Times of minor unpleasantness

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Mongrel » Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:06 pm

Had another depressing realization today.

I know a fair number of cackling angry leftists who've never stopped going on about how Obama and Hillary would have still be murdering people, America is a dirty imperial dog power etc. etc.

And the thing is, I have agreed with that sentiment, to a point. I mean even on here I caught a little mild flak about refusing to endorse Obama because of his support for the opaque security-intelligence state, extrajudicial state murder, existing deportation programs, etc.

But like, there is a limit. I am not actually an insane morally-equivocating accelerationist asshole (I hope) and can actually make some sort of distinction between the modern US under Obama and, say Stalinist Russia. I'm not running around telling people that voting is meaningless or other cockeyed nonsense. Like yeah, the house needed some fixing up if it was going to continue to be livable, but I'm never going to be the guy who figures burning it to the ground will make things better. Or who, maybe didn't plan to set the house on fire, but who will still stand around and laugh while other people run and get water.

Anyway, these cacklers have been having a grand time making fun of "liberal sadness" in the wake of Trump's win. Talking about how this continues to show how out of touch the elites are, and blah blah blah... and to be fair some of the stuff coming out of the "Sad elites" really is laughable.

Yet funny enough, these were the same types who only weeks ago were expounding about anti-bullying measures and how no person has the right to decide how another feels and all that (this is not me being critical of those ideas, by the way).

I mean, sure the internet and all of human civilization is pretty much built on rationalization and intellectual dishonesty but I sure feel for TA right now because shit like this makes me want to crack skulls too. Goddamn.

It's like... imagine if you knew someone who's mom died. Only, their mom actually died ten years ago and they've been denying it for years. So now they finally figured out their mom is dead and maybe she's been dead for a decade and the enormity of that makes it even worse. And their friends, who are nominally supposed to be in their side, just laugh at them ha ha stupid, you're a stupid, and now you finally get that you're a stupid. I've been telling you all along your mom is dead and you just wouldn't listen. ha ha ha. Holy shit fuck these shitty people.
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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Brentai » Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:29 pm

The most disheartening thing to realize about human beings is that nobody is above the tragedy-is-when-I-cut-my-finger rule.

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Mongrel » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:05 am

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby zaratustra » Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:20 am

Mongrel wrote:I know a fair number of cackling angry leftists who've never stopped going on about how Obama and Hillary would have still be murdering people, America is a dirty imperial dog power etc. etc.

And the thing is, I have agreed with that sentiment, to a point. I mean even on here I caught a little mild flak about refusing to endorse Obama because of his support for the opaque security-intelligence state, extrajudicial state murder, existing deportation programs, etc.


Truth is, America has never elected peaceniks. What it does is alternate between dudes that are proud of being military warheads and dudes that aren't but are still willing to oversee a lot of shit.

Mongrel wrote:Anyway, these cacklers have been having a grand time making fun of "liberal sadness" in the wake of Trump's win. Talking about how this continues to show how out of touch the elites are, and blah blah blah...


Trumpers think the left is sad because the left lost the election, when the left is sad because they know exactly what is going to happen in the next four years. At least Bush Jr. left the distinct hope you could just mutter angrily in a corner for a few years and things would still be where you left them when you came back.

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Thad » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:45 am

zaratustra wrote:Truth is, America has never elected peaceniks. What it does is alternate between dudes that are proud of being military warheads and dudes that aren't but are still willing to oversee a lot of shit.


Coolidge was a reprehensible human being and a terrible President, but he was about as anti-war as they come.

Course, it probably says something that to come up with an example I had to go back 90 years, to a guy who wasn't elected President his first term, and who was basically a piece of shit in every other way besides his views on war.

Christ, even Carter armed the mujahideen.

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Mongrel » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:47 pm

You know, Coolidge has always been a joke to most, but I have to say I learned a little more recently that he was pretty unambiguously in favour of civil rights and racial equality in an era not exactly known for that sort of thing, both in terms of engagement, speaking out publicly, and in actual legislative measures.

He's still pretty awful when taken overall, and most of what he attempted to actually do re: civil rights via legislation was filibustered by Southern Democrats at the time, but credit where it's due.
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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Thad » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:34 am

Yesterday morning I started to shave and it didn't feel right; there was no friction. I looked over and saw that the blade was still sitting on the bathroom counter in its wrapper; I had cleaned and assembled the handle and forgotten to put a razor in it.

I went to pick up the razor but my fingers were slippery; I couldn't get a firm grip on the edges and instead it cut right through its wrapper and gashed me under my fingernail. Nothing serious, but you know how it fucking stings when you've got a cut under your fingernail.

This is the first time I've tried typing since, and I am discovering that it hurts to type. So I think I'm going to go do something else that's not typing now.

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Büge » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:04 pm

I'm definitely coming down with the flu. I blame FNM.

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Re: Times of minor unpleasantness

Postby Thad » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:14 pm

TFW you spend an hour trying to figure out why your Wordpress theme quit working when you migrated it from a Windows server to a Linux one and finally realize that it's because you just switched from a case-insensitive filesystem to a case-sensitive one, and all you needed to do was change an uppercase letter in a single CSS file to lowercase.

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