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DnD Central / Everything Trump…
Too lazy to create a new thread, after earlier (IIRC) pointing out this thread has expired?
:) Yup!
But of course people need a place to vent their spleen... So, consider this an open-ended receptacle.
This should have happened a long time ago. And Democrats are going to go ballistic.

What do you think?
DnD Central / "Proportional" reprentation
Recently -in the Good News thread- a conversation ensued. (It happens, sometimes... :) )
Shall we here discuss the issues involved?

The idea of proportional representation requires, at least, a metaphor that is problematical: Is the mixture of urine and water best described as "urine diluted with water" or "water adulterated with urine"? :)
Psychologists have "examined" the disgust factor... (It's fascinating reading!) But no hard-and-fast conclusions have emerged.

Of course, this metaphor requires the belief that there are better and worse political philosophies... And better and worse government, based upon something... If you don't believe that, you might as well stop reading now; and refrain from commenting: Your tribe will either win or lose, and that's all you care about anyway!

It's that "something" mentioned above that I'd like to talk about.

Any takers? :)
The election of smaller parties gives rise to the principal objection to PR systems, that they almost always result in coalition governments.

Supporters of PR see coalitions as an advantage, forcing compromise between parties to form a coalition at the centre of the political spectrum, and so leading to continuity and stability. Opponents counter that with many policies compromise is not possible (for example funding a new stealth bomber, or leaving the EU). Neither can many policies be easily positioned on the left-right spectrum (for example, the environment). So policies are horse-traded during coalition formation, with the consequence that voters have no way of knowing which policies will be pursued by the government they elect; voters have less influence on governments. Also, coalitions do not necessarily form at the centre, and small parties can have excessive influence, supplying a coalition with a majority only on condition that a policy or policies favoured by few voters is adopted. Most importantly, the ability of voters to vote a party in disfavour out of power is curtailed.

All these disadvantages, the PR opponents contend, are avoided by two-party plurality systems. Coalitions are rare; the two dominant parties necessarily compete at the centre for votes, so that governments are more reliably moderate; the strong opposition necessary for proper scrutiny of government is assured; and governments remain sensitive to public sentiment because they can be, and are, regularly voted out of power. However, the US experience shows that this is not necessarily so, and that a two-party system can result in a "drift to extremes", hollowing out the centre, or, at least, in one party drifting to an extreme.

Nevertheless, on average, compared to countries using plurality systems, governments elected with PR accord more closely with the median voter and the citizens are more content with democracy.
DnD Central / Biggest hit vs. best song
The one that brings this to my mind is Sammy Davis, Jr.'s "Candy Man," which was boffo!. But surely "In the Shelter of Your Arms" was a better song, and a much better performance.
Your candidates?
(We can skip ABBA's "Dancing Queen" -- unless I'm unaware of a better song from them: That seems to be a darned near perfect pop song!)
DnD Central / A blast from the past… :)
Dr. Jerry Pournelle long ago published this (but he recently linked to it...):
The only significant thing I ever did on ARPA NET was to get GPS funded. Of course that is too strong a statement; actually it was a lot more complicated than that.

What happened was that Francis X. Kane, the silent co-author of Possony and Pournelle THE STRATEGY OF TECHNOLOGY, had invented Global Positioning System while Director of Plans at USAF Systems Command, and had managed to get USAF to request and get funding. Then in the 70's Congress zeroed GPS out of the budget. Kane called me in hopes I had some resources to get it revived. I broadcast a message about that on ARPANET, and Lowell Wood, Livermore physicist and one of Teller's inner circle, saw it, sent me email to get details, got in touch with Kane, and went to Washington where he lobbied among his Congressional contacts to get it restored. It was restored and I think it would not have been done without Wood, who would not have heard about it were it not for ARPANET. GPS turns out to be important, but then we all knew it would be; the trick was convincing Congress.

That done, I had books to write and work to do. Commercial net accounts were coming, Loudon was inventing what became CompuServe after several evolutions and transformations and acquisitions, and BYTE was inventing BIX; I still held a clearance through having been President of Pepperdine Research and I still did some policy briefings for Air Force Plans and Doctrines, and so had all the communications I needed. Stallman, one of my friends from the MIT ARPANET, was done with most of his work there (I was an early beta tester of emacs, and some of my naïve observations found their way into the final product), and I found I spent most of my time on ARPANET playing ZORK, an activity for which I had no time; it was a gift of time to find that account closed. I resented the way it was done, but not enough to speak to anyone in the Pentagon about it. I see that the story still reverberates after twenty years (it all happened in CP/M S-100 days, mostly at 300 baud; 1200 was a godsend). Peace.
We don't listen to old people any more; which is a problem: Many of them know so much more than youngsters and their college professors... :)
Pournelle has been an influence on me for 30 years or more. (I've always been aware of his non-Science Fiction interests! And he's not been shy about sharing them.)

Do any of you have heroes, mentors or just consistently sensible public figures that you fear losing?
DnD Central / Why do we do this?
Most of you know, I'll talk to anyone! :)
The reason I'd give is simple; indeed, simple-minded: I want to know what other people think...
(I may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier! :) But I do more appreciate the light more than the -- Oh, what is that? Another post-colonial racist whatever? Have fun, Jimbro! Surely you know the phrase... Help me out!)
I do reject the opinions of some, as too far out there or too partisan. But, if they provide arguments for their points of view, I'll read and consider them.
[It might be heat and light... But I'm just a conservative! What do I know? :) ]
Of course. if they're black or brown, I'll ignore them?
The left would have us believe that -if they're black or brown skinned- we do so, us pink-skinned. But that's only because they assume I'm white...!

What do we actually argue about?

(I know, I've asked this question before... But I got no serious answers.)

I'll pose an answer: Politics. Who gets to be "in charge" of others. Some of us don't really want to be. Others can't stand that no one is...

So: The question as posed is simple!
Who should be "in charge"?

(We'll get to the why, later... :) )
DnD Central / Do we really need…
another topic about "snowflakes?
Trump has been legitimately elected, and some people are really pissed! (Of course, these are the same people who are always pissed...) But the meme that's getting the most play is this:
While on campus, we noticed something different about the Oldenburg Sculpture.
A safety pin has been added by art student Jeremy Jirsa.
"I thought it would be a good opportunity to use the safety pin as a representation to bring our city together," said Jirsa, Penn student.

How would "we" enforce "safe spaces"...
DnD Central / I'm alt-right…
I've recently read too much about the so-called alt-right. (This is an example; read the comments, if you don't have a gag-reflex... I kept getting 10 more comments, until -- I don't know when! Before I was asked to, the next post -the first before this onslaught- said, simply, "Disgusting!" and I wish I'd paid it the attention it deserved.)
But I myself am a constitutionalist; someone who believes in the "separation of powers" doctrine. A proponent of  "power to the people" -- with provisos!
That's the problem: Either there can be no provisos or the Democrats rule...
That's harsh, I know. But recent history has shown that that's what one party wants, and what the "other" party can't stop.

Who would defend the Constitution of the United States?
Democrats? Republicans? Trump? Clinton?
My fellow Americans, we are indeed at a crossroads: If you are unable to see a reasonable path back to our sensible republic, we are -this generation- doomed!
Still, our progeny will (sorry to be the bearer of "bad" news, liberals) outlive us. And they might just out-think us.

Seriously,the question is simple: What do we need to agree upon -- in order to get along with each other?
DnD Central / Censorship…
Am I the only one who's noticed how many YouTube videos of musical performances no longer have audio tracks...? One (at this point...) wonders why? (Two or more may be forthcoming... :) )
(But I'll give them -Google- credit: The ads are muted too!)

For instance this should be readily available, no? :) When I was a kid, she was a star -- even more-so than Whitney Houston!

I find it hard to believe that copyright squabbles keep so much from being streamed... But I could be wrong.
Likewise, if copyright lawyers/owners think they're going to make more money by not playing the music, they're delusional.

What say you? Is this copyright protection...?
DnD Central / I'm drunk…
A few of you have suffered my posts for many years... I don't know how you managed to do that :); but, I suspect, some of you were smart enough not to read them!
For the few who read them and sometimes replied, I apologize -- sort-of.
I have opinions; so do you. If we talk...

Nah! That's silly! Nobody believes that people talking to each other gets us closer to -- Okay. Now, I'm going to introduce a topic...

Folks: What's the point of talking?

Governments routinely curtail talking -- and there's no way to stop them from doing so. Even communities do so...

The U.S. has an unusual law: The First Amendment's guarantee of "free speech:... It's problematical, of course. No other nation has anything like it... Can a civil society survive with such a law?
DnD Central / Old cars…
And, perhaps, old people! :)

I knew that this '99 Neon was on it's last legs... The housing for the thermostat (the regulator for the engine's "circulatory" system - as far as temperature is concerned) had been replaced; so, I thought everything was good!, even considering that it had fallen half-apart -- one wonders how that happened? Perhaps the fuel line leak, spraying gasoline everywhere under the hood might have had something to do with it?
I'd even given the engine a quart of oil! What more did it want!

But it seems it was not enough... The car "died" at an intersection. I was able to re-start it; it "peeled out" -- which I'd never done before; it burned rubber! Then I approached my usual turn -- But my brakes didn't work! Yikes!
So, I down-shifted as I approached the next intersection; I was in 1st gear when I made my final turn -- and considering (Yes, I'm an idiot: I never considered using the "emergency" brake...) I steered into a parking place, and shut the engine off.
Or put it in reverse gear or park... I honestly don't remember: I just wanted it to stop!

Of course, I tried it often, turning the key to see if it'd start.. It seemed to be quite dead. Two days trying had convinced me, it was indeed dead.
But on the fourth day my first try almost started it! My next try (yeah: I'm that kind of guy...) fired it up like nothing had happened before... (I even drove it to a "convenience" store to buy -- guess?! Yeah: Beer.)
But it worked! (Even the brakes...)

Now, I need to save enough money to have competent people check it out.

(A side-note: I asked my great-nephew, who bought and installed the thermostat and its housing, if he might have put it in backwards... He said No, it was notched so that such couldn't be done! Note: I only asked him after I knew the engine hadn't seized... I'm relieved.
Apparently, I still have a road-worthy vehicle.

Is that a good thing? :)
Do any of you have stories to tell about supposedly automobiles?
DnD Central / The "New" Cold War…
I'm pretty sure the Russian Federation will be the first major country to "release" its UFO files to the public... Soon, they'll have no credibility left, without relying on the lunatic fringe.
But Canada and Great Britain have made steps in this direction. Hm.

How much can we actually blame on extra- terrestrials? (Ya'll can leave the politics out and just talk about ETs... :) )
DnD Central / Sing, sing a song…
A British newspaper notes that
The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.
After effectively sealing the Republican nomination on Tuesday night, Mr Trump played the Stones hit Start Me Up as he left the stage following a victory speech.
However, the British rock band said in a statement on Wednesday: "The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately."

I won't give the url! (Apparently, nobody's heard of Google yet ) I'm hoping to be sued; and I'll make a lot of money, for nothing!

Hey, Mick, Keith (and however many of you dumbshits are still alive...): You wrote, performed, recorded and released to the public some pretty good songs. (I like your earlier stuff... But that's probably just me.) Most public performances of your songs bring you money... Unless you released them via subscription only, that's all you get: You have no further "rights".

I'm reminded of the Crissie Hynde/Rush Limbaugh kerfluffle:
The opening bass riff from this song "was something that Tony Butler used to play just as a warm-up," said Steve Churchyard, the engineer for the record. It has been used as the opening theme 'bumper' for Rush Limbaugh's popular American talk radio program since 1984, during his days at KFBK in Sacramento, California. He didn't use the lyrics, but Limbaugh said in 2011 that he chose it because of the irony of a conservative using such an anti-conservative song, though he mainly liked its "unmistakable, totally recognizable bass line." In 1999, Rolling Stone magazine reported that, according to Hynde's manager, Limbaugh had neither licensed the song nor asked permission to use it. According to Rolling Stone, EMI took action after Limbaugh told a pair of reporters in 1997 that "it was icing on the cake that it was [written by] an environmentalist, animal rights wacko and was an anti-conservative song. It is anti-development, anti-capitalist and here I am going to take a liberal song and make fun of [liberals] at the same time." EMI issued a cease and desist request that Limbaugh stop using the song, which he did. When Hynde found out during a radio interview, she said that her parents loved and listened to Limbaugh and she did not mind its use. A usage payment was agreed upon which she donated to PETA. She later wrote to the organization saying, "In light of Rush Limbaugh's vocal support of PETA's campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency's foolish plan to test some 3,000 chemicals on animals, I have decided to allow him to keep my song, 'My City Was Gone', as his signature tune..."
What "rights" do you'all think "artists" have? What "rights" should they have?
Should we all become Galambosians? :)
DnD Central / Apple vs. the FBI
I assume everybody is aware of this "problem"... (Let me know if you require more background.)

I'm interested to hear the opinions of others. (I've recently finished reading Apple's latest response... And I've formed an opinion. :) )
I remember the beginning of Talk Radio: Avi Nelson in Boston. He was acerbic, rude and to the point... There hadn't been anything on the radio like his show, before.
Before him, we had the Larry's Glick and King...
(I liked them both.)

But American politics became more contentious. And contentiousness became more acceptable...

TV and newspapers don't offer many access. Radio, however, did! Call-in shows, live...!

Who -I'd ask y'all- were your local radio hosts? Which ones -and, of course, why- did you habitually listen to?  :) I don't expect a political or philosophical tome.
Just tell me what about their shows caught and kept your attention.
DnD Central / You must be joking!
I've just returned from stepping out onto my front porch to smoke a cigarette... There was still a smattering of rain and the sky was overcast. With 50+ oz. of beer on board, I said aloud "What? It's still raining? It's not like we need it..." And, then, realizing that we do, said, "Well, okay: We do. But..."
Mother Nature seems to be a typical mother, always complaining that her kids never call. And her kids repeatedly responding that she never listens...
(I do this sort of thing when sober, too! So, unless you'd make it funny, don't go there.)

What I'd like to talk about is: How many of you create jokes? I mean, do you think of funny things to say on a regular basis -- but, not being a professional, keep them -mostly- to yourself?

As the originator of the epithet "the kamikaze of the entertainment industry" for stand-up comics, I have a personal interest in your replies. Also, I fondly remember both Koestler's musings on the topic and Azimov's short story Jokester...

So: Have you "little" jokes you've made on the spur of the moment that you'd relate here?

Also keep in mind Robert Frost's gem:
"Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me."
DnD Central / Is stupidity taught?
I was just "surfing" channels when I found Conan O'Brien's monologue in progress...

His joke was about the recent NASA conjecture of there being flowing water on Mars. He (Conan) said that Rush Limbaugh had commented that a hydrogen atom bringing two oxygen atoms together seemed "somewhat gay"!
I don't know what Rush said. But I do know --pretty well-- that neither Conan nor his writers were aware that H2O is the chemical formula for one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms, which comprise a molecule of water.
He knows his audience well!

But Liberals are presumed to be smart and knowledgeable about science-y stuff! :) (And late-night TV talk show hosts are presumed to be Liberals... :) ) So.
What gives?

Do we need to re-visit what engenders or supports stupidity? :)
DnD Central / Foundations…
I should probably have looked Paul Krugman up at Wikipedia a long time ago... So, perhaps this comes a little late.
The article said something I'd not expected:
According to Krugman, his interest in economics began with Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels, in which the social scientists of the future use a new science of "psychohistory" to attempt to save civilization. Since present-day science fell far short of "psychohistory", Krugman turned to economics as the next best thing.

The only other self-professed Seldon-wanna-be I'm familiar with is Gavin Schmidt, NASA's chief climate modeller... (Hansen's successor.)

I too was a fan of Seldon... But I was a little more oriented to reality. (That's a scary thought, i'n'it? :) )

I guess reading science fiction isn't the problem. It's stopping reading it too soon...

Is messianic pretensions that common...?
DnD Central / War
(I'll make this short: My previous attempt to post this fizzled... :) )

Why do we fight wars?
Sure, sometimes we're attacked and we have little choice -- fight or die.
There are also religious reasons, mostly incomprehensible to even our most devout brethren! :)
But -then- there are philosophical differences between cultures (nations, military powers -- call them what you will).
The U.S. government's masters did not understand Japan. Their philosophy of war was beyond our ken.
Some few of their senior officers (previous to and during WW II) did understand us, but could not escape the dictates of their philosophy.

I've been asked if my nation's nuclear assault on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes... I've said no, and tried to explain a bit to the silly questioners. They not only remained convinced of the justification of their condemnations, they started to re-write history!
(A fairly common European reaction.)

What I'd of you is that you try to discuss here a simple proposition:

To save both the Japanese people and the post-WW II U.S, Emperor Hirohito had to be humiliated!
I'll let you take it from there. You're bright enough...
Are any of you brave enough? :)
I confess: I don't look forward to reading threads whose six or more most recent posts are by rjhowie... But what should I think when my last nine posts are prominent? :)

I'd ask a simple question:
Does it matter, to you, who last posted -- before you read further? Before you think of posting, yourself?
I mean, are there some posters whose "style" or "content" put you off...? Who keep you away from threads which otherwise might interest you?
Or the exact opposite: Some posters entice or require you to respond?

Make your preferences known! I beg you...
DnD Central / Statesmanship
How would you define it? (King George III had said something which I'd agree...)

The following is George Washington's first inaugural address. Tell me -if you know of one- of another as eloquent, or in any other wise better!

  Address by George Washington, 1789

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:

Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years--a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one who (inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration) ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies. In this conflict of emotions all I dare aver is that it has been my faithful study to collect my duty from a just appreciation of every circumstance by which it might be affected. All I dare hope is that if, in executing this task, I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof of the confidence of my fellow-citizens, and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me, my error will be palliated by the motives which mislead me, and its consequences be judged by my country with some share of the partiality in which they originated.

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence.

By the article establishing the executive department it is made the duty of the President "to recommend to your consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." The circumstances under which I now meet you will acquit me from entering into that subject further than to refer to the great constitutional charter under which you are assembled, and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given. It will be more consistent with those circumstances, and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications I behold the surest pledges that as on one side no local prejudices or attachments, no separate views nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests, so, on another, that the foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens and command the respect of the world. I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my country can inspire, since there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

Besides the ordinary objects submitted to your care, it will remain with your judgment to decide how far an exercise of the occasional power delegated by the fifth article of the Constitution is rendered expedient at the present juncture by the nature of objections which have been urged against the system, or by the degree of inquietude which has given birth to them. Instead of undertaking particular recommendations on this subject, in which I could be guided by no lights derived from official opportunities, I shall again give way to my entire confidence in your discernment and pursuit of the public good; for I assure myself that whilst you carefully avoid every alteration which might endanger the benefits of an united and effective government, or which ought to await the future lessons of experience, a reverence for the characteristic rights of freemen and a regard for the public harmony will sufficiently influence your deliberations on the question how far the former can be impregnably fortified or the latter be safely and advantageously promoted.

To the foregoing observations I have one to add, which will be most properly addressed to the House of Representatives. It concerns myself, and will therefore be as brief as possible. When I was first honored with a call into the service of my country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed; and being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself any share in the personal emoluments which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the executive department, and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the station in which I am placed may during my continuance in it be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require.

Having thus imparted to you my sentiments as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication that, since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquillity, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.

DnD Central / Freee Speech…
The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to reconsider a 9th Circuit decision that -among other things- enshrined the "heckler's veto" in our law-fare...

The point of contention was whether high school students should be allowed something akin to "free speech". Various courts have decided not.
Their reasoning is curious, to say the least!

In 1969 the Supreme Court said the exact opposite. (Black arm bands worn by students, in opposition to the Vietnam war...)

What has changed?

I'd say, that the acceptance of the heckler's veto is actually desired, by some.
(That's not unusual: But it is -as we like to think of ourselves- un-American!)
I'd like to remind those who don't read history that the Battle of Puebla was fought against the French (in 1862, when the U.S. was preoccupied...) :)
Must we now bow to gross ignorance, as well as "hurt feelings"?
If schools cannot teach, why should we fund them? :)
DnD Central / History in excess…
Quite some time ago in an introductory note to a re-worked novel Algis Budrys used the phrase... (A literate gloss of the "Great Man" trope.) Can we recognize those who "make history in excess" at the time? Or only after?
We often talk about politicians and other leaders here. Yet we seem to have no dependable means of determining who will make history in excess, or how. And, indeed, are loath to credit anyone living with doing so.
That may be an interesting topic. But I'd prefer another...

What does the mere phrase "History in excess" mean?
As an averred conservative, I have an inkling. I'd like to hear other opinions.
The FCC (the U.S. Federal Communications Commission) has approved -by a partisan majority of 3 to 2- the (presumably desirable) Net Neutrality rules (not yet released to the public...) to regulate ISPs -and, of course, other "players"- to ensure a free and open internet... (see here, for instance) by bureaucratic interference, based upon the rules meant to constrain the government-granted monopoly to AT&T in the late 30's.

I am eager to read the "final" 317 pages "agreed to" by this commission, and look forward to the court cases it prompts. (Not to mention, because I don't believe such will be forthcoming, the congressional backlash and remedy...sad to say). I'd like to read it because I might be able to deconstruct its purpose -- and argue against such.
(Yes, I think I know what it is...)

My main point here is to highlight the perennial question: What warrants and justifies government regulation? And when and why should such be accepted or promulgated, absent irremediable harms?

Put more simply: If it ain't broke, why "fix" it?

Other thoughts...?