General Fucktardism: doGs, anGels, Socialism, Bernie Sanders, Freedom, and I don’t give a shit about the troops

 I wrote this yesterday on Facebook:

For true progress to happen on human evolutionary scales, everyone ought be insulting the knowledge and intelligence of all others always.

People hate that. Why? because they live in bubbles of regurgitated “knowledge” and “wisdom” that’s not even a bit different from the attached photo at the bottom of this post.

How many of you have truly questioned the very base things you were indoctrinated with as children, defenseless as you were, against bullshit; more often than not, accompanied by lashings and other punishments “to make you ‘think?'”

You don’t need to blame your parents for their ignorance and failure to use an evolutionarily given mind. Sky doGs and anGels are so comforting and witch-doctor sure—and everybody gets to live in the delusion that in doGs plan, there are no losses. Yep, life is one big bed of roses if you only sacrifice your independent mind to that of the collective one—which does not exist, but is rather a complete fraud conjured up by authorities and rulers you pay and vote for: to whisper sweet lies in your tender ears.

There are many conceptions of this pathetic phenomenon. Bernie Sanders is one and I laf laf laf at all the Merkans, so ignorant of history and how deep socialism laid Europe to waste so many times. I wrote this in a Facebook comment:

Fuck every fucktard who has zero conception of history going back a couple of hundred years and has zero understanding of the havoc that destroyed Western Europe twice. And America is not pussy Europe. You want to see blood running into sewer drains? Wait until Urban America imposes deep socialism on Rural America.

And it’s true. Bernie Sanders’ kind of socialism will bring civil war, which it should—war on Urban America—and in the words of Thomas Jefferson:

“Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787

Well, even Thomas J. was wrong, or somewhat wrong, though understandably conflicted…but at least: he was thinking independently, and that was 218 years ago.

…Then there’s the ridiculous jingoism and endless, endless admonishments to adore “our troops.” here’s what I wrote a while ago about that, under the typical photo captioned with “This soldier gave his life for your freedom”:

Nonsense. In the first place, America is not a “free” country and freedoms that do exist are far less than found in many other countries. Second, it’s an all voluntary force. He made a bargain, just as I did as a Navy officer from 1984-1992. I got paid and accepted a contractual obligation and got to travel the world, live in Japan for 5 years and France for 2, on exchange with the French Navy. It was a job with decent pay and great esoteric benefits. Ended fine for me. Not for this man, unfortunately, but it is no more meaningful than any worker anywhere who gets killed or badly injured on the job.

I am so sick of this gibberish. Fucking so sick of it I want to vomit. Fuck “The Troops.” There. I said it. Try it, you may like it, and be free from the pathetic feeling of obligation over every moron in the world that shoves it in your face with the admonishment to like it or you suck. No, they suck, and they’re fucktards.

I’ll leave you with how I see almost all of humanity; pathetic, and with zero mental prowess beyond what was simply indoctrinated from birth; or, later, what the group-think is of the group they like best, in the interest of pathetic conformity.

baby birds feeding
 

58 Comments

  1. Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 15:32

    I think you need some clarification on what socialism actually IS compared to methods to achieve socialism. Europe never really got there.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2015 at 16:30

      Well if we’re being completely technical, what Europe had and has, and what we have is fascism…though Europe has had more directly socialist elements historically with overt State ownership of a number of industries–with much of that going to a fascistic model of quasi-private ownership and iron grip regulation from top to bottom.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2015 at 16:34

      …Nonetheless, it’s all kinda hair slitting in terms of operative principles. It’s about taking people’s labors by force, spending, redistributing, regulating and dictating under the grand illusion that everyone can live at the expense of everyone else (have one’s cake and eat it too–the reality lesson the Greeks are being shown now).

    • Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 17:52

      No, not at all. The operating model of true socialism is that the workers OWN the factories. So they redistribute the profits to themselves. This can be done using democratic worker cooperatives.

      Also, what is happening in Greece has nothing to do with socialism except that Europe wants to destroy the current leftist Greek government. Nordic countries are way more socialist than Greece ever was.

    • Steven on August 17, 2015 at 18:06

      Have you ever been in a factory? Worked in a factory? I have. Lots and lots of hours… The overwhelming majority of people that work in those places are not the bastions of intelligence you may think they are. As I mentioned I was a factory worker. I met lots of people on those floors.

      Salt of the earth type folks. Hard workers, until unions… but for the most part hard workers. Which does not equate to them managing the factory nor managing what other people make or how those other people should work. Or anything. It takes a special skill set to set wages and jobs and shop floor functionality.

      If your precious “democratic worker cooperatives” are superior than the USSR would have pants’d us in the cold war. But they didn’t..

      Shhhhhhhhh, quit being so damn pedantic. It only shows ignorance.

    • Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 18:57

      You are showing some pretty astounding ignorance.

      The guy on the floor doesn’t need to know how to manage. Everyone has there own designated job and appropriate pay scale. BUT: Everyone gets to vote who manages, and everyone gets an equal profit share.

    • Steven on August 17, 2015 at 19:04

      You did not answer my questions… So that means you have no shop floor/factory experience. Which means you are clueless. Which means you really should shut the fuck up.

      And yes, according to your positively mundane argument in order for the person voting to make a decision on whom gets a job. What job they get. And how much they are compensated. The electorate needs to know all of these factors play in to each other. Which is indeed a part of managing.

      Your argument proves my point though… Voters do not need to be educated.

      Quit being so worthless.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2015 at 19:55

      “The operating model of true socialism”

      Ah, the No True Scotsman fallacy. No thanks. Waste of time dealing with evasiveness.

      Tell me though, where does the capital come from that establishes these great worker-paradise factories and what are the workers paid when it operates at a loss? Who’s liable for the debts if revenue isn’t sufficient to pay them when due?

      I could go on.

    • Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 20:19

      I’m really no expert. But it doesn’t take a lot of effort to mentally explore how it *could* work, if you’re willing. I’d imagine it wouldn’t be that much different to how companies work in the existing capatalism, except for who owns the company (workers in the community instead of remote shareholders).

      There are very successful cooperatives in existence. Mondragon in Spain is a good example. Feel free to research their operating model. They have NEVER laid off a worker in their multi-decade existence. And they are successful. How can that be bad?

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2015 at 20:30

      “The guy on the floor doesn’t need to know how to manage. Everyone has there own designated job and appropriate pay scale. BUT: Everyone gets to vote who manages, and everyone gets an equal profit share.”

      Guess you’ve never heard of corporations, shareholders, by-laws, shareholder meetings, shareholder votes, and elected boards of directors.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2015 at 20:59

      Re Mondragon.

      Voluntary association and cooperation. So completely non-sequitur. Socialism, communism, democracy, fascism, republicanism, federalism, etc. are all backed by force.

      You are merely brining up a corporation that’s organized by a particular set of by-laws some people enjoy being a part of for their own reasons. You’re welcome to assert that it’s the best way to run a company but that’s doubtful because if it was the market would have self organized in the way far more than the few of these things we can observe.

      I could accept that it may be the best way in certain industries, certain scales of operation, and certain cultures of workers. It’s also important to understand that in places where “socialist” ideals tend to be more successful is typical limited regions or small states with a rather homogenous dominant culture. The Scandanavian countries are a prime example of this.

    • Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 21:09

      I don’t believe a cooperative is a better way to run a company. There are many interesting problems that would need to be overcome. But that is not the point. The point I’d whether a society built from such cooperatives would be a better society to live in.

      Would a democratic worker cooperative vote for leaders that pollute the local community? Nope. Would they vote for leaders that would shift the entire operation to china? Nope. Would they vote for leaders that keep their workers under the poverty line? Nope. Do you see? Now inflate this concept to every corporation in a country.

      I’m just trying to introduce you to possibilities. As you stated in you blog, we all need to be more open-minded.

    • Anand Srivastava on August 17, 2015 at 23:39

      If they don’t do the same complexity of job, how can they get the same share of vote? Wouldn’t that simply destroy the company?

      Cooperatives work, because they are not evenly distributed. They are more like companies where everybody is a share holder, but the share is not really even. People who bring more to the cooperative get more. Everybody does not get the same.

      The people who volunteer to manage things in cooperatives are paid in influence, and some of them make money on the side.

    • John on August 18, 2015 at 15:08

      I think your putting a utopian spin on true socialism, socialism/marxism/communism are semantics around the theme of state ownership of the means of production and the society at large. Workers were just suppossed to be happy minions of the state. Marx outlined the tenets in the communist manifesto to achieve socialist dictatorship. Read these tenets for your own understanding seems lacking. Frankly I have trouble seeing what elements of our society arent already marxist in nature. Certainly as Richard stated much of the nationalism of industry is done through a fascitic model, but its the same result.

    • Bret on August 18, 2015 at 04:47

      Stathi, an unfettered economy — i.e. keeping the god damn government out — is by far the best path to reach the conclusions you mentioned. I know that socialist true believers don’t want to hear this (most of them seem to have a bizarre obsession with big government), but it’s true. Take the government power away from the corporations, and they’ll have to compete for labor just as they compete for customers.

      Many of the original socialists and communists were quite economically erudite. They knew how markets worked. Marx’s view was that communism naturally occurred after the people overthrew the government and then ruled by villages. It’s a bit silly yes, but it’s a far cry from the modern left wingers’ incessant appetite for ever more government (central government, no less) in every walk of life. In fact it’s the complete god damn opposite.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 06:37

      There is nothing preventing various forms of cooperative businesses or even communal type organizations now. Many have been tried. Moreover, the only way to prevent having remote shareholders if the shareholder wishes to invest and the company wishes to accept it, is to prevent it by force.

      Perhaps you think I’m a proponent of “capitalism ” well, I am, but not of corporatism, which is what America is, mostly (excluding sole proprietorships and partner-proprietorships). These are statutory entities, whether private or publicly traded, where the business entity enjoys force-backed benefits that proprietors don’t, the chief one being either complete shielding of personal liability or limitation (LLCs). Same thing with patents and copyrights. In this case, it’s a government granted monopoly for a period of time.

      You would get far closer to your ideals without these privileges granted by the state.

    • Stathi on August 18, 2015 at 18:37

      Just wondering, did you watch the lecture I posted?

      “How many of you have truly questioned the very base things you were indoctrinated with as children, defenseless as you were, against bullshit; more often than not, accompanied by lashings and other punishments “to make you ‘think?'”

      Of all nations BRAINWASHED about socialism, your country is at the top of the list. You know, the cold war and all that.

      Don’t get me wrong, capitalism is pretty great in a lot of ways but it has some huge flaws: inequality and its affect on the political system, rampant consumption, economic instability, environmental catastrophes,… etc.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 19:01

      “its affect on the political system”

      You obviously have me confused with someone advocating for some political “system.”

    • spanish caravan on August 18, 2015 at 19:11

      I don’t know what planet you’re from, Anand. But coops don’t work in the for profit business. They don’t work because you can’t get rid of workers. When workers end up running the company, the inmates end up running the asylum. They all want raises and lifetime employment. They’ll demand 6-week vacations, car privileges, 25% bonuses, and an expense account.

      That’s why employees are merely stakeholders, son, not shareholders. Shareholders put up the money and want returns on that money. Stakeholders want cushy jobs. It’s called a “moral hazard” and the agency-principal problem by academics, son. That’s why coops or self-managed coops like that existed in socialist countries all ran aground. They only work in a limited situation where there’s plenty of internally generated cash and no outside investment is needed. Even then, they usually end up bankrupt in a few years unless supported by tax dollars. Witness the UK steel industry, the natural resources industries in Russia, and Japanese corporations that promised lifetime employment. They all stop being competitive within a few years.

  2. Steven on August 17, 2015 at 15:09

    But who will kill the brown people thousands of miles away for my “freedom”.

    But the FDA, USDA, EPA, DOD, AMA, DOE: ad nauseum, has helped everyone. EVERYONE!

    What about the social safety net. Not that nets are ever used to trap things.

    I can go on and on unfortunately.

  3. Alesia on August 17, 2015 at 17:05

    Does this all boil down to fear? Fear of death and non-consciousness when it comes to religion. Fear that Jesus doesn’t love us, and that we won’t be with friends and family in an eternal ever after?

    Fear of having such uncontrolled, un-governed, non-religious, masses of consious, thinking beings out there? What would happen; more revolutions? People’s sense of self, and sense of the world would crumble. What then? What does it mean if our “knowledge” of reality, isn’t real at all?

    I like to think about these things. It is terrifying. Death is scary. Being un-governed, or at least the idea of your neighbors being uncontrolled is scary. What happens when we think about all this, and go head to head with this fear? Will it mean pure chaos, or pure biss and freedom? Maybe both. Beauty is found in grey.

    • sassysquatch on August 18, 2015 at 04:25

      Alesia, one of the problems with being ‘human’, is that we see life as ‘happening to us’. Is it? Or is life just happening?

      If you drop the personal ‘me’ and just start living life as it is, things become much easier. Don’t follow the ways of any religion, any atheist, any Guru, ect……. They don’t know any more than you. Follow your own path. Don’t make any assumptions (belief), just LIVE LIFE.

      Life and death are not serious business – relax and enjoy the show!!

    • Bret on August 18, 2015 at 05:03

      I think fear is a good point, Alesia. I would also mention people’s instinctive sense of community. It served our species well over hundreds of thousands of years to band together into cooperative alliances and to prioritize the pack over the individual.

      The problem is that these ancient instincts are colliding head on with the relatively modern phenomenon of enormous societies under one banner (i.e. back to the ancient Greeks and even before). Our communal instincts don’t work well in communities of such a massive scale, spread out over such a diverse geographic area, and with such a large and elaborate system of government required.

      This is why I think the 19th century communists were onto something with the notion of anarchic village cooperation. Really it seems like if we get rid of government, this will happen naturally and everybody can be happy. Sure, almost no one thinks they will be (how could they…they’ve been bludgeoned with incessant indoctrination to the contrary their whole lives), but that would be much more appropriate to human genetics and instincts.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 07:56

      “back to the ancient Greeks and even before”

      Keep in mind that the original conception and practice of Ancient Greek democracy was that of city states. At its height, Greece has 1,500 separate governing bodies (think of counties or even cities in the U.S., but autonomous). Anthems was only one of them, about 250k citizens and only about 30k voters because you had to be a male adult to qualify to vote.

    • Alesia on August 20, 2015 at 16:27

      “Or is life just happening?” Good point.

      Sometimes I think if there were any gods to be celebrated, they should be yeast and bacteria. They, as far as we know are the givers of life in the universe and completely ego neutral. Maybe completely unaware, but they just do what they do, live, reproduce and die. I guess some people might not enjoy that religion, as there is no “purpose” to life, other than to just live. Sometimes our minds just over complicate things.

    • Brent Bach on May 12, 2016 at 16:51

      Put down the crack pipe friend. The only thing to fear is fear itself said a Progressive president.

  4. Rudy on August 17, 2015 at 18:16

    “Learn how to think. It’s the one thing they can’t take away from you.” – My father. Not what to think. How to think. Still working on that one. Perhaps the paranoid flavor of the quote is inevitable for those who hold such things dear.

  5. Mark on August 17, 2015 at 19:25

    The distinction that Stathi fails to make is, that in socialism (or whatever other -ism it really is), the cooperative works party is NON VOLUNTARY.

    Under true free market, you and your compatriots are more than welcome to form a corporation and operate as you see fit. In the other -ism, we are ALL forced to operate as YOU and your BRETHREN (read: fucktards)see fit.

    See the difference? Violence inherent in the system (extra credit if you get the reference) in one, voluntary association in the other.

    • Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 21:37

      Sure it could be voluntary. Why not? A society could have a proportion of traditional capitalist corporations and a proportion of worker cooperatives. Probably the more cooperatives the better. A government could simply incentivise the creation of worker cooperatives.

      In no way, shape or form am I advocating a soviet communist form of socialism.

    • dan on August 17, 2015 at 21:52

      If it can be voluntary than you can have it now. Thats the point everyone is making. You can demo “true socialism” in nearly any country and any market in the world. Do report back how you go.

    • Stathi on August 17, 2015 at 22:02

      No you can’t, because whoever has the money has the power. You think the 0.01% is going to give up all that beautiful money without a fight? Our current system is NON VOLUNTARY.

    • Dan on August 18, 2015 at 04:10

      Lol. Again. I’m an entrepreneur. If I want that beautiful money I need to create more value to the person that has it than them keeping it, or investing elsewhere. There is no difficulty getting people to part with money if you provide value. You can start anytime. Provide value to an investor. Show them how much better your factory is. Get all the workers to chip in their savings to this true socialism experiment and let us know how you get on.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 07:01

      “A government could simply incentivise the creation of worker cooperatives.”

      Well, now you’ve stumbled on the best way possible to corrupt and destroy your ideals. Incentivize is just euphemism for redistribution, itself euphemism for stealing from the poor and giving to the rich. Who do you suppose will be the first in line to take advantage of all these “incentives, especially when enormous capital is required to start a substantial business?

      Moreover, if your ideals require that money be taken from those not involved, in order to get others involved, then it doesn’t seem very ideal to me.

    • Steven on August 20, 2015 at 14:42

      Mondragon can only exist because of the government intervening upon the market. I’m not against co-op’s. I happen to be a member of one. It’s a health food store. It’s small. To get to Mondragon size force needs to be applied. Heavy handed government forces.

      What we advocate is free-market business interaction. Monopolies can not happen they way governments allow them to happen.

      Plus, I don’t think Spain is really all that healthy as far add economies go. Poor people are getting hurt because of what is happening by the government. Do you really want that?

  6. Michael44 on August 17, 2015 at 22:55

    Here is an alternative view about the events in Greece :-

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/greece/2015-07-07/pain-athens

    I am definitely not saying that I know what happened. My knowledge on economics is very limited.

    I just think it’s important though to offer another view that differs from the “lazy Greeks” theory, and is one that puts more of a spotlight on the banks themselves and their possible roles in bringing on the financial disaster.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 07:24

      I was able to access the full article (referring to your follow-on post). Anyway, I’m in no way talking about lazy Greeks, but just looking at root causes, which is levels of socialism and central planning.

      It’s difficult to decide which would be better for Greeks long term, the Eurozone banking shenanigans where, at least, their currency stays as stable as it does for all other Europeans or what would surely happen if they went back to the Drachma and Greece was then able to “monetize” its debt (i.e. print money and partially inflate their way out). But, the latter would minimally, at least, give control of the Greek economy back to Greeks.

      Of course, at s point, the Eurozone would demand payback in gold or foreign currencies, just as with Germany in the 1920s when they destroyed the Mark in order to pay back loans to finance WWI, and repiration payments.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 07:42

      What’s pretty funny about the article is that anyone should be surprised that bailout money for Greece went largely to bailout the German and French bankers owed money. And who do you think holds largest sway over Eurozone lending and distribution policy? I don’t know for sure, but German and French national lenders would be a decent guess.

      It reminds me of the U.S. treasury and Fed, where the Social Security Trust Fund is essentially bonds the U.S. has sold to itself.

  7. Michael44 on August 17, 2015 at 23:10

    Ok….it turns out that you have to register to read the full article. When I first brought it up, I was able to read the full text, but not now it seems.

    Ok, here’s a 16 min audio from him that apparently has Mark Blyth talking along the same lines (I say apparently, as I have just found this audio and I don’t have time to listen to it today, but for anybody who may be interested, here it is:-

    http://watson.brown.edu/news/2015/mark-blyth-greek-debt-crisis

  8. Dan on August 17, 2015 at 23:33

    Heh. You should check out the British press to see who the Labour Party (Tony Blair’s former party) are about to elect as its leader.

  9. Bret on August 18, 2015 at 04:31

    “but it is no more meaningful than any worker anywhere who gets killed or badly injured on the job.”

    That is absolutely correct. We don’t go out of our way to praise coal miners, road construction workers, fire fighters, lion tamers, or any other equally hazardous and voluntary occupation. We don’t give them endless discounts at restaurants and home improvement warehouses, nor assure everyone around us that they provide a unique and valuable service to the country.

    It might make more sense if the troops were only used for legitimate defense purposes and there wasn’t an entire military lobbying industry (in which the troops are inextricably involved) whose goals are to keep those tax-funded contracts flowing and keep America wrapped up in as many violent engagements as possible…vehemently assuring our politicians and the lay public that the world will come to an end if we don’t invade X country and meddle in its sovereign affairs. But that’s not the case. The military is employed just as despicably as the domestic police force that violently invades homes for the horrifying infraction — suspicion thereof, actually — of temporarily altering their states of mind with isolated chemical compounds. We are still in god damn motherfucking Afghanistan, for christ’s sake. There is ZERO chance those people are going to fulfill the vision of “stability” that the alliance of our corrupt government and their corrupt government have stipulated, and yet almost nobody deems this worthy of debate or discussion in official circles. We’ll just stay and fight forever I guess.

    Unsurprisingly, many of my colleagues do not share my unromantic view of our profession. They prefer to stick their heads in the sand and indulge in the feel-good fairy tale. Most of them would explode into a fit of rage if any of the military “benefits” were ever redacted (tax free pay, complete medical coverage even for routine stuff, and so on) — with no apparent appreciation whatsoever for the fact that the luxuries they enjoy are funded with money confiscated from their fellow citizens. Like spoiled children. They’ll be in for a rude awakening when (in my mind it’s not a question of if) the general public changes its mind and reverts to Vietnam-era cynicism and disgust (“baby killers,” spitting at uniformed troops in the airport, etc).

  10. Dan on August 18, 2015 at 04:39

    Richard,
    Something I caught on ABDadas reddit account recently was him talking about paying politicians. Attending a doner dinner or two, both sides, making friends, networking, paying to get what you want. It’s the game, who cares if its moral or not just play it to win, fuck the chicks in a neat waiting for their next soundvite to regurgitate.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Life certainly is easy with a pollie or two in your pocket.

    • Dan on August 18, 2015 at 04:41

      Pollie in your pocket is what we have now. Bad choice of words. Freudian slip. I meant pollie or two in your employ so to speak.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 07:50

      Hey, if you can persuade a thief to let you pass for an easy $25 rather that everything in your wallet, CCs, driver license, pics of wife & kids, go for it. Totally valid self-defense pragmatic action.

  11. pzo on August 18, 2015 at 09:27

    I agree with you about the matter of troop worship. Not that I don’t have an appreciation for lots of sacrifices from lots of men and some women over the last 200 years. During WWII my father was on ships for four years. No Skype, no email, just V-Mail (look that one up!) He was fortunate, he never saw combat although his ship would have been on the beaches of Japan.

    Some years ago I did some simple calculations about the Viet Nam War. As we know, not an all volunteer military. An American in Viet Nam had a 1 in 8 chance of being killed. Not bad odds at all, probably about like growing up in the Bronx these days. Of course, if you were like one high school friend of mine, he was in the jungle and he died. A man I met some years later, being a California surfer dude, spent the war as a lifeguard at Cam Ran Bay.

    Obviously, my simple stats are only about death, not about physical or mental trauma. That’s my third friend, PTSD really fucked up his life for decades. Finally, at age 68 he’s doing well in all respects and not self-destructing.

    And he most certainly did not volunteer.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 10:19

      Yea pzo, it is probably the case that the anti-Viet Nam thing went too far and principally, because in large measure, the guys had been drafted.

      So the pendulum swang way, way in the other direction, so far that it cut off the balls of the left. Now, even they worship an ALL VOLUNTEER force where ostensibly, it’s far different from the conscription of the 70s.

      What’s the reconciliation? Leftists on the ground are so ignorant of critical distinctions that they become fucktarded, which is to say, too ignorant to recognize ignorance.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 10:23

      Yea, back on FB, but with a compromise. All posts are public and anyone can follow to see them, share, whatever.

      But only a small set of friends and family I know face to face in real life can comment.

    • John on August 18, 2015 at 10:48

      I learned I couldn’t comment when I went to share a story of how I’ve seen the “downhill kayaking” in person. I was on some double diamond terrain in Snowmass. I look up to another slope higher in the bowl and a guy is sitting there with a kayak, a camera man is there, and ski patrol is waiting downhill.

      The guy goes….straight down. No control. About half way down the paddle flies up in the air and he bombs full speed into a patch of trees. Ski patrol goes in after him, then 5 minutes later skis away. I guess the guy was alright (?)

      Ok. I’ll not sneak another FB post on your blog after this!

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 11:12

      I grew up in Reno and starter skiing Tahoe stuff at 6, in the 60s. By the time I was 18, I was pretty damn advanced and even with a 9 year hiatus for college and living in Japan, was able to impress French friends in various usual places.

      That kayak thing looks like killer fun to me.

    • John on August 18, 2015 at 11:29

      I think skiing is like riding a bike in that regard. I started when I was 4 and went 1 week a year – the annual 5 day family spring trip. So by the time I was 24, I had skied about 5 months of my life, and I was better at skiing than anything else in life.

      The Kayak thing exploded like 20 years ago, but “killer” fun probably has something to do with why you never see it anymore.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 11:38

      Ha, I’ll have to plead ignorance. Thought it was a new thing. However, I did note that the controll is nothing like 2 skis. No, I have never done anything but 2 skis, though I do enjoy the development of the mildly parabolic shape.

      I like short black diamond runs as a kinda exercise, but what I love the most are long blue runs where I can go very fast.

    • John on August 18, 2015 at 12:16

      The first time I heard the phrase “conventional wisdom” was in reference to parabolic skis. I rejected them when they first hit the scene – “good skiers don’t need that” and all. I met a guy who was an exceptional skier, and advocated short, parabolic skis for everyone. I was probably about 15 at the time. He told me all about the adherence to straight skis being a product of CW, explained to me what CW was, and that was one of the first memories I have about “thinking outside the box, freeing your mind from self imposed constraints, and improving accordingly.” Maybe without that experience, I’d not be here reading your writings on all these “controversial” issues.

      Fresh corduroy first thing in the morning on blues = heaven.

      I tried snowboarding once when the snow was terrible and the mountain was mostly closed. It was humbling. I was used to feeling great on skis (ok, fine. I like to think I’m top 1% at any given time on the mountain!). Feeling very unskilled and noob-ish on a snowboard was a crippled sort of sensation.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 18, 2015 at 13:03

      It’s fundamental. You don’t need to unclip one ski to get on a lift. Case closed. For me.

  12. John on August 18, 2015 at 09:39

    You’re back on Facebook? I’m back to following you. You may have gotten tired of “‘Social’ ‘networking'” before, but your Facebook account was where I learned of both Stefan Molyneux, and Cop Block. Both I am grateful for.

  13. Richard Nikoley on August 20, 2015 at 14:31

    Deleting that. Not because I read it or care about the next looting scheme that Fucktards who seek to be told lies in contravention of reality seek all the time.

    I do not allow any only link comments and that you posted one is pretty much a signal that you were way outmatched. So go away until you can decide to think and judge for yourself. We’re quite capable of finding out what Bernie “new commie but improved” Sanders gets people to soil their knickers over, being as ignorant of history as is a newborn encephalactic.

  14. Bret on August 20, 2015 at 18:41

    But Richard, Bernie has the best of intentions.

  15. Stathi on August 21, 2015 at 03:42

    Ah well. Keep cheerleading for the 0.01%.

  16. John on August 22, 2015 at 22:11

    Personally, I would vote for Deez Nuts before I ever support Bernie Sanders- http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/19/presidential-candidate-deez-nuts-does-not-exist.html

  17. Moando on August 29, 2015 at 11:36

    Like a friend said: “I would rather give a hundred people a dollar than one person a hundred dollars.”

    The vaulted Middle Class is a socialist ideal – nobody I know thinks the trickle up to the one percent is a good thing.

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