This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):
9 submissions to economics
5 submissions to politics
4 submissions to funny
3 submissions to buddhism
3 submissions to classicalmusic
This user has so far shared a total of 38 links, started a total of 7 discussions and submitted a total of 434 comments.
Submissions: This user has upvoted 1717 and downvoted 93 submissions.
Comments: This user has upvoted 3621 and downvoted 29 comments.
5 highest rated submissions:
Elderly Britbong, submitted: 4/6/2018 9:37:45 AM, 69 points (+74|-5)
Increasingly Secular Nation Replaces Outdated Religious Ideas With End Times Prophecies, Moral Judgments, submitted: 2/28/2019 8:10:58 PM, 61 points (+68|-7)
Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don't entirely understand, submitted: 12/18/2018 10:49:42 PM, 20 points (+20|-0)
The decline and fall of brand BBC, submitted: 2/20/2019 11:39:28 PM, 17 points (+17|-0)
Ancient Breakfast Cereal from eight years ago, submitted: 4/8/2019 10:08:49 PM, 17 points (+19|-2)
5 lowest rated submissions:
Jacobite interviews Bryan Caplan to help pimp his new book: The Case Against Education, submitted: 4/23/2018 9:29:52 PM, 0 points (+1|-1)
Move over Team America - Team Russia is new World Police, submitted: 4/12/2019 7:23:41 PM, 0 points (+1|-1)
How It's Made - LAMY Fountain Pens - Look at the level of automatic: technological unemployment is coming!, submitted: 2/18/2019 7:12:06 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)
Improvising in the Style of Different Classical Composers, Nahre Sol (piano), submitted: 7/7/2018 10:25:33 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)
What You Think You Think is Often at Odds With What You Really Think | Hardcore Zen, submitted: 4/16/2018 9:52:53 PM, 1 points (+3|-2)
3 highest rated comments:
feral-toes 0 points 29 points 29 points (+29|-0) ago
Go to the actual web page, by cutting and pasting the URL for the banned domain from the archive page. Admire the busty women, but don't click the links, least your computer die of digital AIDS. Click on ABOUT, and discover that this is a satire site.
Be impressed by the way that voat detects the banned domain; I was naively going to link to the page until PREVIEW produced a bold red warning.
feral-toes 0 points 22 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago
The whole idea of mindful meditation is to shut your mind up.
That gets discussed a lot among meditaters. Mostly they disagree with it, but find it hard to articulate the alternative. Here is my personal take.
When you start meditating your thoughts are 1% the real deal, actual useful thoughts. 79% random crap 20% fucked up shit. It is a bit like the atmosphere if Argon = real deal, Nitrogen = random crap, Oxygen = fucked up shit that makes stuff burst into flames.
But the fucked up shit hides behind the random crap.
You learn to meditate and notice the randomness of the crap. You chill and stop stirring it. You chill some more and stop putting energy into it. Now it is not hiding the fucked up shit so well. That is alarming. You ask to yourself "Has meditation made my thoughts worse, or were they always like that and I didn't notice?" That is an example of the real deal, 1%.
Now you can see the fucked up shit, you can stop repeating it to yourself. When it doesn't recirculate it tends to die out. Progress looks like 1.2% real deal, 40% random crap, 3.8% fucked up shit, 55% inner peace. Cutting down on the random crap and fucked up shit creates inner peace, as expected. Not so expected is that there is more room in your head for the real deal, up from 1% to 1.2%
Maybe you stick with meditation and get yourself together in an impressive way: 2% real deal, 3% random crap, 0% fucked up shit, 95% inner peace. It is easy and tempting to focus primarily on the inner peace, and secondarily on the remaining random crap. Then you understand yourself as trying to shut your mind up. But that is potentially dangerous. You are actually trying to have more thoughts, that is, more of the good quality ones. But good quality thoughts are delicate flowers. You can only hope to grow them from 1% to 2%. There just isn't that much to think about. And they need lots of metaphorical sunlight. Most of the work is cutting down the weeds of random crap that over shadow them.
3 lowest rated comments:
feral-toes 3 points -3 points 0 points (+0|-3) ago
I bet on genuine. I looked at the posting history and found this. There is lots more. Way too much work for fatfiction.
Finding that reminded me that I was skeptical when I saw it first time around, a year ago. The quality of the writing testified to intelligence. The story was most simply explained by stupidity. Contradiction!
Re-reading it today, I realised that I hadn't put proper weight on this paragraph
I was power walking through the neighborhood, sweating bullets, feeling really proud of myself for not stopping for a breather in almost twenty minutes, when some guy drove by and made pig noises out his window at me. I was broken. I've been in bar fights, I've been hospitalized, I grew up with not one but two abusive stepfathers, I'm a fighter. But I was so hurt and broken and embarrassed that I just stood there. If some guy had done that to me when I was thin, there's a good chance I'd have hurled a rock at their window. But I couldn't think of anything to say or do because this time, on some level, I agreed with them.
This post works just as well for /v/singlemothershate. It is the tale of an intelligent child who is so fucked up by his single mother and her shitty boyfriends that he turns to comfort eating and becomes a fat.
But it is an unusual tale, his mother wasn't a fat. The usual tale goes post-wedding weight gain, dead bedroom, failed marriage, single motherhood, fucked up children. Usually it is getting fat that is the root of all evil.
feral-toes 1 points -1 points 0 points (+0|-1) ago
Upvoted for noticing, but...
Jesus did this shit in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. He is trying to teach his audience not to pass by on the other side, so in his parable he has a member of a reviled minority (A Samaritan for gods sake! Total shit!) do the good deed, setting the example. The emotional manipulation is: you've got to stop and help, to prove that you are better than shitty people (such as a Samaritan, ugh)
So maybe it is the same here, shaming white folk for getting fat. The emotional manipulation is: look, even black folk can stay human.
feral-toes 1 points -1 points 0 points (+0|-1) ago
His first example is a huge stretch. He starts with family separation in cases of illegal immigration. He could have contrasted that with other law breaking. If a mother takes her child with her on a shop lifting spree, does that get her out of jail? Err, probably it does, because she is not a flight risk. But in the comparable case, in which the cops arrest a mother and young daughter and think that the mother will just disappear, they will hold her, separating her from her daughter. (Who will cry very loudly.) And rather obviously, if you are not willing to do that, you are giving up on enforcing the law. So the cognitive dissonance here is that we are willing to enforce some laws and unwilling to enforce other laws. We don't actually care about the children, we just use "think of the children" against the laws we disapprove of, and refuse to use "think of the children" against the laws that we do approve of.
He could also have talked about "at will" marriage. Wife gets bored. Leaves. Husband is separated from his children, without even breaking the law. That seems much worse than the separations involved in enforcing the law against adults who break it.
But he goes with his foreign policy agenda. Bleh!