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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:39:27 pm »
I use windows 10 because I mostly use my computer for playing games and windows, specifically the latest edition, is generally the best for games.  It bothered me today because last ight I told it to update and shut down,  I turned it on this morning to discover that it had to spend an hour updating.  Why it did not do this before it shut down for the night I do not know.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 14, 2017, 01:30:14 pm »
I'm being made to do online training.  About radicalisation.

I'm actually doing the test, mostly for the lolz, but I'll be damned if I'm emailing my certificate to the training coordinator, when I have an entire thesis on this topic.

This is dumb as fuck. your supervisors prove yet again that they are incompetent toolbags.

I suspect it's someone higher than his supervisors.  Sounds like policy.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Universal Basic Income
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:07:49 am »
Widespread automation isn't going to happen until it is more expensive to employ people than to use machines, it's already technically possible for pretty much every low skill job

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:12:20 pm »
A story about some kind of dysfunctional wizard or cultist (or perhaos a dysfunctional superhero or supervillain) who has the ability to use their own body as a voodoo doll. This is to say that by mutilating their own body they can cause a chosen target's body to become similarly injured.

EDIT:
Another idea:
Comedy skit: Fake Pilsbury commercial where Poppin Fresh is Jesus at the last supper. "Eat of my flesh"

American Horror story used the voodoo doll idea.

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Aneristic Illusions / Universal Basic Income
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:54:12 pm »
I mentioned this in the "we're all fucked" thread but I felt like it deserved one of it's own.  Just in case anyone is not familiar with the idea it is "give everyone money"  how much varies from being fixed by some revenue source, like the Alaska Dividend fund, to being enough to meet very basic needs to being enough for a person to have a reasonably decent life on.  The knee jerk reaction to it, from those opposed, is that it rewards laziness and discourages productivity.  This is not true, the current welfare system in most places that have one does actually do this, since you will be removed from benefit rolls if you get a job, basic income is for everyone, without any sort of qualifying criteria.  This means it ends up costing a fair amount less than welfare, per person helped, because there is not the added overhead expense of verifying eligibility and ensuring that eligibility has not evaporated.  Canada and the US have both done studies offering UBI in fairly small communities and the results have been quite positive but the programs were not adopted more widely.

It is definitely something I am sympathetic to, it seems, to me, to be a far better solution to the problems that welfare attempts to address than any current welfare system while still being basically the same concept.  I remain unsure whether or not I support it however for the reason I am about to get into.

A UBI requires a coordinating committee of some sort which disperses the payments.  If the program achieves it purpose of allowing everyone to survive without requiring verification of unemployment the need to have jobs which people can support themselves on goes away.  People will still work due to wanting additional income, or because they will be doing something that they want to do, but the current (inneficient and cruel, but still powerful) infrastructure that makes sure that pretty much anyone can at least have an awful job will wither as it will no longer be needed.  This puts a huge amount of power in the hands of the coordinating committee.  If requirements for eligibility are added later, after a UBI has become a part of the structure of society, they will strike those who are disqualified much harder than they would currently, where crappy jobs are at least an option.  If the number of people forced to find work in order to survive is reduced to a small enough number the jobs that took advantage of that desperate pool evaporate, and that small number are left, devoid of the assistance that everyone else can now assume, and without recourse.  The temptation to use a tool that powerful is not something I can see politicians resisting.  I don't know what criteria would first be accepted as a reason to cut someone off of UBI, but whatever it is, it would be essentially a sentence of exile from the economy. 

My other concern about a UBI is that it is a universal subsidization of consumption.  If everyone on the planet were to consume at the level of your average middle class American we would go extinct in fairly short order.  Unless this subsidization is either limited, in ways that can only be unfair, or is accompanied by serious changes in lifestyle and consumption patterns it could greatly accelerate the widespread environmental unpleasantry that is already occuring.

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8. The kinds of progressives who are currently being laughed out of global politics because of their "crazy ideas"... are not nearly progressive enough to do any good, even if they got everything they asked for. Despite half of the planet being consumed with Hollywood blockbuster entertainment about superheroes and spaceships, it turns out nobody actually has any imagination.

It's kind of worse than this. In the last 6 months I can't recall hearing a new "progressive" idea. When was the last time you heard one? The next one you're likely to hear about is equal rights for Whatever nominal fetish or sexuality you want to invent. Being progressive is no longer about advancing everyone, just your own tiny and inconsequential agenda. Seriously, hit me with an idea that's not either been talked to death a billion times over for decades. If you can pull out anything more helpful to everyone than "Equal rights for furries" I'm all ears.





I am not implying V3x or Howl are furries. I am insinuating it.

I keep hearing about basic income, far more than right for various marginalized groups.  I have my doubts about whether universal subsidization of consumption is the best idea, but it is at least an idea.

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Antifa is a Russian construct. It was created to discredit the American Left.

The whole catch is that it "can't be viewed as terrorism" because it terrorizes for the left.

Stop placating asinine political ploys, idiots.

"The enemy of my enemy is my enemy."

So being opposed to Fascists makes you a Russian sympathizer, I think that makes even less sense.

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That being opposed to fascism now makes you a terrorist is so...American.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:04:23 pm »
I have been in an accident on my bicycle and broken my face. No time spent in the hospital more than the day of the occurance.  I don't remember much of the day (yesterday) because I got a fairly serious head injury and that is kind of fucking with me.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: July 27, 2017, 04:50:01 am »
I haven't posted here in forever, and few of you probably remember me.

But like. I wanted to say this place, among others, confirms how obvious I was.

I found out this year I'm a transwoman, and this avatar itself is of a transwoman. All my avatars for years were women (save one video game character just recently).

It's just so fucking weird how long it took me to realize this. So naturally I want to tell Discordians about it.

Oh no,  prepare to decide that the majority of Discordians are transphobic.

(hint, they are not)

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RPG Ghetto / Re: My latest campaign
« on: June 11, 2017, 08:24:17 am »
After a couple hours of travel the ship discovered a canoe with a lone arawak, armed with a bow and arrow.  The inhabitant said she was scavenging materials for making herbalist potions from.  They continued their journey and put into the port of Montserrat,  there Olaf spoke to the magistrate about his acquisition of the ship and had it registered as his in French colonial territories.  They then recovered the Liberte, the ship of Black Bart, and his remaining dozen crew members and, after returning to Mont Serrat, recruited 30 new crew members including an enthusiastic dragon hunting fencer named Pierre.

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Apple Talk / Re: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:51:10 am »
My offspring is very into ASMR videos.  They make me feel kind of weird, but they are creepy enough that I can't watch one long enough to really evaluate my response without feeling gross so I don't quite understand what kind of weird.

They usually consist of a young woman whispering and doing things near the camera accompanied by the sounds those things might make. This includes things like shaving the viewer's face, massaging the viewer, or crumpling paper.  It's intimate in a way that is kind of uncomfortable for me, particularly in the company of my offspring.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:29:46 am »
I am working as a mason.  Well, general construction assistance, but at the moment I am assisting with masonry.  I am also building a teeny tiny castle from leftover rubble. So far the castle consists of an outline made of chicken wire.  I am excited about it and will probably post pics when it is done.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: My latest campaign
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:08:25 am »
In Saint Kitts Queequeeg and Herbert went to recruit crew, they found a few seamen and also (Irish name forgotten due to consumption of intoxicants during play to be inserted later) who was playing music to entertain the crowd in a tavern.  Glorm the demon returned to let Olaf know that he was unable to recover his ship, but he offered him 400 pounds of recovered ivory and a barrel of whale oil, as well as a pound of opium.  Queequeeg sent Kali to arrange a boxing match while Olaf and the bard went to court to settle the matter of the pirate ship that they were on.  Olaf told the court how they had acquired it and received a legal title in the eyes of the Dutch government.  The bard played music and the representative of the crown had his wig infested with fleas.  Olaf handled the gambling for Queequeeg's match, the bard played music which inspired the crowd to overconfidence and Olaf drummed up a vast quantity of people to bet and offered 2:1 odds favoring Queequeeg.  Kali found an aggressive dog, which attacked his gorilla, but he managed to calm it down and win it's grudging acceptance.  Queequeeg's opponent was overcome with lust, upon hearing the songs being sung to accompany the fight and switched from punching to grappling Queequeeg, he was thrown to the pavement and fell asleep as the song switched to a lullaby.

The boat headed south to find the ship of Black Bart, who had managed to seize it back from Billy Blood while Glorm was attempting to retrieve the whaling ship and gambling ensued.  The bard ended up badly in debt to the crew, some of which debt was settled in exchange for sexual favors the rest of which was simply held.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: My latest campaign
« on: April 16, 2017, 08:38:12 am »
The ship found a long boat with an East Indian man and a gorilla on board.  The man identified himself as Kali and declined to introduce the gorilla.  The ship headed east and managed to find the island of Antigua where they went to the jungle and Elysia, Queequeeg and Kali went into the jungle to try to find a shaman to cleanse Olaf of his curse.  They discovered a couple of pig traps, which Kali disassembled, and then set up camp on top of a hill to wait for the locals to arrive.  The locals arrived and brandished spears.  Queequeeg and Elysia dispatched a couple of the natives quickly, Herbert Wilcox appeared in the jungle from nowhere, apparently a glitch in his time travel spell, and dispatched another, in a rather dramatic fashion due to his high tech bullets.  Kali was taken down by a couple of spears but played dead briefly before arising to attempt to take advantage of the shock from the high tech death.  Elysia was taken down and althoguh she did not die she was unconscious.  Queequeeg chopped a man in half with the vibro blade weapon he had bought from Deskar, Kali's gorilla knocked a man through the air and Kali managed to get the natives to surrender.  Olaf had sent reinforcements when he spotted the fire and the reinforcements shot down several natives as they tried to escape.  They returned to the ship and sailed to the  port of Antigua where they rented a slave named Juan who spoke both Spanish and Carib.  Queequeeg gave assurances which were betrayed, by agreement from the crew.  He also rallied the crew behind him in a mutiny against Olaf's captaincy.  The ship headed west toward Haiti where Juan knew a voodoo bokor who could possibly cleanse Olaf.

The ship was waylaied by a Spanish Naval sloop which crippled them with a cannon blast.  Kali sent his crows, carrying rats that he had trained to chew ropes, over to chew the ropes from the sails and Herbert shot the helmsman.  Kali managed to repair the worst of the holes made by the cannon and the ship sped off while the Spanish were left faltering in the water.  They then encountered a flotilla of Arawak canoes, the Arawak were intially hostile but did no serious damage with flaming arrows before being persuaded to let the party know the location of their village on St Kitts.  The party made their way there where they learned of a remote valley in Mexico where great feathered beasts roamed and were told that the tailfeather of one of the largest of them, a monster with teeth as long as man's arm that stood on two legs with two little useless clawed arms, could be used to chase the demonic taint from Olaf.

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