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  1. Got to see Pemberton in the Boston live podcast when Duncan did that whole slew of themy over a few months. And we also got to see him open for Duncan on his comedy tour. Dudes legit funny and surprisingly insightful beneath a lot of his jokes. I just really enjoy listening to this prick. Also, I find Son of Zorn to be legit funny but also creepy because of how easy it is to believe Pemberton is a high school student.
  2. He was Josh on here, I think. Got banned for something.
  3. I enjoy booze. I'm into single malts and port for the most part. Big belgian beers appear ib my home pretty often. Vodka on occasion.my liquor cabinet is pretty sweet. I'm pretty terrified of alcoholism. So I simply have a small glass of whisky and put the bottle away. I have two beers, or one cocktail and put the booze away. The only times I ever get anything past buzzed is when I go out with friends for a bash, which happens twice a year maybe. We all crash at someone's house or have designated drivers in our spouses take care of us. Just about exactly a month from now we have a party scheduled so ill get black out drunk, crash, and spend the entirety of Sunday hating myself. Fuck it, twice a year ain't that bad. That's what I always tell myself, hah. I've been in a discussion with a friend because we disagree on something. I think alcohol can be an entheogen and he vehemently disagrees. Thoughts on that?
  4. Somewhere Bannon is masturbating over aerial photos of the ruins of the Reichstag after its fire. An event Hitler used to get civil liberties suspended in Germany. These lunatics we have in Washington are absolutely hoping they get their own Reichstag Fire to grasp more power.
  5. Really well written and interesting. It's about the discovery of sulfa as an antibiotic. It was found with equal parts extreme scientific diligence, some luck, and one exceptionally banal decision by a researcher in France. At just over 350 pages Hager does what seems so difficult for a lot of non-fiction authors, he keeps it interesting and succinct and does not blather.
  6. Well, like I said, I don't necessarily think Trump is a fascist in the strictest sense.... maybe. But the people who seem to be most able to influence him are and a strong, authoritarian leader is absolutely needed to establish a fascist type of ideology. When you look at how Trump ran his campaign (literally led by Bannon in the end) and how he's approached the first month of his presidency, it's like he's running the fascist playbook step by step. And I don't think it's a coincidence. So is he authoritarian as opposed to fascist? Maybe, but on the path he's travelling he will have stumbled into fascist land soon enough. Whether it was his intent or not when his March started will be irrelevant because he will have arrived and he's too stupid and arrogant to turn around and run like he should.
  7. I feel like this is falling into the same trap Duncan fell into. Taking one sentence from the definition, applying it, and therefore everyone is a fascist. I disagree with this, it weakens the language. I do agree with the oligarchy stuff, however I don't believe this alt-right/fascist movement is a distraction, I think it's a legit, self-actuated movement. An actual backlash. I do think you're right where you said Trump is not a fascist, I think he's simply too dumb for it. But his closest advisor is. And his next layer of support is either the same or so morally corrupt that the distinction barely matters. The funny thing is that the Fascists, the alt-right, would call the left and traditional right the "globalist elite" with their free trade, free market ideals, the very antithesis of fascism. That is until they are accused of fascism, then the left suddenly become the "real" Fascists. Don't let them deflect like that. While we sometimes need new terms for legit reasons I don't believe this is one of those times. The words we have work just fine, we just need to be unafraid to use them correctly.
  8. I find this sentence incredibly interesting. Especially when it was followed with this. You see what I'm saying?
  9. No, absolutely not. We, as beings who use words to convey our ideas, need to fight this battle over words. The term "fascist" has a definition. The wiki article for fascism outlines the term this way: Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete, and they regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties.[7] Such a state is led by a strong leader—such as a dictator and a martial government composed of the members of the governing fascist party—to forge national unity and maintain a stable and orderly society.[7] Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature, and views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation.[8][9][10][11] Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.[12] I took a look at that wiki article about the various definitions of fascism. All those people use different words, different phrasing, different styles of language. They differ around the edges but broadly they all would overlap quite a lot on a venn diagram. The differences, broadly speaking are irrelevant. We can't let the fasctist muddy the definition. We can't let the Fascists change the definition of the term to encompass the resistance and allow the term to become meaningless. Don't let those assholes do this. Punch Nazis. Always punch Nazis.
  10. Y'all look back a little too fondly.
  11. Interesting. I don't really enjoy horror in the sense of horror movies or King/Koontz type novels. But I do tend to appreciate uncomfortable things, which may be in line with what you're talking about. My favorite movie is Apocalypse Now and it is not a horror movie but when I first saw it, I was deeply unsettled by it. A similar thing happened with Platoon and Full Metal Jacket. Something about peeling the mask off and shwing what human beings can become when thrust into situations of unrelenting existential pressure. There are other movies, books, etc, that explore these sorts of topics but I tend to feel that when well done and honest movies set in wartime provide an almost perfect backdrop to express these themes in vivid, striking, unflinching detail. Lord of the Flies, maybe? Some of the stuff explored in Black Mirror?
  12. I don't know, y'all are talking in circles a bit because it feels like we are defining words differently. A common issue, if that's an accurate thought. As I read this thread, especially the first page, I just kept thinking you're talking around Taoist ideas. With the cracker game example, striving to be good at the cracker game (to cum first, to win) is not a 'right action' in this context. You may be god at the cracker game, be good at coming fast in the context of a contest, but that effort detracts from your overall happiness because while training you have neglected other aspects of your journey. You have stepped from the stream and anchored yourself in place. verse 22 immediately came to mind: (from my favorite translation) Therefore the sages cling to the One and take care of this world; Do not display themselves and therefore shine; Do not assert themselves And therefore stand out; Do not praise themselves And therefore succeed; Are not complacent and therefore endure; Do not contend and therefore no one under heaven Can contend with them
  13. Everything goes on the big burner. Everything. My big burner has a dual element in it. The knob has two separate temp ranges. First range controls the smaller element and only the center heats up. Second range ligjts up the whole thing. I put small pots on the big burner and always use the big burner setting. Like a goddamned barbarian of the steppe. I throw caution to the wind. Go big or go home, people.
  14. That being said, I tend towards optimism.