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by Pointedstick
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Inflation vs resources

There is already a worldwide risk of losing 10 million people in one shot. It is an unavoidable risk. That ship has sailed. What I'm saying is that there are remarkably few military solutions that lessen this risk. "We need to maintain our giant conventional military to prevent L.A. being nuked!" ma...
by Pointedstick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Inflation vs resources

Yeah, so do it. And I think everyone else does too. That's why no one wants to start the nuclear holocaust. There would be no winners in that game. Just about the only country it's safe to nuke with a first strike is one much weaker than your own, with no capability to counterattack, and only if the...
by Pointedstick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Inflation vs resources

Sometimes I wonder how much those fears are justified. North Korea has the bomb and it's ruled by a psychotic inbred dynasty of iron-fisted dictators. Yet they haven't nuked anyone because they understand that it would be the dumbest thing they could possibly do. They'd might hit Seoul or Tokyo or e...
by Pointedstick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Inflation vs resources

Let's not forget environmental impact studies, etc, and mountains of legal challenges that will be borne by virtually every project. Because in the USA, some group is opposed to every project. Right. More examples of the "everything is about me and my desires, so screw society or the common good" a...
by Pointedstick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Inflation vs resources

Agreed that American infrastructure seems dilapidated compared to other countries'. My first scapegoat would be the military-industrial complex. America is a military behemoth and the world's cop. Most of our money goes to defense spending. Compare our defense spending to Germany, France, Spain, et...
by Pointedstick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Inflation vs resources

I guess that's the real trick, then: choosing projects and spending priorities that will result in a net increase in prosperity and grow amount of available resources, rather than projects whose costs will partially or mostly be diverted to corruption at the expense of the public. I have a new job t...
by Pointedstick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation vs resources
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Inflation vs resources

Everyone knows that on a micro level, a price is caused by the equilibrium of supply and demand. On a macro level, the inputs are total purchasing power and total purchaseable goods, and they similarly arrive at an equiligrium that determined the rate of inflation or deflation. Naively, if total pur...
by Pointedstick
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 115
Views: 12601

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much m...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 115
Views: 12601

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

Definitely true that not everyone can do this. That's why leaders and hierarchies exist: so (theoretically) the strongest and wisest among us can use their power to create a just and harmonious environment for those beneath them. Sadly today's elites feel more like robber-baron looters who are most ...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 115
Views: 12601

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

My college degree was pretty freakin' expensive too, so I paid off the debt and then moved on with life. No need to dwell on it! I find that if something is keeping me awake at night, I need to address it as a pants-on-fire priority #0 task. Paying off my 7% student loan debts after graduation was o...
by Pointedstick
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 115
Views: 12601

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

it's a curious paradox that often the harder we try to force a situation into our mental model of how it should be, the less it works, or the worse the outcome turns out to be is even if it does work. My daughter is a perfect example. Did some online tutoring for the SAT, took it 3 times, did a lit...
by Pointedstick
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 115
Views: 12601

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

Cortopassi, the way I would describe it is, "give it your all, but let go of your attachment to the outcome." Obviously we all have goals and preferred outcomes, but it's a curious paradox that often the harder we try to force a situation into our mental model of how it should be, the less it works,...