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How fragile it all is

How fragile it all is
April 24, 2013, 06:37:37 PM
A few days after the Boston marathon blew up, this happens.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/23/ap-tweet-hack-wall-street-freefall

One Syrian guy hacks into AP's fucking Twitter account and sends the stock market into the toilet.

What if theyd hacked Rueters as well? And UPI, maybe WSJ. Full on fucking panic.

If they did that at the same time the bombs went off? Stock market collapse, panic.

If they also shut down the water supply, blew up a refinery, or shut down the phone system? This place would explode.

I feel really vulnerable

Re: How fragile it all is
April 24, 2013, 06:59:52 PM
How I loathe that word: "vulnerable".
Doesn't such a state occur when you allow yourself to depend upon something that is utterly undependable?
This is why conservatism so embraces the idea of consequentialism. You can depend only upon yourself and your own considered actions.
I guess we can all feel vulnerable sometimes. But any time I feel that way, it makes me angry enough that I can overcome feeling vulnerable. Death before feelings of vulnerability :)

Squawk!

Phoenix

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 04:58:45 AM
Doesn't such a state occur when you allow yourself to depend upon something that is utterly undependable?
This is why conservatism so embraces the idea of consequentialism. You can depend only upon yourself and your own considered actions.

I don't see how you can identify a 'self' to 'depend' on.
If you have something to protect then you are vulnerable, and you have too much.
If you have to depend on something then how things unfold is insufficient,
you have to enforce your personal standards onto objective circumstances.
Your body, your brain, your money, your wits, these things are all fleeting,
susceptible to deterioration. But if there is only you,
then the only thing to be vulnerable to is yourself.
One really is quite vulnerable if they allow themselves to always let go.
Humility to one's own self, power over everything else, wisdom to live harmoniously.

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 05:01:38 AM
I guess you never got punched out by a gang of skinheads.
Lucky you.
Squawk!

Phoenix

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 05:20:10 AM
Oh I've been through the wringer, though I'm not sure what the relevance of that is.

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 05:26:23 AM
It means all the new-agey stuff doesn't count for much when reality steps in.
Squawk!

Phoenix

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 05:28:13 AM
I agree with you there, I ain't no fluffy bunny. I eat fluffy bunnies for breakfast, in fact. Delicious.

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 05:35:18 AM
Easy on the bunny-talk:
I've been looking after a sick bunny for a year now, and the little sucker still isn't healed.
But my wife loves it, and so we must continue to serve its every need.
So we do.
Squawk!

Re: How fragile it all is
April 26, 2013, 01:27:47 PM
Well you know what you have to do now, kill your wife

A song to help you along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIWi_-jBRew