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Dakryn's Batshit Theory of the Week

Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Ender Rises, May 19, 2007.

  1. Dak

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  2. Jimmy... Dead.

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    It seems like people have the goal of applying the rules of reality to solve a social problem? The social problem being - people are too uncomfortable admitting what they don't understand.


    It's a nice idea, but it will remain an idea for a long time, I suspect.
     
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    Yeah. It's convenient for barter, but direct barter isn't necessarily a hallmark of an "advanced economy". Of course I would also argue neither is central banking.

    Digitized, electronic transactions are convenient. It is entirely possible to use commodity currency with today's technology without resorting to carrying around a pocketful of the actual commodities. The "basket of currencies" idea constantly purposed for the "SDRs" is merely a bastardization of the basket of commodities approach to reducing risk. The problem is you cannot reduce risk except in the short term by pooling a bunch of flawed exchange mediums.
     
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    I plan on catching up with all of this after the honeymoon, but for now...

    ...shit's getting real. :cool:

    http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human/michael-banissy-mirror-touch-synaesthesia-and-empathy/
     
  5. Dak

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    I might be a face super-register, or something close to it. Not only faces, but arbitrary sections, particularly similarities in jawlines/mouth. I've lost count of how many times I've suggested one person looked like another person, either in general or parts, and usually meet with denial or mocking unless I can pair two photos with similar expressions for direct comparison.
     
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    Laugh it up, ghost boy. :cool:
     
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  8. Dak

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    I was being serious. :err:
     
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    I think I know what Pat's objections would probably be, but I think this stands, no less so than my experience before a Provost Marshall Lt. Col. regarding a "failure to stop" on base while in the Marines. I even brought those with me in the car at the time as counter witnesses. Didn't mean shit. My word vs the MP's word to, essentially, his boss. Guess who wins?

    The military, as the ultimate realization of the state, is not an anomaly.

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    My musing on monopoly

     
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    :lol: What the hell's a "face super-register"? You said so naturally that it made me question your authenticity.

    Lots of thoughts on this; more when I have the time.

    Just an initial thought: can we apply economic terms like "monopoly" to something as non-market as the Law?
     
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    Obviously you didn't read that whole Aeon article you posted:


    "Law", as reified by the State, is a service, one which the state has a monopoly on.
     
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    You said "register," not recognizer. And it was so awkward that I didn't make the connection. Furthermore, there were some typos in your original post that led me to believe you were being sarcastic; for instance, you originally wrote "suggest" (you changed it to suggested now), and I thought you were trying to sound intentionally stupid. Apologies, it just came off as sarcastic.
     
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    Yeah, I was preoccupied while replying.I think register gives the same meaning without sounding like a Bushism ("I'm the recognizer").
     
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    So NSA's Prism Project is going to turn all of our "private" conversations over to law enforcement and turn our webcams into nanny-cams. Dianne Feinstein just wants to protect us all. How precious and marvelous.
     
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    I don't agree with this policy, but I do believe it is mainly meant to find out who is communicating with the middle east etc? Haven't had the time to research it so I could be wrong though.
     
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    I think this overestimates the literacy of the Middle East just a little bit much.
     
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    If I were to talk with OBL on a daily basis it's no one's business. Least of all some bespectled schmuck in a datacenter in Utah. For years "raving lunatic conspiracy theorists" have been talking about this. Yet when it makes front page news finally, no one remembers, and almost as few care. Which is why it makes front page news now and not before. The masses have been successfully inurred before hand. Just like stratospheric sulphate aerosols, the technical term for "chemtrails". It will eventually be admitted to.
     
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    Yes. I understand this. Reminds me of how Obama joked about how big the government was in a speech and everybody laughed. Preening, weening, and demeaning; with a nice slice of apple pie.
     

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