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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Grammatron » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:37 am

sparks wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:47 am
And BTW--I bet the 1% still aren't spending anything. What is being spent comes from tax revenues. So anti up Grammy. [Insert obligatory Yer Mom joke here] :)
The funding is coming from $0.348 per square foot property tax.

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by sparks » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:12 pm

Your reading interpretation skills continue to amaze all who are ... exposed ... to them! :)
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Re: A Thought for the Day

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:02 am

“What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:38 am

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

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While Eco is firm in claiming “There was only one Nazism," he says, “the fascist game can be played in many forms, and the name of the game does not change.” Eco reduces the qualities of what he calls “Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism” down to 14 “typical” features. “These features," writes the novelist and semiotician, "cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism. But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.”
  • The cult of tradition. “One has only to look at the syllabus of every fascist movement to find the major traditionalist thinkers. The Nazi gnosis was nourished by traditionalist, syncretistic, occult elements.”
  • The rejection of modernism. “The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.”
  • The cult of action for action’s sake. “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”
  • Disagreement is treason. “The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.”
  • Fear of difference. “The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”
  • Appeal to social frustration. “One of the most typical features of the historical fascism was the appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.”
  • The obsession with a plot. “The followers must feel besieged. The easiest way to solve the plot is the appeal to xenophobia.”
  • The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
  • Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. “For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle.”
  • Contempt for the weak. “Elitism is a typical aspect of any reactionary ideology.”
  • Everybody is educated to become a hero. “In Ur-Fascist ideology, heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death.”
  • Machismo and weaponry. “Machismo implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality.”
  • Selective populism. “There is in our future a TV or Internet populism, in which the emotional response of a selected group of citizens can be presented and accepted as the Voice of the People.”
  • Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak. “All the Nazi or Fascist schoolbooks made use of an impoverished vocabulary, and an elementary syntax, in order to limit the instruments for complex and critical reasoning.”
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Doctor X » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:23 am

If aliens grabbed some rando popped-collar douchebro off of a frathouse roof, Uplifted his brain, and handed him a billion dollars, they'd wind up with Elon Musk, a furiously rich, frighteningly smart visionary and ambulatory Ed Hardy shirt. The wisdom-dump-statted Musk has been terrifying Tesla shareholders by careening from one bizarre antic after another. It might be said of him that we are all constantly called upon to hold his beer.

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by xouper » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:44 pm

It seems to me, the kind of people who criticize Elon Musk (even if they are correct) are the kind of people who would never have started companies like Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX, or The Boring Company. In other words, it's easier to be a naysayer than a doer. Even Henry Ford had "faults".

So here's another thought for the day:

Scientists Find Truth in "Mad Scientist" Stereotype: There Is a Link between Genius and Insanity

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:39 am

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An inspiring quote, for once. :mrgreen:

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:42 pm

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:43 pm

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:09 am

xouper wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:44 pm
It seems to me, the kind of people who criticize Elon Musk (even if they are correct) are the kind of people who would never have started companies like Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX, or The Boring Company. In other words, it's easier to be a naysayer than a doer. Even Henry Ford had "faults".

So here's another thought for the day:

Scientists Find Truth in "Mad Scientist" Stereotype: There Is a Link between Genius and Insanity
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https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/henry- ... ross-1938/
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:06 am

Those who are caught in the machinery of power take no joy except in activity and change – the whirring of the machine! Whenever an occasion for action presents itself, they are compelled to act; they cannot help themselves. They are inexorably moved, like the machine of which they are a part. Prisoners in the world of objects, they have no choice but to submit to the demands of matter! They are pressed down and crushed by external forces, fashion, the market, events, public opinion. Never in a whole lifetime do they recover their right mind! The active life! What a pity!”

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Doctor X » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:07 am

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:16 am

The universe is not stranger than you imagine, the universe is stranger than you can imagine.
– Sir Arthur Eddington

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by sparks » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:24 pm

Thought it was Haldane.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:13 pm

No.

It was Haldane who said "Everything is a dildo if you're brave enough". :p
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by sparks » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:56 pm

:lmao:
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:20 am

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
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