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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you guys think the earth has became hell itself?

When I was in medical school I was pretty sure I’d gone to hell.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

Originally posted by vikaTae:

If you are going to modify the welfare state, I would strongly emphasize not doing so in a way that penalises those whose inability to work or limited ability to work is not through any fault of their own. Yes, you are more than welcome to take money from those who truly are slackers, but if your pursuit of slackers takes money needed to live away from someone with for example, advanced parkinsons who is lucid some days and much, much less so on others due to the condition, then you are doing something very, very wrong in how you are approaching the issue.

I absolutely agree; I think there is a time and place (and a justified allotment) for those who are disabled and unable to work, or fully work. A little more on this—I think the system should not be such that just everyone collects disability, but it also shouldn’t put people who are trying to legitimately apply for a disability benefit through the ringer (I’ve seen extreme bureaucracies do this).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

Originally posted by groolgirl:

That is the entire point. Survival of the fittest. Not everyone is supposed to do well and prosper, some people just never “get” life and can get it together. Society props these people up right now despite the fact they can never become anything of value to society. Society during the process drains resources and time on these people, often taking the resources from other people who do “get” it and giving it to these people for free. I know it’s a fact that people are living off of social programs never intended to be used to live off of, and they plan to live off them their entire lives. I see it everyday at my job at Social Security. We all know as a back office joke that it is unsustainable.

I think the original intention (of the programs) was to provide a helping hand to people who really needed it, while providing a pathway to work/self-sufficiency for the greatest number of people possible. That’s not a bad model, overall, but the reason it’s running into problems right now is because of abuses—some by those getting the benefits for life while not trying to work (welfare queens), and perhaps some by the administration (encouraging people to get on social programs rather than work and pay for their own). Still, a civil society provides some measure of aid to their downtrodden, even if only a little.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

I guess that would depend greatly upon what one contends a “good analogy” to be.
Or maybe, just how willing they are make the effort to see one?

I don’t consider it a good analogy. The first two scenarios describe hoarders; the last scenario describes (in biased/unsympathetic terms) a wealthy individual who is accumulating money they likely earned.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

Originally posted by CptAtencio:


Not really a good analogy.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

Vote Centrist.

How would anyone ever be able to vote centrist? There’s usually a very strong Democratic candidate and a very strong Republican candidate leading each race; the rest are ignored. The more they can get to their end of the spectrum on issues (left or right), the better it is usually perceived by their voting base. The third and fourth guy, if he even exists, is ignored and shows up as an extraneous name on a ballot.

The closest I saw a third party candidate come to acquiring a voting base was Ross Perot in 1992, but that was an anomaly.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by gunghoman:

Take for example the historic miscalculation that Obama is about to enact. Amnesty for all illegal aliens in this country. He is about to with his magic pen legalize all illegals and allow anyone to abuse this countries immigration laws at will.

This in particular bothers me the most; the mass amnesty that may be taking place when our economy is fragile, services are competitive, and we can ill afford it. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, I certainly hope there is a way to negate or reverse it.

Originally posted by KidFoolish:


One of the most insulting things my family who is latino is upset about is the fact we waited for years in Mexico to immigrate the legal way into the USA. It took over 10 years for my parents to immigrate the legal way! Now our president is going to just say all the people who cheated can be citizens as well is wrong!

I’m sorry about the fact that you have followed all the rules and law-breakers seem primed to cruise in past you; it doesn’t feel very fair, does it? I’ve heard other Mexican Americans reiterate this same claim; they are not in favor of amnesty and do not like being lumped in with illegals.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
A balance of WHAT?
Each of them so far our on the ends of a very long teeter-totter than they have lost sight of the middle?

The problem with the argument about the middle (as appealing as moderacy seems in theory) is that the “middle” keeps shifting and is entirely relative. What was the “middle” a hundred years ago? Even fifty years ago? Probably more like what Republican is today.

Edit: But if you’re trying to say that the parties are highly polarized and have a hard time finding solutions together, I agree. I’ve not seen a political climate as heated and partisan as the one we have right now.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Individuality - What makes you so special?

Originally posted by brashhamster:

Hey there, I would not waste time with steelwoman. She is someone who is damaged and is full of hate it seems, I finally read all of her posts. I just pray she is full of shit, because if she is serious she is in my opinion dangerous.

I really don’t think she is trolling, my instincts tell me she is serious and truly believes what she says. That makes her dangerous. If she wants to debate that, she is more than welcome to address me.

I agree with these points. And by the way, where is steelwoman? Did she just post in a flurry and then depart SD permanently, or is she still engaging anywhere?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
It is YOU who is drinking the GOP brand of Killer Koolaid if you believe a majority of voters said anything.

? I’m confused. The GOP was predicted to take the Senate, the GOP took the Senate, there was no (known) corruption or doctoring of these votes and numbers, and it seemed to be by a decent margin/threshold. How is this not a reflection of the majority of voters?

I consider myself more of a moderate, but these swings back and forth (Democrat to Republican, and back) invariably happen. As frustrating as they are for both parties, they’re actually useful in maintaining balance.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

I can say, in a very general way, that EVERYBODY does benefit from having a whoooole lot more ppl in our society actually have some decent, AFFORDABLE healthcare. The ways in which this happens are many & often very subtle.

Has it been proven though that this program was beneficial overall? My impression of healthcare before the ACA—and I’ve had healthcare of all different kinds—was that there was a niche to cover every group and provide them with healthcare they could afford and access. Example: You make under $28,000 for a family of 3, you are all entitled to Medcaid with no co-payments. You make more than that, your kids are still entitled to Medicaid but the adults can buy an individual health insurance plan for between $30/month (catastrophic only) to $150/month (more comprehensive), which they could presumably afford because of the higher income threshold.

Also, I do feel strongly everyone should have some type of healthcare insurance that cares for them. I’m just not convinced that the ACA, which unsettled a lot of programs/families that had a working system, was the best solution.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

The person being expected to demonstrate how they have competency in these skills.

It’s the same at interview; it is for the employer to check that the person they are looking to hire has the basic skills required for the job, and to be aware if there are any deficiencies, particularly as these can be trained up later if the person is otherwise suitable. It stops situations like this from occuring.

Not only that, but I’m wondering what stress management skills the female in question possessed. He said she called him crying, and he called her back to give her remedial training. If in fact he tried to provide her on the job training for a skill she didn’t have (whether we think she should have had it at this point is a moot point), she should have taken the advice gracefully and attempted to apply it. No employee should push back on an employer who is trying to show them how to do their job better. Keeping in mind, we only have his side of the story, so this is theoretical.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The truth on President Obama and the recent elections.

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

There are some Blacks along that curve that are seen by other Blacks as being Uncle Toms.
Some Blacks will call others, of “lesser repute”, to be true niggers.
Or, typically: nigger-mothefucker.
Such is the disdain for fellow Blacks who, they feel, aren’t much credit to the race; in fact, they are often seen as being highly detrimental to it.

The subculture to which I refer actually uses the N-word (“nigga”, to be exact) as a term of endearment or elevation. Example: “Gotta give a birthday shout out to my real niggas since childhood.”

I think it’s sad and disappointing when one person slaps a label like “Uncle Tom” on another person, just because they dared to step out of the clique mentality and express themselves.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The truth on President Obama and the recent elections.

Originally posted by mikeinware:

Yes, black men who get an education and a job are outcasts in many black circles. Heaven help them if they become a police officer. They are shunned.

I think they just need to find new friends (who will encourage their success rather than shun it). It’s possible, too—I have black friends who have a high level of education, solid career advancement, and surround themselves with people of similar clout.

I also know some black people who embrace the thug subculture—frequent stints in prison, sagging pants, making rap music based on street experiences, all that—because they think it’s cool and they seek that form of acceptance. It’s strange to watch two such different groups go off in separate directions—one the law abiding group that contributes to society, the other just the opposite.

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

“My black friend…”
Is that the “token” guy?

No, it’s not inherently bad to say that, it’s not as though someone’s dropping the N-Bomb. I don’t think it’s much different than saying you have a female friend, an older friend, etc.

Originally posted by Pleasedonot5:

That said, there are plenty of female privileges that exist that go under the radar. A few off of the top of my head in the U.S.:

1) Women get maternity leave; men do not get paternity leave.

Actually, I think that might be changing, at least in some areas.

2) Women are not forced to register with Selective Service (for the draft); men are.

True. I wonder if women will ever be required to register.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by brashhamster:

She admits to me she has no idea how to use the paper map, and has never used a paper map.

Huh. Sounds like her parents didn’t prepare her very well. We learned to use a map (and do other weird stuff like latitude and longitude) when I was in elementary school. Other outfits like the boy scouts, Civil Air Patrol, etc. also teach stuff like that to younger kids. I don’t quite GPS now, but I don’t quite use maps either, I’m more of a MapQuest person, but I wouldn’t cop an attitude if someone tried to show me something.

Did I mention she was a 3rd year GRAD STUDENT? At a very well known university?

Ok, now I’m just curious—what university?

I am truly mystified, can anyone help? What the hell is wrong with this country all of a sudden? It’s a nightmare to employ anymore! I am finding myself tempted to be biased and not hire someone UNDER a specific age! It used to be reverse!

Sorry to hear about your bad experience, I know not all kids are like that (although I’m sure some are). I took a lot of work crap as a kid and kept going. My 19 year old is taking a lot of work crap without complaint, and she keeps going. I’m sure there’s still some good kids out there that will appreciate the training and constructive criticism.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Originally posted by Aleazor:

As others have said, you become sleep paralyzed every night. During sleep paralysis, you just happen to be partially awake. It’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, this is best time to have a lucid dream.

There’s some useful information in this thread.

So in terms of this, what relationship do you think sleep paralysis has to general anesthesia? They sometimes call it the deepest sleep, and I’m in awe that they can put people under (safely) and then wake them up again at will.

Not to shoot off into another thread, but there’s also a rare event called anesthetic awareness, which I suppose is the general anesthetic equivalent of sleep paralysis. They made a movie about it, which was wildly exaggerated I’m sure, but still interesting.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

Originally posted by issendorf:

It almost seems (as I wildly speculate) like he perceived himself to be a bit of a failure.

Having an existential crisis like that can certainly put someone in the frame of mind to not want to be around anymore, either because they feel like they’re a burden to others or because all they feel is pain and they just want it to stop. I really feel sorry for him.

Vika, I just remembered with your post that movie The Final Cut—that was with Mira Sorvino, right? I really was interested in the plot to that but as I started watching it seemed too slow or depressing for me to continue, somehow. Which is strange, because slow or depressing is not usually too big a turn off for me to like a movie. I think the pacing and atmosphere of the movie must have just bothered me somehow.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

Good Will Hunting was a work of brilliance. I appreciated the effort he put into other things, and he seemed like a sweet guy, very giving, so for that my heart is sad. I liked the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage well enough, as far as those go.

1 Hour Photo was interesting—shows he knows how to stretch himself to look like a sociopath, although the quality of the movie itself was a little hokey.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Interesting thoughts. I’m a Christian, and if praying for you helps, great—without delving into the spiritual aspect, though, sleep paralysis has been known to have a connection to sleep apnea. I know someone who has it and I saw this question pop up on a questionnaire I filled out prior to undergoing a sleep study.

Looking into it further, I do see what you mean about the history of sleep paralysis and demonic possession rumors, as it even shows up in common medical sources. If this is something that is bothering you, however, it would be worthwhile to see if something like a CPAP or other sleep device could help.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Are People More *Judgemental* About Self-Image?

Originally posted by ImplosionOfDoom:

Why get surgery when you can have Photoshop? (In regards to Facebook, most people won’t notice the difference. Besides if your just doing it all to keep up with the jones, get attention to boost your ego, etc. Photoshop is a hell of a lot cheaper and less painful. Besides once you buy it, Photoshop is pretty fun to play around with)

Photoshop is fun to play around with, but it has it’s limitations (trust me, I’ve tried). Taking away crow’s feet? Great, if you have the patience to go through every photo like that. Cropping out a double chin? Not as much (unless you captured a lucky angle and it’s just really working for you palette-wise).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
However, I ask: how much of this problem is Obama’s “administration” and how much of it is coming directly from Congress…specifically the GOP and its rabid focus on illegal immigration?

I’m not sure I understand….what does the GOP/Republicans disapproval of illegal immigration have to do with the budgetary determination of the two issues listed above? Unless you are trying to say that Obama adopted a polarizing stance because he is a Democrat (favoring illegal immigration), which is a distinct possibility.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

Your attitude that PTSD isn’t a “biggie” is a little disturbing to me. AGAIN, I point out that I well understand it isn’t a problem (in degrees) for MOST ppl. However, in an inverse progress, PTSD can get horrifically severe as the number of ppl experiencing it decreases. What I’m saying is that the “quality” of PTSD behavior the real problem much more than the “quantity” of it.

Never said PTSD wasn’t a “biggie”, it’s hugely significant to the person experiencing it and I work with such people every day. All I said was it wasn’t going to automatically, by itself, keep someone from owning or operating guns. You didn’t get this out of my post, but then again, you didn’t read it in it’s entirety. Going off the rails as per usual.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

AND, this PSTD thing isn’t true ?
Seriously?
I’ve known and still know of some of my Nam brethren that are seriously fucked. If it were only one or two percent, then ya just might be able to pass their behavior off as being the result of other things…bad childhoods, drug abuse, normal day-2-day stress, etc. Believe me, when you send 18, 19, 20 year old KIDS into a hellish situation like that; some serious mind-fuck shit is going to be the result… and, continue to happen long after. The brother of my neighbor will break down into tears some times w/ survivor’s guilt.
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Ok, geez. I should have clarified further. When I said this “PTSD thing isn’t true”, I wasn’t saying PTSD doesn’t exist, I was saying that having PTSD didn’t hinder the ability to own/operate a firearm. Miscommunication solved, hopefully.

The same is largely true about Mexican border crossings. We provided “under-the-table” jobs for them. Much like if you start feeding a stray cat at your back door, soon you will have a lot more … hoping for some of the same, regardless of whether there is enough milk for all of them. But, there they are. Are you going to start shooting the excess? Rounding them up and hauling them to the next county really doesn’t work all that well when they still know where some free milk is.

I agree with this, although I find the metaphor of comparing illegals to stray cats interesting. Nevertheless, it fits in this instance. I think our government/social services really needs to crack down, not only on the illegals that are currently in our country (and producing what are known as “anchor babies”), but also those attempting to get in currently.


We American’s love to hate our politicians.

Well yes, we do. Most of the time I tune it out as the noise it is. However, the Obama administration made a mistake—at least in my eyes—when they trimmed veterans benefits while expanding those for illegal immigrants (Dream Act).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by beauval:

I should hope so too. Some of those lads are having a mental breakdown. Do you really think allowing them to carry a gun is a good idea?

The PTSD thing isn’t true (maybe a scare tactic/fearmongering story?). Most vets I know have PTSD these days, and many own guns. I was talking to an armed police officer locally who was a vet with PTSD and told me it didn’t affect his right to carry. Probably the only way PTSD takes away your right to carry firearms is if you are committed/inpatient and assigned a fiduciary.

Originally posted by Karmakoolkid:

Illegal immigrants have been coming to North America since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. More recently, Americans who wanted extremely cheap & easily-managed unskilled labor are the ones who are directly responsible for such border crossings….while “the govt.” looked the other way.

Yes, except as the world population is expanding, America is in a bit of an economic crisis and will have a hard time supporting such an influx of illegal immigrants. With the unemployment rates at an uncomfortably high rate, having a mass of non-citizens to compete for resources (including but not limited to jobs and healthcare) is not a good idea. They need to go home or be held to strict legal standards for immigration.

The real question here is: why did the govt. look the other way when there was already in place programs for legal immigration? Could it be that those ppl who stood to benefit greatly from illegal immigration also the ppl who exert a particular degree of influence on the govt.?

Is this really supporting your argument though, KKK? I could swear I can hear whispers of “Obama’s building a future Democratic voting pool” in these statements.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by fma1:

I will now present when some might call an unpopular opinion.

I believe that illegal immigrants should not have access to things paid for by taxes, such as public schools or socialized healthcare. Only citizens and other people who are in the country legally should have access to these things. However, I also think that the process of becoming a citizen should be made much easier. That way, immigrants can come and be able to access these things more easily. These two things must both happen at the same time. If the government wants to restrict all public services to use by citizens and legal immigrants only, then it must also make the process of becoming legal significantly easier.

What are your thoughts on this?

Mostly sound logic, I don’t have a problem with it. I think allowing illegal immigrants to collect welfare/benefits while paying them more for each successive child incentivizes the path of living on social services. One of my former professors mentioned that if a U.S. citizen were to walk into a Mexican social services office, undocumented, looking for social benefits they would be denied and laughed out; this is true and a salient point in comparing the two systems and the overgenerousity (at least at times) of the U.S. welfare system.

Regarding becoming a citizen, this is markedly hard, from what I understand. My friend was taking the test for citizenship, and some of those questions, I couldn’t even answer (they require a lot of rote memorization about presidents and whatnot). So an easier route to citizenship might be good; however, if our country is in a position where it can’t take excess immigration without maintaining it’s budget, then this should be scaled back, at least temporarily.

There’s no perfect solution, but you hit on some good points.