Magusj: That doesn’t mean it’s causal. They didn’t take a random sample of men and put part of them on exercise regime. Most likely the type of guy who gets big muscles or has motivation to go lift weights is also the type of person who does not get cancer. Like most “lifestyle” studies this is highly suspect.
Alrenous: The land is what needs to be defended by a military, the cost of which is insensitive to improvements, and that military always has the option of becoming a state if it wasn’t already. - Does the de jure owner of the land have de facto ownership? Do actual states interfere with the owner’s decisions? There’s fire regs, which are about not endangering the neighbours. There’s creeping totalitarianism. “But no, his little honeymoon cottage — or our retirement shack —...
Andrew Cowling: Of course, back in the “Good Old Days” prior to Edward I, the Crown was expected to fund recurrent expenditure from its own resources. For special one-off costs, the King could call a Parliament to request a one-time only tax on moveable goods. (Edward, of course, had so many wars going on that by the end of his reign the Parliament was pretty near an annual institution.)
James James: “The property tax for the small holder means he does not really own his land. He is just renting it from the taxing entity.” Yes, that is correct. There is a non-economic difference, in that the government does not get to choose whether to rent to you or not. That would be truly totalitarian, in Nick Szabo’s sense — a single landlord, no pluralism. Mark Wadsworth, a land-tax advocate, says “I never said people shouldn’t be able to own land. I am very much...
Andrew Cowling: Is it because the muscle-bound types all died earlier from heart failure?
Kudzu Bob: T. Greer, The scores would likely remain unchanged. No evidence that I know of exists to suggests that the act of writing makes people smarter. That said, no reason exists why even those who are not especially bright, provided that they are not hopelessly dumb, cannot be taught to write better than is the sorry norm these days.
Joseph Moroco: The property tax for the small holder means he does not really own his land. He is just renting it from the taxing entity.
T. Greer: Here in Hawaii we often have debates over whether or not Hawaiian Pidgin should be allowed/taught in schools. I like Hawaiian pigdin, so I have formed no strong stance on the issue. This article has changed that. (Incidentally, it would be interesting to see IQ scores of kids who have gone through these programs and compare them to kids who have not…)
Gwern: Handle, as I say in my Reddit comment, Szabo was, is, and will be one of the major Satoshi suspects simply because he was working on such similar topics, but the specific claims and research this dude is claiming are hopelessly wrong and do not increase our belief (whatever it was) that Szabo is Satoshi! (Szabo isn’t a perfect candidate, of course. For example, I have been unable to find any C++ code written by him, which is a major prerequisite for being Satoshi. Just a little JS library.)