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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ENTERTAINMENT: December 3, 2019</p>\n<p>Hollywood is now obsessing about increasing ethnic and gender diversity. Good. There&rsquo;s been nasty racial and gender discrimination in the movie business.<br />\n Unfortunately, Hollywood has no interest in one type of diversity: diversity of thought.<br />\n In most every movie, capitalism is evil.<br />\n Greedy miners want to kill nature-loving aliens in &ldquo;Avatar.&rdquo; Director James Cameron says: &ldquo;The mining company boss will be the villain again in several sequels. ... Same guy. Same mother----er through all four movies.&rdquo;<br />\n One reviewer calls a scene in the recent &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; movie &ldquo;a beautiful critique of unregulated capitalism.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Unregulated capitalism&rdquo; is such a stupid cliche. Markets are regulated by customers, who have choices; we routinely abandon suppliers who don&rsquo;t serve us well.<br />\n In the movie &ldquo;In Time,&rdquo; rich people live forever by buying more time, which they hoard while arranging for higher prices so poor people die.<br />\n I guess rich movie people feel guilty about being rich.<br />\n In the new Amazon series &ldquo;Jack Ryan,&rdquo; the hero asks a good question about Venezuela: &ldquo;Why is this country in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history?&rdquo;<br />\n Because socialism ruined the country&rsquo;s economy! But no, that&rsquo;s not the answer Jack Ryan gives.<br />\n &ldquo;Nationalist pride,&rdquo; not socialism, is named as the culprit &mdash; and the politician who will fix things is an activist running &ldquo;on a social justice platform.&rdquo;<br />\n The producers reversed reality, portraying leftists as Venezuela&rsquo;s saviors rather than as the people who destroyed it.<br />\n Hollywood reserves praise for people who share their politics. A documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is full of people gushing praise, calling her things like &ldquo;the closest thing to a superhero.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;RBG&rdquo; is a good documentary and Ginsburg is impressive. But so is Justice Clarence Thomas. Hollywood would never praise him like that.<br />\n Recently, my former bosses at ABC surprised me by interviewing Thomas. Promotion for the video suggests that they actually let Thomas speak, without sneering at him. Good. But I&rsquo;m sure no one on the show will be allowed to call Thomas &ldquo;a superhero.&rdquo;<br />\n Hollywood&rsquo;s love for the left frustrates actors who lean right. Most fear saying anything because they fear they&rsquo;d lose work.<br />\n Actor Kevin Sorbo spoke out about his conservative views.<br />\n Then, recounts Sorbo in my video this week, &ldquo;all of a sudden, less and less calls. My agent said we&rsquo;d better part ways. And I made a lot of money for these guys!&rdquo;<br />\n Sorbo says in Hollywood, being a conservative Christian is &ldquo;like being a double leper.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HE WAS even banned from a comic book convention.<br />\n &ldquo;They&rsquo;re the ones who say, &lsquo;We need to be tolerant; we need to have love,&rsquo;&rdquo; observes Sorbo. But &ldquo;they&rsquo;re the most anti-tolerant people... Every movie, every TV show ... there&rsquo;s always some point, someplace, where they&rsquo;ll pretty much degrade anybody who&rsquo;s conservative or Republican.&rdquo;<br />\n When a Republican is shown &mdash; someone like president George W. Bush in 2018&rsquo;s &ldquo;Vice&rdquo; &mdash; Sorbo says, &ldquo;They make him as dumb and as hick-y as possible.&rdquo;<br />\n Sorbo&rsquo;s also annoyed that movies like the latest &ldquo;Ghostbusters&rdquo; film shove women into what had been male parts. In the most recent &ldquo;X-Men&rdquo; movie, an actress says: &ldquo;Women are always saving the men around here. You might want to think about changing the name to X-Women!&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;What&rsquo;s wrong with that?&rdquo; I pushed back. I like watching female superheroes.<br />\n Sorbo replied, &ldquo;It was created as &lsquo;X-Men.&rsquo; We&rsquo;re in this business now of rewriting everything. ... It&rsquo;s not even politically correct; it&rsquo;s politically insane.&rdquo;<br />\n Hollywood&rsquo;s recent movie about man&rsquo;s first trip to the moon chose to leave out the American flag. When asked about that, the film&rsquo;s star, Ryan Gosling, said, &ldquo;This was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;An American human achievement!&rdquo; replies Sorbo.<br />\n Sorbo&rsquo;s response to Hollywood&rsquo;s rejection was to make his own movies. He says his Christian drama &ldquo;God&rsquo;s Not Dead&rdquo; cost $2 million to make but earned $140 million.<br />\n Other conservative and Christian movies have done well. Mel Gibson&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Passion of the Christ&rdquo; is America&rsquo;s highest-grossing R-rated film ever.</p>\n<p> THOSE aren&rsquo;t my kind of movies, but I&rsquo;m sure glad Hollywood doesn&rsquo;t have monopoly power.<br />\n Maybe competition will make Hollywood a little less narrow-minded.</p>\n', created = 1576235450, expire = 1576321850, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:61c91879fd6311827409d0469cb16b85' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>STUDENT DEBT: October 23, 2019</p>\n<p>Student loan debt keeps growing.<br />\n There is a better solution than the ones politicians offer, which stick the taxpayer or the loan lenders with the whole bill.<br />\n It&rsquo;s called an &ldquo;income share agreement.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> INVESTORS give money to a college, and the college then gives a free or partially free education to some students. When those students graduate, they pay the college a certain percentage of their future income.<br />\n It&rsquo;s a way &ldquo;for the school to say to students, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re only going to pay us if we help you succeed&rsquo;,&rdquo; explains Beth Akers, co-author of the book &ldquo;Game of Loans.&rdquo;<br />\n Andrew Hoyler was thrilled when Purdue University got him an ISA loan. Now he&rsquo;s a professional pilot, and he&rsquo;ll pay Purdue 8% of his income for 104 months.<br />\n &ldquo;After that 104-month term ends, if you still owe money, it&rsquo;s forgiven, forgotten, you don&rsquo;t owe another penny,&rdquo; he says in my latest video. &ldquo;Now, if I find myself in a six-figure job tomorrow, there&rsquo;s a chance that I&rsquo;ll pay back far more than I took out.&rdquo;<br />\n Hoyler wouldn&rsquo;t mind that, he says, because of &ldquo;the security of knowing that I&rsquo;ll never (have to) pay back more than I can afford.&rdquo;<br />\n What students pay depends partly on what they study.<br />\n On a $10,000 ISA, English majors must pay 4.58% of their income for 116 months. Math majors, because they are more likely to get higher-paying jobs, pay just 3.96% for 96 months.<br />\n &ldquo;It conveys information to the student about how lucrative a different major&rsquo;s going to be,&rdquo; says Akers. &ldquo;Some think that&rsquo;s unfair, but really that&rsquo;s just a way (investors) can recapture the money that they&rsquo;ve put up.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;It may also sway students away from majors that don&rsquo;t have job prospects,&rdquo; says Hoyler. ISA recipients learn &ldquo;not only what a career may pay, but how stable it may be, what the future is like.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;We should invest in students the same way that we invest in startups,&rdquo; says Akers. &ldquo;Share equity.&rdquo;<br />\n With one difference: The college picks the student, so investors don&rsquo;t have a direct relationship with the student.</p>\n<p> PURDUE ISA recipient Paul Larora told me, &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know who the investor is, but I&rsquo;d love to give him a hug or buy him a beer!&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;The institutions are saying, &lsquo;If I&rsquo;m operating as the middleman, I can make sure that no one&rsquo;s taking advantage of my students,&rsquo;&rdquo; explains Akers.<br />\n Sadly, many politicians would rather have the government handle student loans and charge all students the same rate.<br />\n President Barack Obama signed a student debt relief bill that he claimed would &ldquo;cut out private middlemen,&rdquo; meaning banks. He said that &ldquo;would save taxpayers $68 billion!&rdquo; It didn&rsquo;t. Costs to taxpayers increased.<br />\n Some politicians are so clueless that they still blame banks.<br />\n In one hearing, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chair of the House Financial Services Committee, demanded JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon tell her, &ldquo;What are you guys doing to help us with this student loan debt?&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;We stopped doing all student lending,&rdquo; responded Dimon, pointing out that &ldquo;the government took over student lending in 2010.&rdquo;<br />\n Instead of forcing banks out of the loan business, we should get government out of it. Banks are in the business of assessing loan risk.<br />\n If actual private lenders, people with skin in the game, made loans, then they&rsquo;d care about being paid back.<br />\n They&rsquo;d tell students which majors might lead to higher-paying careers and warn them that studying sociology, art history or gender studies may make it tough to get out of debt.<br />\n But with the government charging the same rate to everyone, students don&rsquo;t have much incentive to think about that.<br />\n The Brookings Institution found that 28% of students don&rsquo;t even know they have a loan.<br />\n The market would make better judgments and stop students from starting their adult lives under a burden they may never escape.<br />\n Yet some people still call ISAs &ldquo;predatory&rdquo; because investors hope for profit. They say ISA makes students &ldquo;indentured servants.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> LARORA had a good answer to that, which is also serious advice: &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t have a job, you&rsquo;re not paying anything! Where&rsquo;s the servitude in that?&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1576235451, expire = 1576321851, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3596071c46b9743399c7c5b626fa0f19' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>GENDER: October 16, 2019</p>\n<p>The media keep telling us: There&rsquo;s no difference between male and female brains.</p>\n<p> I DON&rsquo;T believe it. Many of you must be skeptical, too. Seventeen million people watched my old ABC show on sex differences, almost as many as watched &ldquo;Game of Thrones.&rdquo;<br />\n Nonetheless, people now fill auditoriums to hear neuroscientist Gina Rippon talk about her new book that claims &ldquo;New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds.&rdquo;<br />\n Rippon says it&rsquo;s important to tell people that sex isn&rsquo;t an important indicator in how brains work so we don&rsquo;t fall prey to stereotypes. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t want an idea that this (difference) is something that&rsquo;s natural,&rdquo; she says in my new video.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not natural,&rdquo; I ask, &ldquo;that in school, more boys want to play football and more girls want to do ballet? I want to run and bang into people.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Actually, girls might want to run and bang into people, but because there&rsquo;s an image that girls don&rsquo;t do that, they&rsquo;re stopped from doing that,&rdquo; she replies.<br />\n But in my reporting, I&rsquo;ve covered research that shows innate differences.<br />\n In one experiment, students were blindfolded and then walked through tunnels running underneath a college campus. When the women were asked the direction of a college building, they weren&rsquo;t so sure. One said: &ldquo;How would I know? I&rsquo;m blindfolded!&rdquo;<br />\n Men, however, tend to have better spatial awareness and retained a sense of which direction they&rsquo;d moved.<br />\n On the other hand, women have a better memory for detail.<br />\n In one test, students were told to wait in a cluttered room and later asked what was in that room.<br />\n Women often gave long answers like, &ldquo;There were envelopes, university envelopes, a thing of Clearasil, a Bazooka Joe comic...&rdquo;<br />\n Men were more likely to say, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know ... some stuff.&rdquo;<br />\n Of course, maybe they&rsquo;d been molded by our sexist society &mdash; conditioned to do what&rsquo;s expected of men and women.<br />\n But I reminded Rippon that even tests on infants find differences. Baby boys look longer at objects, such as tractor parts. Infant girls stare at faces.<br />\n &ldquo;A third of the girls actually seem to respond more to the tractor parts,&rdquo; said Rippon.</p>\n<p> WHEN I pointed out that meant two-thirds of the girls did not, Rippon said that the experiment should be redone &ldquo;with a bigger set of newborns.&rdquo;<br />\n Maybe. But scientists shouldn&rsquo;t keep redoing experiments until they get results they like.<br />\n Some female scientists acknowledge that men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s brains are different.<br />\n &ldquo;You can tell, looking at brains, whether they belong to a male or a female 80% of the time,&rdquo; says evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman.<br />\n Also: &ldquo;Cultures around the world show very similar differences between men and women. Men are more likely to seek status; women are more likely to take care of children. Women are more likely to stay in the home; men are more likely to do dangerous, aggressive things like go to war.&rdquo;<br />\n I suggest that perhaps the sexes are alike and all cultures have imposed similar biases.<br />\n &ldquo;Look at nonhuman animals, monkeys: They don&rsquo;t have culture, yet there&rsquo;s still very large differences between males and females,&rdquo; she responds.<br />\n Among scientists, that&rsquo;s common opinion. The Journal of Neuroscience Research says 70 studies found differences. Boys, for example, are more likely to be autistic, to be colorblind and to have speech problems.<br />\n Even Gina Rippon says, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m definitely not a brain difference denier.&rdquo;<br />\n But her media coverage suggests she&rsquo;s discovered that male and female brains are the same.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an incredibly alluring message,&rdquo; says Fleishman with a laugh. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really sad that it&rsquo;s not right!&rdquo;<br />\n Of course, science shouldn&rsquo;t seek an alluring message. It should just be about the truth.</p>\n<p> BUT THE truth doesn&rsquo;t stop politicians from demanding absolute equality in all things &mdash; even if men and women have different interests.<br />\n &ldquo;Saying that men and women have different aptitudes isn&rsquo;t sexism. It&rsquo;s a statement about the true nature of the world,&rdquo; says Fleischman. &ldquo;If we keep saying that those differences ... are because of sexism, nobody&rsquo;s going to end up happy with what they&rsquo;re doing, and we&rsquo;re going to keep making laws to remedy what&rsquo;s actually the result of freedom.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1576235451, expire = 1576321851, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b84b77ecff559d507867754035219a5e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>TULSI GABBARD: October 9, 2019</p>\n<p>Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party.<br />\n She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.</p>\n<p> BUT DEMOCRATS were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video.<br />\n &ldquo;They&rsquo;re heavily influenced by a foreign policy establishment ... whose whole power base is built around continuing this status quo,&rdquo; Gabbard tells me. &ldquo;So much so, to the point where when I&rsquo;m calling for an end to these wasteful wars, they&rsquo;re saying, &lsquo;Well, gosh, Tulsi, why are you such an isolationist?&rsquo; As though the only way that we can relate with other countries in the world is by bombing them.&rdquo;<br />\n Gabbard is a veteran, and now says, &ldquo;Honor our servicemen and women by only sending them on missions that are worthy of their sacrifice.&rdquo;<br />\n She enlisted because of the 9/11 attacks. However, there, too, she thought a limited response was necessary but now says that our government has &ldquo;used that attack on 9/11 to begin to wage a whole series of counterproductive regime-change wars, overthrowing authoritarian dictators in other countries, wars that have proven to be very costly to our servicemembers.&rdquo;<br />\n She blames both parties. &ldquo;I call out leaders in my own party and leaders in the Republican Party (and all) who are heavily influenced by the military-industrial complex that profits heavily off of us continuing to wage these counterproductive wars.&rdquo;<br />\n She also wants to end our big domestic war, the war on drugs. She&rsquo;d start by legalizing marijuana.<br />\n &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never smoked marijuana,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I never will. I&rsquo;ve never drunk alcohol. I&rsquo;ve chosen not to in my life, but this is about free choice. And if somebody wants to do that, our country should not be making a criminal out of them.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> EVEN IF they use stronger drugs? Heroin? Meth?<br />\n &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the direction that we need to take,&rdquo; she says.<br />\n Although Gabbard just barely polls well enough to make the Democratic debates, she made a big impact at one debate by basically knocking Sen. Kamala Harris out of the race.<br />\n Gabbard simply pointed out Harris&rsquo; hypocrisy in suddenly becoming a criminal justice reformer.<br />\n Gabbard said, &ldquo;She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.&rdquo;<br />\n That debate clash crushed Harris in betting predictions about who the Democratic nominee would be. Harris&rsquo; numbers started dropping from that moment, and she quickly fell from first place to, as I write this, seventh.<br />\n Good for Gabbard for bringing up the drug war &mdash; and for running an ad that at least mentions America&rsquo;s huge federal debt.<br />\n But like most Democrats, Gabbard would spend billions on expensive new programs, funding it with military cuts.<br />\n But Bernie Sanders admits that &ldquo;Medicare for All&rdquo; alone would cost $3 trillion. The budget for the entire military, by comparison, is $700 billion per year.<br />\n &ldquo;The money that we are going to save by ending these wasteful wars &mdash; you&rsquo;re right, it won&rsquo;t cover every other thing that we need to accomplish,&rdquo; Gabbard admits.</p>\n<p> AT LEAST she&rsquo;s willing to debate with me. No one else polling over 1% has been willing so far.<br />\n &ldquo;Our leaders are increasingly unwilling to sit down with those who may be &lsquo;on the other team,&rsquo;&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;Look, I love my country. You love our country. Let&rsquo;s come together as Americans with appreciation for our constitution, our freedoms, civil liberties and rights, and have this civil discourse and dialogue about how we can move forward together.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1576235451, expire = 1576321851, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:198c836eefdf7d04f41d48a9e80722cc' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CENSORSHIP: October 2, 2019</p>\n<p>I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.<br />\n I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook &ldquo;friends&rdquo; would receive that video every Tuesday.<br />\n Wrong! Turns out social media companies send our posts to only some of our friends. (That&rsquo;s why I ask for your email address. Then they can&rsquo;t cut us off.)<br />\n Why might they cut us off?</p>\n<p> ONE REASON is that we&rsquo;d drown in a fire hose of information if they showed us everything. The companies&rsquo; algorithms cleverly just send us what the computer determines we&rsquo;ll like.<br />\n Another reason may be that the companies are biased against conservative ideas.<br />\n They deny that. But look at their actions. Social media companies say they forbid posts that &ldquo;promote violence,&rdquo; including ones that encourage violence offline.<br />\n But antifa groups that promote violence still have accounts. The Twitter account of the group in Portland, Oregon, that recently beat up journalist Andy Ngo. leaving him with brain damage, is still up.<br />\n &ldquo;In Austin, they were calling for a paramilitary operation!&rdquo; says Glenn Beck. That antifa group&rsquo;s Facebook account is also still up, even though it links to a manifesto calling for opponents to be &ldquo;beaten bloody.&rdquo;<br />\n &nbsp;In my newest video, Beck, who runs a big media operation called the Blaze, says social media companies push a leftist agenda.<br />\n &ldquo;They manipulate algorithms to reshape our world.&rdquo;<br />\n Beck himself hasn&rsquo;t been banned, but he says Facebook limits his reach, putting him in a &ldquo;digital ghetto.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;They&rsquo;re shaping you,&rdquo; he warns.<br />\n Is it true?<br />\n Although I&rsquo;m not a conservative, sometimes I do notice odd things happening with my posts.<br />\n On average, my videos get more than a million views. But when I did a one that criticized Facebook, that video got half as many views.<br />\n Because Facebook didn&rsquo;t show it to many people?<br />\n I can&rsquo;t know. Facebook won&rsquo;t say.<br />\n Today, social media companies are pressured to cut off anyone spreading hate. In response, YouTube and Facebook say they now even demote content that almost violates policies.<br />\n But those antifa accounts are still up.<br />\n By contrast, Beck says, conservative accounts are censored merely for making fun of Democrats.<br />\n &nbsp;&ldquo;Remember the person who slowed down (a video of House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi?&rdquo; he asked.<br />\n The video made Pelosi sound drunk. It went viral, but once Facebook got complaints, the company announced it &ldquo;dramatically reduced its distribution.&rdquo;<br />\n When Facebook did that, notes Beck, &ldquo;The person in charge happened to be one of the leaders in Nancy Pelosi&rsquo;s office who had just left to go to work for Facebook.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I TOLD Beck that Facebook hires some Republicans. &ldquo;They do,&rdquo; he replied, &ldquo;but only about 20%, and not in top level positions.&rdquo;<br />\n The site Spinquark did the research Beck cites, finding dozens of Democratic campaign workers who now work for social media companies.<br />\n Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once invited Beck and some others to come to his offices to talk about bias.<br />\n &ldquo;I sat with him and he said, &lsquo;Why would we do that?&rsquo; And I said, &lsquo;I want to believe you, but your actions don&rsquo;t match.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />\n Beck was also unhappy with conservatives at that meeting. &ldquo;Some said, &lsquo;Mark, solve this by having affirmative action. ... For every liberal you hire, hire a conservative.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want that!&rdquo; Beck said. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t need more regulation!&rdquo;<br />\n We don&rsquo;t.<br />\n But it&rsquo;s human nature, when people see a problem, to demand government do something.<br />\n Beck himself fell prey to that when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed she saw border guards telling migrants to drink water from toilets. On his radio show, Beck said government should &ldquo;prosecute anyone making outrageous charges like this!&rdquo;<br />\n I gave him a hard time about that. &ldquo;You want prosecution of members of Congress who say nonsense?!&rdquo;<br />\n Beck laughed and quickly walked his statement back. &ldquo;John, I speak five hours off script every day. ... There&rsquo;s a lot that I vomit out.&rdquo;<br />\n The solution?<br />\n &ldquo;No censorship,&rdquo; says Beck.<br />\n &ldquo;Publish everything?&rdquo; I asked.<br />\n &ldquo;Yes!&rdquo; answered Beck. &ldquo;We can handle it. Stop treating us like children.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I AGREE. On at least some platforms, all speech should be free. The more that is blocked, the less we learn.</p>\n', created = 1576235451, expire = 1576321851, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c4156f92f53345715dd8c220e2af149c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SEASTEADING: September 25, 2019</p>\n<p>When political arguments aren&rsquo;t getting you anywhere, what can you do?<br />\n Start your own country!<br />\n Unfortunately, most of the world&rsquo;s land is controlled by rapacious governments unwilling to let others experiment.<br />\n But fortunately, that still leaves oceans.</p>\n<p> IF PEOPLE move 12 miles offshore (or 24 miles in the case of the U.S.), they can, in theory, live free from existing governments&rsquo; suffocating rules. People then could try new things &mdash; find better forms of government.<br />\n The idea is called seasteading. My latest video shows what offshore countries might look like.<br />\n The idea already makes some governments nervous.<br />\n This year, Chad Elwartowski and Nadia Summergirl set up a small seastead 13 miles off the coast of Thailand.<br />\n &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to freedom-loving people to come join us out in the open ocean,&rdquo; says Chad.<br />\n Unfortunately, the Thai government wasn&rsquo;t happy about it. More on what happened to Chad and Nadia&rsquo;s seastead, below.<br />\n &ldquo;We need a new place to experiment with new rules appropriate for modern technologies,&rdquo; says Joe Quirk, who runs the Seasteading Institute. &ldquo;As long as people create seasteads voluntarily and people can quit them voluntarily, you&rsquo;ll have a market of competing governance providers.&rdquo;<br />\n The seasteading approach avoids people trying to agree on a single set of laws.<br />\n &ldquo;Seasteaders don&rsquo;t have a problem with regulations per se,&rdquo; says Quirk. &ldquo;Humans need rules to interact. We have a problem with the monopoly over the provision and enforcement of regulations. We don&rsquo;t need politicians. They&rsquo;re not smart enough to make decisions for us.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I PUSHED back when I interviewed him, saying some people might use lawless seasteads to do things like abuse heroin &mdash; or kids.<br />\n &ldquo;We have that in our country right now,&rdquo; said Quirk. &ldquo;But if I move 12 miles offshore, I&rsquo;m going to be so incentivized to set a better example because the world&rsquo;s eyes are on me. I&rsquo;ve got to convince investors to invest ... convince people to move there ... (I)n such an environment, it&rsquo;s going to be much more difficult to create evil islands of heroin-shooting than to create positive innovations that improve people&rsquo;s lives.&rdquo;<br />\n Quirk argues that the world already likes a form of seastead: cruise ships.<br />\n &ldquo;Most cruise ships fly the flag of, say, Panama or Liberia, and they&rsquo;re de facto self-governing. Liberia has no capacity to enforce rules on the 3,000 ships that fly its flag. So a captain is a de facto dictator. Why doesn&rsquo;t he become a tyrant? Because people can choose another cruise line.&rdquo;<br />\n The Seasteading Institute tries to create competing governance experiments by approaching politicians from land-based governments.<br />\n Quirk tells them: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll bring our own land; we&rsquo;ll float just offshore. If it succeeds, we share the prosperity. If it fails, we absorb the cost.&rdquo;<br />\n There are historical parallels. Minds were opened in mainland China when the tiny island of Hong Kong showed that having fewer regulations could bring prosperity.<br />\n &ldquo;China very rapidly, because of the example set by Hong Kong, started creating these special economic zones,&rdquo; says Quirk.<br />\n Special economic zones are similar to seasteads because they have fewer rules.<br />\n &ldquo;At least a half-billion Chinese people have exited extreme poverty by moving to these new jurisdictions,&rdquo; recounts Quirk.<br />\n Unfortunately, the Chinese government did not expand such experiments to the whole country. People in power rarely want to give it up.<br />\n Seasteads could give the world experimental evidence that can&rsquo;t easily be censored by land-based politicians. Chad and Nadia hoped their seastead would be the first of many.<br />\n &ldquo;They thought nobody would care,&rdquo; says Quirk.<br />\n They were wrong. Although they were more than 12 miles off the coast, Thailand&rsquo;s politicians sent their navy to tow away the couple&rsquo;s small floating island. Chad and Nadia got nervous when they saw a reconnaissance plane overhead and left their seastead just before the navy raided it. Now they are in hiding. If caught and tried in Thailand, they were told they might face the death penalty for violating Thai sovereignty.</p>\n<p> BUT GOOD for Chad and Nadia for trying.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s irresponsible not to improve society by setting better examples,&rdquo; says Quirk. &ldquo;People with the best ideas should be given an opportunity to do that voluntarily and pay the consequences of their failures ... and get the profits if they succeed.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1576235451, expire = 1576321851, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:da80cfea94bba67225206cf801b39c4a' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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John Stossel

12/09/2019 - 2:31pm
ENTERTAINMENT: December 3, 2019 Hollywood is now obsessing about increasing ethnic and gender diversity. Good. There’s been nasty racial and gender discrimination in the movie business. Unfortunately, Hollywood has no interest in one type of diversity: diversity of thought. In most every movie, capitalism is evil. Greedy miners want to kill nature-loving aliens in “Avatar.”...
10/26/2019 - 11:26pm
STUDENT DEBT: October 23, 2019 Student loan debt keeps growing. There is a better solution than the ones politicians offer, which stick the taxpayer or the loan lenders with the whole bill. It’s called an “income share agreement.” INVESTORS give money to a college, and the college then gives a free or partially free education...
10/20/2019 - 10:32pm
GENDER: October 16, 2019 The media keep telling us: There’s no difference between male and female brains. I DON’T believe it. Many of you must be skeptical, too. Seventeen million people watched my old ABC show on sex differences, almost as many as watched “Game of Thrones.” Nonetheless, people now fill auditoriums to...
10/11/2019 - 5:04pm
TULSI GABBARD: October 9, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party. She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. BUT DEMOCRATS were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video. “They’re heavily...
10/05/2019 - 11:09pm
CENSORSHIP: October 2, 2019 I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook “friends” would receive that video every Tuesday. Wrong! Turns out social media companies send our posts to only some of our friends. (That’s why I...
09/28/2019 - 6:50pm
SEASTEADING: September 25, 2019 When political arguments aren’t getting you anywhere, what can you do? Start your own country! Unfortunately, most of the world’s land is controlled by rapacious governments unwilling to let others experiment. But fortunately, that still leaves oceans. IF PEOPLE move 12 miles offshore (or 24 miles in...
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