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  • What helps you sleep?: Pot. Codeine. Not enough of either, lately.
  • I hate living in Seattle or I wish I lived in Seattle
  • God is: an artifact of the primate brain, but useful as a way of not obeying any actual alpha.
  • What song or movie makes you cry?: Any scene implying that there's some beautiful place where you get to meet dead loved-ones.
  • Barsuk or Fantagraphics

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Dec 18, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Life Without Economics: Part Two.
Scarcity is not completely invented: it's a function of what we want and our level of technical competence---the second is being ignored in this so far. Some things are very hard to do---this can change, the best example of which I can think were aluminium going from a precious metal (before the cryolite process) to something ubiquitous and disposable.

When I read some New Left and more coherent hippie writings from the nineteen-sixties, I was struck by how sure they were that all necessary work would be completely automatable real soon now---they were extrapolating upward from a 'easy-to-reach fruit' period.

And:
Shorter: Just as the State is fundamentally about the authorisation of 'deserved violence', the culture is about the delineation of 'deserved suffering'.

I wouldn't say that capitalist societies invented 'the individual', they just needed a different set of conditions attached to the concept---in mediƦval times and Christian places, no-one expected any individual to make their way without assistance to Success, since that was impossible and for the Church, undesirable...but each individual was expected to see to his salvation in the approved fashion and think it only right that they would suffer if they didn't do it right. Now, Capital doesn't give a damn about people's religion, but expect that an individual will think it only right that they suffer if they don't succeed.
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Dec 18, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rides Again.
Publishers have no dignity; they have quarterly targets...and they assume that we won't sufficiently reward being dignified (generally devalued) sufficiently to allow them to get away with it.
Dec 18, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on What Do You Think of the Sandman Movie Adaptation?.
I'll bet Alan Moore demands that his name be taken off it, and the movie adaptation of "The Filth" as well.
Dec 5, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Good-Bye, Seattle.
Uhh, there's this scallion-infused fried tofu I've been unable to find anywhere but Seattle....
Nov 7, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Check Out Snoop Lion Dogg's New Vaporizer!.
Duh.
'plan material' -->'plant material'
'inxpensive'-->'inexpensive'
Nov 7, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Check Out Snoop Lion Dogg's New Vaporizer!.
A traditional hookah/nargileh, used as it were meant to be used and carefully so, can be a vapouriser, and a relatively inxpensive one. Just make sure that the plan material were moist and the charcoal far enough away, as opposed to using it with an open flame.
May 1, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on May Day Reading.
> The problem is, not every "self-motivated" person can succeed

Nonsense! We live in a Just World, everybody gets what they deserve, so stop bothering those of us who have proved our worthiness by doing well as if there were something we could or should do about so-called 'problems' so-called 'people' whine about.

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.
Jan 22, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Mark Driscoll on President Obama's Inauguration.
I am again struck by how much, in some ways, I would prefer the Obama that lives in his opponents' heads---contemptuous of Biblical law, hostile to religion, ever seeking to turn us into a largely unarmed social democracy where status rootless cosmopolitan values dominate---to the one we've actually got. At times I'm tempted to think that they're doing it just to frustrate me, but then I remember that to them I and others of a similar humour are of no importance sufficient to that attention.
Jan 21, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Man Attempts to Shoot a Bulgarian Politician on Live TV.
What about that _other_ gas-pistol wielder whose image the camera "conveniently" didn't capture? Wake up, Bulgarian sheeple!
Jan 19, 2013 Gerald Fnord commented on Christie Has Got Obama's Back, Again.
Does American politics have room for two major parties that basically work for the interests of business but are decent-to-good with respect to those social issues about which business, loosely construed, are good or don't care?

Maybe they could make enough difference out of which businesses support which party...or, more optimistically, maybe more centrist Republicans could move the Democrats leftward for sheer brand differentiation's sake.
 
 

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