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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Do What You Love
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:01:13 pm »
A great majority of the things people usually attribute to "luck" is in fact privilege, it's just disguised as unintentional happy circumstance.

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Just got the news that my nephew has a greater than 70% chance of having bone cancer in his knee. 14 years old. Shit.

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Howdy! I've kinda been lurking for a while. How is everyone?

I'm tired and cranky. HI!

Tell me about one (1) thing you like to do when you're at home by yourself. Try not to make it one of the things everyone does, like getting drunk, masturbating, or watching Gilligans Island while drunkenly masturbating.

Where did you put the cameras, Nigel?

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I just use "NO" as my default position and require people to convince me otherwise about pretty much everything. It's a sort of militant skepticism.

Skepticism, like, totally limits your consciousness, man. Studies have shown that the universe operates on open frequencies so you have to be, like, open to receive them. Man.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HUMANS
« on: January 18, 2014, 12:50:26 am »
Humans are known to expose themselves to solar radiation on purpose, because they believe the resulting damage to their epidermal layer makes them more attractive to prospective mates. Oddly, they are surprised when this leads to skin cancer.

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I wonder how long it will be until "POT IS A GATEWAY DRUG" just completely devolves into "DON'T SMOKE POT, YOU'LL TURN BLACK."

I think it evolved the other way.  Wasn't that the basic message of Reefer Madness?

Yeah, but it never really got far from that source, and the 21st century seems to be all about scrambling to give up what little progress was made in the 20th.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:18:13 pm »
Wear the Trilby when you make the loan.
The Fedora is for when you collect.

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Idk, man. I am accused often of being anti-spiritual because I can't take any religious teaching seriously, especially teachings about the afterlife. But I haven't ever been fully convinced that there is no such thing. I just have never encountered an idea of an afterlife that didn't sound absurd. Especially after a few month-long LSD benders...

As for there being a god, I guess I am pantheist. There are organizing principles to the universe. I think that is a profound enough thing to call "god" in itself.

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Predicting that they're all dead in the very first week.

No shit.

You know, It wouldn't shock me.

It would fucking amaze me if they lasted any longer than that.  They aren't recruiting experienced astronauts.

The Mad Prophet of the Desert has spoken.
Toast.

The Apollo 13 astronauts had a gigantic collection of the world's finest minds help them get past a blown solenoid.

These guys will have the producers of a reality TV show.



It's 2014, Roger. Bad things just don't happen in this century. Not as long as the ratings are good.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:06:14 pm »
First of all, he probably doesn't believe that gays or women should be 100% equal to straight males in the eyes of the Church. He is a reformer, but that doesn't mean he's secretly a Marxist or a Feminist or even all that keen on equal rights for LGBTs in general. So even if he did have the power to institute immediate, radical changes in Church doctrine (which for the multiple reasons I stated before, he DOESN'T), he wouldn't do it. But he's also clearly acknowledging that the Church is backward and outdated in many of the ways it goes about its business, if not the fundamental doctrines underpinning the faith. So he is giving the Church a much needed housecleaning to get it a little lighter on its feet so it is capable of moving faster on social change issues - which will, over time, allow the Church to amend its standing on some of its more basic doctrinal stances.

Look, I'm not a fan of the RCC in anything except its sense of aesthetics. I wish everyone would quit being Catholic this afternoon. But just because I disagree with the RCC strongly on what I believe to be fairly sturdy moral grounds, doesn't mean that an abrupt change in its direction wouldn't tear the entire organization to pieces - doubtlessly leaving a majority of its followers still headed in the same direction as they were before, only more determined to never ever change. As much as the Church tells its followers what to believe and how to behave, they also tell the Church what it is allowed to teach. That's the nature of a huge organization. It can lead the way to change, but it must do so incrementally and slowly if it wants to maintain legitimacy in the eyes of its members and influence over their opinions. With an institution the size and age of the RCC, yes, time often moves on the scale of centuries, or at least decades. There are still Catholics who are pissed off about Vatican II, for fuck's sake. You're not going to turn that boat on a dime, no matter how much you or anyone else wishes you could.

I also think it's a little disturbing how everyone wants everything to happen right fucking NOW NOW NOW. Thanks, Internet. Would you be blaming Suffragettes for taking half-measures against patriarchy because all they wanted was the vote? Things take time, no matter what it seems like on the evening news. Especially with things as deeply held as human sexual identity, you can't just say "well we all believe X now." You have to move slowly so the masses end up thinking that they've always believed X.

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Predicting that they're all dead in the very first week.

No shit.

I'd be fine with that.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:01:00 pm »
Yes, but the Pope has to do so in Latin.

Because nothing shores up bullshit like a dead language.

I actually liked going to Catholic mass a long time ago, until they started doing it all in English. Completely fucked the mystery and ritual.

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What a grade-A bag of half-eaten dog shit. I think the idea of colonizing Mars is 1000% awesome, but do I want to know that our sister planet is populated by deadbeat dads? No, no I do not. But this is what we get in the 21st century, I guess. Anyone who isn't too busy trying to outrun starvation and civil war is a victim of Special Snowflake Syndrome, and believe the bullshit they put in inspirational posters. "If you really believe in yourself, you'll find a way not to care what you do to the people who love and need you." Kudos to this guy, because now his family gets to spend the years between now and whenever he gets the "LOL YOU'RE NOT REALLY IN" letter from Mars One, believing that he's going to fuck off and leave them to fend for themselves. He is already a ghost, so when his dreams come crashing down like his dumb ass corpse will from the rafters in the garage when he gets that letter, they'll at least be able to pretend he's died and gone to Mars.

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I still like Brazil more than 1984.

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