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  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 11, 2014 10:10 am

    Real “cop” or not? A true catch 22. In some areas, I’d be far and away more afraid if I KNEW it was a “real cop.” And if you attempt to keep driving so you can check on them or reach a lighted area, the police station, etc… there is a growing chance they will open fire and kill you for “running, ” or “resisting arrest.”

    CHP Officer Mike Gwaltny was sent to prison in the early 1990s. He had followed a woman up I-15, pulled her over, and killed her when he got done raping her. Being followed by a CHP after that was very uncomfortable, to say the least, and one night a CHP car followed me for 32 miles, from Apple Valley to Lucerne Valley, sometimes getting very close, but never turning on the lights. I had 8 more miles to go to get home, but the road is dark and deserted at night, so I decided to pull into the grocery store parking lot first. I knew I was safer where there were people and lights. The cop cruised into the lot, rolling slowly behind me where I’d parked… and slowly went out the other driveway to continue up Hwy 18. I sat there and just shook for a while…

  2. jed
    jed May 11, 2014 1:29 pm

    With the financial sector, as with guns, it’s more about control. And of course, that requires sticking their noses into everything. It’s been interesting watching the process here in CO, with legalized pot and banking. Quote Financial Crimes Enforcement Network director Jennifer Calvery:

    FinCEN does not purport to enhance the availability of financial services for illegal drug traffickers. The primary objective … is to enhance financial transparency.

    So, warrantless snooping on the banking sector? A-OK!

    I’m still not enthused about Bitcoin and its spinoffs. (Imitators?) Dogecoin is at least amusing. I wish I understood this stuff more in depth. The principle seems easy enough to grasp, but the downfall of MtGox is instructive. And I don’t know that these current systems can scale well enough to serve a sigificant fraction of the current economy. Perhaps so? But there is an upper limit to the total number of Bitcoins. How does that affect the ability for it to scale up? Is it possible to make payments in fractions of a Bitcoin? And the total network effect comes in to play as well. I’m not trying to torpedo the idea, just thinking about how it plays out in the real world. Suppose Midway USA were to adopt Bitcoin. But they still have to use the dollar banking system to deal with Hornady, and their utility company. I’ve pondered the similar issue raised by LETS – Local Exchange Transaction System currency. I think there’s a scope within which such things can work, but I don’t they’re a cure for gov. control of and snooping on the financial systems.

  3. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 11, 2014 1:45 pm

    I am a huge Mark Manson fan. He writes with a “very much a guy” authentic way and adds a dash of psychology as well. He doesn’t blog often, but there’s quite a bit of stuff up there to read. It seems to have originally started out blogging to men and since expanded into great insight of human nature in general. Most self help and fix your broken life type sites are ridiculously “positive preachy”, he tends to just inject honesty and logic into that process instead. And there it is, so simply stated: “Happiness, like other emotions, is not something you obtain, but rather something you inhabit.”

  4. LarryA
    LarryA May 11, 2014 2:11 pm

    Why I’ll never be a judge:

    “Lady, you had your neighbor’s house bulldozed. She now owns your house. You move far enough away that you won’t be bothered. Or we can do this the hard way.”

  5. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau May 11, 2014 7:07 pm

    “The database, which includes detailed loan-level, borrower-specific information about mortgages from 1998 to the present is intended to help policymakers better understand the mortgage markets.”

    In order to destroy them, one assumes. If they really were interested in markets they would resign.

    About the question of who is pulling you over, the question only makes sense if cops are helpful and special. If they are not helpful and are not special, they are no different than being accosted by a common highwayman. So any time you are pulled over, assume something bad is going to happen to you, Don’t waste time wondering if your assailant is “official” or not.

    [the downfall of MtGox is instructive]
    This was a problem for people who kept their money in the exchange. It is similar to the problem of people keeping their money in a bank that fails. If you kept your bitcoins in your own computer, MtGox was not a problem. (I think this is the case, anyway.)

    [But there is an upper limit to the total number of Bitcoins. How does that affect the ability for it to scale up? Is it possible to make payments in fractions of a Bitcoin?]
    It’s clear you really haven’t looked into bitcoin or you wouldn’t be asking these questions.

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