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  2. Contrary to popular belief, yield does NOT mean stop. Yes I agree, if you will impede a car already in the roundabout, you need to stop, i.e., yield to that vehicle.
  3. I can't speak for all libertarians but I have never stolen a straw. Are you saying that you have never used a straw in your entire life?
  4. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'No One Ever Makes a Billion Dollars. You Take a Billion Dollars. What is the correct reward for the person who creates something that millions of people want badly enough to pay for it? ': https://reason.com/2020/01/22/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-no-one-ever-makes-a-billion-dollars-you-take-a-billion-dollars/ Speaking of Amazon: As of 2015, the company claimed to have more than 300 million active user accounts. Amazon Prime ended 2019 with more than 112 million users worldwide, an estimated 90 to 95 million of them based in the U.S., which tells us that nearly a third of American residents find Amazon Prime valuable enough to shell out roughly $100 annually for the service. A vast pool of people are willing to pay for Prime memberships for the convenience of having Amazon products delivered to their door in two days flat; a massive library of on-demand music, TV, and movies; and other conveniences. What is the correct reward (to borrow Ocasio-Cortez's framing) for the person who creates something that millions of people want badly enough to pay for it? Does that reward scale up based on the number of paying users? Should it be decided democratically (and who should we trust to make such a call)? Would the reward scale for entrepreneurial success be adjustable for inflation? What about the entrepreneur who invests his allotted reward? What about the entrepreneurs who lose money? The process of determining by fiat who gets what sounds like it might be more difficult than Ocasio-Cortez implies. Luckily, markets do that for us. Profit is a tremendous part of what inspires people to innovate. Why build new tech products or household appliances or lab-grown meat substitutes if you're not going to be rewarded for your endeavor? "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner," goes the old Adam Smith quote, "but from their regard to their own self-interest." The development of new vaccines, the aforementioned pursuit of meat substitutes which will prevent animal slaughter and all kinds of environmental havoc, aren't motivated solely by altruism. The technologies that will make those innovations possible were also not developed for free. Markets play matchmaker between people with ideas, people with resources, and people who can use the latter to realize the former. Central planners like Ocasio-Cortez toying with the levers to determine who makes what amount of profit might even prevent future Amazons from existing at all. Ocasio-Cortez is right to be concerned with working conditions for those at the bottom of the income distribution latter, and for would-be competitors who are sabotaged by the union of big business and big government. Undocumented immigrants do have to settle for less because they can't work here legally. Then again, the fact that they can work in the U.S. at all—making less than native-born workers but more than they would in their country of origin—is possible thanks to markets. She's also correct that Amazon succeeds at rent-seeking and cozying up to politicians in order to be the beneficiary of all kinds of political favors. When Amazon announced it was seeking a location for its second headquarters, governments engaged in a subsidy bidding war at taxpayers' expense. Shame on Amazon, as well as the many politicians who think it permissible to dole out money to companies like Amazon. But does Ocasio-Cortez honestly believe we'd see less of that if the government had even more power to choose which companies win and lose? Amazon, at its best, despite its many flaws, is the product of what's best about capitalism: It enables millions of people to have access to consumer goods more cheaply than before, and it provides consensual work opportunities for people who want them. The company could be better, but Ocasio-Cortez and bigger government are unlikely to beat the market.
  5. I've never stolen one either. Is that what Libertarians do?
  6. It is becoming a thing. A big thing now is a handmade straw caddy so people can store and carry their straw(s) (some people carry more than one) conveniently. For real.......You need to get out more Gonzo......I'm like you, though - I will not buy a straw...... https://www.etsy.com/listing/535440028/padded-straw-sleeve-single-pocket?gpla=1&gao=1&utm_campaign=shopping_us_McGarryDesigns_sfc_osa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_custom1=0&utm_content=6509558&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-f7yuuiZ5wIVEJ6fCh3uLgP3EAQYAyABEgKBFPD_BwE
  7. Off topic for this thread but I agree. Why is it the business of government to guarantee "prosperity" for everyone?
  8. Thoughts from a hipster coffee shop - by Alyssa Ahlgren “I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful. Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress. Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP. The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering). Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague. With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve. My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?” Amen and Amen Alyssa Ahlgren Cheers........
  9. I don't believe SF's comment was indicating there was a trial in the U.S. House of Representatives. His statement indicates the hypocrisy of Mr. Schiff and Mr. Nadler complaining about how "unfair" the U.S. Senate trial is/will be in regards to their partisan behavior & performance during the impeachment hearings in the House. https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/schiff-nadler-impeachment-tension-spill-onto-senate-floor Reading comprehension is your friend, don't let it be blinded by your "Orange man bad!!!!!" hatred.
  10. Today
  11. Democrats in the impeachment trial are like watching their super hero's Michael Avenati for over 300 times on CNN and MSNBC and that ridiculous Mueller hearing.
  12. Are there not cases where you need to stop before entering a roundabout, hence the YIELD sign that I see at them? https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/default.htm Also I saw this recently: Illinois is just jealous.................
  13. https://www.journalgazette.net/blog/preps-plus/20200122/kolkman-new-heritage-coach
  14. https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2020/1/19/football-allen-rounds-out-coaching-staff.aspx Wright is a 20-year head coaching veteran with 13 of those years in the state of Indiana and the last five at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. "I've known Kevin for many, many years" Allen said. "He's been one of the most successful high school coaches in the country and has done a tremendous job working with some of the top talent in the country at IMG. Kevin allows us to expand our recruiting base and continue our success in the state of Florida. He's a great fit for our program in so many ways, and we are excited to welcome Kevin and his family to IU." Wright owns an overall record of 229-65 (.779), eight Top-10 national rankings, four state championships and two state runner-up finishes as a head coach. He has mentored four national players of the year, 39 All-Americans and over 150 Division I student-athletes. "It's very exciting to be coming home to Indiana to join the IU football program," Wright said. "Coach Allen and his staff have done a great job building a culture based on players and staff who care about each other and play the game with tremendous passion. I think Hoosier fans across the country recognize that and are excited for the future." At IMG, Wright posted a 44-2 mark in five seasons (2015-19). The program posted three-straight undefeated seasons (2015-17) and five-consecutive Top-6 national rankings. He guided Carmel (Ind.) High School (2010-14) to a 54-11 record and three state championship game appearances, with a title and No. 4 national ranking in 2011. Wright became the fifth coach in Indiana history to claim state titles at multiple schools. From 2003-05, he led Indianapolis power Warren Central High School to three-consecutive state championships. The 2005 team finished the season ranked fifth in the nation and the Warriors were ranked nationally for four-consecutive years. Wright began his head-coaching career at Noblesville (Ind.) High School (1992-98) and spent one season in charge at Louisville Trinity (2000) before moving to Warren Central (2000-05). Prior to his stint at Carmel, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Western Kentucky University (2007-08). The 2007 Hilltoppers finished seventh in the country in rushing offense and 28th in scoring offense. Wright's father, Bud, is the winningest coach in Indiana high school football history and one of the top 15 all-time winningest coaches nationally. A member of the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame, Bud is in his 53rd year at Sheridan High School. Kevin and his wife, Elizabeth, have one daughter, Trinity (18), and one son, Will (14).
  15. IU and Iowa don't meet in 2020. Not sure if that played at all into that decision.
  16. See that he got let go Tuesday. Sounded as if he had some inappropriate or questionable conduct the past year or two. Wish him well and hope he gets help if needed.
  17. I've also had people stop IN the roundabout to wait on me to pull out. That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.
  18. My guess is the same people that feel the need to stop before entering a roundabout.
  19. Yesterday
  20. I know coaches that were contacted in previous years for AP that were not this year....and also how it came out so late. I think the whole thing was just pencil whipped looking at IFCA and a couple other data points.
  21. There wasn't a trial in the House. It's up to the Senate to conduct the Impeachment Trial. Government 101.
  22. I noted the juniors on a different post and it is perplexing. There is no way on gods green earth that any list, and I mean any list, which recognizes All State Juniors would not include at least one Chatard Junior player. Something is wrong with this. Maybe the process? Maybe the members of the IFCA could think through this a bit and come up with something that is much more reflective of reality. Not sure how that happens and would love to hear thoughts on that as well. Minimum of 2 if not 4 or 5 juniors who easily could have, and should have, made that list.
  23. At least we are still #2 when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions.
  24. Watching Representatives Schiff and Nadler cry "unfair trial" after their performance in the House is frickin hilarious........Pure Pot calling the Kettle black moment......
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