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nil  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The WSJ's grinning apocalypse of post-COVID retirement

I really wish my dad would go back to work, because he's been pretty much intolerable since he retired. Do you know what he actually said? "I didn't really think about politics until now." That's because you were busy WORKING FOR A LIVING.

Now it's a deepening rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, sharing right-wing nonsense on Facebook all day, complaining about COVID-19 lockdowns, sharing the plight of the working class he was never a part of.

Honestly, it's fine. Even if I by some miracle make enough money to have a comfortable retirement I'm not sure I even want to. Because I know how quickly your brain turns to absolute mush in the absence of having anything productive to do. I figure my kids would probably prefer it if I came home from work screaming about meetings and management consultants until the bitter end.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition

I read a few articles suggesting that the old definition was archaic and unfair. "Why are we assuming that only rich people have credibility?","What about Bernie Madoff?", etc. But that doesn't tell the full story. Rich people do have more to lose. If I have $1,000,000 in the bank and roll up trying to rent an apartment, the landlord is going to immediately assume things about me - that I'm smart, that I have my shit together, that I'm not going to cause problems. It doesn't matter if I am a deviant asshole deep down. Sad, but that's the world we live in.

The same thing applies to people creating funds. Predatory people with less credibility absolutely will take advantage of this.

Tax evasion was the wrong comment and I apologize.

My family is part of an Eastern Orthodox Church and nobody at their church wears masks. Lately a few have been pretending to wear them while entering and then taking them off. Lots of old people there who are especially at risk.

That being said, I am a Christian and wear a mask everywhere I go. Checkmate atheists.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition

I smell tax evasion.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

That's probably more accurate. I was responding to the idea of "weaponized shame." Seems like a deflection more than anything. "Society is making me ashamed to be a straight white male!" Really? No shame over here. If you're ashamed you're probably rebelling against your own conscience in some fundamental way.

It's fundamentally a failure of Christianity for allowing such people and practices into the church, but that's just the nature of life. Hypocrites love religion because it allows them to quasi-justify their own behaviours. I'm sure you've met people that went to church that drank, committed adultery, went gambling, did creepy shit to women. My creepy godfather did most of that, believed in conspiracy theories from Michael Bay movies, and showed up weeks late to give me my birthday present every year. I guarantee you he supports Trump.

My personal belief - and you can take this with a grain of salt if you like - is that church is a local cultural requirement for these people, and their culture and character determines their beliefs, not the Bible. Black people who go to church voted for Biden. It's a problem of degenerate white racists. They're not ashamed to be Christian, they're ashamed of being terrible people, and rather than improve they assume they're being persecuted, just like anyone else incapable of taking responsibility for their actions.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

There are so many idiots that deserve to be kicked out of public places right now. It's always the same thing. Person enters the front door wearing a mask to avoid security, and then takes it off. Clerk yells at them. Person goes on a conspiracy rant to their friend, mentions moving to Florida, brags about fat bong hits and then declares "I have asthma."

tl;dr we're fucked.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

It's funny because there's no evidence in the Bible for any of that. What does 666 have to do with a vaccine? Know what the Bible actually says? Obey your earthly authority.

Of course, there's an overlap between dumb people, evangelicals, and conspiracy nuts.

nil  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to Write an Email to Client for New Business Opportunity?

Do you read the Bible, Brett? Well there’s this passage I’ve got memorized – sort of fits this occasion. Ezekiel 25:17?

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”

nil  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

I would not describe myself as left-wing or a leftist, especially in this modern political climate. In fact, I blame them partially for this world of subjective morality that we're living in. I also blame the right though, and libertarians.

The issue is with no clear standard of acceptable conduct, anything is permitted. Donald Trump is an admitted sex offender, among a multitude of other sins, and a majority of Americans (well, not actually a majority) stood up in 2016 and said "yes we support you." We want you to run the country. To me, there's no excuse for that.

So we can go back and forth and claim it's an attempt to feel superior to others, I mean, I'm a moral degenerate (or at least I was). But I seriously doubt the majority of them were entering the ballot box filled with thoughts of charity and good will toward their fellow man. Nope. Burn down the house. And it's the fault of everyone else for "not understanding."

nil  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 408th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

    Children of the beast embrace

    To scorn and hate the human race

    Consume the light that hugs the earth

    And aid the womb in giving birth

    To a group that will appear

    And guide you through this final year

    The dark armies then will come,

    When the Sum is 41.

nil  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

Actually we aren't supposed to judge people at all.

The idea is that while human beings are all one race, it's important to point out why very few Black people actually voted for Donald Trump. They're out there, just like Thomas Sowell is out there, but why? Why would something as trivial as the colour of your skin determine who you're going to vote for?

Could it be that the president is... a racist?

Edit: and yes I know someone like Sowell would condemn this as an "untestable assumption." The problem is, in discussions of racism you'd need to have video evidence of every racist word, attack, committed in America. That's why it's so hard to get the message through to people who think it doesn't happen. And Trump has condemned Black Lives Matter.

nil  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

Here's the thing about shame - you feel it because you know you're doing it wrong. That's God's will (sorry, Sam "the moral landscape" Harris). Rich, well insulated Republicans do not feel the effects of shame.

I am not giving that intellectual fraud any money by listening to that podcast.

Trump supporters are by and large moral degenerates, and they know it. That's why that dumb Redditeur made the comparison to "imagine being picked on by private school kids your whole life." It's not that the private school kids are mean, it's that they're better. And that pisses them off so much they'd rather burn society to the ground. It's the same reason goofs and grifters will stab you over an argument about social distancing. Go survey the prison population or those convicted of violent crimes and see who they like.

The left tried to help these people, the right tries to make money off them. Me? I'll align myself with the ones doing well.

nil  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Podcast Overlords

I don't see how this is any different from the old-style practice of listening to crazy talk radio hosts on your morning drive. They're just making it more convenient to access podcasts which are popular. And here's the thing, I'm not going to be absorbing Joe Rogan's ideology of anti-education, pro-drugs-and-alcohol because that thing doesn't appeal to a guy like me. It might appeal to millions of nitwits, but that's not Spotify's fault. I say, milk them for all their worth. And hopefully some esoteric podcast by an academic who is an expert on Ancient Egypt and King Tut's tomb will get more views, and generate more money.

I listen to music on my morning drive, because music is epic. Yes, Spotify puts it all in one place, but it would have all been there anyway with an iPod. Spotify is not reducing the personal relationship with the artist that fuels live shows. Have you ever been to live music in your area? Have you ever "supported local artists?" Here's the thing - most of them are pretty terrible. And they're bitter about it too. You weren't going to buy their CD in the year 2000 and throw it in your car anyway. Or if you did buy it, because they're your friends, you certainly never played it.

I'm sorry, but if everyone who could play guitar somewhat decently or could spend time ranting about the news with their idiot friends was able to make a ton of money off of it, civilization would collapse. We need air conditioning and refrigeration a lot more than we need fucking Chill Dinner Time Talk. And that's God's will.

nil  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Veterans Day

The difference is one of those holidays is about children dressing up as ghosts, goblins, and other fictional characters and going around to collect candy while the other is about commemorating the hundreds of thousands of people who laid down their lives to help rid the world of Nazi tyranny, among other things.

nil  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Veterans Day

For some reason Breakfast of Champions is my favourite Vonnegut book. Maybe because of how surreal it is. Jam packed with social commentary. I got it from a used book store for $3 and read it on the bus in Rwanda.

It's Remembrance Day in Canada. Lest we forget.