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17 days ago
Nolondil
There is a distinction between government and private investors. People, private investors, accepting negative interest rates is not difficult to understand in a financial panic. Nearly every one believes -- rightly or wrongly -- that US Treasures are the safest investment in the world today. If you are afraid of losing everything in a major economic collapse, then arranging to lose only a little
Forum: Global Village
18 days ago
Nolondil
Bonds (Corporate or Government) are different from the general lending interest rate. The Fed does not set the rates for Bonds, even Treasury bonds, only the market for US Government debt can do that. So, on the one hand I can see how the dropping general interest rate might send people towards bonds -- may as well keep the money safe while getting a pittance of interest rather than have it expos
Forum: Global Village
18 days ago
Nolondil
Quote Eddie Larry Wrote: > I think that the Fed will be in the rate lowering > mode for quite some time Kris. Given the rapid > aging of the world population and a concomitant > flight to safety, rates can go much lower. IMO. I don't understand your logic here. Lower rates are generally bad for older people, who are more reliant on interest for at least a major part of their
Forum: Global Village
20 days ago
Nolondil
Many of the large animals in Africa are being poached for food right now, not just giraffes. Most horrible of all, the great apes. Yes, people are eating chimpanzees and gorillas. Poverty makes people desperate, and "bushmeat" is relatively easy to obtain. This is turning into a major environmental tragedy. The way humans treat other humans isn't much better. Archaic is being select
Forum: Global Village
20 days ago
Nolondil
Quote It's a sect. The cult followers use the symbol of a cross, AN INSTRUMENT OF TORTURE, to identify their belief system. You would think if the were interested in peace a symbol of a dove or something like that might be more appropriate. Well, technically a "sect" is a smaller subset ("section") of a larger religious group. Since nearly all current self-described "
Forum: Inner Space
22 days ago
Nolondil
His last posts are 24 days ago... Hmm, must have had something come up in Real Life so that he doesn't have the time to read and post here anymore?
Forum: Global Village
22 days ago
Nolondil
Quote Also Trump and Abe agreed to a new deal where Japan is buying $7 billion in agriculture products, mostly corn. Like I presented new supply lines are being reset and the hit to the farmers is just temporary. This is what is being talked about "above board" ... watch how many mysterious new purchasers of US Ag products appear in the next few months. They will be in many countrie
Forum: Global Village
26 days ago
Nolondil
It's even worse than it looks. The Hebrew word translated as "chosen one" is Moshiach (aka Messiah). Looks like the chatter about invoking the 25th Amendment early on in this presidency has just gotten a big boost towards serious consideration.
Forum: Global Village
30 days ago
Nolondil
But the source or background can often help you understand the meaning. Philosophy cannot exist in a vacuum. It's part of a culture. It would be so useful to have some background on at least some of the Plato's dialogues. It would be hugely useful to have both the 'notes' and the public works of Aristotle.
Forum: Inner Space
30 days ago
Nolondil
There is an inherent problem in judging all three of them. We have no writings of Socrates, only second/third hand stories by Plato (and a few others such as Xenophon). We can only assess his thought through the accounts of others. Not very reliable. For Plato we have plenty of published work. But hardly a trace of his private/personal papers. Certainly no notes about the sources and writing o
Forum: Inner Space
30 days ago
Nolondil
Some animals will settle in one place and hardly ever move. Burrowing animals like badgers, for example. Others claim a territory and force others of their kind to move on, sometimes even their own offspring. Wolves are an example of that. Clearly it will take a longer time for these types of animals to fill a new range compared to a wandering animal. Most birds will range far and wide seeking fo
Forum: Science & Space
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Plato didn't write "books", he wrote dialogues. You can find all of them collected into a single volume easily enough. Plato: Complete Works Oh, btw, Timaeus and Critias are the only dialogues that mention Atlantis.
Forum: Inner Space
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Corporate advertisers are notoriously fussy. Not all that surprising, since they are paying big money for a strange ephemeral service that can't be directly connected to the expected benefits. But a new problem is emerging. Advertiser are getting concerned about their "brand" being associated with anything negative. The list of words that must not be in a story next to their ads is grow
Forum: Misc.
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
"Non-lethal" weapons are as ephemeral as "assault" weapons. Just a tag for intent, not a definable real characteristic. How it is used makes all the difference, not the weapon itself. Search Google for information about taser incidents. They are mostly used by police, and most of the time, officers seem to use them correctly, which means ONCE. That's how they are tested an
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Yes, Trump has been amazingly lucky in there having been a lack of genuine crises for the first few years of his term. Now we are headed for a crisis, and the incompetence of his entire administration is going to become more and more apparent.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Yeah, if they decide "the hell with it" and just send in the troops, then I guess it's a different sort of "model" for future events.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
More importantly, how China reacts to what is happening in HK right now will tell Taiwan how well the "one country, two systems" thing really works. And I think that is what is making the central government hesitate rather than just send in the troops.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
It doesn't take very long for a species compatible with a particular environment to fill it up. A few thousand years is plenty of time. Look at the various "invasive" species around the world now. People have sped up the transfer a bit. Normally it would take major changes such as dropping sea level in an ice age, or continental drift pulling land masses together. But once a species
Forum: Science & Space
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
That's the sort of joke I would expect to see on Twitter.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
"Now" is more than a month after he was arrested. If they arrived within the last week or two, they were far too late. Anyone who had access and wanted to remove something has had plenty of time to do so. That would include any foreign intelligence agencies who were controlling him.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
The puzzle is the lack of things to attach any hanging implement in a "suicide watch" room. Many things could be brought in to a supposedly secure meeting that could be used to hang oneself. A roll of strong twine, for example. It's not metal, so would not trip any metal detectors or appear unusual on x-rays. But it would have to be attached to something in the room. This is the puzzle.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Very interesting that Scaramucci is the first to say this. Given his already established reputation as a rebel himself, maybe some other party officials told him to "go first and see what happens"? Does he still have a job anywhere in the government? Watch Trump fire him before the day is over, and then who knows what else...
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Quote I just heard this morning that he paid his lawyers to come and visit him everyday so he could be out of his cell in a larger room and now its rumored these lawyers have hire criminal defense lawyers to represent them. Again just a rumor for conversation sake. This suggests that the lawyers gave him something that he used to accomplish his suicide. What that might be is difficult to guess
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Russia Connection? Well, yeah, in the sense that Brian Koppelman uses it: Quote Hey, folks, we’re Russia now. Enjoy it. Who do you really think had the access to kill him and make it look like a suicide? Anyone other than our own intelligence services? Someone or other did tell Acosta in 2008 that Epstein "belongs to intelligence"... There were probably just too many other operation
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Quote They have everything they could get their hands on. Next question: Where is Ghislaine Maxwell? Maybe not. I have not seen any public notice of SDNY investigators visiting those islands. If law enforcement have not been there yet, it's far too late. They will have been ransacked and almost any useful evidence removed or destroyed. Interesting question about Ghislaine Maxwell. She
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Well, it's not like we didn't know this was coming. According to the NYT articles I read, though, he was taken off suicide watch a few days before he actually died. Maybe he convinced the psych evaluator(s) that he was "better now"? There could be an upside to this. The reason they weren't releasing all the names and details was the pending trial. Now that is not a concern. All those
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Darwinian evolution certainly kicks the last leg out from under the rigid ideology of Imperial Christianity. And thus the controversy when Darwin's book was published in the mid-19th Century. But that was a construct of human politicians, not an actual "revelation" from some higher source, even if it claimed to be. It was just a mishmash of things that seemed possible to fit together in
Forum: Inner Space
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Quote "Stochastic terrorism" is a recent term (originally defined by an anonymous blogger posting on the Daily Kos in 2011) describing public speech that can be expected to incite terrorism, without a direct organizational link between the inciter and the perpetrator. The term "stochastic" describes the random, probabilistic nature of its effect: whether or not an attack
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
It's been in progress for decades. It's a web of "trade treaties" that cover far more than trade, called "Globalism". Did you think the "World Government" would look just like other governments?
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
6 weeks ago
Nolondil
Isn't an effective replacement limb pretty advanced? How complex does it have to be to graduate from "false limb" to "cybernetic device"? Many of these devices are powered, and can be attached to nerves in the wearer, enhancing their effectiveness in several ways.
Forum: Science & Space
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