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1  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: March 26, 2015, 08:32:48 am
Most recent reads:

Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut. A very great novel by an American genius, according to the first sentence of the introduction, written by Vonnegut himself. Cheesy Classic Vonnegut, mad collection of nonsense but contains a lot of moving and thought-provoking gems. I liked it a lot.

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck. Didn't like it initially but it grew on me and I learnt that it was quite historically significant as an inspiration for resistance movements across Europe during WW2 so I ended up liking it anyway.

The Passport by Romanian Nobel Laureate Hertha Müller. I might have been too dumb for this book. Didn't quite like the style it was in, random sex scenes and I did not engage with the characters. Interesting basic theme though, so there was that.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Issues Is The Forum Most/Least Knowledgeable About? on: March 26, 2015, 08:24:40 am
It's lucky that we have Marokai and Memphis and their extended travelling to the far corners of the globe to inform us about the real world out there.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Straight Thread on: March 25, 2015, 11:43:30 pm
This thread is not as bad as I expected.

Note on the half-serious topic: I was raised to hold up doors for women, but I make a conscious effort to not overdo it. Holding up the door for someone coming behind you is basic courtesy, but running around women to do it as if they aren't capable of even opening a fricking door is kind of patronizing.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on: March 25, 2015, 08:38:31 am
It's an amazing show. I love it and I'm impressed by how it manages to keep such a high level through so many episodes.

I'll also note that it warms my heart to see Atlasians of all stripes unite behind this show! Here in Sweden I've found many people failing to appreciate it.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 25, 2015, 07:50:50 am
Good news Bushie: It's time for you to give up:

"Diets do not work"

I actually believe this to be backed by a lot of data. The risks of mild overweight are way overblown. Bushie is a totally different case though.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Jewish Internet Defense Force on: March 25, 2015, 06:37:34 am
I might have a friend in it.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Madeleine & Anvi Gallery of Excellent Effortposts on: March 24, 2015, 06:59:20 am
Sam Spade is damaged beyond repair, so I thought I would set up a new one. Please do not argue in it and no short posts.

As long as people insist on being too cowardly to argue in real threads and instead opt for empty quoting into post mines, I think bringing the arguments there is perfectly legit.
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Help me teach my boss about Hinduism on: March 24, 2015, 03:56:10 am
Yeah Hinduism is not really comprehensible within the standard religion framework used in the West.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of The Sound of Music. on: March 24, 2015, 02:52:50 am
racist/fascist trash (normal): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AduaJaFoK9M

Got nothing out of that. Maybe it's an accent divide, but I couldn't seem to understand it. Seems he's basically saying that the Nazis are presented as upper-class and cosmopolitan, as opposed to the noble-hearted small town Austrians, and that this represents our fear of cosmopolitan Jews and how they would perceivably threaten our way of life. Seems like too far a logical leap to make. The depiction of the protagonists being kind-hearted, rural, small town residents being confronted by antagonistic, upper-class, urban, cosmopolitan, etc. is ages old and to my (albeit anecdotal and subjective) knowledge, it has little to do with anti-semitism. Obligated to vote Freedom Musical due to the absurdity of this argument.

Maybe that is because you're American. European anti-semitism and fascism is kind of defined by this notion which recurs in European culture all the time.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of The Sound of Music. on: March 23, 2015, 06:45:45 pm
racist/fascist trash (normal): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AduaJaFoK9M
10/10, great piece of performance art.

For once, Zizek may have a point. Tongue
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dubai or Ulan Bator? on: March 23, 2015, 06:45:09 pm
Having a close relationship with a Mongolian girl does bias me. That said, it is not my impression that Mongolia should count as a full democracy.

I've had their milk liquor, it was pretty nice.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of a person/butafly? on: March 23, 2015, 06:43:28 pm
I have gone from vaguely negative to quite positive.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TNF on: March 18, 2015, 04:56:33 pm
TNF needs to check his cis white male able-bodied privilege tbh and stop violating Atlas safe spaces

And Snowstalker's descent into right-wingery continues...

Critiquing petty bourgeois liberal identity politics from a materialist class-oriented perspective is hardly "right-wing".

Is there still a Sage garden or whatever for the kind of post where the author has no idea what any word he is using actually means?
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: March 18, 2015, 04:55:01 pm
I just wanted to chime in on the whole PC debate and say that I think almost everyone participating in it is wrong. Tongue

Political Correctness is often dumb, identity politics is a plague, but communism is worse and being a d*ck to people and ignoring discrimination is not all that edgy.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TNF on: March 18, 2015, 03:26:10 pm
HP (anti-genocide)
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Israel General Election Thread: March 17 2015 on: March 18, 2015, 03:22:49 pm
There's a very specific sort of incumbent victory that has a certain rather shabby feel about it isn't there?

Anyway, if we compare the provisional results to the final polls, if we accept that minor deviations are to be expected, then it's really only three parties with polling scores that look very clearly *wrong*: Likud, Jewish Home and Yachad. And that's the election explained, or something.

That's right. According to the last polls I've seen in Wikipedia, the right-religious bloc was expected to get between 55-57 and the left-Arab bloc 41-44. That's exactly what happened (though it ended up in the higher end for the former and the lower end for the latter). Most transfers have been internal to blocs.

THe problem with this analysis is that these blocs don't really exist. Had ZU beaten Likud decisively they would have had a decent shot at roping in Kulanu and/or Shas/UTJ and form a government.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What age did you first try marijuana? on: March 18, 2015, 07:55:41 am
It's just "yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh". Have you listened to that song? It's great.

I'm an old man who has no idea of what you're talking about


The relevant bit is at 7:45.

Oh, I see, you thought I was making a CSI joke.

"yeaaaah" + sunglasses = CSI joke. It cannot be otherwise.

I'm confused. Is this because a different Who song is the intro music for CSI?

The meme originates from CSI Miami. Basically, every episode would end with the protagonist, Horatio Caine, uttering some ridiculous one-liner, then putting on his sunglasses like this:

Then, it cuts to the end credits, which plays the song "Don't get fooled again" (ironically, the worst CSI show got the best Who song) at the point it says a loud "YEEEEEEAAAAAH".

Oh. I never watched the Miami spinoff. Then I get it.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Reaganfan Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: March 18, 2015, 07:54:57 am
My top 5 Party Choices:
1. Likud (I voted this way in the poll and my sig should make it obvs)
2. The Jewish Home
3. Kulanu
4. Yisrael Beiteinu
5. Shas

In other words, kill all Palestinians, amirite

You support Communism, you shouldn't talk about killing. Your movement has more blood on it's hands then any other ideology.

Yeah, but the difference is that the people killed by say, the Bolsheviks, weren't people who were systematically denied the right to have electricity in their homes, meaningful work, or adequate food. The Bolsheviks and co. actually killed people who did things that were pretty abhorrent and that would never have been held accountable for them otherwise. Were they always right? Definitely not. But they never set out to systematically eradicate an entire group of people because Russia was "god's gift" to them or whatever bullsh**t you Zionist-fascists go on about.

Killing is not in and of itself immoral. Everything is contextual. Wiping out the white armies that would overturn Russian democracy and enslave the people =/= wiping out Palestinians because they had the gall to live somewhere that a group of chauvinist imperialist-lackeys decided was their land.

Absurd defence of a group that eradicated so many groups based on pseudo-religious ideological hatred and obviously hyperbolic regarding the Zionists.

u mad

I didn't know that all the many millions of people killed by the USSR were rich. Ingermanland and Kazakhstan must have been the Switzerlands of their time!
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What age did you first try marijuana? on: March 18, 2015, 07:44:19 am
It's just "yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh". Have you listened to that song? It's great.

I'm an old man who has no idea of what you're talking about


The relevant bit is at 7:45.

Oh, I see, you thought I was making a CSI joke.

"yeaaaah" + sunglasses = CSI joke. It cannot be otherwise.

I'm confused. Is this because a different Who song is the intro music for CSI?
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Israeli Elections, 2015 on: March 17, 2015, 04:40:39 am
Ideologically I think Yesh Atid might be my first choice and I'd also consider Kulanu and Meretz but I'd vote for Zionist Union as a tactical vote against Likud.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Sports you like on: March 15, 2015, 09:36:42 am
everything except cricket.

22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: March 15, 2015, 08:59:37 am
While it seems morally correct to scrap this deal, the handling of our foreign policy is beginning to worry me. They seem to have no idea what they're doing.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of yourself on: March 15, 2015, 06:21:31 am
I will also note that there is something a bit...weird with not granting oneself an FF vote. If you genuinely think you're a bad person you should probably change.

What if my main flaw is precisely a strong tendency toward inertia? Tongue

(BTW, I still not voted in the poll - I genuinely can't imagine calling myself a FF or a HP)

Lol, well, I guess... Tongue

I just mean that there is a difference in being flawed and imperfect and being an "HP". I was going to make a point here but I think it's best not to, when I think about it. So this will have to remain a bit vague.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: March 15, 2015, 06:18:25 am
I agree with Gustaf about a sex-related topic (!!!!!!!).

Literally everything you can do with boobs you can do with butts.

I would never ever ever suck on a butt.


(recognizing this post for its simple truthiness)

I actually would think sex-related topics might be the one area where we would tend to agree. On what would we disagree?

25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Sexuality and Gender Identity? on: March 15, 2015, 06:13:27 am
transgirl. my orientation is kinda weird i mean i have turn ons but i have to have more than a few drinks before having sex with anyone sounds not-terrible so went with asexual there. proof i really should have been born with a vagina i guess
Are you under the impression that women require alcohol to want or enjoy sex? That's very much not true.

Careful now, it almost sounds as if the feminazis have put you under mind-control.
SHHH! The mind control things supposed to be a secret!

You know us men, hopeless blabbermouths. That's what makes us poor allies. Tongue
Hopeless blabbermouth indeed.  This was painful for me to read.  The cringe factor.

Well, if it caused you pain it did something good at least. Wink
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