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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Privacy Thread
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:01:52 pm »

"Gmail users got a hefty dose of reality today when it was revealed that Google handed over one user's private data to the U.S. government, who requested it without a search warrant."

So much for "don't be evil".

The sheer inability to process the available information is what gets me. I'm just like, really? I give up.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Occupy
« on: October 11, 2011, 03:56:18 pm »
Conservatives are getting their counter-meme on.

Red State owner, Erik Erikson (yes, that is his real name, sadly) has helped set up a blog called "We are the 53%", based on the statistic that only 53% of Americans pay taxes and, uh, non-taxpayers are not allowed to get involved in politics, or something.

Erikson's own post to the site is hilarious:

I work 3 jobs.
I have a house a can't sell.
My family insurance costs are outrageous.
But I don't blame Wall Street.
Suck it up you whiners.
I am the 53% subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.

Two of those jobs involve blogging, and one of them involves appearing on CNN.  Clearly, Erik son of Erik is a true representative of the average working American.

Total fail.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re:
« on: October 11, 2011, 03:53:20 pm »
deoxy is still around?  :?

Where the hell are all these Tea Party retards coming from, anyway?

Or Kill Me / Re: Pleasing Lies
« on: October 10, 2011, 10:27:49 pm »
Good for you, Luna! Relationships aren't about being easy to get along with, and the person who needs that from you isn't psychologically whole themself anyway.

Now, now, Cain.  We all know that unemployed people are all lazy, and that there's jobs just dangling from the low branches.

I was talking to my friend Annie just Sunday about her job search. See, after Annie got out of the Navy (with decorations, no less), she got a GIS degree and then moved to Portland, where she was, after a bit of a search, able to land a seasonal job at Target. "Great!" thought Annie. "This gives me a couple of months to find a job in my field".

The seasonal job ended and, 300 applications and one year later, Annie found a temp job on a road crew in Gresham.

Lucky, lucky Annie!

But wait, it gets better. See, Annie is the little sister of my friend The Enucleator. The Enucleator is in charge of the tissue collection at the eye bank. Recently, she has noticed a disturbing trend; she's been receiving a lot of resumes from people who are grotesquely overqualified for the job. People who are more qualified than she is, such as actual surgeons. Surgeons who have been looking for work for months on end.

Look at all those lazy, unmotivated, unskilled unemployed!

Oh wait.

Also, we need to bump your and Pent's advertisement for Scotland, given that SCA spags over here still think you wear kilts and sporrans and shit.

Seriously, it's like me going to New England and bitching that they don't wear those puritan hats and buckled shoes like in the history books.

Hey, some of us APPROVE of kilts and sporrans and shit.

Knows most men don't know how to sit like ladies, and gets her lulz where she can, these days
I respectfully point out that lul is dutch for dick.


the most appropriate thing I have ever heard.

I don't really get the caption but I like it anyway.

It's what the New Age people don't want you to know about.

For every Indigo Child born, there's a Lilac Centipede.

So, it's like the child's spiritual power animal.

Oh man. NOW we're going places!

I'm an Indigo Child, and my spirit animal is the mighty House Centipede!

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Occupy
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:17:18 pm »
Oh, OK. :) It's only been four days for Portland, but it's growing really fast.

How long before some "protesters" give the cops an excuse to Seattle everyone?

I don't know, but the cops are under strict orders not to use threatening movements of intimidating body language, which I think is  :lulz:

The protesters and the cops are making a distinct effort to be friendly to one another, and there are signs everywhere that say things like "be nice to the police, they're 99%ers too". When I was there yesterday I saw a lot of cops and protesters talking and joking. It's a little strained, but I think the realization is that there's a lot at stake. A massacre in the park in front of the courthouse would not go over easy.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Occupy
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:13:08 pm »

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Occupy
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:11:39 pm »
Oh, OK. :) It's only been four days for Portland, but it's growing really fast.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Occupy
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:10:43 pm »
I mean...

It's still growing here.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Occupy
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:01:12 pm »
I think the best thing the Occupy movement could do is avoid standing behind a clearly stated goal or demand. The reason the press and politicians are so vocal about mocking/decrying them for their lack of a message is that lack is extremely threatening, in that it opens the movement to anyone who's dissatisfied. Which is nearly everyone.

Doesn't matter.  Each subgroup involved in the protest will HAVE to pimp out their own message, at the expense of the actual purpose of the occupy movement.

They can't help themselves.  Fanatics are that way.

But the people that get that, can do their utmost best to confuse matters, right?

And about picking up momentum ... REAL momentum gets picked up in less than 3 days. Otherwise it's just waiting until something happens.

Are you saying that participation in Occupy HASN'T been picking up speed since the inception?  :? Because yesterday there was some sick number of thousands of people milling around Portland in the name of Occupy.

But when you run out of anarchists...

Oh, wait.  Portland.   :whack:

There's a reason I call this town home.

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