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Rationalwiki article on non-materialist neuroscience (rationalwiki.org)
by freak80 on 4 Mar 2014  Posted 6 years ago
Modern neuroscience strongly suggests that we *are* our brains and nothing more. And of course, many people don't like that idea. See the following article from RationalWiki: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/N Then again,...

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Freak80 visits Bay Area! What to do?
by freak80 on 12 Nov 2013  43 comments, latest 6 years ago
I've already ridden a cable car and taken a bridge-to-bridge cruise on the bay. Fantastic city! What else should I do as a tourist?

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Stocks and Bonds: Both Bad Bets?
by freak80 on 23 Oct 2013  22 comments, latest 6 years ago
Stocks are overvalued on a long-term basis. Interest rates are near all-time lows, bonds go down when interest rates rise. Gold and silver swing wildly, just like any other commodity....

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Does Evolution work in favor of Religion?
by freak80 on 3 Oct 2013  Posted 6 years ago
If I understand evolution correctly, it's all about reproductive success. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. How many children does the average Amish couple have? How many children does the...

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What will be the Next Bubble?
by freak80 on 20 Sep 2013  46 comments, latest 6 years ago
1999: tech bubble (it's the New Economy!) 2006: housing bubble (buy now or be priced out forever!!) 2011: gold & silver bubble (oh no, hyperinflation!!!) What will be the next...

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Billionaire: Fed Robbing Poor to Pay Rich (cnbc.com)
by freak80 on 19 Sep 2013  6 comments, latest 6 years ago
http://www.cnbc.com/id/1010469 Reporter and Editor Why the Fed 'blew it': Druckenmiller Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 7:04 AM ET CNBC's Steve Liesman reports there were three reasons the Fed decided to...

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Net Worth of Top 400 Americans is $2 Trillion (ctvnews.ca)
by freak80 on 16 Sep 2013  72 comments, latest 6 years ago
2 Trillion is more than the combined net worth of half of all Americans. http://www.ctvnews.ca/business

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Talk is Cheap. How About a General Strike? (en.wikipedia.org)
by freak80 on 13 Sep 2013  20 comments, latest 6 years ago
Since our government is owned and controlled by the top 0.1%, how about a general strike? How else will average people be heard? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G

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Bonds are safe!
by freak80 on 3 Sep 2013  Posted 6 years ago
Or not.#investing

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Person to be Born Next Year Terrified of His Non-Existence
by freak80 on 22 Aug 2013  4 comments, latest 6 years ago
Brian Smith, the future child of Linda and Doug Smith of Sacramento, CA, suddenly began to experience his non-existence today. "It's just horrible," he said, "and it's also dark for...

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Fun: Starting a New Religion (rationalwiki.org)
by freak80 on 8 Aug 2013  6 comments, latest 6 years ago
From RationalWiki: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/F A *perfect* portrayal of what religion is really all about. Bravo! Why did I ever fall for it myself? I guess that's the power of groupthink (and...

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Is Organized Religion Just Extortion?
by freak80 on 30 Jul 2013  46 comments, latest 6 years ago
"Give me 10% of your income or something bad will happen to you (after you die.)" Bada Bing. Isn't that the legal definition of extortion? If so, shouldn't organized religion...

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Losing (Some of) My Fear of Death (without Religion)
by freak80 on 19 Jul 2013  53 comments, latest 5 years ago
About three weeks ago I was having blood drawn and I passed out. The nurses said I was "out" for 20 or 30 seconds. Amazingly, I didn't even notice. At...

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Quoting quotes
by freak80 on 2 Oct 2012  5 comments, latest 7 years ago
Patrick, When quoting text that includes a previous quote, things easily get "messed up." Maybe if I were more savvy at the computer code I could make it work. But...

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Limit on Name Changing?
by freak80 on 26 Sep 2012  17 comments, latest 7 years ago
Should there be a limit on how often one can change their name? Seems to be a common troll strategy to get around the "ignore" feature. It it possible to...

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Political Segregation in America (economist.com)
by freak80 on 21 Sep 2012  16 comments, latest 7 years ago
Americans are self-segregating into communities of like minded people. http://www.economist.com/node/ It's not anything new of course. Is this why the extremes keep getting more extreme?

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A Google search for 'realtors are'...
by freak80 on 5 Sep 2012  7 comments, latest 7 years ago
Try it for yourself.#housing

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Trading Caps & Gowns for Mops (marketwatch.com)
by freak80 on 23 Aug 2012  1 comment, latest 7 years ago
http://www.marketwatch.com/sto At least high school dropouts don't have $50-100k in student loan debt.

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"Quantum Microphone" (scientificamerican.com)
by freak80 on 16 Aug 2012  1 comment, latest 7 years ago
This one's for you, Marcus. "Researchers have demonstrated a device that can pick up single quanta of mechanical vibration similar to those that shake molecules during chemical reactions, and have...

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Why Should I Vote?
by freak80 on 7 Aug 2012  127 comments, latest 7 years ago
Why should I vote? One party says I "hate" just because I believe that marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. If they had their way, I'd...

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Why Good Government is Impossible
by freak80 on 2 Aug 2012  55 comments, latest 7 years ago
Think about it: Who is it that gets power? Nice people, or sociopaths? The people who get power are generally those who are willing to do almost *anything* to get...

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Why Buying Banks is a Horrible Idea (fool.com)
by freak80 on 31 Jul 2012  3 comments, latest 7 years ago
http://www.fool.com/investing/ "What we need to do is to think about the root problem: Banks were incentivized to manipulate LIBOR. As it turns out, banks were incentivized to issue bad home...

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"Ignore This Thread" option?
by freak80 on 30 Jul 2012  7 comments, latest 7 years ago
Would anyone else be interested in an "ignore this thread" option? I'd like the ability to ignore "zombie" threads and those that de-generate into personal attacks over the direction of...

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Man hides cash in oven; cash gets baked (news.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 27 Jul 2012  4 comments, latest 7 years ago
And I thought you were supposed to stuff it under the mattress. '"It was everything I had," he told the news station. "I've got nothing to my name. That money...

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Are Many Science & Engineering Careers Obsolete?
by freak80 on 25 Jul 2012  117 comments, latest 7 years ago
Here's the problem: any work reducible to equations and computer-aided-design can be automated or outsourced thanks to computers and the internet. Unless you're doing original research or engineering something that...

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Global Economy's Cure Worse Than Disease (marketwatch.com)
by freak80 on 25 Jul 2012  4 comments, latest 7 years ago
"Mr. Economy is now addicted to monetary heroin. Increasing doses are necessary for the patient to function at all. Mr. Economy has not made the changes necessary for a return...

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Shocking Retirement Numbers (fool.com)
by freak80 on 24 Jul 2012  Posted 7 years ago
From the Motley Fool. http://www.fool.com/investing/ "The problem is that a group of Wall Street "pros" have been getting rich off folks like my parents for years, and not enough people...

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Should Churches Lose Tax-Free Status?
by freak80 on 20 Jul 2012  16 comments, latest 7 years ago
Since much of American religion is just an extension of existing political beliefs, why are churches exempt from taxes? Both the "Religious Right" and the "Religious Left" are more interested...

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How the Elites Built America's Economic Wall (bloomberg.com)
by freak80 on 20 Jul 2012  60 comments, latest 7 years ago
"Over the past 30 years, the convergence [of incomes] has largely stopped. Incomes in the poorer states are no longer catching up to incomes in rich states...In a new working...

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We Can't Live on Renewable Energy Alone (inference.phy.cam.ac.uk)
by freak80 on 19 Jul 2012  5 comments, latest 7 years ago
Or at least Britain can't live on renewables alone: "Renewable facilities have to be country-sized because all renewables are so diffuse." "To sustain Britain’s lifestyle on its renewables alone would...

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100 Facts About the Economy (fool.com)
by freak80 on 17 Jul 2012  3 comments, latest 7 years ago
I've got to say, Fact #14 is the most telling. http://www.fool.com/investing/

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Financial Sector is Too Large (fool.com)
by freak80 on 16 Jul 2012  Posted 7 years ago
The pro-business investment site Fool.com says the financial sector is far too big: http://www.fool.com/investing/

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Right-wing Claims that are Actually True
by freak80 on 11 Jul 2012  8 comments, latest 7 years ago
I've been kind of harsh toward some of the "far right" trolls here on Patnet. To be fair, I've decided to list some of the right-wing claims categorized as "true"...

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Jim Kunstler on America
by freak80 on 10 Jul 2012  12 comments, latest 7 years ago
An excerpt from his weekly "Clusterf*ck Nation" column: "Over here, in this sorry-ass edition of America, the election will look more and more like a World Wrestling Federation staged dumb-show...

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Money Man or Black Guy? (theonion.com)
by freak80 on 5 Jul 2012  2 comments, latest 7 years ago
Who would YOU rather have as president? http://www.theonion.com/articl

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10 Things I've Learned from Patnet
by freak80 on 27 Jun 2012  25 comments, latest 7 years ago
1. Atheists and agnostics don't like each other. Before, I always thought they were on the same "team." 2. Far-right propaganda is very effective. 3. There's just as much willful...

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Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Overturn Citizens United (glendalenewspress.com)
by freak80 on 23 Jun 2012  1 comment, latest 7 years ago
http://www.glendalenewspress.c At least someone is trying to do the right thing.

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Mafia now Italy's No. 1 bank (dailymail.co.uk)
by freak80 on 15 Jun 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new

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Reagan's gone. You're old. Get over it. (markdow.tumblr.com)
by freak80 on 31 May 2012  8 comments, latest 7 years ago
http://markdow.tumblr.com/post

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Bring back Glass-Stegall (marketwatch.com)
by freak80 on 15 May 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://www.marketwatch.com/sto
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