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Apple Talk / Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« on: April 09, 2021, 02:32:18 am »
I think folks who see "sex work is work" as bullshit are in denial about how badly most work sucks.  Yes, sex work is awful. Like much awful work it pays well.  Treating it differently than toxic waste disposal, or drug dealing is counter productive.

Eliminating sex work is probably impossible and trying and failing to do so makes life worse for sex workers.  Hiring a hooker or going to a strip club, or paying for porn is absolutely supporting exploitation and probably also supporting rape, but getting the cops involved will only make things worse for the victims and probably give the exploiters another tool to enforce obedience.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: March 21, 2021, 01:54:25 am »
I got spam from my medical clinic telling me to check if I was eligible for a free shot.  I know I'm not eligible and assumed it was a scam.  I called the clinic and it turned out it was not a scam, covid shots in WA are all free and someone at corporate was being stupid about publicity.  I am relieved since my assumption was that my medical records had been stolen.  I'm still not eligible, but I have gotten pretty used to hermiting out, I can handle a couple more months.

Principia Discussion / Greg Hill's videogame
« on: March 02, 2021, 01:19:52 pm »
Wikipedia claims Greg Hill was involved with the design of an early videogame, but isn't specific.  Does anyone know the specifics?  And if it is possible to get ahold of it?

Apple Talk / Re: Fucking humans.
« on: March 02, 2021, 01:56:18 am »
I don't understand this move at all.  There's a vaccine, it's not available to everyone.  It seems like it would make way more sense to keep the restrictions until the vaccine is available to everyone.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Biden thread (for good or for ill)
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:23:20 am »
To be fair, he ran with the promise to go back to politics as normal... which means 2010, and the rich, fertile soil that grew Trumpism in the first place.

If the Left doesn’t start pushing REALLY hard, the GOP will take the midterms, and OrangeBoi will be back in office in 2024.

How can we push?  Letters to congress critters obviously, but I doubt that's enough.  Will more riots help or hurt in your opinion?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 21, 2021, 12:33:24 am »
So he's not the president any longer, time to unsticky the thread?

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: December 30, 2020, 10:01:45 pm »
I think the son of that mother son team of cartomancers is a friend of mine on facebook.  If so he's got quite the fascinating back story.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: December 18, 2020, 02:02:29 am »
In the Time Before, I took walks by the river during my lunch break.  Not the pleasantly curated asphalt trails, favoured by joggers, but the behind-paths, the under-paths, with trees and rocks and mud and sinkholes and hostile squirrels.

Now, in the Plague Time, I work from home, far from the river.  I take my walks in the cold blackness of the Canadian pre-dawn, along the side-roads and alleys and those pedestrian bypasses used only by dog-walkers and schoolchildren.

I have learned to hate motion-sensitive lights.  I like walking in the dark.  Being blasted in the face at random by a floodlamp is a declaration of war.

I'm with you on the motion sensor lights.  They ruin my night vision and always make me paranoid since there are a few of my neighbors who might throw on the porch light and be standing under it with a shotgun.

Apple Talk / Re: Getting stuck in unproductive thought patterns
« on: December 08, 2020, 02:03:05 am »
That sounds like anxiety.  I know there are some effective medications, and meditation can also help.  If it is reaching the point where you are noticing physical effects like shortness of breath or increased blood pressure meditation or medication are a very good idea.  Personally I would avoid Benzodiazepines, they are definitely effective, but they impair your ability to drive, and they impair impulse control badly enough that I think anyone who gets urges ever to hurt either themselves or others should avoid them.  I don't think I know anyone who never gets urges like that, but I may just be cynical about human nature.

Addressing things in the spirit of how you presented them meanwhile, there are a lot of things that you don't have control over.  It's important to know what those things are, especcially when they effect things that you do have control over, but the exact details of them do not matter.  What matters are the details of what you can control,  you want to understand the situation as close to perfectly as possible, as far as those things that you can effect. that way you can act in the most effective way, in order to change things in a way that you want to change. If you are spending time thinking about the horrifying details of something awful that you cannot change, try to redirect your thoughts to the pertinent details of something that you can change instead.  If you already have figured out exactly what you can change, and how you intend to do so, but cannot currently do anything productive, amuse yourself with a distraction to get your mind off the things you can't change.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: November 21, 2020, 06:09:46 am »
Why not St. Norton blend? Excellent post though.

One, Norton is from San Francisco, two he was delusional and I don't think Joseph is making deleriants, just medicine.

Apple Talk / Re: 2021 Poll
« on: November 20, 2020, 12:34:40 am »
I don't know if shut up with the capitals expresses "worse enough that we think of 2020 as the good old days" but it looked like the closest option to that.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Socialism by way of Hobbes
« on: November 15, 2020, 01:13:24 am »
I feel like being a little more specific might help.  This sort of reads as "life is fucked up, do something about it" which is the message of everyone from the Proud Boys to the DSA.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 15, 2020, 01:02:57 am »
I've been hoping for a while that one of his generals would just snap his neck. I mean, I didn't have much hope that would happen, but it's a nice thought.

That would be a coup.  Not the worst possible thing, but still not great.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 10, 2020, 05:03:09 am »
The problem I have with that is that I have loved ones that would be on the other end of that echo chamber... I do not want some echo chamber of hate, but hoping it magically evaporates is a bit much.

The way to get rid of echo chambers is start shouting dissonant things, you just have to figure out how to do so in a way that won't get you silenced.  Follow your friends and family into the echo chambers and help them resonate differently.

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