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when you bust a nut and she keeps suckin

I find this deeply disturbing for reasons I can't quite put my fingers on...

its almost as good as

"Just nutted but she still suckin"

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I love that somebody got that laser etched

when you bust a nut and she keeps suckin

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Uh...
« on: Yesterday at 01:32:02 pm »

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Who's angry?
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:29:48 pm »

think my house needs to be wrapped in tin foil.  Like, it's a big
satellite dish. I wish it would stop collecting all these noises and
conversations from umpteen miles away. I hear sounds that I think are
coming from far away and are somehow amplified by how my house is
located.  I think the terrain does something to the sound waves. I
know that sounds totally PsYcHiAtRiC, but there's no way for me to
tell if this is happening or not.  Often I hear the sounds like of a
ship's steam room.  But it sounds far away.  So, I wander around the
house, wondering what the hell is running in the house that is making
a motor sound (this is really true). But I have never heard anyone
talking to *me* that was a hallucination; real auditory, although
I've heard the TV going or radio going in the house when they

I must have missed something

fwiw, I want to hear more of your story, dags

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The CIA What Now?
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:29:34 pm »
related: there's a good Vice Magazine podcast interview with Michael German, an an FBI agent specializing in counterterrorism. German talks about what's wrong with the FBI

the tl;dr version - German says that being asked to assess and address threats is too big of a scope - it encourages them to magnify every threat. You can't expect somebody to report honestly on how important their work is. So he thinks the intelligence community should have a risk assessment wing and a totally separate wing tasked with addressing those threats.

He also has some insight about how the FBI has been mismanaged - partly because being a field agent is attractive to people who like police work and "getting the bad guys", whereas the management career track attracts climbers, people who like 'being the boss'.

He also mentions how a lot of the bizarre enforcement issues we've seen recently originates from a very old discussion about what the difference is between a domestic terrorist and a national security threat. A national security threat is something that originates from a group overseas... so a domestic group can categorically never be a security threat. That's ultimately why things like taking videos or photographs are "suspicious activity", especially if you're a Muslim, whereas organizing anti-government protests are not "suspicious".

There are real things which harm communities, but they are not considered a "threat" because they are domestic in nature. So what does national security actually mean? He points out how the FBI identified "environmental rights activists" as a higher threat than white supremacists, even though white supremacists kill way more people. 

all in all, a good listen; I found it very insightful

and hard to parachute with no visible chute.

But he's holding the EXTREME FAITH BIBLE. Jesus is his parachute. And the Holy Spirit is his Mountain Dew.

I just found this in the kitchen at work



Not my point.

sorry - to be clear, I was mocking myself

Your protest is insufficiently revolutionary,
return to the paddock IMMEDIATELY

That's how I know it's inherently homophobic. Otherwise it would run the back end too. [/borat voice]

very nice  :lol:

Mainly I think it's a big manipulation -- people's reasonable need for social justice is being coopted and used as a weapon in unrelated fights and marketing campaigns which do not meaningfully serve social justice. I think that it's unproductive at best and harmful to the dialog at worst.

I'm having flashbacks to how Nabisco got a lot of street cred for releasing this image:

---and yet the top recipient of Nabisco money is Rick Fucking Santorum.

That's why I see high-profile corporate opinions more in the light of marketing than activism, unless a meaningful amount of money is changing hands. We crave the spectacle surrounding activism. If you could really support LGBT rights by not using firefox or javascript, that would be amazing. If we boycotted companies that gave meaningful amounts of money to trash gay rights, that would be amazing. I just don't think this is doing it.

Problem:  There isn't much dialogue in the first place.  On one side, you have the tumblr social justice warrior assholes, on the other side the WBC shitbags and their ilk...While anyone who has a reasonable approach is ground into hamburger between the two.

What I saw here was a knee-jerk reaction.  That's usually bad.  But it was a knee jerk reaction in the right direction.  A majority of people got pissed because this guy likes to shit all over people who never harmed him, when they heard about it.

Sort of like if you're at a party, and some guy starts jawing racist bullshit.  These days, most of the time, everyone's gonna look at him like he has a communicable disease.  40 years ago, they'd have agreed with him.  30 years ago, they'd have checked to make sure no minorities were around, and then agreed with him.  20 years ago, they would have made excuses for him.

And that's a sort of progress.

I keep coming back to this post.

Because if I'm honest with myself, I should put the Occupy protests and the Firefox boycott in the same boat. I find myself defending occupy on the basis that we need something like it. And you can't expect hashtag activists to become real activists overnight, it's an iterative process. So maybe I shouldn't be as harsh on this thing? It's a start.

They say that for every thousand axes hacking at the branches of corruption, only one or two are actually swinging at the tree's trunk. There are meaningful battles and meaningless battles. You can extinguish the couch but if the house is still on fire, it's a losing game.

In a larger sense, what's do you guys think is the best way to help? Is it better to help redirect all these hatchets to the root of the tree? Or is just better that people get practice with a hatchet? And I realize this is a bit broader than just this particular civil rights battle. Are All forms of protest good, because the Body Politic needs to develop those muscles? Or is it actually destructive / distracting to waste energy on these trivial battlegrounds?

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