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  1. Self-contradictory nonsense. The two essays are based on an asserted unpredictability that leads them (inexplicably) to predict, among other things, a reduction in minimum wage to $5, the shooting of an innocent in broad daylight, a war waged with Russia because of a perceived slight, and a devolution of the nation into Peronism. Predictable evil is preferred to the unpredictable? Would Hillary strive less for power than the Donald? Would she be less likely to drag us into a war or destabilize the world? See Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt for examples of Hillary's sta
  2. Think of this first in terms of your fire truck and grass. A firetruck, stop sign, drop of blood, evening sky, cherry, and hot piece of steel (but not too hot) can be isolated from other objects according to a specific characteristic and united by a specific definition. I.e., "red." Likewise, grass, a lime, a "go" light, a flame from burning copper and a piece of jade are isolated and united by the definition "green." Given enough examples of things that have a similar, but different characteristic, we can abstract the abstractions "green" and "red" (and blue, orange, magenta,
  3. Uncle Sam sez: Dollars are not a commodity, everything else is. His logic is simple and unassailable: the barrel of a gun. You will count all your transactions in dollar values, whether you use actual greenbacks or not. Sorry.
  4. I just tried this experiment, only in a more controlled environment. Instead of a donkey, which is an organism subject to changes which might affect the perfectly set up equi-attractiveness of two hay piles, I used a steel ball, set up to drop exactly on the center of another steel ball mounted perfectly securely on a concrete slab anchored to bedrock. The "choice" I tried to establish is the angle at which the ball bounced after striking the mounted ball. I dropped the ball and, as planned, it struck the other ball dead center and bounced directly up towards its starting point. Fell again
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