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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: AMERICA LOCATED
« on: March 05, 2015, 05:52:54 pm »
Even the sky is symbolically perfect.  Overcast and grey as hell.

Definitely. There's a lot going on in that picture.

The photo quality itself looks like a still image taken from surveillance footage.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: AMERICA LOCATED
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:42:23 pm »
I like the appropriately raggedy flag as well. Very fitting.

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Your employers are criminals, dude. Wow.

Trust me, it's really NOT just his. Or the UK.

And really, really, not a minority either.

ETA - Well that sounds condescending as fuck. Not the intention/tone.

I happen to live in the asshole of the West coast, but everyone I've worked for has turned out to be either criminally negligent (drivers well known for checking their phones while driving vans full of people resulting in speeding through red lights and many episodes of high speed near misses yet management continues to let them drive, repeatedly returning from group field trips without individuals who have severe mental retardation and are essentially small children in adult bodies), requiring outright fraud as part of their verbal policy, and all of them engaged in wage theft (requiring work related duties to be done off the clock, not fixing "errors" on their timesheets but only if it screws the employee).

I just walked out of my last job after accruing enough savings to get me by while I look for legit work. I knew it was going to be bad here but I wasn't prepared for how prevalent the nepotism, incompetence, and casual fraud actually would be. And that's just the clearly illegal behavior, which is just the tip of the shitberg that I've personally witnessed. I know they all aren't this way, but holy hell is it hard to find an even halfway decent place to work. You wouldn't know this is the West coast from visiting here, you'd be positive you're in a depressed Midwest shithole full of shady scumbags that just happens to have an astonishing number of bike lanes that no one uses.

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My adhd ridden friends won't sit still for more than 30 seconds to understand anything besides QWER and league tier lists.

What's a good quick pitch of it.
I've tried before but they keep saying that it's "le so randum" and only liked by scene girls or 2deep4you type people.

Like how do I make a reasonable pitch, especially with how it is now a relatively unheard of thing.

I wouldn't fuck my friends with your dick, so why do you want to fuck yours with mine?

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Holy shit!

:lulz:

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What colour was the dress Leonard Nimoy wearing while he died watching 50 Shades of Grey?  You wont believe what millenials said!  Click here for the listicle.

:lulz:

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83 is a pretty good run.

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Whoops yeah I could have provided some context, it was meant in reply to the comment about identity politics being what's left that people still have control over. It presents itself as something inherently problematic in that the goals of identity politics are immediately desirable while at the same time being self-defeating in the long run. The bitter tea parable if I haven't misread it, I guess.

That's a great point about empowerment. Though on the downsides tip, I'd add that besides making oneself a target, ascribing your identity to a canned, off the shelf label ultimately makes discussions a battle of egos rather than ideas. It takes very little set off our tribal instincts and to shut down our forebrain.

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My boss (Jim) quit today.  Well, retired without notice, but you know what I mean.

Lilly is at least temporarily in charge - which is a bad thing - but despite the fact that she is an intelligent woman, she is happy about this.  This facility is just beginning to shit the bed in a major way, and she thinks she just got promoted.  What's really happened is that a noose has dropped from on high, to land around her neck.

After all, with all these projects being fucked up - which Mike did, and Jim unable or unwilling to stop him - someone with the words "plant manager" on his/her forehead is going to have to pay.  And Jim just skipped out on the bar tab.

Whoa.

Dude.

This is ominous.

Oh, yeah.  I'm toast, unless I want to work for the Science Gestapo full time, which I am not willing to do for family reasons (I'd be in Germany and both my and Jenn's parents are elderly and ailing). 

I do not expect to last until the next fiscal year (June), at least partially because Lilly thinks she knows enough to fill my shoes as well (HAR!).

I am strangely okay with this.

What are you going to do?

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Privacy Thread
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:06:54 am »
Bump.

Here's a great primer comic hosted by Al Jazeera about privacy issues from a very moderate point of view. Probably not any new information for most of us, but could be excellent introductory material for people who are first grasping the implications of just giving out reams of personal information.

It also has a cool mobile function that is a little buggy but zooms in on each panel if you're wanting to read it on your phone or tablet. Here's a link to the comic viewer code:

https://github.com/ajam/pulp

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Highly NSFW short film titled "Eat My Shit":

http://eduardocasanova.es/en/shorts/eat-my-shit/index.html

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Samantha has taken a selfie of her face and posted it on Instagram, but it has been censored and deleted for alleged "sexual content". Samantha did not choose to be born this way. Samantha is sick and tired of people's laughs.





Edit: added title, synopsis, and link to filmmaker's website

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:36:34 pm »
"What happens when renewable energy runs out?" - Victoria Ayling, Ukip's candidate for Great Grimsby

:lulz:

That's amazing.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:33:10 pm »
http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/17/3623683/oklahoma-lawmakers-vote-overwhleming-ban-advanced-placement-history-class/

There are no fucking words. :tgrr:

"Emergency legislation" to block AP history because they teach bad things about Amurrica.

"Call 911! Patty has a copy of A People's History of the United States!"

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The primary, DeCelles. I'm on a real computer now, so here's her website: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Faculty/FacultyBios/DeCelles.aspx

All of her research topics are pretty badass.

Bookmarked!

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