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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2000: gore/Lieberman vs Tom Kean Sr/William Weld on: September 28, 2016, 10:54:57 pm
It doesn't matter. Nothing matters.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of Russia Today on: September 28, 2016, 08:36:36 pm
Russians have done little to change our attitudes, why should we change our sentiments when they haven't changed anything?

Because it reeks very strongly of Cold War nostalgia, which is extremely dangerous thinking.

Extremely fun thinking!
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: September 28, 2016, 06:06:45 pm
Take a club to the machines and rip up all trade deals.

Basically this (although maybe not rip up all the trade deals).

This is non-negotiable. We must achieve autarky.

     I suspect you're right on this. If other countries have replaced their workers with machines and we've chosen the path of frame-smashing, I'm not sure how we could compete with them in terms of trade. At that point, automation will have proven cheaper than traditional labor.

Automation is the final stage of the ritual sacrifice of human dignity that has been taking place in the west for fifty years. UBI would keep the victims alive but they would be reduced to an impoverished and alienated consumer class. Anything that can be done to stop it must be done. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 28, 2016, 04:21:11 pm
Let's stop this "new poster solidarity" here and now.
5  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Probably, the New York Times and the Economist will endorse Hillary Clinton on: September 28, 2016, 08:27:59 am
Since it endorsed democrats in the three most recent elections, there would be a bigger probability to endorse a republican this year.

I'm no math major, but that's not how statistics works.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 28, 2016, 12:10:53 am
Pissed beyond all belief. Tonight was voting for bids and I showed up late because, despite the duties of the presidency, I'm basically on autopilot this year and opted to grab dinner with a girl who's my year and a decent friend of mine (obviously, there are some quasi-ulterior motives; a recurring character since November last year), instead of showing up on time for voting. I got back to my house right after a kid I really wanted to have join got voted down: CJ major, related to people from my school, likes flannel and boots, likes classic rock and hates contemporary country pop, etc. Tried to pull a dick move and have a revote, but the idiot electorate wasn't having it; all the guys that would've vouched for him were off-site too but for my ex-roommate (who totally would'a given him to me as a second little). Eh, whatever. If we have a winter rush, I'll try to get him to come out. Otherwise, hoping to get the army vet as my second little. Whatever. Thank God rush is over with.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 27, 2016, 07:43:05 am
Leafing through "Classics of Criminology" at work because I'd rather be designing Intro to Soc curriculum than taking ostensibly useless classes. Tongue

Also, I'll hopefully be meeting with my thesis/academic adviser between classes today. He better've read my dogsh#t draft.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the preceding poster a poltroon or not? on: September 27, 2016, 06:48:39 am
Shut this down. All you people are doing is handing out compliments to each other.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who is Bernie Sanders closer to ideologically? on: September 26, 2016, 11:21:46 pm
Write-in: Karl Marx
Learn the difference between communism and democratic socialism.

Seriously: where the eff is the violent revolution promised us!?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who is Bernie Sanders closer to ideologically? on: September 26, 2016, 10:56:16 pm
Who cares?
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Seriously? Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: September 26, 2016, 01:52:50 pm
Yeah, Huma should just be fired because her husband sucks. Fersher.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 26, 2016, 10:41:23 am
Submitted the final paper for my directed studies graduate course "Roots of 21st Century Conflict". This'll allow me to refocus on my honors thesis.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: You Can't Shoot An Idea on: September 26, 2016, 07:02:17 am
Great updates! That's a *lot* of liberals in Dew-man's cabinet!
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 25, 2016, 11:31:44 pm
Why are people taking this seriously?
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ideologically describe:Kerry-Paul-Obama-Paul-Obama-Paul-Sanders-Trump supporter? on: September 25, 2016, 11:28:16 pm
White male.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 25, 2016, 10:30:05 pm
Seeing as Santander hasn't taken up the challenge, we must conclude that he's a coward and a poltroon.

He's probably not moved by an internet bully trying too hard.

An important step in easing communication between yourself and the rest of the forum is to internalize the norms and cultural vocabulary of the community. The (in-forum) reference is at least as old as a previous challenge to a trollish poster, and may even predate that!
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Seriously? Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: September 25, 2016, 08:26:18 pm
Guys, guys... Everything sucks, okay? We don't need to argue that sh#t's sh#tty and that's all that sh#t is, m'kay?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has any Atlas users held public office? on: September 25, 2016, 08:15:12 pm
Two-time Elections Inspector for Springfield Township, MI. I was forced to abdicate my assigned role for November due to a Monday night class and a Tuesday night class.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 11:15:10 pm
Oh well. That is something we won't be able to agree about. Tongue

'S the way she goes.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 11:04:30 pm
Oh, I'd love to be in a PhD program and will probably apply once I take the GRE, but I'd hate to be pigeonholed into academia in my 20's. At mobile, so I'll pontificate later.

Re: Pontification, since I promised it.

I suppose the reason for the occasional alignment of our views is twofold. The first (1) is obvious: we're both semi-introverted white males with interests in the social "sciences" and at least slightly interested in academia. This, most obviously, leads to a certain sense of isolation. Secondly, it may lead to a certain amount of cynicism in the ability to obtain employment in the "regular" spheres of life. Secondly, despite our different worldviews, we're both suspicious, to some extent, of radical individualism. This is, in your case, the result of your social democratic politics. In my case, it's the result of a conservative discontent with the modern, and my association of the modern with the... shall we say, absurdly individualistic. Other concepts, like various secular manifestations of some sort of "original sin", are also exemplary. This also results in a preference for some sort of communitarianism, though yours might be a bit friendlier than mine.

That makes a great deal of sense. I think that's about right.

The only thing I'd clarify is that I'm actually fairly happy with my life. I have a lot of concerns for my future, but usually I'm able to remove it and focus on the present, where things for me are frankly going as well as I have any right to hope they can be.

One thing I find funny is that, to me, fraternities embody the very worst of modernistic hyper-individualism, so I find it interesting that you're so much into them.

Not to get too, eh, specific, but as a Greek Life administrator, the basic issue you deal with is campus/national oversight versus chapter tradition. The decision to enforce federal law on fraternity property and implement a system of rationalistic, modern, and liberal norms within a fraternity house, is, naturally, repugnant to my sensibilities and poses a vile threat to the premodern tribalism that binds man to fellow man in a way that modern, secular "human dignity" will likely fail to do so.

The above is written rather tongue-in-cheek, but hopefully you get the point. Anthropologically, it's a great example of one of the last bastions of all the things I know and love. The preponderance of premarital sex and certain norms vis-a-vis how to interact with women is, of course, not entirely up my alley, but I'm a good administrator and enjoy cheap rent and drinking, so eh. We're a small school and, as such, the stereotypical image of the "frat guy" is treated rather sarcastically here. My little joked the other day that we ought to plant a string of Hillary/Kaine signs on Kappa Delta Rho's property because it would cause them to go into conniptions--their attempt at manufacturing a "frat" image permanently spoiled by the least "frat" thing imaginable (one joke about them being that they literally buy all their clothing from totalfratmove.com).
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Celebrity President: 2020 (Primaries) on: September 24, 2016, 10:56:50 pm
That Voight picture reminds me of my Intro to Sociology professor. He was a Sigma Pi!
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 10:52:18 pm
Also: taking notes on "Central Asia: 130 Years of Russian Domination, a Historical Overview" while drinking a six pack of Blue Moon because life is a meaningless vacuum punctuated by base pleasures. As classic, waiting on that text-back, yo. Tobacco? Sadly, no.

EDIT: Gah, why are there so many chapters to this thing!?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 10:32:17 pm
The key is to listen to that maddened, howling part of you that claims to know with utter certainty that you will die alone, and be willing to compromise everything, including your dignity, to avoid that scenario.

I find it fascinating how our worldviews are almost polar opposites yet there are one or two specific things we're in perfect agreement over.

I saw you posted my remarks to the Silvermine. I'm unsure why: I essentially argued that you should listen to that groveling voice in your head telling you to supplicate yourself to any woman due to your sheer fear of loneliness. I don't necessarily view it as good advice so much as representative of my own pathetic situation. Nevertheless, I appreciate your approval.

I thought it was pretty obvious that the main reason I silvermined this post was because I felt it spoke to my own pathetic situation as well.

Although my reading of it differs slightly in that 1. I find it applicable to all forms of social interaction, not just romance, and 2. I'm not and will never interpret it as an encouragement to actively seek out people (as that would be creepy) but merely as one to never reject people out of spite or pride.

Sound enough, I suppose.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 10:31:15 pm
Oh, I'd love to be in a PhD program and will probably apply once I take the GRE, but I'd hate to be pigeonholed into academia in my 20's. At mobile, so I'll pontificate later.

Re: Pontification, since I promised it.

I suppose the reason for the occasional alignment of our views is twofold. The first (1) is obvious: we're both semi-introverted white males with interests in the social "sciences" and at least slightly interested in academia. This, most obviously, leads to a certain sense of isolation. Secondly, it may lead to a certain amount of cynicism in the ability to obtain employment in the "regular" spheres of life. Secondly, despite our different worldviews, we're both suspicious, to some extent, of radical individualism. This is, in your case, the result of your social democratic politics. In my case, it's the result of a conservative discontent with the modern, and my association of the modern with the... shall we say, absurdly individualistic. Other concepts, like various secular manifestations of some sort of "original sin", are also exemplary. This also results in a preference for some sort of communitarianism, though yours might be a bit friendlier than mine.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 24, 2016, 09:57:41 pm
The key is to listen to that maddened, howling part of you that claims to know with utter certainty that you will die alone, and be willing to compromise everything, including your dignity, to avoid that scenario.

I find it fascinating how our worldviews are almost polar opposites yet there are one or two specific things we're in perfect agreement over.

I saw you posted my remarks to the Silvermine. I'm unsure why: I essentially argued that you should listen to that groveling voice in your head telling you to supplicate yourself to any woman due to your sheer fear of loneliness. I don't necessarily view it as good advice so much as representative of my own pathetic situation. Nevertheless, I appreciate your approval.
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