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KeeperOfTheGate 2 points ago +2 / -0

Someone needs to put a stop to the far-left radicalization pipeline of reddit. This needs laws, deplatforming, and congressional hearings.

While this is /s, it's really sad to skim through this guy's descent into madness.

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KeeperOfTheGate 10 points ago +10 / -0

For my daily Rome thought...

One of the great and legendary heroes of Rome was a man named Gaius Mucius Scaevola.

The quick version of the story is that when Rome was besieged by the Etruscan king Lars Porsena, Mucius snuck into the camp to assassinate Porsena. In the king's tent, he killed the wrong man and was immediately captured. While looking at Porsena, Gaius said "I'm just one man willing to die for Rome. There are a hundred others just like me. I may have missed my mark, but one of the others will not."

And, saying this, he stuck his right hand into the fire, unfliching as his hand was burned beyond recognition or repair.

Porsena was horrified by this and returned Mucius back to Rome, sending a message of treaty at the same time. (Mucius earned the name Scaevola--left hander--as an honorary name.) Porsena didn't want to fuck around with that kind of dedication.

I watched the video of the self-immolation. Not the same. Horrifying, but not the same.

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KeeperOfTheGate 5 points ago +5 / -0

I hadn’t considered it, but Michigan is a huge swing state, and I wonder if Biden’s support for Israel might end up screwing him in the general election as a result.

It could sour some voters on Biden for sure, but American politics is largely a contest of which party can pander harder to Israel. GOP doing/saying anything different?

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KeeperOfTheGate 12 points ago +12 / -0

Fitting, since the guy looks like a huge flamer.

There's always money in the banana stand!

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KeeperOfTheGate 6 points ago +6 / -0

Quite a few quality developers in that category.

"Burger Bill" -> "Burger Becky" (Space Invader champion, programmed a lot of early games, maybe most notably Bard's Tale, cofounder of Interplay, etc. Called Burger Bill because he used to keep hamburgers in his desk and eat them as needed.)

"Paul Jaquays" -> "Jennell Jaquays". Just passed away. Big name early D&D designer and artist, did a lot of the late levels of Quake 2, worked on Age of Empires, etc.

Jaquays is an interesting example of someone who publicly was a conservative--economically, socially, politically, and a Christian--but who flipped on all aspects one transed. (See old Paul @http://www.quake2.com/qworkshop/features/interviews/jaquays.htm ). Transed Jaquays ranted on twitter about how it's not fair Satanists don't get equal treatment with Christians.

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KeeperOfTheGate 4 points ago +4 / -0

i've seen some "people" a while ago claiming Pushkin was black, because his grandpa was presumably black

I wouldn't say that Pushkin was black, but he was absolutely mixed. His great-grandfather was a former African slave in the Ottoman court, purchased by Russians to bring to Peter the Great. That makes Pushkin 1/8 African.

One of Pushkin's daughters (who was 1/16 black).

https://www.meisterdrucke.us/fine-art-prints/Ivan-Kosmich-Makarov/730633/Portrait-of-Natalia-Alexandrovna-Pushkina%2C-Countess-of-Merenberg-1836-1913%2C-Daughter-of-poet%2C-1849-.html

Genetics are fascinating. One of my friends had a black African dad and an English mom and he looked like, slightly tanner than an average Euro and with slightly crinklier hair than an average Euro.

OTOH, I've known similar mixes who look almost 100% African as well.

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KeeperOfTheGate 4 points ago +4 / -0

If I put 60 million in a good returns account and built on that as an income over 10 years without ever taking any out that's almost a billion dollars.

I think your math is off.

To roughly calculate time to double with compounding interest, take 72 and divide it by your interest rate.

Let's say you can get 8% annually, which is very optimistic. 72 / 8 = 9 years. So, in 9 years your 60 million would become 120 million. Nowhere near a billion.

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KeeperOfTheGate 5 points ago +5 / -0

I think you have the best and clearest explanation of it here. Fantasy of being desired by high-status male or avoiding responsibility? Hard to determine which one gets women off faster.

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KeeperOfTheGate 2 points ago +2 / -0

How does this compare to men going gay in prison, in the navy, etc?

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KeeperOfTheGate 3 points ago +3 / -0

That's exactly my experience as well. I've met a handful of older, pretty based lesbians who are clearly actual lesbians. One of them is a hilarious anti-masker who busted balls during covid. They're pretty chill and I get along really well with them all.

The vast majority of the younger (say less than 40ish) "lesbians," or far worse queer, bi, nonbinary, etc, are clearly the political variety. They're the ones who write shit like "why am I so attracted to men, why do I want to get dick so badly, stupid hormones messing with my brain."

The real lesbians seem to mostly hate these morons.

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KeeperOfTheGate 3 points ago +3 / -0

I think the US is slightly better about protecting the right to use cash than the EU is, but not much.

Oddly, or at least surprisingly to me, it seems Japan is much more cash oriented.

I'm fully expecting it to be gone sooner or later. Chinese-style social credit / social control is too tempting for authoritarians.

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KeeperOfTheGate 3 points ago +3 / -0

I bet even they have bank accounts that they pay into for tax purposes unless they've got some kind of deal setup with their local government.

I have heard that you can bring cash to an IRS office to pay tax.

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KeeperOfTheGate 2 points ago +3 / -1

Her body looks much better than I'd expect for a woman who has her face and is damn near fifty years old.

"Black don't crack"

Hmmmm.......

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KeeperOfTheGate 2 points ago +2 / -0

Shockingly yes. He's also Jack Ryan, though I haven't seen any of that.

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KeeperOfTheGate 9 points ago +9 / -0

I loved the first two (with the first being better). John Krasinski was just great--his was a character that is all too often missing in media today. An everyday masculine presence doing everything to protect his family.

This looks so much more generic horror.

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KeeperOfTheGate 3 points ago +3 / -0

No. The core tenets are to improve yourself, hold frame, be stoic, and take no shit. AKA the exact opposite of what you are advocating for.

Ugh, typo.

I disagree though. Back when trp, asktrp, mrp, etc., were active, "be attractive, be fun" were chanted all the time. Usually in the context of "fake it till you make it." Fair enough that "improve yourself" is probably the most pure and central ideal.

To use trp terminology, if you "lose frame" over a makeup play "shit test" and can't "be fun" then, well, it's probably pretty clear why you're in the situation you're in.

If you're taking her that seriously, you fucked up.

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KeeperOfTheGate 5 points ago +5 / -0

I'm going to go slightly against the grain here and, from some personal experience, say that some girl-puts-makeup-on-guy play can be fun and not degrading, IF the guy plays it well.

Do you think Chad cares if some silly girl puts some makeup on him? Is he going to get butthurt and upset over a little makeup? No, treat them as seriously as a dad treats his little kid who put makeup on him, etc.

I don't follow redpill, but aren't two of the core tenets "be fun, be attractive?"

[Twitter poster "ahnifollett" whose pinterest is "bisexual witch" and whose twitter doesn't exist, sounds like loads of fun]

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KeeperOfTheGate 6 points ago +6 / -0

Take it with a grain of salt. While any sanity is good, the American College of Pediatricians is a tiny dissident organization that has less than a thousand members. The American Academy of Pediatrics has almost 70,000 members.

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KeeperOfTheGate 4 points ago +4 / -0

Volokh Conspiracy comments have always been cancer. Two trolls have been on there for like 20 years and post nonstop. It literally killed the site when it ran standalone on volokh.com, and all good commenters, actual academics, actual lawyers, etc, left years ago.

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KeeperOfTheGate 2 points ago +2 / -0

Why are you spelling it Turkiye? I'm well aware that Erdogan has officially changed the name or what not, but we don't called Germany Deutschland, we don't call France Francaise, nor Greece Ellinika, etc..

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KeeperOfTheGate 14 points ago +14 / -0

Not to “akshully” but, actually, Martha’s Vineyard does have a pretty high poverty rate. Dukes County. Lots of Portuguese immigrants too, somewhat oddly.

Typical Limousine Liberals who make fun of the south while their own neighborhoods are failures of economic opportunity.

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KeeperOfTheGate 10 points ago +10 / -0

SNL WAS quite funny much of time and today is OCCASIONALLY funny now. Very occasionally.

Chevy Chase. Adam Sandler. Farley. David Spade. Phil Hartman. Akroyd. Belushi. Bill Murray. Norm Macdonald. Mike Myers. Classics. Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Great. (Sure I've missed many.)

Kristen Wiig.....no thank you. Kate McKinnon....no thank you.

I don't really like any of the "newer" crop of SNL starts at this point. (And newer is definitely relative!)

Jimmy Fallon? Meh. Fred Armisen? Meh. Will Forte? Meh. (I loathe Kristen Wiig). Andy Samberg? meh. Bill Hader? meh.

Most of the new people have such an exagerrated over the top manner. I don't know quite how to describe it. For the guys it's as if they think they by acting both effeminate AND like a weirdo, they're automatically going to be funny. It's just too much.

Kenan is is solid and has been there freaking forever, but I don't think he can carry the show like the some of the oldies can.

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