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  • 3 years ago
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    If that were built in my town it would be shot out within a month.

  • 3 years ago
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    Cy Young's record of 511 career wins.

  • 3 years ago
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    This whole thing seems like a solution looking for a problem. Storage is already modular, and screens, cameras, processors, and cameras are developing so rapidly it seems like I'd be replacing these components as rapidly as I'm already replacing entire phones.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    Pulled pork or beef brisket topped with coleslaw and lots of hot sauce on a kaiser roll.

  • 3 years ago
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    It's easy to pass judgement when you have the benefit of distance and hindsight. It's difficult to see with clarity when you're in a desperate and fearful situation. I hope if there comes a time you find yourself in such a state you find more empathetic voices than your own.

  • 3 years ago
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    In my view prosperity theology is much more despicable than Ponzi schemes or blessing scams. A Ponzi scheme is purely a financial scam. A blessing scam is just boils down to simple theft. Prosperity theology is so much more than this. The victims look to these preachers as spiritual leaders, and these preachers abuse this absolute trust to suck out as much wealth as possible. At least with Ponzi schemes and blessing scams there comes a point where most victims realize that they were deceived by an asshole. But prosperity theology? If the wealth they were promised never comes the victim will see this as a personal failure, or as being unworthy of being blessed. What choice would they have but to double down their investment? Anything less would be seen as having a lack of faith, and a lack of faith will send you straight to hell. Financial scammers and thieves are shitheads, but at least they don't rape and shit all over your sense of value and self worth in the process.

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  • 3 years ago
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    In the past two years two of my credit card numbers were involved in three security breaches at three separate retailers. And as entertaining as this Ashley Madison episode is (40 MILLION MEMBERS?!?), one has to wonder at what point to people lose confidence in the security of traditional financial services companies. I mean, there are alternative currencies out there, and while they have their own issues they seem far more secure than the traditional checking and credit card system. One has to wonder if there is some tipping point at which confidence in credit card and information security is so low that it starts a mass exodus in favor of cryptocurrencies. This would have huge ramifications, not just to Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, but for world financial markets and global currencies as a whole.

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  • 3 years ago
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    It's a good time to be a divorce lawyer.

  • 3 years ago
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    Agreed. It would have been helpful for the author to identify the systemic problems with the educational system and how the "growth mindset" solution fails to address them. On the face of it the article seems to be about how children are being taught what he perceives to be a conservative ideology, and this is a bad thing because conservatism is bad.

  • 3 years ago
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    “What do all these cities have in common?” Beck said. “They are the most progressive cities in America. That’s not what I based this on…This is the list of the top 15 least religious cities in America.”

    Wait a minute, if he's so concerned about the spiritual well being of these cities, shouldn't he be urging his listeners to go to there and preach the good news? Urging his listeners to avoid those places and leave the godless heathens to their grisly fate doesn't seem like a very Christian thing to do.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    I am smarter than the average person.

  • 3 years ago
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    I find this whole porn label for photos of urban decay to be a bit of a stretch. I'd wager that most people that are into this kind of thing are into it for deeper reasons than liking the aesthetics.

    Granted, when I walk past an abandoned building I don't think of the socioeconomic and criminal costs of having that abandoned structure in a community. I do find myself wondering about the people that lived and worked there and passed on and how the life of the building shaped the lives of its caretakers and that of their future generations, and how that reflects my own existence in that life passed from these buildings leaving a ruined shell and so to will that soon happen to me. So for me this medium allows me to think on the tenuous nature of my own existence.

    Now is that pornographic? I guess that depends, some would certainly view excessive self-reflection as masturbatory. They might be right, but I'd like to think that its deeper than that.

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  • 3 years ago
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    I remember that too. It was 2004 and the internet was rife with all sorts of apocalyptic projections of our future without cheap oil. Peak oil was immanent or even in the rear view mirror and life was going to be really uncomfortable for everyone within a decade from now. This was alongside discussions of Detroit's conspiracy to kill the electric car and conjecture about fuel cell cars and the future hydrogen based economy.

    Last week I was drafting up a budget and crunching the numbers to see how much I should set aside for a new car when my current one craps out in about 5 years or so. Looking into it I found that if I purchased an electric car I could save about $1,500 a year on the cost of fuel alone. I realized that the savings accrued over the life of the car would easily pay for the uptick for a Tesla model 3 when it comes out and I was pretty excited about it. I was then struck by how mundane my internal debate was between a gasoline or all-electric car; like I was choosing between different brands of toasters or khaki pants.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Right, just because cat pics and celebrity gossip are more popular than the things that you and I like doesn't mean the internet is dead. If anything there is much more intelligent discussion and in-depth investigative journalism now than there was 10 years ago because the internet as a whole is so much larger. If the gossip and cats deleted and replaced the in depth stuff that would be another story, but in the mean time the internet is huge and there is room enough for everyone.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    BACK AWAY FROM THE GLASS HOLY SHIT.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    The Mass Effect movie.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    Lemmie guess, prolapse?

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    So long as pop up ads are a thing, yes.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment staxofmax

    I have trouble understanding those who subscribe to biblical liberalism. If they truly believe that God is exactly as described in the Bible, why on earth would you worship such a being, let alone love them? Are fundamentalists and evangelicals just victims of Stockholm syndrome?

  • 3 years ago
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    Seconded. Also, 2 guys 1 hammer, any of the ISIS decapitation videos, self mutilation, etc. I'm aware that some of these things exist in the world, but that doesn't mean I have to see it.

    Edit: there was one of these horrible videos I saw that I think was worth it in the long run, and that was the inside footage of The Station nightclub fire. It's easily the worst thing I've ever seen. And it's strange because I've frequented Rotten.com back in my younger days and this video had no gore or anything like that, but somehow it's more than the sum of its parts and will stick with you long after you've seen it. On the flip side, after having seen it every time I enter a crowded event or building I am mindful of all exits and potential escape routes. So I guess seeing it is worth gaining a level in perception. You might feel differently, so be warned. Note: the link above is to the wikipedia page. If you want to see the video that's on you.

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