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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:03:51 pm »
i'm just wondering why it says the guy needed a slide rule to measure tits...

I recall hearing some CT folks going on about that one.
it's got legs, huh?

Apple Talk / Re: Things go boom
« on: April 15, 2013, 10:11:14 pm »
it seems that having unexploded secondaries that will likely be found would do more damage than if they went off, as they create a looming spectre.

Apple Talk / Re: Things go boom
« on: April 15, 2013, 09:29:15 pm »
Two more devices found and dismantled.

Quote from: BBC Live Feed
Breaking News

Citing a US intelligence official, the Associated Press reports two more explosive devices have been found at the Boston Marathon and are being dismantled.

I assume these are in addition to the one the police destroyed with a controlled explosion.  So that means at least five bombs.
were they all in the same general location?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:20:35 pm »
From Mother Jones:

TFA said some guy thinks it might be 4000 years old, but they have to dig to see if there's anything to date it to then.
my hypothesis is that it was the height of fashion for palestinian discordians during the early 1800's to play 'sink' in this particular spot.
"I sunk the ottoman empire!"

There is a candy that is some kind of chocolate covered creme lump that people call "n-toes" around here. I remember, way back in the day, seeing them labeled as such in stores.

my grandfather used to call brazil nuts that.

i had heard about the fireworks, but not any of the others.
i would think if they were in common use throughout TX, id've heard them at least once.  then again, i've only lived in actual cities in TX.

Apple Talk / Re: Okay, it's been 6 months. HOLY NAMES™ on request.
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:32:19 pm »
i thought i heard mine creaking a little bit.
tune me up, at your leisure, Holy Man!

Crab-Walking Mutant of Well-Intentioned Malice Aforethought
praise Bob!  it's true. 
i'm paving that path in side skitter fashion,
and hell hath no fury like a righteous crustacean...

Apple Talk / Re: Okay, it's been 6 months. HOLY NAMES™ on request.
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:01:59 pm »
i thought i heard mine creaking a little bit.
tune me up, at your leisure, Holy Man!

Seriously though, I think if you're going to throw away the moniker of "libertarianism," then you're not really angling for libertarianism, you're angling for an increased emphasis on respect for personal liberty. That's commendable, but it isn't something that can be solved by implementing a new system. All systems encroach to whatever degree people will allow them to encroach (that's the nature of these systems); the inconvenient part is that how much you allow the system to encroach has less to do with how much you want it to encroach, and more to do with how motivated you are to actually stand up against it. And the more satisfied you are with your liberties, the less likely you are to stand up against a system you don't perceive as threatening you too much.

The problem with America was that, for a long time, it was too successful, at least for the groups of people privileged enough to have any power over the system. The American system does buckle fairly easily when it's confronted with people determined to change it, though, which we have seen throughout the 20th Century. But the bottom line is that if the system moves aside so you can do what you want for the most part, then you will go about your business and ignore where it is oppressing someone else, until that oppressed person or people speak up loudly enough for you to notice. That's just the way society works. And it isn't just America that works that way, it's every society.

My only point here is that "Freedom" is not something that can be instituted from the top down. It isn't a policy that can be passed, or the act of removing policy. It wasn't just pretty words when they said no government can grant or deny rights. It's the truth. Your rights are what you take; you can't stop the government from standing in the way: that's diametrically opposed to the nature of government. You have the right to do whatever you can get away with. If enough people decide to get away with something despite the consequences, then the government will back off. But it has to start with people choosing to be free to do something regardless of whether they're "supposed" to do it or not. They can't be made free as a result of public policy.

that was really well put, man.

« on: April 09, 2013, 09:07:22 pm »
I was planning on writing in Ron Paul, but now that Roger is back in the race, i'm his man!

cooler than houston. that makes me chuckle.

as in 'too hip', or 'doesn't get enough 110 degree days in a row'?
i can assure you those are both innacurate.

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