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    Libertarian Purity Test

    I scored 58 on the Libertarian Purity test. I'm too much of a pragmatist to do better. For example, eliminating the minimum wage sounds good in theory. In reality, the one thing countries without a minimum wage have in common is starvation.
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    Argument about Geocentrism

    Of note from the linked articles: Over 1/3 of Europeans are geocentrists...
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    Thought experiment

    Sure they have. Why do you think they pay for all the faux-patriotic displays at sporting events?
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    Forum Amendments for Article 3

    Not everyone who kills people is a terrorist
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    Trump-Putin meeting poll

    The meeting went so well that Trump wants a do-over
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    Confederate States of America play through

    He headed the Virginia secession convention and signed their Ordinance of Secession. At his funeral the coffin was draped with a confederate flag. He's the only president laid to rest under a foreign flag.
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    Proof of Climate Change

    Everyone agrees we're on a warming trend. You'd have to be pretty ignorant not to notice that. Whether it is unprecedented, how much (if any) of it is man made, and whether we can do anything about it are still being debated.
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    Proof of Climate Change

    Doesn't matter. You can do the same experiment with salt water and it works the same. The freshwater glacier will contract as it melts because that's what water does,
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    Proof of Climate Change

    Underwater melting won't raise the sea level. Unlike most substances, water expands when it freezes and contracts when it melts. You can test this yourself. Put some ice in a glass and fill it to the brim with water. As the ice melts, the water level will recede and it will not spill.
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    Proof of Climate Change

    Bear in mind that any CO2 measurements from before the 1950's are extrapolations based on tree rings and the like. Their accuracy is subject to debate.
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    EU hits Google hard

    You might think we would have learned something from the Hoover administration, but Trump seems committed to the track that led to 50 years of Democrat dominated congress.
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    EU hits Google hard

    This fine is retaliatory. It's part of the trade war going on between the US and the rest of the world.
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    Trump-Putin meeting poll

    Except that Trump doesn't drink. He's told the story about his older brother's addiction problems and how they inspired him to avoid alcohol and tobacco many, many times.
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    Trump Approval Poll (July 2018)

    A curious quote to choose for someone who's been advocating leadership by committee
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    Trump-Putin meeting poll

    Trump is nothing like Reagan.
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    Trump-Putin meeting poll

    Well. of course we were allied with Stalin during WWII. There was criticism of the meetings in many of those cases. Social media has just made public what people used to just say to their friends and family.
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    Trump-Putin meeting poll

    Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today, I guess...
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    Ocasio-Cortez

    It means eliminate about as much as it means build a wall
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    Trump-Putin meeting poll

    If you've paid any attention to Trump at all then you know his public statements are meaningless. He uses it as an opportunity to tell people what they want to hear, in this case Putin and the part of his base that's paranoid about the "deep state". Tomorrow he'll say something completely contrary to what he said yesterday.
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    Ocasio-Cortez

    She wants to change the border laws, something that's been done many times in the history of the US.
  21. If you need proof, your faith is hollow
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    Ranking the Potential Democratic Candidates

    No, it's really not. There are many age specific problems that don't affect people in their 40's and 50's, regardless of era. Nobody worried that FDR was senile or that Lincoln would break a hip from osteoporosis. People in their 70's and older are far more prone to cognition problems than those in their 50's.
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    Forum Amendments for Article 2

    You want to run the country as an anarcho-syndicate?
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    Forum Amendments for Article 2

    Yeah, what we really need is out own Reign of Terror followed in short order by an imperial dictatorship.
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    Forum Amendments for Article 2

    I like the automatic confirmation, but 90 days is too short
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