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Messages - Doktor Howl

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I think modern Nazis are more the result of

"Everyone I don't like is a racist.
Hitler, a known Nazi, was a racist. 
Racists are like Hitler. 
Racists are Nazis. 
Everyone I don't like is a Nazi."

Try talking with some self described nazis, they aren't all that hard to find.

You can't swing a fucking dead cat without hitting two Nazis and an apologist.  So three Nazis.

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Apple Talk / Re: Things I have learned in the last 6 months
« on: June 16, 2019, 05:38:47 am »
Bonus:

11.  Ian Anderson was a lying bastard and should be shot.

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Apple Talk / Things I have learned in the last 6 months
« on: June 16, 2019, 05:37:42 am »
1.  Don't put anything in your ear that's smaller than your elbow.
2.  A nation doesn't go bad in two years.  It was already rotten, it's just that you could ignore it because it wasn't happening to you.
3.  You can't go back.  Thomas Wolfe was a dumbfuck, but he got that right.
4.  A bacon sandwich is worth any number of coworkers.
5.  Simply Red AND the Moody Blues together are still not as good as Deep Purple.
6.  All humans should get on the bus.  WeeOOOWeeOOO.  Like right fucking now.  Fuck it, just go stand by the stairs.
7.  American Science & Surplus sells a de-weaponized bazooka.  I don't even know where to start with that shit.
8.  No matter how much you loathe people, they won't believe you really loathe them, because they are special.
9.  You apparently cannot kill humans just by loathing them.
10.  You can normalize anything, no matter how grotesque and orange it is.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:02:39 am »
So tomorow or Monday, I find out if I have in fact found the worst job yet.

Which would be better than what I have now.
I wish you luck, if that's appropriate.

Thank you.  I found out today that I do in fact have the worst job in the world now.   :)

Oof. Sorry to hear

I am remarkably okay with that.  It beats hustling for PLC programming gigs.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:02:02 am »
The Freak Crew rides again.

I have managed to lower the bar for morality yet again in the job I just accepted today.  Facilities maintenance for a company that builds weapons or something like that.  Needs staffing up, so I am looking to hire Billy, Angry Ed from the refinery days, and a couple of HVAC geeks.

Me:  "So, are you in?"

Billy:  "Fuck yes, I'm in.  When you said it was a morally-bankrupt job, I thought you meant it was connected to health insurance or some shit.  I can do arms manufacturing and not lose a wink of sleep."

For some reason, when reading this, an old expression came to mind: "It is better to be the right hand of the devil than in his path."

I'm not really a people person.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 15, 2019, 05:01:02 pm »
*Horror film concept: An insane neat freak gradually starts murdering all the people in their life who do not spark joy in them

*Superhero film about a character who is the logical extension of the Incredible Hulk from Marvel Comics and the Beast from the Unbreakable trilogy. The character has many different personalities and every one of them has a different superpower. The character would be stupidly overpowered if they were sane and able to use any of their powers at will, but as is each is tied to a different personality.

So the lady from Doom Patrol.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: June 15, 2019, 07:18:51 am »
So this afternoon I was talking to a guy I knew back in Chicago.  He was my friend's nephew, really smart kid.

Now he's got his masters in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and I was left in the dust.  I mean, it's not that I forgot all that much of math (I have), but that I never even heard of half the shit he's talking about.

I never thought of differential equations as "the end of the beginning," but I do now.

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I was more elaborating on addressing the OP than to the other subsequent responses, in the sense that despite what Trump says and does, he is not a Nazi, and despite American tendencies against Nazism, it does not equate with them not liking the centralization and abuse of power.


If they rant at the podium and hurl people into concentration camps, I don't see any actual fundamental difference.

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Please read Umberto Ecoís Ur-Fascism before you talk about Fascism as if it was just Mussolini.

Itís not that youíre entirely wrong, itís that youíre confusing two similar but distinct terms. Like talking about how democracy hasnít existed since the Roman Empire destroyed the power of the Greek city-states, because Athens was the only Democracy. Itís not entirely wrong, but it misses the point, hard.

In the same way, neo-Nazis are in fact not Nazis if you specifically use Nazis to refer to the members of the NSDAP. But they are no different in how they work or their beliefs than the NSDAPís membership, so calling them Nazis isnít really wrong either.

The only reason Iím making a big deal out of this is that modern fascists and Nazis have made a whole cottage industry out of semantic nitpicking of that very form. To the point that 9 times out of 10, someone who says there arenít Nazis anymore probably agrees with the Nazis we have now in some way. Itís a dog whistle, of sorts, and you are now aware of both why it is wrong, and why it is worth correcting.

Doesn't matter if they say they aren't actual Nazis if they are actual Nazis.  The only difference is they don't have the snappy Hugo Boss uniforms.

So they're just low rent Nazis.  Shabby.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 15, 2019, 06:42:17 am »
Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance

Complicit motherfuc...

There's no sense getting worked up about it now.  This is the new normal.  The republic is as dead as yesterday's fish sandwich.

The most you can do is wait and watch for a chance to stick your thumb in their eye.

Funny how it's always like one holdout--taking it for the team. Last time it was John Rose with the disaster relief bill :argh!:

One day, they will all be made to "sneeze into the basket," but I fear that day is not happening this month.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: June 15, 2019, 06:40:13 am »
I was born to be a James Bond villain, really.  I just can't seem to make it happen.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: June 15, 2019, 01:21:52 am »
Arms manufacturing is a tough one for me. I love the engineering of firearms, theyíre like little puzzle boxes, everything shaped and fit together just right. Then thereís the materials component, the ergonomics, weight considerations (for transport and for recoil), tuning of cycle rate, a billion tiny variables, it appeals to the little puzzle solving monkey in me in a deep, deep way.

If youíre talking about big boy toys, missiles are interesting to me from a propellant chemistry standpoint, and artillery is just really really big guns.

And yet my moral and ethical side wonít let me get involved with something Iíd find deeply personally rewarding and lucrative to boot. Not a fan of arming pigs, mass shooters or imperialist bastards. Not criticizing, we all need to eat, it just brought this particular conundrum to the front of my mind.

If it shovels primates off the planet, I'm really okay with it right now.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:06:58 pm »
The Freak Crew rides again.

I have managed to lower the bar for morality yet again in the job I just accepted today.  Facilities maintenance for a company that builds weapons or something like that.  Needs staffing up, so I am looking to hire Billy, Angry Ed from the refinery days, and a couple of HVAC geeks.

Me:  "So, are you in?"

Billy:  "Fuck yes, I'm in.  When you said it was a morally-bankrupt job, I thought you meant it was connected to health insurance or some shit.  I can do arms manufacturing and not lose a wink of sleep."

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:03:32 pm »
So tomorow or Monday, I find out if I have in fact found the worst job yet.

Which would be better than what I have now.
I wish you luck, if that's appropriate.

Thank you.  I found out today that I do in fact have the worst job in the world now.   :)

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The thing to realize is that humans are tiny, brutish things motivated almost entirely by fear and greed.

Gonna disagree.  Humans are - in their natural state - very, very small.  2,000,000 years of conditioning tell us to follow the loudest guy.

It's a firmware issue.  It worked fine when food was scarce and primal enemies hunted us.

It doesn't work so well anymore.  It is a perfectly good op code for constant threats.  It is less useful when there is no immediate physical threat.

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