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Messages - nesb

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I think a lot of people will vote for Trump again, just to keep the show going. It's a fun twist-a-minute presidency. Like a TV drama, but watching it is fulfilling a civic duty?
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I have never read a Clickhole article but I get a good laugh from a lot of their headlines!

I read it. They're The Onion on crazy pills. Or crazier pills.

eta: although you basically get everything from the headlines.
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I have not studied this much, but are you sure that the monuments don't commemorate the North's crushing of states rights?

Read these: https://www.civilwar.org/learn/primary-sources/declaration-causes-seceding-states

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The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.
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Just as a reminder, Dave, a Nazi ran his car into a group of protesters and killed a woman. It's important that we consider what she might have done to deserve it, though, like stand up for Jews.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones Season 7
I think it's all fine except that they're rushing it, and the worst villains of the show are already dead, leaving us with Cersei and the White Walkers to root against. They're no Joffrey or Ramsay. I'd still like to see Melisandre get hers for killing Shireen, but for some reason the show writers are ignoring the fact she is probably literally the worst, Ramsay aside.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
That said, the man does love having his ego stroked, and the Nazis were literally dressing like him. So I'm sure he has a huge soft spot for them.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Trump's making the gamble that preserving his base is all he needs to do, and everyone else will forget all this like everything else he's done. Which is probably a safe bet.

I think this is making it much more of a calculation than what it actually is, which is that Trump doesn't think anything he says can possibly be wrong, or that there can be anything wrong with people who support him.

He's shown some contempt for his supporters before. In the phone call leaks, I believe he said the wall was the least important thing, but the most important thing for him politically. Same with him saying openly, at a rally, that he originally thought "drain the swamp" was stupid. He's not cunning, but he's executing the Bannon strategy, which he does understand.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Trump's making the gamble that preserving his base is all he needs to do, and everyone else will forget all this like everything else he's done. Which is probably a safe bet.
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So is 'biotruth' like racerealism?

Save that the term "biotruth" was always intended as a pejorative, afaik, and not a straight-up portmanteau of biological truth.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I mean, I guess he is a wartime president, since Afghanistan is still a thing, but technicalities.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
We should declare war on the moon. Trump can be a wartime president without consequence, save maybe NASA gets more funding, and maybe we blow up the moon.
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The main driver of unhappiness is goats is over-stimulation. Running hither and thither, foraging, standing on things, and generally doing goat things. Keeping them in a small cage limits this self-destructive behavior, and allows them to find sort of a goat zen. A deeper sense of tranquility and contentment. Okay, I can't even keep typing this nonsense.
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Queen Nefertiti  thinks she knows more about herbivores than I do but she's never owned one in her life.

Meanwhile, here's the latest iteration of the Robopen.



Goats, rabbits, and chickens all mixed together and doing fine.   None of the three species are getting any commercial feed anymore and they seem to be fine.

Do you let your goats out often to exercise? I'm sure you've said somewhere in one of these threads before, but I can't scroll through 1,000 million pages for answers.
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Quote from: uncool
So he wasn't arguing against empathy (or more specifically, affective empathy) as a good thing, but that it can be the wrong tool to use.

I'm not really getting that. He doesn't say anything positive about it at all.
It's in the choice of words: "de-emphasize", rather than "forget", or "don't use", or anything like that. To be more specific than what I said above - he is saying that empathy is an overused tool in discussions about diversity. That's not an argument against empathy entirely.

Do you agree with him?
On what?

What dude said wrt empathy. As it applies to society, though, as opposed to Google corporate culture.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Or so I heard on On the Media or something like that. Which I trust is right in all things.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
The president has to send the order down the chain of command, but nobody has the authority to overturn it along the way.
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Or they sacrifice someone to turn around the string of bad harvests?

Human sacrifice will be a feature, not a bug, as conflict will be cut off preemptively for fear of the priest kings, looking down from their temple/basketball-facility in the commons.
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VoxRat will, of course, provide musical accompaniment to the various displays of combat prowess and divine favor. Trying, as he does, to get out of doing animal chores.
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Ultimately, these things will be settled by ritualized combat among family heads in the commons.
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I'd like to think "fire and fury" was an subconscious allusion to "sound and fury", from Macbeth: "It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing."
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Quote from: uncool
So he wasn't arguing against empathy (or more specifically, affective empathy) as a good thing, but that it can be the wrong tool to use.

I'm not really getting that. He doesn't say anything positive about it at all.
It's in the choice of words: "de-emphasize", rather than "forget", or "don't use", or anything like that. To be more specific than what I said above - he is saying that empathy is an overused tool in discussions about diversity. That's not an argument against empathy entirely.

Do you agree with him?
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Quote from: uncool
So he wasn't arguing against empathy (or more specifically, affective empathy) as a good thing, but that it can be the wrong tool to use.

I'm not really getting that. He doesn't say anything positive about it at all.