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2. The U.S. has many (eleven by some counts) separate "nations" with radically different cultures, which contributes to the political tensions. Minority governments exacerbate the tensions. The Southern states have always been willing to sacrifice the union in order to achieve its own interests, even resorting to secession. North America is not Africa (where today's political boundaries owe more to colonialism than to culture), but the culture boundaries in America may prove more toxic than the colonial boundaries in Africa.

I think the most likely candidates for secession now are the Blue cities/states on the coasts. I don't expect the urban coastals to just shut up and take it under the Constitution's counter-majoritarian provisions forever, nor do I expect Team Red to agree to be ruled by Team Blue.

States that were Team Red become Blue and vice versa. Views change, the population changes. A lot of ex-Texans in California and ex-Californians in Texas. All will be well.

They are not nations and nobody is going to secede. They are regions. We have always had regional differences. Secession is irresponsible talk that can lead to serious violence but the Federal government is powerful enough to keep any state or group of states from seceding.

Actually, regional differences have diminished, except in politics. I feel more comfortable visiting Tuscaloosa, Alabama than I would have in 1950. California is full of Midwesterners and Florida is full of Northeasterns. I can get anywhere in the U.S. in four hours and that was not true only two generations ago. Calm down everybody...please.

Northeasterners. Stupid autocorrect. Tyler please have your programmer add an edit function.

#3 - $359 a month, someone is paying for that and it's not the doctors. it's the consumers. online reviews like these are rent-seekers.

Also, see Angie's list, Yelp, and! In a sense, a just society might charge the owners of these publications with blackmail, and also the gay that blackmailed the gay speaker of the house.

5. Good question. It seems kind of thinly reported at this point, but could be bad ..

Whats happening in Brazilian universities is the application of the law. In Brazil political manifestations in public universities are forbidden, thing is that historically the Marxist parties are lodged inside the universities so they always disrespected the law by doing propaganda with Marxist political marches calling everybody who is not a Marxist a "fascist". As these Marxists are getting finally displaced by Brazilian civil society so are their affronts at the law being finally punished.

Never thought before name-calling was a national threat and required immediate action.

According to the Brazilian law public universities are supposed to be politically neutral so cannot serve as manifestation ground for specific political parties.

That's kind of a bad system if it leads to "pro-democracy materials" being removed from universities.

It makes First Amendment to the United States Constitution look good.

Public universities are owned by the State. In a liberal democracy the resources of the State cannot be used in the interest of specific political parties.

If I say "pro-democracy" and you say that is "in the interest of specific political parties" you have a pretty big problem.

Brazil is just another third-world shit hole, no matter whom they elect. Just more evidence of that.

Not true at all. Brazil is the second biggest democracy in the world and its among the ten biggest economies.

Third or fourth biggest democracy. India, United States, [Indonesia?], Brazil. Freedom House ranks Indonesia as an electoral democracy. (I would certainly not call Brazil a third-world shithole. It is a moderately developed, upper middle-income country.)

What if your "pro democracy" speech is just subtly re-branded pro-Marxist rhetoric?

What if your "anti fascist" protesters are anarcho-communists who hide behind the claim that they are anti-fascist in order to make their advocacy seem less objectionable?

Could be the case that the whole point of the Universtiy groups' "pro democracy" rheotric is intended to imply that others are not bad because they're undemocratic.

Could be the case that the whole point of socialist/communist agitators calling themselves "anti-fascits" is to imply that anyone opposing socialist/communist violence is a fascist.

So, are you all Brazilians with different attitudes, or are you actually Americans are doing an anti First Amendment position?

I'm old enough to remember when de-platforming in the marketplace was enough to get some of you excited.

Maybe Jerry Taylor is right and ideology always leads to motivated thinking.

Niskanen is usually good, but Jerry Taylor is not right. Adapting to climate change is a scientifically sound position if climate change won't respond to our best efforts. That is probably what is going to happen so we'd better start learning to adapt quickly and cost-effectively.

Not that it really matters but I'm an American liberal. I'm just pointing out that it's not this simple:

> If I say "pro-democracy" and you say that is "in the interest of specific political parties" you have a pretty big problem.

if you're using ostensibly "pro democracy" rhetoric as a cover for anti-democracy speech.

I don't have a dog in the fight in Brazil, but I do take objection to the exact same sort of motte-and-bailey that illiberal protestors do when they call themselves anti-fascists.

You seem to be diligently avoiding all free speech issues.

It is one thing for a university to give a professor guidance on classroom Behavior, it is another to send in the freaking Army.

Ok, I'm going to make my parties official name: "The Pro-Democracy Party"

If you were an American, and not a rat in Putin's troll maze, you know that the Republicans and the Democrats have both figured that out.

I'm just a cuck like the rest of you. Just cucks here.

just to mention the obvious: (Wikipedia) "throughout his political career, Bolsonaro has made a number of admiring comments about the Brazilian military dictatorship which ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. He said in 1993, eight years after the return of democracy, that the military regime had "led to a more sustainable and prosperous Brazil".[11] Bolsonaro has publicly referred to the military dictatorship as a "glorious" period in Brazil's history,[98] and that the under the military dictatorship, Brazil enjoyed "20 years of order and progress".[98] In December 2008, Bolsonaro said that "the error of the dictatorship was that it tortured, but did not kill".[99] Bolsonaro has also repeatedly made admiring comments about a number of other Latin American dictatorships. He praised Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori as a role model for his use of military intervention against the judiciary and legislature.[11] In a 1998 interview with Veja magazine, Bolsonaro praised the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and said the Pinochet regime, which killed over 3,000 Chilean citizens, "should have killed more people". "

Yes, thank you. Sometimes it's not at all complicated and things are exactly what they obviously are.

Correct. Not to mention that the term "fascism" has been completely redefined to mean "against right wing". So when people say fascism there, they mean Bolsonaro (even though the left wing option has many more similarities with fascism if you ask me). So yeah, nothing out of the ordinary here.

The "left" (by which it's meant marxists) calls everybody who is not a marxist a fascist. That's because the creator of fascism, Mussolini, was a marxist dissident and so marxists associate anybody who is anti-marxist with Mussolini, since in their little marxist heads there exists only two political positions: Lenin's orthodoxy and Mussolini's dissidence.

Right, I had a type in my comment. I meant "against left wing".

You too

Brazil offers a refreshing contrast to the US where state universities are mere appendages of the Democratic Party and meddle in elections continously.

The raids are merely application of the rule of law, something unknown in the US, where local governments are free to sic antifa domestic terrorists against their political opponents and to stifle free speech.

For any genuine classical liberals, the really big news is the success of the Novo Party in Minas Gerais with the election of an authentic classical liberal (again unknown in the US political system) as governor. Romeu Zema is an outstanding classical liberal and a sign of a bright future ahead for Brazil.

The story of the formation of the Novo Party, formed only in 2011, is an awe inspiring triumph, and kindles real hope for the future of democracy. Brazil offers the US a meaningful model for political reform in every respect, from its fingerprint ID voting machines to its pluralistic, representative democracy.

Brazil, for more than the US, is a model of a population that embraces growth, is tolerant and pluralistic, and lets individuality, happiness, and autonomy flourish to their maximum extent.

Saying something is "the rule of law" or "THE LAW" does not necessarily make it good. If your laws are shit, then they are shit. I don't want to go over the line here but it fits - forcing Jews to wear the star of David was just "enforcing the law". "The LAW" is not an argument, Brazil isn't refreshing, it's another thirdworld shithole.

I'd not criticize the US so hard after realizing the refugees of Mr. Bolsonaro's adventure will end up in....... the US.

If this actually happened, that would be very bad indeed. Has the thing been reported elsewhere than in this tweet? Where?

I found no reports about this in a brief examination of a popular Brazilian news outlet. I'm not convinced this is true. But, even if it were true, Bolsonaro only turns president next year, 2019, so this has nothing to do with him.

#5: Seems reasonable.

#1: Adding this to ice cream is the *ahem* hot new food trend.

#1 - hot sauce making at the factory: "When I first brought my formulas to the factory’s test kitchens, it surprised me how different the results tasted as compared to my homemade version — even though we were still testing small batches and using the exact same measurements...I tested and changed the source of almost every single ingredient in the formula to better meet my demands of the product; deep umami, fragrance, luster, texture and mouthfeel, all without the addition of any natural or artificial flavorings and extracts." - ridiculous! If he wanted "deep umami" all he has to do is add "MSG" (monosodium glututamate). But it seems this guy is like those people who think "natural tasting orange juice" is just orange juice squeezed into a bottle. As non-fiction writer John McPhee points out, doing that makes OJ taste like "aspirin in water". Use IF&F chemicals man! That's how mother nature does it actually (MSG, glutamic acid is found naturally in tomatoes, grapes, cheese, mushrooms and other foods).

Bonus trivia: at Mayon volcano region in east Philippines, they add red chili pepper to ice cream and have for years now, making it look like lava from a volcano. Gimmick!

Good ol' Turkey Hill even has a jalapeno chocolate ice cream now. Years ago my wife accidentally added some hot pepper to a batch of cookies for a party -- and they were very popular.

Um, no, it's not the same as just adding MSG. From the Guardian: "In the simplest terms, umami actually comes from glutamates and a group of chemicals called ribonucleotides, which also occur naturally in many foods. When you combine ingredients containing these different umami-giving compounds, they enhance one another so the dish packs more flavour points than the sum of its parts. "

Slipping a few anchovies into just about anything is supposedly one way to quickly kick up your umami level

@Tony - you flunked chemistry, like I did, my friend? "monosodium glututamate" = sodium + glutamates, what I said plus salt. MSG is a known umami enhancer. Here in Asia you can actually find it sold in a bottle, like salt.

Bonus trivia: you have to be over 50 years old to even know what the movie "Chemical People" and the phrase "Better Living through Chemistry" are all about (illegal drugs, never seen it).

Oh sheez it's a band not a movie, from the 1980s.

Wrong on all counts.

Serious learned men should not spend so much time on frivolous pursuits such as food. We are here to discuss serious economics, law, liberty, and freedom. Not new, crass ways to pleasure our senses.

5. And you thought the PC police on U.S. colleges campuses was a threat.

Brazilian law forbids using public resources for supporting candidates.

Ordinarily, only federal forces patrol federal universities. However, the Judiciary power ordered surgical militar police (state forces) actions to prevent electoralmongering. It is an open secret that the "classes" were political events supporting corrupt, leftist candidate Mr. Haddad, who President Bolsonaro fascist.
Brazilian imposes restrictions on unhealth political agitation. Private donations are outlawed, there are restricted períodos for TV and radio propaganda, etc.
A small cadre of professional radical agitators have no right to use the universities our taxes pay for to serve their political ambition.
As President Bolsonaro said, we are the real Brazilians.

I wonder how long 55% of the vote in the most multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country on Earth will be called "far-right?"

Not much longer, I think. It is time to tighten the tourniquet and take our country back. Mr. Bolsonaro has got yesterday a historical mandate.

Hahaha, and displacing the military force has zero costs? The prevention of electoral mongering seems to be a greater concern than the daily homicide rate in Brazil.

The law must be followed. Brazilian authorities acted with notable restraint, patriotismo and decisiveness to preventiva ilegal agitation.

As we say in Brasil, the law is for everyone.

#3: "It doesn't seem that in a public health-care system that I should be marketing myself, that I should be protecting my reputation...."

That's pretty much the thinking of any government agency.

#4 was nice. Here is a brother article, an interview with the excellent Bruce Sterling:

"We do best in anticipating events if we understand that 2038 and 1998 are two sister years and that the future is a kind of history that hasn’t happened yet. If we’re optimistic, we’re just putting on rose-tinted goggles so as to ignore half the facts."

"4. Tweet storm review of Stubborn Attachments."

+1, Tyler for only being 125 pages.

Went ahead and bought the Hard cover version. I don't ever finish Kindle versions of non-fiction.

I think I need a separate super sized kindle with a color screen for that. There is something about a monocolor, paperback sized kindle that turns off my serious book mode.

"5. What is going on in Brazilian universities?"

First, is there any confirmation to this tweet. Because it's a tweet. Not a credible source in it's own right.

Secondly, a lot of the reporting if true, does make Bolsonaro sound like an actual fascists. Versus, the hyperbolic claims against Trump, for reference.

"The ex-army captain will do as he says. He will attempt to criminalise the Workers’ Party and will declare indigenous social movements as terrorist organisations. "

"Many Brazilians see authoritarian tendencies in Mr. Bolsonaro, who plans to appoint military leaders to top posts and said he would not accept the result if he were to lose. He has threatened to stack the Supreme Court by increasing the number of judges to 21 from 11 and to deal with political foes by giving them the choice of extermination or exile."

Thiago is cute and fun to play with, but the fact that he's a shill for Bolsonaro makes it a lot less cute.

His clear racism disqualified him from the cute category years ago.

I am not racist. Brazil is a big multiparty, multiracial, multireligious country. Compare and contrast with how your Chinese friends mistreat Muslims and control Tibet.

Sure Thiago, your well known respect for the Chinese, Japanese and Indian people is beyond reproach.

Maybe the Allies, who bombed Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were racists. Or maybe they were fighting for survival and to prevent civilization from sinking into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.

Nah, just you. You're the racist.

Brazil is fighting for survival against international communism and Masons.

Brazil must be very weak indeed if its survival is threatened by those tiny, powerless groups.

International communism, under many disguises, control Cuba, Nicaragua, Red China and India. It allied itself with fascist Russia and Japan.

Meanwhile, Masons and leftists hsve great influence in America.

International press praises totalitarian Red China and lies about Brazil.

Thanks for the courage to call out the Masonic menace. Their jars are everywhere.

Don't get me started!

"Many Brazilians see authoritarian tendencies in Mr. Bolsonaro, who plans to appoint military leaders to top posts"

So did Trump, who appointed Mr. Mattis. Bush appointed Mr. Powell.

"and said he would not accept the result if he were to lose."
Mr. Trump said only fraud would prevent him from winning. Mr. Bolsonaro was making the same kind of claim.

"He has threatened to stack the Supreme Court "
So did Mr. Roosevelt.

"and to deal with political foes by giving them the choice of extermination or exile".

It was exaggeration and the context made it clear. He meant that leftists now will have to follow the Law or else.

Or else: extermination! The little fascist isn't wasting any time.

And here we have an answer to the question, what happens when 90% of routine legal work is automatable: the price of routine legal work falls to a low marginal cost, greatly expanding both demand for and supply of such services. The doctor's or other professional's robo-lawyer searches the Internet for defamatory content regarding its client, assesses for actionabity, and files civil actions against review curators. The review curator is initially set back, until their own robo-lawyer implements an algorithm that assesses site submissions for liability risk, and suggests rewording of submissions to reduce defamatory risk and/or demands supporting documentation for negative reviews sufficient to shield the curator from defamation risk.

#4. That was good. Tyler, you concede that discounting for risk is appropriate, but, apart from inflation, isn't that what all discounting amounts to? Time is risk, more time is more risk. I don't understand a zero discount for hypothetical people 500 years from now who may never exist.

#6 was written by a peculiarly unreflective chap. 'I don’t know if “fortunate” captures my position in life well, since that suggests rather more luck/chance than I think was involved.' Well you think wrong, matey.

#1. Why is this arrogant twat claiming to be a "start-up" when she is reinventing the wheel? China has dozens of such products, all extremely sophisticated in taste, fire level, etc., some of which are even safe for human consumption. She can, AND SHOULD, just import, repackage/rebrand, and market those existing products, instead of reinventing the wheel (and taking credit for it) like so many other autistic, ignorant frogs at the bottom of their cloistered silicon valley well. She reminds me of Fraudlizabeth Holmes of Theranos infamy, not in a good way.

Can you give one example of these products you speak of? She made a strong case for making a proprietary product based on her own tastes and branding. To me that is a good business move since there are so many copycats in China that only lazily steal IP, especially when you do a rebrand.

#5) Cautionary tale for those that would restrict speech in the US. The Brazilian situation is interesting as it combines both (1) campus speech restrictions, like campus PC in the US, and (2) limits on campaign speech that might "unduly" influence elections, like Citizens United and other campaign finance laws.


“More than a few times, Mr. T told me that my approach was too direct, too “American,” and that things just didn’t work that way in China. Things there are implied rather than said; a negotiation is more like a dance. And sometimes you need the help of a gift here and there.”

Lol, yeah, “gift”!

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