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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    As usual, you certainly deliver! A true crusader for all that is right and good! Never change Phil, never change.
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  • PaulConventionWV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 AM
    Teaching English. Things are going pretty well right now, and if they keep going this way, I may eventually choose to make an enterprise out of it. I definitely feel the opportunity is there much more than I ever did in the states. I've already done some freelance work and have gained some notoriety for my teaching ability while making a significant and marked impact that will eventually help me gain even more notoriety. In fact, while this may just be a perception issue, I feel that I've made the biggest impact while I'm not at my actual day job, and I definitely feel like that's where the most meaningful work occurs for me. The market I'm currently is wildly inefficient, but it pays well enough. However, I still feel I make the most meaningful difference outside of work and I'm just looking for the opportunity to make that part of what I do instead of just a side venture. I've already met hundreds of people through a hiking group called Outdoor English Corner started by a good friend of mine with which I am now heavily involved. Just today I got an offer from someone to tutor a lawyer for his spoken English test as well as a few other offers and I've already successfully helped a 16 year old boy to far surpass his parents' expectations on the TOEFL test, helping to prepare him for studying in the US. Just a couple of examples of the way my life has been made more meaningful and I feel like I've made a huge difference already, far more than I could've hoped for in the US.
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  • PaulConventionWV's Avatar
    09-27-2016, 04:07 AM
    No, it's in WV near my hometown. And yeah, I can definitely understand why you wouldn't really be on board with accepting tyranny for the sake of peace. I'm not really either, but it's not my country here so I guess that means I don't have to worry about it.
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    09-27-2016, 04:05 AM
    Good idea! I'll get around to that soon.
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    09-26-2016, 05:06 PM
    I agree. In fact, that was part of my point, that the people of other nations, particularly China, don't seem to have as many quarrels with their government because they've already been subdued for a long time. America's only not quite that way yet because it's a relatively new nation. Right now, it is quite a lot more outwardly oppressive than other nations, but part of my point is that, if tyranny yields such results and is inevitable, then maybe it's actually preferable to the blind patriotism and deep-seeded belief that we're "special" held almost exclusively by the US (and the UK to some lesser extent).
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    09-26-2016, 04:23 AM
    I really appreciate that thoughtful response! Most people reject the notion that China could be good in any way, shape, or form based on knee-jerk reactions to the ideas they've been fed about it being one of the worst, most oppressive places on earth, along with the China-US competitive mentality that has been widespread lately.
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    09-26-2016, 04:20 AM
    Yeah. Nobody can really make those decisions for you. It's one of the most notoriously complicated issues in history. I chose to leave the country, others may wish to start a revolution or simply live an agorist lifestyle or just be a sucker and play the system while ignoring the vast injustices, which I don't recommend. I wholly agree, however, that America is not one of the best places for an agorist lifestyle, not even close. I've considered South America and a few other places. I hear society as a whole is pretty happy in some of those countries, like Colombia, but I've never been there so I don't really know. It seems most of the developed countries are out of the question as far as freedom is concerned, but China's pretty close to a developed country, and you don't even have to really interact with its bad parts if you stay in the big cities so it's not hard to live as if it is a fully developed country. You just have to get used to the local customs, and some of them are a bit hard to swallow, like the work environment, which I could go into more detail about but it's kind of long so I'll wait and see if anyone's interested. The point is, find a place that suits you or fight if you really want freedom. Passively accepting it might work out in your favor, but for the obvious reasons it wouldn't be the noble thing to do, and besides, why risk it? The system might chew you up and spit you out, even if you try to merge with it. Everyone's situation is different, which is what makes it so hard to start any kind of revolution, and this particular system has the unique advantage of being inundated with mass media and a ***** belief in freedom that really doesn't stand up to scrutiny but is reinforced by the constant barrage of propaganda from the media that allows us to believe that what we have now is still anything like what the founding fathers gave us and that we can actually do something about it. To me, that's the worst part. Before we can do anything, we need to get rid of this false notion that we can change things through entirely passive means like voting. We need to stop using the system to change the system.
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    09-25-2016, 04:33 PM
    Wash it down with some water; you'll be alright. Last I heard, DJT backed the same thing the NRA backed in regards to the no-fly list, a 72 hour period for the government to prove their case against said individual in front of a judge. That's a far cry from outright gun bans and the overturning of Heller and or McDonald. If you like your gun rights, Donald Trump is the best candidate in the race.
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    09-25-2016, 03:27 PM
    No you haven't. Today I can go down to Bass Pro or log on to armslist and buy an AR, AK, or AUG and 30 round mags to go with it. I can throw them in the truck and ride around with them. I can take them to the range or to the farm to shoot. I can stick them in the safe and never worry about being a felon for having them. The Supreme Court can change that with the a few strokes on a keyboard by some 24 year old clerk from Harvard Law. That is reality. Shouting down people that state this truth doesn't help you. Going on demented off med negative rep crusades against us doesn't help you. The only thing that can help you is Donald J Trump.
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    09-25-2016, 02:13 AM
    Twitter feed looks like a pretty normal kid; wonder what happened?
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    09-25-2016, 01:39 AM
    One of the toughest squads we had left on the schedule! That LSU-Auburn game hurt my heart. Les Miles' days in Death Valley have got to be numbered. Ole Miss and The Aggies looked pretty good. UT looked really good; I pray that they can handle UGA and A&M in their next two games, but both are on the road. Some good match-ups next week Stanford-UDub Friday and a good Saturday slate with Louisville-Clemson, UT-Georgia, and Wisky-Michigan Roll Tide
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  • PaulConventionWV's Avatar
    09-25-2016, 01:03 AM
    I've come to realize there is no real path to freedom. The forefathers, when they said the tree of liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants, didn't just mean they had to keep killing people who tried to usurp power (at least to my understanding), but rather that tyranny would come for a time and nobody would even realize it and then it would get bad enough that there would be a revolution. The only real path to freedom, as I've come to consider, is not to seek a revolution or figure out the best governmental formula, but rather agorism, or the idea that you should simply mind your own business and do your thing until somebody comes and tries to interfere with it. I'm in the nominally communist China and I've found that people don't really talk about politics over here, and it actually seems to work out quite a bit better for society. The police don't harass you much and there aren't that many regulations on business as far as zoning and safety regulations are concerned. Although there are many bad things about the Chinese government, including its gun policy, people at least aren't under the impression that they can somehow change things by voting, so they don't really concern themselves with politics. Instead, they're highly driven to succeed in business and learn skills that help them or others in life. Crazy as it seems, I think it's better this way. The government doesn't really interfere with my life here and so I don't bother with it. This seems to be true of almost everyone, and thankfully there aren't these weird social justice trends pervading society, so I find human interaction a lot more sane. I was drunk at a club last night for the first time in a long time, and I was dancing with a Chinese girl who was into me, but apparently the foreigners in the room took issue with it and regarded it as creepy, so I told them to piss off and slept with the girl later. This is only ever an issue for foreigners, usually Americans. Everyone else minds their own business. There was another guy at the club when I mentioned the movie Grease who took it upon himself to explain how it was a terrible movie because it reinforced gender roles and how women are supposed to give up their lives for men. I kindly exited that conversation and left him alone because I don't have to concern myself with that shit here. There are plenty more sane people around, and it's only the foreigners who are ever concerned about stupid things like that. The sickness we see in American society is largely due to the government, and I the government itself is reinforced by the idea that we still have some modicum of freedom that we can defend by voting or politics, when really it's an illusion, and I find it better when people aren't under that ruse. It may not be ideal, but I think it's the best we can do for now. Vote with our feet by finding a place where we can mostly be left alone and only concern oneself with government when it interferes with you. Otherwise, stay out of it. It does absolutely no good to try to change things. I reckon if I was in America, I would eventually snap under the pressure of being hassled by cops for speeding tickets and being talked down to like they have more rights than I do. It's not a healthy environment. That's why I say forget about it and do something productive, don't reinforce a system that takes intelligent minds out of productive endeavors to be politicians, not to mention all the people who work campaigning rather than doing something that can actually help people or finding the cure for cancer, as the cliche goes. Anyway, sorry for the ramble, but that's my two cents.
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    09-21-2016, 09:04 PM
    Got me
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    09-19-2016, 08:44 PM
    No. The trump haters didn't make it that far before they wanted to impart their intelligence and hatred upon us.
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    09-18-2016, 04:32 PM
    W is a W!
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    09-17-2016, 11:05 PM
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/17/explosion-reported-in-new-york-city-extent-damage-unclear.html Explosion, 2 dozen + injured, second device found nearby. More at link and twitter
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    09-17-2016, 07:34 PM
    Bama did what they do when they play Ole Miss: forget how to play football. Played terribly and still won though, and it really wasn't as close as the final score looked like. The only threat we have on our schedule is LSU assuming they have found a QB!
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    09-17-2016, 01:10 PM
    Talk about your understatements! Iowa just went down to North Dakota State. What a day already. Roll Tide
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    09-14-2016, 04:16 AM
    Let's give a little bit of credit where it's due. Farerri is right about veggies being healthier. Veganism is a great lifestyle for humans if you can keep it up. If you do, bravo. If you don't, oh well. That's your decision. That said, he is a condescending, rude, obnoxious asshole and so are many of the meat-eaters who seek to berate him. The asshole vegans and the asshole meat eaters are all idiots and we should avoid becoming either one. The asshole vegans preach to you and throw in presumptuous terms like "thirsty pigs" while the meat-eaters make stupid jokes and thump their chests over their pride in identifying as a meat-eater. They've both become cultish and I'm sick of both sides of the argument. There's no need for the snark and no need for the condescension and chest-thumping. While I think some type of force was certainly warranted against the hippie hoardes for attacking the pig truck, I also think a lot of people let the whole ideology get to their heads and they brashly start shouting "murder the bastards" if somebody so much as touches somebody else's property. So, in conclusion, everyone please shut the fuck up.
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    09-12-2016, 10:51 PM
    I can only speak of what I see since I work in non-residential construction and don't really follow real estate. That said, we are in a big lull right now after being hot and heavy for an extended period of time. It's not dire at this moment, but it looks like it could be headed that way; every other contractor I talk to is burning through their backlog just like we are and we don't bid a job that at least 1 or 2 large out of state contractors aren't on as well. I'm a little concerned at the moment.
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    09-11-2016, 09:31 PM
    Big test for Bama Saturday against CA's Ole Miss Black Bears! I think we'll know a little more about our situation when the dust settles on that one. If UM gets the win, that's 3 in a row against us; it's been a while since someone has pulled that off. Roll Tide!
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    09-10-2016, 07:50 PM
    FYI, I believe I was part of the generation that made that a thing. I first heard GOAT in college about 5 years ago used to refer to Haile Gebrselassie, the greatest runner of all time. Seemed like a pretty legit slogan at the time, but I guess it's gone mainstream and now old people hate it. No, I don't have any proof that that was actually anywhere near new, but it seemed new to me, so I assumed it was new.
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    09-10-2016, 07:38 PM
    I'm a big fan of laying low with booze...
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    09-10-2016, 06:03 PM
    Doesn't that kind of make you like them? Isn't that something we want to avoid?
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    09-09-2016, 09:03 AM
    Interesting.
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    09-09-2016, 08:46 AM
    ? Really? You can see yourself working for a bunch of liberals? Is that because you think you would be able to GET the job, or because you would be able to stomach it?
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    09-09-2016, 08:36 AM
    The perverts wouldn't have any actual standing in society if it weren't for the huge mass indoctrination culture that stands behind them. It's way more insidious than a few people trying to convince themselves that their identity is real.
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