Juice

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Juice ,

What do you think they were protesting for? Divestment from Israel. Student activist groups have been successful in getting universities to divest, other activists are pressuring their local governments to divest. I agree with the thrust of what you're saying, although "United States of Israel" is exactly backwards. But I think you lost the thread at some point

Juice ,

I will reluctantly admit that there are good activists who come from Harvard. I work with some and know of many more. But the vast majority is just like you describe

Juice ,

Mossad is just an extension of the American CIA. I think what you're picking up is the larger project of imperialism and imperialist interests that govern both the US and Israel. Israel isn't in charge of the USA, it's the other way around, but only because the USA is the seat of international imperialism. I'm not denying those connections you're making, i dont even deny that they make some sense, but I think you are missing the forest for the trees.

That's not me down voting you BTW, I don't use them

Juice ,

Like I said its the larger imperialist project. After WWI, Britain broke up the Ottoman empire and divided it up into all these different regions based on what worked for the British. Even back in 1918 they had already picked out that strip of land on the Mediterranean as strategically essential to keeping the whole middle east destabilized so that the abundant resources could be controlled by western interests. At this time, GB was still the heart of global imperialism, it was where capitalism was born and global finance was invented and perfected. it was the world's colonial juggernaut, and now the feudal classes of Europe were in their death throes.

The imperialists knew they wanted to have control of this land but had the foresight that old school military occupational colonialism was too messy. Better to just buy out a layer of administrators to create a ruling class to rubber stamp western interests in the region. This is the way colonialism works now but back then it was still pretty new. There needed to be westerners in this strip of land to convert it into the headquarters of imperialism in the middle east. Enter the Zionist project, Jews who were looking for a national identity, who had basically internalized centuries of antisemitism, that there was nowhere in Europe for the Jews. The British linked up with the Zionists and started moving people into the region end masse.

But less than 30 years later, after WW2, Britain was a bombed out flaming pile of rubble and the USA was an ascendant super power. Russia had just suffered 20 million+ casualties and the invasion left little of the forced industrialization under Stalin that made it possible for Russia to turn the tide of the Nazi's wave of mass destruction. The US on the other hand stayed out of the war until they realized that the USSR was actually starting to win, at which point the USA mobilized to the western front, and used the military effort and patriotic support to carry out their own super mass industrialization. The US was flush with capital, so the interests of imperialism shifted from Britain to the USA. And the project that had begun with the British changed hands. Well, not really since it was the same people working for the same interests, only the national character had changed.

See you're saying that the Israelis own the USA because the USA sends tax dollars to Israel. I'm saying that both the USA and Israel (and GB, basically the whole world) are all owned by a capitalist imperialist ruling class. The Israelis benefit from our taxes, or at least the leaders of Israel benefit, but the capitalists benefit from a perpetually unstable middle east whose own domestic national ruling class keeps wages low and resources free for foreign investment and international markets.

Juice ,

How does one become a "meme manager" for the president of the United States?

Juice ,

I second this, one of my good friends only started gaming over covid. We were all hardcore souls players and helped her get through bloodborne and ds3 but she was basically just letting us handle most of the fighting. But when ER came out she got really into it and has played through solo several times. From Software took a lot of the pain points out of the format while keeping it challenging and fresh. Elden ring also has great online, I wasn't a huge fan of the game (I prefer Bloodborne, Sekiro and AC 6) just I spent hundreds of hours just running around the Lands Between with my friends during covid.

Juice ,

Do not be deluded by the abstract word Freedom. Whose freedom? Not the freedom of one individual in relation to another, but freedom of Capital to crush the worker.

-- Karl Marx, On Free Trade

Juice ,

First, the fact that labor is external to the worker, i.e., it does not belong to his intrinsic nature; that in his work, therefore, he does not affirm himself but denies himself, does not feel content but unhappy, does not develop freely his physical and mental energy but mortifies his body and ruins his mind. The worker therefore only feels himself outside his work, and in his work feels outside himself. He feels at home when he is not working, and when he is working he does not feel at home. His labor is therefore not voluntary, but coerced; it is forced labor. It is therefore not the satisfaction of a need; it is merely a means to satisfy needs external to it. Its alien character emerges clearly in the fact that as soon as no physical or other compulsion exists, labor is shunned like the plague. External labor, labor in which man alienates himself, is a labor of self-sacrifice, of mortification. Lastly, the external character of labor for the worker appears in the fact that it is not his own, but someone else’s, that it does not belong to him, that in it he belongs, not to himself, but to another. Just as in religion the spontaneous activity of the human imagination, of the human brain and the human heart, operates on the individual independently of him – that is, operates as an alien, divine or diabolical activity – so is the worker’s activity not his spontaneous activity. It belongs to another; it is the loss of his self.

-- Karl Marx, Economic Manuscripts

Juice ,

On the one hand, i love to see people questioning their mythology; on the other its nice of you to join us in the modern world, Aaron

Juice ,

as counter protestors.

Or controlled op

Juice ,

No one I know who does serious work on Palestine is only working on that one issue, wasn't doing anything before and won't do anything after. Burnout is incredibly high among activist leaders right now. Cut us some slack please

I'm finally getting the hang of Sekiro

I’ve been playing this game off and on, starting over since it came out. I was a hardcore Bloodborne player, but also played a lot of elden ring and ds3. Sekiro never clicked, I thought it was slick and the action felt incredible but I just couldn’t get past the beginning. Finally I’ve broken through and am having a blast,...

Juice OP ,

The AC 6 part was a joke, but it was the last From game I spent serious time with. As a Bloodborne player I wanted to evade everything, like I knew I was supposed to deflect but I just couldn't get it under my fingers. Mikiri counters and those low jump attacks were just lost on me, but this time it works.

Maybe ac6 did play a part because its so fast paced and intense. I don't think I played it that way initially, but by the time I had the platinum and was doing PvP the action was extremely intense and technical. So maybe

Juice OP ,

I don't know if I've experienced the "click" yet but I'm progressing which is more than I could say for.previous playthroughs. I used to get stuck right in the beginning at the drunk, or with the spear shinobi hunter in the memory. I had gotten past them on one play through after a great deal of trial, but no further. I'm at Genichiro now, haven't beat him but I've only fought him once and I need spirit things.

Juice OP ,

I love From games and it always bugged me that this one gave me so much trouble. I'm gonna beat it this time, I'm gonna plat this mf

Juice OP ,

Thanks!

Juice OP ,

The fights are so exciting and the action is super slick.

Juice OP ,

I got stuck on the bull in one of my playthroughs too. This time he took me a few tries but it wasn't too bad.

Juice OP ,

Thanks! Its like the perfect mix of Soulsborne and Tenshu Stealth assassin I used to play on ps1

Juice OP ,

Thanks! Its amazing, I'm glad I'm getting through it this time. Might try to plat it

Juice OP ,

Lies of P is next on my list I think. AC6 is amazing, it was exactly what I wanted.

Juice OP ,

I guess keep coming back to it, try AC6 see if it helps lol

Juice OP ,

That sounds epic. I can feel that flow sometimes, looking forward to the rest of the game

Juice OP ,

That's a really good point. When I first played ac6 posture was something negative that I tried to avoid happening to me, but by the time I was trying to get S in every mission, I was very much trying to inflict it on enemies. One of my favorite builds for pve was a lightweight with two pistols and two sweet-sixteen mini shotguns: the pistols build up impact until overload, then I stick the two sweet16s right in their face, which did like 220 direct hit damage. Not viable in PvP past maybe c rank but yeah once I figured out that build it def changed my outlook on posture.

And its true, in this Sekiro play through I'm very much trying to inflict posture damage. Although in my previous playthroughs I couldn't figure out mikiri counters or low sweep kicks

Juice ,

I thought it was pretty well established that Pythagoras didn't invent it, he was just the leader of a Math and Murder cult so he stole it

Juice ,

Send me a demo. Or hell I'll play bass

Juice ,

Right on brotha

Juice ,

Does the author realize we keep it at a 6-7 in the USA?

Juice ,

Recalling my past is like watching a cringe comedy that turns briefly into a Yorgos Lanthimos film about various mental illnesses, then a quirky Wes Anderson film, and back into a cringe comedy.

I do be fuckin tho

Juice ,

Social constructs do indeed exist. This is not deep, it is wrongheaded and illogical.

Juice ,

MMT is conceptually weak, its adherents believe that because it is correct, that it will change anything. They fail to acknowledge who the current system benefits and why. It fails to recognize that economics is political, and money is power. the system benefits certain people the way it is, that is why it is this way. It fails to recognize the incredible amount of global exploitation that makes up the financial system which is why money has this magic "made up" quality. It fails to acknowledge how imperialism operates as financial domination underwritten by state violence, administered by a nationalist ruling class. These are all the most basic and simple criticisms of capitalism which have existed for over 100 years.

At one time I was very interested in these kinds of critiques and through studying them and trying to understand them I came to realize the utter failure of our own academic disciplines to make sense of the system. Save yourself years of independent study and idealistic theorizing, of trying to understand and failing to explain using jargon that obscures rather than illuminates. Read Marx, he was the greatest economist of his time, and the most slandered and misrepresented intellectual of ours. If you want to really understand how finance functions, skip this documentary and read Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism by Lenin. If you can believe that the status quo lies about the nature of debt, how far down do their lies really penetrate into our culture and ideology?

Don't fall for it. There are no shortcuts, we have to get organized in order to change the world and avert disaster.

Juice ,

Your parents got married young because they wanted to fuck.

Juice ,

Lemmy is social media. Reddit is sociopath media

Juice , (edited )

What they said was true. I understand that people who are committed to voting in this next election are getting abuse from people who are committed to not voting, who seem to either be under the influence of bad actors or are bad actors themselves. If you've received this kind of treatment then I can understand why you might be sensitive to those arguments, to the extent that certain arguments are almost always followed up by an appeal as to why voting is pointless. So arguments that claim that both political parties are the same, so don't vote for either, is an example of this kind of hopelessness, often dressed up like something revolutionary.

Those types of arguments are successful because they sort people into opposing camps, who can only see their enemy at the expense of seeing the truth. Unified in their commitment to dehumanize and mischaracterize the other, and protect the political legitimacy of their camp. This leads to a tendency to delegitimize not only the arguments of the other, but any supporting arguments that they might use. The problem with this is that even if the other camp is full of bad actors who cynically lie to, for example, alter the outcome of an election, the best way to make their lies convincing is to use supporting arguments that are true, or partially true, or based in some truth. While making their lies sound convincing, it has the added benefit (for them) of making their opponents reject these apparent truths; which skews the effectiveness of their opponents own arguments while also making them appear to be liars or delusional themselves, which bad actors will use to illustrate why their own camp is the better one. And this goes back and forth, both sides using the same strategies to the same effect: a tenuous if not completely divorced relationship to truth and the experience of regular uncommitted parties who, upon witnessing this, is further alienated from the discourse, as the discourse has moved away from their own experiences of the real world. In this case, it likely has the effect of disenfranchising voters which is the aim of those bad actors in the first place. While a small group of passionate defenders of voting become more entrenched in their campist positions, they end up participating in and reproducing the conditions of disenfranchisement that our enemies want. We have to fight like hell not to get caught in this trap.

The two major political parties represent the monied interests of the very rich, which has differing ideas about how best to run the country. These groups can be largely defined as the conservative nationalist industrial class and the liberal international financial class. while their interests differ from each other, they represent one class of owner capitalists that rules over the workers, the marginally employed, the poor, and the destitute (which together makes up the working class). At any time, while they squabble with each other, historically they are united in their opposition to giving or sharing wealth or power to the working working class. This doesn't mean "don't vote." It means vote for the one that allows us to continue to organize ourselves against the ruling classes by forming unions to protect the value of our work, and participating in local politics, community work, and political struggle and educate ourselves and each other as a protective measure against the propagandistic media which is owned by members of the above ruling classes. I will vote and I will advocate that others should as well, but I'll also advocate turning off cable news, silencing notifications on our phones and getting involved in community work and political organizing. Both can be true, that we live in a class society and that the political outcomes from elections can have drastic or disastrous consequences.

Juice ,

No. We can become organized. We have a right to assemble, we have a right to free speech, we have a right to bear arms, etc., of course the institutions that hold executive power will try and suppress those rights, but since you mentioned legality, we have the legal right to organize ourselves against oppression. The violence historically comes from the people who hold power, not the people who demand justice.

Juice ,

Ope, you got me to earnest/effort post. Well played

Why are neurotypicals in charge of making up the social rules? They're not even very good at it.

Edit: A few people have interpreted the title as serious, so I wanna clarify that it was meant as a sarcastic joke about how little sense the neurotypical world makes to me, but it is still legitimately me asking for help understanding said neurotypical world....

Juice ,

I can relate. I often say "sure" as an affirmative. To me it sounds nice. People always think I'm being sarcastic. I mean, I am often sarcastic but not in the mean or mocking way that people take this.

"Would you like to do go to the concert with me?"
"Sure!"
crying "why don't you want to go to the concert with me???"

Juice ,

Broad generalizations aren't for the people who make them, they're for the suckers who consistently fall for them

After announcing increased prices, Spotify to Pay Songwriters About $150 Million Less Next Year ( www.billboard.com )

When Bloomberg reported that Spotify would be upping the cost of its premium subscription from $9.99 to $10.99, and including 15 hours of audiobooks per month in the U.S., the change sounded like a win for songwriters and publishers. Higher subscription prices typically equate to a bump in U.S. mechanical royalties — but not...

Juice ,

Technology is so amazing. It is finally possible to pay artists in exposure

No one will take credit for calling state police on UVa campus protesters: Neither the governor's office nor the school's president nor the university police chief have taken credit for the decision ( dailyprogress.com )

Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240509124316/https://dailyprogress.com/news/local/education/no-one-will-take-credit-for-calling-state-police-on-uva-campus-protesters/article_ea6bd3f0-0c0b-11ef-bc6c-4b94bed580c8.html

Juice ,

This is true, I'm 43 and just discovered Gang if Four Entertainment! and its like my favorite album now, and that album is at least as old as I am.

Juice ,

I think everything you said here is great, but I've been in the "stop making Jedi shit" camp since Rogue One, maybe before.

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