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[#] Fri Dec 11 2020 20:44:48 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I wish I had the context for THIS shit! 



[#] Sun Dec 13 2020 13:03:08 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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$21 a month for Illustrator burns my ass.

Mostly because there is no other vector graphic program even in the ballpark on features - that I've found. Illustrator is so far ahead of everyone else, that vector graphics might as well be called Adobe graphics. 

Why? If Corel or anyone else had something competitive, that wasn't subscription based, I'd buy it. 

Fuck Adobe. 

 



[#] Tue Dec 15 2020 12:17:46 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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So, my company sells heavy industrial transport rigging and lifting equipment - mostly chains, binders, and straps. They're not retail packaged, and they're used in hostile environments - like securing a bobcat to a flatbed truck. 

They get banged around in shipping, and usually arrive with the paint chipped. 

A customer called, she bought a set of ratchet binders for her trucker husband for Christmas, and she was disappointed that they arrived looking used. Because of the crush, we offered a price adjustment. 
 
I logged into Amazon to make the price adjustment, and was informed the most I could refund the customer was a portion of what I promised the customer.  After trying multiple different things, I gave up and used Amazon support. They called back, and it was a delightful Indian guy, who who had no idea how to solve my problem. 

But the best part was when he asked me for my name. I told him and spelled it out. He responded, 

"Ok, Thonsohan". 

"No, it is Donovan"

"Thomator?" 

"Um... Donovan" said slowly. 

"Ok, Tampon" 

Yeah, let's just go with that. Can I get your name? 

"My name is Paul." 

You know what... so is mine. 

 



[#] Tue Dec 15 2020 12:22:40 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I think Thomator is going to be a new D&D CFRP character though. 

 



[#] Fri Dec 18 2020 19:37:02 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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So, I just invited a guy to the BBS. He is from the retro-gaming community and does Podcasts I really find useful. 

I had to kind of give him a disclaimer that the board has a strong political lean to the right.

I hate that this is what you have to do now. 

It got me thinking - imagine if C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had never developed their friendship because one was a Catholic and one was a Protestant. They never changed one another's minds on this divide, either - and they debated their positions endlessly, and passionately. But they knew their love and passion for other things bridges their divide in this very *core* value where they disagreed with one another completely, and thought that eternal peace of damnation hung in the balance. 

And, as far as I've ever read, despite each most likely thinking the other was damned to eternal suffering in the afterlife - they maintained a very close friendship defined by respect and admiration their entire lives. 

Now, 12 years ago - I had a lot of liberal friends I had this kind of relationship with. But 8 years of Obama and then 4 years of Trump and I'm not sure I can count the Left leaning friends who will still interact with me on one hand. 

And - it was the LEFT pushing this agenda, and the Left embracing it. The idea that if a person leaned right - NOTHING they had to say should be considered - that *all* of their opinions should be marginalized and ignored. The idea seemed to be that if you knew a guy who leaned right who had a lot of knowledge on Chevy big block engines - listening to him on that would eventually lead to him thinking his racist and sexist opinions had value - so you had to shut him down completely. 

It is very similar to the Chinese idea of "Social Credit," where people who are not "right thinking," should become such pariahs that no one will listen to them about *anything*. 

This is a very dangerous idea. 

If you're in a burning building with Hitler - and everyone else is saying, "this is fine, we'll be fine..." and Hitler is screaming, "We all need to get out of here our we're going to burn to death..." 

Listening to Hitler does *not* make you a Nazi. 

It doesn't make you a Nazi sympathist. 

It doesn't encourage Nazism. 

And the problem *is* Facebook and big, baitclick social media. It does radicalize us to extremes. It is creating a society where we won't engage with the people we disagree with on what we *DO* agree with. Where we won't share what we both enjoy because of the things the other person believes that we hate. 

Maybe FACEBOOK is actually the anti-social media site - and WallofHate is the ACTUAL social media. 


Because if you have something to offer the BBS, I don't care what else you think. Literally. I don't care about what you've got wrong or what we agree on politically. We can agree to disagree. If you have value to add to things I care about - I'd love to have you here. 


 



[#] Wed Dec 30 2020 21:52:39 MST from ParanoidDelusions

Subject: The Chinese Don't Watch the News, it is all Propaganda

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They haven't figured it out yet.

Minimize watching televised entertainment as much as possible. What you do watch, be aware of the subtle social conditioning being promoted by it. It is almost all propaganda and conditioning.

Bread and circuses.

[–]SilverHerfer NC 7 points6 hours ago 

Subtle? You say subtle? They're outright rubbing our noses in their social conditioning and grievance culture.

[–]PiddlyD 14 minutes ago* 

And let me give an example of a subtle programming that is going on in entertainment right now. Watch any show about space exploration. It is always a multinational, diverse team, often the show will start out with a white male American in the lead role, as Captain of the crew. He gets hurt, disabled, makes bad decisions - and is replaced - usually with a woman. There is a black guy, he is the engineer - the Scotty. He has a chemistry with a white woman on the crew, who is a little fragile. She is cracking under the pressure of whatever they're facing on the space station or the surface of Mars. There is ALWAYS a Chinese woman, and she is always important to the political and diplomatic success of the mission. China is always a critical global partner in facing the aliens, or colonizing Mars, or fixing the station so the shuttle can land.

I mean, EVERY time, every "This is humanity's last stand" space flick has some variation of these elements in them, and it has been going on for some time. I started noticing it, and I even questioned myself. Then I started checking out as soon as it was clear to me the messaging was, "Only through a global partnership of nations with China and the United States working together will we overcome the challenges facing the world today!"

They're never saying it outright - but they're putting it in the heads of EVERYONE watching, every time they watch one of these space thrillers about humanity overcoming insurmountable extinction level events by becoming a space faring species.

The "in your face" parts of it are a distraction from the SUBTLE part of it. The media plays it up...

"Sexist, fragile white men are threatened because the story paints them as replaceable, as imperfect, as less desirable. It shows women, and people of color as their equals, and because they are sexist and homophobic and racist they troll the movie."

They GET the attention all focused on those BLATANT social justice issues.

And the whole time, in the background, you're missing that they're whispering in your ear, "China is not your enemy. China is your best ally for ensuring the survival of the human species."

Yeah. That is some subtle, tricky shenanigans going on there. Most people are missing the forest for the trees. That is what was awesome about Trump. I think he was playing 4D chess in a world full of people who can't keep up with a game of checkers.

Our side really needs to step up their game at reading between the lines and connecting the dots, or we're going to lose the fabric of our nation.



[#] Thu Dec 31 2020 10:08:33 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I hate the way social media sites like Reddit try to push content their algorithms determine might be relevant to you - in part because they so frequently get it wrong that I think it must be intentional. They're trying to lead you into rooms where you will create conflict and cause traffic spikes. 

But that isn't what this is really about. 

What I hate more is being exposed to the way this generation handles sexual relations through social media. In particular... I can't understand how men today navigate the neurotic, male-bashing attitudes of their female peers. 

In the most recent example that was foisted onto my feed on Reddit: 

A woman went out with an old friend, they had a wonderful day, at the end of the day, as they were wrapping it up, the dude asked for some head. 

Her issue and her response to it wasn't so bad. "Why do guys do shit like that?" 

And they do. They always have. Most guys don't have any game at all. I've seen my friends do it. I know this experience is real, and I assume it is shitty to be on the other side of it. And listen, I know from personal experience, even GAY guys do it. 

But... I never felt the desire to run to social media and complain about it and then commiserate with a bunch of other straight guys about how ALL gay guys are shitty jerks who ruin friendships by misinterpreting the friendship as sexual attraction. 

Mostly what I get from posts like this is that a lot of men still have no technique, no game, no actual idea of how to pursue a woman, and are so confused and hopeless that they feel like the last ditch measure of just putting it out there on the table, ala Louis C Clark, and hoping for a positive response, is the best they can come up with. 

But the women are just as bad - being clueless to the attention being paid to them, so obliviously in their own headspace that they can't see that this guy is paying attention to them because he is sexually attracted to her. It is the ultimate expression of the "White Men Can't Jump" scene where Rosy O'Donnel wants Sean Penn to *empathize* with her unspoken desire for water, not to wait until she SAYS she is thirsty and not to GET her a glass of water. 

I do agree with the incels - that basically most women want to control the situation. "If you're good looking and I like your personality and I want to give you head, don't worry, you'll get head. Otherwise, if it doesn't happen, I'd like you to assume that you weren't interesting to me." 

Now, I never really had this problem. When I was single, I never had to be blunt - things happened naturally, because I have always had game. Having game, I was also pretty good at determining when I wasn't in it. I saw a lot of my friends pull shit like this, and I always wanted to facepalm - "Dude, you actually had a shot, until you just straight out said, 'wanna fuck?' at the end of the night. Now you're out." I suspect in the world of the Incel, while I'm not a "chad", I was always a "prettyboy". But I was evidently good enough looking to hook up with quite a number of Stacys - without putting a lot of effort into it. 

There is a wiki for this:

https://incels.wiki/w/Chad

And that is part of the problem - that the Internet has allowed all of them to develop this kind of theory to the point a wiki exists about it. 


But I feel like the girls I grew up didn't feel harassed or objectified or demeaned when this kind of thing happened to them. They felt like, "Whatta asshole. Guess he is never gonna get it from me." I feel like females in my generation were MORE empowered to just dismiss a guy and *literally* dismiss him. 

And I feel like the mantra of MeToo and of the constant specter of Unwanted Sexual Attention and Harassment in society has made them feel more victimized, more vulnerable, more under constant assault by "HyperMasculinity" and other academic terms that paint males as constant aggressors and females as eternal, cowering victims navigating their way through a "Rape Culture". 

I think Japan has developed a similar problem, where the sexes don't generally know how to interact with one another - to the point where the guys prefer dating simulation apps and realistic love dolls to actual women, and the women think all the men are just skeezy perverts who are only into molesting schoolgirls on crowded trains. 

This generation paints in such broad swatches - and such generalities, and engages in exponential application of single experiences as typical experiences - that they start to reinforce their own misconceptions. 

It is a terrible direction for society, in the long run. 

 



[#] Sat Jan 02 2021 11:26:18 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I was going to put this in the Retro Gaming room, but then I realized it is a larger and more general rant - and there is a consistent theme. 

I've noticed that there are these schisms in all of my communities that I belong to or identify with. In Retrogaming, in FRP gaming, in music. It is especially transparent and exposed on certain social media sites - Twitter and Reddit being two great examples of where you almost trip over this discovery. 

People will claim everything is split along partisan lines like never before because of social media - and that is true. But... in *general*, when I run into someone who is abrasive and condescending and arrogant and on the opposite side of the fence on *any* of these topics... 

It is a post Generation X young white male on social media. 

And I very rarely think of it as being a generational-gap thing in those groups or communities. That is what it is, but instead it tends to get verbalized as: 

"They're a 3rd wave punk that came after Black Flag and DOA. Maybe their cool older cousin was into the 80s punk scene, but they came up on Good Charollete and post Greenday/Blink-182. They've probably bought something at Hot Topic." 

"They're not really interested in *classic* first wave consoles and computers outside of as a curiosity and respect for the 8 and 16 bit systems their older siblings used. They're more interested in later portable gaming system emulation..." 

"The 1st edition rules were overly complex and nobody ever used things like ranged distance and initiative. The later editions, in particular 5th edition, is far superior because it focuses on the role playing and de-emphasizes dice rolling. It allows more freedom to be what you want to be and removes problematic elements like race and racial division..." 

In every case - when people start talking about these topics and I hear them say things like those above - I instantly know a couple of things: 

They think they invented the thing, that they perfected the thing, and that what came before that grew into their thing was far inferior - and they respond with hostility as a pack to anyone who dares dispute that reality. 

We've raised a generation of douchebags, ladies and gentlemen. 

 



[#] Sun Jan 10 2021 19:38:41 MST from boxfiddler

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"Our side really needs to step up their game at reading between the lines and connecting the dots, or we're going to lose the fabric of our nation."

It won't.  We overly committed to giving people the benefit of the doubt.  As of the last couple of days, looks to me like we have flat out lost.  The Fascist States of Amerika are us.



[#] Sun Jan 10 2021 19:42:17 MST from boxfiddler

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"We've raised a generation of douchebags, ladies and gentlemen. "

Correction.  We've let schools and screens raise a generation of douchebags. 



[#] Sun Jan 10 2021 21:21:55 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I have to agree. My faith in humanity has never been lower. I was looking for a thumbnail of the Dark Mark for a post - and, low and behold, it is an *incredibly* popular tattoo for younger people to get.

I'm pretty sure we are no longer the United States of America, our constitution and our system of Government all seems to be a sham. I'm pretty sure we've had the coup, we've lost, and we're now the People's Republic of America.

I've also thought about Morpheus and his speech to Neo - about how most people prefer to be blue pills, and how many will even *fight* you if you try and show them the red pill.

That has never been more true than now. I think most people actually do realize what is happening - what has happened. They're in denial. They're not lying to us. They're lying to themselves.

Sun Jan 10 2021 19:38:41 MST from boxfiddler Subject: Re: The Chinese Don't Watch the News, it is all Propaganda

"Our side really needs to step up their game at reading between the lines and connecting the dots, or we're going to lose the fabric of our nation."

It won't.  We overly committed to giving people the benefit of the doubt.  As of the last couple of days, looks to me like we have flat out lost.  The Fascist States of Amerika are us.



 



[#] Sun Jan 10 2021 21:23:37 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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This is not wrong.

But Generation X was the first latch-key generation. We had no parental authority - but we also rejected educational authority.

What changed that this generation believed the lies that their teachers and education system fed them? Social media, I think - is the bigger root cause. This is where they learned to be radical and think it is middle of the road.

 

Sun Jan 10 2021 19:42:17 MST from boxfiddler

"We've raised a generation of douchebags, ladies and gentlemen. "

Correction.  We've let schools and screens raise a generation of douchebags. 



 



[#] Sun Jan 10 2021 21:50:23 MST from boxfiddler

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"I've also thought about Morpheus and his speech to Neo - about how most people prefer to be blue pills, and how many will even *fight* you if you try and show them the red pill.

That has never been more true than now. I think most people actually do realize what is happening - what has happened. They're in denial. They're not lying to us. They're lying to themselves."

For sure. Most people are the guy who sold out Morpeus to get back into The Matrix.



[#] Sun Jan 10 2021 22:11:18 MST from boxfiddler

Subject: The middle of the road freakin' moved for sure

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I lived through the beginning of the educations switch from fact-based and "neutral" to left-leaning.  It took place I worked through the system.  It was noticeable, though at the time I was young enough to not know what I was noticing.  In 1st grade we opened the day with prayer, Bible reading, and the Pledge.  By 2nd grade the first 2 were history.  By 6th grade, so was the pledge.  I got out of high school in '73.  Most of my high school required reading was leaning into lefty agenda.  Though again, I didn't notice it at the time. 

I'm pretty sure the 60s gave us the Leftist Educational Monopoly.  Carter set it in stone with the US Department of Education.  College in the 80s was interesting, to say the least.   

I remember talking about "Conflict Sociology" class on one of your FB posts, and how the Prof told us on the first day of class that was actually Cultural Marxism in disguise so as not to freak people out.  That was '75.  I've been watching it play out ever since. 

No one gives a rats as long as their side wins and their grievances are met by Big Daddy Gubmint.  Screw it.  THEIR grandkids, if not kids, are hosed.  Not mine.  And I'm seriously sad over it.  And seriously sad for yours.  Though I'm betting that she's got an advantage most don't.  You ain't no dummy, and I doubt very highly your wife is anywhere near dummy status. 

There are a few factors here.  Probably all of near-equal relevance.  None of it could have happened without Commies in the highest offices.  McCarthy was correct. 

Gonna be "fun". 

I'm working my way out of FB.  I'll be around Mewe, instead. 

Sun Jan 10 2021 21:23:37 MST from ParanoidDelusions

This is not wrong.

But Generation X was the first latch-key generation. We had no parental authority - but we also rejected educational authority.

What changed that this generation believed the lies that their teachers and education system fed them? Social media, I think - is the bigger root cause. This is where they learned to be radical and think it is middle of the road.

 

Sun Jan 10 2021 19:42:17 MST from boxfiddler

"We've raised a generation of douchebags, ladies and gentlemen. "

Correction.  We've let schools and screens raise a generation of douchebags. 



 



 



[#] Mon Jan 11 2021 07:07:25 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I think a LOT of them are. Some *are* simply in denial. They would be in the same sort of denial if aliens landed, or if Yellowstone erupted, or a comet hit Europe.

"Things are going to be just fine..."

And some people are just stupid. They actually do not see.

This Is Fine creator explains the timelessness of his meme - The Verge

Sun Jan 10 2021 21:50:23 MST from boxfiddler Subject: Re: The Chinese Don't Watch the News, it is all Propaganda

 

For sure. Most people are the guy who sold out Morpeus to get back into The Matrix.



 



[#] Mon Jan 11 2021 07:31:42 MST from ParanoidDelusions

Subject: Re: The middle of the road freakin' moved for sure

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I guess you're right. I've lived my entire adult life in the midst of this change. But I've always felt that there are fairly clear points in history where you can see "Everything before was then, everything since is now..."

Usually the line does seem to be a war. Everything before 1776 was a THEN time. Everything after was a NOW time... until WWI. Prior to WWI was a transition time, but after, was a different era. Until WWII.

WWII is connected to modern times. It is still a NOW time. Everything before it was very primitive. After it, we had rockets, we had the bomb. There were still things done the primitive way they had been done for centuries - but technology was loose on the world, and the world was connected so that there were really no more real frontiers. Technology could take us anywhere or soon would be able to - the bottom of the sea or the moon. Globalism had begun.

But, when I was a kid, the local grocer in a big city still hand painted "Specials" signs on butcher's paper, and this was still a *skill* in itself - they all looked the same, at every store, used the same fonts, the same paints, the same paper, the same iconography - but it was hand made. It was a little dying bit of social art and specific profession that was a link to a dying rural America.

Through the 80's these things lingered on. The move through the the things you were talking about was inexorable, but it was slow, very slow. It was only when Obama was elected did we start hearing things in the press like, "America has moved permanently to the Left, and will never move back," in the news. It is only then that critical race and gender theory started revealing their true face. I've said it on Uncensored - it is when they had so much control of ever facet of the economic engine - every industry - that they stopped *pretending* that the slippery slope that had been warned about for 40 years wasn't a fallacy, but was the reality. It is when politicians started saying, "We are coming for your guns." It is when politicians started saying, "I am a socialist."

The climb was slow. The descent is far more rapid.


Sun Jan 10 2021 22:11:18 MST from boxfiddler Subject: The middle of the road freakin' moved for sure

I lived through the beginning of the educations switch from fact-based and "neutral" to left-leaning.  It took place I worked through the system.  It was noticeable, though at the time I was young enough to not know what I was noticing.  In 1st grade we opened the day with prayer, Bible reading, and the Pledge.  By 2nd grade the first 2 were history.  By 6th grade, so was the pledge.  I got out of high school in '73.  Most of my high school required reading was leaning into lefty agenda.  Though again, I didn't notice it at the time. 

I'm pretty sure the 60s gave us the Leftist Educational Monopoly.  Carter set it in stone with the US Department of Education.  College in the 80s was interesting, to say the least.   

I remember talking about "Conflict Sociology" class on one of your FB posts, and how the Prof told us on the first day of class that was actually Cultural Marxism in disguise so as not to freak people out.  That was '75.  I've been watching it play out ever since. 

No one gives a rats as long as their side wins and their grievances are met by Big Daddy Gubmint.  Screw it.  THEIR grandkids, if not kids, are hosed.  Not mine.  And I'm seriously sad over it.  And seriously sad for yours.  Though I'm betting that she's got an advantage most don't.  You ain't no dummy, and I doubt very highly your wife is anywhere near dummy status. 

There are a few factors here.  Probably all of near-equal relevance.  None of it could have happened without Commies in the highest offices.  McCarthy was correct. 

Gonna be "fun". 

I'm working my way out of FB.  I'll be around Mewe, instead. 

Sun Jan 10 2021 21:23:37 MST from ParanoidDelusions

This is not wrong.

But Generation X was the first latch-key generation. We had no parental authority - but we also rejected educational authority.

What changed that this generation believed the lies that their teachers and education system fed them? Social media, I think - is the bigger root cause. This is where they learned to be radical and think it is middle of the road.

 

Sun Jan 10 2021 19:42:17 MST from boxfiddler

"We've raised a generation of douchebags, ladies and gentlemen. "

Correction.  We've let schools and screens raise a generation of douchebags. 



 



 



 



[#] Wed Jan 13 2021 11:29:06 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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The thing I hate most is that people care more about me agreeing with their opinion... 

Than I care about either their opinions *or* their opposition's opinions. 

Neither side will accept "I don't give a fuck about this issue" as an option. The minute you don't care - you're on the side of the enemy. 




[#] Wed Jan 13 2021 13:25:33 MST from Google Bot

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Sun Jan 10 2021 22:11:18 MST from boxfiddler Subject: The middle of the road freakin' moved for sure

 In 1st grade we opened the day with prayer, Bible reading, and the Pledge.  By 2nd grade the first 2 were history.  By 6th grade, so was the pledge.  

You know the original pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, a devout socialist. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bellamy

BONUS:  The original salute to the flag as the pledge was being recited was the right arm extended and the palm flat, Hitler and the Nazi's loved it so much they adopted it as their salute.  

 



[#] Wed Jan 13 2021 17:41:10 MST from boxfiddler

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You're always the enemy when you don't agree with or care about a position.  I'm tired of being taken as a Republican by Democrats, a Democrat by Republicans, and anarchist by idiots who don't get Libertarianism (not that I'm well-versed in it), anti-science by those who prostrate themselves at the feet of Scientism, et al, ad nauseum.  I don't see any way to salvage this nation, and that both pisses me off and makes me cry. 

Wed Jan 13 2021 11:29:06 MST from ParanoidDelusions

The thing I hate most is that people care more about me agreeing with their opinion... 

Than I care about either their opinions *or* their opposition's opinions. 

Neither side will accept "I don't give a fuck about this issue" as an option. The minute you don't care - you're on the side of the enemy. 




 



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