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86452 No. 86452 ID: 697c94 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
There’s no vagrancy where I live, but, if there were, I think I too would be tempted to install the “anti-homeless spikes” that have prompted such earnest pearl-clutching in the last few days. Personally, I don’t see what’s wrong with protecting the integrity of private property, despite what the fulminating spinsters of the Left-wing press might claim.

This row is partly over whether homeowners should be allowed to deter people from sleeping in the doorways of private residences, for the security and comfort of those who have paid large sums to live in nice neighbourhoods. It seems obvious to me that they should. But it’s also about how damaging manufactured outrage can be to those who ostensibly stand to benefit from it.
With squeals about reducing the unfortunate to the status of “vermin,” you’d think Government-appointed death squads had descended on the streets of London with Uzis to exterminate all the tramps. The truth is less exciting: there are a few studs outside a doorway in Southwark. Oh, and some on the windows of the Tesco on Regent Street, which have been there for ages.

London mayor Boris Johnson has proclaimed the studs “ugly, self-defeating and stupid.” He is right to note that this is a matter of aesthetics, but he reaches the wrong conclusion. The studs are more of a polite notice the area is not suitable for rough sleeping than a campaign of aggression against the poor. They’re an encouragement to seek shelter somewhere you can get food and medical care.
This being Britain, the studs—at least the ones I’ve gone to look at over the past few days—are nothing compared to those in Beijing or Paris, and can be quite easily triumphed over by determined insurgents with a few sheets of corrugated cardboard. Frankly I’ve had less comfortable orthopaedic mattresses.

Tesco says they are there to prevent unkempt youths and gadabouts from urinating and shooting up outside family businesses. It might put older customers off, says the supermarket. After all, they only came in for a pint of milk and a copy of the Radio Times and, who knows, they might be intimidated by tattooed thugs loitering near the cash points. This is perfectly respectable reasoning.
That so much outrage blossomed so abruptly, despite the existence of these studs for many years in London, tells us much about the opportunistic, viral mechanics of the internet, but little about how we should titivate our cities. Let’s remember that such devices, called “defensive architecture,” are generally only installed after repeat offences by druggies and drunks.
They’re not even that ugly, as Boris Johnson felt he needed to claim. Spikes and other ornamentations have been a practical mainstay of London’s architectural landscape for hundreds of years. Are we to remove them wherever they appear? Are the spikes on the Tower of London’s iron railings an affront to the dignity of
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>> No. 86650 ID: ab28f4
For all work. The whole problem is that there is a huge supply of labor and therefore price of labor tanks. If that guy working 60 hours had to work less, labor would be worth more because theres a smaller supply of it. Sure that guy might get screwed a bit, but with any luck, there would be a deflationary effect on labor. The cost of labor would increase (since you cant convince that guy to work 60 hours for pennies) and the cost of living would decrease (jews charge as much as they can, and if you can't afford it, they will drop their prices. Similarly, prices go up when minimum wage is increased).

Also if that guy is committed to working that much/hard, I'm sure hed find some way to monetize those extra 20 hours, like working under the table or using that time to learn new skills to get a better job. Some people might use that time to learn how to invest or something and do that. Plus, generally (from my experience) people who do have enough money to invest/buy property arent working hourly as it is. BTW, this isnt a 40 hour cap per job, this is a 40 hour cap per person. You wouldn't be able to flip burgers at mcd 8 hours a day and then go to bk and flip burgers another 8 hours. BK would be forced to hire another guy to do that burger flipping (wow more people are employed)

Its a pretty novel idea, and like I said, it would have a lot of pushback from people who would immediately see a negative effect on themselves, but large supply of labor does cause lower wages. Hence, unions historically bargain by reducing the number of working hours (striking, not allowing non-union employees, etc) to get what they want. Seems unions have gone out of fashion these days though.

The other issue though (with this and minimum wage), is every time you give laborers rights/protections in the US, it becomes more cost effective to outsource to china, who are willing to work for a thousandth of what mimimum wage is here, and for a lot longer and harder than americans do. In that chinese playing card vid, I've never seen guys in america work that fast or with that focus.
>> No. 86654 ID: 8f9280
that's pretty much what overtime does, at least here in CA. An employer pays overtime to an employee if they work more than 8hrs in a day and more than 40 in a week.

No sane employer wants to pay 1.5 the normal rate for labor, so they have an incentive to hire more. If they don't, the guy on the line gets a sudden 50% increase in pay for those hours till management fills the gap.
>> No. 86670 ID: ab28f4
Honestly, I completely forgot about overtime. Seems like just about anyone I know who gets over 20 hours a week in is salaried, and that ends up (for me) meaning you work 12-14 hours a day but are pay evaluated at 8.

I guess its a better solution than my JUST BAN EVERYTHING.
>> No. 86672 ID: 392726
Partly because of Obamacare rules, business models like Walmart's been using for years now, are essentially rewarded for having 1 full-time lead and like 30 part time employees per department.

Benefits are expensive, but so is training. If it's an actual job, (where you could make a decent living, I'm talking like specialized factory work, etc.) training costs money but takes TIME; this is not something the companies take lightly.

People seem to think you can just legislate jobs into appearing, just like you can sign some magic budget or law that will suddenly stabilize and strengthen the economy, but it doesn't work like that. A strong stable economy creates jobs and a large middle class.

But nope. Corporations don't need tax cuts! Only bailouts.

We'll raise the minimum wage to $15; but wreck the Purchasing Power Parity of the dollar, create market instability that will take at least a while to stabilize, create exponential inflation(Hello $15+ milk, gas, etc.) as well as eliminate jobs...
>> No. 86674 ID: 8fcb46
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This guy gets it too.

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86406 No. 86406 ID: f15682 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
It survived the Cold War.
It survived the War on Terror.
It couldn't survive Congress.

The A-10 has been denied further funding for operation in the United States Air Force and will be retired.

U.S. House panel defeats bid to save A-10 'Warthog' aircraft

>The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee defeated an amendment to a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would have preserved funding for the U.S. fleet of A-10 "Warthog" aircraft.

>The Pentagon, facing budget cuts, decided to eliminate all 283 of the tank-killer jets, saying it would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades.

>The U.S. Air Force says money saved by cutting the Warthog would be used to bolster readiness, which has slipped in recent years because of budget cuts, and focus on priorities for the future, such as the radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a new aerial refueling tanker and a new long-range bomber.

>The vote was not necessarily the final verdict on the Warthog. The Senate must also pass its version of the Appropriations bill, which could include funding to keep the Warthog fleet.
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>> No. 86649 ID: 58a76a
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Ziv was a badass for making that landing, even if the only reason he stayed with his plane was because he didn't realize how bad the damage was.
>> No. 86661 ID: 00a13e
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More material, discussion and info of the A-10 cancellation at
>> No. 86665 ID: 388296

That's a shitty way for those 'hogs to go.
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Pfft, that's how they store aircraft they want to keep.

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86372 No. 86372 ID: ec8f98 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
>......Now academia is unhappy about the Education Department’s plan for government to rate every institution’s educational product. But the professors need not worry. A department official says this assessment will be easy: “It’s like rating a blender.” Education, gadgets — what’s the difference?

>Meanwhile, the newest campus idea for preventing victimizations — an idea certain to multiply claims of them — is “trigger warnings.” They would be placed on assigned readings or announced before lectures. Otherwise, traumas could be triggered in students whose tender sensibilities would be lacerated by unexpected encounters with racism, sexism, violence (dammit, Hamlet, put down that sword!) or any other facet of reality that might violate a student’s entitlement to serenity. This entitlement has already bred campus speech codes that punish unpopular speech. Now the codes are begetting the soft censorship of trigger warnings to swaddle students in a “safe,” “supportive,” “unthreatening” environment, intellectual comfort for the intellectually dormant.

>It is salutary that academia, with its adversarial stance toward limited government and cultural common sense, is making itself ludicrous. Academia is learning that its attempts to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations — brings increasing supervision by the regulatory state that progressivism celebrates.

>What government is inflicting on colleges and universities, and what they are inflicting on themselves, diminishes their autonomy, resources, prestige and comity. Which serves them right. They have asked for this by asking for progressivism.


I feel lucky to not be at a school that will ever become that radically liberal.

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>> No. 86570 ID: 8ffc0f
Furry Fedoras.
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>> No. 86575 ID: 8ef743
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I am going to glue some fake animal ears to hats and sell 9,001 furdoras for big mawnies on Etsy, maybe even on some furry forum. Soon you shall see them everywhere in high schools, colleges, and nerd-conventions.

The spice must flow.
>> No. 86658 ID: c40bcc
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Why the fuck did I google that?

(You knew what you were looking for, yiffer..)
>> No. 86659 ID: c40bcc
God fucking dammit. I just realized that those are probably anal beads.

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86408 No. 86408 ID: 697c94 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
When she was a child, 22-year-old Ifetayo Harvey's father was sentenced to prison for cocaine trafficking.

"My dad went to prison when I was 4 years old, and he was released when I was 12," Harvey says.

Harvey is one of millions of young people who grew up with a parent in prison. A recent study from the National Academy of Sciences examined the growth of incarceration in the United States, and among the topics was the effect on kids and families when a parent goes to prison.

Like many children with incarcerated parents, Harvey has suffered for her father's crime.

But at first, she didn't even know her dad had gone to prison.

"I noticed that my dad was gone for a while, but because my parents weren't married and they didn't live together, I assumed that he would be back," Harvey tells NPR's Arun Rath.

She started receiving letters from her father, and was confused by the long strings of letters and codes. She says it was in sometime in first or second grade that her mother told her that her father was in prison.

"I was really sad about it," she says.
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>> No. 86415 ID: 14be9a
If anything there should be greater stigma against people with families who get incarcerated precisely because of this. What kind of worthless piece of shit risks going to prison when he's responsible for a family? Its his fault his kids will now have a fucked up childhood
>masters degree in social work
See now if she had a daddy, maybe there would have been someone there to tell her to get a real degree. Now she's going to have crippling student debt getting a master's degree in something that makes no money whatsoever.
>> No. 86425 ID: b338a2
  When a parent who is a criminal stays with a child instead of going to prison, the child usually pays an even larger price, in their own blood usually

>"My mom is a single parent of seven kids, and once my dad went away, this put a really big financial strain on my family," she says.
>Harvey's dad was deported back to Jamaica after he was released.
>Harvey just graduated from Smith College and now wants to pursue a master's degree in social work
>Her dad's experience gave her a passion for social justice
Jesus Christ this girl is living a stereotype
>> No. 86605 ID: 13dbd1

>master's degree in something that makes no money whatsoever.

>social work

government jobs man, and that masters guarantees management at some point down the line. So, assuming the grand collapse doesn't happen she's looking at 6 figures and a sweet retirement.

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86309 No. 86309 ID: f3e2a5 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
I think everyone agrees that PACs and the elite have a disproportionate amount of influence in U.S politics. Have there been any indepth studies on it, though? How much pull does the average joe, or even a politically active normal person have compared to: unions, universities, corporations, unions, lobbyist groups, the media, and people like George Soros or the Koch Bros.?

Have there been times in recent (last 10-30 years) events where popular sentiment overwhelmed those groups as a whole or even within their own party?
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>> No. 86567 ID: f3e2a5
That's more than just one post. That's making the entire thread about it. And really? Because I don't want to see the thread derailed, I'm a sychophant? I liked you more when you refrained from being political.
>> No. 86569 ID: 963c4b
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No, wasn't referring to you, but to people who advocate for the richest and most powerful people in society to concentrate more wealth and power for themselves. I see these pundits and politicians all over the place vigorously defending the privileged status of their plutocrat masters. There's a code phrase for a politician who represents the interests of powerful monied corporate interests in opposition to the interests of the majority of his constituents he supposedly represents. It's called "Sucking Satan's Cock". So whenever you see news pundits or politicians advocate policies that further advantage the richest and most advantaged in society, just imagine them lovingly wrapping their whore mouths around the dick of their Dark Lord and Satanic Master in return for wealth and power.

...Or at least that's my take on it.
>> No. 86571 ID: 2f4f56
If you forget about what silly politicians talk about who aren't in touch with normal people, have you considered that people who vote against tax increases might be doing it not because they give two shits what the elite are doing but because they don't want to pay more money to the government themselves?

I don't make a ton of money but I do alright with an engineering job, and seeing the chunk uncle sam takes every paycheck is kind of painful, especially when I think about a portion of that going towards lazy fucks who don't want to work. It just happens that economic policies that benefit me also tend to benefit the 1%ers. I don't think they're some godlike benevolent job creating beings, I just want more money for me.
>> No. 86573 ID: 46a793
Whining about income disparity and taxes are pretty much excellent low-information distractions for the much larger Federal Reserve schemes of quantitative easing and debt monetization, but likely his boy Cenk Uygur is telling him it's not like that.
>> No. 86585 ID: 00a13e
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Then make the taxes more equitable across the board.
When Obama pushed for the Bush tax reductions to be extended to all but the top 2%, Congress, lobbyists, pundits, and news commentators went irate, screaming unfair "class war" and an assault on our beneficent job-creators. The fact that taxes on investment income, capital gains, and a million banking loopholes, are taxed at a much lower rate than income taxes shows how legislators favor these people.

Now tax laws are conceptually also geared to encourage good economic behavior. Encouraging people to invest in US businesses and domestic economic activities is a good thing. Unfortunately, comparing capital gains tax rates and economic growth in America from 1950 to 2011, economist Len Burman found "no statistically significant correlation between the two", even after using a "lag times of five years." Burman shared his data (shown in this chart) with several economists but none came back having discovered a historical relationship between the rates and growth over those six decades. According to Burman, "If they found the relationship, they’re saving it for a special time."

There also appears to be "little or even a negative" correlation between capital gains tax reduction, and rates of saving and investment, according to economist Thomas L. Hungerford of the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

"Saving rates have fallen over the past 30 years while the capital gains tax rate has fallen from 28% in 1987 to 15% today .... This suggests that changing capital gains tax rates have had little effect on private saving".

Studying economic growth and changes to the top marginal tax rates for capital gains (and other personal income) from 1945 to 2010, Hungerford found, "The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the pie." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_gains_tax_in_the_United_States

- Top tax rates on long-term capital gains and real economic growth (measured as the percentage change in real GDP) from 1950 to 2011. There is no apparent relationship (correlation = .12) between low capital gains taxes and high economic growth or vice versa. Source: Burman, Leonard, Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Capital Gains, House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance, 20 September 2012. http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/092012%20Burman%20Testimony.pdf

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86265 No. 86265 ID: ee1c7f hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
[Screams internally]

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>> No. 86537 ID: 236235

whatever, we can just use old video of her to make a CG automaton that can play the role. I'm sure there are tons of books on tape so she's said pretty much every word we need.
>> No. 86539 ID: 90a126
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Oprah would make a good tray-tray momma. Plus she already stuck her fat tits in it, so it wouldn't be too much of a surprise for her to fund and star in a movie about the "real" Trayvon Martin.
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>> No. 86565 ID: 46a793
Can't unsee
>> No. 86568 ID: 823a67
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86284 No. 86284 ID: be2f2d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Since last year, the progress toward marriage equality has been nothing less than stunning. Nearly a year ago, the Supreme Court granted full federal recognition of married same-sex couples in declaring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. In rapid succession since then, federal judges in 13 states have overturned their state’s respective bans on same sex unions. The latest was last week in Pennsylvania, when Judge John E. Jones III, a G. W. Bush appointee, overturned the ban, writing, “We are a better people than what these laws represent.” Because Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has declined to appeal the judge’s decision, Pennsylvania is now the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Federal judges have ruled against the bans as diverse as Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Gay marriage isn’t just for blue states anymore.
One of the most eloquent statements against the bans was issued earlier this month by Arkansas federal judge Chris Piazza, who argued that state’s ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Procreation is not a prerequisite in Arkansas for a marriage license,” he said. “Opposite-sex couples may choose not to have children or they may be infertile, and certainly we are beyond trying to protect the gene pool. A marriage license is a civil document and is not, nor can it be, based upon any particular faith. Same-sex couples are a morally disliked minority and the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages is driven by animus rather than a rational basis. This violates the U.S. Constitution.”
These cases, and the others that will likely follow, can lead to just one thing: another historic case about gay marriage before the Supreme Court, one that could establish a constitutional right to marriage equality, something few legal experts thought would happen so soon after last year’s DOMA case.
Public opinion on this issue is marching forward as well. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 59 percent of Americans now support gay marriage. Only a third opposes it, nearly the reverse of the same poll 10 years ago. Forty percent of Republicans support it, and nearly 60 percent of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 29. Even 51 percent of white evangelicals under 35 support it, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.
And yet the Christian Right, or at least most of its self-proclaimed leaders, just won’t let it go. In mid-May, a group of them called the Conservative Action Project met outside Washington, D.C., to plot their next moves and devise their agenda to push back against the Republican leadership in Congress, whom they see as too soft on Obama and his agenda. Mainstream business groups like the Chamber of Commerce, which is keen to see a GOP takeover of the Senate after missed opportunities in 2010 and 2012, are siding
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>> No. 86358 ID: 8ef743
I have a feeling that hypothetically, a lot of dead presidents would be rejected if they ran now, especially for stupid superficial reasons.

That Kennedy guy? His accent is too funny, don't like him.

Taft? Way to go for setting the example for health in the middle of an obesity epidemic tubby.

Buchanan? What a neckbeard autist, can't even find a wife. How is he going to understand the plight of the oppressed modern woman if he does not live with one?
>> No. 86366 ID: 59aaa9
>every president before WWII
Racist as fuck.
>> No. 86367 ID: 388296
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The only good choice for president is Fruity Rudy, so his waifu can be the first cosplaying First Lady.
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That would be rad. Cosplay would become a national passtime.

President Fruity Rudy, the first president to fight homelessness. With pepper-spray.

I don't know if he's watered any hippies, but I would assume so being a security-bro.
>> No. 86522 ID: 46a793
Not that I think the guy's a particularly good candidate, but you're not too far off at all.

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86506 No. 86506 ID: 9d1df4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Archive.org is a fascinating repository of all kinds of media including older digitized texts. I've found a few interesting books worth sharing.

Artillery Through the Ages: A Short Illustrated History of the Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America

Many of the types of cannon described in this booklet may
be seen in areas of the National Park System throughout the
country. Some parks with especially fine collections are:
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, seventeenth
and eighteenth century field and garrison guns.
Chigkamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park,
Civil War field and siege guns.
Colonial National Historical Park, seventeenth and eight-
eenth century field and siege guns, eighteenth century naval
Fort MgHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine,
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>> No. 86511 ID: 9d1df4
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Here's some older practical blacksmithing books.

Farm Blacksmithing: A Textbook and Problem Book for Students in Agricultural ... (1921)

Farm blacksmithing (1910)

Practical blacksmithing : a collection of articles contributed at different times by skilled workmen to the columns of "The blacksmith and wheelwright ... (1998)
Volumes 1 - 4
>> No. 86513 ID: 9d1df4
  If you're into knife making, this video helped me de-mystify the heat treatment process.

Elements of Tempering, Normalizing, and Annealing

Explains how steel is tempered, how the structure, toughness, and hardness of plain carbon steel changes at progressive tempering stages, and how steel is normalized and annealed. Describes the results.

>> No. 86514 ID: 9d1df4
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Nuclear War Survival Skills (1979)

Nuclear War Survival Skills (1987)
>> No. 86515 ID: 9d1df4
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Shelters, shacks, and shanties (1914)

As this book is written for boys of all ages, it has been
divided under two general heads, "The Tomahawk
Camps" and "The Axe Camps," that is, camps which
may be built with no tool but a hatchet, and camps that
will need the aid of an axe.

The smallest boys can build some of the simple shelters
and the older boys can build the more difficult ones. The
reader may, if he likes, begin with the first of the book,
build his way through it, and graduate by building the log
houses; in doing this he will be closely following the his-
tory of the human race, because ever since our arboreal
ancestors with prehensile toes scampered among the
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Armour & weapons (1909)

TC 31-29 Special Forces - Caching Techniques

That ends some of the ones I've found lately. If anyone would like me to continue I can. I'd also like to hear anything else interesting from you guys.

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86204 No. 86204 ID: 569ca6 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
Let me start off by saying I obviously don't think this is the case, but I think it's an interesting question to ask. And before all you herps say "absolutely nothing will change my mind!!1!", consider that is just as unreasonable a position as many anti-gunners hold, where no amount of evidence can change you beliefs. Being able to consider the possibility that you are wrong instead of going on blind faith is an essential critical thinking skill.

It's a hard question for me to answer myself so I'm curious what sort of evidence you all would need.

Image is a funny pic I found while looking for that bad drawing of a child breaking a tommy gun over his knee
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>> No. 86402 ID: 00a13e
  2014 new BMW C evolution electric scooter promotional video
>> No. 86404 ID: 8ef743
There are a few very rare electric mopeds which actually incorporate pedals, but you could more easily and cheaply either convert a gas moped to electric as pictured, or even more cheaply and easily buy one of those electric converter kits to mount on a decent bicycle.
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Forgot the image.
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>> No. 86478 ID: b338a2
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Unless it's rocket powered I can't really get into it

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  70 years
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>> No. 86306 ID: 5b9651

Manly tears. There's little else I can say.
>> No. 86323 ID: 8ef743
All of the narcissists I ever met, and I mean actual medical diagnosis of the personality disorder in some cases, had shown no interest whatsoever in history, and really no interest in anything more abstract than daily tasks and the people they knew.

This is how someone born in 1954 could have spent all that time absorbing nothing about history, because if it does not involve this person somehow, there is no reason to care. It would be tragic were it not so annoying to be around them.

The real tragedy now is that it seems like all the attention celebrities receive in the media -the interviews and reality shows- are all helping encourage younger people to refrain from weeding out any narcissistic traits, so being self-absorbed and apathetic towards the rest of the universe seems to be popular now.

That is enough from me now though. My talking-from-ass sense is tingling.
>> No. 86364 ID: d1a09b
Once you start to say "young people these days..." its a good idea to stop talking because people have always been the same. Always.
>> No. 86365 ID: 18bb47
People have always been the same, but cultures change, and the current culture in America favors narcissism more than it used to.
>> No. 86370 ID: 8ef743
That is kind of the problem though, people believing that humans never change when we obviously do. The belief that people never fundamentally change over generations is harmful, in that it dismisses any caution against potentially harmful trends and widespread habits. I am not suggesting that full-blown narcissists are becoming more common, but the traits, at least in the way people socialize, do seem to be.

As an example of one personality change occurring, I recall reading a study some years ago about how sarcasm has become more popular as a defense mechanism for more recent generations of English-speakers when engaged in arguments or dealing with insults, whereas before it was more of a thing used for jokes and satirical commentary like with Monty Python.

Whenever I talk to people over the age of 60 or so, they never seem to use sarcasm, so I think there is some weight to that. Really in my opinion, when most people use sarcasm humorlessly in a casual chatting, it makes for some abrasive conversation and comes of as socially awkward. When trying to execute a coordinated plan or rely instructions, sarcasm is also a great hindrance.

I am not saying a generational change like over-use of sarcasm is going to somehow destroy the world, but changes like that do happen, and at the least, are kind of annoying.

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