Reader Mail – 04/21/2013 To 04/27/2013

Adam B commented on Do Disabled Veterans Deserve Respect?.
I disagree with you friend. It isn't the soldier that gives the politicians their power, it is the people of this country who should be held accountable for that. We pay taxes, watch the news, vote, conduct our own research into the validity of politicians decisions (or more likely, not), and it is we the people who "stupidly" turn a blind eye to the corporate political agenda of the politicians we elect. Being a soldier does not inherently make a man stupid or a criminal. It makes most of them young. Young people make mistakes. Unfortunately the information these young people have about war, the military and the government comes from the people around them, and the attitudes and messages that their friends and families convey. You are obviously interested enough in the topics you talk about to do the research necessary to adequately express your opinions in an educated way. But the political efficacy of the people, coupled with the ambivalent approach to the politics of their own country, is where this "stupidity" you write of comes from.

If the young people of this country, relying on the words, feelings and [uneducated] opinions of the PEOPLE of this country (and not just the politicians), join because they believe it is good, just, that it will make their families proud, that it will help them pay for college later, that it's an interesting career — if those young people are irreparably hurt as they undergo the often crippling path to maturity that the military offers — do they not deserve to be compensated by the people who have mislead them? The politicians and CEO's (often simultaneously) are the manipulative center of a complex web that includes the people themselves. The PEOPLE are responsible in their complacency.

Now. Are there men and women who do criminal things while they serve? Of course, as in any job. But is it fair to label them as criminals simply because they fell headfirst into the rhetoric? Do you think that all people join the military with a complex understanding of economics, political-science, international laws, logic of action vs. logic of consequence theory, corporate to rent-seeking, legislative analysis and Geneva protocols??? Etc. etc. etc.

Would you label every citizen in this country who hasn't had the opportunity to go to college, or go to college yet, as stupid? These are complex subjects that must be taught; they are not inherent — and I hate to break it to you, but a general public U.S. out-of-high-school education isn't that good, and many of our young service members only hold GED's.

Finally, until society steps up to the plate, not by military action but through collectively INFORMED action, we share the responsibility for any harms our service-members have incurred. Some may not deserve it, and others may actually have committed criminal acts while they served, but they are the minority not the majority — and certainly not enough to blanket all soldiers as "criminals". Should we therefore cut them all off from help? Help that we are partially responsible for?

The answer is unequivocally NO.

Well written article regardless, and I don't disagree with everything you said.

I know that the government we have today is much closer to a criminal conspiracy than a group of people protecting my freedom. What can I do about it? Voting is a fake choice. It's ridiculous to say that I'm partially responsible for the crimes of politicians. Whenever I work and pay taxes, I'm supporting their crimes. The only strategy I can think of that would work is agorism, but that also has many problems.

Adam B commented on Do Disabled Veterans Deserve Respect?.

I agree with you that voting is an ineffectual contribution from the individual citizen, at least in presidential elections. But higher turnout in state, county and municipal elections can make a real difference.

We are all responsible. My point is that the majority of the population is complacently uninformed, and that undermines the very evolution of humanity you speak of in your article. One of the greatest things that separates us from the rest of nature is the ability to share knowledge and opinions and better, not only ourselves, but each other. Society would not exist without that human quality.

Radical individualism undermines the concept of evolution, it does not promote it. Radical anything, for that matter, should be taken with a grain of salt. You are indeed right that agorism, that radical branch of libertarian ideology, has many many problems.

In answer to your question, however; what can you do about it? Exactly what you are doing, actually. And I sincerely applaud you for it. If more people had the will and motivation to promote that which they believe in, backed up by research and fact-checking in addition to their personal experiences (such experience can, unfortunately, blind those who believe that experience always equals wisdom), and more people applied a rational and logical analysis of that which they see and hear both from other people and the media, society as a whole will change for the better. We may not see the fruition of those changes we start — I doubt if any of the women who began the women's rights movements in the early 1800's lived to see women's suffrage achieved 100 years later. It was the same with slavery, civil rights and every other noble social cause that was at first resisted by a complacent "majority".

I may not agree with everything you write, but I appreciate your honesty and encourage you to express yourself however you believe. I write this merely as a gesture of mutual respect, not as an attack.

— Adam

The difficulty with agorism is the difficulty of finding trustworthy trading partners and starting an underground economy. The difficulty is getting started, and not that market anarchism is inherently flawed. It also is difficult, given that most people are brainwashed to be obedient slaves. The State spends a lot of resources tracking down and stopping people who want more freedom.

One example of a functioning underground economy is the market for "illegal immigrants". Right now, most underground economy jobs are low-wage. I can make a better salary in the State economy, so I stick there for now. As long as I work on-the-books, I'm going to reluctantly pay the tax; I'm not using any of the silly "tax protester" arguments.

It would be nice to see more (L)libertarian politicians and libertarian laws. Unfortunately, the trend is towards more State control. That accelerates the collapse.

One benefit of agorism is that it recognizes that a collapse may be coming. It's a way to prepare. Right now, I can't practice agorism for two reasons. First, I don't know any trustworthy trading partners. Second, my personal circumstances are restricted.

Todd commented on Don't Bother Meeting Headhunters In Person.
I refer to them as Techno-Pimps

They will sell you to anyone that has the cash and turn you out onto the streets if you don't perform

R. Ruggles commented on The Latest uTorrent (3.2.3) Is A Buggy POS (DIsk Overloaded 100% Bug).
I am using the another torrent version. If your u torrent really not work in proper way than you can use my torrent tool, I used the french version tools. I think you can also try it.

Source: Download utorrent french

When I upgraded to uTorrent 3.3, that seemed to fix the problem. However, I don't know what other bugs they introduced.

Joseph de Lange commented on Google Play Demands Google+ Account For Reviewing Apps.
No G+ for me, but Google has so much excellent stuff. However they are getting as control freak-ish as Apple and that is hard to put up with. They also have a way of discontinuing services I like to use, and perhaps it is time to look at a telephone system other than Android.

Unfortunately, Maemo/Meego phones aren't available on Verizon. I've been seriously considering that.

That's one reason I'm reluctant to invest time in learning Android programming. A few years from now, there's going to be something better that blows Android away.

I also was disappointed that Google discontinued Google Reader.

Brodie commented on Bitcoin Bubble.
Right, every transaction is tracked. But they are not tied to anyone. They just say so many Bitcoins were transferred from one wallet to another, but to find out whose wallets those were takes a lot of work. And if one takes enough precautions, they can't find out.

The Bitcoins can be tied to identities later. For example, the police can arrest one Bitcoin user, and then start figuring out the identity of other users. If you own a Bitcoin that was formerly used to purchase "illegal" drugs, you might be accused of "facilitating money laundering".

Anonymous Coward commented on Where Did My Blogging Motivation Go?.
My motivation to write more software has vanished.

Well I planned to write more, but "life" got in the way.

We have more laws than ever in existence. I'm sure the UK has at least 11 volumes of tax code, yet large multinational companies avoid paying corporate tax via shuffling money around. Accountants shuffle between the Treasury and large accountancy firms. The same people write tax law with loopholes than end up working in the private sector.

The government chases little businesses over tax, yet lets the large fish off.

What did David Cameron's father do for his business? Moving money offshore! George Osborne's family use trusts to avoid tax. And there people run the UK government!

Laws don't make good men. Jesus realized this. Listen to him rebuke those in authority over their silly man-made laws that only tie up little people and actually stop them going good.

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