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Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 12:58pm
by Dr. Medulla
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 12:48pm
But the above is an important point. Right wingers are often citing the act of citizens giving to charity as a way to absolve the government from its social responsibility, which is gross. Of course we should give to charity when we can, but I wouldn't consider that working against the system from within—it's more like surreptitiously tipping your waiter on your way out the door because your parents don't believe in it. It's not going to fix anything because your parents are going to continue not tipping, and you certainly aren't going to change their mind (but you should still do it).
As long as the virtue of selfishness (to borrow from Rand) is the fundamental impulse of capitalism, charity helps mask that abborhent perspective. Which isn't to say we should engage in acts of charity—monetary and other—but to realize that that behaviour runs counter to, in spite of, capitalist logic. Why not pursue a way of life where social obligation isn't notable for being unusual and contrary, but instead becomes common sense? Make the selfish the freaks of society.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 12:58pm
by revbob
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 12:48pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 7:55am
I understand that position and it can mean practical relief for those in need. So, yeah, there is some genuine value there. But that doesn't beat the system at its own game—it validates it. It says, yes, capitalism is exploitative and malicious and encourages greed, but if a few people act nobly, then all is good. Everyone wins! I no longer believe that it can be brought down from within because that only gives the illusion that it's a benign big tent. Refuse to play the game when you can. Nobody is free from the logic of capitalism—this isn't about purity—but thinking we can have our cake and eat just validates the rot.
My main point at the beginning was just that it's real easy for someone with 6 million to tell people with considerably less that now is not the time to be dismayed. It reeks of privilege.

But the above is an important point. Right wingers are often citing the act of citizens giving to charity as a way to absolve the government from its social responsibility, which is gross. Of course we should give to charity when we can, but I wouldn't consider that working against the system from within—it's more like surreptitiously tipping your waiter on your way out the door because your parents don't believe in it. It's not going to fix anything because your parents are going to continue not tipping, and you certainly aren't going to change their mind (but you should still do it).
FWIW, I dont know when the quote is from. It is certainly pre-pandemic as I came across it some many months ago.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:01pm
by revbob
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:06pm
by Kory
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:17pm
by revbob
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:20pm
by Dr. Medulla
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:23pm
by Kory
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
What about arachnids?

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:26pm
by Dr. Medulla
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:23pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
What about arachnids?
Most spiders are either sent into the basement or outside. Mostly the former when I learned that a vast majority of indoor spiders have never been outside. That seems unfair to exile them like that.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:30pm
by Kory
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:26pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:23pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm


You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
What about arachnids?
Most spiders are either sent into the basement or outside. Mostly the former when I learned that a vast majority of indoor spiders have never been outside. That seems unfair to exile them like that.
That was going to be my follow-up. It's tough living with an arachnophobe though. I'm trying to train her that they are good for us.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:40pm
by JennyB
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
I'm the same way. Though I don't know what I would do if I encountered a brown recluse.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:51pm
by Dr. Medulla
JennyB wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:40pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
I'm the same way. Though I don't know what I would do if I encountered a brown recluse.
It's noble to acknowledge the wrongs done by their brethren and realization they should not be held accountable. Be the bigger spider. Or something.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 1:57pm
by revbob
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
Inside I will kill most insects and crawlies that arent spiders.

As for Hornets buzzing me while Im outside no fucking way, one of us is going down.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 2:01pm
by Dr. Medulla
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:57pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:01pm
I was eating lunch outside and got attacked by one of Kory's Murder Hornets (band name Kory and the Murder Hornets).
Revbob 1 : Murder Hornets 0
You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
Inside I will kill most insects and crawlies that arent spiders.

As for Hornets buzzing me while Im outside no fucking way, one of us is going down.
The sad thing is that, deep down, wasps would support you in your quest to get "Paranoid" as Track 2.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 2:03pm
by revbob
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 2:01pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:57pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm


You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
Inside I will kill most insects and crawlies that arent spiders.

As for Hornets buzzing me while Im outside no fucking way, one of us is going down.
The sad thing is that, deep down, wasps would support you in your quest to get "Paranoid" as Track 2.
Most decent living creatures would support that. Even Heston I think.

Re: Return of the Mighty Observations Thread

Posted: 22 May 2020, 2:04pm
by Kory
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 2:01pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:57pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:20pm
revbob wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:17pm
Kory wrote:
22 May 2020, 1:06pm


You really saw one in person? How big was it?
Im half kidding. It was a regular hornet in all likelihood. But I do have an allergy so...

I took a racquetball racket to it.
I've become such a softy that all insects* that I determine ineligible for indoor life get escorted out, not stomped out of existence.

* Wood lice excepted, mainly because they're determined to die rather than accept transportation.
Inside I will kill most insects and crawlies that arent spiders.

As for Hornets buzzing me while Im outside no fucking way, one of us is going down.
The sad thing is that, deep down, wasps would support you in your quest to get "Paranoid" as Track 2.
Not to stereotype, but wasps are noted Sabbath fans.