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Interzone / Re: You are your grievance.
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:52:21 AM »
Either way someone gets hurt. Toss innocent people into a PC minefield or visibly mark those who claim victim group affinity. I'm failing to see what progress was made by swapping around who gets the justice. It would seem the burden is on the readily offended to identify themselves as such.

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Interzone / Darkness
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:11:39 AM »
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“Darkness” is shorthand for anything that scares me — that I want no part of — either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out. The absence of God is in there, along with the fear of dementia and the loss of those nearest and dearest to me. So is the melting of polar ice caps, the suffering of children, and the nagging question of what it will feel like to die. If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to the fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love — if I could just find the right night-lights to leave on.

At least I think I would. The problem is this: when, despite all my best efforts, the lights have gone off in my life (literally or figuratively, take your pick), plunging me into the kind of darkness that turns my knees to water, nonetheless I have not died. The monsters have not dragged me out of bed and taken me back to their lair. The witches have not turned me into a bat. Instead, I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.

http://time.com/65543/barbara-brown-taylor-in-praise-of-darkness/

Embrace of evil is mainstream. In past years, it was a revolting attack on the majority via rejection of their stuffy Christianity. But lately some writers are attempting to move past that and rekindle some long forgotten (suppressed) wisdom.

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Interzone / Re: Police misconduct against Hessians/Punkers
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:37:53 PM »
Yes, however, the authorities were accurately profiling real mischief makers and they did their job by aggressively confronting said youthful malcontents (much younger me and my idiot "friends").

Hopefully this thread will take a more objective turn by avoiding the self-pity and the myths that always result.

It doesn't make sense for someone to go out of their way to overtly avoid fitting in to their local environment, abrogate local customs or reflect the appearance and manner of the people therein while simultaneously expecting no confrontations to occur. It's insane for such an iconoclast to claim they are the victim rather than being a victimizer of the surrounding norms they are deliberately assaulting with their unwanted diversity.

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Interzone / Re: Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:23:39 PM »
If surveillance revealed someone pouring a bag of white powder into the city water supply would the end results differ? If the bag's contents later turned out to be water soluble baking sugar from a store or a few kilos of arsenic could anyone accurately argue that following the disruptive aftermath no harm was done?

People can be jailed for shouting fire in an occupied public space when there was none. It's all the same principle of 4th generation war: a cheap, simple assault on the more fragile parts of the target's structure.

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Interzone / Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:39:54 PM »
Terrorism or teen prank? The result is the same.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.

A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 a.m. PT Wednesday through an iron fence into Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 in southeastern Portland, said Administrator David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau. Minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence and one of them entered the reservoir.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/17/water-reservoir-urination/7814581/

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:36:44 PM »
About some of the pro-Russian side:

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Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-to-register-in-east-ukraine/7816951/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomWorld-TopStories+(USATODAY+-+World+Top+Stories)

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Interzone / Re: Why is this place a lurker's haven?
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:46:22 AM »
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Recently, Twitter went public with 244 million monthly active users in the last quarter of 2013. However, Twopcharts, a social media tracking site, has claimed that 44 percent of Twitter’s accounts do not have a single tweet sent out from them, while 30 percent of existing accounts have only 1-10 tweets to their credit. Further, only 13 percent of registered Twitter accounts have more than a 100 tweets.

Twopchart’s report highlighted the Twitter’s user retention issue. The report estimated that around 542.1 million accounts have sent at least one tweet since they were created, which suggests that more than half of the accounts in existence have actively tried out the service. But just 23 percent of those accounts have sent out tweets in the past 30 days.

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/44-percent-of-overall-twitter-users-have-never-tweeted-221663.html

Instead of looking at the uh, problem, from a social standpoint, why not from a business perspective? Plenty of people come by to check the merchandise. One in five come back for more. The rest just want to window shop but not buy anything. In some manner it is much more of a hassle to bother with the goods than the benefit of having them. There's a technical or psychological impediment of some kind.

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Interzone / Re: Tolerance.
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:31:05 PM »
It all ties in with communism failing in the East because the West had a better way and part of that is PC. Secular Puritanism today comes with its public shaming rituals. Those doing the shaming climb the ladder because the shamed fall beneath them. It isn't that anything wrongful or even illegal took place. Someone simply broke a social code. There is much resemblance to rooting out witches among us who may have been good people after all and dealing with them most harshly regardless. Anyone can adopt this mode of self promotion. All it takes are loud proclamations of humanist righteousness against any inhumane heretic. Heretics are very hard to spot now so constant vigilance is required. If you really want to advance and there is no legitimate source then fabricate something plausibly heretical about someone and publicly accuse them.

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Interzone / Re: Tolerance.
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:19:10 AM »
It's getting a reputation as residual Puritanism, only secularized around humanism now. I'd go out on a limb and say the same gene(s) that resulted in Puritans during a highly Christian era has via their very offspring gotten us the PC people of our highly liberal era.

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Interzone / Re: Tolerance.
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:12:16 PM »
In some cases, tolerance is the cowardly reason people avoid being accountable for asserting some difficult judgment against another person. It is the same type of politically correct coward however who will, as if defensively compensating for their cowardice, be the first to assert popular, crowd friendly, socially safe judgments against nonconforming deviants.

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Interzone / Sickly nation is rewarding and lucrative
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:04:43 PM »
Why aren't fitness and health more rewarding to the society as a whole? With such a formula as we have instead, public wellness should be avoided industry-wide.

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New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation for the amount of money Medicare spent, reimbursing about 28,000 doctors, ambulance service providers and laboratories, according to the massive database released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. California, Florida, Texas and New York made up the top four.

New Jersey doctors and other medical professionals earned $2.8 billion . Ophthalmologists, pathologists, radiologists and oncologists dominated the list of top earners in the state, mirroring the national data. Michael McGinnis, a pathologist from Wrightstown, was listed as New Jersey's top individual earner on the list, taking in $12.5 million. He was identified as an individual practitioner, although with 33,000 patients served, it is more likely he provided lab services. Calls to his office went unreturned today.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/nj_ranks_fifth_in_medicare_spending_in_historic_release_billings_records.html

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Interzone / Re: Multitasking: myth
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:41:28 PM »
It comes down to the physics of time and space which can be conceived of using a pie graph as a given segment in time. The whole graph can be composed of one task or slices of many. But it only allows for one hundred percent completion of the graph overall only once not conveniently chopped into multiple hundred percent portions as befits the myth makers.

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Interzone / Explicit collective bureaucratic interest
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:17:36 PM »
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IRS workers in several offices have been openly supporting President Obama, including by donning pro-Obama paraphernalia and urging callers to reelect the president in 2012, according to allegations contained in a new government watchdog report.

A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/09/irs-employees-allegedly-wore-pro-obama-gear-to-work-urged-callers-to-vote-for/

It is supposed to be a matter of public trust that government workers are professionally impartial and only individually self-interested in private. I believe this is perhaps an effect of crowdism having taken hold which is causing the decay of America not overtly from Hitler or Al Qaeda or covertly from Stalin but insidiously from within.

The institutions, public and private, are like parts of a supporting framework. When these institutional parts cordon themselves off, they no longer support the whole. Here we have what could be one of the most effective, if mindlessly accidental methods of replacing a lawful republic with anarchy.

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Interzone / Interspecies communications
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:27:51 PM »
As I stood by the field surveying upcoming tasks, a sleek little bird swooped by my hat like some diminutive fighter aircraft. They don't normally do that.

Looking up, I noticed it was the type for which I had provided nesting gourds. The nests were a few feet away, way up on a pole. Seconds later, the aerial combatant buzzed down inches from my hat once again. I looked up and saw another such bird entering one of the gourds.

They are a potential nesting pair. Presumably, the male was trying to discourage my presence while the female set about home making. I obliged. The task could easily wait.

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Interzone / Re: The menace of intellect.
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:18:57 PM »
Mind, spirit and body together complete our ability to realize experiences. Remove one and our experiences are deprived.

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