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well even gun nuts call it gun porn
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Yeah, but not any important people or their kids. Just the expendable ones.

Very disappointed this was not Holiday in Cambodia
I don't think you really thought that though
but that does not make sense ksen
imo he's actually one of the better academic writers but it's still academic writing.
Oh I know me some academic writing

Actually, I'm reading belle hooks right now and goddamn can this academic write clearly and understandably. She's like the anti Foucault
Actually, on the topic of early US history, do you have any recommendations for books on the early settlement through the Indian War?

i'm not really sure what you mean by "the indian war" but since you're framing it that way:

Facing East from Indian Country and Before the Revolution, both by dan richter. be warned these aren't really written for general consumption (i.e., they're written for other turbonerds).
I bet his footnotes are really dry and take up pages by themselves.

Thanks, will order them up from the book pit
A people's history of the United States.
Have that one, but its been decades since I last read it. Will check the relevant sections when I get home, thanks PD
iirc, a young George Washington almost single-handedly started the French and Indian wars by being a brash idiot. 

there were tensions there, but diplomatic discussions underway to ease them.  Washington was sent to meet the French emissary.  instead of meeting as agreed, Washington randomly (?) decided to attack the french.  after subduing them, one of his Mohawk guides, apparently not on the same page as Washington, killed the French diplomat and ate his brains.  the French government didn't respond well to that and war ensued.

Was this before or after the French started building their chain of artificial islands from Quebec to England for a massive sneak attack?
oh my god.

"yeah more compromise to ease partisan deadlock, you know, like the 3/5th compromise" is political gallows humor for historians, not a real ideal holy shit

here is a good take to wash the taste out:
Going to have to read this.

Actually, on the topic of early US history, do you have any recommendations for books on the early settlement through the Indian War?
TWP dead RIP in piss you fucksticks
Fuck Chicago cops
I'm not surprised.  they hire tons of very bright people, give them all the fancy tools they could dream of, and tell them terrorists are going to blow up children if they don't crack this or hack that.
Hope they enjoy my library of halfassed memes that only mean anything here

So does this guy.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Pensions
I think its two issues. One, of course companies see their pension liability and think "my good that is soo much money I need another car", but its also due to pension funds not only being in the financial markets, but they are relatively heavy hitters and prefer long term growth vs. short term cash bonuses.

As a university employee I'm just one step removed from being a direct employee of the government, and so still have a really nice defined benefit pension. It might suck having such a big chunk of your pay go into the pension each cheque, but the university matches it 100% and I have guaranteed income for life. Most people are idiots about money and never think long term about savings so having this (or greatly expanding SS, whatev) is pretty essential.

OTOH cat food sales will probably crash
whoa, I thought that was Pachino, crazy times