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Old 02-22-2023, 10:25 PM   #211 (permalink)
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I'd have labels that say "compare with a price of 1 billion dollars", or "product contains no anthrax"
Reminds me of a character in Robt. Anton Wilson's The Illuminatus Trilogy. "Markoff Chaney a midget on a cross country mission to spread chaos"

His modus operandi was to put up signs you might expect -- with an extra word inserted to make it ambiguous. You might be interested in Wilson. Here's what Wikipedia says about his economic thoughts.
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Wilson favored a form of basic income guarantee; synthesizing several ideas under the acronym RICH. His ideas are set forth in the essay "The RICH Economy," found in The Illuminati Papers.[40] In an article critical of capitalism, Wilson self-identified as a "libertarian socialist", saying that "I ask only one thing of skeptics: don't bring up Soviet Russia, please. That horrible example of State Capitalism has nothing to do with what I, and other libertarian socialists, would offer as an alternative to the present system."[41] By the 1980s he was less enthusiastic about the socialist label, writing in Prometheus Rising that he "does not like" the spread of socialism.[42] In his book Right Where You Are Sitting Now, he praises the georgist economist Silvio Gesell.[43] In the essay Left and Right: A Non-Euclidean Perspective, Wilson speaks favorably of several "excluded middles" that "transcend the hackneyed debate between monopoly Capitalism and totalitarian Socialism"; he says his favorite is the mutualist anarchism of Benjamin Tucker and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, but he also offers kind words for the ideas of Gesell, Henry George, C. H. Douglas, and Buckminster Fuller.[44] Wilson also identified as an anarchist and described his belief system as "a blend of Tucker, Spooner, Fuller, Pound, Henry George, Rothbard, Douglas, Korzybski, Proudhon and Marx.
A mutualist anarchist that follows Tucker, Proudhon and Fuller.

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Old 02-22-2023, 11:08 PM   #212 (permalink)
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I'm clearly unlearned on the subject matter. My sense is that UBI is unavoidable, which is a different proposition than stating it as a clear "good". There are no solutions, only trade-offs.
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It's the same mechanism at work when products are "on sale". Psychologically we feel like we've got a good deal when something manipulates our expectation that it would have cost more.
And sometimes what looks like a saving may turn into waste. Buying perishable food items for a lower price is quite tricky if you're not planning to cook it quick enough to prevent it from deteriorate. Well, having dogs at home often leads to fewer food being disposed of as garbage...
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Unavoidable? Good? A distinction without a difference? Or in Scott-speak, can't tell good news from bad.

A better world is possible. If the nation were a corporation, and each citizen a shareholder, then every year the government would send us money instead of the other way around.
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If the nation were a corporation, and each citizen a shareholder, then every year the government would send us money instead of the other way around.
This is often pointed out by people who support privatization of state-owned enterprises here.
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There was one at my apartments! Looks amazing in person!

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There was one at my apartments! Looks amazing in person!
They really do! Definitely on my bucket list for my next car in 7-10 years when it's time to replace my Prius C.
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Some Japanese numbers got released for real world driving on it.

2023 Toyota Prius w/ the 2.0L I4

Combined Mode: 28.6 km/L
City Mode: 26.0 km/L
Suburban Mode: 31.1 km/L
Highway Mode: 28.2 km/L

2023 Toyota Prius w/ the 1.8L I4 <-- Not offered here. Yet.

Combined Mode: 32.6 km/L - 13.9% higher than the 2.0L
City Mode: 29.9 km/L - 15% higher than the 2.0L
Suburban Mode: 37.3 km/L - 20.0% higher than the 2.0L
Highway Mode: 31.2 km/L - 10.6% higher than the 2.0L

That’s about 73 miles per gallon on the highway with the 1.8L version! Insane
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Interesting that a (seemingly) more outdated engine would still make more sense for the Prius.
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The rear shape looks easier to eco mod too with a boat tail. If I got the Prius, I’d start ecomodding it day one

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