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thingsorganizedneatly:

SUBMISSION: The worst way to take an exam.

Honest question: is there any other way to proverbially “take an exam”?

thingsorganizedneatly:

SUBMISSION: The worst way to take an exam.

Honest question: is there any other way to proverbially “take an exam”?

Aug 19, 2013

thenotes:

"The guy to your left just said: ‘I don’t like to call myself a writer; I consider myself a storyteller.’"

"So he memorized The Iliad and goes around telling it to people at parties?”

"Okay, so there was this clever dude, right? Wait, let me back up a minute."

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Jan 21, 2013

Tupperwolf: Those leftists and their semantic games!

vruba:

You know what I’m sick of? The radical relativism of the American left. I’m sick of how they’re always saying that the truth is a subjective, created thing, and how some knowledge is just inherently outside our worldview.

It’s so, you know, leftist. I mean, consider this interview by a blunt New…

This argument is genuine, if not a bit misguided. Let’s walk through a couple of (well made) points, and see if we can say something more.

  • We are complaining about the “Left”, and then use that frame of reference to accuse two left-thinking groups of people, namely through attacking Communists and Theorists.
  • It is then revealed that both examples are incorrectly attributed, and those were not things said by Leftists, but by the war-mongering empire-building imperialist Rightist* administration that has done so much to warp the minds and medias of the American people to justify foreign wars, domestic surveillance, zero-sum capitalism, and xenophobic terror.
  • Meanwhile, the Left has been driven out of our nation’s conversation because hate groups and the Tea Party and Rove’s PACs dominate our attention with their mindless screaming.
  • When a leftist argument appears —- such as the Occupy movement —- they will receive attention, but then quickly peter out because they have no agency compared to the aforementioned groups (for a twice-removed-meta-meta analysis of why this happened, this Jacobian essay was great )
  • And then we wonder why the Left cries “everything is relative”.

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p>I’m not saying that they don’t —- because there’s something funky going on in that political discourse, something that wants to get away from God and Nature, etc —- but maybe it’s not so much a belief they want, as a reality they must face. It’s hard to say that the Left, while their voice is being drowned out by the lies and hate and ignorance of the right-leaning power brokers, is wrong. Everything is relative because the people that gobble up that shit are growing in number. A growing part of our country knows nothing else except the “good wholesome values” of the American Far-Right, and because they have been so shut out to anything but, that is their reality. It is so far removed from my own that I can’t even begin to imagine how to talk to them. (And I did try, so hard, over this last Christmas break.)

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So instead of accusing those that simply diagnose (which, in my argument is the Left), let’s fight the sources of that fracture within our society: lies and misinformation spread by the state and extremist propaganda machines.

*admittedly, not quite fascist, but still worrisome.

Dec 21, 2012

(Source: Spotify)

Dec 2, 2012
I remember reading Hemingway in my teens and relating to so much of what he said. I thought it meant I was a “real man” in a world turned soft. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gone back and re-read a lot of his stuff, and realized that the reason I related so much to his stuff is because I was a sexually insecure misogynist in the early stages of alcoholism.
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