Aphrael 21 points ago +21 / -0

Are we talking the current military, or hypothetically?

Aphrael 3 points ago +3 / -0

Do they realize that "The Autocrat's game" could be interpreted as both of them being autocrats?

Aphrael 3 points ago +3 / -0

Do you think they see the irony of marking themselves with a scarlet letter?

Aphrael 3 points ago +3 / -0

I Hate Hip-Hop has a similar vibe to Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 (for those who haven't seen it), although I think my favorite by him is Whiteboy.

He's a pretty good artist in my opinion. Definitely a little out there, but then again most good ones are :P

Aphrael 2 points ago +2 / -0

Let's have a little economics lesson, because I swear to God there are a lot of people that need one.

TL;DR: Limited supply commodities make for bad money because they cause deflation, fiat currencies try to fix that by manipulating the supply to maintain a consistent value, people are assholes that abuse that manipulation, crypto might be able to fix it.

Money has three primary functions: a medium of exchange, a store of value, and a unit of account. Its functions as a unit of account and medium of exchange are pretty obvious, so let's talk about the store of value stuff, specifically in the context of a fiat currency.

In any economy, supply and demand forces work on the money as well as on the goods. Demand is largely determined by the volume and value of transactions occurring within that economy. Determining the supply is where it gets tricky.

One way to supply it is to use a commodity as your money, ie gold. Unlike a lot of commodities, gold doesn't deteriorate over time. It's rare enough that people can't just get more of it without significant effort. But when the economy (and therefore the demand for money) grows faster than the supply, it causes a strong deflationary pressure on the value of that money. There are a lot of problems that can arise from this, but the biggest one is that existing debt becomes increasingly expensive to pay off, which makes fewer people want to take on additional debt, which means the productive capacity of that economy goes underutilized (I can go more into this if someone would like for me to). (Incidentally, this is also the fatal flaw of bitcoin. The limited supply means that its value will increase indefinitely, which means it will almost always be better to hold your bitcoin than to use it.)

The way that most governments have solved this problem is by introducing a fiat currency that can be worked to be mostly stable with a slight inflationary pressure. If carefully controlled, this can be great for an economy, but if you get people in power that are willing to manipulate the currency, you get what we have now.

Cryptocurrencies are trying to fix the problem by tying their supply / value to something that has a greater potential to scale with an economy (specifically the price of electricity and computing power) and making the generation of more of that money tied into its use in transactions rather than the whim of a central bank. It's a good solution, but I haven't been overly impressed with any particular implementations so far.

Aphrael 5 points ago +5 / -0

Yarr, harr, fiddle dee dee

Aphrael 7 points ago +7 / -0

I know the troop presence in the Capitol is very serious, but I can't help but laugh whenever I see the photos. The guys in those pictures are so obviously over the bullshit.

Aphrael 17 points ago +17 / -0

It's been cucked for way longer, woke-ism is just a symptom of a much worse disease.

The goal of many officers that enter the Army is to serve 20 years so they can earn a retirement. That means you have to make O-5 (unless you were prior-enlisted, which means you can retire at O-4), because the latest you can promote to O-5 is at 18 years.

Only 20% of all officers that enter the Army make O-5. Twenty. Percent. There's a decent amount of attrition after junior officers complete their initial contracts, and again at about 8 years by O-3s that can market their experience as a company commander to become a mid-level manager in the civilian sector. After that, it gets very cutthroat.

Promotions are determined by your officer evaluation reports (OERs). If you aren't "top block" on at least the evaluations for your time in leadership, don't expect to make O-4. If you aren't "top block" for the majority of your positions, don't expect to make O-5.

What this ends up causing is disgusting levels of brown-nosing. The only thing an individual officer is incentivized to care about is the opinion of their rater and senior rater. It can be made into a functional system if people in positions of authority genuinely believe in their mission and care about their subordinates, but if you allow a few shitbirds to rise through the ranks, the rest of it quickly topples.

My experience is relatively recent, so I don't know how far along the dominos were when I started to see it, but I can't help feeling it's quickly coming to a climax.

Aphrael 19 points ago +19 / -0

He's such a lovable edgy boi.

Remember, they could have just let him be a space pirate. He just wanted to play games!

Aphrael 11 points ago +11 / -0

Is it a threat when they do it to themselves?

Aphrael 14 points ago +14 / -0

The ride is free too, all you have to pay for is the landing.

Aphrael 1 point ago +1 / -0

He forgot the most important question of all.

Are disabled traps gay?

Aphrael 3 points ago +3 / -0

steer then away from the workplace and back to home and hearth

The last thing I want from the spiteful mutants is for them to reproduce. Let self-deselection pressures do their work.

In all seriousness though, we need to address the fact that our reproductive strategies have changed significantly since the start of the industrial revolution. I'm not an advocate for eugenics, but we have to at least acknowledge that radically reduced child mortality rates are going to have a dramatic effect on the genetic health of the population.

Aphrael 6 points ago +6 / -0

It's a term I came up with (I think). Local governments are going to get more and more fed-up with fascist mandates from their states, and so they're going to start to just ignore them. Once a few do that, more will follow.

It'll be good in the long term, but having an uncontrolled increase in autonomy like that is likely to cause some really nasty conflict in the short-term.

Aphrael 1 point ago +2 / -1

Is that from the laptop dump? I'll still hold a bit of reservation since it's just a screenshot, but paired with Tucker's recent remarks regarding Hunter, that's a big yikes from me.

Aphrael 2 points ago +2 / -0

I just say that Hanlon's Razor cuts both ways. I guess it's a double sided razor?

Aphrael 0 points ago +1 / -1

Source on the recommendation letter? Couldn't find anything with a cursory search.

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