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Aneristic Illusions / Baby Veronica
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:30:21 am »
Anyone hear about this?  It could end up influencing tribal rights, adoptive rights, and paternal rights.

Aneristic Illusions / "Anarchist" terror cell within the US military
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:27:53 am »

They're pretty clearly not Anarchists, they might be idiots, but on the other hand they might not.  I'm not surprised to see US soldiers planning this sort of thing to be honest.  They're coming back, trained to kill, having dealt with IED's and insurgents, having learned a lot about their tactics, to an unemployment rate that is even higher than the already unreasonable one suffered by the civilian population.  They're in many cases being mistreated by the government.  Angry people trained to kill, with few options, is bad news.

Apple Talk / Patriarchy and how it hurts men
« on: August 06, 2012, 05:12:38 pm »
So in the sex Ed thread Cain posted this.

One of the most interesting areas of feminist thinking, to me, is how patriarchical societies constrain men as well as they do women, and I strongly suspect if there was a greater focus on this, it would get a lot of guys who might otherwise be not so interested in feminism thinking about how such things impact on them personally.

This is something that I think deserves its own thread.  I remember seeing some discussion of it in another thread and every time someone came up with a way that they felt men were constrained by society it was shot down as a myth.  This is absolutely not to deny the existence of male privilege, it is to examine the ways in which our current sexist society keeps men down, to open feminism up so  that it is easier to see that it is not just a movement for women.

One that I have noticed is the divide as far as being the breadwinner versus being the caretaker in a household.  Men are expected to be the breadwinner, women the caretaker, if the woman is the sole wage earner and her husband stays home to take care of the kids and house people view them both as aberrant and not ok.  This is not really an issue for the working class, usually, since both parents generally have to work just to keep the household afloat. 


well here's some shitty news.  Not only is it an extremely dubious idea if it only does what it is supposed to, it's also highly likely to increase the fetus' cancer risk.

Apple Talk / Being poor is...
« on: July 24, 2012, 08:32:10 pm »

The article is good, the comments are too.

Literate Chaotic / Write for Cracked, get paid
« on: July 04, 2012, 06:40:07 pm »
Just in case anyone didn't know about this.

Cracked has an open submissions policy.  dunno if their compensation plan is any good or not but I know some of you guys could be pretty successful with them.

Or Kill Me / The republican's war on women.
« on: May 05, 2012, 06:21:01 pm »
So the republicans lately have been doing a lot to restrict the freedoms of women, mostly in the reproductive sphere. There have been severe restrictions on abortion put into place, including Arizona's rather odd law that makes women technically pregnant whenever they aren't menstruating. There have been the laws in Mississippi that have some women in prison for miscarrying, and there is the other Arizona law that allows an employer to terminate a woman for using contraception.

One of the stated reasons for these actions is to cut down on sexual promiscuity, however if this is actually the goal then the way in which it is being carried out is odd. The ideal form of birth control for someone who is sexually promiscuous is condoms. Condoms protect against STD's, something which women's contraception such as the pill and IUD's do not do. Condoms are also something that is used as needed and the promiscuous usually do not know exactly who they will be having sex with or when until fairly close to the actual occurence. For a single encounter condoms are far less expensive and less trouble than any other form of contraception.

Women's birth control is ideal in a monogamous relationship where a certain regularity of sexual activity is expected. A marriage is the most obvious example and many married women use contraception to prevent unexpected pregnancies so that they can ensure that when they have children they are financially prepared for it and that either they or their husbands will have time to raise the child.

What the republicans are attacking is not an aid to sexual promiscuity but an aid to financial and social stability for people involved in long term monogamous relationships, particularly those in the middle class. It is a war not only on women's freedoms but on the ability of men and women in the middle class to have any control of their economic and genetic destinies.

Aneristic Illusions / Anarchism and Welfare
« on: May 02, 2012, 05:44:30 pm »
This is a pretty good dissection of the differing views on welfare held by anti-statists.  The quoted bit is from an article called "Neither State Nor Market: An Anarchist Perspective on Social Welfare" by Steve Millet that is not available online and basically sums up the Anarchist view on it (if anarchism is defined in the traditional, socialist way rather than anarcho capitalism)  the article is clearly written from a left-anarchist perspective but the libertarians are quoted in context and their perspective is, IMO fairly well enunciated.

    Any definition of society should include an ability to take care of the welfare of its members, not just those members who have a privileged place in the social hierarchy. Welfare should be an intrinsic part of any society, therefore, not simply a functional extra. This requires that society is organized first and foremost to provide welfare. What anarchism calls for is the re-absorption of the provision of welfare into the daily lives of the citizens of the community. Welfare thus becomes not simply a function—something provided by a system or the workers in a system—but part of the everyday life of the community and its citizens.


    The failure of the State to provide social welfare should not be seen as undermining the idea of social welfare itself, but of invalidating the role of the State; welfare is inextricably linked to empowerment, which is why State-provided welfare is always going to have minimal success. At the same time we should be under no illusions as to what the effects on the poor will be of the paring down of what State provision there is in the name of the market: without a viable alternative, the market simply means sink or swim, and to sink means poverty, destitution, homelessness, even death. The attempt to free welfare from the State cannot be left to the free marketeers of the Right. The need for a democratic and participatory alternative to the Welfare State has never been more urgent.

Apple Talk / Looking for someone to verbally (well textually) kick?
« on: March 22, 2012, 03:39:10 am »

kick me.

You know you wanna.

Apple Talk / Really bad Scotch Whiskey
« on: December 24, 2011, 08:41:24 am »
Has anyone had the pleasure of Inver House's green plaid?  It claims to be "Very Rare" and considering that it can be found on the bottom shelf of most liquor stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio I suspect this means not extremely uncommon but, in fact, very undercooked.

The taste, well,  I'll start with the smell, a capful of green plaid does not smell like scotch, it smells, instead, rather like cheap tequila.  The taste certainly has tones of peat, but the whiskey itself is barely malty at all, almost as if one had soaked a few sprigs of peat in a vodka.

I haven't had the courage to drink more than a little at a time, nor have I experimented with mixing it as of yet.

High Weirdness / Rain of Apples in Britain
« on: December 16, 2011, 06:10:40 pm »

Aneristic Illusions / FEMA camps
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:01:43 pm »
Not sure how much I trust Infowars, but apparently they have fairly strong evidence that the camps are being established and they are working on staffing them.

Aneristic Illusions / Another Libertarian Utopia
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:39:57 pm »

The seasteading folks are apparently coming ashore in Honduras.

I'm curious to see how they'll react when they get hit by a hurricane, or when Honduras decides that they do actually want taxes after all.

Apple Talk / ATTN The Wizard Joseph
« on: November 17, 2011, 05:01:34 am »
So what made you decide, after I'd been posting fairly regularly for several weeks, that a thread that I made looking for ideas for Christmas presents was where you needed to start shitting on me?

Something about the fact that I accept bitcoins makes me suddenly that much more worthy of your notice?

Or had you simply not been made aware of horrible perversions prior to this and someone brought it to your attention and you were incensed enough that you felt something needed to be done right away to let me know what an awful person you feel I am?

I'm not disputing my horribleness, although as Roger pointed out, I fantasize about snuff, not kids.  What I am wondering though is, why now?  Why that particular thread?  Why not the posts I've eben making in political threads, or talking about boats, or beer, or something else that is completely unrelated to sex?

Ooh, or maybe my post in Roger's dating advice thread where I suggested that Freeky socialize if she wants to meet someone?  That at least offers the possibility of asking me if I hang out at elementary schools (going with your mistaken idea that I am a pedo)  or if i do my socializing volunteering at a suicide hotline, or some other clever quip that would not only put me in my place as a degenerate, it'd make you look witty at the same time.

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