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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: November 02, 2020, 11:59:17 pm »
Happy Birfday, Dok

Did you get any opportunity to celebrate? birthdays are weird, this time around.

My wife and I spent the day together, at home.

I'm okay with that.

Those can be the best birthdays.  Congratulations on making it another time around the sun.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Stop demonizing medication.
« on: October 25, 2020, 03:58:09 am »

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The only thing real going for it is that the drugs are REAL and cause real, psychoactive affects.
The only real thing going for it is that...it's real?  Isn't that a good thing?


Not necessarially, as Fomalhaut said real drugs can cause more harm than sugar pills can, if used in the wrong circumstances.

A circular saw isn't necessarially as good at cutting wood as a butter knife, since the saw makes it possible to cut the wood to the wrong length.

In the hands of an incompetent a butter knife is WAY better for cutting wood, since the incompetent is far less likely to cut their (or my) leg off.  The average Homeopathic doctor is an incompetent, are you sure the average Psychiatrist isn't also an incompetent?

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Or Kill Me / Re: Stop demonizing medication.
« on: October 22, 2020, 05:22:42 am »

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The only thing real going for it is that the drugs are REAL and cause real, psychoactive affects.
The only real thing going for it is that...it's real?  Isn't that a good thing?


Not necessarially, as Fomalhaut said real drugs can cause more harm than sugar pills can, if used in the wrong circumstances.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: So about these riots...
« on: October 16, 2020, 01:28:16 pm »
So now another boog got himself shot physically striking and then pepper spraying an activist.

At some point, this boog image of lefties as soy milk-swilling, skinny jean-wearing wimps will have to change.  I mean, that's two "good boogs" in 6 weeks.

That was not an activist, that was a pinkerton.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: September 15, 2020, 01:57:41 am »
This fucking "blockade" story they are pushing:
The choice was simple, border across the land, dividing Ireland, and Ireland will never ratify a trade deal, or a border down the sea.
Free movement of goods only stops if the UK drops its standards on foods and good.

And if, if they had a point to complain on that the time was last year: the outcome was clearly stated and reported on, and complained about by the DUP, and then ratified and voted in by their party in the international treaty that was signed in January.

The problem is that you are dealing with an even sloppier version of Trump.

One without the world's largest military to enforce his whims.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: So about these riots...
« on: September 02, 2020, 01:08:41 am »
If cops get killed by leftist protestors, it's game over. That's so astoundingly stupid that any leftist I know, even the astoundingly stupid ones, would call it astoundingly stupid.

If the cops decide to play hard, it'll be more like Vietnam, except without the guns and foreign military support on the communist side. Just burning cities and butchered innocents. You fucking idiot.

I didn't say it was a good idea.  The cop will probably be killed by a boog, but they'll still blame antifa.

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