Anonymous said: oh did you read krugmans piece called in defense of obama and have a good cry from laughing so hare

priceofliberty:

I have never understood how people write and title their work “In Defense Of…X”

Like, have you read your title? If you have to write something titled “In Defense Of” have you not considered the fact that you’re obviously fighting a losing battle? The title is the rhetorical equivalent of “okay I acknowledge that X is incredibly problematic and that there are many valid reasons to oppose X, but…in defense of X”

it’s like that one asshole we all know who likes to play Devil’s Advocate on literally everything just to be a contrarian.

I prefer the 18th-century style ‘A Vindication Of X’ - that assumes the sale, at least.

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ancap-princess:

Or is that including gang violence dangit.

It’s including. If you exclude that it goes down to a couple thousand people a year - an order of magnitude below automobile and prescription drug accidents, an order of magnitude above swimming pool and lawnmower accidents.

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One of the most common—and devastating—relationship mistakes a person can make is to assume, “I am feeling bad, so that means someone has done something bad to me.” Sometimes it’s true: abuse happens, cruelty and gaslighting happen, people can just be inconsiderate and unkind. Jealousy can be a signal: that something is wrong in a relationship, our needs aren’t being met, our partner really does have one foot out the door. Or it can be a social cue: our status is threatened.

But sometimes jealousy comes from inside, revealing insecurity or anxiety we need to confront and work through. Or it can be utterly irrational, arising blindly out of seemingly nowhere, perhaps from our social training—or perhaps an ancient biological urge encoded in our DNA. Perhaps a partner’s or metamour’s well-intentioned words or actions have tripped over deeply buried emotional trauma and unleash demons that make us feel like our world is going to end. The network is supportive, everyone is communicating—then a new situation is encountered and BAM! Jealousy. Feeling bad doesn’t always mean someone else is doing something wrong.

Stern’s view is dangerous, then, because often people feel jealous when no one is doing anything wrong. Treating jealousy as a purely social issue (and we’ve seen it done) can lead to an endless circle of judgment, recrimination and accusation. It’s the ultimate in outsourcing: the outsourcing of emotional responsibility. True jealousy management involves listening to the jealousy to find out what it’s trying to tell you, and communicating with your partners (and metamours) to discover whether there is truth behind your fears—and if not, to get the reassurance you need.
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priceofliberty:

This symbol usually represents the resistors used in most modern technology. In electric circuitry, it controls the voltage of the current by providing resistance. The level of resistance depends on its physical composition. 
In the social realm, the currents to be controlled are the political forces in motion that would bring harm to others. The ideological struggle for dominance among our generation is marked distinct from any other by competition to control the flow of information; modern global political economics is dominated and enabled by this historically unprecedented network of knowledge. 
On an individual level, one has felt the size of the earth shrink tremendously in the last decade alone. Our social, political, and economic interdependence has never been tighter. The people who inhabit this planet are bound together by their market exchanges and mutually beneficial social networks. In the 21st century, the information superhighway is the Silk Road of our era.
Despite the immense growth in wealth and prosperity, people all over the planet are still subject to wide-scale suffering, carrying with it global ramifications. All too often, this suffering could have been avoided but for State ‘authority’ and the monopoly of force on which it rests. Like the fluid, yet distinguished cultures dotting the planet, governments have arisen in many forms — although the form may vary, the aim does not. The end game for the increasing expansion and centralization of State authority is and has always been despotism; regardless of conscious intent, the pattern of this tyrannical transition is illustrated throughout history with frightening regularity. A people quick to dismiss such notions have already begun to slink into ideological submissiveness.
The political, social, and economic forces which herald this transition are a complex series of human relationships. By virtue of our everyday interactions, we shape the world and everything about it from the price of a loaf of bread to our paramount judicial standards of equality. 
Endowed by our very nature with the liberty to act and think as we please within the bounds of respecting that same right of others, we are likewise burdened with the responsibility of self-awareness. This responsibility brings with it a duty to be reasonably informed about the affairs in which we engage; for how can a relationship between two individuals be mutual if one is ignorant of the explicit intentions of another?
Such pervasive ignorance provides a mandate for the coercive powers of the State. Governments the world over curtail the liberties of their citizens: erecting cameras on our streets, eroding due process in the courts, abusing police powers in our cities and in our homes, spying secretly on our private conversations, shoveling ourselves and future generations into debt in order to finance misguided wars — and all of it is based on absolutely false or deliberately misleading information.
Although resistors are small in comparison to their motherboard environments, they play a vital role in stopping the flow of excess energy. Likewise the spirit of ideological resistance may be marked by individual acts of resistance all over the world; we are all a part of a single global sociopolitical circuit. Every day our exchanges with one another define how our future takes shape. Reject the false principles around which your life is based and resist injustice wherever it is encountered.
This is a call to abandon your government as it has abandoned you. I advocate nonviolent protest, counter-economics, and, perhaps most importantly, community engagement.

priceofliberty:

This symbol usually represents the resistors used in most modern technology. In electric circuitry, it controls the voltage of the current by providing resistance. The level of resistance depends on its physical composition.

In the social realm, the currents to be controlled are the political forces in motion that would bring harm to others. The ideological struggle for dominance among our generation is marked distinct from any other by competition to control the flow of information; modern global political economics is dominated and enabled by this historically unprecedented network of knowledge.

On an individual level, one has felt the size of the earth shrink tremendously in the last decade alone. Our social, political, and economic interdependence has never been tighter. The people who inhabit this planet are bound together by their market exchanges and mutually beneficial social networks. In the 21st century, the information superhighway is the Silk Road of our era.

Despite the immense growth in wealth and prosperity, people all over the planet are still subject to wide-scale suffering, carrying with it global ramifications. All too often, this suffering could have been avoided but for State ‘authority’ and the monopoly of force on which it rests. Like the fluid, yet distinguished cultures dotting the planet, governments have arisen in many forms — although the form may vary, the aim does not. The end game for the increasing expansion and centralization of State authority is and has always been despotism; regardless of conscious intent, the pattern of this tyrannical transition is illustrated throughout history with frightening regularity. A people quick to dismiss such notions have already begun to slink into ideological submissiveness.

The political, social, and economic forces which herald this transition are a complex series of human relationships. By virtue of our everyday interactions, we shape the world and everything about it from the price of a loaf of bread to our paramount judicial standards of equality.

Endowed by our very nature with the liberty to act and think as we please within the bounds of respecting that same right of others, we are likewise burdened with the responsibility of self-awareness. This responsibility brings with it a duty to be reasonably informed about the affairs in which we engage; for how can a relationship between two individuals be mutual if one is ignorant of the explicit intentions of another?

Such pervasive ignorance provides a mandate for the coercive powers of the State. Governments the world over curtail the liberties of their citizens: erecting cameras on our streets, eroding due process in the courts, abusing police powers in our cities and in our homes, spying secretly on our private conversations, shoveling ourselves and future generations into debt in order to finance misguided wars — and all of it is based on absolutely false or deliberately misleading information.

Although resistors are small in comparison to their motherboard environments, they play a vital role in stopping the flow of excess energy. Likewise the spirit of ideological resistance may be marked by individual acts of resistance all over the world; we are all a part of a single global sociopolitical circuit. Every day our exchanges with one another define how our future takes shape. Reject the false principles around which your life is based and resist injustice wherever it is encountered.

This is a call to abandon your government as it has abandoned you. I advocate nonviolent protest, counter-economics, and, perhaps most importantly, community engagement.

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ancap-princess:

skeletalzergface:

>people who sexualize historical figures

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yeah but

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priceofliberty:

Venezuela’s Surreal Prices

Venezuela’s economic crisis has led to some shocking and surreal price distortions that hit people’s buying power dramatically. While the government of President Nicolas Maduro calls the country’s minimum wage of Bs. 4,252 the highest in the region when converted to $675 using the official exchange rate, the galloping black market for currency considers it as just $42.50 when converted at the street rate of Bs. 100 per US dollar, the rate which many importers and retail outlets must use to acquire hard currency. Venezuela’s annual inflation rate of more than 63 percent is the highest in the Americas, according to official statistics. (text from Zero Hedge)

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ancap-princess:

Tying the minimum wage to inflations sounds like the part of the disaster movie where they nuke the monster and that just makes it bigger, and nuclear. 

I’m surprised they’re not trying to tie it to growth in wages, like Social Security. Then not only do they get increases for inflation but also for increases in productivity.

Also don’t forget to point out that the same people who are telling us we need to continually inflate the currency because of sticky wages are the ones supporting making wages stickier with things like this.

I’ve been thinking of trying to make a concise list of groups the state favors due to their fundraising, vote-controlling and lobbying activities, and groups the state can safely abuse due to their lack of organization or recognition of their common interest. Union workers would definitely be on the ‘favor’ list, but non-union workers, consumers in general, and taxpayers are on the ‘abuse’ list.

I’ve also been thinking for a while that I should put together a wiki site full of comprehensive rebuttals to common statist arguments that could be linked to instead of having the same dumb arguments with people again and again. Maybe we could call it WikiRoads or WikiSomalia.

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Anonymous said: The Republican Party's greed can be shown very easily and clearly. The livable wage for New York City is aprox. $12.75/hour while the federal minimum wage is only a mere $7.25/hour. If the Republican run congress cares so much about the average American (and that includes Latinos *gasp*) then why has the congress made no effort to raise the federal minimum wage?

only-conservative-here:

runningrepublican:

itsaksthing:

questioningthenormal:

doyouevenliberty:

runningrepublican:

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I’m so glad you said this Anon, because it truly shows the ignorance of any run of the mill tumblr user. So let’s begin. Have a seat and pour yourself a drink, because we’re going to talk some economics here. Despite you saying earlier "numbers and statistics cannot measure a person’s moral compass." I’m going to show you that this is not only the moral high ground fallacy, but that many democrats understand yet continue to push for a minimum wage increase while possessing the knowledge that it does real harm to people financially. The moral high ground fallacy is one that allows one to take on the “holier than thou” appearance. 

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First, what is the minimum wage? It is a law put in place, that a business can not pay it’s workers making an hourly wage less than a set price. In economics this is what is known as a price floor.  In the case of minimum wage the product limited is a worker’s labor and the minimum price set currently is $7.25. There are two groups of people that are in favor of minimum wage. Those who do not understand economics and those that do yet have self serving intentions. I can infer that you are the first. This first group believes that by raising minimum wage, they are helping the low wage workers and increasing the worker’s pay. However the intentions of a law do not equal the outcome of the law.

When the price of a good or service is artificially raised, a surplus of the good or service is created. It becomes too costly to employ workers, which is shown below as a leftward movement along the demand curve. And an excess of workers to meet that demand, or an upward movement along the supply curve, shown below. In real world language, this means an increase in unemployment; An increase specifically in low wage workers. So rather than have their pay increased, some of the low wage workers will be left high and dry with zero income.

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Now, many of you other internet justice bloggers out there are going to realize that not every worker will be laid off, which is true and you might think that the increase in wages to the workers that are left will account for the increase in unemployment or something along the lines of that. However the problem of low wages is compounded when you account for the increase in the consumer price index in response to minimum wage. This means that consumer goods like food, clothes and your daily items will increase, because minimum wage workers exist in those industries to a large degree. This increase in prices isn’t a problem for people with upper middle class parents like many of us, myself included. However low wage workers are affected most by increases in consumer goods because those take up a larger percentage of their spending. To summarize, the poor have to spend more on food and clothing which they already struggle with and then they have to worry about losing their job because of minimum wage. Still think Democrats are morally superior? No? Let’s keep going.

Anon:

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In the long run, industries that do not or can not replace their low wage workers with automated technology still demand a certain demand low skilled workers. What must happen for that demand is the dollar must lose value to allow for the worker to be paid at minimum wage. This means that each dollar a worker is paid is now worth less than it was before.

So if we raised minimum wage to your example of $12.75 an hour, eventually that $12.75 would not be enough to live off of, this is due to increases in the CPI and inflation. So all you lefties who want minimum wage pegged to inflation, you’re literally trying some pseudo-science shit. 

My final point is the second group of people; those who understand all of this yet still want an increase in minimum wage. These people often have ties to unions or are union funded. Think new New York City mayor Bill De Blasio. He’s just been sworn in and supports raising minimum wage to a “livable wage”. Yet he also has strong ties to unions. When one raises the minimum wage, the easiest workers to fire are non-unionized workers. Firing non-union workers reduces Union competition in the job market. This ensures that Union workers higher wages without the chance of being fired. The unions vote Democrat and carry heavy political sway, therefore the Democrats raise minimum wage.

So what have we learned. Increasing minimum wage will

  • Cause the low wage workers to lose their jobs.
  • Cause the purchasing power of their wages to decrease
  • Cause the products they need most to increase in cost
  • It’s a tool for unions to snuff out competition

So while you might think the Democrats are looking out for the little guy, they’re looking out for their Union buddies and actually cutting workers pay or eliminating it all together. Meanwhile the Republicans are the made out to look like the bad guy.

So to answer your question "If the Republican run congress cares so much about the average American (and that includes Latinos *gasp*) then why has the congress made no effort to raise the federal minimum wage?"  I would say that that is an appeal to emotion and you have no idea what the fuck you are talking about. 

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That was beautiful

And this is why we shouldn’t raise the minimum wage in case you were wondering

Oh my god. This is the best.

Oldie but a goodie

#REKT

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satanic-corvus:

the-courage-to-heal:

Paradoxically, psychopaths are egomaniacs without pride. Their shamelessness, lack of boundaries and hunger for control often leads them to relentlessly pursue individuals who don’t want them, and who repeatedly reject them. Normal human beings not only don’t desire to stalk others because they have boundaries, but also they would feel too deeply embarrassed and humiliated to continue pursuing individuals who have rejected them over and over again.
This common sense logic does not apply to psychopaths. In fact, like in the movie Fatal Attraction and many other films about disordered creepy individuals, psychopaths especially pursue those who don’t want them. Not only directly, through stalking and cyberstalking, but also indirectly, by manipulating other individuals under their control to stalk and harass the targets who have rejected them.
Being social predators driven by the need for power and control, psychopaths can’t take rejection. Like with any predatory behavior, observing, following and stalking the prey is part and parcel of what psychopaths do. Sometimes their harmful behavior is opportunistic, as is the case with serial killers who seize the moment–and their victims–without observing them for an extended period of time in advance. But very often psychopaths plan their actions cold-heartedly and methodically in advance: and not only as they pertain to violent crimes, but also as they pertain to getting anything they want: your money, your body, your heart and/or your life.
At the beginning of the relationship stalking behavior may seem romantic. It’s presented under the guise of not being able to be away from you; needing you all the time, wanting you. However, this constant attention masks the predator’s main intent: to control you and isolate you from others. Consequently, even in the most pleasant and blinding phase of a relationship with a psychopath–the honeymoon phase–dangerous individuals exhibit predatory behavior and traits.
After the victim ends a relationship with a psychopath, this behavior is likely to escalate into downright stalking. This happens for the reasons,
1) psychopaths, being control-driven individuals, can’t take rejection
2) psychopaths, being control-driven, also don’t like to relinquish control over their targets
3) psychopaths, being control-driven, want to WIN. To them, winning means catching their targets into their spider’s nets and destroying them
4) psychopaths, being control-driven, want to exact vengeance and intimidate those who no longer worship them, want them, or obey them blindly.
Notice that the common denominator that explains psychopathic behavior is the fact that psychopaths need to be in control They are principally motivated by the need to exercise power over others. Stalking behavior is a common strategy that psychopaths use to intimidate their non-compliant victims and an effort to punish them and regain control. For their victims, this is particularly difficult to deal with because stalking laws vary from state to state and because stalking–particularly cyberstalking–is very difficult to establish under the current laws. Generally speaking, one must establish a pattern of stalking as well as harmful intent and threat to safety: all from the same source/stalker. Since stalkers can be very stealthy and know how to erase their traces, reroute their IP address and easily get new email addresses, it’s not easy to take legal action against a psychopathic (cyber)stalker.
However, I’d advise victims to keep all the emails and evidence of (cyber)stalking and share it immediately an attorney, their therapist, their friends and others. The more evidence is out there which pertains to the harassment, the better your chances become for taking effective legal action against the psychopath and even putting him in jail for his crime.
Source: http://psychopathyawareness.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/psychopaths-and-stalking/

Christ, are you serious? Your really going to say that every psychopath is a stalking, insane, madman that just craves control. And you people call me the fuckin liar? Yeah im not going to deny that there have been stalkers, serial killers, and the like. But I am going to deny this lie that all of us are that way.

I went through a period last year where I was really fascinated by psychopathy and read as much as I could about it, and the person you’re responding to is just straight up wrong. Psychopathy isn’t even related to exercising control over others.
I’m a highly empathic person but I’m also a sadist, and sadism is about controlling other people. I do it ethically and consensually but plenty of sadists out there aren’t so scrupulous, and they aren’t all psychopaths either. There are also a lot of people who engage in stalker-type behavior for all kinds of reasons:  paranoia, schizophrenic delusions, BPD (what the woman in Fatal Attraction had, NOT psychopathy), some kind of obscure economic interest, or even just overwhelming emotion.
Nothing in psychopathy predisposes people to obsessive fixation on one individual and in fact if anything it’s the opposite. It’s their inability to get too emotional about anything that apparently gives them an advantage as securities traders, which is what got me interested in the subject in the first place.

satanic-corvus:

the-courage-to-heal:

Paradoxically, psychopaths are egomaniacs without pride. Their shamelessness, lack of boundaries and hunger for control often leads them to relentlessly pursue individuals who don’t want them, and who repeatedly reject them. Normal human beings not only don’t desire to stalk others because they have boundaries, but also they would feel too deeply embarrassed and humiliated to continue pursuing individuals who have rejected them over and over again.

This common sense logic does not apply to psychopaths. In fact, like in the movie Fatal Attraction and many other films about disordered creepy individuals, psychopaths especially pursue those who don’t want them. Not only directly, through stalking and cyberstalking, but also indirectly, by manipulating other individuals under their control to stalk and harass the targets who have rejected them.

Being social predators driven by the need for power and control, psychopaths can’t take rejection. Like with any predatory behavior, observing, following and stalking the prey is part and parcel of what psychopaths do. Sometimes their harmful behavior is opportunistic, as is the case with serial killers who seize the moment–and their victims–without observing them for an extended period of time in advance. But very often psychopaths plan their actions cold-heartedly and methodically in advance: and not only as they pertain to violent crimes, but also as they pertain to getting anything they want: your money, your body, your heart and/or your life.

At the beginning of the relationship stalking behavior may seem romantic. It’s presented under the guise of not being able to be away from you; needing you all the time, wanting you. However, this constant attention masks the predator’s main intent: to control you and isolate you from others. Consequently, even in the most pleasant and blinding phase of a relationship with a psychopath–the honeymoon phase–dangerous individuals exhibit predatory behavior and traits.

After the victim ends a relationship with a psychopath, this behavior is likely to escalate into downright stalking. This happens for the reasons,

1) psychopaths, being control-driven individuals, can’t take rejection

2) psychopaths, being control-driven, also don’t like to relinquish control over their targets

3) psychopaths, being control-driven, want to WIN. To them, winning means catching their targets into their spider’s nets and destroying them

4) psychopaths, being control-driven, want to exact vengeance and intimidate those who no longer worship them, want them, or obey them blindly.

Notice that the common denominator that explains psychopathic behavior is the fact that psychopaths need to be in control They are principally motivated by the need to exercise power over others. Stalking behavior is a common strategy that psychopaths use to intimidate their non-compliant victims and an effort to punish them and regain control. For their victims, this is particularly difficult to deal with because stalking laws vary from state to state and because stalking–particularly cyberstalking–is very difficult to establish under the current laws. Generally speaking, one must establish a pattern of stalking as well as harmful intent and threat to safety: all from the same source/stalker. Since stalkers can be very stealthy and know how to erase their traces, reroute their IP address and easily get new email addresses, it’s not easy to take legal action against a psychopathic (cyber)stalker.

However, I’d advise victims to keep all the emails and evidence of (cyber)stalking and share it immediately an attorney, their therapist, their friends and others. The more evidence is out there which pertains to the harassment, the better your chances become for taking effective legal action against the psychopath and even putting him in jail for his crime.

Source: http://psychopathyawareness.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/psychopaths-and-stalking/

Christ, are you serious? Your really going to say that every psychopath is a stalking, insane, madman that just craves control. And you people call me the fuckin liar? Yeah im not going to deny that there have been stalkers, serial killers, and the like. But I am going to deny this lie that all of us are that way.

I went through a period last year where I was really fascinated by psychopathy and read as much as I could about it, and the person you’re responding to is just straight up wrong. Psychopathy isn’t even related to exercising control over others.

I’m a highly empathic person but I’m also a sadist, and sadism is about controlling other people. I do it ethically and consensually but plenty of sadists out there aren’t so scrupulous, and they aren’t all psychopaths either. There are also a lot of people who engage in stalker-type behavior for all kinds of reasons:  paranoia, schizophrenic delusions, BPD (what the woman in Fatal Attraction had, NOT psychopathy), some kind of obscure economic interest, or even just overwhelming emotion.

Nothing in psychopathy predisposes people to obsessive fixation on one individual and in fact if anything it’s the opposite. It’s their inability to get too emotional about anything that apparently gives them an advantage as securities traders, which is what got me interested in the subject in the first place.

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