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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:17:08 pm »
This is not the straw that will break the camel's back. It's just one more thing on the list of things we're sure will finally be the end of this nightmare, only to pale in comparison to the next thing. It will follow the same pattern as 'grab 'em by the pussy', attacks on a conveniently foreign gold-star family, the Muslim Ban, and 'lock her up': Outrage, followed by fake news deflecting the blame, followed by becoming the New Normal. This particular camel's back is made of adamantium, and it's wedged between opposing forces in such a way that it can only be compressed, purified, and transformed like a diamond. American society will shatter and collapse before Trump ever falls from glory because, for the other side, it isn't and never was about Trump. Trump is just the guy surfing the tsunami.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: June 03, 2018, 05:03:50 am »
The Demon Cycle series is good.

I also tried a string of Ray Kurzweil books, but that guy is a hopeless optimist and I couldn't take it.

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Apple Talk / Re: I don't know if I should buy these eggs.
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:16:30 pm »
Eggs, eggs,
The magical fruit.
The more you eat,
The fewer potential chickens are born to wrest control of the means of production from the cold, uncaring hands of the ruling class.
The fewer potential chickens are born to wrest control of the means of production from the cold, uncaring hands of the ruling class,
the better you feel.
So let's have eggs
for every meal.

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All I know is we're about 5 months away from the midterm election, and I have not seen the barest murmur of a coherent message from anywhere left of Mitch McConnell.

Oh, there's plenty of indignation and outrage, but nobody is SAYING anything. Not on TV, not on Twitter, not on the radio (I mean, I think radio still exists).

I think that, somehow, everyone still thinks Trump is some kind of glitch. They just assume it's an aberration and votes will magically materialize to fix the problem. Because this can't be America. Russia played a joke is all, and we're smarter now. Mmhmm.

Actually, people are saying things. Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress send me sales pitches disguised as essays a few times a week. They'd like to fix campaign financing and save public parks, because where they live it's still 1997 and there are no Nazis marching through their gated communities.

The rest of the Democrats are hard at work co-opting George W Bush's platform and hosting fundraisers with those Job Creators they pretend not to owe their careers to.

When November rolls around and the Democrats manage to blow the biggest opportunity they've had in decades, we will just start talking about 2020 and do it all over again. But this is as it should be. It's just what happens when you let humans make decisions.

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As awful as Russian interference in our elections is, the fact is they've done nothing but pour gasoline on the fire that has been burning America from the inside out for 200 years already. Their goal probably is, like Cain suggests, to hamstring America's ability to act effectively to impede Russia's international aims. But at this point, I'm not sure America even has an identity beyond our superpower status. At least not an identity strong enough to keep the country from collapsing. Not only in terms of political and military policy, but as a viable political entity of any kind.

And I have to admit that, besides the inevitable campaign of ethnic and political cleansing that would arise from such a collapse, I'm okay with the end of America. There's nothing about this fundamentally defective experiment in "equality" that's even worth saving anymore.

I've been to actual failed nations way back in the day, and I'm gonna disagree.  This is by no means even in the same ballpark.  You are offended by America's failures on a philosophical level; just wait until you see actual failures on civil structure and infrastructure.

It will allow you to see things in an entirely new prospective, in the same manner that hitting your thumb with a hammer will take your attention off of your backache.

I was being too dramatic. Of course I don't want the actual civil infrastructure to collapse. I meant that "America" as a cohesive union of 50 states that obviously hate each other is nearing the end of its life as a useful concept. The federal government exists to ensure a relatively consistent "citizenship experience" for citizens of all 50 states. But it's clear that its ability to do that is not only failing but being actively sabotaged. Soon, the power it has to enforce sanity will be turned on its head and used to enforce the opposite instead. At that point, a split between 30 batshit crazy neo-feudalist kingdoms and 20 relatively modern and sane mini-republics is preferable to a zombie mega-nation unified by the threats and whims of a tyrannical imperial throne.

I'm just saying I'd rather see (Federal) America collapse and die than see it survive at the cost of everything that justifies its existence (which is a dwindling list, anyway). 50 individual states without any allegiance to each other would be a bad outcome, but the combined endgame of Russia and the GOP would be worse. As I don't have much faith in our ability to avoid both, I'm on the side of the former.

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As awful as Russian interference in our elections is, the fact is they've done nothing but pour gasoline on the fire that has been burning America from the inside out for 200 years already. Their goal probably is, like Cain suggests, to hamstring America's ability to act effectively to impede Russia's international aims. But at this point, I'm not sure America even has an identity beyond our superpower status. At least not an identity strong enough to keep the country from collapsing. Not only in terms of political and military policy, but as a viable political entity of any kind.

And I have to admit that, besides the inevitable campaign of ethnic and political cleansing that would arise from such a collapse, I'm okay with the end of America. There's nothing about this fundamentally defective experiment in "equality" that's even worth saving anymore.

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And why hasn't some Russian agent served Mueller a polonium sandwich yet?

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Sure, if they don't want to get anything and put all future US negotiations into doubt by entering this one on false pretexts.
I feel like this isn't going to be a strong deterrent to the Trump administration.

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Or Kill Me / Re: The left and the right
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:14:17 pm »
I just don't understand any kind of absolute egalitarianism philosophy. Whether it's branded as anarcho-capitalism or straight anarchism or sockfucking libertarianism, it always misses the same point. In a world devoid of higher political powers enforcing a particular mode of behavior, where everyone is absolutely equal, if you fast-forward five minutes into the future, you'll end up with enormous state-level actors and oppression anyway. With no State in place to disrupt the formation of gangs that grow into confederations that crystalize into hierarchical political paradigms, then you will have gangs that grow into confederations that crystalize into hierarchical political paradigms. Because humans are assholes. We are not assholes because the government is tyrannical. We are not assholes because some have more than others. We are not assholes because of over-regulation or taxes that are too high or because of "religious indoctrination". We just are assholes, and the human way will always be the dipshit asshole way.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:53:59 pm »
Because some nutter will inevitably come here to tell us all about it, you should probably know that "The Coming Storm/QAnon" nutters are now claiming there is a video of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin molesting and then killing a girl in a Satanic ritual, cutting her face off and wearing it as a mask. 

They would show you the evidence for this, but the entire deep web is down (yes, all of it) and screenshots are (((globalist))) science or something.  The name of the video is #frazzledrip.

And I honestly thought pizzagate was as fucking stupid as things could get.

So I thought you were joking:
hxxps://twitter.com/hashtag/FRAZZLEDRIP?src=hash

Hilary is part of a cabal that kills children to drink their blood for adrenachrome? And that the McCanns sacrificed their daughter to this same group as an initiation...
This was one of the plots in The Invisibles wasn't it?

Cut through all the shit, all this wasted effort and time, though whatever carbon monoxide epidemic created the people who believe the above and that is the heart of what is the worst part of the Trump era culture:

The amount of time and effort that is SANK into this shit, distracting from real issues: the world is careening towards its darkest place in 80 years and no one has the time to look at the actual social issues because its tied up and eaten by what appears to be the manifestation of the tabloid god. Distraction with interesting sounding absurdity from the same old grey face scams The Conspiracy has been pulling since time Immoral:
The Rich continue to get richer and the wealth divide is increasing.
The Environment has not started to silently unfuck itself because we lost interest
Opioid dependency is prevalent, and if you are not addicted to these, then you must find some other way to provide pharma companies that slice of your pay.
Women are still at best not treated equally and objectified, or worse property for breeding and killed for seeking an education

But these are BORING problems, they are complex and difficult to solve.

I know, right?! What an amazing time to be alive. We truly are history's most blessed generation.

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Or Kill Me / Re: The left and the right
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:23:45 pm »
I'm so far beyond the primitive left/right paradigm that all you rubes are backward conservatives compared to my enlightened progressivism.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:39:59 pm »
I am 100% certain the whole charade was choreographed to project some shadow of American power into the conversation, but only to try and preserve the notion that Trump is somehow willing to buck the Russians. There was probably no actual goal other than making CNN say something nice about Trump for a change, and I'm sure it was all planned out over a week of teleconferences between the White House and Moscow. America makes a token strike, Russians makes a token protest, Trump gets to beat his chest, and the news has to admit he isn't openly behaving like a puppet (as long as you don't look too long or too hard, which they never do).

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Apple Talk / Re: My Extremist Beliefs
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:23:35 pm »
I guess I kinda asked for it

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Apple Talk / Re: My Extremist Beliefs
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:09:58 pm »
So you've become a Borg?

More like... obligatory transhumanist. Basically the same as the Borg, but with more colors.

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Apple Talk / My Extremist Beliefs
« on: April 08, 2018, 12:19:33 am »
Since the 21st Century insists on being an era wholly dedicated to the pursuit of increasingly extreme and inter-contradictory philosophies, I have decided to embrace my own extremism so as not to be left behind the bandwagon. To that end, I am going to put down in writing some of my more controversial beliefs, so that I can come back here periodically and ensure that I am making sufficient progress in evolving from these points farther and farther up my own asshole. So, here's where I'm starting from.

1. The morally offensive nature of environmentalism.
The general consensus, even among conservatives (if only nominally), is that it would be preferable, if possible, to preserve some or all of Earth's ecosystem. I find this notion distasteful. Our planet's purpose is not to wallow in its genetic diversity, but to provide a laboratory in which evolution can experiment. Once sentience arises, all other forms of biological life immediately become expendable, except insofar as they are necessary for the preservation of that sentience. For this reason, we should only preserve whatever portion of the natural ecosystem is required to ensure the continued survival of the human species, and treat everything else as raw materials for our own experiments and progress toward more communicable forms of sentience. If we have to burn down entire rain forests to achieve interstellar travel, for example, then that's a more than appropriate price to pay for such technological achievement. All natural environments, and all the creatures in those environments, exist solely to power our own endeavors and we should not limit our abilities or potential just out of deference to some silly assertion that they have a right to exist. If they really had a right to exist, they would have evolved thumbs and invented nukes before we did.

2. Democracy is a bad idea and should be avoided in most cases.
The belief that humans are capable of sanely managing our own affairs is flawed, even at an individual level. At the level of large societies, it's just an invitation to outright disaster. So-called "free" societies are powered by the transfer of labor and capital from those who have it to those who are taking it, and this is an inherently limited dynamic with a definite point at which the whole thing begins to break down. Once such a society reaches a point where lower classes can no longer satisfy the limitless appetites of the upper classes, the society inevitably decays as those appetites turn to their own infrastructure for sustenance. Eventually, you get places like Mississippi and Oklahoma where civilization is mostly running on habit. This happens everywhere humans are allowed to govern themselves, and also everywhere humans are allowed to govern others. I propose an alternative system where no one is in charge, but a strict regime of social order is enforced by artificial intelligence programmed to efficiently distribute social resources, and which has absolutely no tolerance for human deviation from prescribed patterns. It won't be fun, but it will be sustainable, and that's what matters. As an added benefit, this system would completely eradicate legal and political professions, which is practically a justification in and of itself. To this end, the focus of all human scientific research should be on the invention of machine intelligence and robotic automation sufficient to implement this system.

3. The Human ego is bad and should be removed.
Ultimately, most human suffering arises from the notion that we exist as individuals somehow separate from "other" individuals. This infectious illusion allows us to imagine that there is some such thing as "us" and "them". While great thinkers have popped up for thousands of years trying to dispel this myth, they have all met with similar ends. Usually, we kill them, then we worship them as a symbol that justifies our persecution of other groups. Clearly, this philosophical/spiritual approach to solving the ego problem has failed miserably. As a solution, I propose that either we implement a system of compulsory excision of the prefrontal cortex in new human offspring, or the we develop invasive brain probes which merge the sensory input and internal thought processes of all individuals into a single "consciousness". While the former is probably more realistic at our relatively primitive level of technological advancement, the latter is preferable for a number of reasons including the potential loss of intelligence required to invent the AI called for in point #2.

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