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"THEN you only have guns in the hands of criminals."

Right now you can't legally have an anthrax farm in your basement.  That means that anthrax is only the property of the government and/or criminals.  Should we do away with associated laws and allow everybody to cook up their own brand of anthrax?  I mean, it's a free country right?

"Also, what about sport shooting?  Do you propose to outlaw guns for that?  How about hunting?"

Honestly, who f*cking cares?  We're going to tolerate school yard shootings and other types of murder just because people like to shoot guns for fun?  What about people who like to blow up buildings for fun?  Should we tolerate that?  How about kids who get a thrill from dropping rocks from freeway overpasses?  I mean, if they promise only to do it when no cars are around it's just fine... right? 

"what is to stop them from breaking into my home and making a clean getaway long before the police could ever get to my house?"

You're right. In fact, what's to stop any would-be criminal from committing any sort of crime?  Perhaps we should all respond by living in armed fortresses with moats, barbed wire and booby traps and stuff.

Look, I live in one of the most violent cities in the USA.  People who love guns have made it this way.  Thanks to people who love guns people get killed in my neighborhood all the time.  Thanks to people who love guns the local highschools have metal detectors. 

If you are pro-gun, you are pro-murder.  Be honest with yourself and with everybody else.

It means that we should have a citizen's militia in order to prevent the government from becoming tyrannical.  It's outdated now since having firearms is pretty useless against a government that has anthrax and hydrogen bombs.

We should have gun abolition.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Who's ben's spy on the boat?
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:55:01 AM »
I think he and Walt were captured trying to leave the island.  Isn't that what they said?  I need to start paying more attention, perhaps even taking notes.

I don't get it.  How could he be "a spy" if he got captured?  I mean, if they knew he was from the island and all that?

borders is in japan.  and penny's been touring with hubby.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Who's ben's spy on the boat?
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:30:07 AM »
How did Michael get on the boat?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Who's ben's spy on the boat?
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:28:30 AM »

General Off-Topic Board / Who's ben's spy on the boat?
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:24:57 AM »

I agree that it shouldn't make that much of a difference, but I suspect it will.  I don't think the Rev plays well in middle america. 

For my part, I agree with much of what he has to say.  However, I like Obama less now that I've seen where he spends his Sundays.  It's not the politics I find objectionable, but the crazy-ass religiosity.

I also think that some of the reverend's quotes are just tailor made for a swift-boat style attack add.  I mean, you can just see it now... they begin with Obama refusing to wear the American flag lapel pin, flash bits of his wife saying how she hasn't been proud of America and end with the reverend saying "God Damn America." 

Right.  I'm not advancing a particular conclusion, but rather a mode of analysis with which to evaluate the structure of the problem.

It seems to me that because of the degree of interdependence that's required to create a reasonably liquid, reasonably efficient financial services market, the risk of innovation gets considerably amplified--not just distributed, but augmented.  That risk should be appropriately accounted for. 

No, I hear you.  I wasn't disagreeing - just writing down something that occurred to me after reading your post.

Completely agree with both your posts. 

I have to admit that I'm a bit skeptical of "financial innovation" as a whole in a way I'm not skeptical about technological innovation.  I always liked the Galbraith cliche:  "Financial 'genius' exists only before the fall."

But risk associated with individual technology startups is not nearly as widely felt in our economy as the risk associated with financial innovation.  Tech start ups rise and fall without most people even noticing.  When banks go down, they take a lot of people with them.

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