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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: For Doktor Howl
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:55:29 pm »
 :lulz:

Guess I have to visit Portland at some point.

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The one ray of light right now is that the Paesior story might be made into a graphic novel.

...

...more Miguels?

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 :lulz:

In other news, the people that like star wars way more than me said those are more like exhaust ports as he's using a crystal that is too powerful for regular saber use.  In the books I guess.

So, someone was charging that crystal something fierce, then?

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:mittens:

I'm going to try very hard to push the "government should be held accountable" meme in these kinds of arguments. I'd like to see others try it too, and report any interesting results.

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Except for the guys who can actually bust into your house and/or kill you if they have a good enough story for the judge and jury.

I'm going to try re-framing the discussion about police brutality by referring to cops as the government. Because, you know, they are.

Since government is terrible and badwrong about everything, this should provide "interesting discussion" on the center of reasonable discussion that is Facebook.

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Sounds like a category I sometimes fall into when I'm being intellectually lazy (which is more often than I want to admit).

It's definitely something I've noticed in others. I can think of a few individuals who are certainly highly literate and intellectually capable, but are not quite as smart as they think they are.

A shared trait in just about all of them is a blanket contempt for "idiots," where "idiots" are usually defined by some particular metric that they themselves are strong in (grammar, background scientific knowledge, trivia, etc).

This might be the thing that bothers me the most.  :lol:

I'm pretty sure it was through discussion on this board that I realized how common that kind of thinking is, and just how ugly it really is. Intellectual ability is not a good metric for a person's moral worth, and sneering contempt over minutiae is a pretty pathetic way to elevate oneself above others.

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Sounds like a category I sometimes fall into when I'm being intellectually lazy (which is more often than I want to admit).

It's definitely something I've noticed in others. I can think of a few individuals who are certainly highly literate and intellectually capable, but are not quite as smart as they think they are.

A shared trait in just about all of them is a blanket contempt for "idiots," where "idiots" are usually defined by some particular metric that they themselves are strong in (grammar, background scientific knowledge, trivia, etc).

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The last time someone drew me into a political argument at work, he was an unabashed supporter of UKIP, thought we should close the borders entirely, go to war with Iran and felt teachers should have their wages halved.

This is why I dont discuss politics at work.

Normally they're extremely well-behaved at work. I think I've heard a controversial topic like that come up maybe twice in the 13 months or so I've been there.

But someone had to explain why the traffic was backed up in New York City, and it snowballed into such brilliant quips as "I guess some people just don't want to accept reality, the grand jury ruled and that's that" and "they're still mad about Rodney King."

Yeah, I didn't have much of a say in it either.  I literally have to say "stfu, I don't want to talk about this and stop trying to force me" to get him to shut up.

I suggest you issue challenges to a mandingo bout. I mean, you could argue facts, but people who rely on such a blatant appeal to authority aren't really looking for an actual argument anyway.  I don't know what they are looking for, but it's hardly to be persuaded or to persuade others.

 :lulz: I'll keep both of those options available for future use.

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It's the first time I've been that mad while sitting at my desk in the year I've been there. Mostly there's just the occasional mutter about gun control, and even that's rare.

Strictly speaking, my job has a lower rate of "I'm so mad I wanna puke" than college did, so I guess that's a plus.

I remember now.

What I hated the most was the total flippancy I overheard. I spoke up as best I could but choked. If I had more research and mental preparation I might have done a better job of it. Or maybe I'm just too chickenshit at heart for that kind of thing.

Hearing it treated like a fucking joke made me want to flip some tables and watch this whole disgusting mess burn to the ground.

I have decided to handle the issue by ensuring that my colleagues who say such things become to busy to have time to prattle at me.

This kind of coping strategy makes a LOT more sense to me now than it would have two weeks ago. I will have to meditate on this.

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The last time someone drew me into a political argument at work, he was an unabashed supporter of UKIP, thought we should close the borders entirely, go to war with Iran and felt teachers should have their wages halved.

This is why I dont discuss politics at work.

Normally they're extremely well-behaved at work. I think I've heard a controversial topic like that come up maybe twice in the 13 months or so I've been there.

But someone had to explain why the traffic was backed up in New York City, and it snowballed into such brilliant quips as "I guess some people just don't want to accept reality, the grand jury ruled and that's that" and "they're still mad about Rodney King."

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I remember now.

What I hated the most was the total flippancy I overheard. I spoke up as best I could but choked. If I had more research and mental preparation I might have done a better job of it. Or maybe I'm just too chickenshit at heart for that kind of thing.

Hearing it treated like a fucking joke made me want to flip some tables and watch this whole disgusting mess burn to the ground.

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I realized that farting around on Facebook and tumblr was the wrong fucking place to be when I'm full of all this anger.

I really don't like getting into arguments with people, especially not people I like. When it's a serious issue being argued, I get a reaction that feels kinda like my liver is going to implode. It's physically painful for me to get heated with someone I don't already dislike.

All this is to say, I overheard in the office the kind of shit white people say when they figure everyone in the room agrees with them about Ferguson. It made the remaining four hours in the workday very painful. I am trying very hard to be as constructive about this as I can. I can't even begin to imagine what it's like for a black person in America trying to remain calm when they talk about this.

There was a point to this post, but I lost it somewhere. Sorry.

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Oatmeal, and my own pride.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: September 22, 2014, 03:21:41 pm »
Just joined, and the Greens have established a MASSIVE foothold in Stony Brook and a GIANT field across both forks of Long Island. This is gonna be tough.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:51:12 pm »
The bastards took the dog park.

Report them to the City Council immediately.

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