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So, regarding the "active" part in all this, what the fuck does it mean?  What is so very thought-provoking about non-action?  To whom does the clarion sing in ringing silence? 

Ready to act without willing, the master precedes before intention becomes. :lulz:

I think the idea is that it's a hell of a lot more work to be something you're not, than to be something you are. But that doesn't mean that "being what you are" is easy, especially considering that modern consumer society has built an entire culture out of being what we aren't (and our progressively less healthy bodies and lifestyles is a testament to this). It is now easier to behave unnaturally than to behave naturally. It takes less conscious effort to waste most of your life and all of your energy striving in futility for some preposterous and impossible ideal, so it seems easier to "go with the flow" in modern consumer society, even though doing so drains you and ruins your body.

Or something.

I attempted to read this thread but all I can see in my head is Arnold Schwarzenegger's body with Roger's head sitting on top of it like the cherry on top of a horrifying shitstorm sundae that could reach out and strangle a person for looking hungry. I'm not sure Discordia is ready for such power.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:55:01 pm »
I do not expect GOOD policy from the US government, but, being that I really wish the Illuminati were real, it would be nice to see the government do something complex enough so as not to be completely understood in the 30 seconds it takes to make tea.

# The Law of Exponential Effort states that for every task assigned, an equal and opposite volume of excuses will arise, such that the amount of energy required to complete a task is equal to the number of times it has been assigned multiplied by the total number of years of "relevant experience" held by the people it has been assigned to. The result is that if you want anything done, you have to do it yourself.

# When something breaks, it is always because somebody broke it.

# The moment you understand how the system works, is the moment true terror sets in.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:26:32 am »
I do not understand why Obama needed a whole prime time speech for this. More money for proto-Islamist militias, more drone strikes, more "Coalitions of the Willing." What exactly is new here? Has the average American's attention span so atrophied that we can no longer even remember what is happening RIGHT NOW, and need to be reminded?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Fuck you, bitch
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:10:46 pm »
Like with just about every other word in English, the word "bitch" has a lot of uses. None of those uses are particularly enlightened, and most of them are in fact based on assumptions about gender roles. The woman who asserts herself is a 'bitch,' the man who fails to assert himself is a 'bitch,' and it is also a word for constant non-constructive whining and complaining, which may or may not be intended as a comparison to women but even if it isn't, it's very clearly not avoiding such comparison.

I personally do not use the word, and when someone else uses it, especially when a man uses it in reference to a woman, I always cringe a little, just because it's saying a lot more about the speaker than about the target of the epithet, and every time I hear it I have to say to myself "well now we know we're in the company of an asshole."

Less clear to me is its implication when it is used by a woman toward another woman. Does it mean that the woman using the word has wholesale bought into gender role assumptions? I don't think so, based on the fact that some very 'progressive' women I know use the term simply to describe other women who are needlessly callous or seem to take pleasure in someone else's discomfort. In those cases I get the feeling that "bitch" is used purposely as a hurtful word, which means that it carries a lot of weight and social stigma behind it, and for that reason alone I suppose I should never use it just because if a word has that much negative force, there are probably better things for me to be saying.

I could have at least bumped old drama that had no resolution.

This is like trying to start WW3 by pointing out that Arch Duke Ferdinand never made it to that party.




Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:23:38 pm »
Can we please just invent Mr. Fusion and be done with this useless region forever?

Woo is always bullshit. That said, woo can sometimes be useful in the same way that other kinds of bullshit can be useful. Like when kids get excited about Santa Claus, or when voters get excited about Barack Obama. The fact that it is bullshit has no bearing on whether or not it influences the placebo effect, which is demonstrably not bullshit.

I don't know about all this naysaying. I can't say I have a doctorate or that I've published any papers in "real" journals, but I know that a strict regimen combining meditation, homeopathic treatments, and antibiotics can cure pneumonia.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: All I Have to Say
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:31:02 am »
the problem with being yourself is there is no such thing as self, man.

actually i find this to be pretty good advice, even if it isn't handed down in some prophetic sense. being what you're supposed to be is a bad idea for two main reasons, A) it's a lot of work for nothing, and B) what you think you're supposed to be is always wrong anyway. personally i don't even have time for capitalization anymore, so where i'd get the time to be something i'm not i have no idea.

i dig the idea of not needing to be nice to dickbags, though. just telling it how it is, is a lot more satisfying than making it seem to be like how you tell it.

Look. I don't know you. I don't know where you came from, what your motives are, what you had for breakfast, how early in the day you start drinking, or what you did in a past life that you feel a subconscious need to punish yourself for in this one. I can't tell you what to do with your life. I can't tell you who to worship, what to value, where to go when the power shuts off, what to search for when you're in Private Browsing Mode, or who your friends and enemies are. I can't even for one second pretend to know what's best for you. So as far as your altar to Eris is concerned, the only thing I can tell you is not to listen to me. I don't know anything.

Having said that, I implore you, if you intend to build this altar or -- for the love of Christ -- if you've already built it and want to add more things to it, please take the altar, put it in the back of your Jeep, and drive at least 35 miles away from anything resembling civilization before you turn the damn thing on.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Anybody look at Ukraine lately?
« on: September 02, 2014, 03:48:44 am »
Being completely uneducated on the topic of Ukraine, it would seem to me that Putin has a few reasons for this whole sideshow with Crimea. Obviously the new government in Kiev isn't as friendly to Russia as Putin would like, and the chances that Ukraine tries to get into NATO in the near future are now higher. Putin doesn't like that idea very much, but probably isn't going to go all the way to complete invade and conquer mode over it. Russia is probably more concerned with Crimea for its importance to the Russian navy, so that mostly explains the annexation there. And now with the Russian forces' incursion into Ukrainian territory (flying the flag of Novorossiya no less), they're probably securing a land bridge between Russia and Crimea, and getting all the ugly military and border-drawing business out of the way before ultimately settling down and accepting Ukraine's more pro-Western position. It certainly isn't hurting Putin domestically, and it isn't like the UK or the US are going to start bombing Russian troops over it, so it's more or less safe - a lot safer than it would be to try all this with a member of NATO, anyway.

Ultimately a piece of Ukraine is worth a lot less than military and political stability between Europe, the US, and Russia. So as usual the West will wave their hands and stomp their feet and depending on how long this drags on for, might even send a moderately disapproving letter to Moscow, but nothing else will come of it. I expect all this talk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine to die out, at least in American media, by the end of the year if not a lot sooner. Unless some fool NATO member goes and gets itself involved in a conflict, in which case we might have to kick them out of NATO to avoid making good on the alliance.

And it won't stop anytime soon, because even the poor hate the poor in America. They don't even accept the fact that they are, in fact, poor. They are just millionaires in training.

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