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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 03, 2017, 03:31:48 pm »
Cloud Atlas

Excerpt:
Quote
"Witty homily, that." My sarcasm disgusted me. "You must be a genius in Scotland."
"No, in Scotland a genius is an Englishman who gets himself accidentally imprisoned in a retirement home."

Idk, maybe you need more context. It made me laugh.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:18:14 am »
W seems like a cuddly, half-drunk teddy bear in his elder years. I'm sure he's a nice guy. Even a good guy, at least compared to the monster he was portrayed as being while he was President. It's nice to see him come to terms with at least some of the suffering he caused, even if it's only for the hero class on our side of our various pointless wars. I don't blame him as the mastermind of the shitty parts of modern history, because I think he has always basically been a frat bro who's in over his head. Maybe I blame him for taking the highest office and then failing to be the kind of person who could actually wield that power with grace or effectiveness. He did a better job than I would have done I'm sure, given the things that happened on his watch that were out of anyone's control, but then I never would have wanted to be President anyway.

He started two wars for no good reason at all.

I haven't forgotten.

For sure. He was a terrible president, there's no doubt about that. Worse than terrible. I'm not denying that, or that the bugger has gotten off way too easy and to see him wind up as giggly old artist seems too good for him. But I don't think he was ever "evil", he was just incompetent and surrounded by lots of people with wills stronger than his who were more driven than he was. I don't know the man so I might be way off base, but it seems to me that 9/11 threw more at him than he was ready to take, and he reactive viciously and with too much reliance on familiar advisers who happened to also be war hawks, out of desperation to not be seen as fumbling "our generation's greatest challenge". He's as susceptible to viewing the world through a filter as anyone else is, and his filter was all Us vs. Them and Conservative Values™. It doesn't make any of the horrible shit he did "right", but I'm not sure he was personally capable of doing anything differently. In his art we at least see a recognition of the turmoil he caused in some lives, even if it's only the "hero" class, and comes at the exclusion of everyone else his administration harmed (in many ways worse) both domestically and abroad. He'll never be a Jimmy Carter, for sure.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 01, 2017, 07:34:38 am »
W seems like a cuddly, half-drunk teddy bear in his elder years. I'm sure he's a nice guy. Even a good guy, at least compared to the monster he was portrayed as being while he was President. It's nice to see him come to terms with at least some of the suffering he caused, even if it's only for the hero class on our side of our various pointless wars. I don't blame him as the mastermind of the shitty parts of modern history, because I think he has always basically been a frat bro who's in over his head. Maybe I blame him for taking the highest office and then failing to be the kind of person who could actually wield that power with grace or effectiveness. He did a better job than I would have done I'm sure, given the things that happened on his watch that were out of anyone's control, but then I never would have wanted to be President anyway.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 31, 2017, 03:34:35 am »
I really want to believe Trump is guilty of outright sedition and will spent the rest of his natural life in prison, I know the possibility of that happening is quite remote. The only reason the GOP is even following through on this "investigation" is because Trump is an outsider who rubs many of them the wrong way, and because the story is so prominent in the press that failing to go through the motions would be an obvious dereliction of duty. They managed to get four years out of Benghazi, but clearly for the GOP this investigation is like gargling battery acid. They'll wrap it up as delicately as they can, as soon as they can, and it's unlikely anything will come of it except maybe a few more people lose their jobs. Besides, Trump seems like the kind of guy who just stumbles into a plan like this and gets caught up in it by accident.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 31, 2017, 02:46:01 am »
I didn't talk to Russia

I talked to Russia

I talked to Russia & I resign

I talked to Russia & will tell all for criminal immunity

CYNICISM AND PESSIMISM TO THE RESCUE!
The only reason Flynn is making this deal, it will turn out, is because he's the only person who actually broke any laws. By the end of his testimony it will be clear that the entire Trump administration, while crooked as a cane, will all get off on technicalities, possibly with a viable way to ruin the "witch hunters'" careers, and Flynn, the only flagrantly guilty person among them, will have secured his own immunity from prosecution. Angels will weep, and the Republic will go ahead and give its last gasp and collapse through the cracks in its own Swiss-cheese system of justice.

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Like so?

This is amazing. Quick, inspire me to write more things that are worth this kind of treatment.

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Bit of an amorphous phrase, that. The observation is somewhat connected to this feeling, yes, but is informed by it rather than predicated. In example: Pain should be real. A marker. Something that ties us inextricably to the world of the material. It's how you know that you're dreaming. Pinch yourself, is what we say. Yet, pain, too, can be subjected to enough scrutiny that it ceases to affect us physically.

It's more of a generalization. Nothing seems real *enough* for tradition. The satisfaction of innate human biology to make what seems good and right or feels good and right a constant thing. Tradition. For our kids.

The 80's and 90's taught us that nothing matters and that everything should be treated with skepticism or sarcasm. It's in all the angry and disenfranchised music. It's in all the shows. Married With Children takes an archetype and makes a parody of it. Sure, it's understood as a parody, but how long before people forget what parody means because the meme of that worldview (Living a parody based upon an appreciation of irony that went a little too far and dug some roots in your greater perceptions) made it funny to have experiences that mirror the TV. You become the popular one at the water cooler if you can regail your workmates with stories of your life and progeny that 'beat all I've ever seen.'

About 10-15 years, it seems. In many cases, instantly.

Small part of a larger puzzle, yes, and some things do seem more real and worthy than others. But as I consider the origin of things more, they seem less so. Imposed. Just like the pain that you can see through if you try.

Does that help?

Hello new person. Generally I limit my interaction with these introductory threads to vacant snark, and really I have bother of much value to add to your various existential perplexions. However, I would add in this case an expression of my sense that such a command of the English language should not be wasted on poking around at this "imposed" reality looking for authenticity.

You could write novels with an ability like yours, or at least stuffy short stories, and there's nothing quite as real in this world as a whole world outside of it invented by the pen of a gifted writer. We humans decide for ourselves what is "real" anyway, often without much evidence to go on, and being consciously aware of that fact subtracts nothing from it. Just try to minimize the despondent solipsism. It's bad for the suspension of disbelief.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Local Politics Clusterfuck
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:20:22 am »
There is a group for this subject, though it is a bit restricted (it's "strictly for information" and any post that openly advocates for either position is quickly deleted). The membership is growing steadily though and I intend to be an outspoken member there so I can form a separate group, if needed, when the time is right. I entirely expect myself to blow it by going all "fucking rubes" on people, but I'm trying not to.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Local Politics Clusterfuck
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:28:21 pm »
but i only want to vote for things :( why can't politics be like it is on paper

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« on: March 29, 2017, 03:42:07 pm »
That works too. Haha

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Local Politics Clusterfuck
« on: March 29, 2017, 03:03:18 pm »
So you're saying I should contact the Russian embassy?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« on: March 29, 2017, 07:12:45 am »
"The 10-year-old girl who stamped out the dough for this cookie wishes you the best."

"A life without adventure is a life of maturity and realism."

"No one wants to know your fortune."

"Forgive yourself. You know what for."

"The voices can hear you, too."

"Don't look behind you."

"You are an extra in someone else's movie."

"You will not die alone. You'll be with me."

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Aneristic Illusions / Local Politics Clusterfuck
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:24:57 am »
warning: this is long and boring. excuse me for using pd as my own personal blog, but, you know, deal with it and stuff.

I live in a medium-ish sized town in AZ around the outskirts of Phoenix. Or rather, we would be a town, but this area is unincorporated. It's a sprawling tangle of subdivisions crowded around a couple of "main" roads that are way too narrow for the number of people who have flocked out here over the past decade.  Public services have struggled to keep up with demand, mostly due to terrible planning and probably a shoestring budget (the way everything operates in Arizona), but with the added seasoning of a couple of powerful bullshit tycoons who run the only water utility and fire protection service (fire protection isn't included in taxes here -- if you want it, you have to pay through a per-square-foot fee to this company).

The people who want to incorporate (myself included) generally believe that the townspeople deserve as a matter of natural rights or something to unionize and have some input on our collective future. Right now, we are at the mercy of the County Supervisor, a person who has no need to consider our opinions because he is elected by the entire country, and is a Republican. Beyond him is the state legislature, which is even farther removed and more useless. You may have to live in Arizona to get a true appreciation for how corrupt everything here is, but suffice it to say there is no such thing as a politician here who does anything that might be construed as "the will of the people". So it is the sense of the "Incorporate" side that we might manage to fend off higher levels of government by instituting one that answers, at least mechanically, to us. I doubt that is how it would actually work out, but I'm a horrible Statist so it is the best alternative, as far as I'm concerned.

The people who want to remain unincorporated, however, confuse me. I can't quite put my finger on any actual reason they oppose it. They blare protests at the prospect of "higher taxes" and "more bureaucracy", predictably, but our property taxes are already as high as they are allowed to go under state law, and we live in a Republican clusterfuck so "more bureaucracy" is a given anyway. But these do not seem to be the heart of their opposition -- only the most easily communicated. After talking to a few of them sincerely, I think the main reason they don't want to incorporate is just because. Typically, a person in the "NOPE" camp is one whose residency in this area predates the population explosion of the last 10 years and who bears a slight grudge against all of us late-coming "city dwellers" for mucking up their natural desert landscape with our drab repetitive tract homes, strip malls, six-lane roads, streetlights, running water, Internet access, and all the other trappings of civilization they apparently hate. These people are Conservative in the most insidious sense: they are not really "conserving" anything, they just hate change and progress because they are change and progress. Still, when cornered on any one particular issue, they will admit that the benefits of incorporation are both real and valuable. The utilities are of poor quality and they should not have to pay protection money to the Firefighter Mafia; the roads are crap, the schools are crap, there are no parks, there are no leaders nearby with an ear turned to the people, there are no real businesses or jobs in the area, and so on. They just stubbornly won't incorporate, well, because they won't.

I would like to convince them, but as usual with such deeply conservative folk, they are immune to reason. Even when you nail them down on any one of fifteen different paths to "the only logical conclusion is that we should incorporate", they just pop back out of place as soon as you move in for the close. They seem to think that if they just bury their heads in the sand, incorporation will never happen. I, and many others, have argued against that way of thinking since it's preposterous. Either they will eventually vote "NO" and lose in a referendum, and have none of their concerns addressed by the outcome on account of pouting in the corner while negotiations were happening; or some neighboring city will end up annexing them thanks to their neighbors signing on, resulting in more or less the same. Either way, an area this densely populated cannot go on as a "county island" for too long. They point to pockets of unincorporated areas within and around Scottsdale, failing to take note of the fact that those areas are populated by rich assholes on 40-acre estates, not poor fourth-generation "ranchers" on evaporating ex-ranches next to a highway. My desire to convert them is admittedly less altruism than science experiment or weekend hobby. I just don't understand the way they think, and I keep imagining that if I could wrap my head around their thought processes, I might unlock some skeleton key to the universal ignorance of conservatives in general. Silly, but I don't care really. It's fun to prod them.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:17:41 pm »
I am convinced now that the Republicans have allowed themselves to believe their own bullshit, to their own disadvantage. They spent 8 years raising Hell about how Obama was some kind of radical dictator in order to gain up enough hate in the ranks to survive a few more elections. Not a bad strategy, really, if you're only trying to stay alive as a party. But they forgot it was just rhetoric and started actually believing that was how Obama was really governing. As a result, now that they are in power, that is how THEY set out to govern. And they are perplexed as to why it doesn't work. Furthermore they have no one to turn on and blame now except each other. Maybe it'll get even better.

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Maybe... "Truth" as a heading (or removed) and the first "Just like" removed. Credit vexati0n

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