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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Price on: February 27, 2013, 10:42:12 AM
Just logged onto the forums to see if anyone was noticing that :-)

I need to get in on that. Was going to do it a few months ago but I've been swamped. Too busy making money to make any money...

What a terrible problem to have.  It's like you're having too much sex to get laid!
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Dune: A Quote on: November 01, 2012, 08:07:17 AM
The sleeper has awakened!
3  General Category / Lounge / Re: Anyone like Superhero Comics? on: October 09, 2012, 08:35:58 AM
I highly recommend Invincible by Robert Kirkman.

4  General Category / Lounge / Re: Spiderman on: October 09, 2012, 08:32:12 AM
Of course, you rarely see superheroes take the stand in court.

Really, as a cop, prosecutor, or judge, would you want Superman in your courtroom?

Superman: That's a lie. That evidence is fabricated. You didn't provide that to the defense. Juror 4 is a cop. etc.

Did you ever read the Superman: Red Son comic series?  It imagines a world where superman lands in Russia instead of Kansas, and ends up running the Soviet Union.  Pretty good.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril on: October 09, 2012, 08:26:54 AM
I think the American people will realize this is ridiculous and simply not obey the rule. They can't even enforce drug laws inside their own prisons, how will they enforce this anywhere?

I can't think of a single cop who won't enforce this if it becomes a law...
6  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: What about acts that predict/cause violence on: October 05, 2012, 08:22:25 AM
Then I am forced to question why you even go on forums.
Not to answer stupid questions, for one.

Why so hostile?  
Every time I deal with people I hate them a little bit more.
As I've indicated elsewhere, I've pretty much lost all sympathy with most people and really couldn't give a shit about other peoples' opinions.

Well then don't expect me to give a shit about yours either.  I'll just go ahead and ignore your posts.   Have a nice day. 


I've been thinking about BlackMarketVigilante quite a bit.  It's obvious that he's in a bad spot mentally.  It's not controversial to say that the attitude he is displaying can lead to bad physical outcomes.  He's obviously angry, and he seems pretty stressed out.  At the very least he's probably having trouble in his personal relationships, and most likely he's is starting to deal with physical symptoms of chronic stress.  If he really is experiencing intense anger as often as he says he's in danger of increasing his risk of heart attack and stroke, not to mention suppressing his immune system.

I wish there was something I could do or say to help.  At first it was kind of fun to argue back and forth on the forums with him, but now I'm just worried about his health.  If you have any ideas, let me know. 

I realize that this post can come across as condescending to BlackMarketVigilante, but I'm honestly not trying to be a jerk.  Chronic anger = chronic stress, and chronic stress = real physical negative outcomes.  Life is too short to spend it all angry and unhealthy.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Most Parents are Thugs on: October 01, 2012, 10:01:05 AM
Actually you do give a shit.  You posted your idea in a public forum and you replied to responses.  I don't care if you lie to me, just try not to do it to yourself. 
Or you're confusing colloquialisms and, on top of that, imputing motives that you really have no evidence for. Go fuck yourself.

I feel bad, because I put you in a weird rhetorical place where you have to expend energy to communicate the fact that you don't care enough to expend energy.  It was a dirty trick, and I apologize.

If you really didn't give a shit, you wouldn't respond.  Your replies are the only evidence I need.  I just want to say that even if you don't care for real, I just doubled my caring, so the total amount of concern will remain constant.

8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Most Parents are Thugs on: September 28, 2012, 07:48:14 AM
If you don't want to persuade people to your beliefs, then why are you so upset because people won't accept and use your unpersuasive arguments? 
I'm upset you idiots live on the same planet as me. I couldn't give a shit what you believe.

Anyway, communicating is clearly a waste of time.

Actually you do give a shit.  You posted your idea in a public forum and you replied to responses.  I don't care if you lie to me, just try not to do it to yourself. 

Being upset that we live on the same planet as you is sad.  You should try to be less sad if you have any control over the situation.  If not, then rage on!
9  Videos / Other Videos / Re: Stef has gone overboard on: September 17, 2012, 11:35:47 AM
My attitude is that he may be right about martial artists having been somewhat traumatized in their youth. But so what?
Wow. It's frightening how well this describes what I was just thinking.

I guess if you aren't that concerned about why you do what you do, analyzing motivation (or childhood history) isn't that high a priority.

It's possible you are engaged in a particular activity, and you tell yourself that you are doing it because of A, B, and C.  A closer examination might reveal other motivations.  I like to know why I do what I do.  Some people don't.
10  Videos / Other Videos / Re: Stef has gone overboard on: September 15, 2012, 12:43:12 PM
However, extensive martial arts training changes the way you look at the world.  Every person you see can become a potential attacker.  You can start looking at every situation through that lens.  Back to the wall, face the exits, where are his hands, adjust posture...

I would say, rather, that these are not the result of "extensive...training", but of only partial training.

Unless one learn ethics and philosophy from the start, it ends up that people are half-trained, where they are learning their body, but not their mind and certainly not their heart. Especially in such places as the military, where a soldier is taught to NOT question, NOT think, NOT feel, because that interferes with following orders.

Why did the Athenians beat the Spartans at their own game of "war" over and over for so long? Because the Athenians treated the whole being, not just the body. Athenians fought by choice, for a reason, not just to fight. They won for exactly the opposite reason Stef is espousing, because they had something to fight for.

For example, this interview with Jack Hoban, where he describes exactly what you're talking about.


Quote from: Jack Hoban
...And I thought of the times I had gone in to have a beer somewhere and looked around the bar, and the first thing I’d do was mentally pick off everybody in there and make they sure they knew they’d better not mess with me.

Q: There was a period in my life – about two years during my first Fort Benning tour – where trouble always found me.

A: It’s amazing, isn’t it?

Q: It was right after that Airborne Ranger stuff.

A: Right.

Q: I could walk into a bar, and although I wasn’t intentionally looking for it, trouble always found me.

A: Yes, and I think I was in the space too. And Dr. Humphrey recognized it right away. He said, “Listen, when you go into these places, instead of looking around like you want to kick everybody’s butt, I want you to try this as an experiment …” And he would always do that. He never told me what to do. He’d say, “Try this and tell me how it works.” He said, “Tonight, when you go out, walk in there, look around and say to yourself, ‘Everybody in this place is a little safer because I’m here.’”

Q: And?

A: So, there I was down in Oceanside in one of those bars, and I look around (it was kind of a rough place, to tell the truth), and I said to myself, “Everybody in this place is a little bit safer because I’m here.” I looked around, and of course everybody ignored me. But it was funny, I had to admit it felt better. Something about that just felt better. I don’t know if anybody felt better because I was there, but I felt better. And it started to remind me of why I became a Marine in the first place.

Or, why to train at all: To be a better person. To know that everywhere I go, people are safer because I am there.

Good point. I hadn't considered that.
11  Videos / Other Videos / Re: Stef has gone overboard on: September 14, 2012, 08:41:22 AM
There have been some new videos in this series since the original post, and Stef has moderated his tone somewhat.  That being said, I want to be able to defend myself if I need to.  Engaging in certain martial arts is one way to train in self defense. 

However, extensive martial arts training changes the way you look at the world.  Every person you see can become a potential attacker.  You can start looking at every situation through that lens.  Back to the wall, face the exits, where are his hands, adjust posture...  Some of my friends are constantly imagining being attacked in everyday situations.  If they ever do get attacked, they will be ready.  However, they spend a considerable amount of time in a hyper-vigilant state.  I wouldn't necessarily say that they were miserable, but they are usually unable to relax.  These folks could use, as Stef says, a little self knowledge.  It's been my experience that they use martial arts training as a substitute for therapy, when they probably need both. 

I don't understand why that position is so unreasonable.  It seems to be the one Stef is articulating in his most recent video.  If this idea makes you so angry that you yell out "Fuck Stephan Molyneux" you probably need to chill out.  The one thing we all agree with on this forum (as far as I can tell) is that it is immoral to initiate force against others.  As long as you aren't using martial arts to engage in revenge fantasies or as a way to deal with issues better left to therapy, then I really don't have much of a problem with it.

Have a nice day, and watch out for ninjas!
12  Videos / Other Videos / Re: Stef has gone overboard on: September 14, 2012, 08:20:37 AM
Fuck Stefan Molyneux.

Your eloquence has convinced me!
13  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: How to deal with the dangerous mentally ill on: August 05, 2012, 06:16:20 PM
I think a trap that a lot of people fall into when thinking about issues like this is the notion that we can prevent all bad things from happening.  This simply cannot be; even in a just society, things are going to go wrong and some people are going to be jerks.  There will be accidents.  There will be tragedies.  There will be crimes.  You cannot prevent these things from happening, and when the statists attempt to do so they only end up aggressing against the innocent.

I agree 100%
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: You need the state because of... on: August 03, 2012, 11:16:24 PM
Governments make otherwise good people do bad things.

15  Videos / Other Videos / Re: Days of Destruction / Days of Revolt on: August 03, 2012, 04:29:23 PM
Chris Hedges. Bleck!

From the Wilmington Hedges-Bleck family?
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