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  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    "if you pre-ordered this book, have you received any updates" UPS dropped my Amazon pre-ordered copy of Empire Games on my front porch at 10 am this morning (Jan 17th). Upstate NY. As for the Word thing' (1) If it's...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    "Would the Army respond to an unconstitutional order". They would find every way at every level to drag their heels and "accidentally" fail to execute commanded tasks. It wouldn't be hard to mask and make the whole thing palatable enough...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I think repealing the 19th is way down the list. A lot of other things have to happen before that becomes feasible. There are plenty of easier and less obvious ways to make America a developing nation again....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    We've been captured by the secret police in a police state. Let's just take some tea and breath deeply. We probably won't end up in a shallow grave, we'll only be beaten up and maybe have a few bones broken....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Porn is not a lens to view anything. It is by it's nature a distortion designed to affect the sex drive, which is already an illusion and a distraction from real things, like a wire straight into our brains that...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That depends on what the Supreme Court says about the constitutionality of compelling the votes of electors. I would imagine Trump will appoint someone deeply interested in democracy, so that's not a road block....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Socialist is, as socialist wants to do. A social liberal (American "liberal") and a social democrat (American "progressive") may both agree on a specific policy for here and now, such as minimum wage, but they have different goals in mind....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    What could happen is the Army could be sidelined and the dirty work could be done by paramilitary militias. Also, while it would be difficult to impossible to de-diversify the Army as a whole, someone with influence on the inside...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Also there's this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckservative...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Asceticism is when nobles decide to live like peasants and make a big deal about it....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Kind of like what Emilio Estavez's character does in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_(film) except using a computer instead of an uzi....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    3/4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_amendment#Federal_constitution...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Re OP call for solutions to the eyeballs mess. Bot counterattack. New ap that lets you select sites, or types of sites, that you like or support. The ap constantly clicks on those sites whenever your device is inactive. Only...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Another thing. A word about moderation. A lot of people fall into extremism in the effort to avoid becoming what they perceive as "moderates". The problem here is another one of labeling. Some people arrive at moderation through averaging or...
  • Commented on A reminder
    That's what happens to EVERYTHING. Every organization is entirely composed of spies from other organizations and similarly every adherent of any ideology is a secret (even from themselves) fifth columnist for other ideologies. Even tricks are themselves double layered tricks....
  • Commented on A reminder
    In America, Trump per se is just a symptom of a much deeper and more troubling illness. And that isn't even just cultural fascism, it's much simpler, older, and thus more dangerous and robust. It's the fact that the system...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Another labeling problem. Taxonomic labels are subject to abuse for rhetoric and propaganda. One of the most effective strategies is a version of the bait and switch. The original bait and switch is where a merchant advertises an item on...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Confirmed, the American term for a glass horticultural building is "greenhouse". To an average American the first thing the term "glasshouse" brings to mind is the adage about "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"....
  • Commented on A reminder
    People are a mixed bag of different drives, many mutually contradictory at the same scale as Eco's fascism is full of eclectic contradictions. Different characteristics worked at different times in the process of evolution, so what we get born with...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The progressives who got things done always did it with the understanding that they could make a good deal by creating something eternal by sacrificing something temporary. This is to be contrasted with those who jump to the end, as...
  • Commented on A reminder
    It's not primarily any of those loaded (but essentially right) questions. It's the idea that things are supposed to be a certain way and that is being undermined, which it is. Propagandists are happy to supply targets to blame for...
  • Commented on A reminder
    --History doesn't circle, it spirals. Same old thing with a new twist. --Traditional media are getting consolidated, but the internet undercuts that. So, internet, watch your back....
  • Commented on A reminder
    I thought "medieval" aka "middle ages" covered the whole period roughly from the fall of the western roman empire to the final fall of the eastern roman empire (or the plague of 550 to the plague of 1350) with the...
  • Commented on A reminder
    America is in the ME because (1) a bunch of people hate us, so let's give them soldiers to shoot at instead of American civilians. And do it at their place, not ours. (2) you have to keep in practice...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Well, the idea is that it's a sort of moral code. Everyone treats everyone else on the basis of their evaluation of their morality and competence, while at the same time rendering benefit of the doubt to current status. So...
  • Commented on A reminder
    There is a huge evidence base regarding the effects of universal basic income. It's called retirement. The segment of people on some form of pensions is a huge test group. Or did I misunderstand? The only issue with extending what...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Agree. It isn't the lobbyists that are the problem, it's the creeping rigging of the system (to borrow a phrase) to make the lobbyists with the money so influential....
  • Commented on A reminder
    To qualify: As I understand it from the Huffington Post, race based discrimination is only one necessary component of racism. There also has to be a power dynamic. That is, the race based discrimination is only racist if it's being...
  • Commented on A reminder
    In the US the contest between the two parties has been for our left and right to compete to court the middle. But there are huge populations for whom ideas independent of the unidimensional left-right spectrum are vital. It is...
  • Commented on A reminder
    This is how my mother (who recalled the FDR era upside down raised arm flag salute) explained it to me, and how I understand it and thus why it's not necessarily a bad thing. The pledge of allegiance emerged as...
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