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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gay Marriage

Originally posted by EPR89:
Originally posted by tenco1:
Originally posted by sportsmaster19:

Why are the mods concerned with removing posts but not doing something about crow? He is such an obvious troll that it is ridiculous, his diction is too strong to be saying things as fallacious as these last two posts.

Technically, they are still legitimate points, just said in such a way that they imply an opinion that is completely opposite to what was actually said.

And he’s actually pretty good at pointing out flaws of both sides by using sarcasm.
Sure, it is trolling, but it’s a style I like to call constructive trolling.

Unfortunately, I have to agree.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 9/11

While absolutely tragic, and one of the only international attacks on US soil, I found and still find the United States’ reaction to the attack on 9/11 to be rather ignorant of how even the UK experiences extremist violence like this regularly. At the time I validated the violent reaction of the government much more than I do now, seeing it as naive on the part of some, and opportunistic in terms of corporations and our leadership. The true damage and results of those attacks ended up limiting the freedoms and economic stability of our country, as it was originally designed to do. The only goal that was not achieved is the limiting of the US’ involvement with foreign countries, but that’s our own damn governments fault for continuing to spend our resources fixing other peoples’ problems willy-nilly. I’m no isolationist, but I think everyone would get a little more conservative with US money if they really knew where it goes.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gay Marriage

What I meant is that it’s a misnomer to imply that your experience makes voter fraud as easy as it would’ve been for you. Also, if your lazy roommates weren’t registered to vote, you couldn’t vote for them. You’d actually have to get them to not care who you vote for, while caring enough to make it easy for you to vote for them, which is the same as if they’d gone in and voted for whoever you told them to anyway. The effective results isn’t the same. Furthermore, the incentive isn’t there for voters to commit this kind of fraud due to the high risk and low payoffs, while buying votes and fudging elections after the fact is far more cost effective and just plain effective.

This is so off topic, we should make a new thread but let’s not because I hate arguing voter ID bullshit. It’s not worth disenfranchising several thousand voters to prevent what is statistically infinitesimal, meanwhile both parties shilk all attempts to curb voting fraud.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gay Marriage

But that’s a misnomer. You’d have to have knowledge of who has registered to vote but will not vote, and a single mistake would reveal your actions. This knowledge would essentially be all of the knowledge someone who was going to vote anyway would have, so the effectiveness of voter fraud is infinitesimal. It is instead far easier to miscount, disqualify, or assign votes after the fact, making voting fraud far more effective and undetectable.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gay Marriage

Interestingly, this voting fraud is quite rampant, meanwhile the vot*er* fraud that the republicans talk about is almost non-existent and ID laws intended to curb this invisible threat only disenfranchises poor, old, and disabled voters. Of course, laws that curb voting fraud are shot down every year because both parties benefit from those.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gay Marriage

Originally posted by RollerCROWster:
Originally posted by TheBSG:

I would pay good money to see JHCO and Karma’s wives share their opinions, here.

But karma and jhco already post here

Just a note: I was playfully chiding, not deriding them.

 
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I would pay good money to see JHCO and Karma’s wives share their opinions, here.

 

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Topic: Serious Discussion / How do you control your anger?

Originally posted by Jantonaitis:
Originally posted by DrOctaganapus2:

What do you SDers do to control yourself? Sure, I’m sure someone will just make fun of me saying something like “Anger is a primitive emotion” or something but listen, we all get frustrated.

My problem is I’m having trouble controlling my stress. I know work is much worse but after getting home incredibly late and one of my books ripping up, along with increased projects, I just snapped and threw a raging tirade. Surely there’s a better way for me to handle this than from yelling and throwing things (as childish as it sounds).

So again, I ask that when things just don’t go your way what do you people at SD do?

I take it out on the idiots of the internet. Starting at Kong.

NB: This is apparently pretty common for people to do and pretty much explains most or all of the rage/flame in discussion forums like this one.

Not at all off base.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How do you control your anger?

You have to actually work at it to be stoned and angry.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How do you control your anger?

I will look into them for you, as I learned back in the geocities days from a pain councilor. The thing is that most of the guided meditation videos or sites are going to wrap it all up in a bunch of spiritual/metaphysical bullshit when it just plain isn’t necessary. You should really consider yoga if you’re into martial arts though. To be honest I have a little bit of resentment for all able bodied people who don’t take advantage of yoga.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How do you control your anger?

Meditation teaches you techniques for lowering your stress levels in automatic ways to where, with enough practice, you can instantaneously decompress. It’s an invaluable skill, and I really suggest everyone tries it. Yoga combines meditation with stretching, and is one of the most efficient exercises you can do. One tip I’ll give you is that indulging in aggressive behavior is flat out not an effective way to lower stress/anger/aggression. It’s both a chemical and behavioral studies truth. That said, activities that allow you to exert yourself or give you a mental vacation do have a wonderful calming effect, it’s just that most people who kick box or play violent video games are indulging in aggression and get amped up, which only increases their aggression levels overall. When I play a videogame, especially an FPS that I’m really good at, it’s quite calming to play a round or two in order to relax, but it’s hardly about dominating or being the best as much as it’s about procedure and flow, for me.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Jerusalem Syndrome & Stendhal Syndrome

I’ve been really annoyed by people’s reaction to me mentioning the placebo effect lately (in person, not here.) They act as though the term implies subordination of whatever effect the placebo caused, when the exact opposite is true. Your brain caused your physiology to change. An organ in your body effected itself or other organs in your body by sheer willpower alone. That’s amazing. Just because a mechanism is understood doesn’t at all take away its beauty or awesomeness, in fact I would argue it only enriches my appreciation of something.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Jerusalem Syndrome & Stendhal Syndrome

I would only feel the need to explain this if people were blindfolded and brought to different locations around the world to determine their reactions in relation to those places’ social importance. Chances are these people are just overwhelmed by the gravitas the others put on a place or thing.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

I don’t really know what there is left to say? As you approach overpopulation, events that lower the population are more and more likely. We are nowhere near a maximum capacity like that though, it’s just that there isn’t room for everyone to live the exact same lifestyle. The moderate lifestyle we could all live is well below the lifestyle of the elite and wealthy, and therefore there is unprecedented poverty. There’s no real reason anyone should starve in the modern world, but they do.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
From what I know of BSG,,,
he’s read a whooooole lot more than that.

Like wikipedia. :V I honestly am not nearly even a fraction as well read as I once was.

(I actually think Axiom threads are stupid*, so that’s why I ignored it and focused on the far more important issue that people think this is actually a real thing and not an axiom at all.)

*because they let people make up hypothetical conditions regardless of their actual understanding of the problems, and even then the axiom often implies a world that is ostensibly not ours, so our lack of knowledge about how this hypothetical would effect every other facet of the problem means none of our proposed solutions or opinions are worth a bucket of snot. For a self righteous intellectual myself, even I think axiom threads only serve to make unaware people feel smart, and aware people frustrated.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Addiction A Disease?

Well when you close threads because the OP wants to have the last word, you leave things left unsaid that I damn well am going to bring into other threads, Don. Not to mention, sports thinking that all men are enduced with sex addiction at the age of 11 is hardly off topic in terms of discussing addiction, and it’s hardly off topic if that leads to discussion about how our culture implicitly endorses the acceptance of behavior if the term “disease” is applied to it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

Not only has America ruined its topsoil through neglect, it’s almost illegal to not grow corn as a farmer, a crop that devastates soil and contains no real caloric value for humans or animals. Corn subsidies and taxes for not growing corn force premium land that should be used to grow food to instead produce corn for the many industries that abuse the crop, meanwhile poisoning soil that could’ve been maintained for hundreds and hundreds of years without deterioration. Starving nations who never had arable land, or had their own arable land devastated by industrialization (There are cities in China built on nutrient rich soil because of urban expansion. Dams have been rerouted for urban development without a care for the towns (some still with people who refused to leave in them who were killed) or fields destroyed by the raging waters.) see this wanton waste of our country’s profoundly rich natural resources, as an example of the problem with American over consumption and self righteousness.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

The government in China doesn’t support infrastructure for rural areas, but invests heavily in the infrastructure for industry and trade, making their ports and major industrial cites the center of their economy. The only way to have a job is to travel into the city and back, or live in the city for an incredibly high cost. With low standards of living, the poor and middle classes in these countries live in tiny apartments or group tenements. There’s all kinds of land in China that is uninhabited, but much of their farming and rural areas are used for industry and not invested back into their local economies, so these places are often poor and run down. Calling this an overpopulation problem is exactly what the government did instead of solving the problems they’d created, and forced a sexist practice of encouraging more able bodied male laborers and less baby-making women in order to lower population density and increase workforce efficiency.

(I am less familiar with India’s situation, but I do know that their country’s population issues stem from neglecting their overwhelming population of poor people, and investment in their elite class.)

What really pisses me off about modern “liberal” and “conservative” politics is that democrats cry about empathy when it comes to economic disparity, while republicans conversely talk about pride and the american dream, meanwhile legitimate politicians and economists are jumping off of buildings with all of this emotional crap. Stabilizing an economy makes it a safer, more prosperous place for everyone in the whole country to live. If you really want a yacht, you can still compete with other businesses in all kinds of industries that aren’t vital to maintaining our nation’s security, like not medicine or affordable housing. Instead our country is being driven into the ground so the guys with the even bigger Yachts can get carjacked driving down the street and blame black people or rap instead of his irresponsible hoarding of power and influence.

What’s funny is the average conservative gets fucked by this system too, but he blames the poor ignorant idiots that he owes taxes and has to fulfill regulations invented by his competitors to make competing impossible, and believes he’s being denied the American dream while his corporate “conservative” owner holds his leash and cashes his checks. This is what I always complain about with our complete lack of any real conservatives anymore, and how people on here actually defend ideas and practices that blatantly benefit businesses over people for no reason other than it being his party’s current goal. Meanwhile the well-meaning liberals think they’re fighting conservatives who are clearly disillusioned while their corporate “liberal” pleads for more money. Instead of holding those elite responsible the liberals talk about empathy and the poor undereducated underclass with all their alligator tears and retarded social programs that seem counter-intuitively designed by drug dealers to further keep our underclass stupid and dependent. What’s disgusting is that all of this is a deliberate mask used to keep our politicians and social elite driving big yachts. We have a corporate owned government, meanwhile we play little league with our two party legislature.

Then if you disagree with both parties you’re a one party conspiracy theorist. Sigh. These other countries should be an example to everyone in ours: Over-concentrated governments, social classes, and corporations fuck people way more than individuals can possibly fuck eachother over, and it isn’t a conspiracy, it’s something our own founding documents desperately try to clarify over and over again about individuals and human rights.

Edit: Somehow my post got jumbled and some of the stuff I intended to say about India got removed.

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Addiction A Disease?

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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

Overextended population density due to government neglect is what India and China have problems with.

 
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Yes means yes.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

One of the reasons I mention that this isn’t an actual problem is that if it were like the “AX” suggests, we wouldn’t have to come up with an organized plan for lowering population density; the state of the world would be much different, and the unsustainable population would stabilize one way or another, almost necessarily due to war. I might even argue overpopulation is more of an event than a condition of any period of time at all, and it might not even be an event that can actually occur without something lowering the population anyway.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Addiction A Disease?

While I’m perfectly willing to believe that there’s such a thing as sexual addiction, it’s probably an actually serious ailment and not an excuse for cheating on your wife. I imagine having an incredibly persistent and insatiable sex drive that is opposite of your willed intentions is agonizing and hardly trivial.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

Overpopulation is a western myth that disturbs me greatly. To assume populations increase linearly is false and unaware of actual data, to imply we lack the space, natural resources, or food is false, with water being the only exception, and even that is a solvable problem. Population density and dispersal are real problems, but not in the way most people consider them. The real problem with the rising rate of population is that the powerful and rich cannot persistently eat more and more of the pie without trying to convince people overpopulation is an actual issue.