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Okay, I can exclude that from the sanity/exception check, how much tax are they paying on each? Also, I think we agreed the last five times you gave me no notice of this that I need a few days to retune the reports I use to make these checks?


Right, but if I exclude those payments and don't exclude the associated tax, each person just has giant negative next to their name which we cannot justify and the sanity check fails in the other direction.


The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Time was.
« on: June 28, 2014, 10:13:35 pm »
I kinda hope that everyone came away with "Happy" stuck in their heads.

Huh. I guess fuck informed consent, right?


Okay, not quite secret experiments because they kinda published a paper.

Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. It shows how Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users. Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased positivity or negativity of their own, thus answering the question of whether emotional states can be transmitted across a social network. Result: They can!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: My Girl Friday
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:01:49 pm »
This is great.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Time was.
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:54:57 pm »
Well, the good news is, it's only tough to compromise your principles and ideals the first time.  After than it just keeps getting easier.

Those ideals and principles were stupid and unhelpful. That fucking guy used them to lead to VEGANISM of all things. Fuck that guy.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Time was.
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:37:53 am »
Well written.  I enjoyd reading that.
Cheers. I had a bout of nostalgia I thought I should write through.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Time was.
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:08:01 am »
We barely remember who or what came before this precious moment

I found an old Tool CD and dropped it into the player while tidying my new house. Haven't listened to it in years. Time was, I would be adventuring at this time of night, alone or with a small band of like-minded dropkicks.

We are choosing to be here right now. Hold on, stay inside

Time was, I could climb a tree and quietly sing this to myself, feeling as though I could maintain an awareness of the death of each moment as it passed.

This holy reality, this holy experience.

Time was, I would spend days at a time in my own head, attempting some form of introspective cartography to help me find my way around, trying to build a foundation upon which I could build a sound rationale for finally going to work, despite my days of absence already costing me my job.

Choosing to be here in this body.

Time was, I would absorb the words of men the world said were wise, collecting tidbits of this wisdom as a bird might gather twigs for its nest. I don't know how successful this construction would have been, had I not built it from scraps of idea shared by spags here.

This body holding me. Be my reminder here that I am not alone in this body

Time was, I named the pursuit of Truth greater than all else. I was a purist. I was a guru. I was an insufferable twit.

This body holding me. Feeling eternal; all this pain is an illusion.

Time was, I couldn't imagine where I might be in five years, five weeks or five days. Time was, time was elusive.

Alive, I

Time was, Time was, I could climb a tree and quietly sing this to myself, feeling as though I could maintain an awareness of the death of each moment as it passed. And this is all I was doing with them.

In this holy reality, in this holy experience.

I got an email some time ago, in which a smug mystic challenged my faith in reality. Fuck that guy. It was a delayed-sending email from myself in 2009, observing that the email was memory now and asking whether it was always. Fuck that guy, fuck that guy.

Choosing to be here in this body.

Fuck that guy. He couldn't have guessed. I have a house and a wife and I get up every morning, put on a suit and catch the train to my office. Fuck that broke, drifting guy and his stupid stubborn refusal to compromise on only trusting Absolute Truth, a concept he failed to define.

This body holding me. Be my reminder here that I am not alone in this body.

This body holding me, feeling eternal all this pain is an illusion.

Time was, I was mired in Cartesian duality. And thought this all meant something. Fuck that guy.

Twirling round with this familiar parable.

Spinning, weaving round each new experience.

Fuck that guy, though. Absolute truth is a crock of shit and I can continue to reassemble the bars of my cell, while keeping it comfortable inside. Pragmatism over purism.

Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing.

And now I can change the CD.

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

kubiszewski, I doubt you're going to be receptive to any of this, but Steve Jackson is a shameless profiteer who turned a buck selling some games based on conspiracy theories.

The Discordian Society didn't help. The Discordian Society is an army of fuckwits on Facebook and a handful of friends chatting about shit on this forum. If when you say 'bible' you refer to the Discordian 'bible, the Principia Discordia, you should know that this document was put together by some stoned hippies and is a load of trash, good for a laugh or too. Steve Jackson used some of the ideas from this book to style his game.

Nobody is trying to 'chaos your logic' and your eagerness to cast people here as acting against you suggests that perhaps you should put some time into considering your mental health as others have suggested. This advice is not offered as an attack on you or on what you believe you've discovered. I'm not encouraging you to find help so that you can be convinced that you are wrong. I'm just suggesting that you, on your own terms, consider talking to someone whose reason you trust about what you're experiencing.

Literate Chaotic / Re: The Problem with Punishment, the thread
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:00:29 pm »
Got back into this, about a third of the way through. It's a challenging thing because the idea being disputed seems to be a pretty fundamental part of a lot of other ideas in our culture.

I've raised the subject with friends while reading and the reaction is generally "WHAT? OF COURSE YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PUNISH CRIMINALS." but the justification is harder for them to come up with.

What I've found interesting and somewhat, I don't know, redeeming of the idea, is that the author doesn't seem to be challenging the idea that some criminals should be locked up, if that's the best way to keep them from reoffending and causing more harm. What he's challenging is the idea that they should be locked up *with the stated aim of making them uncomfortable or causing them to suffer for their crime*. He goes into a lot of detail to explain why he believes there is a difference between intended harm and harm as a foreseen and accepted side-effect of an action.

All the best for the rewiring, Roger.

Also, how I read this:
(and by weird, I mean, HELLO, Ben Templesmith!), I just decide that it's his problem and ignore it.

Which I took to mean that the illusion was Ben Templesmith and your reaction was "Fuck you, Ben Templesmith. You deal with not being real. That's on you."

I think it's also amusing that many of them claim to be realists who promote evidence-based thinking, yet also moan and groan about how wimmin *should* be mating with them.

Nature doesn't give a fuck about "should", bro. Nature only gives a fuck about "is". Therefore, the women and men who are reproducing ARE the most fit to reproduce under the conditions that actually exist. That is how this shit works.
This is a very good point that I will be sure to raise the next time I am talking with THAT SORT of person.

Once I get tired of explaining why religion is a product of natural selection.

My neighbors seem to be standing in their back yard ringing a large bell and calling out for Nixon.

I am less OK with this than you might think I am.
This is the kind of behaviour which is a lot more awesome when it's happening a great distance away.

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