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by Merlin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Modern Monetary Theory
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Re: Modern Monetary Theory

MMT get quoted every now and then, but I’ve never found the snippets I’ve encountered interesting enough to pursue it further. It seems to be a collection of demonstrably false assertions and models, and can only retain whatever currency it has given the large monetary contraction of 2008 and 2011 w...
by Merlin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Statehood & Violence After Medieval Times: My Analysis
Replies: 5
Views: 4284

Re: Statehood & Violence After Medieval Times: My Analysis

Great read Gurimbom. My two cents: Certain mountainous areas of my homeland only emerged from an autarchic lifestyle within recent memory (early to mid 20th century), recently enough to leave commentary on death rates seen in pre-modern societies. These appear to have been indeed far, far larger tha...
by Merlin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Centralization Trap: Or Why You Need an Aristocracy
Replies: 2
Views: 1241

Re: The Centralization Trap: Or Why You Need an Aristocracy

Interesting read and an appealing argument, but I fear that the postulated “king-nobles” equilibrium is unstable, and either one or the other will ultimately win the nth civil war. More thought is needed on how could this balance be kept, but, frankly, as much thought could be spared into making the...
by Merlin
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Fake News Comes to Academia
Replies: 4
Views: 760

Re: Fake News Comes to Academia

The point seems to me to be that the very nature of these “studies” makes such “hoaxes” not be hoaxes at all, or at least not in the proper sense in which someone would push an article containing fabricated data. The only hoax element in there seems to be that either some of the alleged authors do n...
by Merlin
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Brett Kavanaugh threw ice on someone in 1982
Replies: 4
Views: 1986

Re: Brett Kavanaugh threw ice on someone in 1982

Yep, that ice thing looks like a legit accusation, actually being leveled with apparent earnestness. At this point the actual guns can't be too far off.
by Merlin
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Taleb on agreements with the left
Replies: 5
Views: 3028

Re: Taleb on agreements with the left

A few of those points may be a bit naïve (tort vs regulation: alas, it may not be that simple), but the main issue is that the left does not really stand for anything: they’ll ride a horse until it gets them where they need to be, at which point they will do a shameless about-face. Speaking of “earn...
by Merlin
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Q thread
Replies: 22
Views: 9162

Re: Q thread

It seems to be for real to me.
by Merlin
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: #bitcoin now processes more value than Visa
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: #bitcoin now processes more value than Visa

*Press X to doubt*
by Merlin
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Robots in workplace 'could create double the jobs they destroy'
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: Robots in workplace 'could create double the jobs they destroy'

Perhaps, but what IQ would one need to competently work in those new positions, and what IQ does one need now to work on the jobs that will be destroyed?
by Merlin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Admin
Topic: Do you have delayed emails from the site?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Do you have delayed emails from the site?

All righty, just tried to reset my password, the email took exactly 2 hours to arrive.