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Bennett91
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8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.
bballcrook21
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8/10/2016 1:21:31 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

Stance on econometrics
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. - Friedman

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. -Friedman

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Friedman

Society will never be free until the last Democrat is strangled with the entrails of the last Communist.
Bennett91
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8/10/2016 1:29:14 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:21:31 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

Stance on econometrics

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics - Mark Twain.

But really it depends on what's being studied. Collecting stats and data is good, but enough data to feel confident in the findings over time is an enormous task.
bballcrook21
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8/10/2016 1:31:37 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:29:14 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:21:31 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

Stance on econometrics

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics - Mark Twain.

But really it depends on what's being studied. Collecting stats and data is good, but enough data to feel confident in the findings over time is an enormous task.

Econometrics isn't data collection, it's using mathematical and graphical forms of economic deductions. Nonetheless, it's impossible to isolate mathematical variables when it comes to economics, so it has quite a lot of faults.
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. - Friedman

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. -Friedman

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Friedman

Society will never be free until the last Democrat is strangled with the entrails of the last Communist.
Bennett91
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8/10/2016 1:37:42 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:31:37 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:29:14 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:21:31 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

Stance on econometrics

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics - Mark Twain.

But really it depends on what's being studied. Collecting stats and data is good, but enough data to feel confident in the findings over time is an enormous task.

Econometrics isn't data collection, it's using mathematical and graphical forms of economic deductions. Nonetheless, it's impossible to isolate mathematical variables when it comes to economics, so it has quite a lot of faults.

Wouldn't you first have to collect data in order to put it into the respective mathematical formulas? But I think we agree that's its not very useful anyways.
bballcrook21
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8/10/2016 1:48:02 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:37:42 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:31:37 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:29:14 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:21:31 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

Stance on econometrics

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics - Mark Twain.

But really it depends on what's being studied. Collecting stats and data is good, but enough data to feel confident in the findings over time is an enormous task.

Econometrics isn't data collection, it's using mathematical and graphical forms of economic deductions. Nonetheless, it's impossible to isolate mathematical variables when it comes to economics, so it has quite a lot of faults.

Wouldn't you first have to collect data in order to put it into the respective mathematical formulas? But I think we agree that's its not very useful anyways.

No, there are mathematical measurements and formulas for certain facts for trade, interest, etc. Although, it's good to collect facts to prove if the mathematical formulas actually work in application or not.
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. - Friedman

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. -Friedman

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Friedman

Society will never be free until the last Democrat is strangled with the entrails of the last Communist.
Bennett91
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8/10/2016 1:52:03 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:44:06 AM, Torton wrote:
Do you plan on voting in the general election, and if so, for who?

Yes, indeed I do. I plan to either vote 3rd party, write in Bernie Sanders or abstain and just fill out the rest of the ballot while leaving the President part blank. I live in California, so Hillary is a forgone conclusion giving me the opportunity for a protest vote that may help a 3rd party get more coverage in the future.
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8/10/2016 5:27:08 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
You identify as a moderate, but most of your posts (that I've read) seem to be somewhat left-leaning. How would you describe your political ideology?
The thing is, I hate relativism. I hate relativism more than I hate everything else, excepting, maybe, fibreglass powerboats... What it overlooks, to put it briefly and crudely, is the fixed structure of human nature. - Jerry Fodor

Don't be a stat cynic:
http://www.debate.org...

Response to conservative views on deforestation:
http://www.debate.org...

Topics I'd like to debate (not debating ATM): http://tinyurl.com...
Diqiucun_Cunmin
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8/10/2016 5:27:44 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 5:27:08 PM, Diqiucun_Cunmin wrote:
You identify as a moderate, but most of your posts (that I've read) seem to be somewhat left-leaning. How would you describe your political ideology?

Also, this isn't really related, but why did you change the avatar to the witch?
The thing is, I hate relativism. I hate relativism more than I hate everything else, excepting, maybe, fibreglass powerboats... What it overlooks, to put it briefly and crudely, is the fixed structure of human nature. - Jerry Fodor

Don't be a stat cynic:
http://www.debate.org...

Response to conservative views on deforestation:
http://www.debate.org...

Topics I'd like to debate (not debating ATM): http://tinyurl.com...
Bennett91
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8/10/2016 6:50:28 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 5:27:08 PM, Diqiucun_Cunmin wrote:
You identify as a moderate, but most of your posts (that I've read) seem to be somewhat left-leaning. How would you describe your political ideology?

Moderate IMO doesn't have much meaning unless we know what kind of political scale we're talking about. I use the term based on Western politics, not just US standards (where I would be haphazardly labeled a progressive, liberal, socialist, Communist etc.). So when looking at the further left wing politics of Europe compared to the further right wing politics of the US - policy wise I consider myself in between. I have some respect for some libertarian and green party positions but I don't identify with them as a whole philosophically.

And my pic used to be an actual photo of me, but I didn't like having so much personal info like my face on this site so I changed it to a more accurate photo, a wizard (not a witch, if u look closely he has a goatee).
triangle.128k
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8/11/2016 8:08:35 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

What is the solution to the European refugee crisis?
Bennett91
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8/11/2016 4:52:16 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/11/2016 8:08:35 AM, triangle.128k wrote:
At 8/10/2016 1:11:37 AM, Bennett91 wrote:
I've been having some fun on this forum so in suit with some of the others who've done AMAs I'm doing one.

Try to keep trolling to a minimum, looking at you Bronto.

What is the solution to the European refugee crisis?

In this case the milk has already been spilt. Europe took on way too many too fast with not enough infrastructure to accommodate them. B1sh has talked some about how the different countries each had different strategies some more xenophobic than others with varying results of integration. Mass deportation back to the Middle East would probably cause bigger problems.

The solution will have to have multiple prongs ideally done simultaneously.

First we need to the flow of refugees to Europe, this requires getting Turkey, and other Muslim countries not currently in war zones, like Saudi Arabia to at least take some refugees. Saudi Arabia (SA) would of course resist this, as they don't want Christian or Shia's in their country, economic leverage and military contracts would be on the table to coerce SA to due it's duty. Furthermore North and South America should be willing to take more migrants. I like what Canada has done, they recognize large amounts of single men with nothing to do can cause trouble, so they only take family units. All around more money is needed to fund programs to integrate these folks into their new society. Cultural classes will be important.

The problem I don't know is when these folk will return, if ever back to Syria/Iraq. Who knows how long the wars will last, and after 10 years or so who knows if they'll even want to return seeing how they have nothing left there.

This is where the second part is important, we need to end the violent conflict in both Syria and Iraq. Assad and ISIS are problems, I'm split on whether Assad must go, but most definitely we need to pressure the surrounding counties (excluding Israel for political reasons) to target ISIS not just militarily but ideologically.

Obvious the issue is more complicated and no solution will be perfect, but these are some things that can be done.
Bennett91
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8/11/2016 4:56:37 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/11/2016 9:06:18 AM, MattTheDreamer wrote:
What would your perfect president be in terms of beliefs?

The only person who represents my views 100% would be me. But I'd settle for Bernie Sanders.

If it helps answer your question, Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite President.