fan of capitalism. I sometimes call it a system, or economic system but truth is capitalism is just the natural outgrowth of human interaction. It's built into us. Socialism requires force because it's not built into us. Kids in a lunch room have a natural understanding of how much they value the tuna sandwich they have vs how much they value an orange a friend has and trading takes place. ...
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How PC Culture IS Destroying our Society

Political Correctness is fascism pretending to be manners
I recently had an interesting exchange on the Government is a Platypus Facebook page which I thought I would share part of here. It was with someone who defended PC culture and the general inevitability of progressivism. "I won’t leave you with anything to deflect onto." Of course not, because you don't want to hear it. The very idea that the premise of the post is right is anethema to y...
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Don’t Kill People With Down Syndrome

A little girl with down syndrome
I've brought this subject up a few times before, the subject of people with Down Syndrome being aborted out of existence. I don't know if you have ever gotten to know people with Down Syndrome or not. I have been fortunate to. In some places when a child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb the mother aborts the child. Why she does that will likely differ from woman to woman. Some do not wi...
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That David Hogg Video that was Removed by Facebook

Hogg Hitler
Facebook removed my post which contained the below video. They simply said it was in violation of their standards. They were not specific about which standards, they did not specify what about the video, or my text, was in violation, nor did they provide any opportunity to grieve the decision to remove it. https://youtu.be/dHFK6W6DWa8 It is not my desire to offend. Meaning I do not try to be...
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Gun control is nothing more than pro-gun and pro-violence rhetoric from the uninformed

Hogg as a mouse
Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickerin brattle! From Robert Burn's poem we get that famous line, "The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men". This highlights that sometimes, what we plan out, no matter how much we think about it, isn't the thing that happens. Sometimes though, the failed plan is due to a failure t...
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Former Justice Calls for Ban on 2nd Amendment

John Paul Stevens - Former Justice
You may have heard by now that former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens wrote an editorial in which he calls for the 2nd Amendment to be repealed. First off, for those who are saying they aren't calling for that, they are. Don't for a moment let anyone get away with saying they aren't. This is a high-profile individual saying in a very high-profile way. Secondly, take...
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Facebook Privacy Scandal and Scandals in General

Facebook Ad TOS
A couple of observations about this story, three actually. First, It's frustrating when a story becomes a story only because of the figures associated with it. We know, since they admitted it, that the Obama administration did the same thing. But people seem upset now, because it's Trump. "On its face, the incident read as confirmation of many people’s worst fears — that the online platforms we li...
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Trump Signs Terrible Bad Terrible Omnibus Spending Bill

Blither Blither spending bill
As a general rule I dislike listening to politicians drone on about their policies and motivations for them. They always sound empty to me. Today, as Trump explained why he signed the Omnibus Spending Bill he reached new lows of political emptiness. He was unprepared, inarticulate, and contradicted himself. Oh, he gave his reason - military spending. https://youtu.be/1rBoaLCRH1s
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