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Re: “The difference between looking ugly and being ugly.

Ugliness comes in many forms and is as subjective as beauty, The Fox. The ugliness I was explaining in the opening post is in the [u]forcing[/u] of one view upon another.
This learned and taught/enforced shallowness is something which is condoned in any human society which exists today, was in the past and what will continually be in the future.
It is simply one part of the chain which has caused the pain of so many in history, is causing even now and will cause by terrorism/bullying, theft, rape, suicide, wars...
Sorry, for the jump in logic from worrying about appearances to worrying about that which appears different. it just follows that you will then be attacking/killing/destroying the different so you don't have to change yourself/your beliefs (and in doing so show that it is possible to accept that that which is harmless and has proven to be harmless through history).
If the above seems disconnected as an explanation, I am just a bit tired and really not up to my usual.

Posted by futrethink on 01/24/2015 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Tinder Daymare

And I can not understand it either. But keep thinking.

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Posted by montrealman on 01/24/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Minimum Wage Blues


Captain (11:00AM)

"They are interrelated but not fairly established. It is not, however, a function of what 'one' earns, rather what 'everyone' earns."

No kidding. Passing by your vacuous point that the interrelationship of wages and income is not fairly established, whatever that might mean, your cost of living is not based on your personal individual income but rather the average GDP of Halifax and therefore NS. And therefore of Canada as well. But I can see that you are making progress. Keep thinking.

Mr. R.S.D. Tector (11:17AM)

No, he doesn't have a good point. The interrelationship of wages and cost of living is averaged. Read that word again. The relationship is averaged overall and not related to any specific individual or community. But I can see you are making progress as well. Keep thinking but do not write back.

A pleasure as always,


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Posted by montrealman on 01/24/2015 at 2:55 PM

Re: “How to fix the city 2015

Let's start with some ideas...

Pedestrian bridges over main traffic routes - The aim: reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions, ease traffic flow, create jobs, and build new and uniques spaces within the city that can be further defined by community involvement.

Now, your turn...

Posted by Captain on 01/24/2015 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Someone to love

The Captain believes the seperation of sex and love to be beneficial. To confuse virginity or sexual encounters with love is to confuse what love is.Thats not meaning one cannot love sex, just that loving sex with someone does not automatically equate to loving that someone. The same for virginity; one can value purity, but does not necessarily have to value the person embodying that concept.

One can love a rainbow without putting it in their mouth. Love is spotanous, and it can also develop slowly over time. Love can happen once, or it can manifest everyday in unique experiences.

Of course, people can 'make it work' - but is that just the manifestation of cooperation, patience, and tolerance? Or, is it 'real' love?

Future generations should understand that love is not dependant upon remarkable sex, purity, or the ability to stubbornly endure a relationship with someone, but rather the other way around. Love comes before; it creates avenues within ourselves through which we can have enjoyable experiences. Love creates lasting bonds between people, it allows us to enjoy the physical world, and it motivates us be committed to high moral ideals.

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Posted by Captain on 01/24/2015 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Minimum Wage Blues

The Captain has a good point. If you want to live in the south end of Halifax, minimum wage might be insufficient but if you live in industrial Cape Breton where there are many decent houses for under $100k and a decent 1 bedroom apartment rents for $500 or so then the minimum wage doesn't look so bad (assuming you can actually find a job.)

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Posted by Mr. B.S.D. Tector on 01/24/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “The Parting Glass

and in case anyone thinks we of irish BG are all despair and no good, healthy fun...…

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Posted by Gooddog Molly on 01/24/2015 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Parting Glass

more for us!!!…

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Posted by Gooddog Molly on 01/24/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Minimum Wage Blues

They are interrelated, although not fairly established. It is not, however, a function of what 'one' earns, rather what 'everyone' earns (for the purpose of this conversation, 'everyone' = a specific city or region). My cost of living is not based on my own personal income, rather the average GDP of Halifax, and therefore NS.

My cost of living does not increase (excluding taxes) in tandem with my wages. Minimum wage earners (minimum wage being a relatively ubiquitous rate) may not be fairly compensated if they are living in a neighbourhood where the cost of living is disproportionately high (IG: a min. wage earner living in a high rent neighborhood - their wages may not be able to provide a basic standard of living, whereas outside that neighbourhood min. wage may be able to provide them with all their basic needs).

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Posted by Captain on 01/24/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The Parting Glass

Awesome list Ivan--i wonder if you would think about adding two books: In Search of Schroedinger's Cat and 30 Second Quantum Theory. Both give me a much more interesting perspective on the crappy side of life, and they are great fuel for my (often militaristic) sci-fi fantasies. I am hoping 'The Parting Glass' refers to you saying an early goodbye to winter, because I would truly miss you (even just knowing your dudeness is mucking about in the world makes me smile) if that goodbye were for us. <3

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Posted by SheSangBeyondTheGeniusOfTheSea on 01/24/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “The Parting Glass

ahhhh. watership down and the 'shining wire' bargain we make to survive.

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Posted by Gooddog Molly on 01/24/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Tinder Daymare

Sarcasm alert! - next time I shall include one for your benefit, MM.

Or would it be satire...? The Captain cannot even understand his own humour anymore - such is the 'Wisdom of Solomon' ;)

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Posted by Captain on 01/24/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Common courtesy in common places

Trouser tracks = Male privilege

Posted by Ivan "The Queen of Sin" Sonofabitch on 01/24/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Spending $10,000 to make $5,000 from me?

No, really, this has happened quite a few times in my time here. Enough to notice, put it that way...

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Posted by The Fox on 01/24/2015 at 10:21 AM

Re: “The Parting Glass

nice love, commander

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Posted by paingirl on 01/24/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Common courtesy in common places


Legislation is presently under consideration in Germany to fine males who piss standing up as opposed to sitting down in public urinals on the grounds that misdirected stale urine has been known to corrode even marble floors. While this may be true there is the counterclaim that males who piss sitting down fail to completely empty their bladders since the full gravity effect enjoyed by those standing up is lacking. The issue would then appear to come down to the dilemma of choosing either corroded floors or corroded bladders. Is there a middle way?

A pleasure as always,


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Posted by montrealman on 01/24/2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Men Paying on Dates

Expectations and Money: Why, or even should, we have expectations of potential partners, and when is it appropriate to expend our stored potential energy on these candidates.

Money, after all, is quantifiable potential. We exchange our time and physical effort for, ideally, equivalent monetary value (potential). When we spend money we are literally giving away our time and effort. Is there a more precious personal resource than ones own time?

Expectations are generated naturally, pattern recognition in our brain promotes this; the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, we expect this to continue. When we set up a date with someone we expect them to be present. But what is a real expectation, and what is merely a projection of ones desires or assumptions (ig: 'expecting' another to pay)?

Why should someone expect others to pay for them, or why should someone be expected to pay? Of course, one would hope expectations would be driven by previous scientific data, and not blind assumptions (we would not expect someone to show up for a date if we had not scheduled one!). If two people verbally agree as to who pays, it's expected the date will continue to that end. If there is nothing but a quaint assumption that the man will pay, we are acting incoherently.

At the end of the day The Captain pays on behalf of his feelings of gratitude (someone who spends their time, arguably the most precious human resource, on another is deserving of gratitude), but splits the bill for practical ecomonic purposes and because expressing gratitude in this instance is a two way street - so stop being a bunch of cheap fuckerz, or just go for a walk in the park.

The Captain

Posted by Captain on 01/24/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Minimum Wage Blues


But wages and living costs are inter-related. How costly things are is a function of how much money one makes and, conversely, how much money one makes is a function of how costly things are. Wages and costs are in economic tandem with each other and so to speak of dropping the cost of one without reference to dropping the cost of the other is incoherent.

A pleasure as always,


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Posted by montrealman on 01/24/2015 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Tinder Daymare



Captain (01/24, 8:18AM)

To say that the women will define "patriarchy" and the men define "feminism" is both factually incorrect - the terms appear in the dictionary which, one supposes, was not written exclusively by either gender - and incoherently pre-supposes rather than establishes the pervasive existence of inter-sexual hostility. It's analogous to the Islamophobe defining "terrorist" and the Jihadist defining "infidel." Linguistic definitions must be distinguished and kept separate from connotative associations.

A pleasure as always,


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Posted by montrealman on 01/24/2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “The Parting Glass

Thanks Mod. Love the header, it's just so random. >: )

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Posted by Ivan "The Queen of Sin" Sonofabitch on 01/24/2015 at 9:12 AM

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