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Interzone / Re: Now admit it
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:08:56 AM »
Crow see what human can't. Human not like crow. You can see why.
Crow not care be liked by human. Crow only like be crow.
Crap on human head (:> --------- :(

Crows are quick with a joke; I find it to be an endearing trait.  I just suspect that one of our humans trying to joke with our resident crow, and something was lost in translation.

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Interzone / Re: Now admit it
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:35:03 PM »
Is it perhaps that crows are perhaps simply too honest for irony? 

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Interzone / Re: A continual cycle
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:46:40 PM »
NASA: Civilization is Doomed

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Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.

Pull up your chairs, ladies and gentleman; you're getting front row seats for the hottest new apocalypse around!

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Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 15, 2014, 05:31:09 AM »
We must resist entropy.

You propose that we resist a mechanism that is hardwired into the nature of reality?

I'll admit, I had the same reaction.


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Interzone / Re: Further ruminations
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:53:13 PM »
"It is always the same with these terrible world-conquerors.  The first in everything, or Death."

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Interzone / Re: Hipster trend alert
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:45:18 PM »
Well, it doesn't really mean anything, because any actual meaning has been chemically stripped to leave only pure posture behind, but, hey, it doesn't actually mean anything, so anyone can do it.  Now you've got something to lord it over that Tesla-driving bitch down the street who thinks she's better than you.

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Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:38:59 PM »
Democracy leads to a society built on institutions which cater to the masses desires. When the masses are given free reign, they always gravitate towards endless pleasure with no deep meaning, and so we get a society full of fast food restaurants...

This is true, but there are also false elites. Take a long hard look at what's coming out of Silicon Valley today. Some guy invents ButtSwapr, an application for finding sodomy in public restrooms, and gets offered $100m in funding. There's broken brains there because these people while putatively "smart" are incapable of any depth of thinking. It makes it doubly dangerous when they start launching, a la Bill Gates, on Soviet style social engineering experiments.

Well, once you've delegitimized every natural frame of reference for judging the worth of hairless apes, how do you determine what constitutes the elite?  Why, you check and see how much cash they can stack. 

What fascinates me is the ambiguous cultural space so many of these tech and finance tycoons are made to occupy.  We have to somehow freight all the cash stacking with drama and meaning, so these guys are always either saviors or demons, moneyed Messiahs or Bond supervillains.  It speaks, I suspect, to a society of dependency and excuse making.


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Interzone / Re: Art Lover Kills Two in SXSW Drive Through Massacre
« on: March 14, 2014, 06:05:13 AM »
I never looked at it that way. Golly, but you're a cynic :)

Keep Austin irradiated. ;)

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Interzone / Re: Hipster trend alert
« on: March 14, 2014, 06:00:56 AM »
What's that going to mean to the masses? Load up on opinions about whatever is being mindfulnessed?

Buy more chips.  Isn't that what it always means?  To society, I mean.

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Interzone / Re: Art Lover Kills Two in SXSW Drive Through Massacre
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:58:05 AM »
Tending your garden and building a shed may not be the best way to carry out such activities.
While a drive-through massacre, while admittedly not very elegant, does get the job done.

Pulling weeds, drive-through massacre; kinda the same thing, no?

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Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:56:36 AM »
Freedom is a state of not wondering-if-you're/demanding-to-be free.

What is it if you're in a state of not-caring-if-you're free? 

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Interzone / Art Lover Kills Two in SXSW Drive Through Massacre
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:46:57 AM »
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/us/texas-sxsw-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

A Ryder truck full of fertilizer and nails would have been a better choice.

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Interzone / Re: Hipster trend alert
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:34:25 AM »
Raising conscious awareness, broseph.

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Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:31:59 AM »
It seems impossible to describe to the young, a civilized state in which personal freedom is not the be-all-and-end-all. I say personal freedom, because it differs substantially from actual freedom.

Freedom as such doesn't seem to matter one away or another; but civilizations work best when the people in them are cheerfully engaged participants the life of their civilization, and cheerfully engaged can't really be beaten in.  I don't believe it can be bought with permissiveness, either. 

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When one is competently led, by a competent leader, many arduous stresses are removed from daily life.
One no longer has to have opinions about absolutely everything, or need to decide what to go along with, or not.
One's path is clear, meaning one may go along that path, or elope to be personally responsible for one's survival, rather than have the state be responsible, in return for services-rendered.

There is a great deal of freedom inherent in the old style of strong leadership over a nation. And a great deal of dignity, which is something most moderns don't even know the meaning of, since it is entirely missing at this point.

There is something puzzling about a society where a young woman is more "empowered" by being in porn  than by attending one of the finest universities in the country.  Liberalism creates this bizarre counter-universe where everything is permitted, so long as you think the things you're allowed to think.  On the one hand, near total "freedom" in a purely mechanistic sense, on the other, a society that is profoundly totalitarian at a social/psychological/spiritual level.  But you're free, and crazy to think otherwise.

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Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:48:38 AM »
Sometimes, the doing must be, to some degree, compelled. 

And he reverses his position. How modern.

I never suggested that compulsion has no place in society; I'm just saying compulsion can't be the primary basis of a healthy social order.  It's necessary if you're running a prison, but at best suboptimal if you want to run a civilization. 

I'm not saying this out of some squishy love for mythical rights.  You hate passive-aggression, but compulsion breeds passive aggression.  It nurtures and in many ways rewards passive-aggression.  The more you compel, the more that resistance takes this particularly odious form.  Fine, if you're cool with just piling on proles 'til the job gets done, but I don't think that's what you have in mind.


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And the anecdotal story where the real problem was that someone lied and was passive-aggressive instead of being honest. It has zero relevance to what we're discussing.

A lot of of the basic stuff of "civilization" is penny ante crap, and a lot of making it all work is resolving the penny ante crap without leaving petty, festering resentments shot through the whole warp and weft of society.  The problem with penny ante crap is that it is A.) resolving penny ante crap is mostly a waste of a leader's time and B.) a lot of penny ante crap is remarkably resistant to the application of leadership. 

In any event, part of what brought the incident to mind in the first place was this:

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I prefer organic leadership, which consists of putting the best people in charge and having a cultural shared values system to do the rest

...which I have taken to be central to this project (these projects?).  Building and preserving that "shared values system," I mean.  I know you've tended this garden for a long time, and I'm grateful to be able to visit your back yard, though I doubt it seems that way.

As always, I think we differ far more in degree than in kind, and, as always, you find me lukewarm.  So be it.

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