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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / So black friday...
« Last post by P3nT4gR4m on Yesterday at 05:12:47 pm »
News is a proper lulzfest right now (so much so I'm actually watching it)

In a nutshell UK retailers have imported the great american tradition of slashing prices for a day then inviting everyone to come along to the stores and beat the shit out each other.

So that's how it was advertised and it's scotland so, in the interests of keeping alive our culture of drunken violence, my fellow countrymen took the retailers up on their generous offer of somewhere to go and kick fuck out each other.

So a couple of stores got a bit trashed in the process and there was plenty carnage. As advertised. Now the retailers are all upset cos... they got what they asked for?

 :lulz:
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So true.

I guess my question is, how do we change the system?

Difficult to say.  I mean, I'm a big fan of 1960s/70s managed capitalism - a capitalist, welfare state with strong unions, a robust welfare system and a lot of support for further education and training.  I think a lot of the problems of America's black community are not just racism but classism and lack of prospects which that entails - richer black Americans, in better neighbourhoods, are not generally subject to the same levels of discrimination (though of course there are exceptions).  As such, redistribution efforts are probably the best long-term policy to deal with the problem.

Of course, this is America, where not leaving people to die in the streets because they have the temerity to obtain a tooth infection while being poor, is seen as socialism, so I guess the first step would be to try and shift the terms of the debate with regards to the economy and government's role in it.  This would shift the Democrats to at least acknowledge the left wing of their party and voting constituency, and may force Republicans to the centre to chase votes, especially as their natural voting constituency dies off.

American liberals and leftists are, of course, terrible at communicating, mostly because of their own privileged and/or academic backgrounds. Not to mention the near constant sneering.  So that would probably be the very first port of call - I believe Gramsci referred to such people as "organic revolutionaries", and while we're not All Gramscians Now, he still had some interesting ideas on how to achieve political and cultural hegemony, which should probably be looked at in a more critical and strategic fashion.

I feel like the contempt ratio in this country is ramping up. Everyone's trying to solve problems by throwing hate on them, like we can sneer economic, racial, gender, or ethnic inequality away. Actually getting people to have a dialogue? I'm not even sure most Americans know what dialogue IS.
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 05:03:11 pm »
Don't let the fact that I've been grinding along here for months talking to you like a real human being and trying to get everyone to be nice to you slow you down. :lol:

Well, yanno, you might have been doing that stuff, but you were female when you did it.

you should work on that.
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« Last post by P3nT4gR4m on Yesterday at 05:00:40 pm »
I was interested in the science. I mean if you're gonna fuck around with your headmeats, might as well have an idea of what you're doing to it, right? I've found this thread really helpful in that regard as i've been wondering if a psychedelic experience might be good for me. I have a bunch of negative thought patterns sometimes and I've been thinking that a trip like that might be enough to help rewire some of that fucked up thinking. I've only ever messed with pot, which unless its the right strain, will put me right to sleep, and the one time i took Welbutrin, which just made my head hurt. Salvia looks manageable and might do the trick, though some people tell me all it does is cause ten seconds of pins-and-needles sensation.

Thanks, I'm glad that my effort to participate wasn't universally seen as a worthless derail. As someone who uses drugs as well as studies them I find it fascinating to understand the mechanisms behind the experiences, because that helps inform me in how to get the most out of the experiences. Understanding how a tool works helps us to use it better.

I found salvia kind of boring, honestly, and I've done it a bunch of times. It was just like being me, only more so. :lol: I remember having some epiphany about masturbation, but I forget what it was.

For reducing negative thought patterns, though, mushrooms are awesome IME.

Okay, in the interests of talking about something potentially interesting, I'll back down and apologise for being a dick. I'd promise sincerely that it won't happen again but, well, you know me :oops: I get that the science is interesting, I really do. It supports stuff that I thought I knew but now can be confident that I haven't imagined the whole thing. We're still left with a dilemma - it's been proven that consciousness can be rearranged. Some hallucinogens can help this process but what we don't have is a method for reprogramming. Where do we go for this? How do we develop a system which I strongly suspect is largely bespoke to the individual subjective consciousness?

Leary tried this decades ago but his research with acid was largely shitcanned. The scientific establishment has hit a plateau with this. Is there any chance of it coming out the doldrums or do we carry on trying to mine needles from haystacks of mystical mumbo jumbo in the meantime?
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 05:00:21 pm »
Seriously Nigel, why do you have to yo-justify-herself?

I've been trying to decipher that. Is yo-justify like yogurt?

I think it was an attempt to jab at my aversion to unsolicited advice, but I am not sure that "justify" means what he thinks it means.

He's an interpreter.  It doesn't mean what YOU think it means.  You just grew up speaking the language, so you're WRONG.
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« Last post by Mesozoic Mister Nigel on Yesterday at 04:55:35 pm »
Seriously Nigel, why do you have to yo-justify-herself?

I've been trying to decipher that. Is yo-justify like yogurt?

I think it was an attempt to jab at my aversion to unsolicited advice, but I am not sure that "justify" means what he thinks it means.
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