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  1. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    First, Iíll note that you didnít respond or defend the silly idea that governments have been a party to wage setting since there have been governments. That is a helpful retraction, thank you.
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  2. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    There is one way to conclusively settle this. Formal debate. An OP and one response with a closing argument. Judges can be Mican, MT, Belthazor, and Frank, or we can simply open it up to the entire...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    I think it is somewhat the opposite, it is a lot like the budget debate. Decreasing the size of the budget polls really well in the US. But when you offer a specific cut, those cuts poll really,...
  4. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    What you are describing here is, again, Monopsony power. The ability of the employer to drive wages down because of the number of workers is so large compared to the number of jobs. I get that your...
  5. Re: The politics of Russian Army is an example of openness and transparency

    I'd like to also note that the military exercises mentioned by the OP were titled "West" not an overly unclear message on who they are aiming thier attention towards. The OP references their...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    I think our PM discussion is probably the most productive, and I think has already gone past this section of the discussion. But just to rehash a bit, the distinction I made in PM is whether the...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    Just to clarify a bit, I was specifically saying that it was the best weapon (though other calibers would work essentially as well) for the kinds of mass shootings we've seen the most of. I did give...
  8. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Well, I'm using precise terminology, so I'm not saying "economically powerful." When you use that term, what do you mean? Are you referring to Porter's Five (6) Forces analysis? Monopsony power?...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    Interesting, I think some defenders of the Dickey Amendment (myself included) argue that government has a hard time really funding research without puttings its thumb on the scale of outcome. I'd...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    It is a logical necessity from your objection. You are excluding all such examples that occur within the universe's dimensional structure, correct? Given that the only "beginning" we could...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    Ahh, perhaps I misunderstood your point then. We could also apply that same reasoning to your second point here. Australia only had a 2/100,000 homicide rate in 1995 (pre-ban) While we had an...
  12. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    I raised it in the OP Sharmak. The OP. I raised it again in response to you assertion that employers were driving down prices via monopsony power (though you didn't know the term). I only raised...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    Just a disclaimer, the first half of this post is a clinical assessment of tools and can come off as insensitive. I don't mean it to be, but rather an assessment of the relative danger of different...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    I understand the gut intuition of this, but it really isn't the case. There is a reason we don't use AR15s for close quarters combat in the military. A 9mm pistol with an extended magazine is just...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    Second what MT is saying. One of the major issues is that we have people who legitimately and genuinely want to change something, but they really haven't done any of the research needed to...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    So the only possible way to prove the premise in your mind is to show the universe coming into existence? That is a pretty heavy begging the question fallacy there Future. You can't insist that the...
  17. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Why would I need to do that? What about monopsony power is relevant to: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society. What specific issue is there with that title?

    And...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    You are arguing mechanism, not causality here. Whether a causal agent rearranges existing matter to cause a chair to begin to exist, or whether that causal agent utilizes no pre-existing matter to...
  19. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    It is possible that I was unclear as to scope, but given that I mentioned in the OP I think it is a stretch that I am changing the scope now.

    Can you elaborate on why that original point makes...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    How does my example (the creation of the chair) not meet the definition offered?


    Bring (something) into existence.

    Again, take a look at the examples. Is the dictionary wrong in using the...
  21. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Really? Your last post said:


    At the root of your problems is your lack of evidence that your results apply on a global scale with all economies in all of history.

    So it can both be the...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    I'm not sure you understand the term equivocating here. Equivocation is when you use a word that has two different definitions and your argument conflates those two definitions.

    Take for...
  23. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    I have shown that this data works for all labor markets that do not have a substantial monopsony effect. That includes all labor markets in all locations at all points in time where monopsony isn't...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    I think it does if we realize that sometimes (oftentimes) our obstinancy isn't a concious activity, but part of our cognitive biases. It isn't odd for us to ignore a patently obvious point because...
  25. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Well the first thing is to determine if the prescriptive treatment (in this case the Minimum Wage) causes more harm than it alleviates. For example, medical researchers didn't wait until there were...
  26. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    No, only by applying evidence based research on its effectiveness can we see if the approach works or not. Certainly it was medical researchers, not layman that were making that determination,...
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    Re: Trump Tax Cuts - Ultimate Con

    But neither of these groups are predominately made up of "the rich." Certainly the rich are in those groups, but half of all small business owners (IE the sole proprietorship primarily affected...
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    Re: Political Consistency

    Huh, that's disappointing.
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Ok, lets say he is being obstinate, doesn't that show my point? If he doesn't believe that position he is vociverously ignoring a point that is patently obvious, he is a great example, in that case,...
  30. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Homeopathy isn't a field, its an approach within medicine. A la Keynesianism or Market Monetarism within economics. Homeopathy was advocated within the field of medicine and rejected by...doctors. ...
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