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  • The Shoutbox
    His real name is Handcock. I don't know why he put "Hanover."
  • The psychopathic economy.
    Oh. Well, 'nuther mystery solved. Carry on.
  • The psychopathic economy.
    Godzilla rises from the Pacific and decides he fucking hates Tokyo.

    Why won't it happen?

    And btw... if you can't explain why it won't happen, that means it's inevitable.
  • The psychopathic economy.
    There are many unknowns, but not knowing everything does not equate to not knowing shit. It might not happen, It might be worse than I suggest. We might build a new barrier, or someone might bomb this one. But again, what I don't know, plus what science does not know does not add up to an argument. We do know that sea levels are rising and that the rate has been increasing.unenlightened

    Add up to an argument? Dude. Sea levels were rising right before the Younger Dryas. There's a 100% chance that everybody alive now is going to die. There's a 100% chance that the next century is going to be different from this one. If you want to dwell in some certainty that the present situation is the worst thing that's ever happened.. ok. It might be.

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  • The psychopathic economy.
    Sea levels are rising. Ice is melting. These are not back somersaults but facts. Climate change measures, feeble as they are, are under attack.unenlightened
    So how did you solve the cloud problem professor? Exactly how much higher is the mean temperature going to get? When exactly will London be flooded? How long will it take? How long will it last?

    Meantime: remember that Rome ceased to be a republic and basically became a monarchy. Under what circumstances did that happen and what else what happening at exactly the same time some distance to the east? Who in 1 BC would have guessed how things would be three centuries later?

    You did know there's a delay between the time the CO2 is released and the when the effects are actually felt... I'm sure you did.
  • The psychopathic economy.
    Several people already pointed this out: you didn't just leap to conclusions, you back somersaulted into a handstand onto the annihilation of 99% of the human population.

    That's emotion.

    The human race may, by simply following its nature, become extinct by its own hand. There's no recipe for accepting that. But maybe at some point in contemplating it, the beauty of the humanity might peep through for just a second. I'd much rather die with love in my heart than with anger. Especially when I already said: it's anger for things they couldn't help.

    What do any of us know about the future?
  • The psychopathic economy.
    So sea levels rise, and London is flooded. The financial district will have already moved uphill - to Switzerland, perhaps. Millions of refugees head for the hills where they will be regarded as immigrants threatening 'our' survival. Civil war ensues, and because the arable land is also flooded, mass starvation mops up most of those who haven't been killed in the conflict. Rinse and repeat simultaneously all round the world.unenlightened

    You're kind of where I was when I was in my 20s. You're in your 60s? I'm guessing that means you're stuck there.
  • The psychopathic economy.
    Trade unions are losing power because heavy industry is being automated. It's a long way from complete, and will probably never be quite complete, but robots get cheaper and cleverer, and the miners, he dockers the car workers will never get back the power they once had. So workers' rights are eroded and wages are going down, and social care is being eroded. It doesn't matter which party is in power because the economy dictates.unenlightened

    Yes. This has been happening since the 1980s. The proletariat is either automated or its Indonesian children. Neither is likely to stage a global revolution. It's true Trump's message wasn't much more than nostalgia with some vague threats of trade war. This is not exactly a news flash.

    Try HG Wells. If anybody actually watches the whole thing... I tend to agree with his long-term predictions.

  • Resentment
    It's all about sexual deviancy, dude.
  • Resentment
    It's less important what you call it. The point of the Borat movie is that the supposedly "civilised" Americans are more often more racist, more bigoted, and more sexually deviant than even he himself, the savage,Agustino

    That's correct. Plus we have a ginormous nuclear arsenal and the ability to deliver warheads anywhere anytime with ICBMs, medium range missiles, bombers, and submarines. Think about it.
  • Resentment
    What would you call that.. anti-Jewish sentiment? I guess you could call it anti-Semitic, but that would include hatred of the Phoenicians.
  • The Shoutbox
    I just got two Churro fleeces. One is silver-tipped grey and black. Woo Hoo!
  • Resentment
    Take away the end of this world, the Kingdom of Heaven, the final judgement, and so on, and the preaching of Jesus loses it's fizz. If this is an unredeemed and irredeemable world, it makes no sense to celebrate meekness and poverty.Bitter Crank

    Exactly.
  • Resentment
    Ressentiment. My translation doesn't use that word, but I can see how getting a little jargonny about it is a good idea.
  • Resentment
    but it is also frequently an expression of justice.TheWillowOfDarkness

    N drops the scenario straight onto the Jews. There's no doubt that the Jews had a unique problem with the concept of justice because their religion teaches that they have a special relationship with God. They have a deal or covenant in which God protects them if they meet his requirements as laid out in the Mosaic law. Anytime bad things happened, the Jews would try to work out how they had failed God so they could get it right. Eventually that technique was strained to the point of absurdity.

    Christian apocalypticism actually starts about 200 years before Jesus was born. A statue of Zeus was installed in the Holy of Holies in the temple in an attempt to Hellenize the Jews. Scholars say that it was around this time that the book of Daniel was written and circulated. The concept of the World to Come is taking shape as an answer to the problem of God's justice. They probably weren't even aware that they were modifying an element of the Zoroastrian religion.

    The World to Come is a time when the Gentiles are supposed to finally get what's coming to them. The Jews will be raised up to their proper place at the right hand of God. By putting resolution of injustice somewhere off in the future, Good becomes other worldly. This world of wounded flesh is all bad and just a passing shadow pending the arrival of the Messiah.

    Christians say the Messiah did come, but obviously nothing significant changed. What a drag. Maybe he'll come again... yea, that's it.
  • Resentment
    what is your avatar pic of?m-theory

    It's just photoshop art that I did a long time ago.
  • Resentment
    Perhaps this would be a contrary answer to N.

    If there is some underdog morality which has attempted to establish itself via democracy, revenge isn't the goal. The impetus is to manifest a shared vision of a world where opportunity is available to all. Where little black girls and little white girls will join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual...

    God I'm jaded.
  • Resentment
    So I guess you're saying that Nietzsche misunderstands the world. There is no "resentment morality." Mmmm... yes there is. Maybe it doesn't quite have the range and potency N thought it did. It does exist, though.