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Quote from: navkat on April 09, 2013, 06:55:34 PMQuote from: The Good Reverend Roger on April 09, 2013, 06:39:40 PMQuote from: navkat: navkat of...navkat! on April 09, 2013, 06:36:41 PM
Like that Liberty Dollar thing I almost lost my shirt in years ago?
We Reverend Doktors have a technical term for that sort of thing.
"Investing like a fan", which is a subcondition of "Betting like a fan". In layman's terms, Canada Bill Jones said it best, more than a hundred years ago: "It is morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money."
Having BEEN a sucker is not a shameful thing. Lessons are learned, and they are never learned for free. They may cost you money or pride or both. It's only shameful when you run off and make the same fucking sucker bet a second time.
And luckily, I didn't buy too much of the paper certificates. I bought the coins and got rid of them before it became out-and-out illegal to possess them.
My friend Karl Riele, however, committed suicide after he lost EVERYTHING. Not only did he have faith and place his bets, but he dragged a lot of loved ones and friends into the casino. Ruined his reputation, self-esteem, everything. Before the Fed took his entire life savings away and brought him up on charges, he'd established a thriving market for the things in Western NY based on his faith in the Rochester currency.
He was a very, very good, kindhearted man and until just a couple years ago, I believed, a survivor. I've known a lot of people (a LOT) who have snuffed themselves out over the last few years over far less. Karl was a shock.
Bitcoin is going to do this to people. The Fed won't tolerate competition.
Quote from: The Good Reverend Roger on April 15, 2013, 10:01:25 PM
Quote from: Cain on April 14, 2013, 01:27:07 PM
In the one sense, it's kinda nice I suppose they're trying to tie in failure to do well at school with wider consequences.
However, these consequences are idiotic and mean little in a school system that fails to support a variety of learning methods and styles to accomodate the needs of the students.
I mean, I'd happily pay someone to slap my students in the face with a dead fish every time they slept in and missed a mock exam, for example.
Quote from: Pixie on April 18, 2013, 06:25:07 PM
I was just asking for you to consider having some empathy, but hey.
Quote from: M. Nigel Salt on April 18, 2013, 05:26:00 PM
"Quietly backing off" is pretty much the same thing as "ignoring it until it goes away". Not responding is, in fact, disrespectful, regardless of how you want to spin it. It sends a pretty clear message that you don't give a shit and that my feelings and opinions are not important enough to merit a response. If that's not the message you intended to send, you might reconsider your approach.
The monsters inside your head are not my problem. If you can't control yourself, then I won't read your posts. Thanks for letting me know that's what I need to do.
Quote from: M. Nigel Salt on April 18, 2013, 05:28:37 PMQuote from: navkat: navkat of...navkat! on April 18, 2013, 05:14:18 PM
And now I'm claiming victimhood and I'm kind of pathetic. Boy, my list of crimes and repugnant traits seem to have no ceiling. I never know what horrible things I'll discover about myself next.Quote
You are free to return to calling me a horrible person now.
FYI, this is what I was referring to. It's very blown out of proportion to the actual criticism, and it reeks of black-and-white thinking.
Quote from: The Good Reverend Roger on April 18, 2013, 05:32:19 PMQuote from: navkat: navkat of...navkat! on April 18, 2013, 05:14:18 PM
My only regret is that it was too much for people and therefore, ineffective at communicating my point.
Read that to yourself just one more time, please.
Quote from: The Good Reverend Roger on April 09, 2013, 05:48:24 PM
The root of the matter is this: If your choice of wording or your butthurt has caused your message to fail to reach its intended target - intentionally or otherwise - then you have not engaged in communication, you have indulged in anti-communication. The failure of the idea to be transmitted and received is your failure, not the failure of those lousy ingrates that should "just listen to the message, not the way it was sent", which is, of course, patently ridiculous. The burden of communication is on the person trying to send the idea, not the people receiving it.
Okay for Now,
The Good Reverend Doktor.
Quote from: M. Nigel Salt on April 18, 2013, 04:20:38 PM
You can feel free to be forever "that chick who's NSFW because she talks about baby rape".
I mean, seriously Navkat, you taking the victim stance because for some reason you don't understand why that's socially unacceptable is kind of pathetic.
Quote from: M. Nigel Salt on April 18, 2013, 04:23:19 PM
And, I can't help but notice that you didn't bother to respond to my post until someone else chimed in to reinforce what I said, which tells me a lot about how much you give a flying fuck about my feelings.
Quote from: M. Nigel Salt on April 18, 2013, 04:50:54 PM
It's not even a trigger thing. I mean, it severely squicks me out and I'm sure my past experiences, as well as being a parent, contribute to that, but also, I think that it's also generally a thing that you don't drop graphic, specific, and gratuitous descriptions of grotesque violence into a conversation because it tends to elicit a negative response from most people.
Navkat, if these things are in your head and you can't keep yourself from saying them, get counseling, because you will alienate people by blurting them out inappropriately.
The more you know.