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100758 No. 100758 ID: 5bb72d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
The ubiquitous, socially invasive smartphone has turned life into a constant series of verbal challenges. You say that “Beat It” was released as a single in 1982, and somebody consults a smartphone and says, “No, it was 1983.” You remark that California has the seventh-largest economy in the world—and somebody with a smartphone says, “No, it’s eighth.” You say you love Duke Ellington’s signature tune “Take the A Train”; no, the smartphone brandisher says, “Actually the song was written by Billy Strayhorn.”

Just to make you feel like an idiot.

Before smartphones, the public did not have to worry about complete and utter domination by know-it-alls, nerds, pedants and sticklers for detail. Now you can’t say anything anywhere without having it challenged. If you’re sitting in a saloon and remark that the average lifespan of a Russian man is 64 years old or that the song “Sway” was first made famous in its English version by Dean Martin and not Michael Bublé, someone will challenge you.

It doesn’t matter that you’re right. It doesn’t matter that Chicago may not have been called the Windy City because it is windy. It doesn’t matter that victorious Russian soldiers clamoring for liquor after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo probably didn’t introduce the word “bistro” into the French language. It doesn’t matter that Yogi Berra never said “It’s getting late early.”

What matters is that every assertion, anecdote and core belief is now subject to immediate review by preening, smartphone-wielding nit-pickers. These people want to subject the entire planet to the tyranny of the factual. No more George Washington chopping down the cherry tree. Did you enjoy that story about Babe Ruth calling his shot in the 1932 World Series? Forget it. It never happened. Probably.

This pathological obsession with accuracy turns daily life into a classroom where you never know when Professor Gradgrind is going to announce a pop quiz. Whether you’re talking about Kobe Bryant’s shooting percentage, the population of Sarajevo or the name of Alexander the Great’s favorite horse, everything that passes your lips is going to be questioned by Mr. and Mrs. Know-It-All. It’s like being in a prison where all your jailers are persnickety fussbudgets. The very worst kind of fussbudgets.

To deal with this nightmare, I have developed a number of coping techniques. One, I make visitors to my home leave their smartphones at the door, the way Wyatt Earp used to make rowdy gunslingers deposit their six-guns at the sheriff’s office or at a local hotel. In social settings where this is not possible—say, if I am out at dinner—I neutralize the situation by never making a statement that can be proved true or false.

Instead I limit my comments to things like “ Daniel Day-Lewis is quite a fine actor,” and “Boy, can that Janet Jackson da
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>> No. 100804 ID: 07413b
  Just think, we'll never again wonder where Tom Petty was born. We'll always know.
>> No. 100808 ID: 832f77
>>if ur poor its cause ur 2 stupid 2 hav money

Uh, no. That's probably what the WSJ guy's friends think though!

But seriously. You don't get to decide if you're surrounded by assholes (family, neighborhood, etc), but you usually get to decide if you spend your time hanging out with them. If you hate the crowd you're going to the bar with--and it isn't some kind of bullshit forced thing for work--why are you going with them? You're an adult. If they're all embarrassing assholes why are you there?
>> No. 100811 ID: 8aafcd
>If you hate the crowd you're going to the bar with--and it isn't some kind of bullshit forced thing for work--why are you going with them? You're an adult. If they're all embarrassing assholes why are you there?

Because nobody else will let me hang out with them ;_; T_T
>> No. 100816 ID: 0fecef
anime will always be your friend
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100537 No. 100537 ID: a34477 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

Found this super interesting and a real good read thought to share.
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>> No. 100806 ID: f8eee4
>where this is heading
Nowhere. Russias GDP is tiny, and is economically a one trick pony. They'll start shit in tiny countries nobody cares about to distract their populace, bully people in their region, and continue to not be a global power until they face another economic collapse.
>> No. 100807 ID: 254d85
Yeah, spears/polearms were the dominant form of pre-gunpowder (and even during the early gunpowder age) weapon because they're cheap and relatively easy for masses of men to train with and use. Stuff like the Aztec usage of obsidian sword-clubs tends to be a relative anomaly.

Swords and other weapons were largely confined to the upper-classes of society, who could both afford them and afford to spend time training instead of farming, or (as societies became wealthier and raised standing armies) paying men to train with them instead of farming. For example, we look at the vikings: A wealthy viking would have a shield, spear, a fighting axe or sword (imported from France-Germany), several throwing spears, and metal armor. A average viking would have a spear, shield and a wood axe or a large (10+ inches) knife. If he had armor it was likely been made of leather.

The idea that societies preferred certain weapons for ~racial reasons~ is laughable masturbating over katanas and Polish hussars.
>> No. 100809 ID: f8eee4
Actually, by the late medieval and early renaissance, you could expect ANYBODY who wanted a sword in the west to have one, as they became remarkably cheap.

And cultures absolutely do posses unique styles of armament, though not for the reasons or in the ways modern people would like to think.

Polearms, for example, vary wildly-the english were still using bills when the continent (and even the scots) had begun to deploy massed pikes, "spanish" cavalry was different from cavalry in the rest of europe, ect.
>> No. 100812 ID: 70d38f
>Russias GDP is tiny
9-10th place in the world by total GDP isn't tiny at all. And if you want to fuck with nuclear power you have to use proxies.

Oh well.
>> No. 100818 ID: ad959d


Russia today isnt the Soviet Union, but they still have MAD to keep us from fucking with them too much or really backing them into a corner. Small wars like the Georgia incursion and Ukraine are very much within their capability, and it doesn't take TOO many of those before they gobble up half of Eastern Europe again.

And with acquisition of territory comes acquisition of resources. I still doubt that Russia will do much once their aspirations in Ukraine are settled, chiefly because Russia has one particular interest at stake there that likely motivated this conflict. But you never know...

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In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, Obama ordered the CDC to research gun deaths although congress or senate had previously banned funding for that type of research by the CDC.

Now, getting info on what specifically happened with the executive order is hard. Left wing claims the research never happened due to congress/senate cockblocking it (yet I though an EO trumped prior rulings), and the right wing sites claim Obama swept it under the rug when he didn't get the answers he wanted. However, the same right wing sites tend to quote from older CDC studies, rather than anything new.

So what happened?
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>> No. 100800 ID: 0b7429
Yeah, that part is true, but how does the NRA fit in?

They seem to think the NRA is this malevolent force that has more power than it does.
>> No. 100810 ID: 7b177d

I found this a few days ago:


Seems to show some group that published findings through the CDC, similar to what you're talking about. This happened about eight months after Sandy Hook, or six months after Obama said there would be a CDC study.


That they do, but they have no idea why. People think the NRA is evil because the belief system they bought into told them to. They simply make shit up to reinforce their beliefs. Yesterday some guy was bitching that the NRA lies and manipulate data. I asked for an example; he didn't even have the decency to cite some crazy shit from the Violence Policy Center; he had absolutely no clue why he believed that. We're not gonna find logic in a belief held for emotional reasons.
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>Seems to show some group that published findings through the CDC, similar to what you're talking about. This happened about eight months after Sandy Hook, or six months after Obama said there would be a CDC study.

A lot of sites claim that, but go on to site older pre-existing research.
I'd really like to find a primary source.
>> No. 100815 ID: 0faf04

There is older research done by the CDC if I'm not mistaken, that found against guns but there was an accompanying scandal of some sort that went with it. Need to find a primary source.
>> No. 100817 ID: 832f77
I think both sides fail to realize that research tends to take time. I wasn't surprised to not have seen it yet because I didn't expect it to be ready yet in the first place.

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>> No. 100717 ID: aef4eb
Damn, and I thought getting branded a psycho for reading about guns was bad.

You must have a strong will to live.
>> No. 100720 ID: 360825
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>getting branded a psycho for reading about guns
>actually giving a shit what penniless unarmed plebs think
>> No. 100726 ID: 0dcdc8
and yet!

Everyone lived!
>> No. 100727 ID: 0b7429
Yeah, I didn't want to give up my life to people as psychotic as them.

I want to live my life for me and enjoy what I can, I don't want anybody to negatively influence my path.

Right? The skinny white trash kid obsessed with guns and would get in trouble for drawing guns in class ended up NOT shooting up the school! Shocker! Especially when I got my first gun unsupervised at 12. Thanks Papa.

As I said above, I don't want anybody to influence my decisions in a negative manner. I calmly think things through and focus on the future and what I need to do now to obtain my goals. I can't end things here when I haven't been able to do anything with my life.
>> No. 100789 ID: 26f533
Why is the focus on the rock instead of the kid who threw it? Look at the lettering, focus is drawn away from the person using the rock to commit a violent act. The kid should be punished for throwing the rock, not the entire class. Collective punishment is for privates and airmen.

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A man from Cranston who weighs 778 pounds is desperate for help after he said Rhode Island Hospital kicked him out.

The man's father said he has nowhere to take his son.

Steven Assanti, 33, said his eating addiction lead him to the trunk of his father's SUV with no place to go.

"It's an addiction, and I realize that," said Assanti. "And it's a disease."

For the past 80 days, Assanti said, he was getting the help he needed at Rhode Island Hospital. There, he lost 20 pounds.

But after Assanti violated his care plan by ordering pizza, he said the hospital told him he could no longer stay.

"I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550 to get the gastric bypass," said Assanti. "That was their plan."
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Getting to a level of no fucks given that it becomes almost zen like I guess.

That or just be someone who eats because they are depressed and then get depressed because they are fat and then eat. About how I put on weight plus pretty much gorging myself after a few extremely starvy years.

Though like you I'm attempting to lose. Getting out and running my dog and changing how much pop and water I drink are my game plan. Start riding my bikes more once I buy some new back wheels that don't cost a stupid amount and figure out how to switch the cassette cog thingy.
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I think there was an Irish flesh golem that did the same, but he did sub 100 kcals per day. Only vitamins and water.

Gainocidal maniac detected.
>> No. 100718 ID: 13a71c
Here is his facebook page
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Good time for motivation thread?

Been on diet 1 month, working out for two weeks. Lost 12 lbs. Under 200 again!

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100640 No. 100640 ID: 095a2b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Happy thanksgiving peeps.
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>> No. 100685 ID: 5d583f
U avin a gobble m8
>> No. 100695 ID: 90a126
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Like CC, I've never seen anything religious to do with Thanksgiving really. The only time I've seen religious crap was from hard core religious people who will inject Gawd into any holiday including New Years, Halloween, and Independence Day.

There is talk about pilgrims on occasions pilgrim but rarely did I ever hear anything about their religious reasons for GTFO of Europistan. Mostly it talks about how the brave and noble settlers came here and befriended the noble savages.

I think I only really learned about the pilgrims search for religious tolerance and the like in school in a history class completely removed from anything Thanksgiving.

Now mind you this is a country where some kids wouldn't know about the religious connections to Christmas, so its not surprising that religion in Thanksgiving isn't a big thing.

As an aside, religious folk during Halloween are the fucking worse. I never went trick or treating much as a kid but when I did invariably you'd run into some asshole using the holiday as an excuse to preach at kids trying to have fun and give out some of the shittiest fucking candy if they were even giving out candy.

But that ain't even as the worst. A couple years back I was taking my nieces and nephews out for Halloween in my then way too small Stormtrooper helmet and a house was giving out Chick tracts without even any fucking candy. Oh my god the kids were fucking pissed. Going by that same house the next day is literally the only time I've actually seen a house toilet papered and egged. Eggings will happen on occasion but I had never seen anyone's house TPed until then.
>> No. 100696 ID: 27c151
Lol, I hadn't thought of that one.

This'll be the third year we'll be having a gobble without turkey tho. I'm gonna order king crab legs online because the site my brother got them shipped for my mom's b-day has the biggest ones I've ever seen since my childhood.

>> No. 100734 ID: 45f540
Thats more appropriate that turkey. The Plymouth pilgrims lived off lobster when they didn't have anything else and crab isn't far off. Seems like a dream these days - living off crab or lobster - with then being such delicacies, but back then it was considered poor people food (dunno why, maybe because they were religious?). Plus even if you do like lobster imagine if that was all you had to eat for months on end. Even without the large dose of humility in every bite for living off poor people food you'd get sick of it after a day or two.
So enjoy those Thanksgiving crab legs and remember the rough times eating them without butter and lemon.
>> No. 100740 ID: 798a48
You mean all the times? The meat doesn't need any flavoring other than its own juice and a bit of the sea brine that I didn't completely rinse off if I didn't get it live.

If I'm eating Dungeness or snow or something else then it might be a different story, but with king I've never bothered.

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  After much runaround and unadulterated bullshit I've managed to get to the "new" place in Paducah with most of my crap intact.

Will update when I'm finally settled in and the place is semi-livable.
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>> No. 99049 ID: 50cd85
A regular one, and it leaked. The TV I got in exchange for doing some plumbing and electrical work on a friend's house.
>> No. 99067 ID: cd4a7e

You can't buy it anymore. A local liquor store was selling it and I bought over a dozen bottles in the past, then there was one bottle left so I bought it and left it unopened in an empty 5.45 crate.

If you still have the bottle save it even if it's empty. I regret getting rid of all of my empties of it.
>> No. 99069 ID: b47db1
Welcome and stuff.
If you ever need someone to drink with hit me up.
>> No. 100670 ID: 6e0ff0
Welcome to the great land of Western /K/entucky. There's a meetup planned for November. You're going to like it here.
Also, go here >>3892
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Stoplossed made some prints for me and IIRC couple extra ones too so get on his ass and gib him money for the prints.

I wanted the Freedom Grinder smaller but this 16x20 in metallic finish isn't too bad.

IIRC from the stack he had there is a 'Sitting On The Bench' for you Jedi
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>> No. 100657 ID: 67d391

I'll just be honest, as an average person who isn't really into the art scene but will occasionally buy something cool looking to hang.

Your artwork is really great, however it is massively depressing and if I hung it in my house it would torment the shit out of me never finding a moment's peace from having to think of literally everything I just want a moment to not think about when I'm sitting here staring at the TV or something.

Maybe... try painting something evocative of literally anything besides the most horrible sentiments that live in the back of our minds.

Not saying to stop doing what you're doing, its your outlet I suppose, but maybe let out some other stuff too... might just sell a lot and get people more interested in what you're doing, then, maybe, they can appreciate some of the more, uh, delicate subject matter later.

I'd suppose an artist needs to feel like someone you can connect with on a personal level, and to be honest, nobody wants to connect with only the bad in a person. That's pretty much the only thing you ever show anyone, ever, though... Not sure why. Defense mechanism? Won't help, been there.

Don't you have anything happy in your life? Anything you care about? What makes you smile etc? Try focusing on that for a minute and show the other side of the story of you.
>> No. 100658 ID: c3e6b2
I personally see his art as a grim reminder for the world and make me appreciate the good I have in life.
>> No. 100661 ID: 0b7429
When I can afford it, I'd like to buy a print of your boxing chimp.

This will probably be in February or March.
>> No. 100666 ID: 7feea4
I desperately want a number of prints by Mr. Dix.

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100427 No. 100427 ID: ecd410 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
We must have had this thread before. In any case, I think it bears repeating.

Guns are still selling, but the number of owners is either steadily decreasing or not increasing fast enough to offset the laundry list of bullshit arrayed against the 2a in the long term.

In order to maintain this right, we may have aggressively pursue a solution to the 'active shooter' problem, one that doesn't involve additional firearms legislation.

This country spends in excess of 500 billion on Defense. Surely, we could spare a small portion of that resource to improve campus security in some effective capacity.

Granted, bringing more cops to schools everywhere is fucking gay, and I don't see us losing in the immediate future. However, I don't think we should trust this state of affairs to last, especially when each generation of suburban kids turning out more and more dysfunctional than the last.

It's going to get worse.
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Don't buy that shitty sietch brewed swill.
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With all this spice being posted I can't help but think this shit HAS to taste like pumpkin spice.
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In Dune, Lady Jessica notes that her first taste of spice "tasted like cinnamon." Dr. Yueh adds that the flavor is "never twice the same ... It's like life—it presents a different face each time you take it. Some hold that the spice produces a learned-flavor reaction. The body, learning a thing is good for it, interprets the flavor as pleasurable—slightly euphoric. And, like life, never to be truly synthesized."
In God Emperor of Dune (1981) the character Moneo notes, "the smell—bitter cinnamon, unmistakable." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melange_(fictional_drug)
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Or throw caution to the wind and enjoy some water of life, the bile of a newborn sandworm, expelled upon its moment of death by submersion in water. Converted sandworm bile was regurgitated by new Reverend Mother or collected from perspiration on her skin. The chemical collected then officially declared the Water of Life. In Fremen culture it was then consumed by members of the sietch. The narcoleptic qualities resulted in the sietch members partaking in a spice orgy. http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Water_of_Life
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Spice orgy...

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Trying to come to terms with the fact that one day, maybe not even that far off, my dad is going to die. Every time I come back and visit I see he's just a little bit frayed and a touch slower to get up. It's fucking me up hard and idk what I will do when it happens. I'll just get a phone call one of these days and that will be it. I'll never get to talk to him again. I'm not ready for that to happen.

Worse still he will probably work until his last day since I just HAD to go to such a goddamn expensive college. And dispite having an excellent degree and a good career in my field I will never be able to afford property the taxes on our longtime family home. So some shitbag Wall Street couple and their snot nosed crotch spawn will move in and fill up the mantle above the fireplace where I heard so many good stories from my father with goddamn participation trophies and golf bullshit.

Feels bad man. Feel really bad.
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>> No. 100594 ID: 0b7429
My mom is terminal on several fronts and my dad has cancer. And... I really don't feel much.

I was incredibly sad when my grandfather passed, as well as relieved. Because I loved him, but it was hard to see someone you love suffer the way he did, both physically and mentally.

But, for my parents... they're just bad people and have done me wrong in so many ways, I can't bring myself to feel bad.

It's nice that you had a good relationship when your dad, be sure to remember the good times when the bad times come.
>> No. 100603 ID: f197c2
Instead of worrying that he will die, celebrate his life.

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?"
>> No. 100610 ID: 095a2b
Sucks watching your dad fade away man, mine got liver cancer at 62 and for about 10 months it was a tough slug of going through his chemo and everyone being basically powerless as he got worse and his organs started failing.

Just enjoy the time you have and before it's too late if you have the chance, put ALL your cards on the table and say goodbye.

Too bad about the family home but if he wills it to you and ya sell it, that ain't bad either.
>> No. 100642 ID: 1e7925
Gently ask your parents if have their affairs in order for when they pass.

Have their estate set up properly by an attorney who specializes in estate planning. Especially if there is a house or other significant assets involved.

My mother wasn't very well organized and that just made everything harder after she passed.
>> No. 100643 ID: 1e7925
>>never be able to afford property the taxes on our longtime family home.

not OP

I was looking at 8-9k/year just to keep the electricity, heat, and property taxes for the family home. The idea was that all three sons would work together to keep the home, but one had no money, the other wouldn't pay what he originally said, leaving me to pay the rest, and by rest, that meant nearly all.

I should have sold or rented my current place and moved into the family home, but that would have meant spending 3 hours/day driving to and from work. If traffic or weather was bad, more.

So it was sold. And that sucked. I check zillow.com every now and then to see if it is up for sale again, thinking someday I can buy it back.

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