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I don't know why people just can't accept the flag is merely a sign of their heritage, that they are proud of their ancestors who not only kept black people as property, but were also willing to make it illegal not to make black people property and wanted to establish a conquering slaver Empire that would extend down through Central America and into Brazil, where they woud rule above the foolish, brown masses.

I mean, where is the harm in that?  Only some kind of racist would be against celebrating one's cultural heritage.

:lulz:

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I looked at my student report last night and realized that the reason I'm burned out is because even though it's only been three years, I have 191 credits. If I hadn't decided on this stupid double major thing, I would be done.

That's pretty badass.

:cainftw:

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As soon as they raise the minumum wage the corporations will raise prices and/or lay people off in order to recoup the increased personnel expenses (unless it passes in conjunction with other laws specifically forbidding the corporations from doing that), quickly returning the overall levels of poverty and human misery back to where they were before. It is acceptable as a temporary stopgap fix but will likely be useless for effecting lasting change.

Also, when did flipping burgers at McDonalds become a career???

Can you point to a single example of that happening anywhere in the world?

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Principia Discussion / Re: 7-ish years of non-anonymity
« on: June 19, 2015, 05:41:56 pm »
Holy shit!

Glad to see you posting again!

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Thought this might interest some people here.  I'm working so no deep thoughts, but I thought this was more at PD's level than most media discussion about the issue (regardless of if you agree or not):

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/15/jenner-dolezal-one-trans-good-other-not-so-much

Great food for thought.

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From what I've read that my taxi driver friend has written and linked about Uber, I wouldn't do it.

A journalist who drove for Uber to get a first hand account wrote this excellent article: http://citypaper.net/uberdriver/

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Now when you claim to have studied for years, is this "study" in the same sense that you "studied" IT security?

Actually, while I am an avid manipulator and psychology practitioner, IT security was what I studied the most. Don't worry, I'll brush up on Freud before I start working my magic. She will come out unscathed, I assure you.

https://youtu.be/nwbhVjUcono?t=75

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Epic Rap Battles:  Shakespeare vs Doctor Seuss.   :lulz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3w2MTXBebg

Shakespeare wins, hands down.

In fact, it appears that they hate Dr. Seuss, because that was cringeworthy.

Balls.  The Cat in the Hat owned the fuck out of Shakespeare.

:spittake:

I can't even.

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Epic Rap Battles:  Shakespeare vs Doctor Seuss.   :lulz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3w2MTXBebg

Shakespeare wins, hands down.

In fact, it appears that they hate Dr. Seuss, because that was cringeworthy.

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In before, "sociological experiment".

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FACT: NEWGROUNDS WAS FUNNY WHEN WE WERE ALL 12 LIVING IN THE SUBURBS LISTENING TO LINKIN PARK WATCHING DRAGONBALL Z DRINKING PEPSI WHILE PLAYING HALO CO-OP ON THE EASIEST SETTING DURING WHICH WE CONSUMED DORITOS AND LOOKED AT PAINTBALL GUNS ON EBAY IN INTERNET EXPLORER CONNECTED THROUGH AOL ON A 56K MODEM BEFORE HOPPING INTO OUR BALDING FATHERS' LATEST MIDLIFE-CRISIS-IMPULSE-SPONSORED JAPANESE-BUILT SUV TO HEAD TO THE MALL AND GET MORE SKATEBOARDING SHOES AND THIRD-RATE IRREGULAR LEVIS AND MOUNTAIN BIKE PARTS BEFORE HEADING HOME, VOTING DEMOCRAT AND MASTURBATING TO THE LATEST SEARS CATALOG WHILE HUFFING PAINT IN YOUR GARAGE BEFORE TALKING TO PEDOPHILES ON AIM PRETENDING TO BE WHATEVER CAMWHORE THEY'RE RANTING ABOUT ON MYSPACE WITH A MATRIX QUOTE/ANIME CHARACTER NAME/TRIPLE SIX-ASTERISK-PARENTHESES-SURROUNDED SCREENNAME BEFORE HEADING TO YOUR SUPPOSED "GOOD SCHOOL" IN THE MORNING TO BUY MORE POT TO SMOKE DURING YOUR COUNTER-STRIKE LAN PARTY WITH JIMMY AND THE REST OF HIS FRIENDS TAKING RITALIN AND ADDERALL AND PROZAC EIGHT TIMES A DAY BEFORE TAKING A CASUAL PASS AT LOCAL, STATE OR NATIONAL GOVERNMENTAL FIGURES, LEGISLATURE, OR STRUCTURE TO APPEAR EDGY AND INTELLIGENT IN FRONT OF YOUR BUDWEISER-SNEAKING, LIMP-WRISTED, NEAR-TO-COLUMBINE SOCIOPATHIC "DEEP" FRIENDS WHO PLAY THE VICTIM WHEN THEY START LOSING ARGUMENTS SIX DAYS BEFORE THEIR BOTCHED SUICIDE ATTEMPT SIMPLY BECAUSE SCHOOL TRAMP NUMBER TWELVE WOULDN'T GO UNDER THE BLEACHERS WITH THEM TO LET THEM GET TO SECOND BASE BEFORE THEIR THIRTEENTH BIRTHDAY.

:lulz:

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I do think that the popular idea that some people are born into the "wrong" body is entirely socially programmed; you would have to believe in a soul or spirit that is generated separately from our material existence in order to think that one could innately have been misplaced into the wrong kind of body, and I don't believe in that (Cartesian duality, as our old friend what's-his-name would have pointed out). The mind is an emergent property of the body, and therefore the body you HAVE generated the mind you have.

That isn't the only way to interpret the vague phrase "born into the wrong body". That's merely a description of people's experience. I think you're reading way too much into it as a bit of a straw man to rationalize your beliefs.

There is no necessary condition of Cartesian dualism to explain the phenomenon. Whether people believe that is what is happening is really besides the point. If trans people all explained their condition in terms of the supernatural, would that in have any bearing on whether there is a genetic, physical cause for their strong need to change their sex organs?

Isn't it conceivable that there is a structure in the brain and body of transgendered individuals that creates this powerful sense of having the wrong sex organs? It's entirely possible for trans people to have physical causes for the need to physically transition that fit within the paradigm of the mind being an emergent property of the body.

I think you are trivializing the power of cultural context on human experience, in addition to just generally being kind of needlessly insulting.

The cultural context is powerful, I agree, and of course it plays a strong role in most everything we do. What I mean by "merely a description of a person's experience" is how we generally afford people generous poetic license in how they talk about their life.

I know this is a very touchy subject and I don't intend to insult but I believe you're wrong here.

If I recall correctly, you have lumped trans people's struggle in with those who claim they are non-human animals or mythical beings born in the wrong body and ridiculed the lot as examples of Cartesian dualism. In the latter cases, Cartesian dualism is a legitimate critique. But applying it in terms of trans people seems profoundly insulting, especially when you agree that sex and gender occur along independent spectrums.

Perhaps I'm misremembering previous posts. I otherwise agree with what you're saying. I especially appreciate your comment about social pressure requiring sexual reassignment surgery before we respect the gender people present themselves as—that's an excellent point.

Yes. You are misremembering previous posts. I have said that I don't believe that anyone is literally "born into the wrong body", and I may indeed have made a comparison to thinking that one is "really" something else entirely, but it sounds like you read a whole  lot into that.

Perhaps I just read into it too much. I think we're really in agreement, and I was being a bit oversensitive. My apologies.

Just to clarify, I don't believe being transgendered is a pathology and is just an uncommon set of coordinates on the sex and gender spectrums.

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