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    Today, 08:16 AM
    I don't know if you should stick with SoundCloud or not, I don't really know anything about this stuff. I did read recently that SoundCloud has been having some struggles finding investment dollars, and finally just took on a whole load of debt instead. Article: http://archive.is/yPij4 So... that's my contribution to the thread, as irrelevant as it probably is. Good to keep in mind, though, that any platform could always go bankrupt and otherwise fail, or at least fail you, so you shouldn't get too tied to it, always stay flexible.
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    Today, 07:57 AM
    Oh, the commies don't know what they want. And they were happy, so... clearly something was working for them, at least in their minds. Of course, the lamestream conservatives don't either. Know what they want, that is. Conservatives mostly advocate the extreme leftism of 20 to 50 years ago (depending on how "far" "right" they are). What do they really want? Who can say. Nobody has really thought. Things. Through. And so, into this milieu comes President Trump, to remind us, after every single one of his rallies, and every single one of his major speeches:
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    Today, 07:24 AM
    Isn't. Helping. Anyone. To quote Johnny Cochran: If it doesn't assist, you must not persist!
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    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Part of "as best you can" is using the brain God gave you to not do incredibly corrosive, destructive things like giving cash to beggars. Anyway, I've made my point ten times over. You have, as expected, not appreciated it, not found any truth in it, and indeed have almost certainly not understood it. If you did, you gave no indication. Anyway, no big deal. You should have just ignored my post like I said. :p I just had read those verses many times recently and had a reasonably interesting and unique thought about them and wanted to share. Not with you, but with anyone who might find the thoughts interesting or valuable. I likewise have not yet given any indication that I understood your point, so let me say: you are saying that just because the seed falls in stony ground, doesn't mean it wasn't worth casting the seed. We are just His simple servants and only mortals. Our job is to just cast the seed, to try our best and follow Christ's example and counsel of loving generosity, then the harvest is in the Lord's Hands.
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    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    That's exactly the point! You want to tell Jesus "I was an enabler. Because of me you died of a drug overdose in the motel a block away from your overpass hangout. I didn't care. It wasn't my business."? Hmm? Results matter! Reality matter! Your Good Feelz: Not So Much!
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    Yesterday, 01:45 PM
    Wait, wait, wait. All these years, erowe, you have kept carefully saying you're just for the freedom to immigrate. Not that you want to see the country turned Third World necessarily. Just that we keep that option open. All about freedom. Now you are saying that decreased border crossings are a bad thing in and of themselves? These people are choosing to not cross the border. Isn't that their right? Isn't that OK, too? I think maybe some True Colors are accidentally coming out. Is it not so much about freedom for you, but instead about advocating ThirdWorldism? Anything that reduces or slows our Third World transformation -- even slightly! -- is in itself a bad to you. Did I get that about right? Nail on the head?
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    Sounds great, Ender! I'm just saying that maybe it matters what, exactly, it is that you're "doing unto" these people. In fact, no maybe: I'm saying that it does. It does matter, and it is our business. You can't just, like, do whatever you want; whatever "makes you feel good." Then you're "doing unto" them in a very different sense! I would also propose that the ability to make a good living hanging out at intersections with cardboard sign is not what these people need. Giving them that is not helping them. Handing money to them is not helping them. It is hurting. Like so many things, it seems to be kind. It seems to be loving. But it's not.
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    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    Thanks, Pierz. Good job.
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    Yesterday, 12:26 PM
    Suffice it to say it's extremely conservative and radically boring. Or is that radically conservative and extremely boring? It also involves way too much gold for anyone who "knows anything about investing." So: unorthodox, unpopular, and unappealing to pretty much everyone on all sides of the spectrum! :D
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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    But Mormons aren't Christians™, so I'm all good! :D
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    There is an argument to be made against the death penalty. That argument just doesn't happen to be "We should have a government of laws, not of men." There is also an argument to be made against vigilantism. Which has yet to be made in this thread. I'm just keeping things clear and accurate. :)
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    Yesterday, 09:05 AM
    And, a quite explosive one we had not perhaps anticipated: Mormon vs. Mormon! :D
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    Yesterday, 09:03 AM
    Pierz was actually arguing against the laws. His claim is that the carrying out of laws, just and Constitutional laws, duly and somberly passed, which require the execution of murderers, is itself murder. Now you may be just speaking against vigilantism. If so, that is on the side of law. But that is not the position Pierz has taken. That is not what he was speaking out against.
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    Yesterday, 08:53 AM
    Have you, personally, r3v, walked around extensively in Muslim slums? What tremendous Experience and Insight do you have to offer all us morons on RPF? Please detail it so we can judge your credibility to hurl judgments, insults, and Enlightenment at us.
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    Yesterday, 08:46 AM
    You have already said you strongly feel that everyone on RPF is a moron and a loser and unfit to talk to and that you hate coming here and were going to leave. You made, like, a big dramatic exit. So..... why did you then come back under an assumed name? Why do you keep coming back?
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    Yesterday, 08:38 AM
    Not that I'm resigned to it remaining this way. I'm not. I'm actually optimistic that it can be changed for the better. Sanity is on the rise and on the move.
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    Yesterday, 08:35 AM
    Tod, please, please don't churn my stomach with revolting images like that... thing! <shudder> Seriously. But it's a good point you raise. And the Apple Store has indeed had multiple class action lawsuits brought against it, IIRC. It's just the world we live in. Luckily for Apple the rewards of success have been far bigger than the punishment of doing what needs to be done for that success.
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    Yesterday, 08:22 AM
    First off, Ender, don't take this personally, because I already know you are not interested in what I have to say and will not find this post enlightening nor helpful in the least. I am not talking to you. I am talking generically and just using some of the statements made in your post as inspiration, as a jumping-off point, for some thoughts which are my own. OK? Are we cool with this? OK. Please don't take any offense, and feel free to ignore this post entirely. In fact, please do. Let me quote what I think is a relevant scripture on this matter: "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
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    Yesterday, 07:52 AM
    And during your entire life, and that of your parents, and that of your grandparents, it has been true. They bemoan this fact because it is true, it is a fact, and it is a sad fact. This is what happens when you tax the smart and shove resources into the gaping mouths of the stupid. Now some of us may want to shove resources into the gaping mouths of the stupid; we may like shoving resources into the gaping mouths of the stupid; we may even deeply believe it's the right and good and moral thing to do. We may be very angry and disappointed at reality for being so cruel and evil as to punish our "good" behavior with horrendous, disastrous results. "Bad reality! Go to your room!" Or we could accept reality, learn from it, and realize that an action with ugly and horrible results cannot possibly be virtuous and lovely. There's a bug in your morality.
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    Yesterday, 07:21 AM
    Oh, Pierz. :rolleyes: Should I crush him? If there's a big popular demand, I'll do it. Otherwise, I just can't see the point. He won't even notice he's been crushed. Suffice it to say one of us knows science (and has even done science!), while the other of us wants to dress up in the Mantle of science.
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    Yesterday, 02:46 AM
    You can hear the accusatory tone in MacCallum's voice as she talks to Sen. Paul.
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    03-28-2017, 03:46 PM
    https://getwrench.com/ They just raised $4 million.
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    03-28-2017, 03:40 PM
    No it's not. Killing is sometimes (often) justified. Not all killing is murder. Killing of grievous aggressors is not murder. What it accomplishes is: the goal of the act. Namely: • Removes murderer from society permanently. • Prevents murderer from fathering further children thereby perpetuating his faulty genes.
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    03-28-2017, 02:45 PM
    May? May? May? The studies and the evidence are clear: reliance on technology as a substitute for mental exertion does 100% definitely result in lowered mental function. As does anything else which lessens mental exertion. The mind is a muscle! This is an intra-lifespan single-person effect (i.e. you yourself become stupider), in addition to the inter-generational collapse of intelligence that is being caused by, well, fundamentally by escaping the Malthusian Trap.
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    03-28-2017, 10:18 AM
    That is a key. Because, interestingly, for the most part offshoring does not offer a better product than historically. That's not the whole problem, though. American-made products began seriously declining in quality, too, decades ago. So, it's just been a race to the bottom. And people have adjusted to that reality. No one expects to buy a product once and keep it for years. They expect everything to be junk. They know -- they know -- by experience that it will be. And so the entire economy has rearranged itself around this reality. Now, to re-rearrange it back to sanity, is shutting the doors on imports the whole solution? Would that do it? Just as you say, Madison320: definitely not.
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    03-28-2017, 10:02 AM
    No, I know. Writing, I was thinking of your story of your friend who kept fiddling with here phone the whole time she was supposed to be eating lunch with you. :rolleyes: Oh, what have we come to?
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    03-28-2017, 08:12 AM
    :D:D Just don't bring your cell phone!
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    03-28-2017, 08:04 AM
    Our temperaments have definitely changed, quantifiably, and this is one of the manifestations. People are less social. More loners. Tons of factors that have caused this -- interstate highway system, higher education serving as a siphon to suck talent out of towns and into metros, a massive incoming peasant migration from places with very, very alien cultures, and government policies actively destroying and subsuming the role of family and church. All of which adds up to the reality that: Today, you probably do not relate to and share lots in common with your immediate neighbors. You feel no particular affinity towards them. You are a stranger on your own street. You don't have a shared life experience. You don't wake up at the same time in the morning and walk to the same job. You don't have barbecues together. Your kids don't walk to and from school together. You don't see each other at church every week. You have a closer emotional connection with Conan O-Brien and the characters in the Game of Thrones than you do with anyone whose house you can see out your window. Far closer. This is a bizarre situation, precedented by previous civilization collapses, but probably never to this extent. People don't like going out. Even to go shopping. When they are out they're on their geejaw. People are recluses. Non-social and anti-social. It's introversion rigorized and systematized.
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