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About kaura117

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  1. ...my virginity is a technicality. Long story, and I'm still pissed I didn't at least a blowjob out of it.
  2. Hrm. I like the varying-sizes currency idea. Initial cost to set up production would be fairly high, but not so high as to make it an unfeasible solution, and it's easier to figure out than braille.
  3. Democrats have wrested control over both House and Senate... though, for the latter, only by a scalpel's edge. A stalemate now exists between the Legislative and Executive, and it is possible that the delightful scent wafting by is not so much the crisp Autumn air, but the reams upon reams of indictments aimed at the GOP's head. Discuss?
  4. http://pine-magazine.com/content.php?id=284 ...I've got nothing to say to this. The bill speaks for itself. ...so very tired...
  5. "Money" is perhaps an oversimplification. "Incentives" comes closer. This is why all previous attempts at Communism have failed, and why Capitalism itself only barely works- the measure and calculation of human incentives is an indescribably difficult task, and varies wildly between even individuals. Communism attempts to ignore the problem by expecting the best out of every individual, with the folly being that it expects that of its leaders as well. Capitalism attempts to oversimplify it by focusing specifically and solely upon material goods. Neither of which I'm willing to put money on as the definitive system of value for the future. It's clear that there must exist a third alternative. The problem for the present is defining it.
  6. There's not going to be a revolt at all, SD. Revolts assume that the populace cannot be appeased except through radical change... but this is America of the 21st century, not the 1960s. Whether through mainstream media, mainstream literature, or a symbolic change of guard in Congress, people will actually believe that their needs and desires have been placated. It is, of course, a foolish perspective. Nonetheless, after tomorrow, the chances of actual revolution will be... none. Fuck.
  7. If there's anything at all I learned from high school debate, it was that making fun of your opponent is, at best, a tricky maneuver. Not at all to be attempted unless you were absolutely sure about your footing. When it works, though... heh. I got my foe to admit that neurological diseases were primarily chemical in nature, thus requiring a chemical solution. Wasn't necessarily true, but the stunned look on his face when he realized that he had just thrown the round pretty much sealed the deal. However, that's tangential and an example of obnoxious bragging. My actual point was that the best way to convince others- be they the second or third party- is to twist their own perspectives upon themselves, not necessarily to attack it directly. For example, it is a strict fact that the richest economies in the world do, in fact, adopt socialist programs. Even China has been forced- repeatedly- to quell countryside dissent through socialistic appeasement, as opposed to the quasifascist programs they've been running these last few decades. However, it should also be noted that these social programs are, at their initial intent, fundamental principles and actual utilization, methods in which human rights in those countries have been preserved. Unions have taken a lot of flak- and justly so- but their original purpose of unlocking the shackles of economic slavery to factory owners and the ilk have largely been successful. The FDIC pretty much guaranteed economic security and independence for anybody, so long as they can sign their own name and offer up- what was it- twenty five or fifty bucks to open an account. Though it seems oxymoronic when summarized, some social programs have largely increased individual liberties. Social programs that take away rights, instead, have proven merely to increase tension and decrease productivity. Soviet Russia has long ago proven the folly of wresting control from a populace as opposed to merely setting landmarks. We might not be Rational, but we're not completely inept- and telling us otherwise is a surefire way of inciting a riot. And yes. A strong adherence to the actual word and spirit of the Constitution would be a very, very welcomed change of pace. Especially the First Amendment. And ESPECIALLY in application to schools. Having been in Journalism, I cannot begin to express my discontent with the rampant abuse of rights and liberties in the average high school and college. Rrrgh.
  8. Oh, hey, a political debate! I need to get my 'net connection fixed soon- relying on comp labs, even good ones, is a bit of a nuisance. Anyhow, in regards to libertarian, a moderate approach to it makes perfect sense for the dualistic reason that, while the government Can't Be Trusted (re: Military Commissions Act, Patriot Act, Fox-Led Media, Fucking Neoconservatives), a complex civilization requires an equally complex system of governance. The luxuries we enjoy- an occasionally useful police force, a way to fight back against corrupt business practices, the roads we drive on daily, the laws that keep producers from selling us crack-laced apples- are only possible if the government is of sufficient strength to enforce what we collectively believe to be a good and necessary restraint on certain forms of interaction. The Law is supposed to be our guardian and sentinel- against ourselves, as a matter of fact. The problem isn't so much that government exists- it's that overfeeding it, giving it too much power, transforms it from guardian to tyrant. History has proven the necesssity of the former- it's up to the present to handle the latter. Edit: Also, I do believe the US already tried a rather libertarian approach immediately after the Revolutionary War. The Artiles of Confederation proved almost completely useless- the "bonds of friendship" between the states were much like that of the UN in that they had absolutely no actual power. The inability to fund anything- much less enforce it- left the thirteen states vulnerable, and was an indirect cause as to their destitute state. Say what you will about a centralized government- a unified currency system was nonetheless a truly wondrous idea.
  9. ... Right. This? This is just an example of stupid. Anybody else thinks that a contraceptive bomb is exactly what the world needs?
  10. See, that one's easy to deal with: You kick his fucking ass. Point. Laugh. Repeat if necessary. Blame it on alcohol in the morning.
  11. Hey, I watch out for my bros. 'twas the other sorority girls doing the cockblocking- how the hell does one respond to that?!
  12. I tried to think of something witty and long-winded to say about my recent problems, but decided that two words would suffice far, far more than anything else I could've thought up: Cockblocked. Again.
  13. Lincolns suspension of haebus corpus was almost indisputably necessary. But we're not in a civil war- we're not facing an enemy swarming our coasts and battering at our defenses. We're not facing a massive front of bullets and hellfire and aerosol poisons. All we truly have to fear is not a bunch of howling desert fanatics wasting bullets upon the blood-strewn plains of Iraq and Afghanistan... but our own duly elected government, twisted irrevokably by a power trip of such magnitude as to make Nixon look like a wimpy Democrat. The attack on the Twin Towers caused the loss of three thousand lives... but this bill strips basic human dignity from hundreds of millions. It might not be any worse of a crime, but I question whether it's any better.
  14. Communism works if one assumes a rational populace. However, and Freud and Jung agree on this, the human race is anything but rational. It has been suggested by futurists that an advanced enough AI system can certainly create a beneficial marxist economic structure... but that's decades away.
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