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I have a pet peeve. A conversation that I have heard far too many times over the years. It is based in the idea that if a language doesn't have a word for something, that the people don't have that concept.

OK, sometimes that's true. No automobiles? Never heard of 'em? Then there's not going to be a word for something nobody's ever thought of. We didn't have a word for "spaceship" until we came up with the idea of spaceships, and even then we just took two words, one for the vast mystery of what's "out there" and one for a vessel that floats on the water, and glommed them together.

So what's up with the mythologies of people so simple that they don't have a word for, say, rape? Or a name for the color orange? Or words for numbers more than three? Does that actually mean they don't have those CONCEPTS?

In most cases, no; that's not what that means. Sure, in the case of equatorial people, they probably couldn't describe snow, but for many such words, the concept exists and can be described. So, Western civilization didn't call the color orange "orange" until the 16th century; they called it yellow-red. Does that mean that they didn't see orange? That they didn't know what it was? Fuck no. That's stupid. They saw the color as clearly as we see yellow-green before we know it's called chartreuse. And then someone comes along and says "That color's called chartreuse" and we go "Oh, cool."

Societies without a word for "rape" may call it, in their language, "assault and forced sexual penetration". People who don't have a word for nine may call it "Three threes". Sort of like we didn't really have a word for thirteen... we just combined three and ten. Does that mean we couldn't count above twelve? Or that we still can't?

My point here is that people need to examine their assumptions about language and concepts, and stop assuming that just because there appears to not be a word for something, that is by no means an indication that the concept doesn't exist or cannot be described. How many times in your life have you been thinking about something, and when you try to describe, say, a set of behaviors or assumptions to another person, they say "OH yeah, that's called "________".

And then you go "Oh cool, there's a word for that!"

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Aneristic Illusions / Treason.
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:52:02 am »
http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/18C115.txt

Quote
    Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or
    teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of
    overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or
    the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession
    thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by
    force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any
    such government; or
      Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any
    such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates,
    sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed
    matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity,
    desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any
    government in the United States by force or violence
, or attempts
    to do so; or
      Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society,
    group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the
    overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or
    violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any
    such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes
    thereof -
      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
    twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by
    the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five
    years next following his conviction.
      If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in
    this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
    not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for
    employment by the United States or any department or agency
    thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
      As used in this section, the terms "organizes" and "organize",
    with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include
    the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the
    regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units
    of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: CRAMULUS
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:58:33 am »

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Seriously?
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:20:44 pm »
I just had to explain to a bead lady why it's not OK to come onto a forum, see something someone else is making, and then make the same thing (in this case, a T-shirt - she copied not only the idea but also the design) and sell it on the forum.

What the hell. How does anyone reach adulthood without knowing that kind of shit will get you ostracized at best, and fucking sued at worst?

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In America, anybody can sue anybody! For any reason, even made-up ones. It's very beautiful. Anyway, 30 lampworkers, including myself, are being sued, and the way it works is that either we defend ourselves or we lose. This system seems kind of like a racket for lawyers if you ask me. So, the problem is that we are running out of money. BUT! We have pretty shiny jewelry and beads for sale at very good prices in our fundraising store! Please help keep the crazy lady from taking my house.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AGLF?ref=seller_info

For example:



There are also loose beads. Some of mine, even, and mine are about half the price I normally sell them for.

Anyway, I'm basically posting this everywhere in the hope that somehow enough stuff will sell that we can pay the lawyer for one more month. I think this lawsuit has cost us about $45,000 so far. Not kidding. The only reason we can even defend ourselves at all is because we formed a legal defense co-op.

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I don't know what asshole left this bottle here, but it's called "Tisdale" and it's so vile I have had two sips and am throwing the rest out.

There is really no excuse for wine this shitty to even exist. Even Trader Joe's has a drinkable wine for three dollars, FFS.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Sneaky hate spiral
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:58:19 pm »
I think this neatly explains a lot of my activity, and much of what goes on in the forum:

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/05/sneaky-hate-spiral.html

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Discordian Recipes / Greasing the pasta
« on: December 15, 2010, 02:30:11 am »
 I have a question for you cookery snob fuckers, especially ECH. You are vehemently against oiling any noodles, I know. But your reasoning - that the sauce will slide off the pasta - doesn't seem to work for me. Is that because I use fat, not oil? I keep a tub of animal fat, rendered every time I roast anything, that I use in place of almost all oils in cooking, including when I need to grease pasta for purposes of running a cafeteria for my children. It seems to make sauce stick more, not slide off.

Opinion on this? Does it make a difference that I use grease, not oil? Don't tell me not to do it, because I won't listen. Nobody is paying me to do this shit and my job is for it to be reasonably presentable, palatable, and versatile enough to work for three little assholes who don't all want the same thing on their noodles, plus one boyfriend who may or may not be late.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Just call me hipster to my face
« on: December 10, 2010, 06:33:16 pm »
Categories.

Everyone who thinks they know what a hipster is has some mental image or another, usually of a 1990's Poindexter type in Buddy Holly glasses and a cardigan; the hipster archetype which hasn't actually existed for 15 years, yet which still remains in place as the hipster gold standard.

Now, the word "hipster" has expanded, and almost everyone fits someone else's definition of "hipster". There's the lumberjack hipster, the glam hipster, the artist hipster, the retro hipster, the hip-hop hipster, the vintage hipster, the emo hipster, the longshoreman hipster, the academic hipster, the mod hipster, the white trash hipster. There's even hipster mom. Many of the people who are dismissed or reviled as hipsters actually fit into the much more versatile category of "young person", which covers most of the least-liked characteristics attributed to hipsters; they don't know who the fuck they are yet, so they're experimenting with various cultural trends and personas in an attempt to figure it out. Bless their dear little souls, they're fucking obnoxious.

Are they hipsters? Probably. In fact, almost certainly. About the only way to not be a hipster anymore is to be a redneck, which is a perfectly valid option as long as you really are a redneck and not a hipster adopting a redneck persona. Of course, if you neither know nor care what a hipster is, you're probably not a hipster. You also probably shop at Wal-Mart and hope your husband gets a promotion at the mill before Tammy and Billy need braces. If you are reading this and pretending to not know what a hipster is, you're lying to make yourself sound cooler on paper.

Everyone decries the label of hipster, claiming "authenticity", whatever that is. Every hipster thinks they're authentic. Just ask one. Ask yourself. But goddamn, we love our categories. Especially if we can shove people we don't like into some box right over there. Niggers. Terrorists. Hipsters. They aren't really people... they're other.

Did I mention categories? Cabbages? Grayfaces? Categories give us a way to feel better about our group, because we're not them. You might call it elitism. You might, because it is.

Basically, "hipster" is yet another monkey tribal division that separates people you like from everyone else. And like all other monkey tribal divisions, it's essentially meaningless.


Ook ook, motherfucker.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: CRAMULUS
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:30:19 am »

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