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Crap – my last email went out as a new post. Not sure how I did that…
I was wondering why nobody was online lately, but I know I’ve been all lately myself. So, I came back to the good ol’ forums and I’m online now! 😀
I get labor day off (how ironic! lol) so I’m here for a few nights, too.
I can now be available Sat evenings, 9:00Pm, PDT and would like to be an alternate for the High Time Hitmen, as requested by IllGotti, and HB
Yep – since our other team member ceases to exist we’d like SF to be a sit in. Should be pretty easy to arrange. Peanut – you’re still in charge of the tourney right?
Don’t forget that ILLGotti, Spitfire78, and I (Human Bean) are on a team! 😀 We don’t have a name yet, but we arrrrrrr finding a good pirate one soon!
Arrr, we be a pasture of land lubbing muppets and need a capt’n and a wench. Me skurvy dog Spitfire and I stole dis galleon. Who be up for treasure, just say arrr to join our crew!
CrunchMarch 9, 2009 at 6:02 am in reply to: the past 3 months…..economic collapse….and….cassini #55210
DeathBal – I completely agree with you. I think our views are almost identical; at least in the respect of government as we know it. You are right – I meant we’re a democratic-republic. A pure democracy, as tested out in Greece originally, had such large transactions costs that it failed.
Boy – You scare the hell out of me. 😀 Haha, just playing around. I agree with Str^^8 that the Bible has been translated over time so much that it is hard to tell. About 10 years ago I was much more into that, but remember reading that King James (for the KJ version) intentionally had parts of the new testament changed. For example, homosexually was added in as being sinful and drunkards, too. I’m just skeptical, but to each his own.
Str^^8 – Not sure I follow your argument over communism but government not having control over individuals lives? Hitler and Stalin; yes, these were extremes. But doesn’t a communistic structure promote dictatorship? There is no balance of power — power is concentrated in the government, and therefor dictatorship results.
Only one thing can definitely happen:
God speaks right before 2012 and says, “I told you ****ing Mayans to keep working on that calender! Thanks for… (world ends).”March 2, 2009 at 5:56 am in reply to: Stalk me once, shame on you. Stalk me twice… shame on me! #55451
Oh, Charred, for a funny link I last saw this – http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=38326. I got a kick out of it; the Onion has some good stuff here and there.
Fallout 3 was a great game – anyone play that yet?March 2, 2009 at 5:53 am in reply to: Stalk me once, shame on you. Stalk me twice… shame on me! #55450
Viking – That’s some really interesting information! I wouldn’t be surprised if some of that technology exists. I used to program (well, script PhP and wcCode, lol) and was pretty big into computers. I know how keyloggers and all those things work.
The scarier part is that without our consent, spyware gets onto our computers and does some horrible things! Its worse than viruses in some ways since information is collected about us rather than just killing our computer. If profiteering companies (usually shit ones) can do this, there is no doubt governments can remotely get into and monitor our computers. Nation-wide firewalls would then be set up to protect information between countries. Good thing I’m a boring person and don’t have much of a life, lol. 😀 I’m just white noise to them.
Has anyone seen Brazil? That was a genius movie. Terry Gilliam is such a brilliant writter/director.March 2, 2009 at 5:41 am in reply to: the past 3 months…..economic collapse….and….cassini #55204
Viking – Yes, a lot of anti-gun regulation has been passed through congress and more follows. I don’t have a problem with licensing who purchases what firewarm, but I do have a problem with the complete restriction of firearms. I don’t think complete restriction will go through under Obama’s term, though. Hopefully we won’t end up like Austraila though on this respect!
Ashes – Anti-smoking laws are a great example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_smoking_bans_in_the_United_States has a great history of states/counties passing these laws, and they’re an abomination. An owner of an establishment should have the right to run it how he pleases. This is why years ago we saw bars allowed for smoking, restaurants either banned it or had smoking sections, and publically run establishments banned it. Bars maximize profits, and to do so they competitively aim to please the majority of clientele. Private rights, in this case, have been taken away. The whole idea is founded that smokers bear a cost on others with second hand smoke, but the key is others have the option to either visit or not visit an establishment. If you don’t like the food, eat/drink elsewhere. If you don’t like the smoke, you have the choice to do the same. I’m not sure the reasoning behind this health-craze. It’s also shown up in that damned Super-Size me movie where McDonald’s lost so much brand name it removed Super-Size from their menu. Too bad they couldn’t sew the pants off that fool.
Our country has definitely moved away from libertarian ideals it was founded on (not the libertarian party, they’re crazy as a whole). Moral rules that existed at the start of our country have deteriorated over time (the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness; do unto others as you’d have you would have them do unto you; your right to swing stops at my nose; etc.). This started long ago, though – recall the bootleggers with prohibition? Eventually the government grows bigger, does take our rights away, and with time will collapse. I just hope it doesn’t happen in my lifetime; I wouldn’t want to live through that chaos! I thought the constitution would last longer.
Don’t get me wrong; I love my country… at least what it was founded on. I don’t think communism or socialism is an answer; I do think “democrazy” is the better option, but a better one lies out there. It is hard to know what is real/not real with all the propaganda – with a right wing FOX news show there will be a crazy left wing movie like Zeitgeist Addendum that puts together random facts and also skews them. To be heard, though, you have to be somewhat extremist in our country; nobody wants to listen to sound logic. 😀 I guess people just always need to see change.
Stil^^8 – Lol, I don’t think you’re left-wing. You sound more right-wing to me. But left-right-wing have really changed over the years. I mean, the democrats here were for free trade 15 years ago, but now they’re completely against it? Republicans are for corporate tax cuts now, but democrats were years ago? I think left and right-wing don’t mean anything as terms anymore. I used to think I was left-wing years ago, but now I realize I have neither, and I’m stuck on this earth. 😀February 26, 2009 at 3:34 am in reply to: the past 3 months…..economic collapse….and….cassini #55199
Human nature has gone through some big changes since the beginning:
We have gone from hunting mammoths and living in caves in the stone age to crucifying each other in the biblical ages and to exploring the secrets of the universe in modern ages… To me those are big changes in human nature…
I don’t see those as changes in human nature; I see those as changes in our ability to control resources around us. For example, early man hunted mammoths because it was the lowest cost way to eat – knowledge of agriculture was not available then. Rape still occurred, though, as it does now. Theft also did. The same throughout biblical ages and now. The only difference is that individuals have more power than before to impose costs on others. The cave man had to use a stick, but now a high-school student can acquire a machine gun and take out hundreds. THIS is what truly scares me – including governments incentives to obtain/acquire information (posted something on this in a separate topic). The arms race really opened our eyes to this problem… and, sadly, I know little of how to fix it. Technology, as anything, can be used for creation or destruction – but human nature has consistently done both.
Technically all that man needs to survive is food, water, shelter, heat, entertainment and health care… These can all be obtained in any system…
Anything else is just seeking perfection, and any path that seems to lead to perfection actually leads to death… So if the required needs can be obtained in any system, then I would seek the best one possible…which is definitely not capitalism and free market.
There is no such thing as wants, everything we think we want is just part of our needs.
Need is a commonly misused term. Ironically, most economists don’t like to use it. A need to us is just a “want” that would bring someone a high amount of happiness. Strange how different fields think, eh?
I am not a capitalist, but I do believe in free markets for the most part. You are correct in that free markets do not ALWAYS work, but most of the time they work very well. They work well under a certain set of conditions (I can list these if you want). Saying free markets never work, though, would be similar to saying that the Pope never shits because he’s holy.
Anarchy means power equality for all human beings… Let’s say a small group of people wanted to build a nuclear bomb. If there are more protesters than there are supporters of this, then the protesters win and the weapon is not built.
However, since power equality is very hard to cope with, due to the almost unchangeable aspect of our nature to seek power, it is very likely that those supporters will start a war…
That is why anarchy is almost impossible for humans, but it is the best possible system if we are able to change our ways… Next best system is Marxism, then socialism, then USSR communism, then Feudalism, and then Capitalism at the end below systems like Knowledge Economy and Participatory economy
You have really interesting views. I think power equality isn’t necessarily a bad thing myself. After all, this is initially how our (USA) system was set up politically. Each human is equal, indeed, and has inalienable rights. However, that doesn’t mean we’re all the same in our abilities, who is better at doing what job, etc. I think these two things are commonly confused in today’s world. Our founding fathers were genius in setting up a government with 3 branches which balanced power, and setting up a constitution. Some things since then have changed, and duly so.
If worse comes to worse, we will be back in a system of pure anarchy (post-apocalypse world, like Mad Max). I hope that never happens. I think nature, in its course, requires it happen though. I just hope I don’t live through the worst part of it. 😀
I had a student once write a very interesting paper (all ideas, and very abstract thinking) about how government changes as humans work their way through Maslow’s hierarchy. When humans satisfy the lowest left (food), they then want to satisfy safety, so they build communities and small systems of police. From there, it works up… but no government (in my opinion) can allow all its citizens to experience self-actualization. Definitely an interesting paper.
Added George Bush and Jack Thompson!
Lol – Bush was a horrible president but a great clown. I’m really going to miss him for that.February 26, 2009 at 1:06 am in reply to: the past 3 months…..economic collapse….and….cassini #55197
Free trade is the worst system ever! It exploits workers and allows globalization. It might bring jobs, but it also brings out the worst in people… There is more corruption, deceit and arrogance in capitalism and free trade than in all the wars in history and pre-history combined.
I would choose Communist anarchy (anarchy with gift economy), but since it will take very long to mold human nature to cope with power equality, I choose the next best thing: pure, Marxist Communism without any contributions, as it is as good as it will get!
Oh no you didn’t. 😀 Wait, now. How can we mold human nature? It hasn’t changed since the beginning of man. Man has always been self-interested (some call this greed). Even income disparity to some extent (unlike communism) is efficient (and therefore good in my opinion) because incentive is created for lower income individuals to keep up with the Jones. Man will always respond to incentives that betters himself, and a system that provides these incentives (markets) but mitigates external costs (murder, theft, etc. through a well structure court system and police) has historically done the best. Even the poorest today are better off than the poorest years ago (yes, markets are a tide that raises ALL ships). Communism just doesn’t provide these incentives. I’m not saying a democratic-republic political structure is the best thing to promote this, but it certainly has surpassed other forms of government for all mankind.
In an anarchist-communist structure, where is the incentive for individuals to work if they are freely “gifted” necessities or wants? Free-riding behavior (obtaining the benefit without incurring the cost) just won’t allow for this. That’s why some government (not as much as we have) is needed to provide public goods (ones where free-riding would cause a market to fail in allocating them) like parks, national defense, libraries, etc.
Worse than where we are now?! What are you talking about? NASA is planning to dive Cassini into Saturn and risk igniting the planet, even though it is very unlikely that anything will happen; Obama, who may either be in league with terrorists such as Bush or Osama, or just doesn’t have enough power to end…
Wouldn’t much of this occur anyway under an anarchist-communist regime? What about the nuclear arms race with the USSR? Both the USSR and the US were guilty of this. What about the development of jet technology with Hitler and the experimentation on Jews and POWs? These things happen anyway. I haven’t read any compelling evidence that Obama is linked terrorits or Osama, btw. There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there… and like most conspiracy theories, they’re false.
I am not surprised so many WW1, WW2, cold and civil war veterans are suffering from nostalgia; conditions back then sound like paradise compared to what the future holds for humanity if we don’t change our ways…
Everyone who becomes nostalgic as they get older – go to a nursing home and you’ll hear those who fought in WWII recall the good old days of shooting Germans or Japanese down, etc. Age naturally makes us forget or mitigate the bad and miss the good. I think psychologically it is normal as when we become older we have less things to look ahead to, so look a the future like sour grapes and more optimistically view the past. I’m not a psychologist though – so I could be wrong. 😉
Where is George W. Bush as an option?
Haha, why prepare an underground bomb shelter when you can live in Vault 101? (Fallout 3 was such an AWESOME game). I’m actually preparing for zombies here.
Well, it has been a few days after the molt but Renae (Yep, def a she-ped. Renae is Latin for reborn :D) still looks similar. I wonder how quickly they molt after a molt? She’s still finicky, hiding a lot, and not hungry. If anyone knows anything about centipedes (hard to find info!) lemmi know. 🙂
She might get hungry soon, though – one of the mice was preliminarily kissing his ass for some reason.
Happy un-Birthday Shy! I guess I’m a bit late – but you have 363 more of those to go. 😀
Your present is um… if I shoot at you, I’ll miss at least once on purpose. LOL.