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000ike
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4/18/2013 2:28:51 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Bombings, Nuclear threats from Korea, explosions, toxic mail and massacres since the 10 month media tidal wave that was the presidential election. I actually miss the days when all we were worrying about was universal healthcare and unemployment. The hysteria is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Just two days ago, some idiot posted a phony bomb threat at my school - massive evacuation. Another idiot did the same thing a day later - massive evacuation. And just yesterday, a teacher left his bag in the front of the school, and there was a massive evacuation, police and helicopters - only to find that the bag had science papers in it and a chemistry textbook. It's like the communism/nuclear bomb paranoia of the 50s.

How long do you think this is going to last? Is it just a brief trend or will it only escalate?
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4/18/2013 2:57:40 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Recently hasn't been a good time at all, what with Sandy Hook, then the massacre, Nk....
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4/18/2013 2:58:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 2:28:51 PM, 000ike wrote:
Bombings, Nuclear threats from Korea, explosions, toxic mail and massacres since the 10 month media tidal wave that was the presidential election. I actually miss the days when all we were worrying about was universal healthcare and unemployment. The hysteria is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Just two days ago, some idiot posted a phony bomb threat at my school - massive evacuation. Another idiot did the same thing a day later - massive evacuation. And just yesterday, a teacher left his bag in the front of the school, and there was a massive evacuation, police and helicopters - only to find that the bag had science papers in it and a chemistry textbook. It's like the communism/nuclear bomb paranoia of the 50s.

How long do you think this is going to last? Is it just a brief trend or will it only escalate?

Bear in mind, I'm still (and I think others are also) very much concerned about unemployment and universal health care -but equally the case, there are all orders of madness transpiring in the States at present. I'm sorry to hear about your school though. That happened at my school when I was in middle school... it can be a truly a traumatic experience.
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4/18/2013 2:58:20 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 2:57:40 PM, OberHerr wrote:
Recently hasn't been a good time at all, what with Sandy Hook, then the MARATHON, Nk....

Fix'd. They're spelled too similarly...
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4/18/2013 3:14:13 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 2:28:51 PM, 000ike wrote:
Bombings, Nuclear threats from Korea, explosions, toxic mail and massacres since the 10 month media tidal wave that was the presidential election. I actually miss the days when all we were worrying about was universal healthcare and unemployment. The hysteria is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Just two days ago, some idiot posted a phony bomb threat at my school - massive evacuation. Another idiot did the same thing a day later - massive evacuation. And just yesterday, a teacher left his bag in the front of the school, and there was a massive evacuation, police and helicopters - only to find that the bag had science papers in it and a chemistry textbook. It's like the communism/nuclear bomb paranoia of the 50s.

How long do you think this is going to last? Is it just a brief trend or will it only escalate?

You are bearing witness to the mass hysteria, stress, and psychological deteriation of humanity. There is not much rationality going on today, or conviction.
What you see here is a bunch of idiotic behavior caused by overhyped media images, sensationalism, and commercialism which is dumbing down the masses one by one, and bit by bit.
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4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment
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4/18/2013 5:55:00 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

I'm just glad we don't live in the McCarthy era. Although mass censorship seems to be creeping up on us again.
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4/18/2013 6:33:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

I suppose we can all comfort each other by knowing the commonality that frames all our current and forthcoming experiences.
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4/18/2013 9:24:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
It sure feels bad, but maybe there is another way to think about it, perhaps the current situation necessitates that we think differently.

The British historian, Arthur Toynbee, arguably the greatest modern historian ever, studied all of the great civilizations in history and examined what happened as they arose, flourished, and then fell. He showed us that all civilizations reach a peak of vitality and then decline. Growing civilizations are characterized by the fact that they are full of life, they are overflowing with endless variety and versatility. A civilization in decline is characterized by uniformity and a lack of inventiveness. Their social structures and behavior patterns become rigid and they can no longer adapt to changing situations. They break down and then "disintegrate", the essential element in cultural breakdown is a loss of flexibility accompanied by loss of harmony, social discord and disruption.

It is pretty damn discomforting that this sounds so familiar right now isn't it?

But then again, Toynbee also spoke of the new civilizations that arose. He said they begin in the very midst of the disintegrating old civilization. That a new culture, one filled with life and vitality, one that will endure, is created by a new, more flexible subculture that rejects the disharmony, social discord, uniformity and rigid structure of the old, declining, civilization. Perhaps it is a good thing that there is minority of "others" who this society wants so much to cast out. Maybe this angry, rigid, politically correct culture is simply birthing something new, something wonderful.

What we are experiencing today can certainly be thought of as catastrophic and seen as the beginning of the end, and it's easy to see it escalating. But there is another way to see it. With the appropriate perspective maybe we can learn to see today's events differently. In fact, I think we MUST learn to see today"s events differently because we are running out of time.

What we are going through are not the convulsions of a civilization in decay. What we are experiencing is a world in the process of transformation. The world we live in is merely unfinished; there is something wonderful yet to come. Things are not breaking down as much as they are disengaging from the old structures so they can reassemble for a new and better world. Maybe all we have to do is stop resisting it. If we can bring ourselves to just let go of the old discordant ways, maybe something good will happen.

I choose to think we are on the frontier of a new age and I believe in my heart that something wonderful is being born in this hour of crisis. I think we are simply at the final boundary between what has been, and what is striving to emerge. The pain we are suffering is not the anguish of a civilization in decay; it is the labor pain of creation, of a civilization bringing forth a new life into the world. I believe in my heart that this pain will subside soon, and it will give way to the exaltation of a wonderful new world that is our destiny.

I believe that if we collectively decide to think this way then we are back on track, on our way to the "promised land" so to speak.
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4/18/2013 9:42:50 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 9:24:37 PM, Sidewalker wrote:
It sure feels bad, but maybe there is another way to think about it, perhaps the current situation necessitates that we think differently.

The British historian, Arthur Toynbee, arguably the greatest modern historian ever, studied all of the great civilizations in history and examined what happened as they arose, flourished, and then fell. He showed us that all civilizations reach a peak of vitality and then decline. Growing civilizations are characterized by the fact that they are full of life, they are overflowing with endless variety and versatility. A civilization in decline is characterized by uniformity and a lack of inventiveness. Their social structures and behavior patterns become rigid and they can no longer adapt to changing situations. They break down and then "disintegrate", the essential element in cultural breakdown is a loss of flexibility accompanied by loss of harmony, social discord and disruption.

It is pretty damn discomforting that this sounds so familiar right now isn't it?

But then again, Toynbee also spoke of the new civilizations that arose. He said they begin in the very midst of the disintegrating old civilization. That a new culture, one filled with life and vitality, one that will endure, is created by a new, more flexible subculture that rejects the disharmony, social discord, uniformity and rigid structure of the old, declining, civilization. Perhaps it is a good thing that there is minority of "others" who this society wants so much to cast out. Maybe this angry, rigid, politically correct culture is simply birthing something new, something wonderful.

What we are experiencing today can certainly be thought of as catastrophic and seen as the beginning of the end, and it's easy to see it escalating. But there is another way to see it. With the appropriate perspective maybe we can learn to see today's events differently. In fact, I think we MUST learn to see today"s events differently because we are running out of time.

What we are going through are not the convulsions of a civilization in decay. What we are experiencing is a world in the process of transformation. The world we live in is merely unfinished; there is something wonderful yet to come. Things are not breaking down as much as they are disengaging from the old structures so they can reassemble for a new and better world. Maybe all we have to do is stop resisting it. If we can bring ourselves to just let go of the old discordant ways, maybe something good will happen.

I choose to think we are on the frontier of a new age and I believe in my heart that something wonderful is being born in this hour of crisis. I think we are simply at the final boundary between what has been, and what is striving to emerge. The pain we are suffering is not the anguish of a civilization in decay; it is the labor pain of creation, of a civilization bringing forth a new life into the world. I believe in my heart that this pain will subside soon, and it will give way to the exaltation of a wonderful new world that is our destiny.

I believe that if we collectively decide to think this way then we are back on track, on our way to the "promised land" so to speak.

I always enjoy your posts, but this one... I couldn't have said it better.
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4/30/2013 6:27:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
lol And now we're on the news... http://www.cbsnews.com...
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4/30/2013 7:07:55 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 6:27:23 PM, 000ike wrote:
lol And now we're on the news... http://www.cbsnews.com...

What is this?
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4/30/2013 7:09:47 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:07:55 PM, Noumena wrote:
At 4/30/2013 6:27:23 PM, 000ike wrote:
lol And now we're on the news... http://www.cbsnews.com...

What is this?

apparently a broken link
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4/30/2013 7:24:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 2:28:51 PM, 000ike wrote:
Bombings, Nuclear threats from Korea, explosions, toxic mail and massacres since the 10 month media tidal wave that was the presidential election. I actually miss the days when all we were worrying about was universal healthcare and unemployment. The hysteria is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Just two days ago, some idiot posted a phony bomb threat at my school - massive evacuation. Another idiot did the same thing a day later - massive evacuation. And just yesterday, a teacher left his bag in the front of the school, and there was a massive evacuation, police and helicopters - only to find that the bag had science papers in it and a chemistry textbook. It's like the communism/nuclear bomb paranoia of the 50s.

How long do you think this is going to last? Is it just a brief trend or will it only escalate?

The universe is back to normal, you mean.
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4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.
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4/30/2013 7:34:42 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

....but it's a gun free zone? So that wouldn't be allowed, mr.
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4/30/2013 7:35:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

Unless you're at a private school, those aren't gun free zones, a teacher might be armed, you wouldn't be safe there.
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4/30/2013 7:36:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/18/2013 5:57:34 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
http://www.amazon.com...

Crime has fallen since the 90s, we don't know why. Criminologists point to demographic changes. Some economists point to guns and the death penalty. Other criminologists say the end of the crack-cocaine epidemic, and all of those theories are in dispute. Abortion crime theory ended in 2009, when Lott and Joyce (2007, 2009) found abortion may have increased crime, and Joyce 2009 reviewed the literature and did a final rebuttal to Levitt. Levitt has since not responded.
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4/30/2013 7:37:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

Because in reality, the armed hero will just quickly subdue the shooter, and we'd all live happily ever after amirite?
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4/30/2013 7:38:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:34:42 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

....but it's a gun free zone? So that wouldn't be allowed, mr.

I heard the laws of physics no longer apply for guns in those zones. Bullets just freeze in mid-air!
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4/30/2013 7:41:24 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:37:46 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

Because in reality, the armed hero will just quickly subdue the shooter, and we'd all live happily ever after amirite?
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4/30/2013 7:41:59 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:36:58 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:57:34 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
http://www.amazon.com...

Crime has fallen since the 90s, we don't know why. Criminologists point to demographic changes. Some economists point to guns and the death penalty. Other criminologists say the end of the crack-cocaine epidemic, and all of those theories are in dispute. Abortion crime theory ended in 2009, when Lott and Joyce (2007, 2009) found abortion may have increased crime, and Joyce 2009 reviewed the literature and did a final rebuttal to Levitt. Levitt has since not responded.

I'm sorry but did you seriously just say that?

Vastly investigated theory is erroneous because I found something that told me so, and I haven't found a reply, ther4 teh theery ish folse!
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4/30/2013 7:42:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:41:24 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 4/30/2013 7:37:46 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

Because in reality, the armed hero will just quickly subdue the shooter, and we'd all live happily ever after amirite?



LOL, I linked this before I saw it was this version. How ironic.
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4/30/2013 7:51:12 PM
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" Abortion crime theory ended in 2009, when Lott and Joyce (2007, 2009) found abortion may have increased crime"

Seems legit.
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4/30/2013 7:51:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:37:46 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/30/2013 7:33:12 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 4/18/2013 5:05:44 PM, thett3 wrote:
Yeah, there was an idiotic shooting threat at my school a while ago and everyone freaked out. There seems to be just a general climate of despair surrounding the country at the moment

If there is ever a shooting at your school remember, you are safe, it is a gun
free zone.

Because in reality, the armed hero will just quickly subdue the shooter, and we'd all live happily ever after amirite?

Far more likely than an unarmed hero subduing the shooter
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4/30/2013 7:52:20 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 7:36:58 PM, 16kadams wrote:
Abortion crime theory ended in 2009, when Lott and Joyce (2007, 2009) found abortion may have increased crime, and Joyce 2009 reviewed the literature and did a final rebuttal to Levitt. Levitt has since not responded.

How could abortion possibly *increase* crime?
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