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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Nominees:

Green Day
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Nine Inch Nails
Lou Reed
The Smiths
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Bill Withers

Lou, Kraftwerk, and NWA, for sure deserve it. Chic and Withers? It would be nice, but not holding my breath. NIN, maybe.  Joan Jett should punch Sting and Green Day in their collective throats.

Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately

A community made up of American ex-pats deep in the South American hills of Chile...was supposed to be a libertarian paradise of rugged individualism. Instead it cost many of the people who bought into it almost everything, and now is buried under lawsuits...

EDIT: Upon a closer reading of the article, it fell apart because the whole thing was a scam and never really started in the first place.

Discordian Recipes / Suggestions welcome - cider
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:28:50 am »
So: House party. Someone brings over cider, and leaves it here. But it's not really cider, it's Angry Orchard cider with Elderflower, or some shit. Really sweet. Five bottles.

OK, maybe I can braise something? But fuck, I don't use cider. So, how would you mitigate the floral, apple-y sweetness into something worth eating?  Otherwise, I'll just dump it.

Principia Discussion / That's odd...
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:46:21 am »
I was sure the Law of Eristic Escalation ("Imposition of Order = Escalation of Disorder") was explicitly stated in the POEE Principia Discordia.  But I can't seem to find it.

Anyone have a decent reference?

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Amazing, long post is amazing, long
« on: August 05, 2014, 05:44:04 pm »
Ok, Cain already referenced this, so I'm not trying to say this is the first time this has been mentioned on PD.  But I though the blog post was interesting and important enough to warrant its own thread, so here:

This is really long, but it's great. It's a variation on The Machine™, on Monkey Mind, on Common Walls, and it's really, really wonderful.

And incredibly long.  Honestly, give yourself some time if you're planning on reading it all at once.

When you're done, I'd like to talk about it.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Duty calls.
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:35:49 am »
Well y'all, there have been some more reports of prairie sharks out west again, so I'll be heading out to Montana for a week to see what I can do about that. Posting will be sporadic, as those bastards tend o be like writhing Farrady cages.


Technology for CF Life Transitions Challenge seeks a technology-based solution that will keep life organized and manageable.

CF adds layers of complexity in managing transitions throughout adulthood. Create an elegant and seamless solution that helps adults with CF manage the challenges they face when experiencing these transitions. Make it less about CF and more about life - this should not be another “adherence” app, and creativity is expected.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare, life-threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 75,000 people worldwide.

People with CF are born with a defective gene that leads the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that affects multiple organs, including the lungs and gastrointestinal tract. There is no cure for CF. As patients grow-up, they are faced with increasingly complex care regimens that take several hours daily.

Today, for the first time in history the majority of people with CF are over the age of 18 and they are facing life transitions. These include transitions from pediatric to adult care, from high school to college and young adult life and from parental control to independence regarding self-care. Unfortunately, all of these transition points are further complicated by the unpredictability of CF, which may require multiple, unexpected, weeks-long hospitalizations. It is within this context that people with CF strive for a “normal” life.

First place is worth $50,000.  And the chance to make someone's life better.

Aneristic Illusions / OK, honest HobbyLobby question
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:02:51 am »
So, the ACA was put in place to make sure that people could get affordable insurance, regardless.

Many employers offer insurance as a benefit that a worker's pay is taken off the top t

The ACA says that if an employer wants to do this, they must comply with a certain amount of rules.

If the employer doesn't want to offer this, then they can stop offering health insurance as a benefit. The employee will get the money taken off the top and get their own insurance.

If I have the above correct, then the "least obstructive option" to those who don't like the ACA mandate is to not offer the benefit.


Someone explain who knows more that me.  Without the conspiracy, please.

But it's not what you'd think.

Nearly half of U.S. employers test job applicants and workers for drugs. A common assumption is that the rise of drug testing must have had negative consequences for black employment. However, the rise of employer drug testing may have benefited African-Americans by enabling non-using blacks to prove their status to employers. I use variation in the timing and nature of drug testing regulation to identify the impacts of testing on black hiring. Black employment in the testing sector is suppressed in the absence of testing, a finding which is consistent with ex ante discrimination on the basis of drug use perceptions. Adoption of pro-testing legislation increases black employment in the testing sector by 7-30% and relative wages by 1.4-13.0%, with the largest shifts among low skilled black men. Results further suggest that employers substitute white women for blacks in the absence of testing.


Not safe for work, unless your boss is hard of hearing and likes ice cream.

Literate Chaotic / The Problem with Punishment, the thread
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:43:59 am »
ok, I haven't even gotten into it yet, just reading the overview, and I am immediately struck by the fact that I was confused.  Then, I was reactionist.  What do you MEAN the state is immoral to punish.  It's a society of laws!  He who breaks the law goes back to the house of pain....

Something tickled the back of my head, that the punished are still members of society, and the state as an obligation to the citizen, which MAY have a slight opposition.

But I have a lot of resistance.  Which means I will be challenged by this book.  Which means I want to read more.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: SATURDAY NIGHT
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:33:12 pm »
Your new anthem has arrived.



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