Recent posts by iMachine on Kongregate

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Abortion

One can say much about social conservatism, but I wouldn’t exactly give it credit for humanity’s survival.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / About "Bioshock Infinite" and the real life

Do you play games because you hate your real life or because it enriches your real life?

I play games because I have a sickly need for constant entertainment and it helps me forget about my nicotine addiction when I’m low on money.

OP, you should start working out. It boosts both your looks and self-confidence, two important factors in attracting the opposite sex.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Can Communism Work?

Originally posted by Stots:

Communism can’t work because for it to be applied, it actively impoverishes its people.

Economically, the lack of free market economy can destroy the economic prospects of the nation, reducing the standard of living. Centrally planned economy doesn’t equate to communism, but some form of economic planning is necessary to coordinate the economy in the manner of socialist intentions.

Advantages are that consumer patterns can be controlled; restraining demand can favour greater capital investments, increasing the availability of money/resources in an underdeveloped economy to be invested into things such as industrial ventures which can be used to advance the economic objectives of the state. An alternative to waiting for capital to accumulate through light industry and without reliance on foreign investments (which would increase the State’s external debt).

However

This type of economy means due to no supply-demand system seen in a free-market means production cannot be coordinated efficiently:

“Without a market in which allocations can be made in obedience to the law of supply and demand, it is difficult or impossible to funnel resources with respect to actual human preferences and goals.” – Tibor R. Machan on Planned Economies.

Communism isn’t a practical alternative – It’s proven to work in China, but only because the Chinese system betrays the economic ideals of communism (outlined by Marx in his Manifesto assessing the means of production) and enforces the controlled state, more akin to Stalinism than true communism.

Marx intended communism to work as a series of communes around the world note necessarily as one controlled state, but with individuals in each commune to coordinate distribution not implying any dictatorial powers.

Communism was, in the end, a failed social revolution that dabbled in some interesting alternatives, and certainly appealed to the vast majority of the neglected working class who liked the idea of a classless and stateless society, but in the end, those ambitions collapsed in every case of applied communism, falling to dictatorship.

So long as we act by the human condition, communism cannot exist. It is too easily manipulated.

That’s not very juche of you.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Best Rockstar Game

San Andreas.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Bath Salts

Alcohol is a superior psychoactive substance.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Rate the song above you. V.2

5/10

Old school is the only school

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Secession of States post Obama re-election

I kind of hope this happens. Making the world more interesting.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / legalization of marijuana

It sure would make taking it more comfortable. Constantly worrying about the cops knocking on the door is quite the buzzkill.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immortality: A blessing or a curse?

Sounds awful. If I die just to wake up in an afterlife, I won’t be pleased.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why not suicide?

Originally posted by Sikesalicous:

Why suicide when you can drink copious amounts of alcohol? That’s what everyone else seems to do.

My favourite form of substance abuse.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Amanda Todd

Originally posted by MyTie:
Originally posted by iMachine:She was smart to kill herself. I’d do exactly the same if I were in her situation

When so much importance is placed on ego, and what other’s think of you, then when that shatters, there is nothing left. This is why I’m teaching my kids self esteem, values, and priorities.

It is within our nature to seek acknowledgement from other humans. We are social creatures. Self esteem, values and priorities will help a lot, but knowing how to get along well with other humans is very important to have a happy life.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Amanda Todd

She was pretty dim for flashing her tits on the net. People were dicks for bullying her about it. She was pretty dim for having sex with that guy who already had a girlfriend, especially since she wasn’t very popular to begin with. People were dicks for beating her up over some arbitrary defined ‘sanctity’ of relationships or whatever. She was smart to kill herself. I’d do exactly the same if I were in her situation (though I wouldn’t drink bleach. Jesus Christ.)

Bottom line: Society enforces silly, arbitrary codes of conduct on individuals. Individuals are silly when they think they can defy society’s norms without consequence. She brought it on herself, but all the shit she got was completely unnecessary. What a beautiful world we live in. If people could just stop and question their actions/views for a minute before pulling all kinds of stupid shit, the world would be a happier place.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immortality.

Who the hell would want to live forever anyway? Sounds nightmarish. Dying just to wake up in an eternal afterlife is one of my worst nightmares.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you think eating other people is morally wrong?

No, because it implies that objective morality exists. It is wrong according to most culture’s morals and norms, but that doesn’t really mean anything, considering the abundance of different morals and norms, and their completely subjective nature. Even if objective morality existed, there would be no reason to behave morally if you could get away with it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Subjective Morality

drink more, worry about morality less

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Lyrics

Fylla sitter temmelig tungt igjen
og de andre folka sover drit i dem
skallen hans er hekta på en ting
den tingen har et fornavn ingenting

En soloppgang har aldri vært så stygg
Thore Skogmann ville sikkert kalt den ‘snygg’
Han åpner kjøleskapet, ingenting…
størkna blod i håret men ingen sting

Og om man bare bare hadde øl
om man bare bare hadde øl

Halsen hans er sår, den står i brann
Han skrur på springen, får i seg litt vann
En kasse export det var mer enn nok
Nok til ingenting han gikk amok

Mens alle brilleballer pimpa vin
Spelte han sin rolle bra han var et svin
Fylla sitter temmelig tungt igjen
det han trenger nå er medisin

Og om han bare bare hadde øl
om han bare bare hadde øl

(okay Jokke..)

Han stikker nå
klokka er snart fem
Han går og når den første banen hjem
For i kjøleskapet hjemme er det øl
kjøleskapet hjemme er det øl

øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl
øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl
øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl
øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl-øl

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Lyrics

All den dopen som jeg tok i går,
kommer ikke til å hjelpe meg når jeg våkner
forhåpentligvis i en seng
Og all den alken som jeg drekker hver dag
Den alken som går løs på kroppen min
som en sirkelsag, gir meg ubehag
Men alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Noen ganger når jeg er på fest
Og er den som, som drekker mest
da kan det hende at jeg får et slags delirium
Og slåss med alle, unntatt en hund
Når jeg våkner da har jeg det ikke bra
Men alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Når jeg engang i min kiste ligger
På vei til graven med en sprukken lever og roser
Et følge i sort, Oooo
Da kan det hende at jeg blir for tung
At taket glepper og min kiste går i stykker
Jeg snur meg ei, for
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres
Alt kan repareres

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Rate how much you like these different genres of music.

Adult Contemporary- 5/10
Alternative- 6/10
Christian- 2/10
Classical- 8/10
Classic Rock- 9/10
Country- 3/10
Dance- 8/10
Dubstep- 7/10
Electro- 10/10
Emo- 2/10
Hip~Hop- 8/10
Jazz- 9/10
Pop- 7/10 (incredibly broad genre, so I find rating to be difficult)
Reggae- 9/10
Rock- 9/10
Rap- 7/10
Heavy Metal- 7/10
Punk Rock- 7/10

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Backfire Effect, or why we can't agree on anything

Hm, well okay. I have read through many of the posts, and I realize (oh the irony, eh?) that I was being too pessimistic about this whole thing.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Backfire Effect, or why we can't agree on anything

Lol, whatever. Have fun.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Backfire Effect, or why we can't agree on anything

So I just read this, an article explaining that arguments never really take you anywhere as studies have shown that evidence contradicting your original beliefs often ends up strengthening them, and that we for the most part seem to believe what we want to believe, accepting everything that can support the views we already have, while scrutinizing evidence contradicting our views and often either dismiss them or ignore them.

So is there a point to debating things on the internet when we will probably never accept the opposing viewpoint anyway? And even if others have an accepting attitude towards evidence contradicting their own beliefs, how can we be sure that we aren’t deluded ourselves? I for one am pretty demotivated, so this will probably be my last post in SD.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do we have free will?

One interesting thing to note is that your brain unconsciously prepares to execute an action about half a second before you are even aware of wanting to execute the action (shown trough Benjamin Libet’s experiments during the 80’s).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do people seem to hate atheists so much?

I guess you meant gnostic theists and gnostic atheists?

Well, I guess. I consider myself an agnostic atheist, and also believe that there is little to imply the existence of a God, but I don’t claim to be able to know whether a deity exists or not (I try not to, at least). As long as religious don’t force their morality on me, then I don’t mind them at all.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do people seem to hate atheists so much?

I think we should just realize that we can never prove either the existence or non-existence of higher forces, and realize that we can only assume the one way or the other. Both the theist and atheist stance seem extremist to me.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / I smiled because of this

“If your girlfriend were to ask Kant how she looked, Kant would be a cunt and say ‘You do not look good’ instead of lying.”

Best one. The best part is that he is spot on.