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Criticism of Evolution From a Common Ancestor from an Economics Perspective

As a Christian, I am a Young Earth Creationist. Whiile some Christian's hold other positions allowing for an old Earth or Evolution from a common ancestor, I find that Young Earth Creationism best fits…
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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on October 7, 2010 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Virtual Currency on Facebook

I was writing about virtual currencies a while ago. They are interesting in that they can improve the welfare of all the people using them by increasing the efficiency of exchange within the group. Specifically, it would be easier to get a job or make money using a local currency than the dollar.


At the time, I was hard pressed to come up with examples. Facebook seems to be developing one though.…
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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on September 28, 2010 at 11:48am — No Comments

Toaster Design

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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on September 21, 2010 at 11:36am — No Comments

John Green Featured on the Freakonomics Blog!

Stephen Dubner loves one of John Green's latest videos.
The Best Anti-Penny Rant Ever

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on September 10, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

Monopolies Using Antitrust Laws to Defend Themselves Against Potential Competitors

Sometime last year, I claimed in the forums that anti-trust law actually protects the large, monopolistic companies that it is supposed to prevent from developing.


I think that the anti-trust laws are harmful to competition in general, as I do for a lot of law, on the basis that true competition needs a very basic set of laws and that any law in addition to that and that any additional law favors companies with large, experienced, legal departments and the money to carry…
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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on September 7, 2010 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Karen Kavett is Youtube's Spotlight Member of the Day!

Karen Kavett is being featured on the Youtube today under the Spotlight module. It is great to see a variety of talented nerdfighters being appreciated by Youtube.

Karen's youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/xperpetualmotion

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on August 24, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Campaign For Liberty Florida Liberty Summit Report

I went to the Florida Campaign For Liberty Summit

Friday night session. Like last year, Friday night was free, so it was

open to everyone. They also had a ton of booths set up and I talked to

some interesting people.



The first booth I stopped by was from a group which performs training for people who run into mortgage problems. I know that mortgages can be confusing situations, but apparently some

foreclosures have included fraud and forged documents being used… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on August 14, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel, Analysis of Chapter 6: Better Living Through Chemistry

During the Cold War, India wanted to experiment with a program of sharing land between the government and the people. America also thought that they were in danger of falling to communism.

Like in the previous chapter, the response was for America to launch a

program of food and monetary aid. This caused the native production of

wheat to fall because they could not compete with the US aid program.



In order to keep India from falling to communism,…

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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on July 31, 2010 at 12:23pm — 2 Comments

Nerdapalooza, Here I come!

Heading over to Nerdapalooza tomorrow for some nerdcore and nerd rock.
Luke Conard and Ministry of Magic are showing up on Sunday.





Here is the schedule:…
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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on July 16, 2010 at 11:50am — No Comments

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel, Analysis of Chapter 5, The Customer is Our Enemy: A Brief Introduction to the Food System Business

While Chapter 5 of Stuffed and Starved is called The Customer is Our Enemy: A Brief Introduction to the Food System Business, it focuses very little on the customer. I am very interested in the customer's role in this

industry, but Raj Patel's real focus for this chapter is interesting as well. He focuses on the "crony-capitalism" of the food industry. Crony-capitalism are my own words, taken from Ron Paul…

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Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on July 12, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel, Analysis of Chapter 4, A Cry for Bread

Chapter 4 of Stuffed and Starved is about how governments use abundance of food to prevent civil wars and insurgencies from their poor citizens. The British and American governments feared that if people went hungry for too long, they would turn to violence and throw an uprising.



Before I get into the main argument, I want to point out that Haiti is pulled out as a minor example that I don't discuss in my analysis here. It appears that Haiti has long gotten a bum rap. Like Mexico, we… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on July 12, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel, Analysis of the Chapter 3, You Have Become Mexican

Chapter 3, You Have Become Mexican, is about the relationship between Mexico and the United States, specifically about the poverty in Mexico and its causes. Most American's would think that it is the Mexican's own fault that they are poor, with their corruption problems in government, drug lords, and lack of America's natural business savvy. Raj Patel makes a strong case that the real problems with Mexico actually lie in America, even in some of our attempts to help Mexico.



When we… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on June 29, 2010 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel, Analysis of the Introduction

I have started reading Stuffed and Starved, by Raj Patel, and will be analyzing it in blog posts.

I am interested in the book (and similar works by this author) because Raj Patel is intimately familiar with the problems the book presents. Specifically, I am interested in poverty and lack of food in developing countries and how to resolve those problems.



I am a libertarian and am already very biased towards deregulation and free market solutions to these problems. However, such… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on June 9, 2010 at 8:59pm — No Comments

State Nullification as a Protector of Citizen's Rights

One of the issues I am concerned with in our government discussions is how to enforce the constitution, either of the micro-states or of the central government. Originally, I didn't have much of an answer and assumed it would have to be enforced by the governments themselves. This series of videos presents an alternative method, at least for stopping governments from acting outside of their constitution. The idea is that local governments have the right to declare government actions… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on June 8, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Church Government and Tithing - Biblical Perspectives on Government

I find church government very interesting, especially in comparison to America's modern, two party political system. There are no parties. There are not a set amount of elected positions and candidates do not run against each other. The leadership acts as stewards and servants of the congregation. There are no taxes, so the system works entirely on donations. Church membership is required for participation in business meetings and voting, but membership does not require donations either.… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on May 16, 2010 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

The Period of Judges in the Old Testament - Biblical Perspectives on Government

Traditionally, the Book of Judges is taught as a period of rebellion against God with short periods of obedience. This is probably true and I am not disputing it. Indeed, Judges 2:16-19 says,



"Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to

other gods and worshiped them. Unlike their fathers, they quickly

turned from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on February 11, 2010 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

Socionics - Personality Examples for Ethical Intuitive Introvert

I originally blogged about Socionics a while ago. Now I'm going to provide some examples of one of the personality types so people can get some ideas of what I am talking about.



The personality type I am focusing on in this post is the Ethical Intuitive Introvert (Wikisocion) (EII).

Some other… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on February 11, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Suzerain / Vassal Covenants - A Biblical Perspective on Government

I was arguing on the nerdfighter government forums that before we start seriously writing a Nerdfighterian Government constitution, we need to research the great historical works of philosophy and discussion of government. I wanted to blog our findings so other nerdfighters could observe and help build a Nerdfighter consensus on the responsibilities. Since I am interested in the Bible's perspective on these issues and am already familiar with it, I am going to start with some of… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on December 10, 2009 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

Video Resources on Government Topics

I'm working on a post on the Suzerain / Vassal covenant. In the meantime, I've been watching through some Youtube videos.



This one is about how the US Government has abused the US constitution. While you might disagree about the particular abuses, it is good viewing so we can figure out how to write a constitution which is capable of defending itself.



This one is about natural rights. He introduces some viewpoints I haven't heard before. I think it needs… Continue

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on December 2, 2009 at 2:11pm — 5 Comments

Cute Overload ... In Your Pants

Found this on the Cute Overload blog. It's a literal in your pants reference.
Chihuahua in someone's pants (SFW)

Added by Bryan Rosander, FL on November 6, 2009 at 10:11am — No Comments

Youtube Links!

Here are some YT links to channels related to Nerdfighteria and educational content!

*Can you think of any more? Pass along any suggestions to an Admin who will then add it to this list should it fit!

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