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So a break-in happened a few houses down from my girlfriend's parents house, and the police were going around asking the neighbors if they saw anything.  They got to my gf's parents, and knocked on the door.  Gf's mom opens the door and greets the officer, and while they are talking, the family dog manages to escape.  The dog (Buster) got out onto the porch and was growling at the cop, and the cop decided to go right up to Buster and try to grab him.  Buster nipped the cop on the ankle and backed off.  Cop swears, takes a step back, pulls out his pistol, and in what is clearly an act of revenge and absolutely not self-defense, shoots Buster three times, killing him.

Cop goes to hospital, plays it up like the wound (which I was told barely broke the skin) was a huge thing.  The family, hysterical and wrecked (major animal lovers), file a formal complaint with the police department.  The police department, I'm guessing to strengthen their case in case they get sued, FINE the family a bunch of money for "out of control animal" AND charge them for the hospital bill despite the wound not requiring stitches or anything more than a fucking band-aid.

Buster, the 9 year old Australian Shepard, was a friendly family dog.  Great with kids, loved people, and was protective of his property from strangers.  He was absolutely NOT any sort of menace.  There wasn't a mean bone in his body.

And people wonder why I hate the police as much as I do.

This is why opening the door when the cops visit is a bad idea.  If you have a dog you absolutely should require a warrant, for the dog's safety.

Musk walks a fine line between genius and bankruptcy. Sooner or later he'll go under. I'm just hoping that doesn't dissuade the corporations that space is a fucking profitable enterprise.

It'd be nice if we colonised the galaxy as some kind of utopian star trek, greater good of humanity project but that's not going to happen. Human beings are neither great nor good, they're greedy little self centred fuckheads who will only engage in something if they can make a quick buck on it.

In the real world it's either greedy corporations racing for the mining rights to the asteroid belt and setting up overpriced chain restaurants in low lunar orbit or else humanity ends in this pathetic fucking gravity well we call Earth.

Either option suits me just fine.

Our president has shown that bankruptcy, without genius, can still be a path to success...

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Discordian Politics!
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:48:14 am »
You hope more molestors off themselves?


No I just meant the election results sorry. I wasn't thinking.

Can't say as I'd mind personally.  I am glad to see Republicans being voted out.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Discordian Politics!
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:41:57 am »
You hope more molestors off themselves? 

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:39:51 am »
The sentient magic sword that decides the chosen hero is, in fact, lecherous, jealous, shallow, and possessive, and chooses heros based on who it thinks is hot. The hero is the only one with a telepathic connection to this sword, and the sword controls his or her destiny.

It also speaks in whatever gender,accent, whatever is least likely to be attractive to the hero, an unfortunate side curse.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Universal Basic Income
« on: January 28, 2018, 02:50:08 am »
A UBI would have to be tied to inflation to work, high inflation isn't really a problem as long as society is geared toward it.  It does discourage saving currency, but that is a good  thing for the economy. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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