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Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:59:01 PM »
I think I understand where you're coming from, Transcix. Daily life in Boston ground to a halt after a terror spree that killed a mere 4 people (though over 100 were injured). People stayed home from work and school, all events were cancelled. London during the Blitz was probably more lively. Some might say this telegraphs weakness to our enemies by showing them how easy it is to disrupt our society. They will also point to the prevalence of inner-city gun crime and ask why we don't similarly react whenever an innocent African-American gets caught in gang crossfire. Perhaps there is some truth to these points... mainly the first one. But ultimately, I think Boston reacted appropriately, and here's why:

1. All American were potentially a target, not just members of gang XYZ.
2. It was unknown if the suspects were working with others or if more attacks were planned.
3. The brothers were armed with improvised bombs and grenades, making them significantly more dangerous.

It's easy to be a grandstanding foolosopher when the most traumatic thing to ever happen in you're life is the death of your 95-year-old grandma from natural causes. Try watching you're loved ones die right before your eyes and see if you feel the same way.

Metal / Re: Group project: metal esoterica
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:22:50 PM »

"the killing of a god" or "one who kills a god" from Latin deus "god" + -cida "cutter, killer, slayer,".

Although this term wouldn't make sense to a Jew or Muslim, who believe only in an uncreated and thus unkillable God, it does for a Christian, who believe that God has a created aspect in the form of a human: Jesus Christ. Although this aspect of God is considered 100% divine, he is also 100% human, and thus capable of being killed. The term came about in reference to this man-god's death by crucifixion.

As a death metal band name, the term takes on different dimensions. It could have a Nietzschean aspect, referring to the obsolescence of values typically associated with the concept of God, or even further, the death of all absolutist thinking, effectively killing God. Thus, 'deicide' signifies the death of all the corrupted 'truths', providing fertile nihilistic grounding for the creation of new, more realistic values. This nihilism is reflected in the band's sound (on the first two albums), which defies all traditional musical conventions, opting for chromaticism in lieu of pleasing but hollow diatonic melodies.

Another possible dimension, related but distinct from the previous, is an avowal to comic book styled blasphemy. According to many if not most religious faiths, God is the source of all that is good in the world. Were the impossible made possible and God was literally killed, evil would reign supreme and the world would be under Satan's dominion (To some living in modern society, this might be preferable to the current situation). Thus, 'deicide' is the ultimate profanation of all that is considered holy, and by extension, the ultimate iconoclasm.

Interzone / Re: Lost wisdom
« on: April 17, 2013, 08:58:49 AM »
How often do you wipe your browser's temporary files? You could always dig them out of your temporary file folder.

Also, given Google's anal inclination for saving every last bit of data to find its way onto their servers, these sites probably still exist in some form or another in Google's backup archives. Unfortunately, as far as I know, the Google Cache content available to the public is limited to their most recent snapshot of the page.

Interzone / Re: Da Gamez...
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:25:18 PM »
I don't follow your line of thinking. You could also say that game designers should abandon the narrative aspect of video games altogether since they will never surpass classic literature. Video games are a distinct phenomena from both art and board games and thus should be judged as such. I suppose you could argue a game is a game, thus making video games irrelevant compared to chess, but that's not really fair -- it's like comparing classical to metal, in that one clearly has more depth than the other, and yet we continue to listen to both. I wonder why that is. Perhaps because metal has a more relevant message in today's world?

As far as games being designed for dullards, that is true for some games, but not all. I'd say the intellectual rigor posed by video games is roughly parallel to that of any other medium: some are for complete dummies, most are for average people, and some are for the bright ones.

Interzone / Re: Da Gamez...
« on: April 13, 2013, 06:10:29 PM »
No doubt that modern games can have awe-inspiring visuals that one might go so far as to call beautiful. Skyrim certainly does have a way of sucking you in to its landscapes (the music is great, too!). However, you are the first person I have encountered to express interest in a 'game' that consists of nothing but this. If there actually was a video game that was nothing but a nature-walk, I can't say I would play it.

My inner entrepreneur, however, is seeing dollar signs. I can see it now: every retirement home of the future will be equipped with a virtual reality room, capable of whisking its denizens away to fully navigable natural environments where they can pretend they're young again :)

Interzone / Re: Da Gamez...
« on: April 13, 2013, 02:29:07 PM »
I think video games would be better if they focused more on being literature by creating atmosphere and telling a good story rather than 'games', since the interactive component of a video game is nearly always fairly superficial.
Games have made great strides in the aesthetic and narrative department;this is reflected in game reviews, which are sounding more and more like book reports.

I disagree that aesthetic and narrative should be the primary focus of games, though. A game is just that: a game -- the primary objective of a game is not to have an emotional experience, but to win the game, and as such, interactive gameplay is the bread and butter of the experience. Such is the reason why games like Tetris, while lacking any story at all, have proven popular even twenty years after its creation: it possesses gameplay with depth.

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:12:21 PM »
Women are often flighty, passive, sentimental, and overall more susceptible to emotion.

But Nature, in its infinite wisdom, gave men opposite, but equally harmful if left unchecked, vices: stubbornness, callousness, Machiavellianism, and overall greater susceptibility to lust, be it after carnal pleasures, money, or power.

Virtually every aspect of society, from politics to academia, from business to religion, benefits from having some degree of mixture of the sexes, as they complement each other by compensating for the other's inherent weaknesses.

Also, it should go without saying that these traits are not mutually exclusive and should not be treated as absolutes. Humans are biological entities, and the only absolute in biology is death.

Interzone / Re: Celibacy: no semen wasted
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:41:48 PM »
Nietzsche believed that excess semen was absorbed in to the blood stream and made for increased vitality and power. Though this appeals to common sense on some level, I'm not convinced. Scientifically, there is a paucity of research in to the benefits of abstinence, as opposed to the heaps of studies done on the benefits of orgasm. This study found higher testosterone levels in males after a 3 week period of abstinence, but I think I'll wait for a meta-analysis before I become a hermit.

Interzone / Re: Da Gamez...
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:21:18 PM »
I broke my ankle recently I've been spending more time than usual playing video games. Namely, the new Luigi's Mansion. The 'combat' part of the game is satisfying, but very easy and basic. No, the heart of the game lies in the exceedingly clever puzzles. They game lays out a set of essential techniques and rules, and as the game progresses, makes you recombine and apply them in new ways and different contexts. This is the essence of a good game.

Skyrim is a good fun romp, but doesn't require more than 2 watts of brain power, which is perhaps the heart of its appeal. This 4chan post sums it up quite nicely.

As a side note, TROO GAMERZ don't use walkthroughs and guides.

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:47:28 PM »
Useful = serves a purpose. All the things you mentioned serve a purpose.

Could a politically dissident community, such as this one, exist in the Soviet Union, where there were no boundaries as to what the government could and couldn't do to you, aka rights? Of course not; we'd all be in gulags.

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:01:11 AM »
I don't have time for a full fledged reply, but here's a quick thought.

Saying rights don't exist is like saying morals don't exist: true, but it kind of misses the point. Instead of asking if they are 'real', ask if they are realistic. As in, are they useful to us?

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 07, 2013, 01:34:44 AM »
Are you trolling? Considering Saudi Arabia has a massive influence on the world at large, I would say their society is pretty productive.
Because they're sitting above a sea of oil. If that weren't the case, well, they'd probably be just another podunk third-world goat-herding shit hole. "Feminist" Israel, on the other hand, is a cultural and technological powerhouse despite their acceptance of 'atraditional' gender roles. Why? because they have a strong sense of national identity and a culture that promotes excellence, not because they force women into motherhood.

If you think the primary point of getting married is to show how in love you are, you may as well write up a divorce letter now. Compatibility is not an innate value, that either exists or doesn't; it's a learned behavior. Considering that society's divorce rate is lower than ours, I'd say their marriages are more functional. Whether or not you agree with their concept of marriage is beside the point - you are trying to say it doesn't function, whereas it clearly does.
Divorce rates are just a number and do not bespeak of the most important aspect: quality of offspring. I don't have any studies to back this up, but it seems to me that children raised in a household where the parents voluntarily chose to live with one another would be more well-rounded than those raised in a household where the only thing keeping the marriage together is the threat of shame and ostracism. Besides, would you marry just any girl, or would you like to have a choice? How this isn't common sense is beyond me.

As to your third point, are you saying that the Middle East is absent of nurses, therapists, and schoolteachers? It's either that, which of course is nonsense, or you're instead saying that those societies suffer because men are doddering fools incapable of inserting an IV drip.
Strawman on both counts.

Men are perfectly capable of sticking an IV in a patient; that is but one side of nursing. However, women, being naturally more empathetic and extroverted, excel at the social aspect of patient care, which is what separates a good nurse from a great one, assuming that nurse is competent in the scientific aspect.

(I will admit that my post was hastily written. Women do in fact work as nurses and school teachers in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the middle-east.)

That sounds more like "raising the lesser sex" than "making men and women equal" - which is an asinine proposal anyway, not only because it requires eliminating the very concepts of masculinity and femininity in the first place(and thereby showing its true nature, which is misogynistic), but also because it is literally impossible.
I'm not a "left wing creationist". I realize that males and females differ biologically, psychologically, and spiritually. However, these differences do not need to be institutionalized as they are in the middle-east; instead, gender specific roles should exist as 'cultural recommendations', not laws. Furthermore, just as a man is free to choose whether or not to produce offspring (in which case he will hopefully devote his life to his career, religion, cause, etc; rather than hedonistic pursuits), so too should a woman be able to do the same. This is what is meant by equality. The pursuit of intellectual, political, or economic endeavors by women should, however, be seen a "special calling", rather than the de facto course of action as is promulgated by liberal sources.

Finally, if Western society is indeed more sustainable than the absolute patriarchy that obviously intimidates you, there is no reason to believe that this is due to women being able to vote. In fact, the West experienced great successes prior to women being given positions of power. Women were given voting rights in the USA around, what, the mid-19th century? So that's about 150 years? Whereas absolute patriarchy has existed in the Middle East -hell, most of the world- in an uninterrupted state for... millenia. A proven system sounds more sustainable than an unproven one to me.
The middle east never conquered the world (they had their chance in the middle ages but they fell to the Mongols), unlike Western Europe, which has typically had a more 'liberal' stance on woman's place in society, and even has a longstanding tradition of queens, empresses, and duchesses.

I agree that this modern feminism has to be reeled back in, but there is such a thing as a healthy feminism.

Reality is against you. Guess who wins.
A quaint turn of phrase. But let me offer you this as an answer: Who Dares, Wins :)

Also, Brett Stevens would be out of a job without feminism :P

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 06, 2013, 08:57:23 PM »
I don't give a fuck what Muslims do in Muslim land either. But that doesn't mean we can't learn from them.

We can observe that Western society, which affords females more privileges, is more sustainable than the absolute patriarchy we observe in middle-eastern societies.

I have nothing against submissive women, such as your wife, but your one-size-fits-all disposition towards them is disrespectful towards those who want to contribute to society in other ways.

Tomorrow, I'll see if my mother, who has a masters degree and works, will make a guest post. In my opinion, she is pretty close to society's ideal woman.

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 06, 2013, 07:16:12 PM »
Consider Muslim nations where the exact opposite of feminism exists.

In Saudi Arabia, women can't drive. How can a society be productive when half the population is effectively immobilized? Should fathers work a job and also be responsible for groceries and children's activities?

In rural Pakistan, small girls are betrothed while they are under the age of 10. How is a marriage supposed to be functional when there is no test for compatibility first? Is true love just a myth, like our cynical society would lead us to believe?

All over the middle east, women are discouraged from pursuing higher education. I wonder where they get their nurses, therapists, and elementary school teachers from? Oh well, at least the women can't fuck it up.

Does this kind of cultural absolutism appeal to you?

Women are capable of comprehending reality too; in fact there are certain subtleties to life that women perceive more readily than men, such as beauty. I suggest you read the excellent novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

By the way, what does your wife think of the fact that you think her too emotional to vote?

EDIT: this post was rewritten.

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 06, 2013, 06:49:23 PM »
Feminism can refer to a variety of different philosophies. There's the kind of feminism that got women the vote,  and there's the kind that made it ok to behave like you're 20 until you're 40. There's the kind that seeks to make women and men equals, and the kind that seeks to raise the lesser sex above the other. Which one are you referring to?

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