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Interzone / Re: Linkposts: NoNoNos.
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:14:50 PM »
Seconded. A little more informative substance would be appreciated.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 17, 2014, 05:06:18 PM »
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Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.

Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?

Willard: I don't see any method at all, sir.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 17, 2014, 03:59:07 AM »
They voted secession from Ukraine. Are they going to be a new nation or a new state in Russia? If they're going for independence by way of the ballot then it would seem very odd for the democratic countries to talk about economic sanctions in response.

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Interzone / Re: What does it mean?
« on: March 07, 2014, 01:53:12 AM »
I smiled at that. Not least because God - in the Christian view - is actually a person, with a personality, and a whole pile of neuroses and insecurities and fears, like any other person. Hmmm.

If the Divine is supposed to be perfect, it can't have human imperfections and idiosyncrasies. People have been projecting their own qualities into things in order to have a basis to begin understanding. It's like a computer requiring the timestamp off its internal clock as a basis for random number generations. Or, you need to know your own position in land navigation to orient your bearing toward your destination.

Computers are often pretty poor at truly randomizing things. People can still get lost while going somewhere even if they have an approximate heading. Religious scholars and atheists alike can fail to understand God. A subjective quality can be a flawed starting point but it is often the only possible place to begin unfortunately.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 06, 2014, 03:45:48 AM »
The subtext is always there as an unspoken conditional. Place X for X-ies while they are underdog. If X-ies are not underdog then place X is deemed borderless. It isn't really about self determination in principle but about public displays of vicarious pity. Displaying pity and other sorts of humanitarian emoting is the principle of liberalism. Condemnation and denouncement of the oppressor is the other side of the principled emoting coin.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:38:45 AM »
If the world were a fair and equal and fluffy bunny place Ukraine and Afghanistan would be their backyard while places like Grenada and Cuba would be ours. In such a world you don't let the kids play or dogs out to crap in your neighbor's backyard. But it never was that kind of world.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:23:52 PM »
Yeah I guess he was referring to Georgia. The East didn't seem to put up an argument when it was just Iraq and Afghanistan on the line but they seem to be taking notice of what's going on now.

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Interzone / Re: Be Poor!
« on: March 04, 2014, 03:35:16 PM »
We may have a lot more poverty up ahead because the old non-wealth generating bloat is deflating. Off the top of my head Blockbuster, JC Penny, Checkers and today Radio Shack are going through downsizing, usually shutting down locations and booting out the excess employees. Other big names have also done so or have cancelled some growth strategies which includes no new hires (promoting from within) and no new store locations. This is great in the large, long term view but many people are going to have harder lives than otherwise with the junk wealth locked up or dissipated.

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:59:57 AM »
This is the same overarching story as with Iran and Syria along with the smaller tug of wars in Africa. The major West and East global powers are engaged in worldwide local struggles over proxy control of high resource or trade routes therein.

One condemns the other as un-democratic and the other calls its opponent immoral hypocrite. In the event the major powers clash, they each want such justifications in place to maintain public support.

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The U.S, announced late Monday it was suspending trade and investment talks with Russia as well as all "military-to-military engagements" as penalties for its actions in Ukraine.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/03/obama-threatens-to-isolate-russia-on-ukraine-though-few-back-military-option/

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Interzone / Re: Liberty
« on: March 02, 2014, 04:22:35 PM »
Fraternity thrown out:

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But on gentrification Lee doesn’t have time for making sense or trying to, despite the nuance he so brilliantly displays in his films. His comments are instead a tantrum, and an ugly one. What’s really bothering Lee is that he doesn’t like seeing his old neighborhood full of white people.

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Surely what bothers Lee is not that Fort Greene is now a cushy neighborhood. He just wishes it had gotten that way with all black faces. He’s yearning for the multi-class black communities that people of his generation regret the dissolutions of after the end of institutionalized segregation (when black people like my parents, for example, moved out to mixed or white neighborhoods).

http://ideas.time.com/2014/02/28/spike-lees-racism-isnt-cute-m-f-hipster-is-the-new-honkey/

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Interzone / Re: Rewarding socialism while punishing Americans
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:15:17 PM »
Just wait. American taxes will go up too. Then global sameness will be achieved.

As you can see institutionalized defensive denial isn't an isolated Canadian phenomenon but an ideological one across our hemisphere.

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Interzone / Rewarding socialism while punishing Americans
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
Reid managed to ignite a firestorm when he accused those who complain about canceled policies and higher rates under ObamaCare of flat-out lying.

"There's plenty of horror stories being told,” he said. “All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America."

Tell that to Linda Deright, who told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto,"There must be six million of us, then. I think we should just call ourselves the liars' club."

Tom Gialanella of Seattle says he got a letter last fall canceling his old policy and laying out details of his ObamaCare option.

"My premiums would increase approximately 61 percent,"he says. I went from $891 a month to $1437 a month and also my deductibles all doubled."

Jeff and Victoria Haidet of North Carolina had been in a high risk pool, an expensive form of coverage for those with serious health problems, but found ObamaCare even more expensive.

"We were a little shocked to see that one come back at even higher rate than what our high risk insurance pool was. That rate came back at$950 a month for the policy, which had higher deductibles than what we had in the high risk pool," Jeff said.

All of which prompted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell to say, " These people across America, who are losing their insurance, whose jobs are being lost, are not making this up. And no amount of Harry Reid calling everybody a liar changes the facts."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/01/real-people-with-real-problems-refute-reid-claim-obamacare-horror-stories/

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Interzone / Re: Cheap Shit.
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:55:15 PM »
She became angry and defensive, by way of proving to me that she was an expert and I was an idiot, while another 'nurse' came storming around the curtain yelling at me something about what an asshole I was.
Whereupon two swat-team members, festooned with handcuffs and clubs began pacing to and fro at the foot of my bed, casting hateful glares in my direction.

Sounds like a lot of defensive denial going on and it is institutionalized. Hospital security are apparently there to protect the staff from the patients. That would seem to deny that a given patient could possibly take issue with the staff or the establishment who have put themselves beyond reproach.

It parallels with the Dunning and Kruger effect. The incompetent don't have the means to evaluate their own lack of ability so their tendency is to overestimate themselves. Entire institutions it would seem and eventually whole societies succumb to this mental defect.

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Metal / Re: Comment!
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:47:45 PM »
I don't know if it is a lack of love/taking for granted impression or if it is truly the case that audiofile is the only thing of objective value. Maybe the lack of lurker involvement reinforces both points. For any collection of people at least 90% are going to be effectively inert, no more than 8% mere maintainer with under 2% the pioneers and firebrands.

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Interzone / Re: Cheap Shit.
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:44:51 PM »
I didn't realize there were such problems with Canadian health care. Americans were told they need to adopt a more socialized health care model like the magnificent Canadian and European kinds.

But, affordability, the primary issue, was in reality a distant second to quality of the service upon purchase. The quality problem with contemporary medical practice isn't one of competence or lacking technology but of administrative focus.

It's somewhat similar to the problems with the information technology industry. Human resources people have no understanding whatsoever about the profession for which they select candidates so mismatching skill sets with positions takes place.

I get the impression with medicine that many among the administrative authority are not medical doctors but salespeople. So the focus of medical practice across the industry ends up not health care but the excessive sale of products and services that are unnecessary yet profitable.

What we have in common is the endless and unnecessary bureaucratization of everything. The more departments unrelated to the profession in question that are added, the less a given profession is able to deliver.

It is somewhat similar as well with manufacture. Marketing, large quantities and repeat sales feature more prominently than quality of goods in question. The wrong shitheads are calling all the shots just so that the professionals can focus on their professions instead of the management of the profession.

That all in turn suggests a failure of scalability. Perhaps we just can't have one tradesperson or physician attend to several hundred clients each without entropy creeping in regardless of how many bureaucrats and databases are added to manage the inevitible chaos.

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