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1  Other / Politics & Society / Mouse Utopia on: October 23, 2015, 11:35:52 AM

Pretty insightful to what's going on with the world; the YouTube comments contain some interesting discussion as well, particularly the link between this and mgtow/feminism over here in the west.
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Anti-Bitcoin propaganda in upcoming video game on: January 09, 2014, 02:36:19 AM

The concept Wearing and his team are showing to the world today is that of a dystopia where rebel forces are fighting against the police state, which is fighting back with giant boss mechs. The game is set in the year 2094, where two factions are fighting for control of the world's last remaining financial system: CryptoCoin. This digital currency is controlled by a ruthless police state called the United States Federation (USF). No other form of currency is recognized, and those who control CryptoCoin have all the power. Those who oppose the actions of the USF are arrested and never seen again.

The enemy of the USF is the Outrise, a group of hackers and resistance fighters whose goal is to infiltrate and disable CryptoCoin. In order for the USF to maintain its power and the Outrise to take away that power, both factions must go to war. This is where the player comes in.
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / StormCloudsGathering on Bitcoin: "What you're not being told" on: December 05, 2013, 09:17:54 PM

Apparently it's the bitcoin-killer Tongue
4  Economy / Economics / Objective Value on: November 27, 2013, 03:14:21 AM
Is it possible for value to be objective?  This is the one thing I can't seem to grasp about the RBE.  I'm inclined to believe that value is relative to the human condition and cannot be objectively defined without resorting to a personal interpretation, much like morality cannot be proven to be correct or false as it is entirely dependent on the individual (or an individual in some cases, i.e. God) to define what it is; as objectivity requires an observable truth, and nobody can agree what a pencil is worth without comparing it to something else which the person believes is valuable, how do we arrive at a value which is not dictated by the whims of human beings?
5  Other / Politics & Society / No Other Foundation Than That Which Is In Flying Monster Spaghetti on: November 10, 2013, 01:36:13 AM
“Our pasta, who art in a colander, draining be your noodles. Thy noodle come, Thy sauce be yum, on top some grated Parmesan. Give us this day, our garlic bread, …and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trample on our lawns. And lead us not into vegetarianism, but deliver us some pizza, for thine is the meatball, the noodle, and the sauce, forever and ever. Ramen.”

The Flying Spaghetti Monster Holy Prayer – Unknown
6  Other / Politics & Society / Guy Fawkes on: November 06, 2013, 09:22:07 PM
Quote from: Wikipedia
Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne.  The plotters secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he broke. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the mutilation that followed.

In other words, Fawkes did not represent anarchy, he represented terrorism; thoughts?
7  Other / Off-topic / Feeling stressed? on: November 03, 2013, 08:55:49 PM
8  Other / Politics & Society / I found a Christian I actually agree with on: October 26, 2013, 09:17:15 PM

Ignoring the pop music, I have finally found a Christian who has overcome religion and focused solely on the very point of Christianity: to be like Christ.  She has accepted her views as incompatible with reason, because they do not belong together; she has allowed herself to breathe, to experience life without the burden of carrying some life's mission to make everyone like her, for she has accepted, if Christianity is the true method of living, people should flock to it naturally: by being like Christ, opposed to be a "Christian", she will show why she believes Christ's ethics are superior to others.  This is the same ethic followed by Libertarians; "prove it's better and people will follow", where in contrast, it is the Authoritarian who feels the need to convert, for people would otherwise not naturally follow.

As an atheist, I applaud her, and I was certainly pleasantly surprised; I was expecting another "be like me or burn in hell" video.  I sincerely hope this is a coming trend, because I've known far too many "Christians" who are anything but Christ-like, and yet still want to call themselves so because they went to church and read the Bible.  Likewise, to abandon organized religion is to further decentralize the power religion can hold over us, thus making a person more inclined to be lawful around their fellow man than simply abiding by what the central source says (which we have seen, in both religion and politics, what such central power is capable of.)

Edit: Also, what the hell is going on with the fellow with the hebrew name?  I think he's having a breakdown.
9  Other / Politics & Society / WWII Germany, Part 2 on: October 20, 2013, 10:31:01 PM
StormCloudsGathering on a disturbing, yet familiar, trend.  Apologies if this is posted elsewhere.

What are your thoughts on racism?  Is it ever rational?
10  Other / Off-topic / A pronunciation guide on: September 28, 2013, 08:18:51 PM

Where would I be without the Internet?  Probably in a gutter somewhere having been unable to pronounce such basic words properly.

faux pas
11  Other / Politics & Society / Anarchism vs. Libertarianism: Hierarchies on: September 12, 2013, 04:34:40 PM
It seems the rabbit hole goes deeper; although these two aim for similar goals, that is, for the removal of the state, they're yet different; anarchists, as I have learned, seek for the removal of all hierarchies, whereas Libertarians stop at there being no (or a tiny) state, implying business would still have leaders; it would seem, then, anarchists take the idea one step further, where businesses do not necessarily have bosses, or bosses of bosses, but people as complete equals; some even claim there cannot be money, which I find difficult to wrap my mind around, for money does not necessarily equate capitalism.

Is Libertarianism only a stepping stone to anarchy, or are they two completely different ideologies with only a similar goal?  Does leadership imply hierarchy?  Are hierarchies implicitly involuntary?  Can business thrive without hierarchy?  And what would be the common reaction, having a world of pure anarchy, to people who believe hierarchies are preferable to complete equality?
12  Other / Politics & Society / The Little Red Hen on: September 01, 2013, 08:20:06 AM
As told by Reagan, anyway.  Here's a little gem I found; I'd been thinking about the story of the little red hen and couldn't remember what it was about, I'd heard it so long ago.  It seems very much relevant to what's happening to business at the moment.

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered some grains of wheat.
She called her neighbors and said, "If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?"
"Not I," said the cow.
"Not I," said the duck.
"Not I," said the pig.
"Not I," said the goose.
"Then I will," said the little red hen, and she did.
The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. "Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen.
"Not I," said the duck.
"Out of my classification," said the pig.
"I'd lose my seniority," said the cow.
"I'd lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose.
"Then I will," said the little red hen, and she did.
At last it came time to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake the bread?" asked the little red hen.
"That would be overtime for me," said the cow.
"I'd lose my welfare benefits," said the duck.
"I'm a dropout and never learned how," said the pig.
"If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination," said the goose.
"Then I will," said the little red hen.
She baked five loaves and held them up for her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share.
But the little red hen said, "No, I can eat the five loaves."
"Excess profits!" cried the cow.
"Capitalist leech!" screamed the duck.
"I demand equal rights!" yelled the goose.
And the pig just grunted.
And they painted "unfair" picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.
When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen, "You must not be greedy."
"But I earned the bread," said the little red hen.
"Exactly," said the agent. "That is the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide their product with the idle."
And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, "I am grateful. I am grateful."
But her neighbors wondered why she never again baked any more bread.

Rather, her once neighbors wondered why the little red hen left for a different farm.  Tongue
13  Other / Off-topic / TV Advertisements on: August 26, 2013, 10:28:26 PM
How effective are they, really?  Out of all the ads I've seen (lately, only on Hulu--fucking Fox plays 3 of them at a time, the rotten bastards), I've never felt compelled to actually buy that new car, or go to Wendy's (unless I already wanted to.)  Of all the purchases I've made in my life, it was born out of an unrelated desire to own those things, not from any advertisement; I don't feel compelled to shop at K-Mart, even though they claim they're better than all the other stores.

Are we simply jaded?  Or is there a hidden effect to advertising?  I can understand a new business which needs to get its name out there, or perhaps a new movie or video game, but what is the reasoning to McDonald's ads?
14  Other / Politics & Society / Socialism on: August 04, 2013, 07:36:48 PM
Who here believes in it, and why do you prefer it over other systems?
15  Other / Meta / Activity on: June 18, 2013, 07:31:22 PM
I'll ask:

What is?  Or more specifically, how is it determined?
16  Other / Meta / Off-Topic Reputation Threads on: May 03, 2013, 08:28:00 PM
The off-topic board is getting spammed with on-topic threads related to member's transaction history with other members on this site.  Is there any better board where these can go, or can one be created?  Off-topic isn't looking very off-topic anymore.
17  Other / Politics & Society / CISPA on: April 26, 2013, 10:32:35 PM
Quote from: Fight for the Future

CNET has obtained 1,000 pages of government documents that reveal the Obama administration secretly authorized a backdoor for warrantless online wiretapping.

Would you rather not hand over your Facebook password to your boss? Congress apparently doesn’t care.

Maybe you’ve heard that a lot of companies were paying big lobbying dollars to pass CISPA, but did you know it was THIS much?

And speaking of money, guess who’s wife has a $10 billion contract riding on CISPA’s passage?

America's war against the American citizen.
18  Other / Politics & Society / Taxation: You Can Always Leave. on: April 22, 2013, 12:49:22 AM
You Can Always Leave

A nice little animation about taxation.  A good watch for anyone curious about the "social contract" between a citizen and his government.
19  Other / Off-topic / My ignore list begins with Viceroy on: April 20, 2013, 10:02:17 PM
After three months here I had to start ignoring people.  It's unfortunate the forums have come to this.

Today, on Saturday which should be a happy weekend I had to ignore this family man.  He is simply irrational when he refuses to recognize that his blind love for his country is the cause of every war and the insurmountable amount of stupidity in America, and all other countries which propagate nationalism.  The associated press reports the suspects were "throwing pip-bombs out of the SUV" they were in during the chase.  This dude is a child, it's clear, but I have no time for his irrationality.  He is incapable of adding anything useful to the conversation or contributing anything positive to my existence and so I am going to go cry about it in a self-moderated thread.
20  Other / Politics & Society / White Jesus on: April 17, 2013, 03:18:55 AM

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